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  Variety of Changes Greet Hope Students
  
          HOLLAND -- A new residence hall, an improved
  theatre and a state-of-the-art "clab" will greet Hope
  College's students when they begin arriving on Friday, Aug.
  22.
          The college's new Cook Residence Hall, completed
  during the summer, will house 180 students during the coming
  school year.  The hall is located on 10th Street between
  College and Columbia avenues, and connected to the Haworth
  Conference and Learning Center, which opened in January.
          The renovated DeWitt Center main theatre debuted
  with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's production of "Annie"
  in June.  The theatre was "dark" during the 1996-97 school
  year while the auditorium was remodeled and the backstage
  facilities expanded by 6,000 square feet.
          The "clab" is a new computer classroom/laboratory
  installed in room B24 of Van Zoeren Hall.  The room features
  work stations with sunken monitors that will accommodate 24
  students in computer science at a time.
          Other projects during the summer included
  replacement of the wooden floor of Snow Auditorium in Nykerk
  Hall of Music, rebuilding of the engineering computer lab on
  the main floor of Van Zoeren Hall, and renovation of Cook
  Auditorium in the De Pree Art Center.  Much of the carpet
  was replaced in Durfee, Lichty, Phelps and Scott halls;
  projects in the cottages ranged from replacing carpeting or
  vinyl flooring in some cases, to remodeling bathrooms and
  kitchens in others.
          In addition, the school year will pilot the first
  new courses offered in conjunction with the college's
  revised general education program, which was approved in the
  spring of 1996.  The revised program will be mandatory for
  new students enrolling beginning in the fall of 1998.
          The college's new academic year will open formally
  on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel
  with an opening convocation.  Dr. Marc Baer, professor of
  history, will present the address "Our Search for Veritas."
  The public is invited to the convocation, and admission is
  free.
          Residence halls for Hope's new students will open
  on Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m.  Orientation events will
  begin that evening and will continue through Monday, Aug.
  25.
          Returning students are not to arrive on campus
  before noon on Sunday, Aug. 24.  Classes will begin on
  Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 8 a.m.
          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.  During the 1996-97 school year he
  spearheaded the effort to coordinate the Jan. 10-11 "Hope
  Veritas Forum" that considered faith and truth from a
  variety of perspectives.
          He is the author of the book "Theatre and Disorder
  in Late Georgian London," published in 1992 by Oxford
  University Press.  He is also the author of several
  articles, including "Sir Francis Burdett," in the
  forthcoming "New Dictionary of National Biography," to be
  published by Oxford University Press, and "The Memory of the
  Middle Ages:  From History of Culture to Cultural History,"
  published in "Studies in Medievalism" in 1992.  He has also
  written more than 60 book reviews, and has made numerous
  presentations at professional conferences on history or
  British studies.
          Baer's awards and honors include three fellowships
  through the Summer Seminar program of the National Endowment
  for the Humanities (NEH).  He has also held research grants
  from agencies including the NEH, the American Philosophical
  Society and the Michigan Council for the Humanities, in
  addition to local sources such as the Padnos Educational
  Fund and the Holland Community Foundation.
          This fall, he will begin a three-year term as
  treasurer of the North American Conference on British
  Studies.  He is also on the editorial board of the World
  Wide Web-based project, "Monuments and Dust:  The Culture of
  Victorian London," and an associate fellow with the
  Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the
  University of Virginia.
          He recently began a three-year term as director of
  Hope's Pew Society Program, is Hope's representative to the
  Midwest Faculty Seminar program, and has also served on a
  variety of Hope committees and boards.
          Baer is a member of Christ Memorial Church, where
  he is currently an elder.  He is chair of the Board of
  Directors of Vision Ministries (a radio ministry featuring
  the Rev. Ben Patterson, who is the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the
  Chapel at Hope), and has been active with the local schools.
          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.
          Prior to coming to Hope, Baer taught at Frostburg
  State University, where he was named "Teacher of the Year"
  in 1983, and Case Western Reserve University.
          He holds his bachelor's degree from Iowa State
  University, and his master's and doctorate from the
  University of Iowa.

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