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  Teaching as Christian Service
          HOLLAND -- A new "Pew College Society" that will
  be established at Hope College during the 1997-98 school
  year through a three-year grant from the Pew Younger
  Scholars Program and the Pew Charitable Trusts will
  encourage Hope students to pursue scholarly careers as
  Christian Service.
          "The goal of the Hope Pew Society," according to
  Marc Baer, professor of history and director of the program,
  "will be to encourage some of our most gifted students to
  see college and university teaching as a field of Christian
  service, and thereby help prepare the next generation of
  Christian scholars."
          In addition to challenging academically successful
  students at Hope to pursue scholarly careers as avenues to
  Christian service, the society will also help them gain
  admission to Ph.D. programs at major universities.  While
  designed primarily for students in the humanities and social
  sciences, the Hope program will be open to all students
  interested in integrating Christian faith and the academic
          The Hope Pew Society program will build upon
  existing curricular and extracurricular activities that
  promote interaction between senior scholars and students.
  Such activities include departmental honor societies, weekly
  seminars featuring professors from research universities,
  and encouragement of student research.
          New activities to be sponsored by the Pew Society
  program include meetings especially designed for minority
  students interested in academic careers; day trips to
  research universities such as the University of Michigan and
  the University of Chicago; and a mentoring program.
          Those interested in further information are
  encouraged to contact the director of the Hope Pew Society
  program, Professor Marc Baer, by phone (395-7589) or through
  e-mail (BAER@HOPE.EDU).

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