Hope College will celebrate “Homecoming and Family Weekend: One Big Weekend” on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21, with highlights including multiple events open to the public in addition to activities for alumni and the families of current students.
The weekend will include a variety of academic and arts events, athletic contests, a 5K run, a family-friendly cookout, recognition of 10 young alumni who are receiving awards from the Hope College Alumni Association, the traditional freshman-sophomore Nykerk Cup competition, and activities ranging from a “Hope on 8th Street” event, to the 25-year reunion for the Class of 1993, to multiple affinity gatherings.
The ongoing construction of the college’s new Campus Ministries house in the central campus will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. Work began this earlier this fall, with completion scheduled for the fall of 2019. Admission to the celebration is free.
The 10 alumni from within the past decade who are receiving “10 Under 10 Awards” will participate in a panel discussion on Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall. The participants will be Sarah Watkins ’08 Fabian, an assistant professor of theatre; Xander Krieg ’12, founder and CTO of an AI software company; Jonas Lawson ’13, a political-advertising account executive; Maggie Mohr ’09, a postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology; Quinn Nystrom ’08, a speaker, author and diabetes-awareness advocate; Izzy Rhodes ’11, a local missional program specialist and crisis chaplain; Travis Rieth ’10, a photographer, writer and consultant; Carl Scholten ’11, a high school principal; Chaz Shelton ’09, founder and CEO of a hydroponic food company; and Katherine Stritzke ’08 Simons, a senior manager of strategy management. They will reflect on their educational and professional journeys and share insights for current and future students. Admission is free.
Rick Ree of the Field Museum in Chicago will present the address “Plant evolution in the Hengduan Mountains, a temperate biodiversity hotspot” on Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in room 1019 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center through the Biology Seminar Series. Admission is free.
Allison R. Fout of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will present the address “Ligand influences on base metals for multi-electron transformations” on Friday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. in room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center through the Chemistry Seminar Series. Admission is free.
The De Pree Art Center and Gallery is showing an exhibition of paintings of the Hope College campus by Bruce McCombs, a professor of art who is in his 50th year on the Hope faculty. He will give an artist’s talk at the gallery on Friday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m., with a reception following. The exhibition runs from Friday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Nov. 9. Admission is free.
A “Hope on 8th Street” event center organized by the college’s Office of Alumni and Family Engagement will be open on Friday, Oct. 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott downtown. Alumni and their families will receive “passports” including a variety of exclusive deals for restaurants and shops in downtown Holland.
A reception for the “10 Under 10” honorees will be held on Friday, Oct. 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the CitySēn Lounge of the CityFlatsHotel.
There will be a men’s alumni lacrosse game on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.
The college’s Department of Music will present multiple performing groups during a Homecoming gala concert on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. Admission is free.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is presenting the film “Neither Wolf, Nor Dog” on Monday-Saturday, Oct. 15-20, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for regular admission, and $6 for senior citizens, Hope faculty and staff, and children, and will be available at the door.
The activities on Saturday, Oct. 20, will begin with a 0.5K kids’ fun run at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K run starting at 9 a.m., both at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium. All proceeds will benefit the student-organized Hope College Dance Marathon, which raises funds for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Registration is $35 for the general public, alumni, and faculty and staff, and $20 for Hope students and “miracle families” who receive care through the hospital.
A campus cookout will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Phelps Hall Dining Hall. The event will feature a tailgate-themed menu with a variety of food options, the sale of Hope athletics apparel at the adjacent Maas Conference Center, giveaways and family activities. Tickets are $10 for regular admission; $5 for children of ages five to 11, Hope faculty and staff, and Hope students not on meal plan; and free for children four and under.
The Flying Dutchmen will host Olivet College in football at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 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.
The Nykerk Cup competition featuring members of the freshman Class of 2022 and sophomore Class of 2021 in plays, song and oration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse. Tickets are $7 and will be available while supplies last on Monday-Friday, Oct. 15-19, at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at 616-395-7890. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
A worship service will take place on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 10:30 a.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Those attending will be in fellowship with the congregation of Pillar Church, which is worshipping in the chapel during the renovation of its historic building. The service will feature the Rev. John Brown, who is the lead pastor of Pillar Church and a 1999 Hope graduate, and the college’s Alumni Chapel Choir.
Faculty member Gabe Southard will present a faculty recital on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. in the John and Dede Howard Recital Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts. Admission is free.
The Kruizenga Art Museum is showing the exhibition “Living Tradition: Contemporary Ethiopian Christian Art from the Sobania Collection” through Saturday, Dec. 15. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The weekend’s multiple affinity gatherings include the 25-year reunion for the Class of 1993; a dinner hosted by the college’s Black Student Union; a president’s reception for the families of students; an “open mic” poetry reading presented by alumni and students of the Department of English; open houses for the Boerigter Center for Calling Career, the Department of Nursing, and the Academic Success Center and disability and accessibility resources; a luncheon for football alumni; and a women’s soccer alumnae reception.
Advance registration, tickets for all events (except for the Nykerk Cup competition and the film “Neither Wolf, Nor Dog,” as noted earlier) and a full schedule are available at hope.edu/onebigweekend or by calling the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement at 616-395-7250.