Alumni and Family Engagement Event Updates Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last updated on March 25 at 12:30 pm. First published on March 13.

As President Scogin recently shared, “in 154 years of Hope’s history, we have not seen anything like this.” On March 11, in response to Governor Whitmer’s recommendation and to support efforts to contain the virus, Hope College made the decision to begin remote classes. On March 20, this decision was extended through the remainder of the semester. All college-sponsored on-campus events through the end of the semester are canceled or being re-scheduled. Rest assured, the Hope College community is continuing to work together in support of one goal: to get our students to the finish line of the spring semester! If you are interested in learning more about these decisions, please visit hope.edu/coronavirus.

You may also be wondering what this means for the opportunities we have planned for alumni and families, both on-campus and in communities around the world. Below is an overview of where things currently stand. As you might expect, things are rapidly evolving, so please check back for future updates. We are committed to keeping you informed and will update this post as the situation unfolds.

March 17 Update on COVID-19 from President Scogin

Presidential Welcome Tour

We have been having a great time introducing President Scogin to alumni and families at Welcome Tour events since November. We look forward to these continuing. However, all events as part of this series have been postponed. We will send new invitations once they have been rescheduled.

The Hope College Connection Live! | Chicago

The health and safety of our students, event attendees and staff is our top priority. For this reason, the Connection Live! event scheduled for April 7 in Chicago will not take place. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to check out The Hope College Connection at connection.hope.edu. It’s an innovative online community for calling and career that brings together students, alumni and families for mentoring and experiential learning. You can activate a profile and start connecting with students from anywhere, even while practicing social distancing!

Global Travel Program

There are two trips currently scheduled as part of our growing Global Travel Program. These are scheduled for October and December of 2020 and are proceeding at this time. Similar to decisions regarding student international programs, we will cancel a trip if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assigns a Level 3 warning or the U.S. Department of State assigns a Level 3 or Level 4 travel advisory globally or to the destination country at the time of travel. We are continually monitoring the situation as it relates to international travel and will make decisions with the safety and health of our lifelong learners as a top priority.

Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP)

HASP is a peer-led institution for learning in retirement with 900 alumni, families and friends making up its membership. Based on Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and an abundance of caution, HASP suspended all programs beginning March 11 and continuing until further notice. Updates to HASP members will be provided through email and at hope.edu/hasp.

NCAA Tournaments

On March 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled remaining winter and spring NCAA championships in all divisions. We are disappointed that our championship-caliber student-athletes won’t be able to show the result of all their hard work and that Hope College fans around the world won’t have the chance to cheer them on. Please continue to follow the Hope Athletics website for further announcements. If you would like to help encourage our student-athletes, check out this Spread Hope, Not Germs post.

Alumni Weekend

Reunions are special events in the life of the college and most certainly in your life. Unfortunately, Alumni Weekend, scheduled for April 24-25, 2020, has been postponed.  Reunion events for the classes of 1990, 1985, 1980, 1975, 1970, 1965 and The Fifty Year Circle are being rescheduled on September 11-12, 2020 as part of the annual Community Day tradition. The 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be honored alongside the 2021 recipients during Alumni Weekend next year and the spring Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting will take place virtually on April 24, 2020.

The Alumni and Family Engagement team stands by to answer questions and provide additional information. Please contact us at alumni@hope.edu or families@hope.edu and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

We agree with President Scogin that this “is certainly not what any of us envisioned for the semester, but it is a time when we can come together as a community to show the world the power of resilience and hope. Spera in Deo.”

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