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Hope College October 2012 : Page 12

A Greater Hope Mosaic of A lways, Hope has been a team effort. The transformational learning that takes place at the college relies on a dedicated faculty and staff who devote themselves to the students in their care, and it owes no less to the alumni and friends whose support makes a Hope education possible. It has been that way from the beginning, with every student benefiting from the generosity of those who came before. The A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign seeks to make an even more outstanding Hope by providing exceptional facilities and resources that will serve students for generations to come. It is a vision being made reality one gift at a time, each reflecting the difference Hope made, a life led and a desire to help others in turn--and every gift and more essential. Hope Brian Yarch ’99 Grand Rapids, Mich. It wasn’t any one thing that drew Brian Yarch ’99 to Hope as a student. It was everything. “I didn’t pick Hope because of any specific program, but because of its reputation as a strong Christian school that provided a well-balanced educational experience,” he said. He made the most of opportunities both on-campus and off. He majored in business administration, economics and German, and had an internship with John Hancock. He enjoyed Chapel and focusing on service through Habitat for Humanity, and studying abroad in Germany for a year. “The four years I spent at Hope made a lasting impact on my life,” he said. “I grew spiritually and overall in life. I have a lot of great memories and built some long-lasting relationships.” Today he is the chief operating officer and a managing partner with Regal Financial Group LLC, with additional senior roles with Regal Investment Advisors LLC and Regulus Advisors LLC, and is a registered representative with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. He also serves as a deacon and treasurer at his church, and with wife Courtney is busy with the couple’s three young children. The Yarchs have supported the campaign with a planned gift, including Hope among the beneficiaries of their family trust. They have left the gift undesignated so that the college can use it where it will do the most good. “Being a church treasurer, I realize that the leadership of the organization has a better handle on the needs of the organization than an individual person,” he said. “I also trust that Hope will make the best decisions in using our gift to meet needs at the college.” Sarah Lokers ’08 Wixson and Matt Wixson ’08 Ann Arbor, Mich. Even as they have been starting out with their post-Hope lives, Matt Wixson ’08 and Sarah Lokers ’08 Wixson have made a point of giving back to the college every year since graduation. “Both Sarah and I believe strongly in the value of a Hope College education,” Matt said. “Hope’s mission is one that we identify with, to grow hard-working citizens who are rooted in the Christian faith.” “Given the current economic situation in our country and the ever-increasing squeeze on liberal arts (and all other) institutions, it is important to give back in any way we can to a place that provided so much,” he said. “I believe that Hope has been good stewards of the gifts given, and I trust that donations will The largest single fundraising effort in the college’s history, the $175 million A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign will benefit every student as it strengthens the college’s endowment, adds several new buildings, and supports immediate needs through the annual Hope Fund. For more information, and to explore supporting the college through the campaign, please visit Hope on-line at campaign.hope.edu or contact Mary Remenschneider, campaign director, at remenschneider@hope.edu or (616) 395-7775. Images of the Hope of today reflect timeless experience. Clockwise from top center: chemistry research; singing in the Chapel Choir; learning abroad in Vienna; an exhibition in De Pree; and studying in the Pine Grove. 12 News News From From Hope Hope College College

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Always, Hope has been a team effort.<br /> <br /> The transformational learning that takes place at the college relies on a dedicated faculty and staff who devote themselves to the students in their care, and it owes no less to the alumni and friends whose support makes a Hope education possible. It has been that way from the beginning, with every student benefiting from the generosity of those who came before.<br /> <br /> The A Greater Hope comprehensive campaign seeks to make an even more outstanding Hope by providing exceptional facilities and resources that will serve students for generations to come. It is a vision being made reality one gift at a time, each reflecting the difference Hope made, a life led and a desire to help others in turn--and every gift and more essential.<br /> <br /> Brian Yarch ’99<br /> Grand Rapids, Mich.<br /> It wasn’t any one thing that drew Brian Yarch ’99 to Hope as a student. It was everything. “I didn’t pick Hope because of any specific program, but because of its reputation as a strong Christian school that provided a well-balanced educational experience,” he said.<br /> <br /> He made the most of opportunities both on-campus and off. He majored in business administration, economics and German, and had an internship with John Hancock. He enjoyed Chapel and focusing on service through Habitat for Humanity, and studying abroad in Germany for a year.<br /> <br /> “The four years I spent at Hope made a lasting impact on my life,” he said. “I grew spiritually and overall in life . I have a lot of great memories and built some long-lasting relationships.”<br /> <br /> Today he is the chief operating officer and a managing partner with Regal Financial Group LLC, with additional senior roles with Regal Investment Advisors LLC and Regulus Advisors LLC, and is a registered representative with American Portfolios Financial Services Inc. He also serves as a deacon and treasurer at his church, and with wife Courtney is busy with the couple’s three young children.<br /> <br /> The Yarchs have supported the campaign with a planned gift, including Hope among the beneficiaries of their family trust. They have left the gift undesignated so that the college can use it where it will do the most good.<br /> <br /> “Being a church treasurer, I realize that the leadership of the organization has a better handle on the needs of the organization than an individual person,” he said. “I also trust that Hope will make the best decisions in using our gift to meet needs at the college.”<br /> <br /> Sarah Lokers ’08 Wixson and Matt Wixson ’08<br /> Ann Arbor, Mich.<br /> Even as they have been starting out with their post-Hope lives, Matt Wixson ’08 and Sarah Lokers ’08 Wixson have made a point of giving back to the college every year since graduation.<br /> <br /> “Both Sarah and I believe strongly in the value of a Hope College education,” Matt said. “Hope’s mission is one that we identify with, to grow hard-working citizens who are rooted in the Christian faith.”<br /> <br /> “Given the current economic situation in our country and the ever-increasing squeeze on liberal arts (and all other) institutions, it is important to give back in any way we can to a place that provided so much,” he said. “I believe that Hope has been good stewards of the gifts given, and I trust that donations will be used in the best possible way to further the college’s impact on future generations.”<br /> <br /> Matt completed medical school this past May and started his residency in June. Sarah has completed a J.D. and accepted a position with Secrest Wardle. Their active lives have also included joining a local Reformed church, buying their first house and adopting a puppy. They’ve designated their gifts to the Hope Fund, which provides operating support collegewide and thus impacts every student daily.<br /> <br /> “Since the Hope Fund is aimed toward student life, it feels very natural to direct our contributions there,” Matt said. “Both Sarah and I personally benefitted from the work of the Hope Fund, so it is great to pay it forward.”<br /> <br /> Joan TenCate ’63 Bonnette South Haven, Mich.<br /> As a student, teacher and creator of art, Joan TenCate ’63 Bonnette appreciates the difference that outstanding space can make. It was a visit to some of the world’s best that prompted her to become one of Hope’s first art majors. “I attended Hope’s Vienna Summer School and I was very inspired by the art galleries we visited in Europe,” she said.<br /> <br /> After Hope, she completed her K-12 teaching certification and a master’s, taught in the Livonia Public Schools, and led art workshops for local groups. She’s also been an artist throughout her life, with work in a variety of competitive exhibitions.<br /> <br /> When she was at Hope, the department of art had two faculty and was on the fourth floor of Lubbers Hall. She’s appreciated the growth in the program in the years since, and is pleased to be supporting a new era by contributing to the Kruizenga Art Museum.<br /> <br /> “I’m hoping that the museum expands the educational possibilities especially for people who are interested in visual arts,” she said. “There can be opportunities for training people in museum administration, the business of art, as docents, preparing exhibitions, restoring artwork, and the research and cataloging of objects in the college’s own collection.”<br /> <br /> She is also looking forward to the new building as a patron.<br /> <br /> “I have stopped in over the years to see the exhibits in De Pree, and the quality has been excellent,” she said. “And with bigger space, the college will have many more opportunities.”<br /> <br /> Tom Henderson ’70<br /> Dayton, Ohio<br /> Supporting the music facility and concert hall through a lead gift for a practice room named in honor of former Chapel Choir director Robert Cavanaugh was a natural choice for Dr. Tom Henderson ’70 and his wife, Charlotte. “Every time many of us who are Chapel Choir alumni hear the Alma Mater we think of Hope College and our beloved director ‘Prof,’” he said.<br /> <br /> Returning through the years to participate in the Alumni Chapel Choir during Homecoming, he’s come to appreciate the group’s quality even more than he did as a student, and to understand the need for the new building. “It made me realize how much more the choir and many other music groups could do with an acoustically improved concert hall,” he said.<br /> <br /> Tom majored in chemistry and became a doctor after Hope. He is a specialist in rheumatology (arthritis), and has spent the past 25 years practicing in Dayton.<br /> <br /> “My experience at Hope was the highlight of my life,” he said. “I was ab le to participate in many areas while growing academically and religiously.”<br /> <br /> “I have chosen to support Hope financially because I am very appreciative for the high quality education that I received and the people that I met,” he said. “I was blessed to be able to pursue a successful career. I enjoy giving back to the college and supporting many projects on campus.”<br /> <br /> Todd VanderVeen ’95 and Carrie Maines ’98 VanderVeen Arlington Heights, Ill.<br /> Todd VanderVeen ’95 and Carrie Maines ’98 VanderVeen each found much to treasure at Hope.<br /> <br /> “Hope provided me with the professional tools I needed to succeed,” Todd said. “My advisor, Professor Tom Smith, was there as a professor, mentor and friend for me. And participating in the London Business May Term with Professor Tony Muiderman helped me better understand global business strategies, while forming lifelong memories.”<br /> <br /> “Many things stand out to me from my time at Hope College,” Carrie said. “Music practice at Nykerk—morning, noon and night. Being blessed to travel the world through amazing opportunities such as Symphonette and my Senior Seminar at Vienna Summer School. The personal interactions with my professors. And, creating lifelong friendships.”<br /> <br /> Carrie’s degree in mathematics and music performance led her to Aon Hewitt, where she is now a lead systems analyst within benefits implementations. Todd’s degree in business administration took him to Allstate, where he is now a state manager.<br /> <br /> Their support of the campaign reflects a rich mix of experiences, and includes the Hope Fund, music facility and concert hall, the department of economics and business administration, and a scholarship focused on diversity.<br /> <br /> “We give back to Hope in appreciation of the opportunities we had as students,” they noted. “We have been blessed in our life and feel it’s important to show our support to the college and its future.”

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