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A Downtown Ministry in Sioux Falls

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2019 by James Schaap

Once upon a time, the place was a school for hairstylists, strangely enough. Dozens—well, hundreds—of students, most of them young women, came in to learn to cut and trim and set, then graduated and went back out to make the world a prettier place. When Stewart School of Hairstyling moved away from its downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota, location, they …

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The Vision of Mary Medema Wilmeth

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2019 by James Schaap

It was 1965, a time in her life, she says, for a major decision. For a girl born and reared in Grand Rapids, even thinking about coming to Dordt College—and where was that again? in Iowa?—was more than passing strange. But there were reasons that maybe, rather than Calvin College (she grew up in Calvin’s backyard), she’d hike out to …

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The Kibbutz

In Alumni, Winter/Spring 2019 by James Schaap

“The scariest part was cooking,” or so Clarence Witten (’78) remembers. “I’d never cooked a meal in my life, probably didn’t even boil an egg, and suddenly there were nine hungry guys coming to the table expecting to be well-fed.” In housing almost unknown to Dordt College students today, for years scores of their predecessors lived off-campus, many in sometimes …

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Emily Hageman

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2018 by James Schaap

CRITIC’S CHOICE Emily Hageman is exactly what Dordt College wanted, way back when. Ordinary folks from a region called Siouxland understood the time had come to build an institution of higher education right here on the continent’s most fertile ground.They were thinking about hundreds of Christian school teachers needed for the crowd of “covenant children” soon to be school age, …

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Anywhere but There

In Alumni, Winter/Spring 2018 by James Schaap

“No. Not interested. I’m going to Calvin.” Mitch Menning (‘96) grew up in Edgerton, Minnesota and went to Southwest Christian High School, where, he says, 18 of the 42 graduating seniors—his classmates—drove south down Highway 75 to Sioux Center and Dordt College. He wanted no part of the herd—wanted almost anything else. That’s why he went to Michigan, to Calvin …