Hope College Homecoming Festivities
Will Begin Friday, Oct. 12
Posted October 1, 2001
HOLLAND -- Homecoming activities at Hope College
will take place on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 12-14, and
are expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.
Highlights of the weekend include the 24th annual
Run-Bike-Swim-Walk, a Homecoming parade, a home football
game with Kalamazoo College, and reunions on Friday and
Saturday for the classes of 1986, 1991 and 1996.
Many of the Homecoming activities are open to the
The 24th annual Run-Bike-Swim-Walk will take place
on Saturday. Events will include a health 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.
At 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, an "Alumnae Softball
Game" at Buys Athletic Fields will feature competition
between former players and members of the college's current
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 Kalamazoo College.
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 Gord Brewer of Holland, a 1948 Hope
graduate who was a member of the college's physical
education (now kinesiology) faculty from 1956 until retiring
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 Kalamazoo at Holland
Municipal Stadium on Saturday at 2 p.m. The pre-game show,
which begins at 1:30 p.m., will feature the Battle Creek
Central 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. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Paul Boersma, who
is a 1982 Hope graduate and is the Maas Chaplain at Hope.
A variety of other activities will also run
immediately before and during the weekend.
Approximately 100 students from departments across
campus will make poster presentations through an
Undergraduate Research Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 11, from
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the main ballroom of the Haworth Inn and
The department of chemistry will present its
annual Homecoming Lecture on Friday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m. in
room B50 of the Peale Science Center. Kathy Olgers, a 1985
graduate who is regulatory affairs administrator at J.B.
Laboratories of Holland, will present "What's in the Bottle?
Drug Product Approval, Manufacturing and Quality Control."
The gallery of the De Pree Art Center is featuring
the exhibition "Gabra Sellase: Ethiopian Icon Painter"
through Friday, Nov. 16. In conjunction with the
exhibition, Marilyn E. Heldman of the University of Maryland
will present the address "Tradition and Innovation in the
Work of of Alaqa Gabra Sellase, an Ethiopian Icon Painter"
on Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. in Cook Auditorium of the De
Pree Art Center. The gallery is open Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5
Volleyball will host Olivet College on Saturday,
Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Dow Center. Men's Soccer hosts
Albion College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Buys Athletic
Hope College Theatre's production of "The Years"
continues Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 3-4, and Thursday-
Saturday, Oct. 11-13, at 8 p.m. in the studio theatre of the
DeWitt Center. Tickets are $7 for regular adult admission,
$5 for Hope faculty and staff, and $4 for senior citizens
and students, and are available at the theatre lobby ticket
office. The ticket office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday (and until the
show begins on performance nights), and can be called at
The college's Faculty Recital Series will present
its second program of the season on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 4
p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.
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 1986, 1991 and 1996.
Reunion highlights for the three classes will include get-
togethers on Friday and brunches on Saturday.