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 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)
Some completed examples for inspiration:
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.
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!
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.
Sincerely, Jennifer Fellinger Kristyn Bochniak Lindsey Engelsman Jeff Pestun Cady Short-Thompson
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:
1. I can do it!
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.
2. I need a little help.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
3. I don’t know where to start.
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.