Ernest Cole receives new award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association

Ernest Cole, John Dirk Werkman Professor of English, recently received a $3,772 award from the Great Lakes Colleges Association Global Crossroads Themed Course Program. The project is titled Cultural Representations of Mental Health and Disability: Readings from African and Indigenous American Literature.

In collaboration with Dr. Sara Newman of the Universidad San Francisco in Quito, Ecuador, this project will develop a globally connected course titled Cultural Representations of Mental Health and Disability: A Cross Cultural Literacy Perspective, which will focus on mental health narratives and cultural representations of mental illness in selected African and Indigenous American novels.

Congratulations on your award, Ernest!

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed receives new National Science Foundation CAREER award

Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently received a $540,035 award from the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER). The project is titled CAREER: Mitochondrial genome regulation by nucleoid proteins involved in redox sensing and one carbon-metabolism.

The overall objective of the proposed research is to uncover biochemical mechanism that control the mitochondrial genome and allow cells to respond to energetic demand and is expected to provide significant advances related to the mechanisms that control mammalian cell function. The educational objectives of this project involve the development of a biochemistry lab curriculum designed for short class periods and minimal resources.

Congratulations, Kristin, on your new NSF award!

Kate Finley receives new Calvin Institute of Christian Worship award

Kate Finley, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has received a $17,869 award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Teacher-Scholar Grant Program. The project is titled Mental Disorder & Psychological Stability in Christian Churches.

This project will address the Christian views of mental disorder (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.), how these views are communicated through aspects of congregational life and church practice (i.e., sermons, corporate prayer, worship), and how these views can be challenged and informed by a more integrated, empirically-informed view of mental disorder.

Congratulations on your new award, Kate!

Mike Pikaart receives new National Science Foundation award

Mike Pikaart, Associate Professor of Chemistry, recently received a $94,136 award from the National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources Program. The project is titled Collaborative Research: Role of Flexible Design and Instructor Supports in Implementing Sustainable Course-based Research Experiences Across Diverse Institution Types.

This project will expand the BASIL Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), which is a flexible curriculum consisting of both computational and wet-lab modules. CURE will be expanded to to a diversity of institutions in order to a) identify the supports and barriers to CURE implementation across institution types; b) characterize the relationship between institutional context and CURE implementation; and c) facilitate implementation and sustainability across institutions through faculty development.

This project represents a collaboration between investigators at Rochester Institute of Technology, Grand View College, California Polytechnic State University, University of Richmond, Hope College, SUNY College at Oswego, Washington State University, Nova Southeastern University, and Ursinus College.

Congratulations on your new award, Mike!

Robert Hunt receives new Eaton Conservation District – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Award

Robert Hunt, Grounds Manager, received a new Eaton Conservation District – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance award of $2,000 to support tree plantings on the Hope College campus.

This project will result in 44 new tree plantings on campus.  These tree plantings will represent approximately 14 different species of trees, and all will be placed in the northeast entrance to Hope College along Lincoln Avenue, 10th Street, and Columbia Avenue. The plantings will beautify this area of campus following the recent street reconstruction and utility work.

Hope College recognizes the generous contributions of the Eaton Conservation District – Michigan Arbor Day Alliance Program for this project. Congratulations on your new award, Bob!

Susan Ipri Brown receives new Army Educational Outreach Program award

Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, received a $14,848 award through the Army Educational Outreach Program via the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

This project will support the participation of four high school students in faculty-led research projects at Hope College during the summer of 2022.  Participating faculty members include Brooke Odle, Assistant Professor of Engineering; Natalia Gonzalez-Pech, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Farrah Madison, Assistant Professor of Biology; Omofolakunmi Olagbemi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science; and Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of Engineering. Final laboratory placement for each high school student occurs closer to summer 2022.

Congratulations, Susan, on your new award!

Marla Lunderberg and Jack Mulder receive new Council of Independent Colleges/NetVUE award

Marla Lunderberg, Associate Professor of English, and Jack Mulder, Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair, recently received a $40,000 award from the Council of Independent Colleges/NetVUE Grants for Reframing the Institutional Saga Program.  The project is titled Reframing the Hope College Saga.

This project will utilize a historical framework to provide a vision for Hope College in a changing educational, cultural, religious, institutional, and vocational landscape.  The project will culminate an edited volume to update the Can Hope Endure? series.

Congratulations, Marla and Jack, on your new award!  

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre receives a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) received a $21,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to support the 2022 season!  Funding will support the seven production, three venue season with productions of “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” “Hold These Truths,” “Little Women,” “Freaky Friday,” and a newly commissioned Theatre for Young Audiences Play from a playwright who is a member of a historically marginalized community.

Each year, HSRT employs approximately 100 professional artists and technicians from around the country and typically engages over 5,000 unique audience members. HSRT audiences represent a diverse cross-section from communities primarily located in Ottawa, Kent, and Allegan counties and offer a great opportunity to share artistic talent with others.

Congratulations on your MCACA award, HSRT!

Meagan Elinski receives new American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund award

Meagan Elinski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently received a $55,000 award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Undergraduate New Investigator Program.  The project is titled Role of Hydrocarbon Chemical Structure in Composite Film-Forming Surface Reactions.

This project will explore the impact of lubricant chemical structures on composite film formation, which form the basis of protective surface coatings.  A better understanding of the mechanisms that drive surface reactions by sliding forces will aid in developing specialized lubrication schemes for developing technologies such as electric vehicles.

Congratulations, Meagan, on your new award!

Sonja Trent-Brown receives new award for TRHT Campus Center

Sonja Trent Brown, Chief Officer for Culture and Inclusion, recently received a $25,000 award from the Association of American Colleges & Universities Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center Grant Program.

This award will establish a TRHT Center at Hope College, with the overall goals of infusing an anti-racist narrative in our existing academic, co-curricular, and community programs; creating collaborative relationships with various diversity, equity, and inclusion partners; working with community allies to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community for all; continue active recruiting and hiring practices to increase representation, deepening our commitment o anti-racist work; drawing on our ecumenical Christian faith; and instituting Rx Racial Healing Circles to facilitate relationship building and the sharing of stories. 

Hope College is one of 19 institutions to host new TRHT Campus Centers; more details are available from the AAC&U.

Congratulations, Sonja, on your accomplishment!