It’s a new year. Time to level-up your virtual meetings with a new Hope College campus background.
Not seeing your favorite spot on campus in our folder? Send us an email and we may be able to help you out.
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.
If your event is not on the Hope calendar, please be sure to add it! And if a physical location on campus is needed for your event, make sure that you have reserved the space through EMS and that you are following all the guidelines for on-campus gatherings. Need help with any of this? Please email Julie Huisingh in Public Affairs and Marketing for assistance.
THANK YOU for all you’re doing to foster belonging, understanding and grace at Hope College!
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.
Hey all you fellow hunker downers!
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…
No printer at home? No problem! Complete this form and a sign will be mailed to you at home in a few days.
Thanks for all you’re doing #keepinghope!
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 nine 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.
(Coloring inside the lines is 100% optional)
Examples contributed by Hillary Cash and Karsten Cash
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.
Download Hope College backgrounds
Hope College Zoom backgrounds are available for download here.
Add a Hope background to Zoom on a mobile device
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.
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!
The Steering Committee
has been getting lots of messages of appreciation from you, and it means the
world to us. But here’s the thing: We couldn’t do any of our work
without you… so, thank you! Our efforts
would be fruitless if we weren’t part of such a caring, student-centered
YOU are keeping HOPE alive! You are stepping up to help with the heavy lift, each in your own way, and you are making a difference. For that, we say, We are so grateful! — and we ask you to pass along that spirit of gratitude.
Here’s our request: Every day this week, take a few minutes to send a virtual “Postcard of Hope” to at least one coworker. (“Virtual postcard” is just a fancy term for “email message.”) Choose someone who may need extra encouragement. Maybe someone from outside of your department or division. Maybe even someone you don’t know well… or at all. (Need some help? Take a look at the Hope directory and pick a coworker!)
Tell ’em they’re appreciated. Tell ’em they’re missed. Tell ’em they’re doing a great job. Tell ’em you’re thinking of them and their loved ones. Help us spread a message of HOPE among all our colleagues.
Keep up the amazing work, everyone. And, don’t forget to post #KeepingHope messages from your social media accounts!
Thank you for reminding us — everyday! — why we love Hope College.
We LOVE the Hope College community — It is true.
So we made these valentines just for you.
Print this PDF and cut them out,
or share on social media if that’s what you’re about.
Tag your posts #ILoveHope, wooden shoe?
Happy Valentine’s Day to the Orange and Blue!
It’s been a few years since we launched Hope’s new website, and some of the corners are starting to collect dust. It’s time to freshen things up a bit! So, we’re asking every department, office and program at Hope to take a close look at their websites and make sure everything is shipshape.
We’ve put together a Web Content Audit Checklist (PDF) to guide you in examining and assessing your current web content. Please take a look at the document and plan to set aside some time this semester to review your website.
Without getting too terribly formal about it, here are three different approaches you can take:
You’ve got the checklist, and you’ve got the OU Campus know-how. Off you go! Let us know if you have any questions along the way. Otherwise, just tell us when you’re done, and we’ll scratch your website off our list.
You’re ready to get started, but there are a few things on the list that you know you’ll need help with. Perfect! Get a hold of Josh Bishop (email@example.com or x7066) and let him know how he can help. He can answer your questions via email, or chat on the phone or set up a meeting. In the meantime, feel free to get started with the rest of it on your own.
That’s okay! Just let Josh know, and he’ll add you to our list of sites to audit on our own. We’ll run through the checklist for you, recommend some changes, and reach out to you if we have any questions.
Here’s that link to the Web Content Audit Checklist one more time.
As always, if you need any help with this project, don’t hesitate to let Josh know! He’ll be on hand to help with whatever you need.
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