Thank you for joining us as we celebrated reunions for both 2020 and 2021 virtually. Save the date and join us for Alumni Weekend April 29–30, 2022.
Milestone reunion years are still something to celebrate, despite the challenges of the pandemic. We are excited to recognize the following milestone class years as part of this combined celebration:
- The 50 Year Circle: 1969 and earlier
- Visit hope.edu/memories for photos of your time on campus.
- 50th Reunion: 1970 and 1971
- Visit hope.edu/50years for photos of your time on campus.
- 45th Reunion: 1975 and 1976
- Visit hope.edu/45years for photos of your time on campus.
- 40th Reunion: 1980 and 1981
- Visit hope.edu/40years for photos of your time on campus.
- 35th Reunion: 1985 and 1986
- Visit hope.edu/35years for photos of your time on campus.
- 30th Reunion: 1990 and 1991
- Visit hope.edu/30years for photos of your time on campus.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Webinars
Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor: “Turning Heartbreak into Hope”
At the age of 30, seven months pregnant and a successful associate vice president, Lara MacGregor was diagnosed with cancer. Fourteen years later, Lara is still fighting Stage IV Metastatic breast cancer after seven years of remission. Lara knows heartbreak — but she also knows hope. In 2012, she founded Hope Scarves, an organization that allows the sharing of stories and scarves among women who are fighting cancer. The Hope Scarves collection, which is constantly evolving, now contains over 15,000 scarves and 1,200 stories. Her organization has raised and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to breast cancer research and Lara has also become a popular blogger, podcast host and speaker. Learn how Lara has faced her personal health heartbreak with a commitment to spreading hope.
Deborah Heydenburg ’87 Fuller: “From Plants to Patients: A Scientist’s Journey from Hope to Healing”
In a world that has had all eyes on vaccine development in the past year, Dr. Deb Fuller has been wearing many different hats, including professor of microbiology at the University of Washington, co-founder and chief technology officer of Orlance, Inc, and division chief and core scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center in the AIDS division. In short, she has been on quite a journey from her first experiment on plant cells at Hope College to her current work developing vaccines to fight the spread of disease in humans. This virtual talk is equal parts science, Q&A and anecdotes about Dr. Fuller’s personal and highly circuitous career path.
Fireside Chat with Doc Hemenway
What if books could provide a chance to try another life you could have lived? To see how things would be if you had made other choices? Would you have done anything different? Join iconic Hope Professor Dr. Stephen Hemenway for this interactive chat, based on Hope’s first online book club selection "The Midnight Library." No need to have read the book to enjoy this event about the choices that go into a life well lived!
Lunch and Learn featuring Dr. Fred Johnson III — “January 6, 2021: Biopsying America's Democracy & the Way Forward”
On January 6, 2021, the insurrectionist mob that stormed the United States Congress revealed dangerous, festering weaknesses within America’s democracy. Driven by rage and blinded by conspiracy theories, the mob’s actions proved that an immediate examination was necessary to fully grasp the cancer within the body politic. This presentation will assess extent of the damage and discuss corrective actions to confront and neutralize this clear and present danger.
DeWitt Student Cultural Center141 East 12th StreetFloor 2Holland, MI 49423