posted August 18, 1999

School Year Nears

A busy summer on the Hope College campus will yield a variety of benefits for students when they arrive for the new school year later this month.

          Work on campus has been, and continues to be,
  conducted both inside and out.  Projects this summer range
  from the very visible expansion of the music building to the
  nearly invisible upgrade of the primary electrical service
  into campus.
          The addition to the west end of the Nykerk Hall of
  Music will house a new studio organ that will arrive from
  England in the fall.  The new primary service is a response
  to growing campus demand for power, with the old service
  having reached 90 percent of capacity.
          Scott Hall and Cosmopolitan/Wyckoff Hall have been
  renovated, receiving new carpeting, paint and furniture.
  Scott Hall will house and serve as meeting space for
  students participating in the college's new Philip Phelps
  Scholars Program, which will focus on issues related to
  cultural and racial diversity.
          The sculpture department in the De Pree Art Center
  has moved into the Old Physical Plant (the northeast wing of
  the same building), and space in the "100 East" building on
  Eighth Street is being turned into additional classrooms.
          A new orange and blue track surface has been
  installed on the second floor of the Dow Center, and new
  carpeting has been installed on the main floor of the Van
  Wylen Library.  The "Presidents Room" conference room in
  Graves Hall is being remodelled, and a number of laboratory
  computers have been upgraded.  About two-thirds of the
  college's 60 cottages will have been wired into Hope's
  central fire alarm system by the end of the summer, with the
  remainder to be added next year.
          Hope's new academic year will open formally on
  Sunday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel with
  an opening convocation.  Dr. Charles Green, who is an
  associate professor of psychology and director of the Philip
  Phelps Scholars Program, will present the address, titled
  "Achieving Success in College:  An Education that Endures."
          The public is invited to the convocation.
  Admission is free.
          Green has been a member of the Hope psychology
  faculty since 1983.  He was named director of the Philip
  Phelps Scholars Program in 1998.  The program, which debuts
  with the new school year, will mix students from a variety
  of ethnic backgrounds in a single residence hall, pairing
  their living experience with academic and beyond-the-
  classroom activities that emphasize exploration of
  diversity-related issues.
          Green joined the faculty as a visiting assistant
  professor, was appointed assistant professor in 1986 and was
  promoted to associate professor in 1990.  He has taught
  courses including introductory psychology, social
  psychology, and religion and social behavior, in addition to
  leading a research laboratory in social psychology and a
  community research practicum.
          He was director of the college's Carl Frost Center
  for Social Science Research from 1992 through the spring of
  1999.  From 1993 through the spring of 1999 he directed the
  college's educational assessment program, and from 1997
  through the spring of 1999 he co-coordinated Hope's general
  education program.
          From 1994 to 1996, Green chaired the committee
  concerned with restructuring the college's core curriculum.
  He is a past chair of the college's Campus Life Board, and
  is a past advisor to student organizations including the
  college's chapters of Amnesty International, Mortar Board
  and the Psi Chi honorary society.
          He has had scholarly articles in professional
  publications including the "Journal of Social Psychology,"
  "Review of Religious Research," the "American Journal of
  Community Psychology" and the "Journal of Educational
  Research."  He has made numerous presentations, both on
  topics in social psychology and on issues related to
  assessment in higher education.
          Green is an elder at Fourth Reformed Church, and
  involved in a variety of community organizations.  He and
  his wife Fonda, who is executive director of the Children's
  After School Achievement (CASA) program at Hope, have three
  children.
          He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and
  speech/communications from Trevecca College in Nashville,
  Tenn., and a master's and doctorate in social psychology
  from the University of Florida at Gainesville.  He was a
  National Science Foundation Fellow from 1979 to 1982, while
  pursuing his graduate degrees.
          Residence halls for Hope's new students will open
  on Friday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m.  Orientation events will
  begin that evening and will continue through Monday, Aug.
  30.
          Returning students are not to arrive on campus
  before noon on Sunday, Aug. 29.  Classes will begin on
  Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 8 a.m.