Student Center


Exterior Rendering Student Center
For years, Hope has needed an expanded community space to promote student interaction, accommodate events, and serve as a place where leaders will be developed. In the Bultman Student Center, students would have an exceptional place to gather—a locus for the entire campus community. The ideal location for such a facility is on the existing site of Nykerk Hall adjacent to the Pine Grove. As the final project of the A Greater Hope campaign, the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center is slated for groundbreaking in fall of 2015.  The time schedule is contingent on full funding of the project.  To make this goal a reality, the college must partner with donors whose generosity equals our vision and secure commitments to fully fund the construction and endowment of this project. The Cheri DeVos family has provided a leadership gift as a catalyst for this project.

Naming Opportunities

Remaining naming opportunities begin at $25,000. Development and Alumni Engagement staff members stand ready to assist you with any questions you may have regarding methods of giving as well as opportunities for funding. Please contact Mary Remenschneider, Campaign Director, at, or at 616.395.7252.

$500,000 AND UP
Program Area $1 million
Student Life Center $1 million
Courtyard $500,000
Courtyard Patio $500,000
Student Learning Center $500,000
Student Life Open Workspace $500,000
Café $500,000
The Way $500,000
*Counseling & Psychological Services $500,000
$100,000 – $499,999
Family Room Overlook $250,000
Large Conference Rooms (2) $150,000
UNDER $100,000
Small Conference Room $75,000
Counseling Center Offices (5) $25,000

Gifts of $10,000 or more will be recognized on a centrally located donor wall.
For each new building project, the college seeks an endowment of 25 percent of the construction cost.
A complete list of naming opportunities is available by contacting the Development office.
*Renovated space located in the DeWitt Center

Work in Progress

View the Student Center floor plans by clicking the thumbnails below.

HOPE penthouse floor plan HOPE ground floor plan HOPE first floor plan

The Need

The DeWitt Center was built in 1971 and expanded and renovated in 1983. It houses the Hope-Geneva Bookstore, the campus theatre and theatre department, the Kletz café and coffee shop, offices for student organizations, and college administration. As the DeWitt Center has changed in purpose with more space allocated to administration, participation in student activities has increased. This has created a need for expanded social and event space. Many college campuses similar to Hope have superior student centers. This is the time to offer a new, open, and inviting space that would serve everyone.

The Effect

Interior Rendering Student CenterStudents are selecting their college experience with at least two expectations: they will achieve a sense of community and they will acquire an array of life skills that transcend the traditional classroom experience. Great campuses facilitate extended conversations among students, faculty, and other members of the learning community.

The Bultman Student Center will create an important anchor for student life. With its sustainable design, the center will become the social heart of campus, fostering a vibrant community and producing opportunities for students to come together in a setting that supports academic and co-curricular learning.

The Plan

Jim and Martie Bultman

Jim and Martie Bultman

The new student center, which will be located in the heart of the campus, will be named for former presidential couple Jim and Martie Bultman, who throughout their time at the college placed students first. The facility will be creatively and realistically designed to address the needs of students and the college. It will feature significant space that is adaptable for student activities and programming, including a theatre, coffee shop, social lounges, Christian prayer chapel, student activities offices, and expanded outdoor gathering space. Careful consideration will be given to signage, natural light, security, and longer hours of operation. The plan calls for the DeWitt Center to be connected to the new student center, allowing synergy between various student and administrative offices while creating a one-stop site of great convenience to students.

Campaign Goals