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SETTLEMENTS in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa made by citizens from the Netherlands in 1847 and following years constituting "THE COLONIES"

"HOLLAND" Michigan platted as a "Village," 1848

A "Tract of Land" donated by the Rev. A.C. Van Raalte, D.D., 1850, later known as "The Five Acres" and designated as a site for "THE ACADEMY"

"THE PIONEER SCHOOL," the first educational institution in the new settlement, formally opened on "The Five Acres," October 1851. The Orphan House, built in 1849-50 but never used for orphaned children, becomes the school's first building

THE GENERAL SYNOD OF THE REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA assumed control of the school, 1853


VAN VLECK HALL erected on The Five Acres, 1858

"FIVE ACRES" enlarged to 16 acres and designated "THE COLLEGE CAMPUS," 1859

OGGEL HOUSE erected for residence purposes, 1860. The building was used later for classroom purposes for Western Theological Seminary and for college classes until 1895. After 1895 it was used chiefly by College Literary Societies. It was razed in 1940. It was located on the northeast corner of the COLLEGE CAMPUS.

A Gymnasium erected, chiefly by student labor and under student direction, 1862. This building became the first COLLEGE CHAPEL. Until the erection of WINANTS CHAPEL in 1892 it served for all the general meetings of the College and for many church and civic gatherings of the community. A replica of the building was made and presented to the College by the Rev. Phillip T. Phelps (Hope 1882) and is now in the Netherlands Museum, Holland, Michigan.

The First FRESHMAN CLASS, 10 in number, was matriculated, September 1862

The General Synod of the Reformed Church in America formally approved the organization of a four-year liberal arts college, 1863. The first governing board, THE BOARD OF SUPERINTENDENTS, was appointed to undertake details of organization, incorporation, and management. This Board became THE COUNCIL OF HOPE COLLEGE when the State of Michigan granted a charter under the legal name, May 14, 1886.

The FIRST ENDOWMENT FUND was established amounting to more than $40,000.00, 1865

The FIRST SENIOR CLASS was constituted in September 1865, in accordance with prerequisites for incorporation under the laws of the State of Michigan.

Charter of Incorporation as a College of Liberal Arts granted by the State of Michigan, May 14, 1866

FIRST COMMENCEMENT OF HOPE COLLEGE, July 17, 1866; Ale Buursma, Gerrit Dangremond, William B. Gilmore, Peter Moerdyke, William Moerdyke, William A. Shields, John W. Te Winkel, Harm Woltman, graduates; Honorary Degree, Master of Arts -- Arend Van Der Veen, M.D., Grand Haven, Michigan

"DE HOPE" -- a weekly newspaper in the Holland language began publication in a frame building located on 12th Street near College Avenue, known as The Printing House, 1866

THEOLOGICAL INSTRUCTION was begun with a class of seven students in September 1866; the Rev. E.C. Crispell, D.D., elected Professor of Theology; Professors Phelps, Oggel, Beck, and Scott elected "Lectors." Theological instruction was given separate organization in 1869, when the General Synod of the Reformed Church in America assumed control of the Theological Department. First class, numbering seven, was graduated in May 1869. Instruction was suspended in 1877. Full activities were resumed in 1884, and by action of the General Synod, separate and independent status was given Western Theological Seminary. The Rev. Nicholas M. Steffens, D.D., was elected Professor of Theology 1884, resigned in 1895 to accept a position in Dubuque, Iowa; elected Professor of Historical Theology in Western Theological Seminary 1903, Systematic Theology, 1910; died, July 24, 1912. The Rev. Peter Moerdyke, D.D., and the Rev. Henry E. Dosker, D.D., were appointed "Lectors."

The Rev. Peter J. Oggel died, December 13, 1869.


BRICK PRINTING OFFICE was erected at College Avenue and 11th Street (later Graves Place), 1876. In 1892 it was moved to Columbia Avenue and 11th Street; in 1922 it was remodeled extensively, a second floor was added, and a stucco exterior was laid over the original brick walls. In 1942 the interior was rearranged for residence hall purposes to accommodate the increased enrollment of women students. Eventually known as Columbia Cottage, it was demolished in the summer of 1981.

ORGANIZATION OF HOPE COLLEGE modified and enlarged, 1878; THE REVEREND GILES H. MANDEVILLE, D.D., appointed PROVISIONAL PRESIDENT and financial agent; the Rev. Charles Scott, D.D., appointed Vice President, continuing as Professor; William A. Shields, A.M., elected Professor; Gerrit J. Kollen, A.M., elected Professor

Erection of PRESIDENT'S RESIDENCE begun, 1886; completed, 1892; renovation completed, December 1985

"THE ANCHOR" -- first number issued, May 1887


GRAVES LIBRARY AND WINANTS CHAPEL Cornerstone laid, October 12, 1892; dedicated, June 26, 1894 (see 1962 entry)

SEMELINK FAMILY HALL erected through the efforts of President Kollen, 1895; from funds donated by Peter Semelink, Vriesland, Mich., as a memorial to his family -- two sisters, a brother and himself

First known reference to "Pull" tug-of-war, November 1898, in "THE ANCHOR" student newspaper; first woman Puller, Keri Law (Hope 1999), Saturday, Sept. 23, 1995 (see 1995 entry)

VAN RAALTE MEMORIAL HALL dedicated, September 1903; destroyed by fire, April 28, 1980

"HOPE COLLEGE ANNUAL"--first published, 1905; next edition is published in 1916, as "THE MILESTONE"

CARNEGIE GYMNASIUM DEDICATED, June 1906; rebuilt and renamed CARNEGIE-SCHOUTEN GYMNASIUM, 1954; razed, July 1982

ELIZABETH R. VOORHEES GIRLS RESIDENCE DEDICATED, June 1907; renovated, May 1981; rededicated, September 26, 1981

The COUNCIL OF HOPE COLLEGE became THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF HOPE COLLEGE under amendment of the charter, 1927


Dedication in the Memorial Chapel for the Skinner organ, constructed by E.M. Skinner Organ Company of Boston, Mass., and the Chapel Chimes, built by J.C. Deagan Inc. of Chicago, Ill., June 17, 1929; Chapel Chimes rededicated, Saturday, May 4, 1996; Skinner organ restored 2005-06 and rededicated January 30, 2007

First "Nykerk Cup" competition held, 1936

THE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL, originally THE PIONEER SCHOOL, discontinued and the last senior (or "A") class graduated, 1938

SCIENCE BUILDING FORMALLY OPENED, September 16, 1942; dedicated as LUBBERS HALL FOR THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, October 18, 1974; re-opened, January 1975; renovated, summer 2006

The Hope College "ALUMNI MAGAZINE" premiered in January 1947

ALBERTUS C. VAN RAALTE HOMESTEAD, gift of Wm. B. Eerdmans, September 23, 1947, seven acres between Ninth and 11th Streets on Fairbanks Avenue

FORMAL OPENING OF WINIFRED HACKLEY DURFEE HALL, residence hall for Women, September 26, 1950, with public reception for citizens of Holland, College students and guests


CARNEGIE GYMNASIUM rebuilt and named CARNEGIE-SCHOUTEN GYMNASIUM, 1954; razed, July 1982 (see 1906 and 1982 entries)

"ANCHOR OF HOPE," a book about Hope by Preston J. Stegenga, published, November 1954

First issue of "OPUS," the college's literary magazine, published, 1954

Hope College VIENNA SUMMER SCHOOL on the University of Vienna campus, Vienna, Austria, initiated, 1956

MUSIC HALL completed, 1956; named NYKERK HALL OF MUSIC in honor of the late John B. Nykerk, 1962; auditorium named Snow Auditorium in honor of the late Wilfred Curtis Snow by Board of Trustees, 1963; WYNAND WICHERS addition to the hall dedicated, October 25, 1970; expansion and new studio organ dedicated, October 6, 2000

KOLLEN HALL residence hall for 300 students opened at three-fourths capacity, 1956; dedicated, September 1, 1957

"LOOKING AHEAD WITH HOPE," a $3 million capital campaign, launched, late 1959; eventual results include Van Zoeren Library, VanderWerf Hall, the Nykerk Hall of Music and several residence halls, in addition to endowment for faculty salaries

PHELPS HALL residence hall for 160 students, dining hall for 600, dedicated, 1960

ELIZABETH H. VAN ZOEREN LIBRARY construction begun, 1960; opened, September 1961; renovated and renamed VAN ZOEREN HALL, January 1990

The foregoing chronological memorandum was published in the 1961 Hope College Alumni Directory. It has been updated. The historical chronology appeared in its present form as early as the 1888-89 college catalog.

The college became a charter member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association, 1961

College accredited by the National Association for Accrediting Teacher Education (NCATE), 1961-1991, 1992-

VAN ZOEREN LIBRARY opened, September 1961; dedicated, October 8, 1961; stopped being used as a library, December 1987 (see 1990 entry)

GRAVES HALL rebuilt inside for Modern Language Department and student offices, September 1962; during the 1962 renovation the Presidents Room is created as a tribute to the presidents of Hope College, and is given in memory of Edward D. Dimnent by his family; Winants Auditorium remodeled, winter 1979-1980 (see 1892 entry)

MUSIC HALL named NYKERK HALL OF MUSIC in honor of the late John B. Nykerk (see 1885 and 1956 entries), 1962

Hope College designated a registered historical site by the Michigan Historical Commission, May 24, 1963


GILMORE HALL opened, September 1963

Alumni Office moved to ALUMNI HOUSE, 112 East 12th Street, 1963; used as College Guest House, 1963-1980; Alumni and Development Offices, 1980-1983; Education Department Offices, 1983-1989; International Education, 1989; named the Paul G. Fried International Center, September 22, 1990; became Fried Cottage, fall 2005

HOEBEKE GREENHOUSE (south of the SCIENCE BUILDING, later known as LUBBERS HALL) dedicated as memorial to Dr. William George Hoebeke, May 30, 1964; razed, fall 1984, after which 1973's PEALE SCIENCE CENTER greenhouse was expanded

Lynne Vande Bunte (Hope 1964) received a British Marshall Scholarship for studies beginning in 1964

PHYSICS MATHEMATICS HALL opened, September 1964; Computer Center installed, 1965; Physics-Mathematics Building renamed and rededicated as VANDER WERF HALL OF PHYSICS AND MATHEMATICS, October 9, 1981; new Computer Center located in Durfee Hall, 1982; renovated, 1989; rooftop observatory, named for former faculty member Dr. Harry F. Frissel (Hope 1942) added, summer 2001

Symbolic ANCHOR installed on the lawn of Graves Hall by the college's Nu Beta chapter of the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, spring 1965; rededicated, Saturday, April 21, 1990

Meiji Gakuin University in Japan and Hope establish a student exchange program, 1965; expands to become a faculty exchange, 1993

Hope celebrates its centennial during Homecoming in October 1966; the celebration includes the first Hope-Holland Community Day

"CENTENNIAL DECADE MASTER PLAN," designed to chart the campus' growth through 1976, introduced, 1966; eventual results include the DeWitt Student and Cultural Center, and the start of funding for the Peale Science Center, the Wynand Wichers Addition to Nykerk Hall of Music and two residence halls.

Acquisition of 35-acre BIOLOGY FIELD STATION, presented to the college by the Holland Hitch Company, 1966

Department of Theatre established, 1967

DYKSTRA HALL residence hall completed, September 1967; dedicated, October 15, 1967; renovated, summer 2003

"A CENTURY OF HOPE," a book about Hope by Wynand Wichers, published, 1968

Theatre Department established, 1968; accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, August 1991

First Bachelor of Music Education Degrees presented, June 1968

Acquisition of HOLLAND RUSK BAKERY, gift of Dewey D. and Hattie Battjes Foundation, 1968; became Art Department facility, 1969; sold, 1981

College accepted into full membership in the National Association of Schools of Music, 1969

BRUMLER HOUSE for apartment living dedicated, September 28, 1969

MARIGOLD LODGE and seven acres of property on Lake Macatawa given to the college by Miss Mary Jayne Gold, 1969; sold, 1979

WYNAND WICHERS addition to the Nykerk Hall of Music dedicated, October 25, 1970 (see 1885, 1931, 1956 and 1962 entries)

Vander Borgh Memorial Instructional Media Center installed in Van Zoeren Library, 1970; building stopped being used as library, December 1987

First issue of alumni newspaper, "NEWS FROM HOPE COLLEGE," published, May 1970

Hope College chartered to establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, September 11, 1970; Zeta chapter installed on campus, February 13, 1971

Pels and van Leeuwen organ installed in gallery of Dimnent Memorial Chapel; dedicated, May 8, 1971

DE WITT STUDENT AND CULTURAL CENTER opened, September 1971; dedicated, October 23, 1971; renovation begun, 1982 (see 1982 entry); theatre renovated, 1996-97 school year (see 1996 entry)

"Hope Summer Theatre" begins with "summer stock" format in 1972; switches to rotating "repertory" format and becomes "Hope Summer Repertory Theatre" in 1974

"BUILD HOPE," an $8.85 million capital campaign, launched, October 1972; eventual results include the Peale Science Center and the Dow Center, the renovation of Lubbers Hall from a science building to a center for the humanities and social sciences, and addition of endowment for scholarships, faculty development and faculty salaries. The campaign concluded on December 31, 1976, having raised more than $10.4 million.

PEALE SCIENCE CENTER opened, August 1973; dedicated, October 26, 1973; renovated, 2003-04 (see 2002 entry)

LUBBERS HALL FOR THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (former SCIENCE BUILDING, see 1942 entry) dedicated, October 18, 1974; opened, January 1975; renovated, summer 2006

Department of Dance established, 1974; accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, 1985

Department of Computer Science established, 1975

College accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, 1975

Revised core curriculum approved, April 1975; effective, 1978-1979 academic year

VAN VLECK HALL designated a registered historical site by the Michigan Historical Commission, October 16, 1976 (see 1858 entry)

Hope authorized by Michigan Board of Education to offer teacher certification in special education, November 1976

DOW HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER opened, August 1978; dedicated, October, 20, 1978; Natatorium is named for The Kresge Foundation; three racquetball courts transformed into weight room and fitness room, and former weight room made dance studio, summer 2002

Pre-Engineering courses established, 1978; engineering major established, 1997

VAN VLECK HALL renovation begun, summer 1979; reopened, September 1979; damaged by fire, April 21, 1980; rededicated, May 9, 1981 (see 1976 and 1858 entries)

The Hope College "ALUMNI MAGAZINE" ceases publication, spring 1979 (see entry for January 1947)

HOLLAND MUNICIPAL STADIUM becomes home field for the football team, September 1979; Hope wins the first game there, against Wabash, 20-2, on September 15, 1979

PHELPS HALL DINING ROOM AND KITCHEN expansion and remodeling completed, January 1980; dedicated, February 8, 1980 (see 1960 entry)

VAN RAALTE HALL destroyed by fire, April 28, 1980 (see 1903 entry)

VAN RAALTE COMMONS created in former route of 12th Street between College and Columbia Avenues, summer 1980; commemorative sculpture commissioned, May 1982; VAN RAALTE COMMONS and the VAN RAALTE COMMEMORATIVE SCULPTURE, "BALLYVIKTOR," dedicated, May 7, 1983

Campus Master Plan approved by Board of Trustees, January 1981

Bachelor of Science degrees first awarded, December 1980

ADMISSIONS HOUSE enlarged, summer 1981; structure was moved to allow construction of new library, with the Office of Admissions occupying temporary facilities from 1985 until its new home was completed in May 1988

VOORHEES HALL renovation completed, May 1981; rededicated, September 26, 1981 (see 1907 entry)

Joint Hope College-Calvin College Department of Nursing established, May 1981; approved by Michigan Board of Nursing, April 1981; first students enrolled, 1982-1983 academic year; first Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees awarded, May 1984; accredited by National League for Nursing, 1986; final joint-program class graduates, spring 2003; first Hope-only nursing program class graduates, spring 2004

CHARLES R. SLIGH JR. CENTER for Economics and Business Administration opened, January 1982; dedicated, September 1982; occupied by the Office of Career Planning and Placement, July 1989-summer 1998; Office of Financial Aid, summer 1998-summer 2003; became student housing, fall 2003

DURFEE HALL remodeled, summer 1982 (see 1950 entry)

COLLEGE EAST APARTMENTS for 120 students opened, August 1982

DE PREE ART CENTER AND GALLERY (former Sligh Furniture Factory) opened, August 1982; dedicated, October 15, 1982

Van Raalte Athletic Fields renamed and dedicated as EKDAL J. BUYS ATHLETIC FIELDS, September 25, 1982; renovations in fall 1990, include resurfacing the track and adding a second soccer field; track and field facilities named in honor of GORDON BREWER (Hope 1948), April 27, 1991; LUGERS FIELDHOUSE dedicated, September 28, 1991; baseball field renovated and stadium named in honor of Ronald (Hope 1960) and Sonya (Sunny) Boeve, and softball field renovated and stadium named in honor of Karla Hoesch (Hope 1973) Wolters and Tom Wolters (Hope 1973), 2007

CARNEGIE-SCHOUTEN GYMNASIUM razed, July 1982 (see 1906 and 1954 entries)

DE WITT CENTER renovation begun, August 1982; renovation completed, September 1983; rededicated, October 15, 1983 (see 1971 entry);

The 118th Commencement Ceremony was conducted at Holland Municipal Stadium, the first Commencement held outdoors in Hope's history, May 8, 1983

"THE INKLINGS" editorial journal first appeared as a column in the "ANCHOR," January 26, 1984; first separate edition published, February 1984; final issue, April 1992

"CAMPAIGN FOR HOPE," a $26 million capital campaign, launched, January 1985; eventual results include the Van Wylen Library, the Maas Conference Center, the Admissions House, and additional endowment for student financial aid, operation of the new library, and the purchase and maintenance of up-to-date instructional equipment. The campaign concludes on June 30, 1987, having raised nearly $31.7 million.

PRESIDENT'S HOME renovation completed, December 1985 (see 1886 entry)

MAAS STUDENT AND CONFERENCE CENTER opened, September 1986; dedicated, October 1986

The new LIBRARY funded by the $26 million Campaign for Hope, is named for GORDON J. AND MARGARET D. VAN WYLEN, announced at Board of Trustees meeting, October 1985; completed, December 1987; dedicated, April 21, 1988

Daniel Stid (Hope 1987) received a Rhodes Scholarship for studies beginning in the fall of 1987

New ADMISSIONS OFFICE opened, May 1988 (see 1981 entry); named Bekkering Admissions Office in honor of vice president Dr. James R. Bekkering (Hope 1965), May 2006

The Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP) established, May 1988

The Holland Theatre downtown is donated to the college and renamed and reopened by Hope as the KNICKERBOCKER THEATRE on May 19, 1988; renovated, October 1990, Nov.-January 1992/3, and summer/fall 1996

Joint Archives of Holland opened on the ground level of the Van Wylen Library, October 1988; relocates to the Henri and Eleonore Theil Research Center, summer/fall 2004

"ICARUS," a sculpture by Kurt Laurenz Metzler, unveiled in the Pine Grove, May 1989

First graduates with biochemistry major, July 1989

COLLEGE GUEST HOUSE at 85 East 10th St. opened, September 1989; renamed the KEPPEL GUEST HOUSE for Ruth Keppel, March 29, 1992; becomes home to Campus Ministries office, summer 1994; moved to 129 E. 10th St. to make room for HAWORTH CONFERENCE AND LEARNING CENTER and COOK RESIDENCE HALL, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1995

The Women's Basketball Team wins the 1990 Division III National Championship--the first national championship ever by any Hope team--on Saturday, March 17, 1990 (see 2006 entry)

Carl Frost Center for Social Science Research established, 1990

"HOPE IN THE FUTURE" strategic plan approved by the Board of Trustees, May 1990

VAN ANDEL PLAZA south of Van Zoeren Hall named for donors Jay and Betty Van Andel, dedicated, August 17, 1990

PAUL G. FRIED INTERNATIONAL CENTER dedicated, September 22, 1990; became Fried Cottage, fall 2005 (see 1963 entry for ALUMNI HOUSE)

VAN ZOEREN and VANDER WERF Hall renovation completed, as is the new DE WITT CENTER FOR ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, January 1990; dedicated, October 12, 1990 (see 1961 and 1964 entries)

DE WITT CENTER KLETZ remodeled, summer 1990 (see 1971 and 1982 entries for DeWitt Center)

The Class of 1991 donates a large wooden version of the college seal, which is installed on the second floor of the Van Wylen Library, spring 1991

The track and field facilities at the Ekdal J. Buys athletic complex are named in honor of GORDON BREWER (Hope 1948), professor emeritus of physical education, April 27, 1991 (see 1982 entry)

First graduates with accounting major, May 1991

First graduates with social work major, May 1991

Heidi Hudson-Mairet (Hope 1991) receives a British Marshall Scholarship for studies beginning in 1991

Dr. Harvey Blankespoor, who is the Frederich Garrett and Helen Floor Dekker Professor of Biology, named the "1991 Professor of the Year" by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Sept. 10, 1991; subsequent recognition includes two visits to the White House: one to meet with President George Bush on Friday, Oct. 18, 1991, and one for a state dinner on Thursday, Nov. 14, 1991

Throughout the 1991-1992 academic year the college commemorates the 125th anniversary of its May 14, 1866, incorporation; "HOPE COLLEGE: THEN AND NOW," a pictorial book about Hope, published, 1991

LUGERS FIELDHOUSE, named for donors James and Leona Lugers, dedicated, September 28, 1991 (see 1982 entry)

"HOPE IN THE FUTURE," a $50 million capital campaign, launched, January 1992; emphases include enhancing the academic program, strengthening Christian life and witness, strengthening student financial aid and improving campus facilities; concludes on June 30, 1994, having raised $58.1 million

Michael Theune (Hope 1992) receives a British Marshall Scholarship for studies beginning in 1992

"....BUT HOW YOU PLAYED THE GAME! A HISTORY OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS AT HOPE COLLEGE," a book on the history of Hope athletics (1862-1955) by Gordon Brewer (Hope 1948), published, October 1992

George Bush becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Hope College campus when he stops for a Republican Party-sponsored campaign rally on Monday, Oct. 12, 1992; as former president is keynote speaker during a rally for his son, presidential candidate George W. Bush, Monday, Oct. 23, 2000

Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway, professor of English, is named the 1992 Michigan "Professor of the Year" by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Sept. 25, 1992

Baccalaureate expands to two services (9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) to help ease the seating pressure in Dimnent Memorial Chapel; Sunday, May 9, 1993

ART ANNEX, an extension of the Hope-Geneva Bookstore, opens in downtown Holland at 80 E. Eighth St., Monday, Aug. 2, 1993; property purchase announced, October 2, 1996 (see 1996 entry)

DE WITT TENNIS CENTER, a six-court indoor facility named for the Gary and Joyce DeWitt family, begins construction in November 1993; dedicated, Friday, Oct. 14, 1994

The "A.C. Van Raalte Institute," supporting research and writings on the history of Holland and the Dutch experience in the New World, established through a gift from Peter Huizenga (Hope 1960) of Oak Brook, Ill., 1994; originally housed in Van Zoeren Hall; relocates to 100 E. 8th St., March 2006; relocates to the Henri and Eleonore Theil Research Center, summer/fall 2004

Groundbreaking ceremony for HAWORTH INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER and COOK HALL, Thursday, Aug. 17, 1995. The center is named for Haworth Inc. and the Haworth family; the residence hall for Peter and Emajean Cook of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Center opened in January of 1997 and dedicated on Thursday, May 22, 1997; residence hall opened in the summer of 1997 and dedicated on Friday, October 17, 1997; residence hall expansion opens, fall 2006

Ryan Bennink (Hope 1995) receives a British Marshall Scholarship for studies beginning in 1995

Keri Law (Hope 1999) from Niles Mich., becomes the first woman to be a "Puller" in the Pull tug-of-war, Saturday, Sept. 23, 1995

The Department of Education achieves an international first when its student chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is the first such chapter officially inducted into the organization on Thursday, Oct. 26, 1995

"Core curriculum" revision proposal approved by faculty vote, Thursday, April 25, 1996; previous core had been implemented during 1978-79 and was only slightly different than the core which had preceded it

A rededication ceremony heralds the return of voice to the Chapel Chimes in DIMNENT MEMORIAL CHAPEL, which ring again after nearly 30 years of silence; Saturday, May 4, 1996 (see 1929 entry)

DE WITT CENTER MAIN THEATRE renovated, 1996-97 school year, reopened Saturday, June 21, 1997, with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's production of Annie (see 1971 entry)

Hope purchases the downtown properties located at 78-84 E. EIGHTH ST. and 100 E. EIGHTH ST.; announced, October 2, 1996; 100 E. 8th St. named the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, May 2005, in honor of vice presidents William K. Anderson and Barry L. Werkman (Hope 1964)

Dr. Richard Smalley (Hope 1965), who attended the college during his freshman and sophomore years, is named a 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 1996. He is a member of the chemistry and physics faculty, and director of Nanoscale Science and Technology, at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and honored with two fellow researchers for the 1985 discovery of "buckyballs"--buckminsterfullerenes, or carbon 60, the third molecular form of carbon; dies, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005

Jack R. Ridl, professor of English, is named the 1996 Michigan "Professor of the Year" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Thursday, Oct. 10, 1996

Hope involvement in Holland's sesquicentennial celebration (the original Dutch settlers arrived in February of 1847) includes a book, "ALBERTUS C. VAN RAALTE: DUTCH LEADER AND AMERICAN PATRIOT," written by Dr. Elton J. Bruins (Hope 1950), Dr. Jeanne M. Jacobson and Larry J. Wagenaar (Hope 1987); and contributing a statue of founder the Rev. A.C. Van Raalte, donated by Peter Huizenga (Hope 1960) of Oak Brook, Ill., and dedicated on Thursday, May 1, 1997, at Centennial Park

VAN TAMELEN PLAZA, landscaped area west of the Haworth Inn and Conference Center named in honor of Dr. Eugene van Tamelen (Hope 1947) and Mary Houtman (Hope 1952) van Tamelen, dedicated spring 1997

"CONTEMPLATION," a sculpture by Billie Houtman Clark, dedicated east of the Bekkering Admissions House on Thursday, July 25, 2000

NYKERK HALL OF MUSIC expanded to include space for an organ studio; organ dedicated, Friday, October 6, 2000 (see 1956 entry)

"LEGACIES: A VISION OF HOPE," an $85 million capital campaign, launched October 2000; emphases include renovating and expanding the science center, increasing the endowment, and addressing short-term and long-term facility and space needs; campaign expanded to $105 million and to include the DeVos Fieldhouse project, January 2002; concludes on Friday, Jan. 28, 2005, having raised $137.5 million

Hope College nursing program begins, spring 2002; graduates first class, spring 2004; (see 1982 entry on Hope-Calvin nursing program)

Construction begins on the college's new SCIENCE CENTER, March 2002; groundbreaking ceremony, Thursday, May 2, 2002; center opens, August 2003; Peale Science Center renovation completed, fall 2004 (see 1973 entry); science center, including Peale and new building, dedicated, Friday, Oct. 8, 2004; named the A. PAUL SCHAAP SCIENCE CENTER in honor of a leadership gift from Dr. A. Paul Schaap (Hope 1967) and his wife Carol, Friday, May 5, 2006

Hope purchases Lincoln Elementary School property, future site of MARTHA MILLER CENTER FOR GLOBAL COMMUNICATION for departments of communication and modern and classical languages, and the offices of international education and multicultural life; June 2002; center named in recognition of a gift from the late Martha Muller (Hope 1924) Miller; groundbreaking, Thursday, April 29, 2004; building opened, late summer 2005; dedicated, Friday, Oct. 14, 2005; auditorium named and dedicated in honor of Dr. Paul G. Fried (Hope 1946) and Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005

Hope purchases the former Western Foundry Company property at Eighth Street and Fairbanks Avenue, as a key component of the Eastern Gateway project that will include the RICHARD AND HELEN DE VOS FIELDHOUSE; June 2002; the fieldhouse is named in recognition of an anchor gift from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation; groundbreaking, Friday, April 23, 2004; arena opens with home men's and women's basketball games, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005; the building opens for academic use, January 2006; dedicated, Friday, Jan. 27, 2006

DOW HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER renovation transforms three racquetball courts into a weight room and fitness room; the former weight room becomes a dance studio; summer 2002 (see 1978 entry)

"JOURNEY OF HOPE: NAMES AND GAMES REMEMBERED, HOPE COLLEGE ATHLETICS - 1955-1970," a book on the history of Hope athletics by Gordon Brewer (Hope 1948) published, October 2002

KIEFT GARDEN, a landscaped area southeast of Dimnent Memorial Chapel named for Larry Kieft (Hope 1965) and his late wife, Linda, completed, June 2003

"FINDING OUR WAY: TEACHER EDUCATION IN THE LIBERAL ARTS SETTING," an overview focused on the college's department of education, edited by faculty members Dr. Richard Mezeske (Hope 1969) with associate editor Barbara Skidmore (Hope 1970) Mezeske and written by members of the education faculty, published, April 2004

"WALL RELIEF: OPUS A," a sculpture by Bill Barrett, dedicated on the north wall of the organ studio of Nykerk Hall of Music, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2004

HENRI AND ELEONORE THEIL RESEARCH CENTER, home of the A.C. Van Raalte Institute and the Joint Archives of Holland, dedicated Monday, Oct. 25, 2004 (see 1988 and 1994 entries)

"100 YEARS OF HOPE BASKETBALL," a book by Randy Vande Water (Hope 1952) published, December 2004

"CAN HOPE ENDURE?: A HISTORICAL CASE STUDY IN CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION," a book on the history and development of the college's religious identity by faculty members Dr. James C. Kennedy and Dr. Caroline J. Simon, published, January 2005

"STEPPING STONES IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, AN HISTORICAL NARRATIVE: 1879-2005," a history of international education at Hope by Lynnae Ruberg (Hope 2005) and Dr. Neal Sobania (Hope 1968), published, October 2005

The Women's Basketball Team wins the 2006 Division III National Championship on Saturday, March 18, 2006 (see 1990 entry)

A rededication ceremony marks the return of the Skinner organ to Dimnent Memorial Chapel following a major restoration, January 30, 2007 (see 1929 entry)

Baseball field renovated and stadium named in honor of Ronald (Hope 1960) and Sonya (Sunny) Boeve; softball field renovated and stadium named in honor of Karla Hoesch (Hope 1973) Wolters and Tom Wolters (Hope 1973), 2007 (see 1982 entry)

(updated August 29, 2007)