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Hope College Last Lecture Series to Feature Mark Husbands

Hope College Last Lecture Series to Feature Mark Husbands

HOLLAND – Dr. Mark Husbands of the Hope College religion faculty will present a public lecture on doing Christian Theology in a Secular Age titled “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night,” on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.
Husbands, who is the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Associate Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope, will be speaking through the “Last Lecture Series” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the national Mortar Board honorary society to feature members of the faculty.  The chapter will give away copies of the book “The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God” by Robert Louis Wilken to the first 50 in attendance, as well as copies of the “Last Lecture” to audience members following the address.

Biography Focuses on Clover Adams

HOLLAND – Although the marriage and death of the 19th-century Bostonian Marian “Clover” Adams were well documented, it was the story that hadn’t been told that most fascinated Dr. Natalie Dykstra of the Hope College English faculty.

In telling it in her newly published biography “Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Dykstra had a crucial ally:  Clover Adams herself, whose letters and artistic eye, as expressed in her portrait and landscape photography, provide a new and compelling view of her life.

The result, according to “Library Journal,” “reads as well as any page-turning novel,” while Booklist has said, “Dykstra’s contextually rich and psychologically discerning portrait of an underappreciated luminary is enlightening and affecting.”

Two Hope College Professors Chosen for Lilly Summer Seminar in Northern Ireland

HOLLAND – Dr. Virginia Beard and Dr. Ernest Cole of the Hope College faculty are among the 15 scholars nationwide chosen to participate in the 2012 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, “Teaching Peace and Reconciliation: Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland.”

The July 7-28 event will be based at the Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, and is sponsored by Aquinas College of Grand Rapids through the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which is housed at Christ College of Valparaiso University in Indiana. The seminar will address the history of the Anglo-Irish conflict in Ireland and the move to a post-conflict society, with emphasis on the theory and practice of peace and reconciliation in a Christian context.

Ottawa County United Way Launches "Everyday Hero Campaign"

Ottawa County United Way Launches "Everyday Hero Campaign"

Story contributed by the Holland Chamber of Commerce
by Patrick Moran

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  In Ottawa County, we also know that … when the going gets tough, the tough give generously.

That’s what we are hoping happens now.  Because it’s crunch time … for the campaign, and for our community.  Last fall we set a very ambitious goal of $2.3 million for this year’s campaign.  That’s $400,000 more than last year’s goal, and almost 12 percent more than  the $2,031,496 we raised last year.

U.S. Professional Tennis Association Honors Jorge Capestany

U.S. Professional Tennis Association Honors Jorge Capestany

HOLLAND – The United States Professional Tennis Association has announced honors for several of its top teachers, coaches, players and volunteers, including Jorge Capestany, manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center at Hope College, who has been inducted to the 2012 Hall of Fame for the Midwest division.

Capestany is a 5-time USPTA Michigan Pro of the Year and 2-time Midwest Pro of the Year.  Jorge has been published in several industry publications and has been a frequent speaker at the PTR International Symposium, the USPTA World Conference on tennis, the USTA Tennis Teachers Workshop in New York and many other conventions. In his 30 years in the industry, he has created and directed lesson programs that have generated over one million dollars in revenue a year.

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

Leadership West Michigan Graduates 27 in December 2011

The 2011 class of Leadership West Michigan (LWM) graduated on December 15, 2011. The class of 27 participated in 8 day sessions over the past 4 months which included a two day bus tour of the region and culminated in Regional Trustee day and graduation.

Patricia Ackerberg - Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce  
Justin Arnold - WMPS  
Charles Ash, Jr. - Warner Norcross & Judd LLP  
Douglas Bagley - Ottawa Area ISD - MTEC  
Michael Brecht - St. Mary's Health Care  
Marlene Brostrom - Michigan Works Ottawa County  
Cindy Brown - Hello West Michigan  
Frederick Bw'Ombongi - Spectrum Health  
Valerie Byrnes - Barry County Chamber of Commerce  
Kyle Dannenberg - Ottawa Area Intermediate School District  
Lori Duff - TrueNorth Community Services  
Kathy Finkler - Davenport University  
Jeffrey Hoerle - Priority Health  
Ammy Johnson - Harbor Hospice