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Marc Baer of History Faculty to Receive
Annual Vanderbush- Weller Award

Posted April 9, 2001

HOLLAND -- Dr. Marc Baer, professor of history at Hope College, has been chosen to receive the college's second annual "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" award.

The award recognizes and supports the efforts of Hope faculty and staff who make extraordinary contributions to the lives of students. Baer will be recognized during a dinner held on Thursday, May 3, in conjunction with the May meeting of the college's Board of Trustees.

"He has an exceptional commitment to students," said Hope senior Louis Canfield of Whitehall, who is president of the college's Student Congress and a member of the award's selection committee. "He went on a mission trip for a week last year to Queens, New York. He coordinates the Veritas Forum. He coordinates the Pew Society Program."

"He does a great job of interacting with students above and beyond what's required of a professor," Canfield said.

Baer spearheaded the effort to organize the "Hope Veritas Forum," which debuted in January of 1997 and has been held every two years since. The three-day event considers Christian faith and truth from a variety of perspectives.

He is also director of Hope's Pew Society Program, which encourages students considering an academic career to relate their faith to the work they hope to do. He serves as the college's faculty representative for the Truman, Mellon, Javits and Davies-Jackson scholarship programs.

In the summer of 1998, Baer was part of a group of Hope students, faculty and staff that spent three weeks in India, sharing the experience of Hope's contemporary worship program with colleagues in Indian Christian colleges. He and other participants made a presentation concerning the program during the college's January, 1999, "Winter Happening." In March of 2000, he co-led a spring break mission trip to Queens, N.Y., organized by the college's Campus Ministries Office.

He was the Opening Convocation speaker in August of 1997, when the current graduating senior class was the newly-arrived freshman class.

Baer is a specialist in British history with a secondary emphasis in European history. His research interests include British social, cultural and political history from the 18th century to the present, and modern British urban history.

He is the author of the book "Theatre and Disorder in Late Georgian London," published in 1992 by Oxford University Press, as well as of numerous scholarly articles and book reviews. His several awards and honors include three fellowships through the Summer Seminar program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). He was named "Teacher of the Year" at Frostburg State University in 1983, shortly before he came to Hope.

He has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1983. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of history, and was promoted to associate professor in 1986 and full professor in 1992.

The "Vanderbush-Weller Development Fund" was established in honor of long-time Hope professor and football coach Alvin Vanderbush of Bloomington, Minn., who retired in 1972. It was created by Ken and Shirely Weller of Knoxville, Iowa. Ken Weller is one of Vanderbush's former players and also a former Hope faculty colleague.

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