When Dr. Gloria Tseng arrived at Hope College in 2003 as a Europeanist with an emphasis on France, her first course in French history was attended by one student. “On one hand, it was a good student-faculty ratio,” she says now, with a lilting laugh. The following semester, history repeated itself: just one student, albeit […]
Over 20 centuries ago, the great Roman statesman Cicero uttered a now-popular maxim: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.” It is a saying that is still relevant today. Dr. Charlotte VanOyen-Witvliet, professor of psychology, chair of the department, and a researcher of embodied virtue (e.g., forgiveness, gratitude, […]
The usual “who-are-you-and-what-do-you-do” chatter of an introductory lunch conversation, those words of nicety that more often than not just scratch surfaces, transformed into a vision of deeper collaboration for four new Hope arts faculty members this fall. Now, just a few weeks into their first semester at Hope, Dr. Jordan VanHemert of the music department, […]
Since the summer of 2018, 42 Hope faculty members have ventured away from the college to do what they encourage many of their students to do — study abroad. Each professor took part in a unique, faculty-only Hope College program that instills the same benefits as students who study abroad receive: empathy, education, personal development, […]
It all started because a giant praying mantis crawled up the side of a parked car. That small creature helped spark a big idea because now a new wildflower garden is in full bloom in its first summer in the “backyard” of the Schaap Science Center. While the garden beautifies another corner of an already-beautiful […]
Chuck Cusack hopes that the viewers of his works will see that there is beauty inherent in mathematics, and that serious art can be created using mathematical concepts and a very simple medium.
“Me llamo Kelly. ¿Cuál es su nombre?” “Soy Juan.” “¿Juan, cómo está usted?” “No tan bien.” “Oh, lo siento, ¿qué pasó?” — Junior Spanish and international studies double major Kelly Fuhs is not shy, but she is not forcefully bold either. Rather, she is calmly outgoing, and that trait has helped her use a second […]
In Hope College’s Kruizenga Art Museum, a current exhibit asks an unapologetic and perhaps overwhelming question: What exactly is art? Is art aesthetically-pleasing work meant to only be seen and not touched? Must it hang on a wall or stand on a pedestal? Or, can art be practical, painstakingly-created pieces made for everyday use? And who […]
The neuroscience program at Hope has grown from one course offering to a minor and now a new major starting in the 2019-20 academic year.
A small but reputable library in Paris now has a new and meaningful relationship with a small but reputable liberal arts college in the U.S. thanks to a Hope English professor and her two research students. For two and a half weeks during the summer of 2018, Dr. Natalie Dykstra, senior Sarah Lundy and junior […]