HASP NEW Facilities Update

As we continue to grow, HASP staff and board members have been working with Hope College administration on necessary and exciting facility improvements. This process has included extensive review of membership surveys conducted in 2014 and 2017, focus group discussions and approval by the HASP Board of Directors. In June, we announced at our annual meeting that remodeling will begin this fall on a new home for HASP. This new space will be located on the first floor of Anderson-Werkman. This 3,000 sq. ft. space originally housed Career Development, which has since become part of the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career now in DeWitt Center.

Over the course of the summer, a HASP facilities committee has been working with the college and GMB Architecture + Engineering on the design and construction details. The clearing of the new space has already begun and additional construction will begin at the end of this month. The new space will include a welcome and kitchen area, library, staff work area, conference room and an additional classroom space with a soundproof partition to maximize flexibility. The classroom on the second floor will continue to be used for HASP classes. This addresses the current bottleneck on available classroom space and doubles the space available to deliver courses. We hope to take occupancy of the new space in January of 2020.

The money for this renovation is being provided by our HASP Facilities Fund. These existing funds were initially raised in 1997. Over time, this fund has grown through additional gifts from members, operating surpluses, and investments made by Hope College.

In response to feedback and requests received from members during facility focus groups held this past June, we are working on a timeline for fundraising efforts to engage every HASP member in securing our future by replenishing and building our HASP Facilities Fund. Additional members have offered their time and energy and have joined the HASP facilities committee to serve as a leadership team for this effort.

We are excited to share more with you about this project in the coming months and ways you can contribute. As always, we welcome your questions and feedback. Feel free to contact any of the committee members or Kim Mendels, Director of HASP, at 616.395.7919 or mendels@hope.edu.

Sincerely,

HASP Facilities Committee
Kim Mendels, Director of HASP; Barbara Stegink, HASP Vice President; Dave Vanderwel, HASP member; Scott Travis, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement; Kara Slater, Director of Operations
HASP Facilities Fund Leadership Team
Larry Lynn, HASP President; HASP members; Ron Mulder, Terri Holden, Barbara Stegink and Dave Vanderwel; Kim Mendels, Director of HASP

Virtues of Public Discourse

As we begin another academic year I have realized it might be a good time to remind all of us about our commitment as part of Hope College to commit to these Virtues of Public Discourse:

Please read and remember this as we engage in discussion about a wide range of topics with wide ranges of opinions and personal experiences.

Virtues of Public Discourse
Hope is an educational community whose mission is vitally informed by the historic Christian faith, and in which all individuals are, as a matter of deeply held principle, treated with the respect due them as God’s creatures.

Hope students and faculty are committed to exploring together a wide range of issues, and to do so guided by the highest standards of intellectual integrity and in a spirit of Christian love.

One mark of an educated person is the capacity to participate thoughtfully in public discourse on a range of issues, expressing clearly one’s own views while at the same time seeking to understand the various counter-positions held within any diverse community.

The administration, faculty and student body of Hope College have affirmed a set of biblically grounded standards for the conduct of our public discussion of all issues. We call these the Virtues of Public Discourse. As a member of the Hope community, you will have opportunities to practice these virtues as you participate in our campus discussions, whether in the classroom, in conversations or during public events.

These five Virtues of Public Discourse are not intended to inhibit the free and energetic expression of views. Rather, they are offered as a set of commitments guiding public expression that should foster and energize an open and constructive discussion of our varying perspectives.

The following, then, are five virtues that ought to characterize our lives together as a community of students and scholars pursuing educational excellence in the context of the Christian faith:

Humility to listen
Humility recognizes the limitations on any one person’s knowledge, and thus makes it possible to learn from the insights of others. Humility says “No” to the pride that prevents open communication, thus encouraging a willingness to consider carefully others’ opinions and perspectives. Humility does not mean, however, endorsement of every view encountered.

Hospitality to welcome
Hospitality is the virtue of creating a welcoming atmosphere for conversation about divergent commitments and convictions. It is the practice of creating and maintaining safe places for people to express ideas, beliefs or values, even those that may appear confusing, discomforting or simply different from one’s own.

Patience to understand
Patience is the willingness and the fortitude to stay engaged, calmly persevering, with the knowledge that waiting is not merely doing nothing, but is a persistent determination which reveals and stretches the ability to understand.

Courage to challenge
Courage is the boldness to accept risks associated with honest advocacy of one’s position. Courage requires the strength to freely speak one’s convictions even when one’s opinions may be considered dangerous or unpopular. Courage also involves the ability to listen openly as people articulate beliefs that are different from one’s own.

Honesty to speak the truth in love
Honesty is a determined commitment to discovering and speaking the truth. Fidelity to what is the case, and an unwillingness to mislead, are hallmarks of honesty. Honesty fosters an open environment that encourages growth and leads to real progress.

Thank you,
Kim Mendels, HASP Director

Special Event: Annual Marshall Historic Home Tour

Saturday, September 7, 2019, departing at 8:00 a.m. and returning approximately 6:15 p.m. Cost is $40 per person.

Join your HASP friends in a self-paced tour of historic homes, museums, commercial buildings and churches in Marshall, MI. As participants board the bus, they will receive a brochure (which is also your ticket) which contains a map and detailed descriptions of all the places on the tour. This will enable you to plan your day and tour route in advance. The brochure also reflects shuttle bus stops for the free service to transport people from place to place. Knowledgeable docents share interesting tidbits, as well as answer questions at each stop. A juried fine arts and crafts fair surrounds the downtown circle, and food/snack venues are located around town as well. Lunch is on your own and self-pay. This trip is open to guests/friends of HASP and the deadline for registration is Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

New Member Orientation

Our next new member orientation will be Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m., in the HASP classroom on the second floor of the Anderson Werkman building. If you are a new member and have not attended an orientation, we encourage you to join us. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our organization, meet other new HASP members, and discover ways to be involved! Coffee and light brunch food will be served. Please call or email the HASP office (395.7919 or hasp@hope.edu) to let us know if you will attend.

Next Monthly Meeting

Our next monthly meeting is Tuesday, September 3, “We the People: A Constitution Day Celebration”, at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts Concert Hall, 9:00-10:30 a.m. A bus shuttle from parking lot 63 (SE corner of Devos Fieldhouse, Fairbanks and 11th St. – across from the soccer field) will be available from 8:30-9:00 a.m. You may park your car in that lot and get a ride to the Jack Miller and back after the program.