FALL course and program info!

Dear HASP Members,

We hope that you are all faring well during this current situation. We also hope you have truly taken some time to rest, read, relax and enjoy a slower pace and have taken care of yourselves and stayed healthy!

We want to highlight a few suggestions for engaging with HASP courses and monthly programs in our online format as we approach the fall semester. We will be holding HASP courses at our normally scheduled time (Mondays–Thursdays, 9:30–11:00 a.m. and 1:00–2:30 p.m. and Fridays, 9:30–11:00 am only). HASP courses will be recorded ONLY when we have the permission of the presenter and will not be available until January 2021 on our YouTube channel. This is different from the summer. So if you want to participate in a class, it will be important to register and show up online at the scheduled time or you will miss it!

Many of our presenters will teach their class from their own personal home or office, but several will be teaching from the HASP classroom in order to receive tech support. We are not allowed to have any additional people in the office or classroom at this time – this is for presenters only. You will continue to sign into the HASP Virtual Classroom to participate at www.hope.edu/virtualhasp. You can use this same link for all of our courses and monthly programs, so be sure to copy the link or bookmark it on your personal device for easy access.

Late in the fall the HASP Board of Directors, in conjunction with Hope College Health and Safety Committees will revisit our online decision to determine if we MIGHT have some courses in person AFTER Thanksgiving when students have left campus. Because your safety is of utmost importance we will not make this decision lightly and/or without all the proper approvals and safety procedures in place.

During our summer classes we have learned a few things about Zoom and the best practices for learning (i.e., muting your mic unless you want to speak, using the CHAT option to make comments and ask questions, adjusting sound and volume balance on presenters, etc.). As a reminder, we ask that you sign-on in appropriate attire, ready to engage and listen to our presenters, and if you have to do other things while listening in – PLEASE turn off your camera so your activities are not a distraction to other learners and our presenters. We also strongly encourage you to consider selecting “Speaker View” while attending class. This allows your screen to primarily display just the speaker and any PowerPoint slides they are sharing and helps you feel more engaged with the presenter.

A few additional technical notes before we start fall courses:

1.) HASP will continue to use Zoom. Zoom works best if you download and install the client from their website onto your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Then, when you click on a Zoom link in any web browser, the client will open automatically and get you connected to the call. If you can’t (or don’t want to) install Zoom on your computer, then the website version is an okay substitute. When you click a link to join a meeting, there’s small text at the bottom that says “join via web browser”. If you’re going that route, we’d recommend a modern, up-to-date browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple’s Safari, or Microsoft Edge (Apple friends out there: Download Zoom onto your laptops and use Chrome as your search engine instead of Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer). There is a link on our website page under “Virtual HASP” to download Zoom, at (www.hope.edu/hasp).
Also, if you prefer to use your smartphone, you can go to your app store and download the Zoom app to your phone. If you need assistance installing, call the HASP office and one of us will walk you through the process (395.7919).

2.) When you sign-on, you will need “permission” from the host (HASP staff) to join the Zoom classroom. Please be patient as you wait until staff admits you shortly before the class start. Fall courses WILL require registration and payment, so they will not be open to the general public, and we will be admitting people based on registration lists.

3.) Please think about, and find, the best place to take your online class in your home/location. Rooms with good lighting (perhaps outside if you are somewhere warm) and little or no distractions would be appreciated.

4.) You will automatically be muted when you sign-on. Please leave yourself muted unless asking a question or making a comment. After you ask your question, please be sure to mute yourself again as keeping your microphone on will create feedback for everyone on the video.

5.) Different presenters handle questions differently! We will ask their preference at the beginning of class so everyone is informed if the presenter is willing to take questions as we go, only at the end, or at scheduled breaks in their presentation. Please try to keep your questions and comments related to the subject matter AND USE THE CHAT option to type them in.

ZOOM Help Sessions: We will offer two times you can enter the HASP virtual classroom (www.hope.edu/virtualhasp) to get help with questions, adjust your settings, learn how to use the chat option, etc.…before fall classes start:

Monday, September 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon OR Wednesday, September 16, 1:00-3:00pm.

We are very much looking forward to the fall semester of classes! Please contact us if you have any questions/concerns. Thank you!


Kim Mendels, HASP Director
Sharon Arendshorst, Curriculum Chair
Judy Parr, Chair of Humanities
Sarah Briggs, Chair of Fine Arts
Mike Economos, Chair of Social Sciences
Bruce Bassett, Chair of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Shaw Festival Trip, October 2020

October ~ Shaw Festival
Wednesday, October 7- Friday, October 9, 2020
7:00 am depart on Wednesday, approximate return to Holland 6:00pm Friday
Cost: $450 pp double occupancy
$600 pp single occupancy
Travel to beautiful Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada to enjoy seeing three plays: “Gypsy” a musical with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “The Devil’s Disciple” by Bernard Shaw, and “Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse” by Hamilton Wright based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. We will be staying at the Colonel Butler Inn in downtown Niagara on the Lake within walking distance of restaurants and theaters. Travel begins on Wednesday, October 7, a box lunch on the way and arrival in Niagara on the Lake in late afternoon, dinner on your own and an evening play performance. The next morning is free to enjoy the restaurants and shopping on your own, a play at 2:00 pm and dinner on your own. The third play is at 8:00 pm in the evening. Breakfast is included at the hotel each morning either in the breakfast room or on the veranda. Friday morning we will return to Holland and arrive there around dinner time. We will stop for lunch on your own on the return trip.

If you have further questions, please contact Event Coordinator:
Sue Bohlander (616) 566-7484, hiker4625@gmail.com

HASP Spring Fling – Thursday, May 21, 2020

May ~ Spring Fling at Grace Episcopal Church
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Cost: free
Please mark Thursday evening, May 21 on your calendar to mix and mingle with your HASP friends at our annual Spring Fling. Once again, this event will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Avenue, Holland.

The primary purpose of Spring Fling has been to enjoy a relaxing time of fellowship, and to get to know HASP members that you’ve not met. If you have never attended, we hope that you will join us this year. The atmosphere is very casual, while the conversation is NON-STOP lively!

We ask that you bring either an appetizer or dessert to share (homemade or store bought). HASP will provide an array of beverages, including wine, punch, and coffee.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet new HASP members and catch up with dear friends. To facilitate our planning, and since space is limited to 150, please RSVP using the online registration system or if you don’t have access to a computer contact the HASP office (616) 395-7919.

If you have further questions, please contact Event Coordinators:
Charlotte McKenzie (309) 310-2981, charmckenzie1@aol.com
Hugh Ivany (309) 825-9798, hughjivany@yahoo.com

NEW HASP Facilities Update

We hope you have had a chance to visit the new HASP office and classroom on the main floor of Anderson Werkman, Suite 120!
We extend deep appreciation for the generosity of all the HASP members who have contributed to our HASP Facilities Fund this year. To date we have received approximately $220,000 toward our $450,000 goal to fully replenish this fund. Gifts range from $10 to $50,000 and every dollar is an investment in the future of our
The HASP Facilities Fund benefits us all by reducing our annual operating costs as well as enabling us to address future facility needs. Investment earnings are shared with the college in exchange for a rent-free facility on campus and numerous in-kind services (i.e., physical plant, copy and mailing center, computer and information technology support, etc.). This allows HASP membership and course fees to remain steady and affordable.
Fundraising is still active for this effort. If you would like to make a gift, we would love to know by May 1st, 2020, in order to properly recognize all donors at our annual meeting. Past and current facilities fund gifts of all sizes will receive recognition via HASP publications. In addition, there are two special recognition opportunities:
Donor Wall – Donors making leadership gifts of $5,000 (over up to five years) will receive recognition on a donor wall in the new HASP suite. Previous giving to the HASP facility fund can be counted toward hitting this
Room Naming Opportunities – A variety of naming opportunities exist for spaces within the new facility. Friends or families may join together to meet a naming threshold. To date, we have received naming gifts for the
library, director’s office, and conference room. We are looking for partners for the classrooms, welcome and hospitality space, and work area.
All members are invited to make a gift or pledge via the HASP Facilities Fund gift/pledge cards mailed out in early December and are also available in the HASP office. Gifts can be one-time gifts or payable over five years, and be
made via stock, IRA roll-overs, or deferred gifts through wills and trusts. Checks can be made payable to Hope College with HASP Facilities Fund in the memo section.
If you would like additional information on the donor wall and/or room naming opportunities please contact Kim Mendels, HASP Director, mendels@hope.edu, 616.395.7919.
Thank you for your support!
HASP Fundraising Advisory Group: Kim Mendels, Larry Lynn, Barbara Stegink, Terri Holden, Ron Mulder, Dave Vanderwel, Scott Travis

March 3, 2020, Monthly Program

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 9:00 am Refreshments, 9:30 am Program
Place: Holland Civic Center (150 W 8th Street)
Program: Ocean Acoustics: The Art of Sound in The Sea -Lindsay Olson, Art and Science Artist
We are visual creatures. But underwater, visibility falls off dramatically and the kinds of visual observations that biologists use to study terrestrial ecosystems are not practical. Studying what is happening under the ocean requires a different approach. Ocean Acoustics uses sound to listen in to what’s happening and collect data that illuminates life in the ocean. Land ecologists study landscape, geology and weather. Ocean acousticians study soundscapes. This project makes visible the invisible world of sound in the sea. Lindsay created densely embroidered silk panels that help describe what researchers are discovering. The work illustrates the largest daily migration of zooplankton, the sound-enhancing SOFAR channel, phytoplankton and the dramatic vocalizations of marine life gathered by hydrophones. She drew inspiration from the work of the Swiss embroidery artist Lissy Funk and the elite artists of Mayan classical period with their profound and symbolic connection to water.
Lindsay’s artistic practice grows out of an intense curiosity about the ways our society is supported by science and technology. She has worked as Fermi National Accelerator’s first artist in residence, with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the Field Museum and the Chicago Botanic Garden. Her current work grows out of a three-week research cruise with the RV Endeavor with scientists using acoustics to study the ocean soundscape. Her work is currently touring in Europe and the US and can be seen at many science outreach events. Lindsay teaches textiles at Columbia College Chicago.

Special Event for April 2020, Day of Culture in Chicago

~ A Day of Culture in Chicago (Online registration option, see below)
Friday, April 17, 2020
8:30am depart, 9:30pm approximate return
Cost: $ 115pp (Symphony) or $60 (Chicago Art Institute)
(Deadline for Symphony registration is Friday, February 14)

Enjoy a day of culture in Chicago either by attending a Chicago Symphony Concert or by spending a day at the Chicago Art Institute. The program for the Chicago Symphony is as follows: Berlioz Symphony Fantastique, Richard Strauss’s Burlesque and Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks with Emmanuel Krivine conducting and Joseph Moog at the piano. If you choose the Art Institute you can enjoy a guided tour of the modern art wing or tour the museum on your own. For those who are taking the Contemporary Art class at HASP in February, this will give you an opportunity to view some of the art that will be introduced during this class. We will arrive in time to enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants near Symphony Hall or at the Art Institute. On the way back to Holland, the bus will stop at Culver’s for dinner on your own.

NEW – Online Registration Option –currently open to HASP MEMBERS ONLY
We are going to pilot the April Special Event registration online. This is very similar to the course registration. To register, go to hope.edu/hasp/special-events or fill out paper form from your newsletter and send to HASP office.

March Special Event!

March ~ Great Performance Series of Spanish Brass & Dinner
Friday, March 27, 2020
6:00pm dinner at Hope’s Maas Conference, 7:30pm Concert at Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts
Cost: $ 40pp (Dinner & Concert) or $23 if already have tickets to concert

For over 30 years, Spanish Brass has been one of the most highly regarded brass ensembles in the world and in 2017 they were named one of the most influential musical artists in Spain. You have the opportunity to see them as they are coming to Hope College! Join other HASP members for a nice dinner at Maas Conference on Hope’s campus and then walk over to the Jack Miller Center for Musical Arts to enjoy the lively concert of Spanish Brass.
https://youtu.be/uXsg46g6t-s Click link to get a sneak peek!

Questions? Contact Milton Niewsma, 616.566.4038 or Email milton.nieuwsma@yahoo.com

SIG (Small Interest Group) opportunties this semester!

SIG (Small Interest Groups) – free, member initiated groups and directed groups.

• SIG for Gardeners will meet on Thursday, February 13th at 3:00 p.m. at the Zylman home located at 92 W. 40th Street. Landis will share his knowledge and experience in growing and caring for house plants. Please contact Barbara Stegink (bstegink39@gmail) if you are interested in learning more about this group.
• SIG for Nurses and Doctors is a new S.I.G. is being proposed by Dr. David Blatt. Nurses bear witness to such a broad swath of the human condition, probably uniquely so. David is proposing a HASP group of nurses and their doctor groupies to share memorable stories of observed pathos and courage and funny stuff and everything in between. The group could pledge to one of those “what-is-said-here-stays-here” kinds of agreements. If interested, please contact David Blatt via deblatt@aol.com so we can organize a time and place for an initial get together.
• SIG Read, Learn, Discuss – All Welcome to Watch on February 20th
HASP members are welcome to join the Read, Learn, Discuss S.I.G. on February 20th at 2:40pm to watch I Am Not Your Negro, a 2016 documentary film based on the work of James Baldwin. In 1979, Baldwin sent a letter to his literary agent describing his next project. The new book was to be an account of the lives and deaths by assassination of Medger Evers, Malcom X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Baldwin never completed this book, but film maker Raoul Peck uses Baldwin’s words and archival footage to explore history from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter.
The S.I.G. will also meet March 19 and April 16 to read and discuss James Baldwin’s 1963 book,
The Fire Next Time. For information, contact David Brower, Ann Weller, or Debra Williamson.
• SIG for Hikers – If you are interested in planning where and when we will be hiking this spring, add to your calendars a HASP Hikers planning meeting on Tuesday, March 3, immediately after the monthly meeting. The meeting will likely last 30 minutes. The monthly meeting is at the Civic Center so we will meet in the lobby near the fireplace. Bring your ideas, Ottawa County Parks maps, and calendars.
• SIG for Books and Writers will meet on Tuesday, March 10 at 11:15 am, specific HASP location TBD. We will continue the discussion of Flint by reading Michael Moore’s memoir “Here Comes Trouble: Stories from my Life.” Questions, please contact Sue Bohlander at hiker4625@gmail.com or 616.566.7484.

February Noon Series, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Noon Series are free, no registration required
12 noon, Friday, Feb. 21st, HASP classroom

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” …….to Holland! Sally Laukitis, Executive Director of the Holland Area Visitors Bureau, will take us on the 5-year journey that resulted in the life-sized bronze “Wizard of Oz” statues gracing the north side of Herrick District Library. Cast in bronze, the statues are taken from illustrations of the original characters as depicted by the artist, W.W. Denslow, in the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz. According to Robert Baum, great-grandson of Wizard of Oz author, L. Frank Baum, many characters in the book are reminiscent of real-life people Baum knew as he wrote parts of the book while staying at his family’s cottage, The Sign of the Goose, in Macatawa.
Laukitis, an English Literature major at DePauw University, grew up in Holland hearing the story of Baum and the Wizard of Oz connection, and remembers when the “Munchkins” gathered at Holland’s former Point West restaurant in 1989 for a “Munchkin” convention.

Volunteer Opportunities for winter/spring semester for Hope classes!

Second Semester Opportunities for Volunteering for Hope Classes

Special thanks to the 31 HASP members who have already volunteered for Hope classes. Professor Van Duinen asked for 14 volunteers for her senior seminar and 14 volunteered. Professor Stephen Scogin asked for one volunteer and one volunteered. Developmental Psychology needs 24 volunteers and 16 have already volunteered. Please contact Elliot Tanis, 396-2228 or 616-368-1697, or better yet, tanis@hope.edu, if you are interested in volunteering for one of the Developmental Psychology sections and specify which one.

The 4 sections of Developmental Psychology will be taught by Professors Carrie Bredow, Daniel Zomerlei, Tami Rigterink, and Kristen Hunsberger so 24 volunteers are needed. You will meet with 3 or 4 groups of 5 or 6 students and share your insights as you reflect on your adult years and respond to questions from the students. Professor Carrie Bredow’s class meets on Wednesday, April 22, 11:00-11:50 and she already has six volunteers. Professor Tami Rigterink’s class meets on Tuesday, April 21, 9:30-10:50 and she needs four additional volunteers. Professor Kristen Hunsberger’s class meets on Tuesday, April 21, 12:00-1:20 and she needs three more volunteers. Professor Daniel Zomerlei’s class meets on Tuesday, April 21, 3:00-4:20 and he needs three additional volunteers.