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ACADEMIC YEAR 2011 - 2012

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Faculty, Staff and Student Highlights from 2010-2011




March 16, 2012


Athletic Training Professors
Contribute Chapters to Book

Dr. Kirk Brumels and Dr. R. Richard Ray of the Hope College faculty are among the experts who have co-authored chapters in the new textbook “Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy,” published earlier this year by Human Kinetics.

The book is an introductory text to athletic training and sports medicine coursework, and was developed to align with the newest, 2011, athletic training education competencies of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Featuring 23 chapters by 12 athletic training educators with experience at the professional and collegiate levels, the 640-page hardcover volume was edited by Susan Kay Hillman, who is a member of the faculty of A.T. Still University in Arizona.

Brumels, who is an associate professor of kinesiology and program director of athletic training education, co-authored nine of the book’s chapters. Ray, who is provost and professor of kinesiology at Hope and former director of the athletic training program, co-authored two of the chapters.

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March 16, 2012


David Krombeen Named a Division III
First Team Basketball All-American

The post-season basketball honors continue to fall on Hope College senior guard David Krombeen of Grandville (Grandville HS).

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) today (Thursday) named Krombeen a Division III first team All-American,. He is one of just eight players from the 405 Division III programs to be named to the first team.

He becomes Hope's seventh alltime NABC Division III All-American, joining Chip Henry (1st team, 1984). Eric Elliott (3rd team, 1990 and 1991); Wade Gugino (3rd team, 1992); Duane Bosma (3rd team, 1995); Joel Holstege (2nd team, 1997 and 1st team, 1998; and Stephen Cramer (3rd team, 2007.)

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March 12, 2012


Hope Science Division
Honors Two Professors

The Division for the Natural and Applied Sciences (NAS) at Hope College has honored two faculty with awards designed to recognize excellence in teaching or research.

Dr. Aaron Cinzori, who is an associate professor of mathematics and chairperson of the department, has received the “Mary J. DeYoung Faculty Mentoring, Advising and Teaching Award.” Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, who is an assistant professor of chemistry and Towsley Research Scholar, has received the “James N. Boelkins Research Promise Award.” Both awards were announced during a luncheon at the college on Thursday, March 8.

The “Mary J. DeYoung Faculty Mentoring, Advising and Teaching Award” recognizes a faculty member who is exceptional in classroom teaching and instruction, research mentoring, and advising either academically, for career, or with student clubs and organizations. The winner is selected by a panel of students. The award was renamed earlier this year in honor of DeYoung, who died in July 2011 at age 58 due to cancer.

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March 12, 2012


All-Region Honors Presented Hope Basketball Players and Coach Matt Neil

An MIAA conference championship season highlighted by a 23-game winning streak by the Hope College Flying Dutchmen has caught the attention of Division III coaches in the Great Lakes region who have announced honors for senior David Krombeen and junior Nate Snuggerud and their coach Matt Neil.

Senior guard David Krombeen (Grandville/Grandville HS) was the top vote-getter in the poll of Great Lakes coaches belonging to the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He is joined on the All-District first team by Clayton Black of Wittenberg, Tim Brady of Ohio Wesleyan, Kevin Knab of Marietta, Corey Schontz of John Carroll and Nick Wilcox of Bethany.

Junior forward Nate Snuggerud (Zeeland/Zeeland East HS) is an all-district second team honoree. He is joined by British Alexander of Bethany, Justin Hallowell of Wooster, Spencer Niekamp of Capital and Jamaal Watkins of Hiram.

Hope coach Matt Neil has been named the Great Lakes District Coach of the Year. Neil in his first two seasons as coach has led the Flying Dutchmen to back-to-back conference championships and appearances in the NCAA Division III championships. This year's team posted a 27-2 record to improve Neil's two-year mark to 50-9.

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March 5, 2012


Students and Alumna Win Honors
in Regional Singing Auditions

Multiple Hope College singers and area high school students who study voice at Hope earned honors during the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Great Lakes Regional Competition, held at Grand Valley State University on Saturday, March 3.

The event featured more than 100 singers from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

Senior Brent Smith of Owosso won first place in the Fourth-Year College Men category.

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February 28, 2012


Hope Students Named Finalists
in Opera Competition

A total of four Hope College students were named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Senior Jenna Buck of Elburn, Ill., junior Haley Hodges of Hart, senior Caitlin McDougall of Flint and senior Brent Smith of Owosso are among nine finalists chosen from a total of 15 select contestants from Hope, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. They and the other finalists will compete in the final round scheduled for Sunday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Aquinas College’s Kretschmer Auditorium.

The Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition provides an opportunity for outstanding student vocalists being trained full-time at Greater Grand Rapids-area colleges and universities to compete in a professional competition and to be recognized for excellence by a professional opera company. The participating students are asked to perform two arias in differing styles, languages and composers from opera and/or operetta.

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February 27, 2012


Hope Faculty and Students to Make Michigan Academy Presentations

Several Hope College faculty and students who have conducted research will make presentations during the 118th Annual Conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, to be held at Alma College on Friday, March 2.

The interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary event will feature nearly 500 presenters in 32 sections in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. The majority of presenters at the conference will be from colleges and universities. The remaining presenters are employed by public libraries, government agencies, research organizations, non-profit groups or K-12 schools, or are independent scholars.

The participants from Hope will make a total of 14 presentations in the sections focused on education, environmental science and ecology, French and Italian language and literature, the geological sciences and sociology.

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February 16, 2012


Three Members of Hope Faculty Named GLCA Teagle Pedagogy Fellows

The Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) has appointed three Hope College faculty members to key roles within a new program focused on enhancing student learning and achievement.

The GLCA has named Dr. Thomas Ludwig, who is the John Dirk Werkman Professor of Psychology, Dr. Joanne Stewart, who is a professor of chemistry, and Dr. Scott VanderStoep, who is a professor of psychology and chairperson of the department, as GLCA Teagle Pedagogy Fellows.

The 20 Fellows were chosen through a selective process of nomination and application. They are distinguished not just by their knowledge of research on human learning and pedagogical technique, but also by their strong interest in working with faculty colleagues within and across GLCA member colleges to enhance liberal arts teaching and learning.

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February 9, 2012


“Share The Bowl” Program
Produces ‘Gr-r-reat’ Results

Students at Hope, Calvin and Aquinas colleges ramped up their intake of cereal in the month of December so there would be enough Corn Flakes to restock West Michigan Food Banks for 2012.

It was part of Creative Dining Services and Kellogg’s “Share the Bowl” program, through which Kellogg’s company pledged to match every bowl consumed by students during the month.

“Our students really got behind this project,” said Chuck Melchiori, Vice President of Business Development, Creative Dining Services. Our goal was for each of the colleges to consume 6,400 bowls, and we exceeded that goal.

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February 8, 2012


Biography Focuses on Clover Adams

Although the marriage and death of the 19th-century Bostonian Marian “Clover” Adams were well documented, it was the story that hadn’t been told that most fascinated Dr. Natalie Dykstra of the Hope College English faculty.

In telling it in her newly published biography “Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Dykstra had a crucial ally: Clover Adams herself, whose letters and artistic eye, as expressed in her portrait and landscape photography, provide a new and compelling view of her life.

The result, according to “Library Journal,” “reads as well as any page-turning novel,” while Booklist has said, “Dykstra’s contextually rich and psychologically discerning portrait of an underappreciated luminary is enlightening and affecting.”

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February 6, 2012


Two Professors Chosen for Lilly
Summer Seminar in Northern Ireland

Dr. Virginia Beard and Dr. Ernest Cole of the Hope College faculty are among the 15 scholars nationwide chosen to participate in the 2012 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, “Teaching Peace and Reconciliation: Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland.”

The July 7-28 event will be based at the Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, and is sponsored by Aquinas College of Grand Rapids through the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which is housed at Christ College of Valparaiso University in Indiana. The seminar will address the history of the Anglo-Irish conflict in Ireland and the move to a post-conflict society, with emphasis on the theory and practice of peace and reconciliation in a Christian context.

Both Beard and Cole focus on issues related to reconciliation in their scholarly work.

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February 2, 2012


Steve VanderVeen Receives
Michigan Campus Compact Award

Dr. Steven VanderVeen, who is a professor of management and director of the Center for Faithful Leadership at Hope College, has received a Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award.

The award recognizes outstanding community service and service-learning by faculty and staff at the colleges and universities that are members of MCC. Recipients are honored for engaging or influencing students to be involved in community service or service-learning through modeling, influence or instruction. The awards are given to one recipient from each member institution that nominated someone.

VanderVeen was honored on Monday, Jan. 30, during an awards ceremony and dinner scheduled in conjunction with MCC’s 15th “Service Learning and Civic Engagement Institute Conference,” which was held at Michigan State University at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

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February 2, 2012


Senior Kylen Blom Wins Prize in Entrepreneurship Competition

Hope College senior Kylen Blom was named one of two winners in the January “5x5” entrepreneurship competition held in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Blom won $2,000 in support of “My Great Lake,” a start-up company focused on celebrating the Great Lakes.

Through the monthly “5x5” event, five entrepreneurs chosen previously through online voting each have five minutes to present five slides to a panel of five judges for a chance at $5,000 in grant money in support of their effort. The competition takes place on the last Tuesday of each month at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. “My Great Lake” shared the January 2012 prize with “Hey! Grand Rapids! Let’s Eat!!!,” which received $3,000.

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February 1, 2012


U.S. Professional Tennis
Association Honors Jorge Capestany

The United States Professional Tennis Association has announced honors for several of its top teachers, coaches, players and volunteers, including Jorge Capestany, manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College, who has been inducted to the 2012 Hall of Fame for the Midwest division.

Capestany is a 5-time USPTA Michigan Pro of the Year and 2-time Midwest Pro of the Year. Jorge has been published in several industry publications and has been a frequent speaker at the PTR International Symposium, the USPTA World Conference on tennis, the USTA Tennis Teachers Workshop in New York and many other conventions. In his 30 years in the industry, he has created and directed lesson programs that have generated over one million dollars in revenue a year.

As a coach, Capestany has developed many nationally ranked juniors including three national champions. In his career, his lesson programs have developed more than 180 HS state Champions in Michigan.

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Dr. Moses Lee works on a research project with Keith Mulder

January 24, 2012


Hope Tops List in Support
from Research Corporation

In celebrating its milestone 100th anniversary across 2012, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is making a point of honoring the colleges to which it has made a crucial difference, including Hope.

Earlier this month, RCSA, which is the nation’s oldest foundation devoted wholly to science, announced the 10 liberal arts colleges in the United States that have received the most research grants in its history. Hope topped the list with 64 research grants, a total shared with Williams College of Williamstown, Mass.

RCSA is a major funder of undergraduate research involving early-career faculty and students, and notes that its grant awards are, therefore, a reflection of a college’s commitment to undergraduate research and its role in science education.

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January 26, 2012


Hope Students to Perform in Dance Concert

In celebrating its milestone 100th anniversary across 2012, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is making a point of honoring the colleges to which it has made a crucial difference, including Hope.

Earlier this month, RCSA, which is the nation’s oldest foundation devoted wholly to science, announced the 10 liberal arts colleges in the United States that have received the most research grants in its history. Hope topped the list with 64 research grants, a total shared with Williams College of Williamstown, Mass.

RCSA is a major funder of undergraduate research involving early-career faculty and students, and notes that its grant awards are, therefore, a reflection of a college’s commitment to undergraduate research and its role in science education.

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Katrina Baker, Heather Benson, Jenna Buck


January 23, 2012


Hope Voice Students Performing in
Grand Rapids Opera Production

In celebrating its milestone 100th anniversary across 2012, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is making a point of honoring the colleges to which it has made a crucial difference, including Hope.

Earlier this month, RCSA, which is the nation’s oldest foundation devoted wholly to science, announced the 10 liberal arts colleges in the United States that have received the most research grants in its history. Hope topped the list with 64 research grants, a total shared with Williams College of Williamstown, Mass.

RCSA is a major funder of undergraduate research involving early-career faculty and students, and notes that its grant awards are, therefore, a reflection of a college’s commitment to undergraduate research and its role in science education.

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From left to right, Josh Kammeraad, Nick Hazekamp and Ben Bockstege.

January 23, 2012


Computer Science Students Publish Software in Use around the World

In celebrating its milestone 100th anniversary across 2012, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) is making a point of honoring the colleges to which it has made a crucial difference, including Hope.

Earlier this month, RCSA, which is the nation’s oldest foundation devoted wholly to science, announced the 10 liberal arts colleges in the United States that have received the most research grants in its history. Hope topped the list with 64 research grants, a total shared with Williams College of Williamstown, Mass.

RCSA is a major funder of undergraduate research involving early-career faculty and students, and notes that its grant awards are, therefore, a reflection of a college’s commitment to undergraduate research and its role in science education.

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January 23, 2012


Book Shares Insights for
Developing Sexual Integrity

A new book by Dr. Caroline Simon of the Hope College philosophy faculty is designed to help guide readers in achieving a clearer perspective on sexuality in the midst of the myriad—and sometimes conflicting—messages that surround them.

Her book, “Bringing Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity,” was published earlier this month by InterVarsity Press of Downers Grove, Ill.

In the book, Simon, who is the interim dean for the social sciences as well as a professor of philosophy at Hope, identifies and evaluates several perspectives through which people understand sex and sexuality. While emphasizing one in particular--a Christian “covenantal” view of sexuality as life-uniting within the context of marriage—she considers how awareness of the others can help inform a fuller understanding of both self and culture.

“In this fine book Caroline Simon delivers marvelously on what she promises: philosophically informed insight into the complexities of human sexuality,” said Dr. Richard J. Mouw, who is president and professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary. “Not that she stays on the level of theory. There is much practical wisdom here on the ‘ordinary’ interactions of our highly sexualized culture: flirtation, seduction, ‘hook-ups,’ and much more!”

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January 23, 2012


Chemist Jeff Johnson Receives
NSF Faculty Development Award

Dr. Jeff Johnson of the Hope College chemistry faculty has received a major award through the “Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program” of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Johnson’s award will support not only his on-going research but development of an introductory First-Year Seminar in “green chemistry” and sustainability, and connections with Hope College TRIO Upward Bound to help encourage the program’s high school students in their science and mathematics studies. Totaling $400,000 across five years, the grant will become active beginning in September.

The CAREER awards are for new faculty members pursuing academic careers involving both research and education. The NSF’s goal is to enhance science education in the United States by supporting the early development of outstanding beginning professors in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.

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Among employees honored for long-time service were Laurie Brock (Admissions, 35 years), Dean William Reynolds (Arts & Humanities, 40 years) and Dawn Van Ark (Van Wylen Library, 40 years).

January 20, 2012


Hope Honors Employees for Service

Hope College staff members were recognized for service during the college’s annual service award luncheon, held on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.

Honored as retirees were Jill Cameron, office of the department of mathematics and computer science, 13 years; Joyce Otto, office of the department of kinesiology, 25 years; Martha Reyes, office of financial aid, 33 years; and Jon Huisken, registrar’s office, 42 years.

Honored for 40 years of service were William D. Reynolds, dean for the arts and humanities; and Dawn Van Ark, Van Wylen Library. Marking 35 years of service was Laurie Brock, admissions.

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January 12, 2012


Hope Students Earn Bronze Medal in International Physics Contest


Left to right: Caitlin Taylor, Matthe Eiles, Andrew McCubbin

A team of three Hope College students has won a bronze medal, placing in the top half among 77 teams from around the world participating in the 2011 University Physics Competition for undergraduate students.

The Hope team consisted of junior Matthew Eiles, a physics and mathematics major from Beaverton, Ore.; junior Andrew McCubbin, a computer science and physics major and mathematics minor from Galesburg; and senior Caitlin Taylor, a physics major and mathematics minor from Kalamazoo.

Working at their home institutions in teams of up to three, the participating students prepared formal solution papers to one of two problems posted on the competition’s website late in the day on Friday, Nov. 4. The competitors had a total of 48 hours to complete their work. The results were announced in December.

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January 10, 2012


Publication Honors Jorge Capestany

Jorge Capestany, manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College, has been named the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year by “Racquet Sports Industry” magazine.

“Racquet Sports Industry” has honored Capestany as one of its 2011 “Champions of Tennis.” The annual awards recognize people, businesses and organizations that are making a difference in the tennis industry, and include profile stories in the magazine’s January issue.

Of Capestany, the publication notes, “When it comes to teaching tennis and educating fellow coaches, few people have done as much as Jorge Capestany.” Also in the article, PTR’s chief executive officer, Dan Santorum, describes Capestany as “a wonderful ambassador for our sport.”

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January 9, 2012


Hope Presents Awards to Faculty

Hope College presented awards honoring teaching, service and scholarship to multiple faculty members during the college’s annual recognition luncheon on Monday, Jan. 9.

Named a “Towsley Research Scholar” was Aaron Putzke, assistant professor of biology.

The “Janet L. Andersen Excellence in Teaching Awards” were presented to Billy Mayer, professor of art, and Sonja Trent-Brown, associate professor of psychology.

The “Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Awards” were presented to Andy Nakajima, associate professor of Japanese, and Roger Nemeth, professor of sociology.

The “Academic Computing Advisory Team (ACAT) Innovation Award” was presented to Barry Bandstra, who is the Evert J. and Hattie E. Blekkink Professor of Religion.

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November 2, 2011


Servant Leaders Recognizing
Servant Leaders

A recent study commissioned by Hope College points to the college as a major economic engine in West Michigan, contributing $213 million annually to the local economy.

Noting that 80.5 percent of the college's revenue comes from outside the area studied, the study estimates that $1 in every $40 spent in the region is spent because of Hope, and that one out of every 40 people is in the region because of Hope, which creates 1,000 jobs in the area. In addition to spending by the college, students and visitors to campus, the total includes the earnings impact of the alumni who live in the region, the value of the college's cultural events, and the value of the more than 120,000 volunteer-service hours contributed annually by faculty, staff and students.

The study, which covered Ottawa and Allegan counties and was conducted by an independent research firm, analyzed data for the year covering July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010.

The college shared the results during "The Impact of Hope College," a presentation sponsored by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with a luncheon in the Maas Center at Hope. The event also included an overview of the college's $175 million "A Greater Hope" comprehensive campaign, which was announced in October and will add several new buildings to campus and major enhancements of the college's endowment.

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November 2, 2011


Report Cites Hope’s Overall Economic Impact at $213 Million Annually

A recent study commissioned by Hope College points to the college as a major economic engine in West Michigan, contributing $213 million annually to the local economy.

Noting that 80.5 percent of the college's revenue comes from outside the area studied, the study estimates that $1 in every $40 spent in the region is spent because of Hope, and that one out of every 40 people is in the region because of Hope, which creates 1,000 jobs in the area. In addition to spending by the college, students and visitors to campus, the total includes the earnings impact of the alumni who live in the region, the value of the college's cultural events, and the value of the more than 120,000 volunteer-service hours contributed annually by faculty, staff and students.

The study, which covered Ottawa and Allegan counties and was conducted by an independent research firm, analyzed data for the year covering July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010.

The college shared the results during "The Impact of Hope College," a presentation sponsored by the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with a luncheon in the Maas Center at Hope. The event also included an overview of the college's $175 million "A Greater Hope" comprehensive campaign, which was announced in October and will add several new buildings to campus and major enhancements of the college's endowment.

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THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF HOPE COLLEGE



 

October 27, 2011


Van Wylen Library Receives
Statewide Citation of Excellence

The Van Wylen Library at Hope College has received a 2011 Citation of Excellence from the Library of Michigan Foundation.

The award was presented on Thursday, Oct. 27, during the State Librarian's Luncheon of the annual conference of the Michigan Library Association, held in Kalamazoo. The citation honors excellence in customer service, recognition that Van Wylen Library director Kelly Jacobsma noted is especially meaningful.

"I am grateful to the Library of Michigan Foundation for honoring the contributions and exceptional customer service that the staff of the Van Wylen Library provided our community this past year," said Jacobsma, who is the Genevra Thome Begg Director of Libraries and an associate professor at Hope.

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October 27, 2011


Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings
Honors Huw Lewis

Celebrating its 30th year, Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings (DCWS) has honored Dr. Huw Lewis of the Hope College music faculty as one of 30 individuals whose support, leadership and generosity over the years have helped make the three-decade milestone possible.

When DCWS was formed in 1982, Lewis was director of music at Detroit's St. John's Episcopal Church, where he had founded the St. John's Bach Society. He made the church available to DCWS for its first concerts, and the St. John's Bach Society served as the fiduciary for DCWS until the organization obtained its own tax exempt status.

Lewis was among several of the honorees recognized during DCWS's "30 Something" concert and 30th Year Gala on Saturday, Oct. 22. His participation in the event included performing the harpsichord in a suite by Handel with DCWS members Kevin Good, Vicki King and Don Baker, who are also Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians.

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October 26, 2011


Hope Considered a "Best Value"
by Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Hope College is included in the annual rankings of the best values among private institutions, according to the annual rankings by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.

The publishers says the listing recognizes colleges and universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Hope is ranked 68th out of the 200 in the rankings. Every college and university in the country was evaluated.

"Hope College placed in the top 200 because of a high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources and overall great value," according to the publisher.

A year ago Hope was ranked 77th. There are only two other private Michigan institutions in the rankings, Hillsdale College and Kalamazoo College.

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October 24, 2011


NSF Grant Supports Research into Relationship between Fungi and Grass

A multi-year research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded an interdisciplinary study at Hope College of the symbiotic relationship between grass and fungus.

Dr. Thomas Bultman, professor of biology and chairperson of the department, is leading the effort to understand the way that varieties of fungus help protect Canada wild rye grass from creatures that might eat the grass. Working with samples grown at Hope, the research team will be studying the fungi's effect on seeds taken from as far south as Texas to as far north as Minnesota.

Titled "Collaborative Research: RUI: Testing Mutualism Theory Using Endophytic Fungi and Their Host Grass," the project has received $355,541 in support through the NSF's "Research in Undergraduate Institutions" (RUI) program. The award includes $280,290 running from September of this year through August 2014, and an additional $75,251 for 2014-15 contingent upon the availability of funding and project progress.

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October 14, 2011


Hope Announces $175 Million “A Greater Hope” Comprehensive Campaign

Hope College has launched the largest single fundraising effort in the college's history, a $175 million comprehensive campaign that will benefit every student as it adds several new buildings and provides major boosts to the college's endowment.

Hope announced the "A Greater Hope" comprehensive campaign on Friday, Oct. 14, in conjunction with the college's Homecoming Weekend and following the conclusion of the fall meeting of the college's Board of Trustees.

The effort will result in major enhancements to the campus and community landscape, including the construction of a concert hall and music building on Columbia Avenue at Ninth Street, an art museum on Columbia at 11th Street and a student center in the central campus adjacent to the historic Pine Grove. The endowment support will be equally significant despite being less visible, and will contribute $30 million for student scholarships and another $20 million for faculty-student collaborative research, a signature part of the Hope experience for which the college has repeatedly received national recognition across the years.

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A GREATER HOPE WEBSITE



A new student center planned for the heart of the Hope College campus will be named for presidential couple Jim and Martie Bultman (pictured). The Cheri DeVos VanderWeide family of Ada, Mich. provided a $10 million lead gift. Cheri is a co-chair of the campaign.

October 14, 2011


New Student Center to Be Named
for Jim and Martie Bultman

A new student center planned for the heart of the Hope College campus will be named for presidential couple Jim and Martie Bultman, who throughout their time at the college have placed students first.

Announced as part of the college's "A Greater Hope" comprehensive campaign on Friday, Oct. 14, the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center will be constructed in the central campus, adjacent to Hope's Pine Grove. The 42,000-square-foot facility will provide dynamic, attractive space to promote student interaction and a myriad of events in exciting venues, and will serve as a beacon drawing students to their campus "family room."

The Cheri DeVos VanderWeide family of Ada, Mich. provided a $10 million lead gift. Cheri is a co-chair of the campaign

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A GREATER HOPE WEBSITE


 

October 14, 2011


Advising and Teaching Award
to Be Named for Mary DeYoung

The "Dean's Science Division Mentoring/ Advising/ Teaching Award" is being renamed for faculty member Mary DeYoung, who died this summer, in honor of her outstanding dedication to working with students.

Dr. Moses Lee, who is dean for the natural and applied sciences and professor of chemistry, announced the name change during the division's annual fall luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. The award, "The Mary J. DeYoung Natural and Applied Sciences Division Faculty Mentoring, Advising and Teaching Award," will next be given during the division's spring luncheon on Thursday, March 8, in the science center.

"I am convinced this is the most fitting way to honor our beloved colleague Mary DeYoung and her exemplary record as a long-time teacher, mentor and advisor," said Dr. Moses Lee, dean for the natural and applied sciences and professor of chemistry. "She would have been very deserving of this award, since she was nominated several times in the past. Students spoke enthusiastically and warmly of her and they revered her as a professor. She will be missed, but with this award her legacy at Hope College will forever be cherished."

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October 10, 2011


Yooyeun Hwang of Education Faculty Honored for Teaching in Korea

Dr. Yooyeun Hwang, professor of education at Hope College, has been honored for her teaching while at the Catholic University of Korea during a spring 2011 sabbatical.

Hwang was recognized as an excellent instructor based on the teaching evaluations completed by the university's students at the end of the semester. She taught three courses at the university last spring, one in "Educational Psychology" for undergraduate students and two sections of "Reading and Cognition" for graduate students.

Hwang has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1996. At Hope she teaches courses including "Educational Psychology," the "Leaning and Learning Strategies" seminar in the department of psychology, and the interdisciplinary "Encounter with Cultures" course. Her research projects have included studies concerning students' learning and their learning strategies and of college students' development of reflective thinking. Among other professional activities, she has served as a reviewer for professional research organizations such as Midwestern Education Research Association (MWERA) and American Educational Research Association (AERA).

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October 10, 2011


Alumni H-Club Honors
James and Martie Bultman

The alumni H-Club at Hope College will present its "Hope for Humanity Award" to President James E. Bultman and Martie Bultman on Saturday, Oct. 15, during the college's Homecoming Weekend.

The Bultmans are being honored for their dedicated service to Hope as president and first lady of the college since 1999. James Bultman will be retiring at the end of June.

The "Hope for Humanity Award," first presented in 1990, recognizes Hope athletic alumni for consistent service to others and demonstrating the values of Christian commitment and service. The H-Club consists of Hope alumni who were athletic letter winners and other honorary letter winners as approved by the H-Club's Board of Directors.

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September 26, 2011


Department of Energy Supports Development of Isotope Retrieval System

A major research grant to Dr. Graham Peaslee of the Hope College chemistry faculty from the U.S. Department of Energy is supporting a project that seeks to do some recycling at the atomic level.

Peaslee is leading an effort to develop a system for collecting leftover radioisotopes generated through the use of large particle accelerators. He noted that the material, which currently goes to waste, could then be put to a variety of uses depending on the type collected, from cancer treatments to detecting illicit nuclear activity abroad.

The U.S. Department of Energy has supported the project with an $840,000, two-year research award for nuclear chemistry that will take effect beginning in December.

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September 22, 2011


Edye Evans Hyde Named West
Michigan Jazz Musician of the Year

Edye Evans Hyde of the Hope College music faculty has been named the 2011 Musician of the Year by the West Michigan Jazz Society.

An instructor of vocal jazz at Hope, she was honored during an awards banquet on Monday, Sept. 19, at The Watermark Country Club in Grand Rapids.

The recognition in conjunction with the award also includes a three-page feature about her in the group's September newsletter, "Jazz Notes," which celebrates her as "leading lady of theatre and song."

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September 20, 2011


NSF Award Funds Purchase of
High-Resolution Atomic Force Microscope

Enabling users to write words in a space just a fraction of the width of a human hair isn't the purpose of the newest microscope coming to Hope College, but the capability reflects the precision and flexibility that will support multiple research programs in chemistry and physics as well as laboratory-based courses.

Hope has received a $214,750 award from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Instrumentation Program for an atomic force microscope that will be used in scanning probe microscopy at the college. The instrument, to be installed in November, will allow extremely magnified examination of a variety of materials, producing high-resolution, three-dimensional images detailed to the atomic level. Beyond topography, the instrument will measure properties like magnetic force, electric force and frictional force, and will allow additional manipulation of the samples.

The grant proposal for the atomic force microscope was co-authored by Dr. Mary (Beth) Anderson, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Jennifer Hampton, assistant professor of physics. Both will be using the instrument in their on-going research projects conducted collaboratively with Hope students, as will three of their colleagues. The instrument will also find use in upper-level courses at the college.

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September 20, 2011


2011-12 College Guides Praise Hope College

Hope College continues to receive accolades from editors of college guides as the newest editions of a variety of the publications debut in tandem with the advent of the school year nationwide.

Recent guides that list Hope among the select number of institutions they single out for praise include the 2012 "America's Best Colleges" published by "U.S. News & World Report," the 2012 "Fiske Guide to Colleges" and the "America's Top Colleges" guide published in August by "Forbes Magazine."

The annual rankings compiled by "U.S. News & World Report" have once again included HopeCollege among the 100 best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

The college is 94th out of 280 institutions that are considered national liberal arts colleges in the rankings.

In addition, Hope also continues to be included among the institutions that the publication recognizes for providing outstanding undergraduate research/creative project opportunities.

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September 12, 2011


Largest Freshman Class
Gives Hope Record Enrollment

A record-sized incoming class has helped propel Hope College to the highest overall enrollment in the college's history.

Hope has enrolled 3,249 students this fall, surpassing the previous high of 3,238 students set in the fall of 2008.

It is the sixth year in a row that enrollment at the college has topped 3,200. Enrollment last year was 3,202.

The student body includes a record-high 848 students in college for the first time. The previous high was 819 first-time students in the fall of 2007.

The enrollment by class, with last year's class in parentheses, is: freshmen, 847 (781); sophomores, 756 (742); juniors, 698 (739); seniors, 867 (877); and special students, 81 (63). The student body consists of 1,245 men and 2,004 women from 43 states and territories and 33 foreign countries.

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September 12, 2011


Mystery Novels in Ancient Rome
Continue with “The Corpus Conundrum”

The protagonist doesn't have an easy time of it in "The Corpus Conundrum: A Third Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger," the newly published mystery set in ancient Rome by Dr. Albert Bell of the Hope College history faculty.

As the book opens, Bell's title character - a real-life figure from the first century A.D.-- is enjoying a respite at home recovering from the events of the previous volume in the series. The tranquility doesn't last long, with the discovery of a body during a hunting expedition drawing him back into service as a detective.

The man who was found appears to be dead, but Pliny cannot determine the cause. His servants take the body back to the estate and place it in the stable, under guard. The next morning the man is gone. As Pliny and his friend the historian Tacitus try to determine what happened to him, they encounter a man who claims that the missing man was his 700-year-old father and a woman who may be an empusa - a Roman vampire.

"Publishers' Weekly" has praised the book, noting that "Bell deftly blends clues and period details in this worthy alternative to the Roman historicals by such better known authors as Steven Saylor and Lindsey Davis." Steven Saylor himself said, "Bell's choice of protagonists... is inspired. His writing is clear and crisp. His use of the historical sources is ingenious." In her review N. S. Gill said, "Were the Roman sub-genre as popular as it deserves to be, you'd find this on the grocery store shelves alongside the feline contributions of the late Lilian Jackson Braun."

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September 6, 2011


Moses Lee to Speak at International Conference on Science Education

Dr. Moses Lee, who is dean for the natural and applied sciences and a professor of chemistry at Hope College, has been invited to be a featured speaker during an international conference focused on improving the teaching of science in higher education.

Lee is one of only nine science educators - and the only one from an undergraduate college - being featured during the conference "Transforming Education: From Innovation to Implementation," taking place on Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 10-12, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. He will be speaking as part of a panel of college and university leaders addressing "How to Lead and Facilitate Institutional Change."

The conference's goals include development of a working position paper on effective practices for transforming STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.

The presenters represent a mix of government agencies, science organizations, and higher-education settings. The event's special guest is Dr. Carl E. Wieman, associate director of science with the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the opening address will be presented by science educator and consultant Dr. Robert B. Barr, author of "From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Undergraduate Education." The other speakers in addition to Lee are from organizations and institutions including the National Science Foundation (NSF); The National Academies/the National Research Council; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia; the University of Minnesota; and Chattanooga State Community College.

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September 1, 2011


2011-12 Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation Scholars

Congratulations to the 2011-12 class of Mellon Scholars -- Elizabeth Badovinac, Anthony Bernarz, Lauren Ezzo, Kayleigh Forlow, Joseph Frakes, George Getschman, Kaitlyn Homwood, Tessa Judge, Lauren Madison, Alex Mouw, Madalyn Northuis, Amanda Palomino, Hailey Perecki , Taylor Rebhan , Kara Robart, Chikara Saito, Sara Sanchez, Kevin Wonch. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholars Program in the Arts and Humanities promotes steady progress, in stages, toward a more profound intellectual engagement with the disciplines, a greater degree of responsibility for one’s own learning, and an increasing level of autonomy in research and creative endeavors. Visit Mellon Scholars website



August 30, 2011


Hundreds of Students to
Spend Day Volunteering

Some 390 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college's "Time to Serve" program on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Most of the students will be members of the newly arrived freshman Class of 2015. The students signed up shortly after their arrival at Hope, during "New Student Orientation," for the mass volunteer effort.

The students will be working in groups of six to 12 at more than 30 sites from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the greater Holland area, and will range from sorting at Bibles for Mexico and Goodwill Industries of West Michigan, to helping with the animals and grounds at the Critter Barn, to groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

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Mortar Board's executive committee for 2011-12 is: Marc Tori, president; Adam Simon, vice president; Bethany Stripp, secretary; Katherine Garcia, treasurer; Jenny LaRoche, membership chair; Mia Savagian, alumni chair; Michael Dirksen, communication chair; Jackie Canonaco, historian; Bryan Kunkler and Colin Rathbun, webmasters; and Prof. Dianne Portfleet and Martha Bultman, advisors.

August 30, 2011


Hope Mortar Board Chapter
Earns National Awards

Building on a tradition of recognized excellence, the Hope College chapter of Mortar Board received multiple awards during the national organization's annual summer conference earlier this year, including recognition as one of the top five chapters in the country.

The honors follow having received multiple awards during each of the past several years, including being named the top chapter during the national conference a year ago. There's a five-year wait before the chapter will be eligible to be considered for the top award again.

The awards program recognized activities during the 2010-11 school year. Hope received a "Golden Torch Award," 12 "Project Excellence" awards, and the second annual "First Book Award" for having been the top chapter in the national "Reading is Leading" Virtual Book Drive Challenge. The conference was held on Friday-Sunday, July 29-31, in Chicago, Ill.

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August 25, 2011


Graham Peaslee and Charlotte
vanOyen-Witvliet Named to Professorships

Long-time faculty members Dr. Graham F. Peaslee and Dr. Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet have both been appointed to endowed professorships at Hope College, succeeding colleagues whose tenure in the positions has concluded.

Peaslee has been appointed the Elmer E. Hartergink Professor of Chemistry. vanOyen-Witvliet has been appointed the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Professor of Psychology.

In addition to recognizing faculty members for excellence, endowed chairs provide funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support. The college has a total of 20 endowed chairs for faculty and three endowed administrative positions.

First held in 2002, the John H. and Jeanne M. Jacobson Endowed Professorship is designated for a tenured faculty member with a commitment to the Christian faith who is an outstanding teacher-scholar or artist and who proposes to conduct a significant program of research or creative activity. The professorship is open to faculty from any department, with appointment for a four-year term. The professorship was established as a retirement recognition in honor of Dr. John H. Jacobson, who was 10th president of HopeCollege from 1987 to 1999, and his wife, Dr. Jeanne M. Jacobson, who was an adjunct member of the Hope education faculty and a senior research fellow with the college's A.C. Van Raalte Institute. It was previously held by Dr. Caroline Simon of the Hope philosophy faculty.

First held in 1995, the Elmer E. Hartgerink Endowed Professorship recognizes an outstanding chemist dedicated to students, teaching and research, and committed to the Christian faith. It was established by Elmer E. Hartgerink, a 1939 Hope graduate who spent his career as a chemist, serving in the latter part of his career as chair and chief executive officer, and then chairman of the board, of Wyckoff Chemical Company Inc. in South Haven. Hartgerink, who died in February 2000, received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the college in 1988. The professorship was previously held by its original recipient, Dr. William Mungall, who retired from the faculty at the end of June.

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August 23, 2011


Nursing Graduates Earn Perfect Pass Rate

Hope College nursing graduates have consistently bested the national and state averages in passing the national licensing exam. This year, they did it perfectly.

Every Hope College nursing graduate of the 2010-11 school year passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). It is the highest pass rate in the history of the program, which achieved pass rates of 97 percent during 2009-10 and 95 percent during 2008-09.

The state and national averages for 2010-11 were 92 percent and 91 percent respectively.

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August 17, 2011


Stacy Jackson and Anne Larsen Named
to New Endowed Professorships

Hope College has appointed two current faculty members to new endowed professorships beginning with the start of the coming school year.

Dr. Stacy L. Jackson has been appointed the Kenneth J. Weller Professor of Management, and Dr. Anne R. Larsen has been appointed the Lavern '39 and Betty De Pree '41 Van Kley Professor of French.

The two new endowments reflect the college's emphasis on adding more of the professorships to recognize outstanding faculty members, along with providing them with funding for summer research projects as well as some salary support. The college now has a total of 20 endowed chairs for faculty and three endowed administrative positions, and is seeking to establish more.

"An endowed professorship represents an advanced stamp of approval on professors who have proven their worth to the academy," said Dr. James E. Bultman, president of HopeCollege. "A major initiative at Hope has been to secure more endowed professorships that will reward, recognize and retain some of our most distinguished professors."

Bultman noted that the college is grateful to those who, as through the Weller and Van Kley professorships, help provide an exceptional education for students by supporting talented and dedicated faculty. "It's a very visionary act and generous act for a couple or person to establish an endowed professorship that will ensure long-term quality teaching, scholarship and attentiveness to the mission of the institution," he said.

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