Alumni & Student Networking Events

Join us at the following events specifically designed for current Hope students to meet alumni and receive advice, tips and tools for successfully finding a job after graduation. Find an event near you!

Living & Working In: West Michigan on Tuesday, March 14 at Founders Brewing Company at 6 pm.

Lansing Alumni-Student Networking Event on Tuesday, March 28 at Lansing Brewing Company at 5:30 pm.

Washington, D.C. Networking Event on Thursday, March 30 at Marriott Crystal Gateway at 5:30 pm.

Living & Working In: Chicago on Wednesday, April 5 at Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant at 6 pm CST.

Living & Working In: Detroit on Tuesday, April 11 at Hopcat at 6 pm.

For more details, including registration information, please visit hope.edu/alumni/events. Did you miss a deadline for an event? Email us at alumni@hope.edu. We are looking forward to connecting with you soon!

Summer Send Off: Then and Now

Rewind to July of 2014. 

As an incoming first-year student at Hope College, I was a ball of nerves and excitement. Being the type of person that needs planning and order, not knowing what was to come when I stepped onto campus in the fall was a rattling concept. Thankfully, Hope College does a picnic called a “Summer Send Off” in four different areas: Naperville, Mid-Michigan, Southeast Michigan, and Southwest Michigan. Since I am from the Lansing area, I went to the picnic held at Patriarche Park in East Lansing in the summer of 2014. About 10 of my high school friends were also coming to Hope, so we all arrived together. Even though I was with the people I felt most comfortable around, I couldn’t help but be nervous. I was moving away from an area that I had lived my entire life, to a town where I had visited only a couple of times. Coming to Hope was more or less a leap of faith for me, as I hadn’t even gone on an official campus visit. From the very beginning of the picnic, I knew that this was where I was supposed to be. The people from Hope College that hosted the picnic were friendly and I didn’t feel completely clueless anymore. I had no idea how to do this whole college thing, considering how I was a first-generation college student, with no real guidance in this adventure. But after the picnic, the countdown was set for August 24, move-in day, and I couldn’t have been more excited.

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Fast forward to now: July of 2016. 

Packing up the orange and blue Gatorades into the cooler and putting everything into the Hope van, I would soon be on my way to the first Send Off picnic of the summer. Ever since August of 2014 (Yes, two weeks after I stepped onto campus!) I have worked in the Alumni and Family Engagement Office, the very office that hosts the Summer Send Off picnics. I couldn’t help but look back on the time that I was so nervous about a simple picnic. Now, I am greeting the incoming students as they arrive, and making them feel at home before they even come to campus. Hope College has a way of doing that. As I stood under the pavilion, looking at all of the students that were listening to the Orientation Directors, I couldn’t help but look back on the time that I was sitting in their exact place. A feeling of peace and thankfulness washed over me. The leap of faith that I once took in 2014 brought me to a state of joy, contentment and peace in 2016.

If only these freshmen knew what they were in for.

Share Your Hope Experience at Summer Send Offs

686-tmp460-sample2-2JUN2016 Each summer Hope alumni, students and parents meet members of the incoming class and their families at a series of welcome events. You are invited to help welcome the Class of 2020! Connect with Hope alumni, parents and students at a Summer Send Off event near your and share your Hope experience with students just beginning theirs.

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 1.15.48 PM copyJoin us for a complimentary dinner hosted by Alumni and Family Engagement. These events happen rain or shine and are complimentary for all. The RSVP deadline is one week prior to each event.

For more information and to RSVP please visit hope.edu/alumni/events or call 616.395.7250.

Upcoming Alumni Events Near You!

Don’t miss these upcoming events for alumni!

Ann Arbor Reception

Join us for dinner in Ann Arbor on March 15 at 6pm. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with others in the Hope community. Help us welcome Dr. David VanWylen, Dean for Natural and Applied Sciences at Hope College.

Dr. VanWylen will share his vision and update us on student and faculty collaborations within the sciences. The cost for this event including dinner is $10 per person. A cash bar will be available.

Please register online.

Living & Working In: West Michigan

grand-rapids-mi-downtownYou are invited to take part in a career networking event on March 15 at Founders Brewing Company. The Living & Working In: West Michigan event provides an opportunity for current Hope students to meet alumni and receive advice, tips and tools for successfully finding a job and permanently locating themselves in West Michigan after graduation.

Appetizers will be provided. Brought to you by the Alumni Association and the Career Development Center. There is no cost to attend this event. Please RSVP here with your name, grad year, title and employer name by Tuesday, March 8.

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The Chapel Choir will be on tour from Sunday, March 6 through Thursday, March 31 with concerts throughout West Michigan, New York and New Jersey. Find the full schedule and a concert near your here.

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You are invited to take part in a career networking event on March 23 at the University Club. The Living & Working In: Washington, D.C. event provides an opportunity for current Hope students to network with alumni and friends.

A networking reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres will begin at 5:30 pm. Brought to you by the Alumni Association and the Career Development Center. There is no cost to attend this event. Please RSVP here with your name, grad year, title and employer by Wednesday, March 16.

Living & Working In: Chicago

You are invited to take part in a career networking event on April 6 at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. The Living & Working In: Chicago event provides an opportunity for current Hope students to meet alumni and receive advice, tips and tools for successfully finding a job and permanently locating themselves in Chicago after graduation. Appetizers will be provided. Brought to you by the Alumni Association and the Career Development Center. There is no cost to attend this event. Please RSVP here with your name, grad year, title and employer name by March 30.

Scholarship Day of Giving

SDOG_Image_WebSave the date for the second annual Scholarship Day of Giving! The goal of this campaign is to receive 750 Hope Fund gifts in 24 hours. These gifts will then provide funds for student scholarships through the Hope Fund. The entire Hope College community is encouraged to donate to the Hope Fund and spread the word about this 24 hour giving campaign on social media. Alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff are all welcome to join in the excitement and give on April 19!

Alumni Weekend

2016 Email Graphic Alumni WeekendEverything you need to know about Alumni Weekend on April 29 and 30, 2016 is available online. Members of the Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986 and the Fifty Year Circle should have received a brochure and registration card in the mail. A detailed list of events is available at hope.edu/alumniweekend.

If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact alumni@hope.edu or call 616.395.7250. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus soon!