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Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

Careerline Tech Center opens newly renovated culinary classroom

HOLLAND, Mich.—Nearly 6,000 square feet of newly renovated space is now open to a new generation of chefs.

Last summer, Careerline Tech Center began transforming the space into a teaching arena like no other high school in Michigan.  The new facility allows students to train on commercial grade equipment typically found in elite culinary colleges.  The equipment includes a steam/convection oven, new fryer and two broiler ovens.  Construction crews also added a demonstration lab with tiered seating and video monitors for optimal viewing.

“Our program is at capacity and the students are amazed at the new facilities,” says Joe Carmolli, culinary and pastry arts instructor for CTC. “Recent graduates told me they wish they could come back to experience the new lab. They are a little jealous.” 

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

Hope students and faculty take honors in regional theatre festival

HOLLAND, Mich. – While most Hope College students were beginning their classes, 39 of their peers and three faculty members were busy participating in the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Saginaw Jan. 7-12.

Students are nominated to participate in the festival based on work created during the previous calendar year.  In addition to being chosen to attend, multiple Hope students received further recognition during the event.

Hope theatre faculty member Michelle Bombe chairs the regional organization, which this year included 1,300 participants from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.  In addition, more than 50 guest artists participated from all over the United States and Canada.

Several students were nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions based on their performance in a production at Hope during 2013, with two receiving semi-finalist or finalist recognition.

TEDx Haworth presenter brings message to MSU in Holland

TEDx Haworth presenter brings message to MSU in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich.—  A TEDx speaker will take his message of green chemistry to Holland Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Mike Werner recently spoke at TEDx Macatawa about the role of green chemistry in the circular economy.  You can watch his talk here. Werner will present “Green Chemistry and Sustainable Product Design” at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Werner is a chemist, engineer and sustainability strategist with Haworth.  He gave up the life of a pharmaceutical chemist to dedicate himself to eliminating toxic chemicals from consumer products instead of creating them. Werner has served as a sustainability advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Building Sciences.

Hope College invites community voices for April 'Requiem' performance

Hope College invites community voices for April 'Requiem' performance

HOLLAND – The Hope College Chorus will sing John Rutter’s “Requiem” on Tuesday, April 22. 

Community members with choral singing experience are invited to join the group for the rehearsals and performance of the musical work. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Those interested in participating should contact Gary Bogle at Gary_Bogle99@hotmail.com.

2014 Ice Sculpting Competition starts Jan. 10

2014 Ice Sculpting Competition starts Jan. 10

HOLLAND, Mich.-- The public is invited to visit Eighth Street in downtown Holland this weekend to see ice sculptures created by college students from the Midwest and beyond.

The National Ice Carving Association and Downtown Holland are partnering to host the Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition on Friday, Jan. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Crown Motors of Holland is sponsoring the event.

For more information, call (616) 394-0000 or visit http://www.downtownhollandice.com.

Hope College De Pree Gallery to feature sculptor's work

Hope College De Pree Gallery to feature sculptor's work

HOLLAND – The gallery of the De Pree Art Center at Hope College will feature the work of Sarah Lindley in an exhibition titled “Exiting Allegan” from Friday, Jan. 10, through Friday, Feb. 7.

In addition, Lindley will present an artist talk on Friday, Jan. 10, at 4 p.m. in Cook Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center. The talk will be followed by a reception in the gallery beginning at 5 p.m. The public is invited to the exhibition, artist talk and reception.  Admission is free.

Lindley is department chair and associate professor of art at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo. She studied art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, receiving her BFA in 1996.

Hope College announces Knickerbocker Film Series winter lineup

Hope College announces Knickerbocker Film Series winter lineup
HOLLAND – Hope College’s Knickerbocker Film Series, focusing on independent and foreign films, will show five films from January through early April at the historic Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

The series will open with “A Miracle in Spanish Harlem” and will continue with “Blood Brothers,” “Inuk,” “The Rocket” and “Spinning Plates.”  All showings will begin at 7:30 p.m.