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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Schedule and Event Locations

Seminar Descriptions

Winter Happening Brochure and reservation form (opens as a pdf)

All seminars are free, but we’d like you to register for
them so we can plan for enough seating for each session.
To make a reservation please contact:
Julie Huisingh, (616) 395-7860, huisingh@hope.edu

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Avenue

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Drugs, Dirt and Water: Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
Dr. Jon Peterson ’84
Gentex/Trans-matic Room
Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Avenue

How to Listen to Jazz
Dr. Brian Coyle
Maas Auditorium
Maas Center, 264 Columbia Avenue

An American Life in Japan
Professor Eva Dean '83 Folkert
Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Avenue

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Negotiating Amputation, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Dr. Ernest Cole
Gentex/Trans-matic Room
aworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Avenue

Video Game-Based Rehabilitation: It’s Not All Fun and Games, But it Helps!

Dr. Kirk Brumels '88
Donnelly Dining Room
aworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Avenue

The Little Car that Could:
Engineering Design at Hope College and Formula SAE

Dr. Michael Misovich and students representing the team
Ballroom 1 & 2
Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Avenue

12:30 p.m.
Luncheon with a musical presentation.
($12 per person, advanced reservation required)
Ballroom 3
Haworth Inn and Conference Center, 225 College Avenue

3 p.m.
Basketball Game (Adults $6, General Admission)
Hope women vs. Calvin
Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse


Drugs, Dirt and Water:
Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

Dr. Jon Peterson '84
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Human and veterinary pharmaceuticals discovered, manufactured, and distributed during the past half century have greatly enhanced human health and quality of life. However, one side effect of our allopathic culture is contamination of natural soil-water systems with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Analgesics, anti-depressants, and antibiotics are just a few of the compounds that have been detected in ground water and surface water. This presentation will discuss the occurrence, fate, and transport of pharmaceuticals in the environment, highlighting recent collaborative research among Hope faculty and students aimed at understanding fundamental interactions between antibiotics and soil particles.

Dr. Jon Peterson ’84, professor of geology & environmental science, has taught at Hope since 1994. His courses include Mineralogy, Earth Environmental Systems, Planet Earth, Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geology, and Environmental Public Policy. Dr. Peterson’s research projects are interdisciplinary, addressing topics ranging from engineering properties of athletic field turf to genetic fingerprinting of subterranean insects. His research groups consist of student and faculty collaborators from several different departments within the Natural and Applied Science Division, and their work has been published in a variety of scholarly journals, including Chemosphere, Environmental Pollution, Journal of Hazardous Materials, and Hydrogeology Journal.

How to Listen to Jazz
Dr. Brian Coyle
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

If you’ve ever been befuddled by what you were hearing.... If you’ve ever been confused by everyone playing all at the same time.... If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I can’t dance to this”.... or if you’ve simply said, “nope....don’t get it”.... Then this is the session for you! In a little over an hour, we will demystify the complex and often confusing art form known as jazz. You’ll love it - I promise!

A member of the faculty since 1993, Dr. Coyle is chair of the department of music and director of jazz studies at Hope. He is also the artistic director of the Holland Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Coyle is a performer, composer, arranger, author, adjudicator and clinician who frequently appears at festivals, universities, colleges, high schools and clubs both nationally and internationally. He has performed with a multitude of recording artists as well as with the national touring companies of Dream Girls, How to Succeed in Business, The Will Rodgers Follies, Guys and Dolls, Teddy and Alice and the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. As a composer, his compositions have been commissioned and performed by universities and high schools throughout the United States. In 2010, he received the Hope College Janet L. Andersen Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also served as a member of the Jazz Faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and served on the Executive Board for the International Association for Jazz Education.

An American Life in Japan
Professor Eva Dean ’83 Folkert
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Prior to the spring of 2010, Eva Dean Folkert had never considered living or teaching in a foreign country, let alone one that does not speak English as its primary language. But an invitation extended by Alfredo Gonzales, Hope’s dean for international education, to live in Tokyo and teach at Meiji Gakuin University for a semester changed all that. With a leap of faith into a chance of a lifetime, Professor Folkert set out to teach Japanese students. She ended up learning the most about herself. Never having lived alone in her life, with no Japanese language skills to boot, plus being phobic about getting lost in the world’s biggest city, she would soon discover what it would be like to live an American life in Japan.

Eva Dean ’83 Folkert, co-athletic director and assistant professor of kinesiology, has been at Hope since 1985. She has directed four NCAA national championships held at Hope, serves on the NCAA Division III women’s golf committee (she was Hope’s coach for four years), and was featured in an article in the Winter 2010 issue of the NCAA magazine Champion. The article, “Paths Less Traveled” told the stories of leaders in intercollegiate athletics who came from different walks of life. Professor Folkert’s academic interest is in sports sociology.

Negotiating Amputation,
Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Dr. Ernest Cole
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

This presentation is centered on the use of punitive amputation as military strategy in civil war Sierra Leone. It argues that forgiveness and reconciliation are achieved when victims and survivors are empowered to confront and overcome the physical and psychological challenges of their situation. It draws from interviews with amputees in camps, video-clips of personal testimonies of survivors, and a brief documentary on the Single-Leg Amputee Sports Club to conclude that the amputees’ drive to be “normal” and functional, their appropriation of the image of dependency and handicap brought about by amputation and their ability to transcend the physical and psychological limitations of their condition are the bedrock of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Dr. Ernest Cole joined the Hope English faculty in 2008, coming from the University of Connecticut. He is an assistant professor of English and teaches Post-Colonial Literature with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, the Caribbean and India. He has published several articles in the Journal of the African Literature Association. He is Hope’s 2011 Towsley Research Scholar for his work on war and reconciliation in Sierra Leone.

Video Game-Based Rehabilitation:
It’s Not All Fun and Games, But it Helps!
Dr. Kirk Brumels '88
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Regaining and improving multiple physical and physiological characteristics of the musculoskeletal and nervous system is a significant goal of the rehabilitation process following injury. Finding singular exercises or activities that address the majority of these physical characteristics is of paramount importance. Moreover, finding activities that can continue to challenge a patient as he/she progresses through a rehabilitative / reconditioning program often proves next to impossible. However, with a little creativity, Dr. Brumels has found that video game-based rehabilitative exercises have the ability to enhance the process of rehabilitation and make it both fun and functional.

Dr. Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC serves as an associate professor of kinesiology, director of the Athletic Training Education program, and an athletic trainer at Hope. Dr. Brumels is a 1988 Hope College graduate who prior to his return to Holland in 2001 was employed as an athletic trainer for the New England Patriots of the National Football League from 1990 to 2001. Along with Ron O’Neil, he was named NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year in 1997. Dr. Brumels is a co-author of Developing Clinical Proficiency in Athletic Training: A Modular Approach. In addition, he has had several articles published about video game-based rehabilitation and has given presentations on this topic at state, regional, and national athletic training clinical symposiums and educational conferences.

The Little Car that Could:
Engineering Design at Hope College
and Formula SAE

Dr. Michael Misovich

Matthew Labaza '10, captain of 2010 Hope Formula SAE Team

Jon Boldt, Elizabeth Nelis, Ryan McCall, Cameron Recknagel, Eric Engerman (members of current Hope Formula SAE Team)

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

For more than ten years, Hope College engineering students have completed two capstone courses, ENGS 451 and 452, to learn and apply methods for designing a product or process to meet a given need. Projects completed in these courses have found application in real-world situations in industry and elsewhere. In 2007, a small group of Hope students began planning to participate in Formula SAE®, an international competition among college and university teams that is sponsored by SAE International, the Society of Automotive Engineers. This presentation will highlight the work by team members and other engineering design students which resulted in Hope College receiving the “William C. Mitchell Rookie Award” at the Formula SAE® Michigan competition at Michigan International Speedway in May 2010.

Dr. Michael Misovich has been an associate professor of engineering at Hope College since 2002. At Hope, he has been responsible for designing and implementing courses for chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering emphasis options within the accredited B.S. engineering program. He is a member of AIChE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical Engineering Progress, the flagship publication of AIChE.

For additional information please contact: Lynne Powe ’86, (616) 395-7860, powe@hope.edu