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Hope College Homecoming Festivities
Will Begin Friday, Sept. 22

Posted September 6, 2000

HOLLAND -- Homecoming activities at Hope College will take place on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 22-24, and are expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.

Highlights of the weekend include the 23rd annual Run-Bike-Swim-Walk, a Homecoming parade, a home football game with Wheaton College, and reunions on Friday and Saturday for the classes of 1985, 1990 and 1995.

Many of the Homecoming activities are open to the public.

The 23rd annual Run-Bike-Swim-Walk will take place on Saturday. Events will include a physical enhancement program fair in the Dow Center from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; a two-mile prediction walk; a five-kilometer run; 3/4-, 3.5- and five-mile criterium bicycling events; and quarter-mile and half-mile swims. Starting times vary for the competitive events, and registration information may be obtained by calling the Dow Center at (616) 395-7690.

The Hope-Geneva Bookstore in the DeWitt Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The bookstore will also sponsor a tent staffed by members of the college's Alumni Board and featuring selected Hope merchandise, primarily clothing, at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday from 1 p.m. through the end of the college's game with Wheaton College.

There will be an alumni men's soccer "round robin" tournament on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Soccer Spot, located on Holland's Northside at 5 Riverhills Drive.

The Alumni H-Club's annual Homecoming luncheon will begin on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Haworth Inn and Conference Center. The group will present its "Hope for Humanity Award" to Dr. Dick H. Nieusma Jr. of Kentwood, a 1952 Hope graduate who is retired from a career as a dentist that included spending more than two decades of missionary work in South Korea. The H-Club will also honor all CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-Americans.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the Homecoming parade will leave campus at 13th Street and College Avenue and wind its way to Holland Municipal Stadium.

The Flying Dutchmen will host Wheaton at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. The pre-game show, which begins at 1:30 p.m., will feature the Rockford High School Marching Band. Halftime will feature the band, the introduction of the Homecoming Court, and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen.

A Homecoming worship service will begin on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The service will feature the college's Alumni Chapel Choir and Chapel Choir under the direction of Dr. Brad W. Richmond, who is an associate professor of music and director of choral activities. Dr. Huw Lewis, professor of music, will be the organist. Members of the campus ministry team will also be participating. The service will be a blend of traditional and contemporary styles, and guest preacher will be the Rev. Blaine Newhouse, a 1986 Hope graduate who is pastor of Calvary Reformed Church in Holland.

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center is featuring the exhibition "Bernard Maisner: Entrance to the Scriptorium" through Sunday, Oct. 22. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The weekend will also feature events geared toward the college's fraternities and sororities, other departmental and student-oriented activities, and several activities for the reunion classes of 1985, 1990 and 1995. Reunion highlights for the three classes will include get- togethers on Friday and brunches on Saturday.

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