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Jane Wolterstorff

In Alumni, Fall 2021, Issue by James Schaap

Jane Wolterstorff (’82) has worked and learned in the social work profession since she graduated from Dordt. That summer, just as she had previous years, she headed to Michigan to work at a youth camp. She’s been working in her major field ever since she marched down the center aisle of the B.J. Haan Auditorium in 1982. Jane doesn’t remember …

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Hockey Sticks and a Few Jelly Beans

In Alumni, Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by James Schaap

If you follow hockey at Dordt and wonder how it began, you might start with the consistory of an Edmonton, Alberta, church. The preacher, Reverend John Piersma, was a big-time hockey fan who found a way to speed skate through consistory meetings so he and those elders similarly inclined could sprint over to the arena and catch the third period …

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The Reluctant Politician

In Alumni, Fall 2020, Issue by James Schaap

The mayor’s office, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is not at all palatial. It’s in the southwest corner of an ordinary yellow-brick building, downtown. True, you don’t just walk in; there’s an official-looking character at the door to admit you after you state your purpose; but once inside, if you were expecting “swanky” or “splurgy,” don’t. However, the place has the …

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Farmer Joe the Illustrator

In Alumni, Issue, Spring/Summer 2020 by James Schaap

If he didn’t know the unique hazards of that particular day on the farm calendar, he should have. It was the day of sorting cattle, and any farm kid should know that the worst days of the year to screw up are those days. But screw up he did. Big time. He drove the pickup smack into the side of …

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Bringing “What’s Out There” Home

In Alumni, Fall 2019, Issue by James Schaap

Whenever Dr. Lee De Haan (’95) and The Land Institute (TLI) score major publicity for Kernza, the perennial grain they’ve been developing, De Haan’s phone rings. People want to know what he’s up to because they find Kernza as biologically fascinating as it is environmentally blessed. When he graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2001, De Haan came on …

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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, …