Horr The New Era’ H o p e ’s First Family— Dr. a n d Mrs. V a n Wylen a n d children David, Ruth, Stephen, Elizabeth and Emily.
HOMECOMING WEEKEND schedule of events
Thursday, Oct. 12 8:15 p.m.
All-College Convocation featuring Dr. John W. Snyder, executive vice chan cellor of the University of California at Santa Barbara, on the topic “Chris tian Education in a Post-Christian World”, D i m n e n t Memorial Chapel Friday, Oct. 13
2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m.
Inauguration of Dr. G o r d o n J. V a n Wylen as the Ninth President of Ho p e College, Dim nent Memorial Chapel (Admission by ticket only.) Reception for all guests attending Inaugural Ceremony, DeWitt Student and Cultural Center H o p e vs. Albion soccer game, V a n Raalte athletic campus Kletz Concert featuring H o p e College band and stage band, DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Saturday, Oct. 14
9 a.m.-Noon Alu mni Registration and Reception, Plaza of DeWitt Student and Cultural Center 11 a.m. H o p e vs. Olivet cross country meet, Winding Creek golf course, located four miles east of U.S. 31 on 32nd street 12 N o o n H Club Luncheon, Durfee Hall Terrace R o o m Sorority and Fraternity Luncheons (contact individual organizations) 2:15 p.m. H o p e vs. Olivet football game, Riverview Park. Halftime will feature corona tion of h o m e c o m i n g queen and awarding of scholastic trophies. After G a m e O p e n House at all Residence halls Reception for Mortar Board alumni, Voorhees Hall 4:30-7 p.m. H o m e c o m i n g Buffet Dinner, Phelps Hall, $2.50 per person 8:15 p.m.
H o m e c o m i n g Dance, DeWitt Student and Cultural Center Sunday, Oct. 15
Student Church, Dim nent Memorial Chapel
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Princess Margriet of the Netherlands visits ca mpus H o p e College a n d the city of Holland were hosts to Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven o n Sep t e m b e r 9 in conjunction with the city’s 125th anniversary cele bration. A highlight of their visit to H o p e w a s a convocation in D i m n e n t Memorial Chapel during w h ich time Princess Margriet unveiled a m e m orial plaque honoring Gerrit John Diekema, an 1 8 8 1 H o p e graduate w h o served as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands until his death in 1930. T h e plaque has been m o u n t e d permanently in D i m n e n t Chapel. Participating in the convocation were College President G o r d o n J. V a n Wylen, B o ard of Trustees secretary Willard C. Wichers and Mr. a n d Mrs. Willis A. Diekma, son and daughter-in-law of Gerrit Diekema. T h e Chapel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Robert Cavanaugh, sang “ Psalm 4 2 ” a n d “ F o r All the Saints” , while Richard Carlson, a freshman f r o m Fennville, Mich., played a solo o n the Pels gallery organ. Other guests of the College at the Convocation were J. William M i d d e n d o r f II, the U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands; B a ron Rijnhard Bernhard van Lynden, Netherlands ambassador to the United States;
Princess Margriet a n d her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven chat with freshmen Gale Gruzo of South Bend, Ind. a n d Rani Peterson of Highland Park, III. during a visit to their dormitory r o o m at Kollen Hall. and city of Holland m a y o r L.W. L a m b , Jr. While enroute to a reception after the convocation at the DeWitt Cultural Center the royal party expressed a desire to see h o w students live o n campus. T h e visitors were then escorted to Kollen Residence hall w h ere they m a d e surprise visits to t w o rooms. Princess Margriet w a s particularly interested in the theatre at the D e Witt Cultural Center and spent con siderable time discussing the Col lege’s theatrical program with fac ulty m e m b e r D o n a l d Finn. T h e royal party later visited an exhibition of 17th century D u t c h paintings in the gallery of the D e Witt Center and were guests at a tea attended b y approximately 7 0 0 guests a n d students. This w a s the third time that H o p e played host to D u t c h royalty. Q u e e n Juliana received an honorary degree during a visit in 1941. She and Prince Bernhard returned to Holland together in 1952. In 1965 Prince Bernhard attended dedication ceremonies for Windmill Island.
The royal couple unveils memorial plaque honoring Gerrit J o h n D iekema during convocation in D i m n e n t Memorial Chapel. Willis A. Diekema, a son (left), watches ceremony that honored his father w h o was U.S. Minister to the Netherlands.
Black River battle cries echo again M e n of the freshman and s o p h o m o r e classes will m a k e their w a y to the Black River in Holland for the 74th time o n Friday, Oct. 6 to c o m p e t e in the “ Pull” , a tug-ofw a r with a 385-foot long rope. Tradition leans toward the s o p h o
m o r e class although last year the freshmen gave their classmates a dunking. T h e longest Pull w e n t t w o hours a n d 2 7 minutes in 1 9 6 5 while the shortest lasted only t w o m i n utes, 4 0 seconds in 1956.
Freshman class is largest in history Enrollment for the fall semester rose to an all-time high of 2,124 m e n a n d w o m e n according to regis trar J o n Huisken. Enrollment includes 2,016 full time a n d 1 0 8 part-time students with 4 5 students participating in off-campus study programs. T h e b r e a k d o w n b y classes s h o w 6 4 6 freshmen, 545 sophomores, 545 juniors, 321 seniors and 6 7 special students. H o p e h a d an enrollment of 2,101 a n d a freshman class of 581 in 1971-72. ‘ O u r admissions staff, faculty, students, alumni a n d friends greatly assisted in this year’s successful enrollment efforts,” said President G o r d o n J. V a n Wylen. “While m a n y colleges a n d universities are s h o w ing decreasing enrollments, H o p e is p r oud of the efforts these persons have m a d e to help us attract n e w students.”
Music Department Concert Calendar Fall 1972 September 2 8 Music D e p a r t m e n t Student Recital; D i m n e n t Chapel, 7 p.m. October 5 Guest recital: Arturo D e l m o n i & A n t h o n y Kooiker, violin & piano; Wichers Hall, 8:15 p.m. 13 H o m e c o m i n g Kletz Concert: H o p e College B a n d & Stage Band; DeWitt Cultural Center-Kletz, 8:15 p.m. * 1 6 G R E G G S M I T H S I N G E R S ; Civic Center, 8:15 p.m. 2 6 Mini Concert: H o p e College Band; DeWitt Cultural Center-Kletz, 7:30 p.m. 26-27-28 T h e Beggar’s Opera; DeWitt Cultural Center, 8:15 p.m. 2 9 Faculty C h a m b e r Music Recital; Wichers Hall, 3:00 p.m. November
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1-2-3-4 T h e Beggar’s Opera; DeWitt Cultural Center, 8:15 p.m. 7 Music D e p a r t m e n t Student Recital; Wichers Hall, 7 p.m. 9 Concert: H o p e College Orchestra; DeWitt Cultural Center, 8:15 p.m. 12 Faculty Recital: Charles Aschbrenner, Pianist; D i m n e n t Chapel, 3:00 p.m. 1 4 Guest rectial: Gerre Hancock, organist; D i m n e n t Chapel, 8:15 p.m. 16 Mini Concert: H o p e College Band; DeWitt Cultural Center-Kletz, 7:30 p.m. 16 Senior Recital; Joseph M a x i m , clarinetist; D i m n e n t Chapel, 8:15 p.m. 19 Faculty C h a m b e r Music Recital; Wichers Hall, 3:00 p.m. * 2 8 LILI K R A U S , P I A N I S T ; D i m n e n t Chapel, 8:15 p.m. 2 9 W o r k s h o p : Lili Kraus; Wichers Hall, 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. D e c em b er 3 Christmas Vespers; D i m n e n t Chapel, 4:00 & 8:30 p.m. 7 Mini Concert: H o p e College Band; DeWitt Cultural Center-Kletz 7:30 p.m. 7 Senior Recital: C a m e r o n Anderson, pianist; Wichers Hall, 8:15 p.m. 8 Senior Recital: J u d y Lookenhouse, organist; D i m n e n t Chapel, 8:15 p.m. 12 Concert: H o p e College Collegium M u s i c u m Singers; Wichers Hall, 8:00 p.m. 14 Music D e p artment Student Recital; D i m n e n t Chapel, 7 p.m.
Student Congress vice president L y n n e Walchenbach of Grand Rapids, Mich, places the traditional green beanie on the head of n e w President Van Wylen.
*Holland Concert Association/Hope Cultural Affairs-Great Performance Series
M o s t stories can be told with words. This, however, is a story w h ich can use w o rds only as the m o s t rudimentary framework. This is a story of c o m m i t m e n t , a story of love, a story of faith and hope, and above all, a story of h u m a n growth. This is the story of Higher Horizons, a unique student-devel o p e d organization o n the H o p e College c a m p u s w h ich attempts to m e e t the needs of frustrated, de prived, a n d lonely children of the Holland, Michigan, c o m m unity. Youngsters are sometimes sub jected to social a n d e c o n o m i c c o n ditions w hich stagnate their a m b i tions as well as their capabilities. Higher Horizons is an organization built o n the premise that these chil dren sometimes need a boost. It reaches out to such children in a w a y n o institutional or welfare ser vice can— it offers these children a real friend. E a c h student volunteers to be a friend to one child, and in so doing, pledges time, concern, empathy, a n d guidance toward the development and enrichment of the little brother’s or sister’s life. Every aspect of the Higher Hori zons Prog r a m revolves around this central principle of giving. T h e or ganization began almost seven years ago w h en, unprompted, H o p e stu dents recognized a need they could
w h o s e families are living o n m a r ginal i n c o m e and are ineligible for help f r o m any other agency. T h e heart of the Higher Horizons Program is the consistent weekly contact between the college student or adult volunteer and the child. T h e length of time needed to estab lish a feeling of trust and friendship varies, as d o the experiences and activities shared. O n e big sister w o r k e d with her little sister for a year a n d a half before she could report her first real success: “ For the first time in over a year, she laughed in October. She is n o w expressing herself m o r e openly and her interaction with m y friends is m o r e relaxed. Because Anita is changing, I’m gradually using each opportunity to develop the rela tionship, have m o r e mature conver sations, expect m o r e of her a n d give her m o r e responsibility, still m a i n taining the affection, support, and respect w e have for each other. S o m e t i m e s it is slow going, but the change is exciting. S h e ’s n o w b e c o m e a refreshing happening in m y w e e k — and whether a joy or a pain, she’s a real live kid!” M a n y of the children are looking for an outlet for their energy w h e n they first m e e t their “ friend” and really get involved in football, hik ing, bowling, ice skating, bike rid
A story of love serve in the c o m m u n i t y . For t w o years it operated as a loosely b a n d ed group of about fifty volunteers. Although in this early stage the students’ concern w a s great, the accomplishments of the group were minimal due to lack of organization and supervision. In the fall of 1 9 6 6 the High Hori zons Board, comprised of t w o inter ested college professors and s o m e townspeople, hired a full-time di rector, Bruce Struik. T h r o u g h his efforts, High Horizons has g r o w n to include over 3 0 0 students and fifty Holland aldults w h o serve as big brothers and big sisters to the g r o w ing n u m b e r of children involved. T h e children are referred b y a n u m ber of agencies, including schools, the juvenile court, local welfare agencies, a n d the mental health clinic. A n d n o w the p r o g r a m ’s re cognition in the c o m m u n i t y has risen to the point w h ere even par ents are soliciting the p r o g r a m ’s services. Higher Horizons is supported by the Holland United F u n d and the city budget. T h e Junior Welfare League has contributed signifi cantly, and through the generosity of individuals w h o have c o m e to believe in the program, Higher Hori zons has been able to provide lead ership, materials for the volunteers and their children, and m e e t the cost of outings. In s o m e cases d e n tal care a n d optical and medical needs can be m e t for children S
Eileen Verduin Beyer was a student at H o p e w h e n she wrote this article for the C h u r c h Herald last'Spring. She served as feature editor for the H o p e College anchor student news paper.
ing, wrestling, a n d other sports. Little brothers often w a n t help and encouragement in completing merit badges for C u b Scouts. T h e volun teers often find themselves gather ing camp i n g equi p m e n t and setting u p overnight shelters in nearby woods, and learning outdoor skills, not the least of w hich is the joint struggle to prepare the necessary meals. Birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays also b e c o m e special occa sions, times to m a k e secret presents for families. O n e big brother re ported with shining eyes, “A t Christmas time w e m a d e presents for his mother, brother, and t w o sisters. I can still r e m e m b e r the p r oud look o n his face w h e n he loaded the gaily w r a p p e d packages into a shopping bag and a n n o u n c e d that n o w he had s o m e gifts to put under the Christmas tree.” There is nothing quite like i m proved personal appearance to help build o n e ’s feeling of self worth. T h e care of a little sister’s hair, nails, general health, and clothes often c o m e s u p naturally w h e n she is spending a night at the d o r m with her big sister. T h e college girls are m o r e than willing to go along with the fun and m a k e helpful sugges tions to their little sisters. T h e girls get excited over c o o k ing projects w h i c h result in h o m e m a d e goodies to share with their families and friends. S e w i n g has b e c o m e a popular activity with m a n y little sisters, and sometimes rather sophisticated outfits are completed and w o r n with pride, adding immeasurably to the girl’s sense of accomplishment. Big sisters are conscious of contemporary styles a n d help alter hemlines and
choose attractive patters. Buttons are carefully selected and s e w n on in place of safety pins. All this helps a self-conscious y o u n g girl keep pace with her m o r e advan taged school friends. O n e little sis ter b e c a m e so involved in sewing that she w a s able to w o r k side b y side with her big sister in the cos t u m e shop of the H o p e College Theatre. A b o u t her experience there Struik said, “ E v e n today she w o u l d be glad to tell y o u all about the excitement of working in a big theatre with a professional costume designer and a real tailor.” Volunteers can’t d o everything, but they d o have a real chance to help. A s one put it: “Mothers and fathers cannot be replaced but it is sometimes pos sible to help ‘fill in’ w h e n working parents cannot attend such things as a final s w i m class performance. K n o w i n g h o w m u c h it m e a n t to m e w h e n I w a s a kid to have m y m o ther watching, a n d k n o w i n g that A n n e ’s m o t h e r w o u l d n ’t be there, I w e n t and w a t c h e d f r o m the bal cony. S h e w a s smiling f r o m ear to ear in the locker r o o m later as she introduced her big sister to her friends.” It is always exciting to the child to eat at the d o rm, and the relation ship being reciprocal, as it often is, the student often has the rewarding experience of feeling the love and closeness around the child’s family table laden with tacos and tortillas. T o be able to observe firsthand the courage and energetic spontaneity with which m a n y of the families deal with multi-faceted problems teaches about life at its m o r e basic level. O n e student volunteer noticed: “T h e absence of material wealth sometimes produces a resilience and innovativeness w h ich other children lack. T h e y are forced to have fun without possessions; to play those g a mes w h ich require n o equ i p m e n t and to m a k e d o with w h a t there is— sliding d o w n snow-covered hills o n pieces of cardboard or playing baseball with the remains of an old softball a n d the branch of a dead tree. But with this there is a sense of being left out or different. E x perience in Higher Horizons often is described as rewarding. It is that. But m o r e often than not, it is also a very frustrating experience— being confronted with needs that y o u k n o w y o u are simply incapable of fulfilling.”
“-whether a joy or a pain, she’s a real live kid!” A t present the pro g r a m provides group activities as well as helping with the individual contacts, to afford fellowship a n d interaction. In the fall the children’s annual trek to Teusink’s farm includes a hayride, p o n y rides, fishing, hiking, and a hotdog roast at the end of the day. O n one trip to the farm, after observing a n e w b o r n calf and a horse near death, the students had an opportunity to talk about life’s extremes. O n an occasional Satur day, eyes wide with anticipation, the children board buses for an out-of-town trip. S w i m m i n g at the Hudsonville High School pool is a treat, and afterwards ravenous ap petites are satisfied with sloppy joes. Breaking pinnatas at Christmas parties, ducking for apples at Hal
loween parties, and puppet shows at Valentine parties will be part of the m e m o r i e s of a certain group of children in years to come. T h e friendship of Higher Hori zons is a long, slow process built of m a n y little experiences, but no effort large or small is lost. O n e teacher says: “ I have f o und that the children w h o have a big brother or sister b e c o m e m o r e self-confident and aware of the world around them. T h e y feel s o m e o n e really cares and has time to w o r k with them. T h e y k n o w they count.” In addition to providing children with the chance for a meaningful and enjoyable relationship with a friend, the prog r a m has often o p e n e d doors to help families w h o otherwise w o u l d have refused pro fessional help. T h e y are families w h o normally w o u l d have been unwilling to get outside help be cause of pride, fear, or unfamiliar ity, but w h o have already h a d con tact with Struik and the Higher Horizons staff and are often willing to w o r k out their problems with them. “ Jane” c a m e to Higher Horizons w h e n she w a s in the eighth grade. H e r younger brothers and sisters were already involved in the pro g r a m and Jane c a m e to Struik’s office o n her o w n because she too desired and needed s o m e o n e to share in her y o u n g a n d troubled life. Her father, an alcoholic, often beat her, a n d Jane w a s having trouble with her schoolwork. A t first, her involvement s e e m e d to cause Jane even m o r e problems, since her parents resented the pro gram. A s her h o m e life b e c a m e m o r e pressurred, J a n e ’s apathy rose to the point w h e r e she w a s out of school m o s t of the time. Suspen sion w a s threatened and Struik real ized that this w a s a case where s o m e extra help w a s needed. Jane’s family structure w a s severely u n c o ordinated, and her parents’ lack of cooperation m a d e change seem nearly impossible. Yet, if Jane was to b e c o m e a happier a n d m o r e pro ductive person, she needed to be lifted out of this n a r r o w limits w hich restricted her potential. This was a case w here change w a s essen tial. W i t h J a n e ’s consent, Struik fin ally persuaded the parents to allow her to be placed in a foster family. O n c e separated f r o m the conditions causing her social maladjustment,
hy do students volunteer?
Jane’s grades and attitude began to improve. T h r o u g h Struik’s and her foster parents’ prompting, Jane applied to Central Michigan Univer sity, and is n o w in her second se mester there. A D student w h e n she c a m e into the program, she n o w boasts a 2.15 college average. Jane wrote the following letter to Struik during her senior year in high school: “ B e c o m i n g involved in Higher Horizons has been o n e of the best things in m y life. Being placed with a Big Sister, I’ve seen and enjoyed m a n y things I never w o u l d have. I’ve m e t n e w people, had n e w ex periences, and best of all I f o u n d a true friend w h o cares about m e as a person and as an individual. I’ve gained a whole n e w outlook o n life through being involved in this or ganization.” Usually the progress m a d e b y a child is not of such magnitude. Som e t i m e s it is only noticing that a youngster smiles a little m o r e often, or that he occasionally takes out a library book. N o matter h o w great or small the individual gains, m o s t w h o have h a d any contact with the program w o u l d agree with a H o l land school principal w h o declared that “ the Higher Horizons program is beautiful to behold.”
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T h o s e w h o established the public’s image of the college student in the late 1 9 6 0 ’s were the radical activ ists: the leaders of sit-ins, the throwers of b o m b s , the prophets of revolution. T h o s e w h o will establish the collegiate image for the 1 9 7 0 ’s m a y well be a different breed: stu dents w h o are giving generously of their time outside the classroom to volunteer activities in their c o m munity. A n estimated 400,000 college students give an average of t w o to four hours a w e e k (but sometimes as m a n y as 2 0 or 3 0 hours) to vol unteer activities in their c o m m u n ities. T h o u g h a small fraction of the seven million students in A m e r i c a n colleges a n d universities, they are a minority sizable e n o u g h to set the pace for this generation of students. A recent survey b y the National Student Volunteer Program (NSVP), the small federal program of action that technically assists c a m p u s programs, charts the fantas tic rise in student volunteer activ ities. A decade ago, only a handful of colleges and universities had stu dent volunteer programs, but a re cent survey revealed that today, out of 2 3 1 4 institutions queried, 1675 have s o m e f o r m of student-oper ated volunteer activities. T h e bulk of student projects are in the area of tutoring, m o s t often with poor a n d disadvantaged chil dren. B u t under colorful a c r o n y m s like EPIC, S C R U B , C A V E , and C A C T U S , leaders of student pro grams have been branching out, extending their reach, and attract ing to volunteer service students w h o have n o interest in tutoring. Business students f r o m a state university in the M i d w e s t are advis ing Mexican-Americans in their c o m m u n i t y o n i n c o m e tax matters. S o overwhelming has been the re sponse that people are being sche duled a m o n t h in advance for twenty-minute interviews. In California, students f r o m a state college are brightening the lives of elderly, mentally retarded patients with activities ranging from arts a n d crafts to square dancing. In another California c o m m u n ity, psychology majors are m a n n i n g the telephones of a “ crisis center” f r o m 4 p.m. til midnight o n w e e k days, a n d till 4 a.m. o n weekends. Faculty m e m b e r s advise t h e m o n h o w to handle the often desperate problems of callers. F o u r fraternities in a private S o u thern university each undertook to establish a park in a different sec tion of their city. T h e y solicited contributions of land, m o n e y , and play equipment. W h e n the four parks were finished, the fraternity brothers continued their involve m e n t as recreation leaders. In Florida, students f r o m a pre dominantly black college have o p e n e d their second house to pro vide overnight sanctuary for drug addicts. T h e students dispense n o drugs or medical treatment, but “ rap” with the addicts to calm
t h e m d o w n or relieve their depres sion. Tutoring has b e c o m e m o r e varied also. “T o d a y not all the tutoring is with kids in school,” says Jeanne Carney, the attrative y o u n g acting director of N S V P . “Students are tutoring in prisons, in mental hos pitals, in adult education classes, in storefronts— there are m a n y differ ent areas of involvement.” W h a t happens to the attitudes of students w h o undergo the volunteer experience? M o s t experts agree that the experience adds to their discon tent with A m e r i c a n society. Rich ard E. D e w e y , director of the C e n ter for the Study of Voluntarism at the University of Maryland, points to studies of V I S T A volunteers that s h o w their activism and militancy has increased as a result of the ex perience. Mrs. C a r n e y agrees that
“ involvement in a voluntary pro g r a m m a k e s a student m o r e of an activist, not less.” J i m Tanck, for m e r director of N S V P , describes the usual result as “ productive anger.” “T h e y ’re just as m a d at h o w things are as a n y o n e else is,” he declares. “ But they see that it doesn’t m a k e a n y sense to burn or destroy, or to m a r c h o n the state capital with every petty grievance. There are better w a y s of getting things done.” A n d the other question: W h y do they d o it? T h e search for history’s antecedents to the student volun teer m o v e m e n t is b o u n d b y t w o caveats. First, the involvement of college students in charitable activ ities is hardly new; only size and scope of the involvement have changed in recent years. Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House, “ dedicated to piety, charity, and hospitality,” was o p e n e d in 1900. Yale’s Dwight Hall is even older, dating from 1886. Second, the motivations of stu dents vary. T a n c k recalls of his Michigan State experience: “W e had s o m e volunteers w h o were h a p p y to d o nothing m o r e than play with kids o n a Saturday m o r n ing. T h e y h a d n o desire to change
w h a t was happening in the country, let alone in the place they were working. There were other students m u c h m o r e concerned about change than they were about ser vice. W e tried to a c c o m m o d a t e all kinds.” Mrs. Carney, a veteran of lunchcounter sit-ins during her college days in N o rth Carolina, finds the roots of student voluntarism in the civil rights m o v e m e n t of the Sixties and the social-action programs of the Peace Corps and V I S T A . Per haps because he is freer to say so, D e w e y gives a share of the credit to President K e n n e d y and the ringing admonition of his inaugural speech: “A s k not w h a t your country can do for you. . ” A deeper explanation lies in the response of the y o u n g to a society they regard as increasingly imper sonal, increasingly polluted, and increasingly dominated b y its o w n technological achievements. Their response, according to Kenn e t h Keniston, the eminent psychologist, has been “ a rejection of the h u m a n , bureaucratic, and ecological price paid to attain high levels of indus trialization; a search for fulfillment and m o r e intense experience; and an effort to achieve n e w forms of intimacy, awareness, and c o m m u n
A n d if, indeed, the student vol unteers set the pace for their gener ation, w h a t does that b o d e for the future of A m e r i c a n society? Cer tainly m a n y students will be en ticed b y the volunteer experience into a professional c o m m i t m e n t to s o m e f o r m of social service. T a n c k sees that as a secondary goal. M u c h m o r e important, he believes, is the lifelong pattern the collegiate ex perience will establish. Whatever their profession, people will be spending their spare hours in c o m m u n i t y involvement. A n d as a re sult of that involvement, fewer of our social problems will be pro longed b y citizens’ indifference. T o this, D e w e y adds the predic tion that the new-found concern over social problems will change the design of curricula and the struc ture of higher education. H e also predicts that the “ infusion of y o u n g bright faces and n e w ideas” into established agencies will have profound effects. All agree that the student volun teers offer an antidote to the aliena tion and sense of hopelessness that so m a n y Americans feel. President N i x o n has said, “ is an essential m e a n s of re-humanizing A merican society.” five
Accelerator offers unusual s u m m e r Perhaps one of the m o s t unique jobs held b y H o p e students last s u m m e r w a s right in the College’s physics laboratories where the undergraduates conducted experi ments using the 2.5 million volt V a n de Graaf accelerator. A $16,500 grant f r o m the R e search Corporation, under the Cott rell College Science Grants Pro gram, provided s u m m e r stipends to the students and four faculty m e m bers as well as m o n e y for research equipment. In addition to b e c o m i n g familiar with m a n y of the sophisticated techniques of experimental physics research, the students also gained experience in such practical areas as plumbing, electronics, v a c u u m tech nology, and metal machining and welding. A m o n g the objectives of the re search pro g r a m were student parti cipation, contribution.to the Col lege’s science program, and con tinued professional growth of the faculty. “ Student involvement m u s t be an integral part of a research pro g r a m at a liberal arts college,” says Dr. Harry F. Frissel, chairman of the physics department. “A p proaching physical problems in a research situation provides exper ience that cannot be duplicated in the usual classroom situation. In the research laboratory, o n e m u s t learn to ask questions that can be answered with knowledge, patience, and experimental apparatus. This prog r a m has been developed so that students can understand and oper ate the research equipment, and c o m p r e h e n d the physics behind the experiments and the implications of the results.” T o develop the strongest possible physics program at a small college, the physics research effort has been concentrated in o n e general areanuclear physics. T h e influence of this approach is evident in that the department has g r o w n f r o m t w o staff m e m b e r s in 1 9 6 2 to a present staff of seven Ph.D. nuclear physi cists, and a director of the teaching laboratories. During this time, the n u m b e r of students majoring in
physics has increased f r o m an aver age of 3 or 4 per year to 1 4 for the class of 1974. In 1968, the H o p e science de partments received a $ 2 7 6 , 0 0 0 grant f r o m the Research Corpora tion, w h ich included funds for the purchase of parts for a 2.5 million volt accelerator. These funds were supplemented b y an $11,000 grant f r o m Donnelly Mirrors, Inc., of Holland, Mich. T h e accelerator parts arrived in D e c e m b e r 1969. T h r o u g h programs like the one last s u m m e r , and with additional efforts during the academic year, H o p e physics students a n d staff prepared the accelerator w hich b e c a m e oper ational in February, 1971. Elzinga and Volkers, Inc., and Lear Seigler Inc., both of Holland, Mich, pro vided assistance in preparing the accelerator site.
T he world chess championship match between American B o b b y Fischer a n d Rus sian Boris Spas sky spawned n e w international in terest in the g a m e last s u m m e r and H o p e junior Terry Stevens of Muskegon, Mich, was not different. H e ’s pictured (left) engaged in a “mobil” chess g a m e with his Russian guide during a visit to Lenin’s t o m b in Moscow. Stevens was visiting the Soviet Union as part of a study tour during the 16th annual H o p e College Vienna S u m m e r School.
A n extensive radiation monitor ing, interlock, and shielding system has been developed to ensure the safety of laboratory personnel. T h e system meets all state radiation requirements for this type of facil ity. Grants f r o m the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation have provided funds for peripheral laboratory equip ment, including radiation detectors, v a c u u m p u m p s and gauges, and a scattering chamber. T h e 2.5 million volt accelerator is the basic tool for the experi mental research program. Its func tion is to strip the electron cloud f r o m light atoms, and then acceler ate either the electrons or the re maining bare atomic nuclei to high energy (accelerator b e a m ) and smash the b e a m into target a t oms to produce atomic a n d nuclear reac
Construction is on schedule for an August, 1973 opening of the n e w $4 million Academic-Science Center. The three story structure, located on the northwest corner of 12th street and College avenue, will house the departments of biology, c h e m istry, geology and psychology.
tions for the three major experi ments presently in progress. H o p e students J o h n Hoftiezer of Rothchild, Wise., and Paul Christen son of Dearborn, Mich., w o r k e d under the direction of Dr. James van Putten, Jr., and Dr. Richard T. Brockmeier o n one of the experi ments. T h e y directed the accelera tor electron b e a m onto targets of heavy elements, such as tin, haf nium, and tungsten, to produce x-rays that are characteristic of the target element. B y a careful study of the x-rays, the experimenters were able to determine h o w the n u m b e r of neutrons in the nucleus influences the nuclear charge radius. Students David Y o u n g of Palos Heights, 111., and F ernando Alban of Washington, D.C., w o r k e d with Dr. J a m e s W . Seeser o n another experiment using the nuclear b e a m f r o m the accelerator to produce characteristic x-radiation from m e d i u m weight elements. This pro vided a very sensitive m e t h o d for the detection of trace a m o u n t s of such elements as mercury and zinc in the target material, and therefore provides a g o o d tool for environ mental studies. Work i n g with Dr. J a m e s W . Toevs were L a w r e n c e S m ith of Wadsworth, O h i o and Douglas Sluis of Palos Heights, 111. T h e y b o m barded light elements with the ac celerator’s nuclear b e a m to produce nuclear reactions. K n o w l e d g e of the properties of the reactions can be used to understand h o w the uni verse’s chemical elements have been synthesized f r o m hydrogen and helium in stars and stellar explo sions. Shirley H e k m a n of Holland, Mich., a Calvin College student, w o r k e d with Dr. Seeser and Dr. Toevs o n a m a g n e t to direct the accelerator b e a m o n a v a c u u m evaporation system for preparing targets for the accelerator beam. Students have w o r k e d side-byside with staff since the arrival of the accelerator parts. A total of 17 students have received stipends for w o r k o n the project during the s u m m e r s 1968-1972, and m a n y m o r e students have participated during the school years.
A n n u a l fund class representatives are announced
Supporting their alma mater during the 1972-73 annual f u n d drive are 102-year old Dr. Zachary Veldhuis and Class of 1972 grad Johanna Willems. 18901 9 0 9 Dr. Zachary Veldhuis Hamilton, Michigan 1910
Mr. A u g u s t R. Veen k e r Santa Monica, California
Mrs. A.J. T e Paske Morrison, Illinois
National A n n u a l F u n d C h airman Jack H. DeWitt has a n n o u n c e d the Class Representatives w h o will con tact their classmates seeking sup port of the 1972-73 fund. “O u r Class Representatives head a g r o w ing list of H o p e ’s loyal supporters w h o s e gifts m a k e it possible for their College to educate our y o u n g people in the liberal arts tradition and within the context of the Chris tian faith,” said D e Witt. H o p e m a y have the oldest Class Representative in the country. Dr. Zachary Veldhuis, age 102, of H a m ilton, Michigan will represent the classes of 1 8 9 0 through 1909. Representing H o p e ’s newest alumni (the Class of 1972) is J o h a nna Willems, formerly of Bowie, M aryland and presently a teacher in Shelby, Mich. Miss Willems w a s the recipient of the Southland Medal which is presented to the Senior w o m a n w h o , in the j u d g m e n t of a faculty committee, has maintained the highest standard of scholarship in several fields, character and use fulness during the four years of her college course. Unrestricted funds are the life blood of all independent colleges.
Tuition a n d fees d o not cover the day-to-day cost of operating the College. Contributions m a k e u p the difference. Because of loyal alumni, churches, parents, friends, business leaders and foundations, H o p e has been able to operate within a deficit-free budget during the past years. Approximately one-fifth of H o p e ’s $ 6 million annual operating budget is contributed income. 1955
Mr. J o h n C. Schrier Muskegon, Michigan
Mr. G. Robert C o o k Almont, Michigan
Mrs. Lois A. V a n Lare Defiance, O h i o
Mr. K e n n e t h M . Faber G r a n d Rapids, Michigan
Mr. Earnest Brooks Holland, Michigan 1927
Mr. Clyde H. Geerlings Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Laurence Bruggers Saginaw, Michigan
Dr. J o h n C. Krauss Philomath, Oregon
Mr. H o w a r d R. Sluyter Dallas, Texas
Miss Beth E. Marcus N e w York, N e w Y o r k
Mr. David E. White Marina, California
Dr. Dirk M o u w G r a n d Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Everett Kleinjans Honolulu, Hawaii
Dr. G a r y V a n d e n B e r g San Diego, California
Mr. Jac H. Tigelaar Birmingham, Michigan
Mr. Paul W . D a m e Kalamazoo, Michigan
Mrs. Silvia Nelson Arvada, Colorado
Mr. Paul J. B r o u w e r Berea, O h i o
Mrs. R o y E. Berry Fairfax, Virginia
Reverend Jack D. C o o p e r Glenmont, N e w Y o r k
Dr. H. R o y M o o i Coldwater, Michigan
Mr. M a x D. B o e r s m a G r a n d Rapids, Michigan
Mr. R o n a l d L. Hartgerink Edison, N e w Jersey
Mrs. J o h n W o l f D e s Moines, I o w a
Judge A. Dale Stoppels G r a n d Rapids, Michigan
Miss Marion L. Hoekstra Laurel, Maryland
Miss Gertrude V a n Zee Kalamazoo, Michigan
Dr. J a m e s P. Y u k R i c h m o n d , Virginia
Mrs. M a r y Mulder Princeton, N e w Jersey
Mr. G u y K l e i s Easton, M aryland
Mr. Ernest J. M e e u s e n Jackson, Michigan
Mr. David C. Bergner Alexandria Bay, N e w Y o r k
Dr. Clarence P. D a m e Kalamazoo, Michigan Miss Charlotte D e Pree Zeeland, Michigan Mrs. J a m e s E. W h i t w a m Detroit, Michigan Mr. Harris M . M e y e r Holland, Michigan
Mr. M a x J. Reese Bakersfield, California
Mr. Harvey J. R a m a k e r Thiensville, Wisconsin
Dr. S i m o n D. D e n Uyl Delray Beach, Florida
Dr. George H. Vanderborgh Sayville, N e w Y o r k
Miss Nella K. M e y e r Holland, Michigan
Mrs. Carlton B. Failor Oostburg, Wisconsin
Mr. M y r o n H. Kollen Vicksburg, Michigan
Dr. Robert J. Westerhoff G r a n d Rapids, Michigan
Mrs. Frances M . Bruggers Clinton, North Carolina
Dr. Jerry DeVries Ottawa, Illinois
Mr. Willard J. Rens, Sr. Tucson, Arizona
Dr. R obert D. Visscher G r a n d Rapids, Michigan
Mr. Bruce A. R o n d a N e w Haven, Connecticut
Mrs. Cornelia Oosting D u r h a m , N o rth Carolina
Rear Admiral M a y o A. H a d d e n Brunswick, M a i n e
Mr. Richard C. Caldwell A n n Arbor, Michigan
Miss Lois ten H o o r Sterenberg O a k L a w n , Illinois
Dr. Fredrick F. Y o n k m a n Marion, Massachusetts
Mrs. William E. Wel m e r s Los Angeles, California
T h e Hon. G u y A. V a n d e r Jagt Great Falls, Virginia
Mr. Marshall W . Anstandig O a k Park, Michigan
Misses Adelaide and Geraldine D y k h u i z e n Holland, Michigan
Mr. J o h n G. Dinkeloo H a m d e n , Connecticut
Mrs. Gretchen Y. V a n d enberg G r a n d Rapids, Michigan
Miss Joha n n a S. Willems Shelby, Michigan
N e w responsibilities for two mem bers of the administrative staff have been an nounced by President V a n Wylen. William K. Anderson has been ap pointed controller and chief financial officer while business manager Barry L.
news briefs W e r k m a n has been given the added re sponsibility as director of campus plan ning. Anderson will be responsible for all of the financial aspects of the College. This includes budgeting, accounting, invest ments, insurance and other business re lationships with banking institutions. W e r k m a n ’s n e w responsibilities will in clude developing plans for a n e w physical education center and the proposed re modeling of several existing buildings. * * * *
Ill be there for Homecoming Please m a k e these reservations for me: No. of Tickets H o p e vs. Olivet Riverview Park, 2:15 p.m. General Admission $1 HOMECOMING BUFFET Phelps Hall, 4 : 3 0 - 7 p.m. ($2.50) Hold tickets for m e at the Alumni Booth in the DeWitt Center Mail the appropriate tickets to m e (Enclose m o n e y with return card)
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news from Hope College Published for Alumni, Friends and Parents of H o p e College. Should y o u receive m o r e than one copy, please pass it o n to s o m e o n e in your c o m m u n i t y . A n overlap of H o p e College constituencies m a k e s duplication sometimes unavoidable. EDITOR: T O M R E N N E R Vol. 3, No. 3 September/October, 1972 P H O T O C R E D I T S : Page 2, Holland Evening Sentinel; Page 2, E d w a r d Mackiewicz Official publication, news from H o p e College is published four times a year b y H o p e College, 85 East 12th Street, Holland, Michigan 49423
M e m b e r s of the H o p e cheerleading squad received a “superior” rating during the national spirit and sportsmanship workshop sponsored by the National Cheerleader Association at East T e n n essee State University, Johnson City, Tenn. M e m b e r s of the squad w h o attended the workshop were Barbara Smalling, a senior from Clifton, N.J.; T o m Grundvig, a senior from Bronxville, N.Y.; Rita H a y den, a senior from No. Muskegon, Mich.; Mary Davis, a junior from Big Rapids, Mich. -,R o x y Spurgis, a junior from Branch, Mich. ; Rose Nadolsky, a sopho mo r e from Grand Rapids, Mich.; Sandy Brown, a sophomore from Marshall, Mich.; and P a m Fisher, a sophomore from Spring Lake, Mich.
* * * * Chicago area alumni are reminded of the N o v e m b e r 11 football g a m e between -the Flying D u t c h m e n and the University of Illinois (Chicago Circle) at Soldier Field. Kickoff time will be 2 p.m. CST. * * * *
Delbert Michel, associate professor of art, is teaching at Portsmouth College of Art and Design in England during the 1972-73 academic year under an inter national educational and cultural ex change program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. T h e program was created to increase goodwill and understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through the exchange of scholars. Kevin O ’Con nor of the Portsmouth art faculty is teaching at H o p e this year. * * * * T h e geology department has received a $5,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase sampling and navigation equipment for the college’s research boat. T h e 35 foot steel hulled vessel is used for a variety of teaching and research projects on Lakes Michigan and Macatawa. » * * * M e m b e r s of the Class of 1965 have established a fund in m e m o r y of class mate Paul G. Bast w h o was killed F e b ruary 1 w h e n his supersonic fighter
crashed in Thailand. T h e fund will be used to purchase a flagpole for the Dc Witt Student and Cultural Center. Contri butions from alumni and friends of other classes are invited. *
Richard A. DeWitt of Holland, Mich, has m a d e a generous gift to launch the H o p e College Pooled Life Income Fund. All gifts to the F u n d are “pooled” for investment purposes. Investment trustee of the F u n d is the Old Kent Bank of Grand Rapids, Michigan. T h e F u n d operates m u c h like a mutual fund in that donors receive units of ownership in the F u n d according to the size of their gift. T h e F u n d pays out all earned income each year to the unit owners. “T h e F u n d is an excellent opportunity to m a k e a gift to Hope, and at the same time retain the right to receive all income earned on the gift for the life of the donor,” said Mr. DeWitt Inquiries concerning the F u n d should be directed to William K. Stone, Director of Planned Giving.