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Two Hope College students excel in national poetry competition

Two Hope College students excel in national poetry competition

HOLLAND – Two Hope College students have been named semi-finalists in poetry in the national Norman Mailer High School and College Writing Awards competition.

Senior Alex Mouw of Holland and junior Lindsay Timmerman of Hamilton are among only 20 students from colleges and universities around the country recognized in the Four-Year College Poetry category.  The only other institution to have as many honorees in the category was Yale University.

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

West Michigan's own Iron Chef competition unfolds September 24

You don’t have to switch your TV to the Food Network tonight to catch an Iron Chef competition.

Eight teams of student chefs will try to out-cook one another Tuesday, September 24 during the 2013 Cascade Iron Chef competition.   Chefs from the Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will prepare gourmet cuisine using the "secret ingredient" for a chance to take home the iron skillet award and a college scholarship.  WZZM 13’s Valerie Lego will emcee the competition, which will be judged by a panel of local celebrities.  The judging panel includes:

Hope College Presidential Colloquium to debut with expert on Lincoln

Hope College Presidential Colloquium to debut with expert on Lincoln

HOLLAND – Dr. Richard Carwardine, who is an internationally recognized expert on Abraham Lincoln and president of Corpus Christi College of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, will make three presentations at Hope College on Wednesday, Sept. 25, as the first speaker of the college’s new Presidential Colloquium lecture series.

 

Hope College hosts acclaimed organist for free concert

Hope College hosts acclaimed organist for free concert

HOLLAND –Organist Yun Kyong Kim will visit Hope College Tuesday, September 17 for a special 7:30 p.m. performance at Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Kim is in great demand as a solo organ recitalist. Concert reviewers have described her as “a splendid keyboard soloist,” (Dayton Daily News) and have said that she “plays with great sensitivity and with great élan,” (The Diapason).

The program will consist of: “Comes Autumn Time,” by Leo Sowerby; “In Memoriam: Titanic, Op. 10 No. 1” and “Elfes, Op. 7 No. 11,” by Joseph Bonnet; “Concert Etude on an Australian Folk Tune,” by Robert Ampt; “Clair de lune (Suite II, Op. 53, No. 5)” and “Les Cloches de Hinckley (Suite IV, Op. 55, No. 6)” from “Pièces de Fantaisie,” by Louis Vierne; and “Conversations,” “Fast Dance,” “Nocturne” and “Finale” from “Fiesta!,” by Iain Farrington.

Can pond scum fuel our future?

Can pond scum fuel our future?

HOLLAND, Mich.—Pond and lake scum might be the key to fueling our future.

Learn how algae can be transformed into a biofuel during a free lecture Wednesday, September 11. Western Michigan University chemistry professor John Miller will present “Algal biofuels: Energy, Environment and Economy” at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, starting at 3:30 p.m. 

According to Miller, algae can yield more biofuel than other plants and is much simpler to process.  Miller says the leftovers can also be used to amend soil.

Wednesday’s presentation is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  For special accommodations, call (517) 432-4499. 

Hope College lecture addresses how society shapes language

Hope College lecture addresses how society shapes language

 HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. Anne Curzan of the University of Michigan will present the address “Local Language Choices, Broader Social Change” through the De Graaf Lecture Series at Hope College on Monday, Sept. 9.

The presentation starts at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

During the talk, Curzan will consider words used every day that have been the focus of conscious language reform efforts to promote a more inclusive and equitable language, examining examples such as “he” versus “he or she,” and “gay” versus “homosexual.”  Curzan will also consider the extent to which social attitudes shape language as well as whether language has the power to shape social attitudes.

Car wash and bake sale for man in need of organ donation

Car wash and bake sale for man in need of organ donation
HOLLAND, Mich.—A car wash and bake sale will take place at Lakeshore Transmissions this weekend, to help a Grandville man in need of a liver transplant.

John Castaneda was diagnosed with liver cancer last year.  While he awaits a transplant, Castaneda, 57, faces steep medical bills.  The average liver transplant costs approximately $575,000, and that doesn’t include a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications.  Castaneda will also be forced to temporarily relocate 150 miles from home during recovery, leading to substantial expenses for food, travel and lodging.