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Hope College scholar creates first comprehensive history of Holland

Hope College scholar creates first comprehensive history of Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. – Described by one reviewer as a “magnum opus,” the first comprehensive history of the community of Holland, written by Dr. Robert P. Swierenga of the A.C. Van Raalte Institute at Hope College, more than deserves the title.

“Holland Michigan:  From Dutch Colony to Dynamic City” chronicles the entire sweep of the city’s history since 1847, when the initial band of Dutch settlers founded the community.  The book is a three-volume set totaling more than 2,600 pages with nearly 900 photographs.  Swierenga spent more than 10 years conducting research for and writing the history.  The index alone, some 200 pages long, required several months to create.

The book has been published by the Van Raalte Press at Hope and the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. of Grand Rapids/Cambridge.  It is part of the Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America.

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

Hope College Concerto and Aria Concert Rescheduled to Jan. 28

HOLLAND – Hope College has rescheduled its annual Concerto and Aria Concert featuring student soloists performing with the college’s orchestra to Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

The concert will feature seven students who were selected through a competition held this past October.  The students and selections they will be performing with the orchestra are:

Rebecca Flinker, a soprano and junior from Leeds, Mass., singing “Art is Calling for Me (I Want to be a Prima Donna)” from the opera “The Enchantress,” by Victor Herbert;

Eve Panning, a violinist and junior from Holland, performing the first movement from the “Violin Concerto in D minor,” by Jean Sibelius;

12th Street Harmony student group wins a cappella competition

12th Street Harmony student group wins a cappella competition

HOLLAND, Mich. – The 12th Street Harmony student vocal group at Hope College won Best Male Group in the fourth annual A Cappell-Off Collegiate A Cappella Competition organized by Grand Valley State University and held at Allendale High School on Saturday, Jan. 18.

 The vocal ensemble competed with two other groups for the award.  The event also featured competition for Best Female Group, Best Mixed Group and Best Overall.

Hope College Winter Happening returns Jan. 25

Hope College Winter Happening returns Jan. 25

HOLLAND – Carcinogens in the environment, a children’s village in Rwanda, the art and architecture of sacred spaces, wolves in Michigan, the Macatawa Watershed and Greek drama in the Americas will all be featured during the annual Hope College Winter Happening on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Winter Happening will feature multiple seminars in two blocks in the morning, a special luncheon program highlighting 47 years of photos and story by retired Hope publicist Tom Renner, and a home men’s basketball game with Kalamazoo College. Open to the general public, the event is sponsored by the college’s office of public and community relations.

Admission to the seminars is free.  There is an admission charge for the luncheon and the basketball game.

The morning will feature six seminars, three at 9:30 a.m. and three at 11 a.m.  The 9:30 a.m.

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

ASU president-elect to present MLK Civil Rights lecture

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, president-elect of Alabama State University, will present the address “The Heart of an Activist: Grow Local, Think Global” on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel as part of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Lecture at Hope College.

The public is invited.  Admission is free. The presentation will address key issues regarding the use of scholar-activism in addressing major social and cultural issues.

Boyd will begin her tenure as Alabama State University’s 14th president, the first woman to hold the position, on February 1.  The first African-American to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University, she has most recently served as an engineer and executive assistant to the Applied Physics Laboratory chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the past 33 years.

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

HOLLAND, Mich.—Nearly 6,000 square feet of newly renovated space is now open to a new generation of chefs.

Last summer, Careerline Tech Center began transforming the space into a teaching arena like no other high school in Michigan.  The new facility allows students to train on commercial grade equipment typically found in elite culinary colleges.  The equipment includes a steam/convection oven, new fryer and two broiler ovens.  Construction crews also added a demonstration lab with tiered seating and video monitors for optimal viewing.

“Our program is at capacity and the students are amazed at the new facilities,” says Joe Carmolli, culinary and pastry arts instructor for CTC. “Recent graduates told me they wish they could come back to experience the new lab. They are a little jealous.” 

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.