A variety of activities have been scheduled for the annual Homecoming Weekend at Hope College, running Friday-Sunday, Oct. 22-24.
Highlights include the return of the long-running Run-Walk, the 100-year celebration of the Delta Phi sorority, the presentation of a Young Alumni Award during the Homecoming Celebration Brunch, a tailgate picnic for alumni, and reunions for the classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. The weekend is expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.
Many of the Homecoming events are open to the public.
Author and educational consultant Sheila Tobias will present the address "Teachers' Authority vs. Teacher Accountability: Must We Choose?" on Friday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium as the 2010 Gentile Interdisciplinary Lecture. Admission is free.
The Hope College Faculty Jazz Group with Edye Evans-Hyde will perform on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. Admission is free.
The De Pree Art Center is featuring the exhibition "Katherine Sullivan: The Docile Body" through Friday, Nov. 19. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The 32nd annual Hope Run-Walk will feature a 5K run and a 3,200-meter prediction walk on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 9 a.m. Both events will begin at the DeVos Fieldhouse, which will also host a health fair display the same morning from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a seminar by Dr. Tammy Born, D.O., from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
The annual Homecoming Celebration Brunch will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 9:30 a.m. The brunch will feature the presentation of a Young Alumni Award to Luke Pinkerton, a 1997 graduate who is a co-founder as well as president and chief technology officer of Ann Arbor-based Polytorx. The brunch will also include recognition of the reunion classes of 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005.
The Hope-Geneva Bookstore in the DeWittCenter will be open on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bookstore will also sponsor a tent staffed by members of the college's Alumni Board and featuring selected Hope merchandise, primarily clothing, at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. through the end of the college's game with Trine University of Angola, Ind.
There will be an alumni lacrosse game on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the DeVos Fieldhouse. Admission is free.
The Alumni H-Club's annual Homecoming luncheon will begin on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 10:35 a.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse. The event will include a celebration of alumni that are "Called to Coach," and will also feature the presentation of 2010 Hope for Humanity Awards to Dr. Glenn Van Wieren and Karla Wolters, Hope alumni who both retired from the college this past spring after teaching and coaching for many years.
There will be a women's alumnae soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 11:30 a.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
There will be a tailgate picnic for alumni and their families on Saturday, Oct. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. at SmallenbergPark. Tickets for the seventh annual picnic may be ordered in advance for $5 for adults and children age five and above, with admission free for children under five, by sending a check to: Hope College; Alumni Relations; PO Box 9000; Holland, MI 49422-9000 or by credit card by calling (616) 395-7250, or by registering online at www.hope.edu/alumni/ . Tickets will also be sold on-site.
In place of a Homecoming parade, student organizations are arranging displays and will make presentations at the park in conjunction with the picnic. The Children's After School Achievement (CASA) program, which was named Michigan's "Outstanding Mentoring Program" in the 2010 Governor's Service Award program this summer, will also feature a tutor reunion during the event.
The Flying Dutchmen will host Trine University in football at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for adult general admission, $3 for general admission for those under 18, and free for children five and under. They are being sold in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which faces Fairbanks Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets and is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
Halftime will feature the presentation of the 15th annual "Faculty Appreciation Award," as chosen by the student body; the introduction of the Homecoming Court; and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen. In addition, the college's chapter of Mortar Board will be holding a children's book drive at the stadium beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Women's soccer will host Alma College on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18, with admission free for children five and under, and will be available at the gate.
Volleyball will host Adrian College on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18, with admission free for children five and under, and will be available at the gate.
There will be a men's alumni soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
Men's soccer will host Trine College on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18, with admission free for children five and under, and will be available at the gate.
A Homecoming worship service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The service will feature the college's Chapel Choir and Alumni Chapel Choir under the direction of Dr. Brad Richmond of the Hope faculty. The service will be led by the college's campus ministries team.
The Delta Phi Sorority's centennial celebration will include a gathering on Friday. Oct. 22, and the tailgate picnic on Saturday, Oct. 23.
Events for the reunion classes include the celebration brunch at the Haworth Inn and ConferenceCenter and evening parties on Saturday.
Saturday, Oct. 23, will also include several affinity-group reunions beginning at 4 p.m., including for international students and alumni; nursing alumni; alumni of the Phelps Scholars Program; and past participants in the college's Alumni May Term and Vienna Summer School.
The De Pree Art Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. The DeVos Fieldhouse is located facing Fairbanks Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets. The DeWitt Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street. Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street. The Haworth Inn and ConferenceCenter is located on College Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets. Holland Municipal Stadium and Smallenberg Park are located on Fairbanks Avenue at 13th Street. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St. Van Andel Soccer Stadium is located on Fairbanks Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets.
A full schedule of Homecoming activities and a link to the online registration are available at www.hope.edu/alumni/