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Hope Fulbright Scholars have Grand Rapids roots

Hope Fulbright Scholars have Grand Rapids roots

HOLLAND – Graduating Hope College senior Jeffrey Vredenburg and 2009 graduate Edward Helderop, who have been friends since seventh grade and were classmates at Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, have each received highly competitive English teaching assistantships for the coming year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Vredenburg will spend September through mid-July 2012 in Ecuador, teaching English as well as working with local conservation and sustainability organizations on community-education projects. Helderop will be in Andorra from September until May or June 2012, teaching English and conducting research regarding the teaching of Catalan in Andorran schools.

Several Hope students or recent graduates have received the awards through the years, including four each in 2008 and 2009, and two last year.

Hope College to Honor Three Alumni With Awards

Hope College to Honor Three Alumni With Awards

HOLLAND - Hope College will honor three alumni with awards during the college's annual Alumni Banquet on Saturday, April 30.

The college's Alumni Association will present Distinguished Alumni Awards to Dr. William Heydorn, a 1955 graduate from Tiburon, Calif., and Dr. Jon Soderstrom, a 1976 graduate from Madison, Conn.

The association will present a Meritorious Service Award to Connie Boersma, a 1949 graduate from Holland.

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Hope College senior wins Grand Rapids opera competition

Hope College senior wins Grand Rapids opera competition

HOLLAND – Hope College senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland has won the 2011 Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition, held on Sunday, April 17, at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids.

Ashcroft was one of seven finalists—three of whom were from Hope—from Grand Rapids-area colleges and universities competing in the event after having been chosen from among 10 select contestants during an initial round in February.

Ashcroft, who is a 2007 graduate of West Ottawa High School and the daughter of Karin Ashcroft of Holland, is majoring in vocal music performance and vocal music education.  The first-place recognition is one of multiple major singing honors that she has won this year—and across her undergraduate career.

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American Academy of Audiology Honors Hope College Professor

HOLLAND - Dr. David Myers of the Hope College psychology faculty has received national recognition from the American Academy of Audiology for his efforts to transform the way that America provides listening assistance to people with hearing loss.

Myers received the academy's President's Award for 2011 on Saturday, April 9, for launching the effort to "loop America," spearheading new hearing-loop technology which broadcasts public-address systems, television and telephone sounds directly to hearing aids, doubling their functionality.

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Hope College Sacred Dance Group Participates in “Project Dance” in New York

HOLLAND - Performing live in Times Square is among the highlights of Hope College Sacred Dance Ministry's participation in "Project Dance" in New York City during the weekend of April 15-17.

New York-based Project Dance was founded in 2002 as a way of bringing hope and healing to the broken streets of New York following the events of 911.  Today events are held around the world in major cities including not only New York, but Hong Kong, Sydney, Toronto, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Manila and others, offering the universal language of dance to the public through outdoor open-air concerts. 

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“Sundays at 2” to Feature Violinist and Pianist on April 17

“Sundays at 2” to Feature Violinist and Pianist on April 17

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HOLLAND – The “Sundays at 2” recital series coordinated by the department of music at Hope College will feature the duo of violinst Gao Can and pianist Eubyol Ko on Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.

The major works on the program include the “Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major,” by Maurice Ravel, and the “D Minor Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 49,” by Felix Mendelssohn. The duo will be joined by Grand Rapids Symphony cellist, Alicia Eppinga, for a trio.

“We are incredibly excited to have this duo performing at Hope College,” said Dr. Adam Clark, assistant professor of music. “They are each world-class musicians and bring such brilliance and life to whatever they play.

Local band members honored

Local band members honored

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West Ottawa senior percussionist Tyler Bonkowski was selected to perform in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Honor Band for the second year in a row while the school’s percussion ensemble was chosen as a finalist for the MYAF’s Outstanding Percussion Ensemble for the sixth straight year.

 Bonkowski earned the honor by having one of the top five scores in Michigan on his percussion solo at State Solo and Ensemble Festival. He will be featured with the MYAF Honor Band on a concert May 14 at Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium. The Honor Band will be under the direction of Central Michigan University Director of Bands John Williamson.

The West Ottawa ensemble was selected by their State Solo and Ensemble judge to be a finalist for the recognition.