/ Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP)

About HASP

HASP is a peer led institute for learning in retirement. 

HASP is a voluntary, continuing education program at Hope College and a member of the Lifelong Learning Institute Resource Network at Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel). The staff of HASP are part of the Alumni and Family Engagement team. Through a variety of classes, lectures, study groups, monthly meetings, and cultural and service events, members pursue avenues of study and engage in the exchange of ideas.

Lifelong learning and service opportunities for retirees have been a major emphasis throughout the history of the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals, which was founded in 1988.

A HASP annual meeting.Monthly Meetings

General meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 9 a.m. with the program taking place from 9:30–10:30 a.m. The HASP president opens the meeting with general announcements and business, followed by a 45-minute program on a current issue or area of interest.

Learn more about monthly meetings 

Dr. Fred Johnson teaching a HASP groupCourses

Classes are available to members across three semesters: fall, winter/spring and summer.  Courses are offered in fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and science, medicine and technology. Courses vary from single sessions to up to eight weeks, are 90-minutes in length and take place Monday through Friday, morning and afternoon.

View a current list of courses 

HASP members touring an art exhibit.Special Events

HASP offers special social, cultural, educational and recreational events each month, with the objective to meet and fellowship among members.

Find upcoming events 

HASP member with Hope College students.Service Opportunities

HASP retired professionals share their skills and knowledge with the rest of the community with particular emphasis on helping the students and faculty of Hope College. Announcements regarding places and options to serve are made available through our monthly bulletin and email.

Learn more about service opportunities 

Special Interest Groups

Small Interest Groups (SIGs) are member-initiated and group-directed. In a large organization such as HASP, they provide opportunities for our members to meet each other to learn, explore and experience activities of a common interest. Currently we have three active groups: Gardening, Hiking, and Writing.

Learn more about small interest groups 

Hiking Small Interest Group smiling on a bridge