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!
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!
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!
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
4/13 The Really Big Talent Show
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we draw nearer to the event.