Curtis Gruenler, assistant professor of English at Hope College, has received a Sluyter Fellowship for research at Hope.

          The award was announced during the college's
  annual Faculty Recognition luncheon, held on Monday, Jan.
          Through the Sluyter Fellowship, newer Hope faculty
  members receive support for a research project for one year.
  Past recipients are Lorna Hernandez Jarvis of the psychology
  faculty (1997), Lois Tverberg of the biology faculty (1998)
  and Janis Gibbs of the history faculty (1999).
          The fellowship is funded through the Margaret
  Sluyter Endowment, given to Hope by the late Margaret E.
  Sluyter.  Sluyter and her husband, the late Howard R.
  Sluyter, also established the college's Howard R. and
  Margaret E. Sluyter Professorship of Art and Design.  Howard
  R. Sluyter graduated from Hope in 1928 and had a career in
  business, serving as one of the college's Trustees from 1971
  to 1986.  Margaret E. Sluyter had a life-long interest and
  involvement in interior design.
          Gruenler will use the fellowship to support his
  work on his current book project, "Piers Plowman and the
  Uses of Enigma."  In 1999, he received support for his work
  through a Mellon Fellowship for study at the Huntington
  Library in San Marino, Calif.
          Gruenler joined the Hope faculty in 1997 as a
  specialist in medieval literature.  He also teaches the
  department's course in the history of the English language
  and team-teaches in the college's Cultural Heritage courses.
          He holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford
  University and a doctorate from the University of California
  at Los Angeles.