Hope College June 2014 : Page 20
Alumni News t has been said that Hope occupies an enviable position on the landscape of higher education. Strength financially, record levels of interest, a picturesque and growing campus, masterful teachers, and engaged students all contribute to this standing. Hope is at an exciting place in its nearly sesquicentennial history, where we can be proactive in response to challenges facing institutions like ours. President John Knapp has announced a strategic planning process to guide the college during the next decade. The vision for this process does not aspire to simply maintain today’s standing. Instead, it seeks to challenge all members of the Hope community to new levels of engagement as we work Scott Travis ’06 to make Hope even stronger tomorrow. Director of Alumni and Alumni engagement is an important part of this future. Parent Relations In fact, alumni are vital to the long-term health of the college. As one of 10 groups created within the strategic planning process, a collection of faculty, staff, students and alumni are studying and discussing alumni engagement. At Hope, alumni involvement is evident daily. However, there is further potential for alumni to impact Hope’s reputation, create exploration experiences for students, volunteer, support Hope financially, and make career connections. Alumni living in all 50 states and more than 80 countries are exceptionally positioned to serve as ambassadors for the college both nationally and globally. Currently, the study group is focused on determining how to better serve alumni and maintain these important relationships. Emerging themes include engaging academic and student group affinities, recruiting and empowering volunteers, bolstering relevant benefits and services, creating a culture of connection with students, communicating the value and direct impact of financial support, and facing the reality of student loan debt and increased competition for time and money. These are big issues needing multiple perspectives. As work continues, the college welcomes and values the input of the Hope community during the strategic thinking process. Alumni with an email address on file were recently sent a comprehensive constituent survey. In addition, there is more information about this process and an open feedback survey at hope.edu/president/strategic. As we continue to celebrate the success of our alma mater and together work to strengthen its future, our expectation is that as each graduating class receives its diplomas, Hope occupies a stronger position in the landscape of higher education and gives you even more reason to be proud of your own Hope College degree. I to Hope’s Window History The Anchor of March 7, 1923, describes a campus giddy with excitement during a “Glory Day” celebration following first-and second-place finishes in the statewide Michigan Oratorical League competition held on Friday, March 2, 1923, at Hillsdale College. Juniors Simon Heemstra and Nelle Kole placed first and second in the men’s and women’s divisions respectively, a noteworthy academic achievement that was a point of pride not only at Hope but in the community. One alumnus wrote in the local paper, “A college has a dominant characteristic just like an individual. In some institutions, the spirit of froth is the main impression that the visitor gets; in others, there is a spirit of intellectual zest that gives vital meaning to an educational institution. It was this spirit that the founders of the institution gave to Hope, and the college has never lost it.” The photograph above, from the Hope College Collection of the Joint Archives of Holland, is among the hundreds featured in Dr. Robert Swierenga’s landmark three-volume history of Holland, Michigan (please see page 18). Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Committee Thomas Kyros ’89, President, Grand Rapids, Mich. Todd Houtman ’90, Vice President, Indianapolis, Ind. Nancy Clair ’78 Otterstrom, Secretary, Bethel, Conn. Board Members Ralph Bohrer ’83, Scottsdale, Ariz. Lisa Bos ’97, Washington, D.C. Connor Brady ’15, Walker, Mich. Victoria Brunn ’84, Santa Monica, Calif. Holly Anderson ’90 DeYoung, Beaver Dam, Wis. Brian Gibbs ’84, Bad Homburg, Germany Thomas Henderson ’70, Dayton, Ohio Sa’eed Husaini ’13, Jos, Nigeria Garry Kempker ’74, Kalamazoo, Mich. Michael McCarthy ’85, Weston, Mass. James McFarlin ’74, Decatur, Ill. Leslie Schoon ’93 Monday, Kirkland, Wash. Juan Carlos Muñoz ’00, Holland, Mich. Bradley Norden ’04, Christiansburg, Va. Samantha Rushton ’14, Warren, Mich. David Stavenger ’65, Midland, Mich. Janice Day ’87 Suhajda, Rochester Hills, Mich. Arlene Arends ’64 Waldorf, Buena Vista, Colo. Jodi Kurtze ’01 Wickersheimer, Chicago, Ill. Liaisons Scott Travis ’06, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Beth Timmer ’00 Szczerowski, Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Class Notes Table of Contents 21 22 23 Class Notes: 1930s -1960s Class Notes: 1960s -1970s Class Notes: 1970s -1980s 24 Class Notes: 1980s -1990s 25 Class Notes: 1990s -2000s 26 Class Notes: 2000s 28 Class Notes: Deaths Learn more about the Alumni Association online hope.edu/alumni 20 News News From From Hope Hope College College
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