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Dean Gonzales in India - April 2014

Dean Alfredo Gonzales is currently in India. He will be visiting St. Xavier's College in Mumbai and Union Christian College in Aluva, Kerala, meeting with the administration, faculty and staff.

Pictured above: students from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, India.

Hope College Spring Break 2014 - Baker Scholars in Shanghai

Professor Vicki TenHaken, Professor Martha LaBarge, and the Baker Scholars are spending Spring Break 2014 in Shanghai, China. On Tuesday, March 18th, 2014, several alumni, parents, and friends of Hope College gathered at the Haworth Organic Workspace Showroom, Shanghai to join the Baker Scholars group for a dinner sponsored by Hope. Jim VanHeest of College Advancement hosted the event. Here are some photos from their time together.

Pictured above: John Knapp Presidential Greetings delivered by Jim VanHeest in English, and eloquently translated in Mandarin by Hope Senior and Baker Scholar Zilong Zheng.


Pictured above: Baker Scholars tell their Shanghai Story in English by President Laura English and Vice President Dylan Delapa, and in Mandarin by Baker Scholar Seniors Xiao Rui Sun and Zilong Zhen.


Pictured above: Chinese high school student Haonan Li receiving expert testimony from Hope Senior and Baker Scholar Vice President Dylan Delapa.


Pictured above: Crossing the Cultural Bridge: Baker Scholars, Hope Alumni, parents of current Chinese students at Hope, one very impressed Hope student prospect, Hope faculty and other Hope friends.




Hope in Shanghai - June 2013

Dean Alfredo M. Gonzales and Jim VanHeest from College Advancement hosted the first ever dinner in Shanghai for alumni, new students, parents and friends of Hope College. From several cities in China, parents and students made the long trek to Shanghai for this historical event. 



Japan Delegation at Hope - Feb 2013

Hope was pleased to be host a delegation of visitors from Meiji Gakuin University and Komoro City of Japan, February 6-9, 2013. One of Hope’s first two graduates from Japan, Kumaji Kimura of the Class of 1879, was a co-founder of Meiji Gakuin University, with which Hope has had an exchange relationship since 1965, and was born in Komoro City.

The visit included meetings with faculty and staff. Pictured from left to right are: Alfredo Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education; Dr. Takayo Inoue, Vice-President of Meiji Gakuin University; Kelly Jacobsma, the Genevra Thome Begg Director of Libraries with the rank of Associate Professor; Dr. Hiroyoshi Udono, President of Meiji Gakuin University; Jennifer Wolfe, Assistant Professor of Music; Dr. Scott VanderStoep, Dean for the Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology; Keiji Yanagisawa, Superintendent of the Board of Education, Komoro City; Dr R. Richard Ray, Provost and Professor of Kinesiology; Dr. Makoto Kanda, Professor of Economics, Meiji Gakuin University; Takumi Sato, Chief at the Child, Youth Support & Education Division, Komoro City; Amy Otis-De Grau, Director of International Education; and Dr. Laura Pardo, Professor of Education and Chairperson of the Education Department.


Union Christian College Visits Hope

Dr. Simon Thomas and Dr. Thanuvelil Philip from Union Christian College in Aluva, India, were on campus to meet with faculty and others who are interested in additional research and collaboration with Union Christian College.

Pictured above from left to right are Pravin Patil, Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry, working in the Lee Group, Hope College, Alfredo Gonzales, Associate Provost and Dean for International and Multicultural Education, Hope College, Kelly Jacobsma, Director of Libraries, Hope College, Simon Thomas, President of UCCAANA - UCC Alumni Association of North America, James Bultman, President, Hope College, Thanuvelil Thomas Philip, Principal, Union Christian College, India, Annie Dandavati, Professor of Political Science, Chair, Hope College, and Rich Ray, Provost, Hope College.


Two Professors Chosen for Lilly Summer Seminar in Northern Ireland

Ernest ColeVirginia Beard

HOLLAND – Dr. Virginia Beard and Dr. Ernest Cole of the Hope College faculty were among the 15 scholars nationwide chosen to participate in the 2012 Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers, “Teaching Peace and Reconciliation: Theory and Practice in Northern Ireland.”

The July 7-28 event was based at the Corrymeela Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, and was sponsored by Aquinas College of Grand Rapids through the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, which is housed at Christ College of Valparaiso University in Indiana. The seminar addressed the history of the Anglo-Irish conflict in Ireland and the move to a post-conflict society, with emphasis on the theory and practice of peace and reconciliation in a Christian context.

Both Beard and Cole focus on issues related to reconciliation in their scholarly work.

Beard, an assistant professor of political science, specializes in comparative politics, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as public policy.  Her research focuses on stable democracy, with a concentration on the roles of peace-building and reconciliation.  Her courses address issues of international development, gender, conflict, peace and reconciliation, politics of the developing world and African politics.

She applied insights from the summer seminar in refining a course that she developed during 2007-08, “Gender, Conflict and Peace,” which she taught during the 2012-13 school year. Course topics included active conflict versus passive violence, domestic violence, interpersonal and intrapersonal violence, and structural and institutional conflict, with Northern Ireland an important component of the course.

She also hoped to shape her on-going scholarship through the seminar program as well as interaction with the other participants.  Her recent work, with a journal article forthcoming, has focused on conflict and resolution in Kenya.  Ultimately, she would like to develop a book-length project that will explore the topic across the experience of multiple nations.

Cole, who is an assistant professor of English and Towsley Research Scholar at Hope, where he teaches Post-Colonial Literature, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, the Caribbean and India.  In his research he has been interested in the topics of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation in conjunction with a focus on post-civil war Sierra Leone, where he has been documenting the experiences of survivors of punitive amputation used as a military strategy during a 1991-2002 civil war that saw neighbor pitted against neighbor.

His research, which has included interviewing survivors who continue to be isolated in refugee camps nearly a decade after the war’s end, is exploring the way that the amputees’ self images are shaped by their injuries, and he argues that it is crucial for them to be provided the opportunity to become functional and re-integrated into society rather than left in a state of dependency, not only for their sakes individually but for the future of the country itself.

Cole is currently writing a book based on his research, and has also created a series of video-based interdisciplinary learning modules based on the project, working in the college’s New Media studio with students in the digital humanities and in the Mellon Scholars program at Hope.

A national network of 96 church-related colleges and universities, the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the 21st century.  In addition to the Graduate Fellows Program, the program's three primary initiatives include activities and publications for the network of participating institutions; a two-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Program at Valparaiso University; and a program for graduate students interested in exploring the connections between Christianity and higher education and becoming teacher-scholars at a church-related school.

The other colleges and universities with faculty members chosen to participate in the summer seminar are Aquinas College, Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Loyola University, the University of Dayton, the University of Scranton, Valparaiso University, Whitworth University and Wittenberg University.