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 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. Click link to get a sneak peek!

Questions? Contact Milton Niewsma, 616.566.4038 or Email

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 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 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,, 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.

February Monthly Program, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Date: February 4, 2020
Time: 9:00 am Refreshments, 9:30 am Program
Place: Holland Civic Center
Program: Waterfront Holland – A Community Vision by Keith Van Beek, Holland City Manager and Dave Koster, BPW General Manager
Waterfront Holland was a community engagement initiative between 2018 and 2019 to formulate a vision and framework for the future of Holland’s waterfront. Led by the City of Holland and the Holland Board of Public Works, and in partnership with Holland Charter Township, the process took a comprehensive, inclusive, and transparent approach to gathering public and private input.
Through a year-long series of community meetings, surveys, design workshops, and tours, ideas and aspirations have yielded a vision statement and a set of guiding principles.
The vision statement articulates the character and the unique sense of place the community desires for Holland’s waterfront. The guiding principles express our core values and serve as an evaluative criterion for any future developments proposed along Holland’s waterfront. It is important to bear in mind that this shared vision will be a long-term endeavor spanning the next 10, 20, and even 50 years.
Keith Van Beek was selected as the City Manager of the City of Holland in February 2018. Before joining the City of Holland, Keith served as City of Kentwood City Administrator for 12 years in a modified strong mayor form of government, and was the Deputy County Administrator for the County of Ottawa. He is a credentialed manager in the International City County Management Association (ICMA), past president and former board member of the Michigan Municipal Executives and the West Michigan Municipal Executives. Keith has served a number of community organizations and agencies, including as the chairperson of Community SPOKE, and is the current board chair of the Greater Ottawa County United Way .Keith is a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Calvin College, and has a Masters of Public Administration degree from Grand Valley State University.
Dave Koster is a lifelong Holland area resident. He has been General Manager of the Holland Board of Public Works since December 2011. This year he celebrates his 28th anniversary with the organization, having served in prior positions as BPWs Director of Operations, Power Resources Director, Production Engineering Supervisor, and Power Supply Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech University in Houghton.
Dave also sits on the Boards of the American Public Power Association, the Michigan Public Power Agency as its Chair, and locally, on the Board of Directors for the economic development organization, Lakeshore Advantage. He is also active as a mentor for the West Ottawa High School Robotics Team (WOBOT

Upcoming Monthly Programs:

March 3, 2020 Lindsay Olson, artist, “Ocean Acoustics: The Art of Sound in the Sea”
April 7, 2020 Dr. Heidi Krause ,Hope Professor, “Art/Terrorist the French Revolution”

Noon Series – Friday, January 17, 12 noon, HASP classroom

Kick off the start of our winter/spring semester by coming for this Friday’s noon series!
(This is a 1x month, free HASP event – no registration required)

Our speaker this month is Steve Rusticus, who is a graduate of Western Seminary and has served in various ministries in the Holland area. He is currently the operations manager for the Gateway Center and Holland Rescue Mission. The Gateway Center we see is 27,000 square feet of retail outlet, but behind the scenes is 40,000 sf of storage and classroom space where a number of functions occur . The programs occurring here are designed to develop life skills and long term positive changes for people who have made poor life style choices, people with mental health problems, and who may have addictions. There are educational programs ( HRS is a Vocational School in Michigan leading to GED), especially in computer and culinary skills, and work opportunities at the center and local employers. A homeless shelter and an auto center are also a part of the entire program, as well as a spiritual component. Join us in hearing about their present program and plans for the future.

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


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