Over the past fifteen years, 10,000 alumni have graduated from Hope. They are educated to think about important issues with clarity and wisdom as they bridge boundaries that divide communities. The Young Alumni Award, initiated in 2006, recognizes outstanding achievements and tells the stories of some of these alumni.
Each year, Hope students can learn from those that have gone before them through the Young Alumni Workshops. Hosted by the Alumni Association and the Career Development Center, these events are free and no advance registration is required. The 2015 events will be held on April 8 and April 9.
Jeremy Latchaw '00 Student Workshop
"Finding Purpose in Any Job"
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Martha Miller Center, Fried Hemenway Auditorium 135
Matt Van Der Wende ’05 Student Workshop
"Performance Through Involvement: Maximizing Your Strengths"
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Martha Miller Center, Fried Hemenway Auditorium 135
Young Alumni Award Dinner
All are welcome to attend this annual event celebrating Hope's young alumni. Meet the Young Alumni Award recipients and hear their stories of life after Hope as you connect with other alumni and current Hope students. This event is free, but advance registration is required.
2015 Young Alumni Award Dinner
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Haworth Inn and Conference Center
Contact 616.395.7250 or email@example.com to RSVP.
Major Jeremy Latchaw '00 is a decorated U.S. Army officer, co-owner of two Orange Leaf franchises in West Michigan and strategic consultant who is deeply committed to community service.
Jeremy majored in business administration and religion at Hope. His activities as a student included participating in Army ROTC through Western Michigan University, and serving as a volunteer with Hope College TRiO Upward Bound and resident assistant. He completed an MBA at Baker College in 2008.
Following graduation from Hope, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, stationed initially in Texas. During his active service he was deployed to Iraq, earning decorations including the Bronze Star, and he later served in Kuwait during 2007-08 while in the U.S. Army Reserve. Promoted across his time in the military, he continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve as a major, and is an associate professor of military science in the Army ROTC program at Western Michigan University.
He served with the Boy Scouts of America in Kansas as a district executive from 2005 to 2007 and as a senior district representative from 2008 to 2009. In 2009, he joined the management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, which he continues to serve as a consultant. Also in 2009 he wrote the book “American Patriotism through the Eyes of an Eagle,” which won a Christian Choice Book Award.
Latchaw and his wife, Molly, relocated to Holland in 2013. They operate two Orange Leaf frozen yogurt franchises in the area, donating 20 percent of their profits to charity. His additional involvement in West Michigan has include serving as vice president of training for Cultivate Holland and as the ROTC Awards chair for the Michigan Sons of the American Revolution. His continued engagement with Hope has ranged from hosting Hope-Calvin rivalry satellite parties; to serving on his 10-year reunion committee; to volunteering with the Center for Faithful Leadership, Career Resource Network and Admissions program.
You can follow Jeremy on twitter at @jmlatch
Matthew Van Der Wende '05 is managing director with Stryker Medical EMEA in the Netherlands, a senior leadership role that reflects a decade of valued service and increasing responsibility with Stryker since graduation.
Matt majored in business management at Hope. His activities as a student included serving as president of the Baker Scholars, an elite group of business students who plan a career in business or future graduate business studies; as marketing and corporate development leader for the student-organized Dance Marathon held on behalf of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; and Habitat for Humanity and the spring break immersion trip program. He also participated in summer study-abroad programs in Vienna, Austria, and London, England.
He joined Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, shortly after graduation as an associate product/research communications manager with Stryker International Spine in Kalamazoo. He remained with the division for the next nine years, becoming a marketing manager in Kalamazoo in 2006; sales territory manager for New Mexico, Arizona, Las Vegas and El Paso, based in Phoenix, Arizona, in 2007; and senior group product and marketing manager in Kalamazoo in 2008. He was named associate director of marketing in 2009, and director of marketing in 2012.
Van Der Wende and his wife, Laura, relocated to the Netherlands in 2014 when he became managing director of Stryker Medical EMEA, responsible for sales, marketing and finance efforts in Europe and Africa. The company opened a new, 59,000-square-foot European Regional Headquarters in Amsterdam’s Southeast business district in January.
His community service has included involvement with Young Life throughout his time in West Michigan. He has also stayed connected with Hope since graduation, including by providing opportunities for business students to partner with Stryker on marketing/consulting projects and recruiting for Stryker through the Career Development Center.
Maxine Gray '04 graduated from Hope with a communication major and sociology minor. While at Hope she was involved with the Black Student Union, Dance Marathon, Social Activities Committee, Orientation and the Phelps Scholars Program. She also studied at The Philadelphia Center.
After Hope, she worked at the Hope College Office of Multicultural Education and was an active and founding member of BL²END (Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions), a networking and development group in Grand Rapids for young professionals of color. She continued her education at Grand Valley State University, graduating in 2009 with a Master of Science in Communication. She has served on the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Board and was the Special Events Coordinator for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She previously worked in talent acquisition at Herman Miller and is now in strategic talent initiatives in global staffing at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle.
In 2013 she was the recipient of the Women and Leadership in the Workplace "Shooting Star" and in 2012 she was awarded Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids "Advocate Award". In 2011 she was the Grand Rapids Business Journal's "40 under Forty" Award Recipient, and in 2009 she was recognized by Grand Valley State University with a "Citation for Excellence in Service to the Community and/or Profession" Award.
She enjoys volunteering for Hope and engaging with students when she returns to campus. You can follow her on twitter at @myfgray
Matt Scogin '02 graduated with majors in political science and economics. He was a member of Mortar Board and served as vice president and president of Student Congress. In 2001, Matt held an internship in the Office of Political Affairs in the White House while participating in the college’s Washington Honors Semester.
After graduating, he served as a senior advisor for State Representative Barb Vander Veen. He was then awarded a Public Service Fellowship from Harvard University and went on to graduate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2005. Matt then accepted a research fellowship with the European think tank, the Bosch Foundation, to study welfare reform in Germany. In 2007, Matt accepted a position working for the U.S. Treasury Department as the senior advisor to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance, who was one of his former professors. He also worked for Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Wachovia Bank. Presently, Matt serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at NYSE Euronext, the company that runs the New York Stock Exchange.
Matt viewed his time at Hope as a time of great growth. He said, “as a student, opportunities for Christian development helped me to think about my time in college as much bigger than just preparing for a career and instead preparing my mind, heart, and spirit to be used by God in the world.” When Matt returns to campus he finds fulfillment from sharing with students how his faith has influenced his career.
2014 Photos and Videos
Matt Scogin Acceptance Speech
Maxine Gray Acceptance Speech
Young Alumni Award Video
About the Award
The Young Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have graduated within the past fifteen years in recognition of a commitment to excellence in post-collegiate life and a significant or ongoing commitment to extraordinary work, research or volunteerism.
This award will be presented to deserving alumni who meet the following criteria:
A nominee must be a member of the Hope College Alumni Association for no more than 15 years prior to the current year. All graduates and non-graduates who have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours are members of the Alumni Association.
Each must have attained notable degree of prominence through professional endeavor, research, volunteerism, and/or involvement within the local or global community or the college.
- Special consideration will be given for those who demonstrate significant initiative by starting innovative service projects, research, businesses or other original enterprises.