Multiple events open to the entire community have been scheduled during the annual Homecoming Weekend at Hope College, running Friday-Sunday, Oct. 12-14.
Highlights include performances and presentations in the arts and an academic lecture, athletic competition, a 5K run and 50K bike ride, and a barbeque on campus. The weekend will also feature reunion activities geared toward alumni from 1984 through 2012 and for affinity groups. The weekend is expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.
Hope will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the Haworth Engineering Center on Friday, Oct. 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the 10th Street side of VanderWerf Hall. Participants will include Richard Haworth, who is chairman emeritus of Haworth Inc.; Kurt Dykstra, mayor of Holland; James Bultman, president of Hope College; Dr. R. Richard Ray Jr., provost and professor of kinesiology; Dr. John Krupczak Jr., professor of engineering and chairperson of the department; and Lauren Aprill, a junior engineering major from Cedar. Members of the faculty will also be available after the ceremony to lead tours of the building. Admission is free.
The annual Gentile Lectureship will feature the address “Optimizing Health Care Outcomes: Interdisciplinary Team Research” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium. The speaker will be Dr. Barbara Given, who is associate dean for research, director of the doctoral program and the University Distinguished Professor in the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. Admission is free.
Hope is hosting the Midwest Volleyball Invitational on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, at the DeVos Fieldhouse. Hope will play on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for students 18 and under, and will be sold at the door.
Multiple alumni will be participants in the panel discussion “History, Law School and the Practice of Law” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in room 121 of Lubbers Hall. Admission is free.
An exhibition of artwork by Hope alumni opening during the weekend will be preceded by a panel presentation on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in the De Pree Art Center. The exhibition itself will open with a reception in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Following the opening, the gallery will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition will continue through Sunday, Nov. 18. Admission is free.
The Great Performance Series will feature Rennie Harris Puremovement dance on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11-12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland. Tickets are $18 for regular admission, $13 for senior citizens, and $6 for children 18 and under, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
Hope College Theatre is presenting “Helen” by Ellen McLaughlin on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, and Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 10-13, at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for students, and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.
There will be two reunion parties for alumni on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.: a “Young Alumni Reunion Party” ($15) for the classes of 2002-12, and a “Not-Quite-As-Young Alumni Reunion Party” ($25) for the classes of 1984-2001. Advance registration is required, and additional information including the admission cost is available by calling the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (616) 395-7250 or at hope.edu/homecoming.
The event for the classes of 1984-2001 will also feature the presentation of Young Alumni Awards to 1998 graduate Daniel Capps of Orono, Maine, and 1997 graduates Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale of Highland Park, N.J. Capps is an assistant professor of science education at the University of Maine, and Seth and Stephanie Kaper-Dale are co-pastors of the Reformed Church of Highland Park.
The activities on Saturday, Oct. 13, will begin with a 50K recreational bike ride starting at 8 a.m. and a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., both at Holland Municipal Stadium. Registration for the bike ride is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $15 for Hope students, faculty and staff. Registration for the run is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $10 for Hope students, faculty and staff. The fee for registration for the run will increase by $5 after Friday, Oct. 5. Participants may register online at hope.edu/homecoming or by calling the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (616) 395-7250.
There will be a men’s alumni lacrosse game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at the DeVos Fieldhouse lawn. Admission is free.
The Hope-Geneva Bookstore in the DeWitt Center will be open on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 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 Alma College.
There will be a “Fall Fling BBQ” for alumni and friends of the college on Saturday, Oct. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. Based on the forecast, the Fall Fling BBQ will be moved into Phelps Dining Hall and the Maas Center. Almost all of the fun
activities scheduled to take place outside will be able to be held indoors. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, and will be available at the event.
The Flying Dutchmen will host Alma College in football at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for adult general admission and $3 for general admission for those under 18. They are being sold in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets will also be available at the gate.
Halftime during the football game will feature the introduction of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen; and the presentation of appreciation awards by the college's Social Activities Committee and student life office to Susan M. Cherup, who is the Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt Professor of Education, and Kerri Allen, resident director in Dykstra Hall. The college’s chapter of Mortar Board will have a table set up, to collect gently used children’s books and donations, through halftime of the football game.
There will be a men’s alumni soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
There will be a women’s alumnae soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
Hope alumnus Josh Quinlan (saxophone/keys), who is a member of the college’s Class of 1999, and his trio (bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Alejandro Castano) will present a jazz clinic on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m. and a jazz concert on Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Both events will take place in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music. Admission is free.
Men’s soccer will host Alma College on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18, and will be available at the gate.
A Homecoming worship service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, 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 sermon will be delivered by the Rev. Don Jansma, a 1954 Hope graduate who is a retired Reformed Church in America pastor.
Saturday, Oct. 13, will also include several affinity-group reunions. The college’s fraternities and sororities will hold events at 10 a.m. Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be gatherings for alumni of the political science, international studies and Baker Scholars programs, as well as for international alumni.
A full schedule of Homecoming activities and a link to the online registration are available at hope.edu/homecoming.