Celebrating the Seniors

Thank you for all of your hard work!

Kayla Lang is the Director of Events, and her favorite SAC event is The Really Big Talent Show.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“It’s hard to pinpoint just one of the of my favorite memories from my time on SAC but I think I would have to say this past year’s Fall Fest. The event was supposed to be outdoors but we had to move it into the Student Center at the last moment. It was amazing to watch the team come together and create an event that went very well despite all the obstacles. ”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“I think that the best advice that I could give is to either get involved in leadership opportunities or take advantage of the leadership positions you are currently in. Throughout my time in leadership positions I have developed more as a person than I could have ever imagined. I have been able to speak about these experiences in interviews and reflect on how I have grown.”

Sydney Sabbagha is the Director of Daily Operations, and her favorite SAC event is a tie between Skyzone and Spring Fling.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“I’ve loved being on this director team. It has given me a chance to be in a leadership position in a club I deeply care about after growing in a different position during my first two years.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Invest in the people you know will be with you in the long run.”
Emily Wolfe is the Co-Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion, and her favorite SAC Event is the Painting Party– although she’s never been able to attend. She’s going to miss impacting student life through SAC.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“Every year when we go on our retreat! I LOVE playing games at night and spending the night with everyone.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Use your voice. Stand up for justice, for yourself, and especially for others. There will always be marginalized students at Hope, but if you use your strength and your privilege, maybe you can make others feel welcomed and change the future of Hope.”
EfraĂ­n Garduño-Salazar is the other Co-Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion, and his favorite SAC event is the Rock ‘n Roller Skate. He’s confident that SAC is being left in good hands.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“When I was notified by Chris at the end of my junior year that I would have a director position for my senior year. When we successfully pulled off one of the most difficult events to date, the first ever Fall Fest was indoors due to poor whether. The team did amazingly and was able to actually put together a very good event on for the campus.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“I would say that SAC is going through some growing pains. It has changed some of its more “traditional” offerings of events. This is a good thing! SAC will always attempt to accommodate for its ever-changing student body. Since the student body is changing, SAC will have to accordingly. Hope College is growing and changing every day, we have a young and tenacious new President at Hope, and I genuinely believe he is bringing positive changes to campus. With those changes, students that used to not see Hope as a viable option will be more willing to enroll, and so SAC will have to change again to accommodate the new students. SAC will not remain stagnant, and yes, maybe a few crowd favorites will have to change to make it more appealing to different students, but as long as the changes help at least 1 student feel more inclined to go to an event, I am okay with a little backlash. We have to identify the differences between us and others and try to make others feel welcomed, and that mentality will be reciprocated. I am excited for what lies ahead for Hope and the future students that will walk the halls of Van Zoeren, sit at the dinning halls of Phelps and do homework in the Bultman Student Center.”
Madison Brechbuhler is a Core Member, and her favorite SAC event is the Chicago Trip. She would also like to quickly thank Kayla and Sydney for not firing her.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“Working with this years team and directors was so enjoyable. There was so much energy and passion from everyone. We problem solved really well when this year brought us all sorts of unexpected challenges from Fall Fest being moved indoors to doing our best to provide students with some form of activity or entertainment during the unprecedented time of COVID-19.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Soak in every minute. The good, the mundane, and the challenging. Having my senior year cut short I would go back and relive everything if I could!”
Troy Van Hulle is a Core Member, and his favorite SAC event is also the Chicago Trip. He says joining SAC was one of the best decisions he made at Hope.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“My first year on SAC, we had a Christmas party. I’m really not sure why that’s my favorite memory, but it stuck with me and that party getting to know everyone better made me want to do SAC for the next 2 years.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Enjoy it, and don’t get stuck doing the same things with the same people because that is where you are comfortable. Hope college offers a lot, and one of my only regrets is that I didn’t explore that as much as I could have.”

Seniors, thank you so much for all your hard work and for the great memories. SAC will miss you and Hope College will miss you as well.

Comedian Sonal Aggarwal

For those of you who remember, comedian Sonal Aggarwal is returning to Hope College to bring laughs, this time as the main act!

She was here last October as the opener… this year, the stage is hers! If you weren’t here to see her last year, now’s your chance!

What: Comedian Sonal Aggarwal

When: Friday, October 15th, 8:00 PM

Where: BSC Great Room

We’d love to see you come out and support Chicago’s own Sonal Aggarwal in hopes that can she make you laugh and brighten up your Friday night! No cost! Hope to see you there!

Rock N’ Roll(er) Skate

Hope College roller skating has a new look, and we’re excited to show it off to you! Come on over to The Rink in Holland for some all out skating and some rocking music!

What: Rock N’ Roll(er) Skate

When: October 18th, 9:30-11:30 pm

Where: The Rink in Holland (12521 James St.)

One of SAC’s most popular events is back, and revamped… with some of the best rock music from every decade. Make sure to wear your favorite rock n’ roll outfit to really get into the swing of things!

The price of admission is only $3, and if you don’t have a ride, don’t worry! There will be a shuttle running from the flagpole straight to the rink for anyone who needs it. We’d love to see you there! Rock on!

Fall Fest

As fall weather has finally come to Hope College, the timing is just right for the SAC Fall Fest! Join us for a fun Friday night at Teusink’s Farm to celebrate everything Autumn!

What: Fall Fest

Where: Teusink’s Farm (1468 32nd St.)

When: October 11th, 8:00-12:00 PM

Fall Fest is one of the most popular events of the fall, where students can dance, eat, and enjoy so much more. This year’s edition of Fall Fest is packed full of activities for everybody. Dancing is a must, and thanks to Hip-Hop Club (8:30) and Swing Dance Club (10:00), students in attendance get the chance to learn dances from skilled Dance Club Members!

If dancing isn’t your thing, that’s fine! Head on over to our many other activities such as, the hayride, pumpkin and face painting, cornhole, the photo booth, and even donut on a string and pie throwing! And as always, there will be plenty of animals to play with as well. And if all that running around makes you a little bit hungry, don’t worry… we have cider and donuts and s’mores!

These boys love Fall Fest… and they got in the spirit too.

Feel free to drive on over yourself, or take the campus shuttles that will be meeting at the flagpole! Fall is here, and we can’t wait to celebrate it with you!

Spring Fling

As the semester comes to a close, everyone is ready to have one last hurrah before exam week hits. Spring Fling is underway and SAC couldn’t be more excited for an awesome afternoon with you all in the Pine Grove.

WHAT: Spring Fling

WHERE: The Pine Grove

WHEN: April 26th, 3:00 – 7:00 PM

Spring Fling is one of the most anticipated events on campus each year as students are able to enjoy the sunshine and some fun activities. Grab your free t-shirt and head over to the pedestal joust, a fan-favorite for participants and spectators alike, laser tag, mechanical bull, and so much more! Concert Series is bringing in Hoom to play some music to set the vibe just right.

Hoom will be performing at Spring Fling

SAC has a few more surprises for this year’s event but we won’t spoil them just yet, you’ll have to come out to see what else we have in store for you. Spring Fling also is catered by Hope College for a fantastic taco bar, so even if you aren’t planning on participating in any activities you can still enjoy some food, friends, and sunshine!

We’re almost to the finish line, friends, so come out and celebrate with us!

SAC Olympics

SAC Olympics

When: Saturday, March 30th, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Where: The Dow

What to Wear: Something you can move and be comfortable in!

What to Bring: A competitive and sportsmanship attitude

SAC is fired up for our Olympics Tournament that will spark a flame in your competitive soul! Come with a group of friends and gear up for the games of a lifetime. If you show up solo SAC will welcome you to a team with open arms.

The tournament will include numerous events that will require varying amounts of skill and talent. Jump your way through the SAC Sac race, hoop it up with a game of Lightning, be part of the Olympian Relay Race including multiple tasks, work your magic in Giant Jenga, and play a monster game of Musical Chairs. Teams will choose which members begin at a specific station, but all will participate in each event.

Check out our video below for a fun sneak-peak at the action!

Silent Disco

WHEN: March 1st, 9:00 – 11:00 PM

WHERE: Bultman Student Center Great Room

Bummed that you missed the fall semester silent disco in the Pine Grove or just ecstatic to dance again? We are back and better than ever!

Think of silent disco as a dance party, but without the loudspeakers. Everyone is given their own pair of wireless headphones in which the music is broadcasted to. Those who are not wearing headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing. This allows you to still have conversations with others in the same room by simply removing your headphones; no need to leave the dance floor!

Come boogie, tango, shimmy, and swing to your heart’s content with three stations to choose from for all different music lovers. We will provide snacks, drinks, and the music, you bring your dancing moves. See you on the dance floor!

Austin Channing Brown – Speaking Truth to Power

Hope College Black History Month keynote speaker: Austin Channing Brown

Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts Concert Hall

Open to the public. Admission is free

Austin Channing Brown is one of the leading voices and writers tackling racial justice in our society. The author of “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” comes to Hope College to both speak and lead great conversation regarding faith, racial justice, and womanhood. Her book reached the top-20 on Amazon’s Best Sellers List last Spring and has been critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. The book addresses how and why much of our society and institutions push for diversity but still fall short of their goals. Austin uses her own stories and experiences to engage one in the complexities of social class, race, schools, businesses, prisons and more. Austin’s words are nothing short of intriguing and will be sure to captivate the Hope community.

There will be a book signing at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts following the presentation.  Members of the audience may bring their own copies for signing; books will also be available for purchase.

The lecture is a collaboration of the college’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Activities Committee, Black Student Union, Campus Ministries program and GROW Collaboration.

Why Hope Students Should Attend

If people are believers and passionate about social justice or want to learn about how those to come together, they should come to this event. In her book, she talks about how the church has sometimes played a role in oppression. Our world is very divided and many students feel that even on Hope’s campus. We can change that! If students come I know they will leave empowered and my hope is that they will have the courage to call out racial injustices they see in their lives. – Lydia Berkey, Chief of Culture and Inclusion for Student Congress

Favorite Quotations From I’m Still Here

“Whiteness wants enough Blackness to affirm the goodness of whiteness, the progressiveness of whiteness, the openheartedness of whiteness. Whiteness likes a trickle of Blackness, but only that which can be controlled.” – Chris Bohle, Associate Director of Student Life

“Our only change at dismantling racial injustice is being more curious about its origins than we are worried about our comfort. It’s not a comfortable conversation for any of us. It is risky and messy. It is haunting work to recall the sins of our past. But is this not the work we have been called to anyway? Is this not the work of the Holy Spirit to illuminate truth and inspire transformation? It’s haunting. But it’s also holy.” – Lydia Berkey, Chief of Culture and Inclusion for Student Congress

Why Hope Students Should Read I’m Still Here

For those who have read it, the book has opened a lot of students eyes to what it’s like for students of color to be in a world made for whiteness. I believe it made those students think about what students of color face on a daily basis in life here at Hope and in the world. Things they have the privilege of not having to deal with or consider when they leave their dorm room every day. – Lydia Berkey, Chief of Culture and Inclusion for Student Congress

What We Are Interested In Hearing from Austin

Austin Channing Brown has made it clear that when she speaks publicly, it is to empower the black women in the room– I’m ready to hear her do just that. – Alicia Leitzen, SAC Director of Events

SAC is honored to partner with these other student groups to bring a speaker to Hope’s Campus that will closely impact every student. Please join us Wednesday night in Jack Miller at 7pm. Austin Channing Brown is a voice you will not want to miss.

Welcome to the SAC Blog!

SAC Events Spring 2019

Written by: Cara Maas and RJ Kennis

2018 SAC Members

Welcome to the Student Activities Committee’s official blog! We are extremely excited for another wonderful semester filled with events, concerts, speakers, and films. The goal of our blog is to provide the student body with information about upcoming events in order to draw more interest, explain what a specific event will entail, and what SAC is most eager for in the semester to come. Below, you will find the list of events and some highlights of our Spring semester.

Find the list of all our Spring Events at the bottom of the blog!

1/26 Bob Ross Guided Painting

“Bob Ross Night” Poster

Where: The Old Kletz

When: 7:00 PM

America fell in love with Bob Ross’ show The Joy of Painting when they began to air in the 1980’s. Although Ross passed away in 1995, original fans and new viewers are still able to rewatch his works on Youtube and Netflix. SAC’s “Painting with Bob Ross” event will give you the chance to paint along with your friends with guided instructions.

“Remember, there are no mistakes, only happy accidents!”-Bob Ross

2/1 Winter Fantasia

“Winter Fantasia” Poster

Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids — Ambassador Ballroom

When: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Winter Fantasia celebrates everything we love about our (arguably) too-long of a snowy season with a formal dance! Dress in your best attire and dance the night away in the beautiful Grand Plaza Hotel in Downtown Grand Rapids. There will be a buffet of fancy appetizers and a bumping live DJ. Grab your tickets in advance for $12 in Anderson-Werkman or get them at the door for $15. Non-Hope students are also welcome to attend by purchasing a Non-Hope student ticket priced at $25. Click on this link to purchase your tickets online.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Do I need to bring a date?
    • Of course not! Some people like to throw it back to high school prom and dance with a partner while others prefer to go as pals!
  • What exactly does “best attire” entail?
    • For Women: Any dress you want to break out for the occasion is fine! Some ladies play it timeless with a floor length gown while others prefer to pick up a cocktail dress off the sale rack. Also, if you want to wear a suit or jumper, WEAR a suit or jumper. Anything you wear will look gorgeous, darling!
    • For Men: Wear a suit, wear a jacket, wear a dress, wear a button down, wear some slacks, dark jeans, dress shoes, vans, a tie, a bow tie, a bolo tie — just look classy. Keep it looking sharp, Hope Coll!
  • I don’t have a car. How will I get there?
    • We will have busses leaving from campus to bring your fancy self to downtown GR. Sign ups will be available in Student Life.

2/15 Wii Tournament

Where: Great Room — Bultman Student Center

When: 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Everyone loves the Wii, so come on out and show your gaming skills! There will be a variety of games to choose from: Mario Kart, Wii Sports, Just Dance and Super Smash Bros. No sign-up needed!

2/27 Austin Channing Brown

Where/When: TBD

Austin Channing Brown and her book “I’m Still Here.”

Austin Channing Brown is one of the most prevalent and leading voices on racial justice and black womanhood. The author of “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” comes to Hope College to both speak and lead great conversation regarding faith, racial justice and womanhood. Her book reached the Top-20 on Amazon’s Best Sellers List last Spring and has been critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. We are looking forward to teaming up with BSU and MSO for this event. You can purchase the book in Hope’s bookstore or order it online. Join us in welcoming Brown and her brilliant words to our campus.

3/1 Silent Disco

Where: Great Room — Bultman Student Center

Silent Disco in the Pine Grove 2018

When: 9:00 – 11:00 PM

Bummed you missed the Pine Grove Silent Disco last semester?

 Well here is your second chance! There will be three different channels of music to choose from so you will have options depending on your music tastes. So grab a friend (or meet one there) and silently dance the night away. See you there!

3/30 Olympics Tournament

Where/When: TBD

Dodgeball was so last semester!  We have something better in store for you! Think your team can win? There’s only one way to find out. Be on the lookout for updates on the event and what competitions will be part of the tournament!

2018 “Really Big Talent Show” winners

4/13 The Really Big Talent Show

Where/When: TBD

Have a talent? Audition and you can show it off in one of our favorite events of the year! If you are interested in participating, please reach out to Kayla Lang (kayla.lang@hope.edu) as we draw nearer to the event. 



Thursdays – Coffeehouse 9:00 PM

1/11 UCB Improv Comedy

1/12 Mothers Concert

1/18 Skyzone Trip

1/19 Hope Serves

1/25 SAC Film

1/26 Bob Ross Guided Painting

1/26 SAC Film

2/1 Winter Fantasia

2/15 SAC Film

2/15 Wii Tournament

2/16 SAC Film

2/18 Gungor, The Brilliance, & Propaganda Concert

2/22 The Hypnotist, Chris Jones

2/22 Michigander Concert

2/27 Austin Channing Brown

3/1 SAC Film

3/1 Silent Disco

3/2 Sac Film

3/29 Novo Amor Concert

3/30 Olympics Tournament

4/6 Snail Mail Concert

4/6 Tigers Game

4/13 The Really Big Talent Show

4/26 Spring Fling