Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Research by Carrie Bredow Takes New Look at How People Choose Their Romantic Partners

When it comes to long-term romantic relationships, what people say they want and who they choose can often seem disconnected. But is that good or bad, or is the answer “it depends”?  In any case, can knowing that there’s a difference help people make better choices and lead happier lives?  Dr. Carrie Bredow of the psychology faculty is working to find out.  She’s looking in particular at whether or not people have standards of which they’re not even aware.

“There’s a lot of literature on what people say they want in a partner.  Up until recently, it’s just been assumed that that gives us a straightforward window into what people do,” said Bredow, an assistant professor of psychology who has been studying adult romantic relationships and standards for marriage partners for several years.  “But new methodologies for studying romantic relationships have uncovered what some are calling a ‘fundamental disconnect’ between the qualities people report valuing in a mate and the type of partners they actually select.”“We’re trying to go beyond what they say that they want,” she said.  “Maybe it’s because part of what is guiding our behavior is unconscious.”

“What we’re most interested in is whether that can actually predict future behavior,” Bredow said.
Bredow and the Hope students on her research team have spent the last year and a half developing and testing a set of questions designed to measure people’s unconscious or implicit preferences for a long-term partner instead of what they explicitly report.  The results thus far have been promising.
“Our pilot work in this area has been exciting, and has demonstrated not only that implicit measures can meaningfully capture people’s unconscious attitudes toward the desirability of different traits in a partner, but also that the correspondence between people’s implicit standards and their partner’s characteristics can sometimes predict relationship outcomes in circumstances where their explicit standards cannot,” she said.

Her next step is to follow a group of volunteers across a longer period of time.  The resulting study, “The Role of Implicit and Explicit Mate Standards in Partnering Cognitions and Behaviors,” will run for the next four years, supported in part through a $7,500 grant that she received recently from the Christian Scholars Foundation.

It’s work that is being facilitated by the Internet.  Bredow is recruiting the study participants, all of whom are currently unmarried adults, through Amazon Mechanical Turk, providing a more representative cross section than she would garner if, for example, focusing on college students or even people in a specific geographic area.  “You can get a pretty diverse group of people and what’s happening with their partnering behaviors,” she said.

The participants will all complete an on-line survey at the beginning of the project and then provide additional information annually.  Bredow anticipates that the long-term, or longitudinal, nature of the project will provide a range of experiences—some participants still single, some in relationships, some with relationships that began and ended—that will help enhance the validity of the results.  Ultimately, she would also like to see the project extend even longer, potentially for 10, 15 or 20 years.

Posted 7/27/2016 03:17:00 PM

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kirk Brumels Contributes Chapter to Athletic Training Book

Dr. Kirk Brumels, Professor of Kinesiology and chairperson of the department as well as a member of the athletic training staff at Hope, is among the authors who contributed chapters to the book Workplace Concepts for Athletic Trainers.

The book addresses common concepts and issues that occur in the workplace for athletic trainers, and is designed for athletic training students transitioning into a clinical practice or clinicians seeking help.  It has been published by SLACK Incorporated of Thorofare, New Jersey.

Workplace Concepts for Athletic Trainers is divided into three sections:  “An Overview of the Athletic Training Workplace,” “Workplace Issues and Concepts,” and “Personal Skills to Foster Success and Commitment in the Workplace.”  Each chapter begins with learning objectives and includes a discussion of the issue itself, how it manifests, and strategies and solutions to address the concern.

Brumels’s chapter, “Role Complexities in the Workplace,” discusses role theory relating to how athletic trainers exist and behave in the roles they fulfill within their workplace. It involves descriptions of the multiple difficulties that individuals may encounter in performing their expected roles according to established norms, and provides suggestions for creating productive and engaging work environments.

Brumels, who is a licensed Michigan athletic trainer as well as a certified NATA member, has been an athletic training professional for more than a quarter century and a member of the Hope faculty since 2001.  He has chaired the college’s Department of Kinesiology since 2014, and previously served as program director of athletic training education and as head athletic trainer at Hope.

Posted 7/05/2016 04:38:00 PM

Monday, June 13, 2016

Deb Swanson and Llena Chavis Quoted in Article

Professors of Sociology and Social Work Deb Swanson and Llena Chavis were quoted in an online article for entitled "2016's Best and Worst States for Working Moms."

Click on the link below to read the article.

Posted 6/13/2016 11:05:00 AM

Monday, June 6, 2016

Deb Swanson Named Hope's Faculty Liaison to the Virtual Center for Teaching and Learning

Deb Swanson, Professor of Sociology, has been named the college’s faculty liaison to the virtual Center for Teaching and Learning organized by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA).

Established by the GLCA with support from the Teagle Foundation, the consortial center exists not as a physical place but as a community of faculty members committed to improving teaching and learning across all of the GLCA’s colleges.  The center seeks to stimulate thinking and foster new approaches to teaching undergraduates by providing access to resources in support of effective pedagogy beyond what any single college can offer. 

As Hope’s liaison to the program, Swanson will guide communication and community building between Hope and the program and other participating institutions; advocate and encourage participation by Hope faculty in the center’s work; and coordinate campus visits and engagements involving faculty of other GLCA colleges.

Swanson’s research interests include service-learning and community development, the social construction of mothering, and teaching and learning.  Her scholarship includes articles in numerous professional journals as well as a variety of presented papers and addresses.

Swanson was president-elect of the North Central Sociological Association (NCSA) during the 2015-16 school year, and will be the organization’s president during 2016-17.  She has been an active member of the NCSA for more than 20 years, and served as vice president-elect and vice president during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.  Especially active in the organization’s teaching section, she has made several presentations on teaching during association meetings through the years. The NCSA presented her with its “John F. Schnabel Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award” during its annual meeting in March 2008, and she was the featured keynote speaker during the NCSA’s annual conference in 2009.

Posted 6/06/2016 04:45:00 PM

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gerald Griffin Receives Annual "Social Sciences Young Investigators Award"

Research Project Wins Hope Social Sciences Young Investigators Award
A collaborative faculty-student research project,
led by Dr. Gerald Griffin with students Brandon Ellsworth and Aaron O’Meara, that studies an essential part of body chemistry that has also been connected to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia has won the “Social Sciences Young Investigators Award.”

The project entitled “The 1-42 Isoform of Amyloid Beta Reduces Cell Viability of Salmonella Enterica” received the recognition for investigating the normal functioning of the peptide amyloid beta, which has been found in elevated levels as a plaque in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

“The work is based on the theory that microbial infections may be one source of neural degeneration,” said Griffin, who holds appointments in two academic departments as an assistant professor of biology and psychology and has just completed his first year at Hope. “This particular peptide that we have studied has been associated with multiple forms of dementia, but the function of the peptide is highly debated.”  
The Hope team’s research project considered whether or not amyloid beta helps reduce microbes that can invade the central nervous system. They tested its effect on Salmonella enterica, finding that the 1-42 isoform of amyloid beta did combat the growth of the bacterium. At the same time, Griffin emphasizes that it’s premature to draw a direct line from the study’s results to the development of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The students will continue to work with Griffin on the project this summer, pursuing new questions to further clarify what amyloid beta does.

Prior to coming to Hope, Griffin was an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Tuskegee University for four years, previously serving as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania for two years.  He completed his doctorate in neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 and undergraduate degree in biology at Cornell University in 2003.  He has written several articles published in referred scientific journals.

The “Social Sciences Young Investigators Award” is designed to recognize and encourage junior faculty to partner with students in research collaborations that further the scholarship goals of the faculty member while developing the skills of critical inquiry and analysis in his or her students.  It includes funding for the faculty and student team to present the work at a professional conference.

Posted 5/25/2016 04:13:00 PM

Annie Dandavati Appointed Director of Philadelphia Center

Annie DandavatiAnnie Dandavati has been appointed director of The Philadelphia Center. The Center provides experiential education programs for undergraduate students that put the liberal arts into practice by integrating multidisciplinary seminars, comprehensive advising and substantial internship opportunities in an urban environment.  Nearly 7,000 students from almost 90 campuses and 50 countries have participated in the program since it was founded in 1967.

Dr. Dandavati, who will be relocating with her husband to Philadelphia to begin her new role on July 1, is a Professor of Political Science and chairperson of the department, where she has also been Director of International Studies since 2010. A member of the college’s faculty since 1992, she was also director of Women’s Studies from 2007 to 2011.  She has served on a variety of Hope boards and committees, and is a past faculty representative to the college’s Board of Trustees. She is also a member of Holland’s International Relations Commission.

Professor Dandavati has led or co-led study-abroad programs to nations including Mexico, Chile and Rwanda, and has held multiple international visiting professorships, including in Egypt in 2012 and as the college’s exchange professor to Meiji Gakuin University in Japan in the fall of 2009.  Her areas of interest in both research and teaching include comparative politics, Latin American politics, gender and development, and human rights.

Posted 5/25/2016 03:23:00 PM

Vicki Ten Haken Has New Book Published

Vicki TenHakenVicki Ten Haken had a new book published earlier this year by
Spinner Press of Ann Arbor entitled “Lessons from Century Club Companies: Managing for Long-Term Success.” It suggests five characteristics that help companies become centenarians: strong corporate mission and culture; unique core strengths and change management; long-term relationships with business partners; being active members of the local community; and long-term employee relationships. 

"Leaders of the Century Club companies say these practices build loyalty to their firms, in particular with customers and employees,” said Ten Haken, who is a Professor of Management and the Ruch Director of the Baker Scholars Program. “They also believe their approach to doing business is difficult for competitors to imitate and helps their firms to thrive.” 

Ten Haken’s conclusions are based on surveys of more than 7,000 companies in the U.S. and Japan as well as follow-up interviews and case studies.  She has conducted research on the project for more than 10 years, working with economics professor Makoto Kanda of Meiji Gakuin University in Japan, who was already studying “shinise”—ancient and honored Japanese companies—when they met while she was leading Hope’s Japan May Term in 2004. 

Ten Haken notes that there are more than 600 companies in the U.S. that are more than 100 years old.  The book lists many from Zildjian of Norwell, Massachusetts, established in 1623, through Western Construction Group of St. Louis, Missouri, established in 1915. While the cohort includes firms like the Ford Motor Company, established in 1903, she and Kanda focused on small- and medium-sized, privately owned firms, which in the U.S. represent more than 95 percent of all businesses.

Posted 5/25/2016 03:00:00 PM

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Capestany Family Receives Western Michigan USTA Award

Parents Marti and Jorge Capestany and daughter Carli Capestany have received the Family of the Year award from the Western Michigan Tennis Association, the local branch of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The three were recognized for their significant involvement with tennis, which includes extensive connection with the sport at Hope College. The award was presented on Sunday, April 24, during the Western Michigan Tennis Association’s annual meeting and awards ceremony, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Conference Center in Grand Rapids.

Jorge is the long-time manager of the college’s DeWitt Tennis Center; Marti works with the center as a tennis teaching professional; and Carli is a 2015 Hope graduate and former Hope player who is now a volunteer assistant coach with the women’s team.

Carli Capestany came to competitive tennis when she was 14 years old. She played at Hudsonville High School, where she compiled more than 100 wins in her career. For two consecutive years as a sophomore at #3 singles and a junior at #2 singles, Carli was undefeated upon entering the high school state tournament. She qualified for the USTA Midwest Closed championships both years that she played in the G18s division.

At Hope, she competed at the #1 and #3 singles positions. She competed at the #1 doubles position all four years. Carli finished her decorated career by breaking school records and becoming Hope's all-time career doubles leader with 78 career doubles wins and the Flying Dutch's single-season leader in doubles wins with a 27-5 record as a senior. Carli helped the Flying Dutch reach the NCAA Division III Team National Championships all four years and claim multiple MIAA regular-season and tournament titles.

As a senior, she earned Capital One Academic All-American honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America and the Karen Caine scholar athlete award from the MIAA conference. One of her most notable individual achievements occurred as a junior when she qualified for and competed in the NCAA Division III Individual Doubles National Championship in Claremont, California, with her doubles partner Nancy Benda. Carli was named MIAA Women's Tennis Player of the Week on multiple occasions and served the team at Hope College as captain during her senior year.

Marti Capestany has been a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) certified tennis professional since 1985 and a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified professional over the past 10 years. In addition to being a tennis teaching professional at the DeWitt Tennis Center since 2004, she has been a teaching tennis pro at several clubs in the Grand Rapids area and was the director of tennis at Cascade Hills Country Club for 15 years. She attended Grand Valley State University and played volleyball for two years before switching to tennis in her junior year. At GVSU, her tennis team won the conference before losing at the regional level.

Marti is a multiple winner of “Player of the Year” awards from the USTA and USPTA. She has been ranked as high as #3 in the nation by the USPTA and in the top 10 in the nation by the USTA. She has participated in women’s USTA travel teams with several district championships and sectional appearances. In 2003 her 5.0 team made it to the National Championships in Palm Springs, California, where they lost in a tightly contested final 2-1 to Southern California. She has competed several times in the USTA 35 and over National Indoors, with her best performance being a quarter-finalist in singles and doubles.

Manager of the DeWitt Tennis Center since 2003, Jorge Capestany also manages the college’s outdoor Vande Poel-Heeringa Stadium Courts, which since opening in 2012 have received national awards from both the USTA and the American Sports Builders Association. He also directs the college’s Summer Tennis Academy, and previously served as an assistant coach for the Hope women’s tennis team.

Posted 4/26/2016 09:18:00 AM

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Deb Van Duinen Honored by Michigan Reading Association (MRA)

Deb Van Duinen, Assistant Professor of Education, is being honored by the Michigan Reading Association (MRA) for her significant contributions to promoting literacy. She will receive an Individual Literacy Award from the MRA during the statewide organization’s 60th annual conference, taking place on March 18-21 in Detroit. Citing her work as program director of the Big Read Holland Area during the past two years as well as her research and additional service at Hope and in the community, the conference program’s biographical sketch praises her as “an exemplary literacy scholar.”

The Big Read Holland Area encouraged community-wide reading of “To Kill a Mockingbird” in  2014 and “The Things They Carried” in 2015. Thousands of people of all ages participated each year, with related activities ranging from lectures to performances to reading-discussion groups throughout the area. Multiple community organizations worked together for the events, which were funded through highly competitive grants, administered by Van Duinen, to the college through the Big Read initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Van Duinen’s research and teaching interests include adolescent literacy, literacy theory and pedagogy, English education, secondary teacher preparation and development, and children’s and young adult literature.

She is the author of multiple articles related to her areas of research, and has made more than 30 presentations at professional conferences around the country as well as Canada. Locally, she organizes monthly research colloquies in the Education Department and connects her pre-service teachers with teachers, colleagues and community members to study literature resources, opportunities and networks.

Posted 3/09/2016 02:28:00 PM

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Deb Van Duinen Spearheads Another Successful Big Read Project

Painting of a tired veteran imagining a sad young man in a boat on a river.Deborah M. Van Duinen                                                     
Under the direction of Deb Van Duinen, Assistant Professor of Education, Hope College planned its second year of the Big Read, a project developed around the theme "an entire community reading one book together" to focus on sharing the untold stories of their community members. The organization chose to read The Things They Carried by Tim
O’ Brien after finding out there were a large number of veteran organizations in their community.

Through multiple book discussions, including a visit from the author himself, public events, and programs in partnership with local high schools, community members gained a deeper understanding of one another and even brought a sense of healing to some of its residents.

A multiple award-winner, the novel has sold more than two million copies and has been translated into several languages.  In 2005 The Things They Carried was named by the New York Times as one of the 22 best books of the last quarter century.  It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The French edition of The Things They Carried received one of France’s most prestigious literary awards, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. The title story from The Things They Carried received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in “The Best American Short Stories of the Century.”                     

Local professional artist (Joel Schoon Tanis) collaborated with 10 area school classrooms in the painting of large illustrative art panels (each panel illustrates the themes in each chapter - the one displayed in the upper right corner is about the Rainy River).

Read more at:

Posted 2/25/2016 02:19:00 PM

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kirk Brumels to Receive Athletic Trainer Service Award

Kirk A. Brumels Kirk Brumels, Professor of Kinesiology and chairperson of the department as well as a member of the athletic training staff at Hope, has been chosen to receive an Athletic Trainer Service Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The Athletic Trainer Service award recognizes NATA members who have belonged to the organization for at least 20 years for their contributions to the athletic training profession as volunteers at the local and state levels.  Brumels will receive the recognition on June 24 during the 2016 NATA convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

Brumels, who is a licensed Michigan athletic trainer as well as a certified NATA member, has been an athletic training professional for more than a quarter century and a member of the Hope faculty since 2001. He has been extensively involved in professional associations throughout his career.  He was president of the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) in 2011 and 2012, previously serving as president-elect in 2009-10 and as chair of the Professional Education Committee during 2007 and 2008.  He is also a past Michigan state representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA).

 has chaired the college’s Department of Kinesiology since 2014.  He previously served as program director of athletic training education and as head athletic trainer at Hope. In addition to teaching, Brumels conducts research in athletic training, including collaboratively with students at the college.  His publications include co-authoring the fourth edition of the textbook “Developing Clinical Proficiency in Athletic Training: A Modular Approach” and co-authoring nine chapters in the textbook “Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy,” as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals.  Through the years, he has made multiple presentations on his research or aspects of athletic training during MATS, GLATA, and the NATA Annual Meetings and/or Symposiums.

Posted 2/18/2016 04:07:00 PM

Monday, January 18, 2016

Rebecca Schmidt Receives the 2016 Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award

Becky SchmidtRebecca Schmidt, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, has received the 2016 Ruth and John Reed Faculty Achievement Award. The Reed Award is given annually to faculty  members who are first superior teachers, but who also contribute significantly in some other area of professional life, such as a research scholar, guide in student activities, administrator, or representative of the college in the community.

Becky was chosen for this award for her excellence in the classroom, nationally recognized achievement as a volleyball coach, and contributions to the literature in her field.

Becky has been a faculty member at Hope College since 1994 where she has taught several different courses for the Kinesiology Department.

Posted 1/18/2016 04:52:00 PM

Deirdre Johnston and John Yelding Receive 2016 Motoichiro Oghimi Global Courage Award

Dede Johnston
John A. Yelding

Professor of Communication Dede Johnston and John Yelding, Associate Professor of Education, have received the 2016 Motoichiro Oghimi Global Courage Award. This award is given annually to a professor(s) or academic staff   
member who exemplifies the following qualities:
Dede received the award for her leadership of the Shalom Global Scholars program and John for his long-term involvement in the Phelps Scholars Program. Through these programs, as well as other initiatives on and off campus, both individuals have assisted to further Hope's faculty, staff and students' cultural engagement and understanding.

Posted 1/18/2016 04:21:00 PM

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sonja Trent-Brown Nominated for the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program

Sonja A. Trent-BrownProfessor of Psychology Sonja-Trent Brown was nominated by the College for the 2015 U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program. Dr. Trent-Brown was selected for this nomination because she is an excellent classroom teacher, an outstanding mentor in faculty-student collaborative research, contributes to the body of knowledge on effective teaching and learning and has made pivotal college-and community-wide contributions.

Although Sonja was not selected for an award this year, CASE and Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching believe every nominee is worthy of recognition. Sonja's list of recognitions and accomplishments illustrates the respect people have for her as a teacher-scholar. To name a few, in 2010 she was selected as the winner of the Social Science Division's Young Investigators Award. Also in 2010 she was selected by then-President James Bultman to give the annual Convocation address and four years later she gave the Commencement address to those same students at their graduation ceremony in 2014. In 2012 she received the Janet L. Anderson Excellence in Teaching Award
and was selected by seniors for the H.O.P.E. award.

Posted 12/21/2015 05:00:00 PM

Choonghee Han Receives Dean's Global Education Grant for 2015-16

Choonghee HanProfessor Choonghee Han has been selected as the 2015-16 recipient of the Dean’s Global Education  Grant. This grant is given to one faculty member in the division each year to promote the global mission of Hope. His specific proposal for this grant competition will allow him to develop a May Term course in South Korea. He plans to visit Korea, meet with individuals who will be Hope's partners/resources, check prospective components of the program, establish a logistical structure that is dependable, and solidify an itinerary that is safe, reliable, and educational.

This course aims to serve a group of students with diverse interests and academic concentrations. He, along with Professor David Cho, have communicated with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) head office in Portland, ME and its Seoul branch, nested in Yonsei University, to creative a realistic and easily executable program that will be affordable and user-oriented.

Posted 12/21/2015 10:44:00 AM

Thursday, December 17, 2015

TennisIndustry Magazine Names Jorge Capestany USPTA Member of the Year

TennisIndustry magazine has named DeWitt Tennis Center Manager Jorge Capestany the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Member of the Year.  Capestany is one of only 10 people worldwide to hold Master Professional distinction with both the USPTA and PTR. He has been a speaker at more than 70 conferences and has held multiple leadership positions with the USPTA nationally and in the Midwest Division.

Posted 12/17/2015 10:30:00 AM

Monday, November 30, 2015

Mark Northuis Selected the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year

Professor of Kinesiology Mark Northuis has been selected the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year in women’s cross country for the 2015 season. Northuis led the Flying Dutch to their second Great Lakes Regional title in four years and fifth regional title this season. Hope qualified for nationals for the sixth consecutive season and finished 28th at the Division III championships.

Northuis also guided the Flying Dutch to their seventh Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship all-time and second in four years this fall. 

Posted 11/30/2015 02:36:00 PM

Professor David Myers Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. David Myers, Professor of Psychology, was elected Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  Myers was chosen for distinguished contributions to the field of social psychology and communication of psychological science to students and the public.

A total of 347 AAAS members have been elected Fellows this year, and Myers is one of only three from undergraduate colleges and only eight in psychology.  Most Fellows are from institutions such as national or private research laboratories, scientific associations and comprehensive universities.

The new Fellows were formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on November 27; they will be honored in February during the 2016 AAAS annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“David Myers’ designation as an AAAS Fellow is a recognition of his career-long devotion to educating all of us about the power of science in shaping our individual and collective lives,” said Dr. Scott VanderStoep. “As one of psychology’s public intellectuals, his writing regularly reminds us of the importance of making decisions based on sound methodology, rigorous data analysis and wise discernment and interpretation of results. Dave’s message to us is information over instinct, wisdom over whim. Through the writing of his texts and popular-press books, he has been a professor to millions of students. I’m proud to be one of them.”

Posted 11/30/2015 02:26:00 PM

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