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Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

Four Hope College students and alumni receive NSF Program recognition

HOLLAND – A total of four Hope College graduating seniors or recent graduates have received recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship program of the National Science Foundation.

Senior Caitlin Ploch of Redford received a fellowship through the program. In addition, 2013 graduate James Bour and 2012 graduate Hilary Bultman also received fellowships, and 2013 graduate Meagan Elinski received an honorable mention.  Bour and Bultman had each received honorable mentions last year.

Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mentions through the program every year for more than 20 years, and this is the seventh consecutive year that multiple graduating seniors or recent alumni have been recognized.  The NSF awarded 2,000 of the fellowships nationwide this year.

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

My Town Kalamazoo: Students duct tape principal to the wall

KALAMAZOO, MIch.-- On Thursday, April 3, students at Paramount Charter Academy had the opportunity to duct tape their principal to the gymnasium wall.

The students have been logging their reading hours throughout March for a chance to duct tape their principal or dean as a reading reward. For each book read, the students earned a duct tape raffle ticket. The top reader in each wing got to choose who they wanted to duct tape to the wall.

The event is a way to celebrate the end of a successful March is Reading Month.

Paramount Charter Academy, located in Kalamazoo, is a free public charter school serving students in young 5s through eighth grade.

Kalamazoo Chorus sings before Detroit Tigers game

Kalamazoo Chorus sings before Detroit Tigers game

KALAMAZOO - The Kalamazoo Children's Chorus sang the National Anthem Saturday at the Detroit Tigers game.

The Chorus sounded wonderful and they really impressed the Tiger management, not just with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, but with how prompt and professional the children were.  With about 1500 hockey kids ahead of them - who were to leave the field before we got on - they called the children to the field suddenly and several minutes earlier than expected, telling them to "Go, go, go."   So 120 children made a mad dash down the ramp, tossing coats and water bottles aside along the way without losing formation and stepping onto the field so calm and collected that no one suspected that they'd just made a 30 yard dash!  

The Tiger's were so impressed we had an invitation to return and sing again even before we'd even left the field!

My Town Kalamazoo: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest

My Town Kalamazoo: Memorial set for senior diocesan priest

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Funeral arrangements are set for a senior priest of the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

Reverend John M. Grathwohl was 84 years old when he passed away Sunday, March 30. 

Fr. Grathwohl was a pastor of St. Thomas More Student Parish from July of 1981 until he retired in 1995. He also served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and the Diocese of Lansing, including St. Charles of Borrome, St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, St. Monica, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Ambrose, Immaculate Conception, and St. Mary in Paw Paw.  Fr. Grathwohl also served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Vietnam during the height of the war.

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

My Town Holland: Hope College's student-run radio station wins four national awards

HOLLAND, Mich.-- WTHS, the student-run FM radio station at Hope College, won four national awards during the 74th annual conference of the International Broadcasting System Inc.,  held in New York City March 7-9.

WTHS won first place among all college and university radio stations in the country for “Best Sports Talk Show,” with “Real Radio” by unior Nate Winter of Saugatuck and junior Tom Zahari of Canton, who is sports director and the news co-director.

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

My Town Holland: Hope College Alumni Association to honor two with Young Alumni Awards

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Hope College Alumni Association will honor two graduates with Young Alumni Awards on Thursday, March 27.

The association is recognizing Maxine Gray of Seattle, Wash., who is a 2004 Hope graduate, and Matt Scogin of New York City, who is a 2002 Hope graduate.  The awards will be presented during a dinner at the college’s Haworth Inn and Conference Center at 6 p.m.

The Young Alumni Award was established to honor the talents and contributions that young alumni have made to their professions, their communities and to the college.  The award was first presented in 2007.  Criteria include having been a member of the Alumni Association for 15 or fewer years; notable prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement with the local or global community or the college; and demonstrating significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.

My Town: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

My Town: Award-winning NPR production comes to Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich.-  The popular NPR production, “Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” is coming to Kalamazoo this week.

The fast-paced, humorous news quiz  will unfold at Miller Auditorium Thursday, March 20.  The production will be one of legendary newsman Carl Kasell’s last, after he announced his retirement earlier this month.   Host Peter Sagal will also be on hand for the Peabody Award-winning show, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews, comedians Brian Babylon and Bobcat Goldthwait and newspaper columnist Amy Dickenson.

 It appears tickets to the show are sold out, but Miller Auditorium has been having problems with its ticket-selling site, so interested fans are encouraged to call (269) 387-2300 for more information.

The show will be taped and then air on March 22 at 10 a.m. ET on public radio stations nationwide.