Greetings from Hope College!
As a fellow Hope parent, I want to take a moment to introduce myself and my new role at Hope. I am both an alumnus and a parent of two third-generation Hope students. This April, after a 21-year career at a Fortune 250 company, I made the decision to accept a role at my alma mater focused specifically on parent engagement and philanthropy. I am grateful for the education and opportunities that Hope has provided for my family and delighted to join a team that is focused on transforming the lives of our students, our community, and our world.
One of my objectives is to engage families to expand the reach of the college via enhanced learning and vocational experiences through the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career. By establishing the Boerigter Center, Hope College is one of the few higher education institutions nationally to streamline the intersection of calling, academic advising, experiential learning, and internships/career connections. This forward-thinking was recently highlighted in a New York Times article titled, “One Way to Make College Meaningful.”
Strong and diverse networks are a key element that make these types of programs successful. Parents play an integral role in identifying and cultivating experiential learning opportunities for our students as well as expressing the value that Hope College brings to your family and community.
I look forward to connecting with you in the near future to personally hear your ideas and insights about Hope College. Together we can build the network and support the services that needed to enhance students’ experiences, equipping them to impact our community and our world.
Daniel J. Osterbaan ’91
Director of Development for Parent Giving
Development and Alumni Engagement
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