Eight Long-Time Faculty to
Retire at End of School Year
Posted April 16, 2001
HOLLAND -- A total of eight long-time Hope College
faculty members will be retiring at the end of the current
They span the college's three academic divisions--
arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural and
physical sciences. Together, they have devoted 234 years of
service to Hope.
In addition to Dr. Jacob E. Nyenhuis, provost and
professor of classics, whose retirement was announced in the
fall, those retiring this year are: Dr. William Cohen,
professor of history; Joan C. Conway, professor of music;
William H. Japinga, associate professor of business
administration; Dr. Peter L. Jolivette, professor of
physics; Dr. Joseph W. MacDoniels, professor of
communication; Dr. Gisela Strand-Hales, professor of German;
and John Van Iwaarden, professor of mathematics.
"The college's outstanding faculty has been
central to Hope's identity and success through the years,"
said President James E. Bultman. "This year's faculty
retirees exemplify the extraordinary combination of
scholarly excellence, concern for students and overall
dedication that has made Hope College the exceptional place
that it is. They hold the respect and affection of current
and former colleagues and students alike."
"We as a campus community celebrate with them the
opportunity that retirement will provide for them to enjoy
and focus their lives in new ways," he said. "At the same
time, however, we regret for ourselves the loss of their
daily presence in our lives and in this place."
William Cohen has been a member of the faculty since 1971.
His scholarship has included the topics of slavery and post-
Civil War black mobility. In 1993, he received the Southern
Historical Association's Francis Butler Simkins Award for
his book "At Freedom's Edge: Black Mobility and the
Southern White Quest for Racial Control, 1861-1915."
In addition to his teaching, he has also advised
Hope students interested in applying for prestigious,
highly-competitive Marshall and Rhodes scholarships for
graduate study. Under his guidance, three Hope students
have received the awards since 1990. In January, he
received Hope's "Provost's Award for Excellence in
Prior to coming to Hope, he was a research
associate with the Center for Urban Studies at the
University of Chicago for three years.
Joan Conway, who joined the faculty in 1969, is well-
known throughout the Midwest as a soloist, chamber player
and accompanist. She has chaired the college's Faculty
Recital Series for many years.
She is past president of the Michigan Music
Teachers' Association (MMTA). The MMTA named her State
Teacher of the Year in 1992. In 1994, the MMTA presented
her with its first Distinguished Service Award.
She received an Alumni Citation from her
undergraduate college, Lebanon Valley College, in 1996.
She spent 13 years performing and teaching in New
York City before coming to Hope. Among other venues, she
has played in Carnegie Recital Hall, Town Hall and Lincoln
William Japinga joined the faculty full-time in 1981 after
serving as an adjunct professor since 1979. His teaching
emphasis has been on management and marketing.
He became men's tennis coach in March of 1982,
succeeding 22-year coach Lawrence "Doc" Green, who died in
January of that year. He coached the team through the 1992
season, with numerous players earning honors in the MIAA.
From 1978 to 1981, he was director of tennis and
head professional of Holland Tennis Club. He had previously
been vice president and director of tennis at the Racquet
Club in Lake Bluff, Ill. He had previously taught at
Northern Illinois University, Western Michigan University
and Northwestern University.
Peter Jolivette joined the faculty in 1976. His
research interest is in nuclear physics, and he has authored
or co-authored many articles concerning his work. Through
the years he has received numerous outside grants in support
of his research.
Earlier this year, he was elected a Fellow in the
American Physical Society. He was recognized for his
leadership throughout his career in developing undergraduate
research in nuclear physics. Of the 200 Fellows named for
2000, he was one of only two from an undergraduate college.
Prior to joining the Hope faculty, he held
research and teaching positions at the University of Notre
Joseph MacDoniels joined the faculty in 1972. His
research interests have included leadership theory and
During his 29 years on the faculty--17 as chair--
he has played a leadership role in helping design the
department's curriculum and in hiring outstanding faculty to
match the program's emphases. The program's approach has
earned national acclaim. The department received national
"Program of Excellence" recognition from the Senior College
and University Section of the Speech Communication
Association (SCA) in 1995, and regional recognition in both
1989 and 1991.
He has been active nationally in considering the
teaching of communication at the undergraduate level and
helping to better equip faculty members to do so. He co-
founded the annual "Institute for Faculty Development:
Communication Theory, Research and Pedagogy Conference,"
first held in 1985 and hosted by Hope through last summer.
In 1997, the National Communication Association presented
him with a Presidential Citation for creating the program.
In 1994, he received the Federation Prize from the Central
States Communications Association for a peer mentoring
program for faculty engaged in research.
He received an Alumni Recognition Award from his
undergraduate alma mater, Culver-Stockton College, in 1993.
Prior to coming to Hope, he was an instructor in
speech at the University of Kansas at Lawrence.
Gisela Strand-Hales joined the faculty in 1969. She has
taught courses in not only the German language, but on
German culture and literature as well. She has received
research support from external agencies including the NEH
and the Goethe Institute.
Her activities have included coordinating the
department's "language houses," cottages for students
sharing an interest in the same language, and advising the
German Club and the Delta Phi Alpha German honorary society.
She was born in Germany and did her undergraduate
work in Freiburg and Vienna. Prior to coming to Hope, she
taught at Vanderbilt University.
John Van Iwaarden joined the faculty in 1961, four
years after graduating from Hope with majors in mathematics
and physics. He has taught courses in computer science and
physics as well as mathematics.
His publications include the books "Ordinary
Differential Equations with Numerical Techniques," "College
Algebra" and "Discrete Structures--Essential Computer
For more than two decades, he announced Hope
football and basketball games on local radio; more recently,
he has been the public address system announcer for women's
basketball. Since 1995, he has been one of Hope's faculty
representatives to the MIAA and the NCAA.
His community involvements have included chairing
both the Holland Township Planning Commission and the Park
Township Planning Commission.
Prior to coming to Hope, he had taught at Michigan