Hope College will host a dedication ceremony for its new chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. in room 1000 of the science center.

The event will feature remarks by Carl Mack, who is executive director of the national organization.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The NSBE is the premier organization serving African Americans in engineering and technology. With 15,000 members and more than 300 chapters, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of university and pre-college students and technical professionals. The society's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., and chartered in 1976, the national organization grew out of a student organization established at Purdue University in the early 1970s. Additional information about the NSBE may be found online at www.nsbe.org.

The engineering program at Hope offers a B.S. degree with a major in engineering that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Engineering instruction at Hope began in the 1970s, and Hope established the major in 1997.

The science center is located north of 12th Street at College Avenue.