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Julie Huisingh, (616) 395-7860,
Entrepreneurial Leaders and
Student Start-up Companies at Hope
Dr. Steve VanderVeen
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
“[There] is a potentially devastatingly global shortfall of about
1.8 billion good jobs,” according to Jim Clifton, Chairman and
CEO of Gallup. So what is the genesis of good jobs? It’s not just
innovation; it’s talented entrepreneurs. So how do we “create” entrepreneurs?
Max DePree, in Leadership Is an Art, writes that leadership is not primarily
learned in books. Entrepreneurship is much the same way. The key to “creating” entrepreneurial
leaders is giving them “space” within a network of advisers
and mentors, empowering them to positively respond to the challenges
that God places on their hearts.
The Hope Entrepreneurship Initiative empowers students—among them,
Taylor Brushwyler, Hayden Davis, Matt Rutter, and Samantha Wolffis. Come
meet them and learn about their projects!
Dr. Steve VanderVeen is director of the Center for Faithful Leadership
at Hope College and professor of management. He is responsible for leadership
courses, ASI Consulting, the Hope Entrepreneurship Initiative, and LdOut³,
programs that seek to empower students to positively respond to the challenges
that God has placed on their hearts. Steve earned his Ph.D. from the
University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995, his MBA from Western Michigan
University in 1985, and his BA from Calvin College in 1982. He has taught
at Hope since 2004.
Dr. John Cox ’67
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Among many things Shakespeare imagined his characters doing was praying. He
wrote prayers for every play he composed, both Christian and pagan, and a surprising
variety of characters pray in his plays—in comedies and tragedies alike.
Not all the prayers Shakespeare wrote are equal; in fact, some are merely frivolous,
and some are evil, like prayers in the real world. No matter how serious, slight,
or devious it might be, however, prayer is distinct from other ways of speaking,
and Shakespeare’s prayers tell us a great deal about how much he understood
the function of prayer in the Christian moral life. This presentation will
illuminate Shakespeare’s use of prayer without assuming that those who
attend already know the plays.
Dr. John D. Cox is the DuMez Professor of English at Hope. He has taught at
Hope since 1979, when he succeeded Henry ten Hoor as the college’s “Shakespearean.” He
studied with Dr. ten Hoor as an undergraduate and went on to earn his doctorate
at the University of Chicago. Cox is the author or editor of several books
and many scholarly articles. He is currently writing a book on Shakespeare’s
Helping People to See Better
with Mobile Phones
Dr. Michael Jipping
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Across the world, there are approximately 400 million people suffering from
the challenges of visual impairment. Also across the world, there are over
5 billion mobile phones in use. The ubiquity, power, and flexibility of mobile
phones combine to provide a unique opportunity in the search for technological
assistance for visual impairment: a computing platform already accessible to
many. The challenge in providing this kind of assistance is in the rendering
of real-world images, everything in the outside world most of us take for granted.
This seminar will discuss the work Dr. Jipping has done to allow mobile phones
to read these images and to provide this as assistance to those with low vision.
Dr. Jipping will also discuss ways to use this technology as free assistance
to developing countries.
Dr. Michael Jipping is a professor of computer science and the chair of the
department. He has taught at Hope for 25 years. His research is supported by
the GLCA and the National Science Foundation. He teaches courses in computer
architecture, operating systems, and networking.
Reading and Writing on the Nanoscale: Imaging and Manipulating Nanoparticles,
Molecules, and Atoms
Dr. Jennifer Hampton and Dr. Beth Anderson
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Scanning probe microscopy has permitted the exploration of the nanoscale regime
at unprecedented levels of resolution, enabling us to “see” and “maneuver” nanoparticles,
molecules, and atoms. The technique is not only able to characterize and construct
the topography of the sample, but also to map and control physical properties
such as magnetism, friction, and conductivity. Drs. Hampton and Anderson received
a Major Research Instrumentation grant this summer from the National Science
Foundation to acquire a scanning probe microscope to enable new avenues for
materials characterization research at Hope. It arrived in October and is already
generating results. This seminar focuses on their research utilizing scanning
probe microscopy and lithographic techniques for manipulating materials on
Dr. Jennifer Hampton, assistant professor of physics, joined Hope College
in the fall of 2007. Her research interests span the boundaries between physics,
chemistry, and materials engineering. The Hampton research group uses the scanning
probe microscope to study the topography, conductivity, and magnetism of mixed
metal thin films, which have applications in magnetic data storage and catalysis.
Dr. Beth Anderson, assistant professor of chemistry, joined the Hope faculty
in the fall of 2010. Exploring and capturing images of the nanoscale world
is one of her passions and is an integral component of her research. The focus
of projects in the Anderson lab is on nanomaterial synthesis, assembly, and
characterization. The overarching goal of this research is to direct the assembly
of complex technologically-relevant materials into hierarchical structures
for potential applications ranging from nanoelectronic to biomimetic systems.
“The Gardens of Post-Industrial Michigan”
Professor Steve Nelson
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Professor Steve Nelson will present a portfolio of his photographs of abandoned
industrial sites found throughout remote areas of Michigan’s Northern
Lower Peninsula and Western Upper Peninsula. His photographs explore themes
that relate the seasonal cycles to evidence of the industrial ambitions of
the past, presenting unique perspectives of abandoned structures found within
the expanse of remote natural vistas.
Nelson will discuss the influences on his work, from his childhood experiences
of exploring the industrial remains, to the various travel-related projects
he has pursued in the later stages of his artistic development, leading up
to the current project. He will also discuss how he was able to meet the challenges
of taking large-format photographs in these remote areas during the various
seasons of the year.
An examination of images that document and celebrate the industrial sites,
both from historic sources and his personal collection, will provide a backdrop
for the conversation of his current work.
Professor Steve Nelson serves as chair and associate professor in the department
of art and art history. He has taught photography at Hope since 1989. His photographs
have been exhibited widely, including in solo and group exhibitions in Chicago
and New York. While on sabbatical from teaching last year, Nelson traveled
to remote areas in the Western Upper Peninsula during the fall and winter to
complete the seasonal portfolio of images for the “Garden of the Industry” series.
Images from this series have been exhibited locally at the Grand Rapids Public
Library and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, and regionally at the
Black Cloud Gallery in Chicago.
Bicycles, Volleyballs, and the Arab Spring: Insights from Mathematical
Dr. Tim Pennings and Morgan Smith
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Increasingly, mathematical models are used to understand and predict phenomena
in the world around us. In fact, faulty economic models were partially responsible
for the recent housing and stock market collapse. At Hope College, Professor
Tim Pennings, collaborating with undergraduate students, has developed models
which have explained everything from volleyball flight to the recent Arab Spring.
In this presentation, Pennings will explain the process, promise and pitfalls
of mathematical modeling, as well as the joys of collaborating in research
with undergraduate students. Then Pennings, and recent collaborator Morgan
Smith, a Hope student, will describe some recent published models which explain
how bicycles stay upright, how to more effectively serve a volleyball, and
why after decades of subjugation, the Arab Spring seemingly spontaneously occurred.
Dr. Tim Pennings, professor of mathematics, has taught at Hope since 1988.
His research interests include chaos, the mathematical infinite, and mathematical
modeling. He teaches a Senior Seminar course, “Infinity and the Absolute:
Pondering the Big Questions,” in which he and his students grapple with
the rich questions in the confluence of cosmology, philosophy, theology and
mathematics. His papers have been published in "Perspectives", Christian
Scholars' Review and Martin Marty’s Context. His interest in mathematical
modeling – regularly done in collaboration with Hope students - has led
to published papers on topics ranging from distributing washing machines to
whether dogs know calculus.
For additional information, please contact:
Lynne Powe ’86,
(616) 395-7860, firstname.lastname@example.org