Eva Dean FolkertDirector of Communication Services
Eva Dean Folkert started her career at Hope College as a writer and editor in the Public Relations Office way back in 1985. In between then and now, she's been fortunate to take on a few other roles at the college (see her professional experience below) before circling back to Office of Public Affairs and Marketing in 2018.
As director of communication services, Eva's primary responsibility is writing and editing for institutional campaigns (with a focus on academics, admissions, development, and alumni and family engagement), News from Hope College and Spera magazines, and the Stories of Hope blog. She leads the Communication Services team which directs Hope's news/media relations, sports information and photography services.
Eva still teaches in Hope's First Year Seminar program. Her class is titled “Sports and Society in the Movies (and Books).” Additionally, in the fall of 2010, she was the Meiji Gakuin Exchange Professor in Tokyo, Japan.
Before returning to the Office of Public Affairs and Marketing, Eva was an NCAA championships contractor (2014–2015) and a freelance writer (2014–2018). She served as Hope’s co-director of athletics and assistant professor of kinesiology (2003–2014). She was also the women’s golf coach (2005–2009), and assistant director of intramurals and athletics ticket manager (1997–2003), and has taught Health Dynamics, 5K Training, Racquetball, Sports in Society and Senior Seminar.
- M.A., sports administration, Western Michigan University, 2005
- B.A., business administration and communication, Hope College, 1983
- NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship grant awardee "to enhance ethnic minority and gender representation in athletics administration," 2009–2010 and 2012–2013
- Hope College Vanderbush-Weller Award recipient for "strong, positive impact on students," 2005
Why Do You Love Hope?
Two words: Hope's students. Wait, two more words: Hope's mission. Ok, two final words: Hope's community. Updated total stat: Six words says it all.
Outside the College
Though she grew up in farm country of central New York (yes, New York has farm country!), Eva has proudly called Holland home since 1983. Exploring all things Michigan has become one of her favorite pastimes. She also enjoys convincing her husband Cal to visit art museums with her, ruining a good walk by playing golf and keeping the Band-Aid brand in business by dabbling in stained glass.