Get Oriented! Five Reminders for First-Year Families

Hello New Hope Families!

This is the week we’ve been waiting for all summer — Orientation is almost here, and we are excited to share these five reminders for all participating families:

1. Friday is the day! Move-in Day is Friday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orientation Assistants (“OAs”) will be at every residence hall to welcome you and your student.

A big Orientation Weekend welcome to incoming students!
No need to think that moving all of this stuff into your student’s dorm room is overwhelming! Hope students are here to help!

2. We’re here for you… and your heavy items! The Orientation team is ready to help in any way — and that includes carrying your boxes, bins and heavy items. All 180 students volunteer their time because they love Hope College and want to ensure that you and your student have a smooth transition to “Home Sweet Hope.”

Pro Tip: Use blue tape to mark your belongings with your student’s name and room number before you arrive!

Which way do you go? Hope Campus Safety and our Orientation Assistants will help show you the way.

3. Unload, then park. Campus Safety officers will be managing traffic and pointing you in the right direction. Parking near residence halls is reserved specifically for those who are unloading their cars. Once you are done unloading, you can park in any Hope parking lot throughout Orientation weekend — no permit required.

4. Step in and step up. We know that every family’s story is unique, and we’ve worked to build a variety of experiences that will meet a variety of needs. So, make yourself at home and dive into the family sessions. The more you participate throughout the weekend, the more you will get out of it.

5. Ask for help! There are no silly questions or unimportant concerns. Stop by the Orientation Station in the Bultman Student Center and ask the Orientation staff anything. Members of the Parents’ Council will be at Hydration Stations throughout camps. If they don’t know the answer, they’ll track it down for you!

You’ll find President Dennis Voskuil and his wife, Betty, welcoming new students to Hope.

Good luck with all your last-minute packing and preparations. We can’t wait to welcome you to Hope in person!

Mimi Stall and Alicia Leitzen
2018 Orientation Directors

Fall Update from Student Development

Dear Hope Families,

Richard A. Frost, Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

I hope you are enjoying the summer with your loved ones. Here at Hope College, we are busy preparing for the arrival of our students. Our campus community is eager to greet all our students — both new and returning students — in person.

One of the best parts of the new academic year is having new opportunities to learn each student’s unique story. You have been an important part of your student’s story, and I want to thank you for all you have done to pave the way to this moment, whether your student is entering their first year or their last semester at Hope. The familiarity of the high school years is behind them, and soon they will be engaged in the learning culture of Hope College. Your student will experience academic rigor, develop new and different relationships, and engage in meaningful activities.

Before the fall semester begins, I encourage you to create some special time to talk with your student about their Hope journey. As the father of three college graduates, I know it can be difficult to start and have these conversations. Need some help? The following questions may prompt good discussion with your student:

  • What are you most looking forward to this year? What are two or three questions that you hope to answer this year?
  • When it comes to managing your time, what will be the biggest challenge? How do you plan to deal with that challenge?
  • What are you most anxious or nervous about? Classes, roommate, exams, internships, graduation, being away from family?
  • What are one or two ways that we, as a family, can support you?

With just a few until the start of the 2018-19 academic year, you and your student probably have a lot yet to do! It’s a busy time for all of us, but at Hope, we are always here to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact me at 616-395-7800 or email sdev@hope.edu.

Thank you for being a part of the Hope family!

Sincerely,

Richard A. Frost
Vice President for Student Development
Dean of Students

A Message from the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career

Dear Hope Families,
Greetings from the new Boerigter Center for Calling and Career! I am honored to join the staff of Hope College as the first executive director of the Boerigter Center. We have a great team of talented professionals working together to help students identify their gifts and get ready for life after college.
Walking around campus for the past two months has been a bit surreal, bringing back fond memories of my days as a student in the early 1990s. I do have to admit to getting lost in some of the “new” buildings, which, for me, means anything built after 1994!

So where have I been for the past 24 years? I took my psychology degree and entered into the business world, focusing on helping people learn and work together in organizational settings. I had the privilege of working in some large global companies like Accenture, Ford, and Visteon. I also spent five years at a technology startup (ThinkWise) developing talent management tools and services. Most recently, I led multiple teams within the human resources department at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. Along the way, I earned a master’s degree in adult learning from the University of Michigan.

The core and allied staff of the new Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, including Academic Advising, Alumni and Family Engagement.

Joining the team at Hope this June has been an exciting change for me. I was attracted to the bold goal of the Boerigter Center to engage every student in career discernment, preparation, and pursuit. The staff of the former Career Development Center is now part of the Boerigter Center team, and we are combining forces with staff members from Academic Advising and Alumni Engagement to bring our mission to life. While many new students come to campus with career goals in mind, about one-third of new students come “undecided.” Building stronger campus partnerships and connecting with our broader Hope network will be beneficial for everyone.

Cady Short-Thompson, Tish Boerigter, Shonn Colbrunn, Sibilla Boerigter and George Boerigter at the new Boerigter Center for Calling and Career in DeWitt.

We have some exciting plans for this fall. We are renovating the first floor of the DeWitt Center to be our new home in the middle of campus. We are connecting with all freshmen to develop a rich understanding of their personal strengths. We are broadly expanding our DiscoverWork program to create more job shadowing experiences for students. And, we are launching an Employer Advisory Council to stay connected with the evolving needs of the labor market. Those are just a few of the plans underway for this fall, with many other great ideas on deck for the future.

As family members (and perhaps alumni too), you are part of our incredibly strong and supportive Hope network that will help make our efforts impactful for students. I am looking forward to connecting with you in the coming months as we bring the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career to life!

Sincerely,

Shonn Colbrunn
Executive Director
Boerigter Center for Calling and Career