Hope College will celebrate Homecoming Weekend on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 21-23, with highlights including multiple events open to the public in addition to activities for alumni.
Among other highlights, the weekend will feature academic and arts events, athletic contests, a family-oriented picnic, a 5K run, tours of the under-construction Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, and activities for alumni ranging from a “Homecoming on 8th Street” event, to the 25-year reunion for the Class of 1991, to multiple affinity gatherings including a reunion and drive practice for the college’s 2010 and 2016 Formula SAE teams.
Those in town in advance of the weekend can enjoy some additional events the day before. The college’s Jack Ridl Visiting Writers Series will feature poets Brian Barker and Nicky Beer on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. They will also participate in a question-and-answer session in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication earlier in the day, at 3:30 p.m. Admission to both events is free.
The Gentile Interdisciplinary Lecture series in the natural and applied sciences will feature two addresses by Dr. Andrew Christlieb of the Michigan State University faculty, who will present “History of Computing and Its Role in Society” on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in room 102 of VanderWerf Hall and “Paradigm Shifts in Parallel Computing for Implicit Methods” on Friday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall. Christlieb is chair of the university’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and an MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Mathematics. Admission is free.
The chemistry and biochemistry seminar series will present the address “Dihydrogen and Methane Coordination Chemistry” by Dr. Gregory S. Girolami of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. Girolami is a professor and head of chemistry at the university, where he is the William H. and Janet C. Lycan Professor. Admission is free.
An exhibition of photography by Chris Cox, a 2012 Hope graduate who is serving as the Borgeson Artist-in-Residence at the college, will open in the gallery of the De Pree Art Center on Friday, Oct. 21, and continue through Friday, Nov. 18. Cox will present a gallery lecture on Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. with an opening reception following from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Following the opening, the gallery will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Hope will host the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Swimming Relays on Friday, Oct. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Holland Community Aquatic Center. Tickets are $5 for the general public; $3 for non-MIAA students, children, and MIAA faculty and staff; and free for MIAA students.
Volleyball will host Trine University on Friday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18.
There will be a men’s alumni lacrosse game on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
The Hope College Orchestra will perform on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. Admission is free.
The men’s hockey club team will face Indiana Tech on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at The Edge Ice Arena. Tickets are $5 for general admission.
The activities on Saturday, Oct. 22, will begin with a 5K run starting at 9 a.m. at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium. Registration is $20 for the general public and alumni, and $10 for Hope students, faculty and staff.
Hope students and faculty will lead a “Family Hands-On Science and Engineering Experience” for families with children ages five-17 on Saturday, Oct. 22, between 10 a.m. and noon at the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required.
The reunion and driving practice for the college’s Formula SAE program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. and run for approximately an hour in the loading-dock parking lot of the DeVos Fieldhouse, located at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue. One or two alumni of the program or students currently involved in Formula SAE will drive the cars that the teams developed and brought to the international competition at Michigan International Speedway in 2010 and 2016.
There will be a women’s alumnae soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
President John Knapp and his wife, Kelly, will host “Texas Chili Cook-Off: Another Taste of the South” in the college’s Dow Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, from noon to 2 p.m. Intended for the campus and Holland communities as well as alumni, the family-oriented event will include southern cuisine, live music, giveaways and a variety of activities as well as displays by student organizations. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $5 for children of age three to 10, and free for children two and under.
There will be a men’s alumni soccer game on Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
Hope will offer tours of the under-construction Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tour size is limited to the first 35 participants per session and advance registration is required.
Men’s soccer will host Albion College on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under 18.
The Flying Dutchmen will host Trine University in football at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adult general admission and $3 for general admission for those under 18.
Halftime will feature the introduction of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen, and presentation of faculty and staff appreciation awards by the college’s Student Activities Committee. The college’s chapter of Mortar Board will have a table set up through halftime of the football game, to collect new and gently used children’s books and donations to benefit Jefferson Elementary School.
A Homecoming worship service will be held on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The service will be led by the Hope Campus Ministries where everyone is welcomed.
The college’s Chapel Choir and alumni of the choir, totaling more than 100 singers, will present a concert together on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. Admission is free.
The Kruizenga Art Museum is featuring the exhibition “After the Rupture: New Directions in Mexican Art [from the] 1960s [to the] 1980s” through Saturday, December 17th. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Activities for alumni will include a “Homecoming on 8th Street” event center for all alumni will be open on Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Big E’s Sports Grill in the Courtyard Marriott downtown. Participants will receive “passports” linked to a variety of restaurants and shops in downtown Holland. Advance registration is required.
In addition to the Formula SAE event, the weekend’s multiple affinity gatherings include the 25-year reunion for the Class of 1991; receptions for multicultural education and the Baker Scholars; and the 70th anniversary celebration for the Arcadian Fraternity.
Advance registration and tickets for all events are available online or by calling the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at (616) 395-7250.
A full schedule of Homecoming activities is available.