Annual Recognition Luncheon
Honors Hope College Faculty
Posted January 11, 1998
HOLLAND -- Hope College honored faculty members
for service, academic achievement and professional
involvement during the college's annual recognition luncheon
on Monday, Jan. 11.
The luncheon traditionally marks the beginning of
the college's second semester. Participating were John H.
Jacobson, president; Jacob E. Nyenhuis, provost; Alfredo M.
Gonzales, assistant provost; James M. Gentile, dean for the
natural sciences; Nancy S. Miller, dean for the social
sciences; and William D. Reynolds, dean for the arts and
Allen R. Brady of the biology faculty and Delbert
L. Michel of the art faculty were recognized for 35 years of
Several faculty were honored for 30 years of
service: Joan C. Conway (music), Herbert L. Dershem
(computer science), Robert E. Elder Jr. (political science),
Jack E. Holmes (political science), Bruce McCombs (art),
James P. Motiff (psychology), Judith A. Motiff (modern and
classical languages), Peter J. Schakel (English), Gisela G.
Strand-Hales (modern and classical languages) and Donald H.
Rodney F. Boyer of the chemistry faculty was
recognized for 25 years of service. Faculty honored for 20
years of service were: Ion T. Agheana (modern and classical
languages), John D. Cox (English), Sander deHaan (modern and
classical languages) and Robin Klay (economics and business
Two professors received this year's Provost's
Award for Excellence in Teaching: Susan M. Cherup
(education) and William F. Polik (chemistry). Matthew J.
Elrod (chemistry) was selected as the college's third
Towsley Research Scholar.
Faculty honored for serving on the college's
Teaching Enhancement Workshop Committee were: James B.
Heisler, chair (economics and business administration);
Hersilia Alvarez-Ruf (modern and classical languages);
Barbara Mezeske (English); Maura M. Reynolds (modern and
classical languages, and director of advising); Michael E.
Silver (chemistry); Kathy Winnett-Murray (biology); and Boyd
H. Wilson (religion).
Jeanine Dell'Olio (education) was recognized for
having received the Hope Outstanding Professor Educator
(H.O.P.E.) Award in the spring of 1998. Leslie L. Wessman
(education) was honored for having been named the Arnold and
Esther Sonneveldt Professor of Education at the college.
Acknowledged as authors and editors during the
past year were: Barry L. Bandstra (religion), Albert A.
Bell Jr. (history), Donald Cronkite (biology), James M.
Gentile (dean for the natural sciences), Kelly Jacobsma (Van
Wylen Library), George Kraft (kinesiology), Dean Kreps
(kinesiology), Anne R. Larsen (modern and classical
languages), Donald A. Luidens (sociology and social work),
Sharon Miller (sociology and social work), Phillip A. Munoa
III (religion), Steven D. Smith (kinesiology), J. Jeffery
Tyler (religion), Allen D. Verhey (religion) and Kathy
Several members of the music faculty were honored
for accomplishments as performing artists: Mihai
Craioveanu, Margaret Kennedy-Dygas, Huw Lewis, Edward
Mallett and Jun Okada. Members of the art faculty
recognized for their work as artists were Bruce McCombs and
Steve Nelson. Honored as coaches were: Donna Eaton
(women's golf), Stuart Fritz (baseball), Maureen Odland
(volleyball), Karen Page (women's tennis), John Patnott
(women's swimming) and Glenn Van Wieren (men's basketball).
Faculty honored for serving as officers of
professional organizations included: Wes Ball (music),
Donald Cronkite (biology), Lynn Japinga (religion), Huw
Lewis (music), Allen Verhey (religion) and Larry Wagenaar
(Joint Archives of Holland).
Recognized for receiving honors and awards were:
Matthew Elrod (chemistry), David Ryden (political science),
Deborah Sturtevant (sociology and social work), Elliot Tanis
(mathematics), Allen Verhey (religion), Leslie Wessman
(education) and Kathy Winnett-Murray (biology).
Several faculty members and academic programs were
recognized as recipients of grants and fellowships,
including: the department of chemistry, Herb Dershem
(computer science), Paul DeYoung (physics and engineering),
Matthew Elrod (chemistry), Lee Forester (modern and
classical languages), Janis Gibbs (history), Peter Gonthier
(physics and engineering) and Peter Jolivette (physics and
Also recognized for receiving grants and
fellowships were: John Krupczak (physics and engineering),
Catherine Mader (physics and engineering), Greg Murray
(biology), the natural sciences division, Graham Peaslee
(chemistry) Tim Pennings (mathematics), David Ryden
(political science), Carol Simon (philosophy), Gisela
Strand-Hales (modern and classical languages), Jack Wilson
(art), Kathy Winnett-Murray (biology) and Charlotte van Oyen