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Hope’s Homecoming weekend includes much more than football

Anonymous • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Highlights include an exhibition featuring paintings of campus, the annual Run-Walk, presentation of two Young Alumni Awards during the Homecoming Celebration Brunch, tailgate picnic for alumni, and reunions for the several Hope classes. The weekend is expected to bring hundreds of alumni back to campus.

Many of the Homecoming events are open to the public.

Dr. Joaquin Ruiz, who is dean of the College of Science and a professor of geochemistry at the University of Arizona, will present “The Evolution of Earth” at 3 p.m. today in Room 102 of VanderWerf Hall as the 2011 Gentile Interdisciplinary Lecture. Admission is free.

Hope will host the Midwest Volleyball Invitational today and Saturday at the DeVos Fieldhouse. Hope will play today at 3 and 7 p.m., and on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for regular admission and $3 for students under age 18, and will be sold at the fieldhouse.

The gallery of the De Pree Art Center will present the exhibition “Hope College Architecture: An Exhibition of Watercolors,” featuring more than 30 paintings of the campus by Bruce McCombs, professor of art. It will begin with an artist talk at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by a reception from 5-6 p.m. Admission is free.

The 33rd annual Hope Run-Walk will feature a 5K run and a 3,200-meter prediction walk at 6:30 tonight at the DeVos Fieldhouse. Registration is $30 for either event. Additional information is available online at www.hope.edu/alumni/RunWalk11.pdf.

Pianist Adam Clark, assistant professor of music at Hope, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 tonight in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. Admission is free.

Hope College Theatre will present “Marion Bridge” by Daniel MacIvor today and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theater. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children age 18 and under; and are available at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse.

The annual Homecoming Celebration Brunch will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The brunch will feature the presentation of Young Alumni Awards to 1996 graduate Todd Soderquist of Canton, who is a platform program manager, managing global product delivery for mid-to-large cars and sport-utility vehicles, with Ford Motor Company; and 1998 graduate Timothy Dykstra of Walla Walla, Wash., who is the environmental compliance and stewardship program manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Northwestern Division. The brunch will also include recognition of the reunion classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006.

There will be a men’s alumni lacrosse game at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.

The Hope-Geneva Bookstore in the DeWitt Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The bookstore will also sponsor a tent staffed by members of the college’s Alumni Board and featuring selected Hope merchandise, primarily clothing, at Holland Municipal Stadium on Saturday from 1:30 p.m. through the end of the college’s game with Albion College.

The Alumni H-Club will host a reception from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the second-floor classroom of the DeVos Fieldhouse. Scheduled between the college’s two Saturday volleyball games, the event will provide an opportunity for alumni to meet Coach Becky Schmidt and the 2011 Flying Dutch volleyball team, and will also include recognition for the MIAA championship teams of 1996 and 2001. Admission is free.

There will be a women’s alumnae soccer game at noon Saturday at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.

There will be a tailgate picnic for alumni and their families from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Smallenberg Park. Tickets are $5.

There will be a men’s alumni soccer game at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Admission is free.

The Flying Dutchmen will host Albion College in football at Holland Municipal Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 for reserved seats, $5 for adult general admission, $3 for general admission for those under age 18, and free for children age 5 and under. They are being sold in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, which faces Fairbanks Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets, and is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Halftime during the football game will feature the introduction of the Homecoming Court, and the crowning of the Homecoming king and queen; and presentation of appreciation awards by the college’s Social Activities Committee and student life office to Tony Van Houten, who is physical plant event manager at Hope, and the Hope United for Justice student organization.

Men’s soccer will host Calvin College at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Van Andel Soccer Stadium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under age 18, with admission free for children age 5 and under, and will be available at the gate.

A Homecoming worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. The service will feature the college’s Chapel Choir and Alumni Chapel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Brad Richmond of the Hope faculty. The service will be led by the college’s campus ministries team.

A full schedule of Homecoming activities and a link to the online registration are available at www.hope.edu/alumni/homecoming.

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