Recording of Lunch and Learn with Dr. Fred Johnson III

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Lunch and Learn with Dr. Fred Johnson III “January 6, 2021: Biopsying America’s Democracy & the Way Forward” on Friday, April 16.

On January 6, 2021, the insurrectionist mob that stormed the United States Congress revealed dangerous, festering weaknesses within America’s democracy. This presentation assesses the extent of the damage and offers corrective actions to confront and neutralize this clear and present danger.

Recordings of Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Webinars

Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor sharing her story of “Turning Heartbreak into Hope” on Wednesday, April 14.

Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor

At the age of 30, 7 months pregnant and a successful Associate Vice President, Lara MacGregor was diagnosed with cancer. 14 years later, Lara is still fighting Stage IV Metastatic breast cancer after 7 years of remission. Lara knows heartbreak – but she also knows hope. In 2012, she founded Hope Scarves, an organization that allows the sharing of stories and scarves among women who are fighting cancer. The Hope Scarves collection, which is constantly evolving, now contains over 15,000 scarves and 1,200 stories. Her organization has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to breast cancer research and Lara has also become a popular blogger, podcast host and speaker. Join us to learn how Lara has faced her personal health heartbreak with a commitment to spreading hope.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Deb Heydenburg ’87 Fuller presented “From Plants to Patients: A Scientist’s Journey from Hope to Healing” on Wednesday, April 14.


Deb Heydenburg ’87 Fuller

In a world that has had all eyes on vaccine development in the past year, Dr. Deb Fuller has been wearing many different hats, including Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Orlance, Inc, and Division Chief and Core Scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center in the AIDS division. In short, she has been on quite a journey since her first experiment on plant cells at Hope College to her current work developing vaccines to fight the spread of disease in humans. This talk is equal parts science, Q&A and anecdotes about our Distinguished Alumni Award winner’s personal (highly circuitous) journey.

Celebrating the Classes of 1990 and 1991

Congratulations on your 30-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Highlights
The class of ’90 took Pull victory as sophomores.
Hope College President John Jacobson since 1987.

Athletics Highlights
Women’s basketball national championships in 1990.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
’90 World Series: Cincinnati Reds
’91 World Series: Minnesota Twins
’90 Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers
’91 Super Bowl: New York Giants
Popular Movies Released 91/90: Home Alone, Pretty Women, Edward Scissorhands, Father of the Bride
Popular Songs Released: Ice Ice Baby (Vanilla Ice), U Can’t Touch This (MC Hammer), I Do it For You (Bryan Adams)
Shows: Law & Order (1990 debut), Beverly Hills 90210 (1990 debut), Home Improvement (1991 debut)

Prices – Then and Now:
Gas – Then: $1.18 and Now: $2.37
Tuition- Then: $10,022.00 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $ 3,826 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.069 and Now: $1.79
Pack of gum – Then: $.25 and Now: $1.09
A loaf of bread – Then: $.75 and Now: $2.58
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,770 and Now: 3,060

Celebrating the Classes of 1985 and 1986

Congratulations on your 35-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Highlights:
The classes of ’85 and ’86 took victory in the pull their respective sophomore years.
College East apartments opened in August 1982.
DePree Art Center was dedicated in October 1982.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
’85 World Series: Kansas City Chiefs
’86 World Series: New York Mets
’85 Super Bowl: San Francisco 49ers
’86 Super Bowl: Chicago Bears
Movies: The Breakfast Club and The Goonies, Top Gun, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Shows: The Cosby Show, Family Ties

Prices – Then and Now:
Gas – Then: $1.24 and Now: $2.37
Tuition – Then: $ 5,756.00 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $ 2,518 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.47 and Now: $1.79
Pack of gum – Then: $.30 and Now: $1.09
A loaf of bread – Then: $.74 and Now: $2.58
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,550 and Now: 3,060

Celebrating the Classes of 1980 and 1981

Congratulations on your 40-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Hope Highlights
The class of 1980 won The Pull as freshmen. However, as sophomores, there was a draw between the class in 1980 and 1981. This draw is one of only 3 in Pull history. The other two happened in 1916 and 1952.

In January 1978, Hope College experiences “the Big Storm.” The late January blizzard canceled classes for two days.

After 11 years and 22 consecutive losses to Calvin, Hope finally defeated Calvin in men’s basketball on February 6, 1980

Early in the morning on April 28, 1980, VanRaalte Hall caught fire. The fire was started by a mechanical mishap in the basement and caught quickly due to the building’s wood interior. Hope College was able to salvage many important records stored in the Administration offices.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
’80 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies
’81 World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers
’80 Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Stealers
’81 Super Bowl: Oakland Raiders
Movies: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Last Ark, Chariots of Fire
Shows: Magnum P.I., Dukes of Hazard

Prices: Then and Now
Gas – Then: $1.03 and Now: $2.37
Tuition – Then: $ 4,490 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $2080 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.48 and Now: $1.79
A loaf of bread – Then: $.50 and Now: $ 2.58
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,371 and Now: 3,060

Celebrating the Classes of 1975 and 1976

Congratulations on your 45-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Highlights:
The classes of ’75 and ’76 took victory in the Pull as sophomores.
Hope College gives Governor William Milliken an honorary degree.
In 1976 Dr. Stephen Hemenway takes over the Vienna Summer school program. In the past 45 years, over 2600 students have participated in the program under his leadership.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
Apple Computer Company was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs.
Jimmy Carter wins the Presidential Election in 1976.
’75 World Series: Cincinnati Reds
’76 World Series: Cincinnati Reds
’75 Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers
’76 Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers
Jaws was released.
Popular TV Shows include: SNL, Happy Days, MAS*H.
America celebrated its 200th birthday!

Now and Then: Prices
Gas – Then: $.75 and Now: $2.37
Tuition – Then: $2,370 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $1,180 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.037 and Now: $1.79
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,198 and Now: 3,060

Celebrating the Classes of 1970 and 1971

Congratulations on your 50-year reunion! We found some great photos of your time on campus. Do you have photos and memories to share? Email alumni@hope.edu and we’ll add to this gallery.

Highlights:
In September of 1967, Dykstra Hall was completed.
Gordon J. Van Wylen was elected ninth president of Hope College; inaugurated, October 13, 1972.
Hope College hosted the March to Hope. A program that paired Hope students with underprivileged kids on a 4-day hiking adventure.
The Class of ’71 were victorious in the Pull as both Freshman and Sophomore pullers.
The Class of ’71 won Nykerk their freshman year.

Athletics Highlights
Ray Smith was hired in 1970. He served as the head football coach for 25 seasons. He also coached wrestling, baseball, and golf. In his career he has 148 football wins. The Hope’s football stadium is named after him.
Hope College was at the beginning of their 11 years losing streak to Calvin.

Student Life Highlights
Plans and building began for the DeWitt Cultural Center by President Calvin Vanderwerf.
Mary Jane Gold gifts Hope College the Gold Estate on Lake Macatawa.
October 1969, Student Congress hosted a Moratorium for students and faculty to voice their opinions on the Vietnam war. Reverend Raymond Pontier came and spoke and the Pine Grove turned into a “battlefield” to remember those who lost their lives in the war.
The Wintercarnival finally had enough snow for events like Women’s Broomball and Men’s dog sledding.

Historical/News/Pop Culture Highlights
In April of 1970, The Beatles officially broke up and released their last album “Let It Be.”
The Apollo 13 Mission Launched to space bringing three astronauts on board.
The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl and the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series in 1970.
The Baltimore Colts won the Super Bowl and the Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series in 1971.
In March of 1971, the 26th amendment was passed which lowered the voting age to 18.
Walt Disney World officially opened to the public in 1971.

Now and Then: Prices
Gas – Then: $.40 and Now: $2.37
Tuition – Then: $885 and Now: $36,000
Room and Board – Then: $495 and Now: $10,940
McDonald’s Cheeseburger – Then: $.033 and Now: $1.79
Pack of gum – Then: $.08 and Now: $1.09
A loaf of bread – Then: $ .16 and Now: $ 2.58
Number of Hope Students – Then: 2,071 and Now: 3,060

Class of 2020 Celebration

Check out the photo gallery from this event!

Thanks for joining us in the Pine Grove on May 22! Here’s a recording of the event in case you missed it.
An invitation from President Scogin to the Class of 2020

We would like to personally invite the Class of 2020 to an elegant evening in the Pine Grove on May 22, 2021. We are so excited to celebrate your achievements in-person and share in your time together as a class.

On May 22, 2021, we will give you a punctuation mark on your time at Hope through the chance to return to campus to share favorite moments and connect with your Hope people. We will spend an elegant evening throughout the Pine Grove, the President’s backyard, and Bultman Student Center patio (rain plan will be Sunday, May 23). Your class will gather outdoors in your “Hope chic” attire and hear from your elected speaker, Dr. Jared Ortiz, as well as Chandler Alberda ’20, President Scogin, and others that want to celebrate your accomplishments. There will be gifts, food stations, a food truck, music and more.

We’ve been grateful to hear your feedback that has shaped our planning for this celebration. All members of the Class of 2020 are invited, and you are also now welcome to bring two guests with you to the event.

Registration is now open and can be completed here. RSVP deadline is May 7 to allow for ample time to prepare a safe event that follows COVID guidelines. Feel free to direct any questions to alumni@hope.edu.

We are also excited to share that you will be invited to a “one-year reunion” event as part of Homecoming, October 22-24, 2021. There will be both on and off campus events planned for you to celebrate with your friends from the Class of 2020, and larger events for all alumni for you to enjoy as well.

Your class has lost many of the “traditional” elements of the end of your college experience, including an in-person commencement ceremony, and we grieve that together with you. Current restrictions and safety protocols don’t even allow for a fully traditional commencement weekend for the Class of 2021. While we regret these losses and the frustration they have caused, we are thrilled to provide you with a safe time for meaningful interaction and celebration together for you and your guests.

Hope alumni know that their relationship with the college and each other doesn’t end when they leave campus, and this is especially true for you. You are an extraordinary class, and we eagerly look forward to seeing you on May 22.

Spera in Deo,
The President’s Office & The Alumni Engagement Office