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My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering

My Town Holland: Hope College students to spend Aug. 30 volunteering

HOLLAND, Mich. – Some 400 Hope College students will participate in service projects throughout the area through the college’s “Time to Serve” program on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Most of the students will be members of the freshman Class of 2018.  The students signed up for the mass volunteer effort shortly after their arrival at Hope, during New Student Orientation.

The students will be working in groups of six to 10 at nearly 40 sites from 10 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m. Projects are scheduled throughout the Holland and Zeeland area, and will include sorting Bibles for Mexico, cleaning The Critter Barn, working on a home with Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and groundskeeping and cleaning at many area churches.

My Town Holland: Hope College Mortar Board chapter earns national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Mortar Board chapter earns national awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College chapter of Mortar Board has again earned multiple honors during the national organization’s annual summer conference.

The awards program recognized activities during the 2013-14 school year.  Hope received a “Golden Torch Award” and 25 “Project Excellence” awards, the most of any chapter in the nation.  The conference was held Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The college’s Alcor chapter of the honorary society has received multiple awards during each of the past several years, including being named the top chapter during the national conference in 2010.  There’s a five-year wait before the chapter will be eligible to be considered for the top award again.

The Golden Torch Award honors chapters that have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service.  The Hope chapter was one of the top five Golden Torch Award recipients for the seventh year in a row.

My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

My Town: 'Digital Holland' initiative at Hope College puts community history online

HOLLAND, Mich. – The story of Holland is only as far away as the nearest Internet connection, thanks to an ongoing project coordinated through the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College.

Launched earlier this summer, the online “Digital Holland” initiative features articles, photographs, interactive maps, audio files and even video highlighting multiple dimensions of the history of the Holland area.  The index for the project runs from “A” through “Y” currently, but the organizers intend for it to continue to grow, making it all but certain that the coverage will eventually extend to “Z” as well.

“Our plan is to expand it,” said Hope senior Allyson Hoffman of Marshall, who is the student director of the project.  “There are about 150 pieces right now.  We’re pleased to have that, but would like to have more.”

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

My Town: Four fun ways to prepare for heading back to school

The start of the 2014-15 schools year is just around the corner.

As a parent, don’t let the start of a new school year catch you off guard- start preparing your students now to hit the books this fall.  While some activities, like waking up early, may be met with less enthusiasm, back-to-school preparation can be fun. 

Educators at Michigan Connections Academy have developed four fun, yet educational, activities parents and students can do together to help prepare for a successful start to the new school year— and the best part is the students won’t even realize they are learning!

My Town Holland: Poetry collections by Hope Professor and Former Student Win Gold and Silver

My Town Holland: Poetry collections by Hope Professor and Former Student Win Gold and Silver

HOLLAND, Mich. – Published in the same month by the same press, poetry collections by emeritus professor Jack Ridl of the Hope College English faculty and 1998 Hope graduate Christopher Dombrowski have now earned honors together as well.

Ridl, who taught at Hope from 1971 until retiring in 2006, and Dombrowski, who is one of Ridl’s former students, have received Gold and Silver recognition respectively for poetry in the 2013 IndieFab Awards competition sponsored by “Foreword Reviews” magazine.  Ridl received a Gold Award for his collection “Practicing to Walk Like a Heron,” and Dombrowski received a Silver Award for his collection “Earth Again.”  Both collections were published in February 2013 in the “Made in Michigan Writers Series” of Wayne State University Press.

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

My Town Holland: Hope faculty member's chapbook of poetry published

HOLLAND, MIch. – Writing as D.R. James, David James of the Hope College English faculty explores conflict in myriad forms and its aftermath in “Why War,” a chapbook of poetry published recently by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

“’Why War’ has no question mark, and that is no minor matter, turning the title into something like a Zen koan,” said Fred Marchant, author of the collection's “The Looking House” and “Full Moon Boat.”  Marchant spoke at Hope in February 2012 through the college’s A.J. Muste Memorial Lecture Series.  “This poetry probes the ‘why war’ we instinctively wage with life.  We demand answers, crave reasons why, especially regarding undeserved suffering.  This collection arcs from the family legacies of war, through the painful dissolution of a marriage, and finally presents a speaker who is ‘beyond compliance, beyond resistance,’ the clarity of truly being in the present,” he explains.

EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

EmploymentGroup names winners of 5 in 5 scholarships

KENTWOOD, Mich.-- EmploymentGroup, a solutions-oriented staffing and outsourced services firm, has announced the winners of its 5 in 5 scholarship program. 

Launched in 2013, the program is a five-year initiative in honor of the company’s 55th anniversary as a leading regional provider of business staffing solutions. EmploymentGroup started the program to give Michigan-based community college students the skills and resources they need to succeed.

As part of the 5 in 5 program, each year three students are awarded scholarships totaling $5,000.  This year, students were encouraged to tie their essay submissions to EmploymentGroup’s mission of helping people succeed, explaining how their future plans include both their own professional growth and helping others excel.