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!  

Deborah Van Duinen receives new award from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Deborah Van Duinen, Associate Professor of Education, recently received a $2,500 award from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grant Program.  The project is titled Big Read Lakeshore: Improving Adolescents Attitudes Toward Reading.

With this award, participating English teachers in The Big Read who work with students reading below grade level will receive curricular/instructional support to increase their students’ self-concepts as readers and the perceived value of reading. 

Congratulations, Deborah, on your new award!

Stephen Scogin and Susan Brondyk receive new award from the Outdoor Discovery Center

Stephen Scogin, Associate Professor of Biology and Education, and Susan Brondyk, Irwin B. and Margie E. Floyd Associate Professor of Education, recently received a $9,965 award from the Outdoor Discovery Center. 

The purpose of this project is to investigate school-based, elementary outdoor educational programming in West Michigan. 

Congratulations, Stephen and Susan, on your new award!

Reagan Chesnut and Erik Alberg receive new National Endowment for the Arts award

Reagan Chesnut, Associate Managing Director of the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (HSRT), and Erik Alberg, Director of Design and Production for the Performing Arts, recently received a $10,000 award from the National Endowment for the Arts Grants for Arts Projects Program.  The project is titled To support the purchase of sound amplification equipment and administrative costs for the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre

The purpose of this project is to support the purchase of wireless microphones and transmitters for the DeWitt Main Theatre ta allow for the application of all actors onstage for both musicals and plays, as opposed to selective amplification.  Consistent amplification will allow better use of the theatre’s loop and hearing assist systems, as well as increased benefits in video and streaming mediums.  This will directly benefit patrons who are hard of hearing, those with hearing loss, as well as those with autism and other development disabilities or anxiety disorders that may require remote viewing of productions.

Congratulations, Reagan and Erik, on your award!

Susan Ipri Brown receives new award from the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation

Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, received a $4,000 award from the Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation Grants Program.  The project is titled ExploreHope College Preview.

Through this award, ExploreHope will provide the transportation and tuition for low-income high school sophomores and juniors to attend a week-long summer program at Hope College to explore health professions, neuroscience, and environmental science. 

Congratulations, Susan, on your new award!

Alyssa Cheadle and Amy Osterbaan receive new Psi Chi award

Alyssa Cheadle, Assistant Professor Psychology, and Amy Osterbaan, undergraduate student, received a $1,240 award from the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Program.  The project is titled The Impact of Religious Disaffiliation on Health Behaviors and Health Outcomes

The purpose of this project is to expand the research on religious disaffiliation with regard to health behaviors and health outcomes.  With increasing numbers of Americans disaffiliating from religion, findings from this study will have important implications for health promotion efforts.

Congratulations, Amy and Alyssa, on your award!