Staff Member and Professor Receive
Michigan Campus Compact
Posted February 14, 2003
HOLLAND -- Yolanda Vega of Hope College Upward
Bound and John Yelding of the Hope education faculty each
received Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Faculty/Staff
Community Service-Learning Awards on Friday, Feb. 14.
The award is the highest that MCC bestows on
faculty and staff in the state of Michigan. It recognizes
the influence on or engagement of students to be involved in
community service or service-learning through modeling,
instruction and/or special projects. The award recipients
are nominated by peers at their institution.
"John Yelding and Yolanda Vega are two outstanding
individuals," said Alfredo Gonzales, associate provost at
Hope. "Connecting students to the larger world of
citizenship, civic responsibility and service is something
they do so well. In a way, both John and Yolanda model for
our students what it is to live and serve in a democratic
society. We are very proud of their collective
contributions--and are also very pleased they are being
recognized for the excellent work they do with students and
for the betterment of our community."
MCC presented 19 of the awards this year as well
as a lifetime achievement award. The recipients were
honored formally during a luncheon awards ceremony at
Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The ceremony
was held in conjunction with MCC's Seventh Annual Institute
on Service-Learning, "Engaging Students in a Disengaged
Vega has been assistant director of Hope College
Upward Bound, a program for high school students, since
1995. She is also resident director of Scott Hall at Hope,
working with the college's Phelps Scholars Program, which
focuses on exploring diversity.
A 1988 Hope graduate, from June of 1988 to May of
1990 she was an English teacher at Holland West Middle
School. She was also an interim multicultural counselor
with the college's student development office from February
to May of 1990.
Vega was on the college's admissions staff from
1990 to 1993, and was director of multicultural life from
1993 to 1995. For nine years before her 1995 appointment
she had also worked with Upward Bound in a variety of ways,
including as a tutor-counselor and as a facilitator of
parent and student workshops.
Yelding is an associate professor of education,
and has been a member of the Hope faculty since 1994. He
also currently serves as president of the West Ottawa Public
Schools Board of Education.
His involvement at Hope has included serving on
the advisory boards of Hope College Upward Bound; the Phelps
Scholars Program; and Project TEACH (Teachers Entering A
Career through Hope), a scholarship and mentoring program to
encourage minority students to become teachers. He is
director of the college's "Encounter with Cultures" course,
which reaches more than 200 students each semester.
Prior to joining the Hope faculty, Yelding was
principal of South Haven High School. He had also been a
junior school and middle school principal in Coloma, and
held teaching positions in South Haven and Covert. His
honors include being named Van Buren County Principal of the
Year in 1993. He holds his bachelor's degree from Michigan
State University and a master's in educational leadership
from Western Michigan University.
Michigan Campus Compact is a state-level non-
profit organization that promotes the education and
commitment of Michigan college students to be civically
engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic,
co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community
service, service-learning and civic engagement.