At the end of August (and for the first time in approximately 30 years!) the Public Affairs and Marketing team is changing the way mass emails are distributed to employees at Hope College. The current “campusmail” system of pushing out numerous emails x multiple times per day will be replaced with a single daily newsletter. “Hope Daily” will include a day’s worth of concise announcements and news items in one easy-to-read message.
“Hope Daily” will contain familiar sections and themes to hopefully create a simple-to-navigate message. You will find campus events, announcements, family news, Human Resources features and an Academic and Campus Governance section.
Messages of an urgent nature will still be distributed as necessary and separately from “Hope Daily.” These could include Clery Act timely warnings, safety notices, unplanned technology outages, and unplanned changes to building access or services.
We believe that, though change is sometimes challenging, this upgrade will be very beneficial to our campus community. This allows us to sunset some outdated technology that our awesome partners at CIT have sustained for years. We hope this change will also allow us to somewhat mitigate the email fatigue that many of us experience. There may be days where there is no news to report. If so, we’ll skip “Hope Daily” that day and you’ll have one less message to review.
Our form for submitting an announcement or news item to “Hope Daily” is available linked under “Resources” on InHope.
Halloween is nearly here. Share your Hope College spirit with the neighborhood!
Choose your favorite template and use it to trace the design on your pumpkin. Once you carve your Hope pumpkin, post a picture and tag Hope College on social media for a chance to appear on our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Happy Halloween!
The first few weeks of spring semester are behind us and we are so grateful for every passing day that our students are together on campus for in-person classes. It takes our entire campus community to make this happen and we are thankful for the many teams and individuals who are #KeepingHope here!
Public Affairs and Marketing has created a digital communication toolkit for our campus partners to help raise awareness for health and safety measures on campus, and to help slow the spread of COVID-19 this semester. In the toolkit, you’ll find graphics for social media, TV screens, printable pdfs, and sample social media posts that you can share with your department and online followers.
While we are unable to customize these elements for individual offices or departments, we hope they will be helpful as you continue raising awareness for the health and safety of our entire Hope community. We’re in this together. Thank you for your commitment. Go Hope!
On Monday, you received an email from Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown, Dr. Richard Frost, Dr. Gerald Griffin and Dr. Trygve Johnson about campuswide efforts to “Keep HOPE” through this election season. Today, we launched an Election 2020 webpage (hope.edu/election), where we will be sharing upcoming events, resources and opportunities to engage and support the campus community.
You can help with this initiative!
If your department or division would like to add content to hope.edu/election, please email me with your information. Currently, we are featuring *only* official Hope-sponsored events, resources and opportunities on the webpage; we are not using the site to promote external programs or share links to outside events.
Can you believe the start of the school year is nearly here? So many of us have been working countless hours to be HOPE READY for the start of the school year. What does HOPE READY mean? It means that on top of our current (and extended) responsibilities, we’re embracing (from an appropriate distance, of course) the guidelines for a safe re-engagement with the campus community. We’re washing hands, wearing face coverings, keeping physically distant, cleaning our work and study areas and holding one another accountable. How can you share the HOPE READY spirit with others?
By the way, if you’ve been near campus (which looks stunning, by the way), you’ll notice some beautiful new lightpole banners installed by our fantastic Physical Plant team. #KeepingHope will continue for the foreseeable future. It’s on all of us to keep the culture and enthusiasm of Hope College going no matter the format.
We can’t wait to see you again. Thank you for #KeepingHope all of these weeks and months. You are truly what makes this place exceptional.
We’re launching a fun new project for Hope employees to share some of the HOPE we have for our community, our students, our neighbors and so many others. So we made a simple little sign. (Maybe you saw a sneak peak of it during yesterday’s Class of 2020 Celebration?) A printable version is available below!
Here’s what we hope you’ll do…
Print your sign at home.
Take a photo of you holding the sign or it displayed in your home’s front window or on the front door. (We miss seeing your faces!)
A niche hobby? A worldwide trend? A piece of nostalgia? A therapeutic outlet? Whatever the reason, your needs are covered. Public Affairs and Marketing has created a series of Hope-specific coloring pages for you and your families, friends, neighbors and coworkers to enjoy!
Download and print one, two or all of them. Show us your skills and creativity! Share your work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, tag @hopecollege, use the hashtag #KeepingHope. Who knows? Maybe you’ll see a competition or two pop up.
Now that many of us are working from home, Zoom meetings and Google Hangouts are becoming part of our daily routines. It’s been fun to see how people are using technology like these and others to stay connected. Certainly, it’s not the same experience as being together in-person, but the changes we are experiencing are pushing all of us to think and work more creatively, and that’s a good thing!
For example, now you can “attend” meetings from some of Hope’s most iconic campus locations — the Dimnent Chapel Rose Window, DeVos Fieldhouse, the Martha Miller Center, the Jack H. Miller Center, and of course, the Pine Grove (below) — with our new virtual Hope College Zoom backgrounds. If you haven’t heard of custom Zoom backgrounds yet, read this article from cnet.
Click anyone on your screen to see a menu on the bottom of your screen. In the lower right corner, click “More …” for more options.
Click on “Meeting Settings” and select “Virtual Background.”
Click the ➕ plus symbol to upload a new image. Select the image from your photo library, then close.
Add a Hope background to Zoom on a desktop computer
Note: Zoom backgrounds tend to work better using a mobile device than on your desktop. We suggest giving both methods a try to see which one works best for you.
Open up the Zoom desktop app.
Click the ⚙️ Settings gear.
Click the “Virtual Backgrounds” section. If you don’t have that, you may need to enable “Virtual Background” in your Zoom Profile Settings.
Click the ➕ plus symbol and choose one of the Hope backgrounds that you downloaded.
Click the ➕ plus symbol and select “Add Image”, and choose one of the Hope backgrounds that you downloaded.
When using a background on a desktop, starting with a green or dark background may prevent a certain amount of ghosting. Whether or not you do this, it’s ideal that the color of your clothing be different from what is in the background, otherwise it may confuse the camera and prevent it from distinguishing between foreground and background. For more tips and instructions, check out the Zoom website.
Once you’re successfully using a Hope background, take a screenshot of yourself and tweet it to us @HopeCollege. Happy Zooming!