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Zeeland foundation launches calling campaign October 19 to help students

The Zeeland Public Schools Education Foundation is launching a "phone-a-thon" October 19, 20, and 21 to raise funds for classroom projects at Zeeland Public Schools.  Local volunteers will be making the phone calls between 5 and 9 p.m. all three evenings.

 "We are pleased to report that all pledges made by our parents and citizens those three days will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor," Sabina Otteman, the foundation's director of development, said. "It's a great way to stretch your dollars while providing quality education projects at Zeeland Public Schools."

Click Here to view a colorful slide show displaying some of the many projects funded in the last three years by the Foundation. For more details, contact Sabina Otteman at sotteman@zpsef.org or call Zeeland Public Schools at 748-3003.

Engineering students to mentor high school students at FIRST Robotics Invitational

By: Leah Zuber, GVSU News and Information Services

ZEELAND, Mich. — Engineering students from Grand Valley State University will serve as mentors for high school students participating in the 2010 For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) West Michigan Robotics Invitational on October 9 at Zeeland West High School, 3390 100th Ave. in Zeeland.

More than 600 people are expected to attend the one-day event, which is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The invitational, supported by Grand Valley, aims to prepare, inspire and excite statewide high school students competing in the FIRST Robotics West Michigan Regional Competition that Grand Valley will host in March.

Hope College Community Campaign Scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 13

HOLLAND – On Wednesday, Oct. 13, representatives from Hope College and leaders from local businesses will engage in a long-standing tradition of visiting more than 200 area businesses in Holland and Zeeland seeking contributions to the Hope Fund for the 2010-11 Community Campaign.

The Community Campaign on behalf of the Hope Fund began more than 30 years ago as a way to engage community leaders with Hope faculty and staff in building and maintaining relationships between the community and the college.

New Software Developed by Hope Researchers Speeds Genome Analysis

HOLLAND – New software developed with the involvement of faculty and student researchers at Hope College is helping to speed dramatically the time-intensive, painstaking task of transforming the immense amount of genomic data being collected worldwide into working models of how organisms function at a fundamental level.

The work was recently highlighted in an article published in the August issue of the prestigious monthly scientific journal “Nature Biotechnology.”  In 2009, the journal ranked first in biotechnology and applied microbiology for its “impact factor”—a measure of the frequency with which the publication’s articles are cited elsewhere—as determined by Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports.

According to Hope faculty members Dr. Aaron Best and Dr.

Graves Hall Adaptive Restoration at Hope College Honored by Architects Group

HOLLAND – The recent adaptive restoration of Graves Hall has earned honorable mention in the Grand Valley American Institute of Architects (GVAIA) 2010 Honor Awards program.

The award was presented during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 25, held in conjunction with a reception at the 38 Commerce building in Grand Rapids that recognized projects by area architects in several categories.  Graves Hall was recognized for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

Dedicated in 1894, Graves Hall re-opened in August 2009 after a year-long, $5.7 million, adaptive restoration that has emphasized a return to the building’s original character while updating the 19th-century landmark for use in the 21st.

The architect was Philip M. Davis of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc. of Grand Rapids.  Construction manager for the project was Lakewood Construction Inc.

Zeeland West gears up for homecoming

From: http://www.zps.org

Zeeland West Homecoming Spirit Days...

  • Monday - Clone Day
  • Tuesday - Superhero/Cape Day
  • Wednesday - Superman Ice Cream Day (dress in superman ice cream colors
  • Thursday - Color Day (Fresh.-Orange, Soph.-Blue, Jun.-Red, & Sen.-Black)
  • Friday - Green & Gold Day.

The traditional Powder Puff football game between the junior and senior girls happens Wednesday, Sept. 29, 8 p.m., at Zeeland Stadium. Admission is $3. No passes will be accepted. Proceeds go to the Class of 2013.

A homecoming assembly at 1:45 p.m., October 1, will stoke excitement for the Dux homecoming football game versus Wyoming Park. Game time is 7 p.m.

Major NSF Grant Funds Expansion of “Supercomputer”

HOLLAND – A major instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a supercomputer housed at Hope College is going to help make a successful collaborative effort even better.

The award, $299,942 through the NSF’s “Major Research Instrumentation” program, is funding the purchase of a “cluster” of 50 computers with 600 compute cores for use by faculty and student research teams at the eight colleges and universities, including Hope, that comprise the “Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium.”

The new equipment will expand the existing cluster of 60 computers with 120 compute cores installed at Hope during 2005-06 when the consortium consisted of four institutions.  The project reflects the increased demand as the consortium has become larger and the cutting-edge research being conducted requires even greater capacity, according to Dr.