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Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

Dance Marathon Fundraiser at Hope College "For the Kids" Begins March 6

HOLLAND – For a 16th consecutive year, hundreds of Hope College students are putting their time and talents into the campus-wide Dance Marathon fundraiser, “giving hope to kids.”

Organized by Hope students, the 24-hour event is conducted on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, both to raise funds and to build awareness of the hospital’s work. It will be held at the college’s Dow Center, with the main portion of the marathon beginning with a kickoff celebration on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

A variety of events have been scheduled to punctuate the marathon, including testimonies by families served by the hospital, various performances by student and local groups, the “So You Hope You Can Dance” competition featuring faculty and staff, and the popular annual lip-sync.  The total raised will be announced during a celebration that will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, as the Dance Marathon’s 5 p.m. conclusion approaches.

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

My Town Holland: Careerline Tech Center students gain work experience while helping community

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Students from the Automotive Services Assistant Program at Careerline Tech Center in Holland are gaining real-world work experience at Holland Rescue Mission Auto Center. In this first year of the collaboration, students have detailed ten donated cars and helped increase car sales and therefore donations to the Holland Rescue Mission.

“As a Work Readiness classroom our ultimate goal is to give students the tools they need to be successful in any job, both now and in the future,” Rich Riolo, Automotive Services Assistant Program instructor for CTC, said. “Along with car detailing, this program also teaches students employability skills and aims to place students on a job site by the end of the year to gain valuable work experience.”

My Town: Music awards piling up for West Ottawa family

My Town: Music awards piling up for West Ottawa family

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Lori Hahn takes a breath while listing the many band-related activities of her three children at West Ottawa High School.

Let’s see. All three – Josh, a senior trumpet player; Ben, a junior trombonist; and Aleah, a freshman who plays the French horn – are in marching band and symphony band. Josh and Ben are also in Pep Band, Jazz I and the Holland Symphony Youth Orchestra (HSYO), along with being in the pit orchestra for West Ottawa High School musicals. Aleah is also in the HSYO. The three of them will be performing a piece at the next HSYO concert.

Ben and Josh have been in the Western Michigan University All-Star Band, Ben for the last two years. Ben has also been All-State with the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) for the last two years after being honorable mention as a freshmen.

 All three also take private lessons and play in the church band.

“It’s insane,” mom says.

My Town: State Representative Amanda Price tours Careerline Tech Center

My Town: State Representative Amanda Price tours Careerline Tech Center

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State Representative Amanda Price (R) visited Careerline Tech Center (CTC) in Holland February 9 and toured some of the 26 career pathways taught at the state-of-the-art facility that helps students prepare for their future. Representative Price is the current chair of the House Education Committee for the 98th Legislature.

“Representative Price enjoyed seeing first-hand our students’ technical skills and the quality instruction provided by our teachers,” Dave Searles, director for Careerline Tech Center, said. “With the enthusiasm of our students and staff it’s always exciting to showcase our facility.”

My Town: Debra Swanson of Hope College faculty elected president of Sociological Association

My Town: Debra Swanson of Hope College faculty elected president of Sociological Association

HOLLAND – Dr. Debra Swanson, professor of sociology at Hope College, has been elected president of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA).

She will serve as president during the 2016-17 school year, following a year as president-elect during 2015-16.

Swanson has been an active member of the NCSA for more than 20 years, and served as vice president-elect and vice president during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.  Especially active in the organization’s teaching section, she has made several presentations on teaching during association meetings through the years. The NCSA presented her with its “John F. Schnabel Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award” during its annual meeting in March 2008, and she was the featured keynote speaker during the NCSA’s annual conference in 2009.

Her responsibilities as president will include organizing the association’s annual conference in 2017, during which she will also deliver the keynote address.

My Town: Michelle Gibbs named director of Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute

My Town: Michelle Gibbs named director of Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute

HOLLAND – Michelle Gibbs has been named director of the new Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.

A partnership between the City of Holland, Hope College and the Holland Board of Public Works, the institute supports outreach, education and practices geared toward creating a more sustainable community.  Gibbs brings to the position extensive professional and volunteer experience in sustainability partnerships, conservation and education, including in West Michigan, where in December she was honored as the 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s Watershed Project.

“We think the community will find in their contact with Michelle a very knowledgeable resource who can provide creative and flexible professional advice on a host of environmental education and outreach matters,” said Ryan Cotton, city manager with the City of Holland.

My Town: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award to Hope College funds student research

My Town: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation award to Hope College funds student research

HOLLAND – Hope College is one of only 12 colleges and universities nationwide, and the only institution from Michigan, to receive a 2015 Beckman Scholars Program award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation in support of student research.

The Beckman Scholars Program is an invited program for accredited universities and four-year colleges in the United States.  It provides scholarship support to select students at the recipient institutions in chemistry, biochemistry, and the biological and medical sciences with an emphasis on sustained, in-depth laboratory research experiences with faculty mentors.