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Hope College hosts prospective students November 8

Hope College hosts prospective students November 8

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College admissions office will sponsor a visit day for prospective college students on Friday, November 8.

While the college does not require personal visits to campus by prospective students, it does strongly recommend them.  Students and parents are encouraged to visit the admissions office, where campus tours, class visits and faculty conferences can be arranged.

Visit days are an excellent choice for visiting Hope’s campus.  A visit day provides more of a structured campus visit than an individual visit, but still provides the flexibility to create a day that best suits your needs.  Activities include campus tours, class visits, chapel service, student panel discussions, financial aid presentations, lunch in the dining hall and academic information sessions with Hope faculty.

Visitors should meet at 8:30 a.m.

Voters renew support for Holland pool, Zeeland Public Schools

Voters renew support for Holland pool, Zeeland Public Schools

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich.— The Holland Community Aquatic Center is getting renewed support.

Tuesday night, Holland voters overwhelmingly approved renewing a millage to pay for operating and maintaining the pool.  The millage is slightly higher than the previous tax, at 1 mill, and runs for five years.

Meanwhile voters in Zeeland approved two tax renewals to support Zeeland Public Schools.  For a link to the complete election results, click here. 

EmploymentGroup launches '5 in 5' college scholarship program

EmploymentGroup launches '5 in 5' college scholarship program

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- EmploymentGroup, a solutions-oriented staffing and outsourced services firm, announced the launch of its “5 in 5” scholarship program Tuesday.

The new initiative is designed to mark the Company’s 55th anniversary as a leading regional provider of business staffing solutions and help equip Michigan-based community college students to enter the workforce with the skills and resources they need to succeed.

For each of the next five years, beginning with the current academic year, three winning students will be named recipients of “5 in 5” scholarships totaling $5,000.  In applying for – and ultimately using the funds – students will be encouraged to consider creative ways to enhance their ability to make an effective impact in today’s workplace.

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

Hope College Last Lecture Series: 'Grace and Beauty, Death and Life'

Hope College Last Lecture Series: 'Grace and Beauty, Death and Life'

HOLLAND, Mich. – Dr. Virginia Beard, associate professor of political science at Hope College, will present “Grace and Beauty, Death and Life—Now and Yet to Be” on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.

The program is part of the “Last Lecture Series” organized by the college’s Alcor chapter of the National Mortar Board Honorary Society.  Admission is free to the event, which will take place in the Maas Center auditorium.

Beard has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2007.  Her areas of specialization are comparative politics, focused on Africa, as well as public policy. Her research interests are in the areas African political development; democratization; conflict and stability; land rights in Africa; the role of institutions in political development; identity politics with a focus on gender, religion and ethnicity; public policy in political development; homelessness policy; and public policy and poverty.

Hope College recognized as a top producer of Fulbright students

Hope College recognized as a top producer of Fulbright students

HOLLAND, Mich. – Hope College has been recognized as a top producer of U.S. students and is first among bachelor’s institutions in Michigan for the number of students receiving Fulbright awards this academic year.

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Students.  The Fulbright Program is the U.S.

Hope College hosts international advocate of non-violence

Hope College hosts international advocate of non-violence

HOLLAND – Dr. David Cortright will present the address “The power of nonviolence: Why peaceful methods are more effective than the use of force” on Thursday, November 7 in Wichers Auditorium, located in the Nykerk Hall of Music.

The address is part of the A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series at Hope College.  The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.


Cortright is the director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies of the University of Notre Dame and chair of the board of the Fourth Freedom Forum. He has written and/or edited 17 books, most recently “Ending Obama’s War” (Paradigm, 2011) and “Towards Nuclear Zero” (Routledge, IISS, 2010).  Cortright is also the editor of Peace Policy, Kroc's online journal. He blogs at davidcortright.net.