Anna-Lisa Cox Continues Her Press Tour for Acclaimed Book

Anna-Lisa Cox, Visiting Scholar in the History Department, continues her press tour to support her book The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.

This book explores the history of black pioneers in the Northwest Territory–which became Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin–and how these families were making a stand for equality and freedom in one of America’s forgotten frontiers. Many of these early pioneers left a mark on one of the most important agricultural aspects of the Michigan economy–apple production. Michigan owes much of its heritage to these courageous men and women.

Learn more about Anna-Lisa’s book and research through the Settling Ohio: First Nations and Beyond conference at Ohio University and a recent interview with Michigan Public Radio.

Congratulations, Anna-Lisa, on your continued success! (Oh, and don’t forget to read her book!)

Anita Esquerra-Zwiers receives new award from Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Epsilon at-Large Chapter

Anita Esquerra-Zwiers, Assistant Professor of Nursing, received a $1,500 award from the Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Epsilon at-Large Chapter for the project titled Accuracy and Precision of Infant Test Weights for Breast Milk Bottle Feeding. Students Anastasia Perecki and Kesline Senesca will be joining Anita as co-investigators on this project.

This project will assess the accuracy and precision of community-setting test weighing of infants. Although test weighing of infants has been validated in clinical settings, it has yet to be validated in community settings or among term infants. This work will have significant implications on how researchers may be able to weigh infants outside of clinical settings for a variety of research purposes.

Congratulations on your award, Anita!

HSRT receives new National Endowment for the Arts award

Congratulations to Hoper Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) for receiving a new National Endowment for the Arts award! This Challenge America Grant will support the production of Children of a Lesser God, which will run from 29 May 2020 through 6 June 2020.

Learn more about HSRT’s latest award from Hope’s Public Affairs and Marketing.

Congratulations to HSRT, and especially Anne Bakker and Reagan Chesnut, for their award!

Benjamin Meagher receives new award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Benjamin Meagher, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, recently received a $17,784 award from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant for the project titled The physical ecology of religious worship, identity, and emotional experience. The project runs from 1 March 2020 through 30 June 2021. Drs. Courtney Peckens and Marsley Kehoe will be joining Ben as co-investigators on this project.

This project is an interdisciplinary, empirical investigation of how the physical design and layout of a worship space influences the experience and reflects the religious identity of the congregation that workships there. This research will provide insights for faith leaders seeking to design, build, or renovate their church’s physical space in ways most likely to enhance community and facilitate positive worship experiences for their congregation.

Congratulations on your award, Ben!

Hope College has a 7/5 business day requirement for proposal submissions

The completed proposal is due to the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP; seven business (7) days before the sponsor deadline. The Principal Investigator (PI) has five (5) of these seven business days to finalize the scientific and/or programmatic components of the application.  

“Proposal” is defined as an application to an external sponsor that will commit the college to a project if funded. Proposals typically include a full description of the research project and a detailed budget and require the certification of an authorized official who has the authority to commit the institution to the project.  Letters of inquiry, letters of intent, pre-proposals, and other types of preliminary submissions that do not require the submission of a line-item budget or the approval of an authorized official are NOT subject to this requirement. 

In order to allow Principal Investigators additional time for a final read‐through and last minute minor editing, including corrections or updates to proposals, the seven-day requirement is amended as follows:

  1. Use the Early Notification Form to communicate your grant-seeking plans to your dean(s) and department chair(s). This will help in the process of confirming cost-share and/or course-release commitments, and complete all sponsor-related institutional and investigator assurances.
  2. Complete proposals are due to OSRP seven days before the sponsor’s deadline. 
  3. PIs will have until Day 5 of the 7-business day period prior to the sponsor’s due date to replace a draft version of technical/science documents with the corresponding final version with OSRP. Before the end of business on Day 5, the Director of OSRP will confirm the final version of the proposal with the PI.
  4. The final version of a proposal will be submitted by OSRP in advance of a sponsor’s due date whenever possible to ensure it is successfully received by the sponsor.        

Questions? Feel free to contact Ron Fleischmann, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs (, x 7316).

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

The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT) received a $15,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to support the 2020 season!  Funding will support the six show, three venue season from May through August 2020, with performances of The Marvelous Wonderettes, Man of La Mancha, Much Ado About Nothing, Every Brilliant Thing, Little Women: The Musical, and two children’s productions.

Each year, HSRT employs approximately 100 professional artists and technicians from around the country and typically engages over 5,000 unique audience members annually.  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, Anne Bakker and Reagan Chesnut!

Join us for the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Showcase!

The Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences divisions will host a Summer Research Showcase on Wednesday 18 September 2019 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the Bultman Student Center Great Room.

Please join us for the event, which will feature the work of our student undergraduate students and their mentors. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet our talented students and learn about their projects and work.

I hope to see you at the Showcase!

Brooke Odle receives new award from the Paralyzed Veterans of America

Brooke Odle, Hope Faculty Fellow in Engineering, recently received a $7,480 award from the Paralyzed Veterans ofo America (via the Cleveland VA Medical Research and Education Foundation) for the project titled Feasibility of Neural Stimulation to Facilitate Independent Transfers after Paralysis. The project runs from 1 August 2019 through 31 May 2020.

Dr. Odle will explore the use of neural protheses employing functional neuromuscular stimulation to assist individuals with paralysis to better support transfers from beds, chair, or toliets. This work may lead to better options for these common and frequent transfers to reduce shoulder stress, injuries, and the use of sliding boards or immobile and expensive hoists and lifts.

Congratulations on your award, Brooke!

Notice to NSF FastLane Users with Multiple Accounts

If you have multiple NSF accounts linked to the same email address, you will have until 20 August 2019 to migrate all your data to ONE account.

How will I know if I have multiple accounts linked to an email address?
You will receive an error message when you login to FastLane indicating “Multiple Accounts Found” as a pop-up message.  If you do not receive the error message pop-up, no further action is required.

What do I do if I receive the message?
Contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 to merge your accounts into one.

What happens if I do not merge my accounts?
After 20 August 2019, NSF will suspend your access to their systems.  You will be unable to perform any NSF-related tasks on your proposals or awards.  It is critical that you contact the NSF Help Desk as soon as possible to clean-up your multiple accounts.

Why is NSF eliminating the ability of PIs to have multiple accounts?
NSF policy states that individual users may only have ONE NSF ID.  This allows better tracking of individual outcomes for data reporting purposes.  It also ensures that your accounts are attributed to the correct home institution.