Hope College Homecoming Festivities Will Begin Friday, Oct.
Posted October 1, 2002
HOLLAND -- Homecoming activities at Hope College
will take place on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13, and
are expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.
Highlights of the weekend include an exhibition of
campus paintings by faculty member Bruce McCombs, the 25th
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 1987, 1992 and 1997.
Many of the Homecoming events are open to the
The exhibition of paintings of campus by Bruce
McCombs of the college's art faculty will begin with an
opening reception on Friday, Oct. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The event will feature a lecture by the artist, "A View to a
View." The gallery's regular hours are Monday through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5
The 25th annual Run-Bike-Swim-Walk will take place
on Saturday, Oct. 12. 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-, 2.5- 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 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 team.
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.
There will be an "Alumni Men's Soccer Game" on
Saturday at 11 a.m. at Buys Athletic Fields.
The Alumni H-Club's annual Homecoming luncheon
will begin on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in the Haworth Inn and
Conference Center. Coach Karla Wolters will be recognized
for her years of coaching, and 1947 graduate Robert "Gabby"
Van Dis of Kalamazoo will receive the group's annual "Hope
for Humanity" Award.
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. The preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Timothy Brown,
who is the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel at Hope and the
Henry Bast Professor of Preaching at Western Theological
A variety of other activities will also run during
The seminar "Jumpstart Your Future: Career
Conversations with Hope Alumni" will run on Friday from 1
p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Haworth Inn and Conference Center.
The event is sponsored by the college's Office of Career
Services and several academic departments.
The department of biology will feature the address
"Linking animal behavior, movement and distribution in a
Colorado mountain stream" by 1996 graduate Aaron Hoffman on
Friday at 3 p.m. in room B50 of the Peale Science Center.
Hoffman is a doctoral candidate at Colorado State
The department of chemistry will feature the
address "From Chemistry to Curator: My Career Under the
Microscope" by 1987 graduate Dr. Kyria Boundy-Mills on
Friday at 4 p.m. in room B50 of the Peale Science Center.
Boundy-Mills is assistant curator of the Herman J. Phaff
Yeast Culture Collection at the California Institute of Food
and Agricultural Research (CIFAR), a program in the College
of Agricultural Sciences at the University of California,
Classical guitarist Paul Vondiziano will perform
on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre. Admission
is $5, payable at the door.
Men's Soccer will host Calvin College on Saturday
at 1:30 p.m. at Buys Athletic Fields.
The college's Faculty Recital Series will present
its first program of the season on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3
p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music. The
recital will feature the "Anchor Trio," comprised of Hope
music faculty members Mihai Craioveanu (violin), Mansoon Han
(piano) and Richard Piippo (cello).
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 1987, 1992 and 1997.
Reunion highlights for the three classes will include get-
togethers on Friday and brunches on Saturday.