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Hope College staff members to be honored for impact on students

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Long-time staff members Tom Renner and Maura Reynolds have been named recipients of Hope College’s 14th annual Vanderbush-Weller Awards for strong, positive impact on students.

The award recognizes and supports the efforts of Hope faculty and staff who make extraordinary contributions to the lives of students. Renner, who is associate vice president for public and community relations, and Reynolds, who is director of advising and associate professor of Latin, will be honored during a luncheon on Thursday, May 2.

“There is no doubt that Maura and Tom are two people who have shaped students and influenced Hope College in profound ways,” said Dr. Richard Frost, vice president and dean of students at Hope, whose office coordinates the award, which is presented based on nominations from the campus community. “Their spirit and competence is exceptional, but their heart is what makes them special.”



Downtown Holland comes alive on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00pm to 1:00am with the biggest, coolest night of live music. Purchase your $15.00 wristband on-line at www.groovewalk.com or at Curragh Irish Pub located at 73 East 8th Street in Holland. There are a limited number of wristbands. You must be 21 or over to attend GrooveWalk. Your wristband is your ticket to all 13 GrooveWalk venues but proper ID is required for each venue.

Hope College students recognized by the Goldwater Foundation

HOLLAND, Mich. – Three Hope College juniors—Timothy Lewis, Danielle Mila and Caitlin Ploch—have received honorable mentions from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The foundation awarded 271 scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from throughout the United States. Another 200, like Lewis, Mila and Ploch, received honorable mentions.

The scholarship recipients and honorable mention designees were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of their colleges and universities.

Lewis, who is from South Haven, is majoring in computer science and mathematics, and has been conducting collaborative research while at Hope with Dr. Charles Cusack, who is an assistant professor of computer science.

Hope College students and alumni recognized by National Science Foundation

HOLLAND, Mich. – Five Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates are being recognized through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

 Seniors James Bour of Kalamazoo and Andreana Rosnik of Shelby Township have each received honorable mention through the program.

In addition, 2012 Hope graduates Elena Caruthers and John Patrick Lutz each received fellowships, and 2012 Hope graduate Hilary Bultman received honorable mention.  Lutz had received honorable mention last year as a Hope senior.

 It is the sixth year in a row that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have received fellowships or honorable mention in the program.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year, and recognized another 1,809 students with honorable mention.

The awards are for students in the early stage of pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in NSF-su

Shop bringing Zeeland a taste of the sea celebrates grand opening

Shop bringing Zeeland a taste of the sea celebrates grand opening

ZEELAND, Mich. – Eco Reef is reopening under new ownership.

Iraq War veteran Jeff Smith will celebrate his new business with a grand opening celebration Saturday, April 6. The event will feature sales and promotions from noon to 5 p.m. that day.

The Otsego resident bought the business from Adam and Nick Fernandez.  Adam Fernandez says the sale is great for Zeeland, because Eco Reef will stay right where it is.

 Eco Reef is a saltwater aquarium retail store which offers aquarium installation and maintenance services.  The store’s owners say it features West Michigan’s greatest display of live fish and coral in 2,000 gallons of saltwater.

Eco Reef is located at 56 E. Main Ave. in Zeeland.  For more information about the business, visit Eco Reef’s website.

Cabin Counselors Needed at Camp New Day, July 7-12

Cabin Counselors Needed at Camp New Day, July 7-12

GRAND HAVEN, Mich., March 27, 2013—Camp New Day, a summer camping experience held one week each year especially for children whose parents are incarcerated, is seeking cabin counselor volunteers to supervise youngsters from July 7 to 12 in Reed City, Michigan.

Camp New Day is known as a camp like no other. It is held at the Albright United Methodist Camp site, at 3156 190th Avenue in Reed City. Camp New Day is a ministry of the Prison and Restorative Justice Committee of the West Michigan Conference of Methodists, a ministry of the Board of Church and Society of the Detroit Methodist Conference, as well as a Jubilee Project of the denomination.

Cabin counselor volunteers need to be adult men and women 18 years and older to be considered. Each cabin counselor is responsible for six-to-eight kids, aged 9 to 14, who are organized by age group in cabins while the camping experience is in session.

Law Enforcement Memorial to be built in Ottawa County

Law Enforcement Memorial to be built in Ottawa County

Ottawa County Sheriff, Gary Rosema, is heading up a drive to build a commemorative wall to honor law enforcement officers who serve and have served Ottawa County. The wall would also serve as a memorial to any and all officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Sheriff Rosema, who may be serving his last term in office, has been dwelling on this idea for more than a decade but funds for a project like this are just not available. Finally, this spring, he launched a fundraising campaign to erect this memorial wall and garden near the entrance of the Ottawa County Filmore Complex, located at 12220 Filmore St in West Olive. No public money will be used for this project expected to cost $80,000.00. Ottawa Co. Sgt. Val Weiss is the coordinator for the fund raising project and said $5000 has already been donated by Northwestern University.