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Small Teaching Creates Big Faculty Discussion

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Kate Henreckson

Faculty meet twice a month to talk about small steps to improve teaching. Dr. Melissa Lindsey was so inspired last summer when she read Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang that she, after talking with administration, decided to gather a group of faculty to read and discuss the book together. In September, Lindsey …

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A New Era for the Kuyper Scholars Program

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Kate Henreckson

In the spring of 2001, the English department at Dordt began having conversations about whether the college needed an honors program.   “[Former English Professor] John Van Rys said to me one day, ‘What do you think about an honors program?’” recalls Dr. Mary Dengler, who has been the Kuyper Scholars Program co-director since it began. “We need one,” she …

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Farewell to the New World

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Kate Henreckson

“How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t!” -William Shakespeare, The Tempest A BLACK BOX A large square room with black concrete block walls and no decorations or adornment held memories for hundreds of students and their theatre professors for the past 60 years. This year, it housed its last production; it will soon transition …

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Science and Faith

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Kate Henreckson

FOSTERING CIVIL DISCOURSE ON SCIENCE AND FAITH Students, faculty, and community members packed the science building lecture hall as they waited for “An Origins Conversation with Darrel Falk and Todd Wood.” The event was organized by the Science and Faith Club, a student-driven group. “The goal of the Science and Faith Club is to encourage difficult conversations about science and …

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Blades Benefit Sled Hockey

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Kate Henreckson

Each September, the Dordt Blades hockey team holds a youth hockey camp as a fundraiser for the team. In years past, the money earned has been used for anything from operational expenses to new equipment. This year, Hockey Coach Nate van Niejenhuis was pondering what to do with the proceeds from the camp, when he heard that Siouxland Adaptive Sports …

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Campus Visit Day

In Fall 2018, News by Kate Henreckson

It is a campus visit day at Dordt, and the Eckardt Lounge is filled with laughter, the scent of fresh coffee, and brightly-decorated tables in black and gold. Parents and high school students mingle with admissions counselors, sipping coffee and snacking on breakfast treats. Eventually everyone finds their seat, and President Erik Hoekstra makes his way to the front of …

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Kristin Kobes Du Mez

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2018 by Kate Henreckson

1995. It’s evening in Dordt’s library. Off to the side, near the journal shelves, are the carrels. A group of students from a variety of majors are tucked into desks, bent over their books, sipping coffee from Dordt-issued recyclable mugs. It’s a quiet space—except when it isn’t. Students lean over one another’s desks. Conversations on a host of topics waft …

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Arts and the Final Curtain Call

In Features, Spring/Summer 2018 by Kate Henreckson

CAPSTONE PROJECTS ARE CREATED BY SENIOR THEATRE ARTS AND ART & DESIGN MAJORS The New World Theatre has been transformed. It is English farmland, the 1940s. The scent of straw rises from the bales heaped one upon another. A creaky wooden cart tilts precariously. To the left is a barn wall, and beyond that a fence surrounds a verdant pasture. …

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Staying Upbeat on the Beat

In Alumni, Winter/Spring 2018 by Kate Henreckson

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra (’01) grew up in Kanawha, Iowa—a tiny pocket of people in northern Iowa. Her parents and uncles all went to Dordt, so she decided to as well. “It was a family thing,” says Zylstra. “And I loved it.” Zylstra majored in English and communication. Back then, students interested in journalism majored in either English or communication and …

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless

In Features, Winter/Spring 2018 by Kate Henreckson

DORDT JOURNALISM MAJORS LEARN TO SEE THE WORLD AS THEIR WORKPLACE Lee Pitts sits at his desk, preparing for class. His office walls are lined with newspaper clippings, and the headlines jump off the page: “No Soft-Shell Vehicles,” “No More ‘Hillbilly Armor,” “It’s Real Now, Boys.” On a bookshelf stands war memorabilia and a framed photo: two heavily-armed soldiers walking …