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    2012 Recipients

    The Hope College Alumni Association will present the following Young Alumni Awards at Homecoming on October 12, 2012.  The awards will be presented on Friday evening at a reunion class party for the classes of 1984-2001.

    Daniel Capps '98
    Dan graduated cum laude with a degree in geology.  Following graduation from Hope, Dan hiked the full length of the Appalachian Trail and then enrolled in Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned master's degrees in both education and geology. He then volunteered for the Peace Corps and served in Catacamas, Honduras from 2002 through 2004. Dan went on to earn a Ph.D. in Science Education at Cornell University. 

    Dan now serves as Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Maine. He is passionate about teaching and teacher education. His research focuses on supporting teachers (and ultimately their students) in understanding more about what science is and the many ways it is practiced. 

    Dan co-founded Enrich the World (www.enrichtheworld.org), a non-profit organization focused on working with impoverished children living in the world's protected areas. Dan has returned to Honduras to lead environmental education and teacher training workshops.

    Dan has maintained an active relationship with Hope. In 2007, Dr. Kathy Winnett-Murray requested that Dan return to campus and lead a discussion on participation in the Peace Corps for Hope Students. While on campus, he also participated in a panel discussion for Hope Students interested in science teaching.

    Seth '97 and Stephanie '97 Kaper-Dale
    Seth and Stephanie both graduated from Hope in 1997. Seth graduated with a major in English and religion and Stephanie graduated with a major in religion and social work. 

    Seth then received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. After graduation they volunteered for a year at Prince of Peace Children’s Home in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Stephanie completed her Masters of Social Work at Rutgers in 2003.

    They both currently work as co-pastors of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, a diverse congregation in Central New Jersey. During their time at their church they have been involved in several different projects in relation to the environment. They conducted a toxic audit creating a strategy to replace poisonous cleaning and maintenance products with natural, non-toxic alternatives. They have installed solar panels for the roof of the church and sponsored an electronic waste recycling event, preventing over 3,000 pounds of toxic waste from entering the waste stream. Adults and members of RCHP’s youth group took part in GreenFaith’s SPLENDOR educational program, measuring their own ecological footprint and identifying the largest polluters in their county.

    The church also sponsored a retreat with eco-theologian Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, exploring ways that Christian theology connects with care for creation. The Kaper-Dales have also found a way to express other passions for social justice. They led an effort to add a low-cost apartment complex to their church building, to serve young women who have aged out of the state’s foster care system. They have also been socially active in helping Indonesian immigrants avoid deportation. The work they have done for their church is truly remarkable.

    Seth received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award from Meryl Frank, Mayor of the Borough of Highland Park for his inspiration, leadership and service, the MLK Jr. Community Service Award from Johnson and Johnson, and the 4 Chaplains Legion of Honor Award for service to veterans.

    All Recipients

    Meredith Arwady '00, 2007 
    Jodi M. Kurtze '01, 2007
    Kristina A. Kyles '04, 2008
    Jeffrey Bates ’98, 2009
    John Conlon '97, 2010
    Jalaa' Abdelwahab '97, 2010
    Luke Pinkerton '97, 2010
    Todd Soderquist '98, 2011
    Timothy Dykstra '98, 2011


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