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My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

My Town: Governor Snyder selects West Michiganders to serve MMSA

LANSING, Mich.—Two community leaders from West Michigan are joining a Michigan authority focused on forging relationships between municipalities and school districts.

On Thursday, Governor Snyder announced the appointment of Al Vanderberg  and to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee,  as well as the appointment of Stacie Behler as chair of the executive committee and the MMSA board.  The MMSA encourages cooperation between communities in school district, overseeing services they can share.

“Increasing collaboration between local units of government and getting the most out of citizens' tax dollars remains an important focus as we continue to reinvent government,” Snyder said. “I appreciate the willingness of both Al and Stacie to serve in these important roles in that effort.” 

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

My Town: Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program accepting applications

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HOLLAND, Mich. (Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce) — Applications for the 2014 Lakeshore ATHENA Scholarship Program are now being accepted at the Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce. The scholarships, offered through the Lakeshore ATHENA Awards Program, a collaboration of The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake Ferrysburg, Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, and the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, assist women in reaching their full potential through financial support for training programs and education.

My Town Holland: Hope College hosts Model United Nations high school conference

My Town Holland: Hope College hosts Model United Nations high school conference

HOLLAND, Mich.– Hope College is hosting its 43rd annual Model United Nations conference for high school students on Thursday and Friday, March 6-7.

More than 800 students and faculty from the greater Midwest are competing in various simulations. Acting as delegates from the 192 member nations of the United Nations in two General Assemblies, four Security Councils, an International Court of Justice, and an Economic and Social Council, the students are being faced with issues pertaining to the current international affairs.

Issues being discussed in this year’s conference include a drug summit, nuclear disarmament, blood diamonds, endangered species, debt forgiveness, food crisis, the Spratly Islands, unrest in Korea, Colombian drug war, and the Egyptian civil war.

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: West Ottawa to dance for pediatric patients

My Town Holland: West Ottawa to dance for pediatric patients

HOLLAND, Mich.—West Ottawa High School students will be dancing the evening away this Friday to help children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

This is the second year West Ottawa’s National Honor Society has held the Dance Marathon to benefit pediatric patients.  Hanna Paquette will be among the students dancing from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“I dance because if these kids can fight through sickness, the least I can do is support them for six hours," said Paquette, a West Ottawa junior.