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My Town Holland: Hope College Students earn awards in opera competition

My Town Holland: Hope College Students earn awards in opera competition

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College students earned first place and finalist honors during the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Sophomore Rosemary Walsh of Evanston, Ill., was the first place winner in Division II, the division for college freshmen and sophomores.  Junior Danielle Meyer of Dearborn was one of three students named finalists in Division I, the division for college juniors and seniors.

The next round in the competition is scheduled for Sunday, April 6.  Walsh will sing as the Division II winner, and Meyer and the other Division I finalists will compete for the Division I awards.

My Town Holland: Hope College to honor speaker for promoting a just society in South Africa

My Town Holland: Hope College to honor speaker for promoting a just society in South Africa

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College is presenting an honorary degree to Professor H. Russel Botman, rector and vice-chancellor of Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in recognition of his leadership in higher education and the Reformed church to promote a more just society for all South Africans.

“Russel Botman is admired internationally as a leader in higher education, the Reformed church and South African society,” said Hope College President John C. Knapp. “He was instrumental in bringing about the peaceful end of South African apartheid and has since mobilized one of Africa’s leading universities to help solve the many problems facing his country and region.”

Botman will receive the degree, the Doctor of Letters, on Tuesday, March 4, at 4 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

My Town Holland: Hope College students edit "Paradigm Flip" book project

My Town Holland: Hope College students edit "Paradigm Flip" book project

HOLLAND, Mich. – A team of Hope students had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and see the results in print after working together to edit the book “Paradigm Flip: Leading People, Teams, and Organizations Beyond the Social Media Revolution”, by author Ben Lichtenwalner of Zeeland.

Senior Kara Robart of Newaygo and junior Katherine Sauer of Brookfield, Ill., served as senior editors.  The other students on the editing team were 2013 graduate Lydia Blickley of Grand Rapids; junior Hannah Gingrich of Potsdam, N.Y.; 2013 graduate Chelsea Grainer of Clarkston; sophomore Hope Hancock of Tremont, Ill.; and junior Taylor Ann Krahn of Mishawaka, Ind.

My Town Holland: Theatre production at Hope College marks milestone for professor

My Town Holland: Theatre production at Hope College marks milestone for professor

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College’s production of “Middletown” by Will Eno is a particular milestone for longtime theatre professor John Tammi.

Under Tammi's direction, Hope College Theatre is presenting “Middletown” in the DeWitt Center main theatre. It began on Friday, Feb. 14, and is continuing Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 19-22. Performances are at 8 p.m.

The production is marking the end of an era in theatre at Hope;  it is the last play Tammi will direct before retiring.   Tammi, a professor of theatre, has been a member of the faculty since 1968 and is concluding his tenure at Hope at the end of the academic year.

Inforum Names Catherine Rogg as vice president

Inforum Names Catherine Rogg as vice president

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Inforum)--  Inforum announces the appointment of Catherine Rogg as vice president, corporate engagement.The new position is based in Inforum’s Grand Rapids office and signals the organization’s growth and continued investment in West Michigan since establishing it as a major hub for Inforum in 2006. As vice president, corporate engagement, Rogg will be the relationship lead for corporate investors and companies, serving as one of the most visible brand ambassadors for the organization in the West Michigan region and state of Michigan.

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.

Hundreds of people set to volunteer in Holland's SOUPer Bowl

Hundreds of people set to volunteer in Holland's SOUPer Bowl

HOLLAND, Mich.-- On Sunday, Feb. 2, Kids Against Hunger – Grand Rapids will team up with more than 400 members of Providence Church in Holland to package 20,000 meals for hungry children and their families.

The event will take place at the Holland Civic Center located at 150 W. 8th Street.  It's been made possible through fundraising by Providence Church.

During the food packaging, volunteers will also participate in a “Walk for Warmth” through the community,  to raise money for the Salvation Army. 

With 26 community-based events last year, Kids Against Hunger is a productive contributor in the fight  to end world hunger. In 2013, alone, the organization helped feed more than 1,380,000 starving children.