Be A Part of the Campus Master Planning Process!

Next week, the college is hosting three open forums for faculty, staff and students to share ideas and aspirations for how Hope’s facilities and infrastructure can best support our living and learning community, teaching, scholarship, creative projects and performance, and programs that serve our students, employees, and other Hope constituents. These forums are part of a campus master planning process that is being conducted throughout the 2016-17 academic year and are the first opportunities everyone has to get an up close look at the work that is underway, ask questions of the master planning consultants, and share insights and ideas that will inform and shape the long range plan for the development of our campus.

Are there things about Hope’s campus that you absolutely love? Are there things you would love to see changed? Have you thought of things that would make Hope’s campus better meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, or the Holland community? If you said yes to any of the above, then these forums are for you!

The forums are being held at three different times to encourage as much participation as possible. You are invited to any of the sessions and welcome to attend more than one if you would like. Please feel free to come and go as your schedule allows if you can’t stay for the entire time. The forums will be held on:

Wednesday, October 12
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m – Maas Auditorium

Thursday, October 13
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Maas Auditorium
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Maas Auditorium

The consultants have spent time with small groups of students, employees, and representatives from the Holland community during their previous visits to campus. The information you share during these forums will be used with the feedback from these small group meetings to inform the long-range master plan for Hope’s campus.

We hope you have a wonderful, restful fall break, and we hope to see you at a forum next week!

Sincerely,
CMP Committee Cho-Chairs
Kara Slater, Director of the Physical Plant, and Mary Remenschneider

What is Campus Master Planning All About?

Have you heard about the campus master planning process? Do you want to know what’s happening and how to get involved?

Check out this power point presentation with some general information about what campus master planning is all about. CMP Overview.October 2016.

You will also be receiving an invitation to attend one of several campus forums hosted by our master planning consultants next week Thursday, October 13.  Everyone on campus (every student and employee) is welcome and encouraged to attend — this is will be an opportunity to learn more and share your voice in this important process.  More details coming soon!

Update: Campus Master Planning

As you may be aware, the college is engaging in a campus master plan study to identify where the college should focus its resources to meet future demands on facilities and infrastructure for the next ten to twenty years. This study will take place during the academic year and will include several opportunities for you to share your thoughts and ideas in the development of the master plan.

The process is being facilitated by the master planning firm Perkins & Will in partnership with local architects GMBae. We have also formed a committee of faculty, staff, students, and trustees to engage with the consultants on a regular basis, ensure members of the campus community have opportunities to provide input in the development of the master plan, help evaluate, prioritize and understand the information generated through the study, and provide direction for campus-wide communications and opportunities for input. The committee met once in August to review the master planning timeline and the scope of their responsibilities and will be meeting again on Thursday, September 15 with representatives from Perkins & Will and GMBae who are on campus to gather data that will be used to inform future discussions and decision making.

The following individuals accepted President Knapp’s invitation to serve on the committee. We are grateful for their willingness to serve the college in this capacity.

Kara Slater, Director of the Physical Plant (Committee Co-chair)
Mary Remenschneider, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff (Committee Co-chair)
Kristyn Bochniak, Associate Dean of Residential Life and Housing
Matthew DeJongh, Faculty Moderator and Professor of Computer Science
Lindsey Dood, Chair of the Business and Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees
Karl Droppers, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Jason Gomory, Vice President Student Congress
Vanessa Greene, Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Culture and Inclusion
Carl Heideman, Director of Process and Innovation, Computing and Information Technology
Greg Kern, Associate Director Admissions
Karen Nordell Pearson, Interim Provost
Scott Travis, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement
Yoli Vega, Director of the Phelps Scholars Program and Assistant Professor of Education
You will receive regular updates from us about master planning. To that end, we have launched a website where you can access information about the master planning process. This website is available from the President’s webpage. We will continue to add information as it becomes available to help keep you informed of the progress and opportunities for you to provide input and get involved.

Thank you for your interest and investment in master planning. We look forward to hearing from you throughout the year!

Kara Slater and Mary Rem.
Committee Co-Chairs