Snovember and Beyond

It looks like we’re going have a full-blown West Michigan winter this year. It’s only early November and snow has already pelted our faces. Whether you hate snow or are already playing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” winter is coming, and that means your safe passage around campus is our priority.

Keep in mind that not every sidewalk in Holland is heated, so commute carefully to class — give yourself some extra time if you need it. While the Hope grounds crew does an excellent job getting salt on our sidewalks early, sometimes storms sneak up and sidewalks get very slick so sprinting off three minutes before your 8:00 a.m. can be risky. Be even more cautious if you choose to use your bike (yes, some of you still ride yours; you know who you are!) or longboard (ditto), though neither are recommended. It is best to store those for the winter.

For those with cars, you can no longer keep your vehicle parked on the side of Holland streets overnight. Also, be sure to be mindful of areas in parking lots designed for snow removal; those slots are off limits. And obviously, Visitor and Faculty lots are only for Visitors and Faculty. Stay in your appropriate lot, marked on a sign with student-blue S on it.

Here’s more information regarding parking:

  • Parking is not permitted in places designated for snow removal (November-March). Vehicles parked in these spots are subject to being ticketed.
  • Parking overnight (2 AM – 7 AM) is NOT allowed in any faculty/staff or visitor parking areas.
  • On-street parking overnight (2 AM – 5 AM) is NOT allowed per the city of Holland. Any ticket received because of this is from the city of Holland and not Campus Safety.
  • Avoid parking in front of snow piles.
  • If you have a bicycle on campus, please make sure that is is somewhere safe over the cold winter months. For those who live close to Hope, consider taking it home until the weather warms up.

As for receiving weather and other safety-related information, make sure that your Hope College email account and cell phone number are registered to get Hope Alerts. Hope Alerts will immediately let you know when there’s a campus emergency or if there are any shut downs due to weather or other unforeseen incidents.

If you aren’t already registered for Hope Alerts, follow these instructions to make sure you’re up to date:

  1. Log into plus.hope.edu with your normal information.
  2. Click on “Enter Secure Area,” then “Personal Information,” and followed by “Update Emergency Contacts.”
  3. From there you can select “New Contact,” where you’ll be prompted to enter your name and cell phone number.
  4. To make sure you’re the one receiving the texts, you MUST make sure your contact is set to “Self” and is listed in the first spot.
  5. Once that’s complete, click “Submit Changes.”

Winter can be the best or worst of seasons; it all just depends on how well you’re prepared. But if you think ahead and stay alert and informed, you are on track to weather winter well.