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Bridge Building through Language Learning

In Features, Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Anyone who takes Spanish classes at Dordt University gets to know Associate Professor of Language Studies Dr. Rikki (Mueller, ’04) Brons well. She teaches nearly all of the Spanish courses at Dordt, and that is a benefit for most students. “When I talk with students who are considering studying Spanish, I tell them that, yes, you will be stuck with …

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The Lasting Legacy of KDCR

In Features, Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

On May 14, KDCR News Director John Slegers (’78) sat down at his desk and spoke into the microphone one last time. “When I began work at KDCR as a student, I thought this place would be around forever,” he said. “So, it’s difficult to realize that, in less than a half hour, KDCR will go silent. While I can …

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History of the Muslim World

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Every other year, Dr. Walker Cosgrove teaches History of the Muslim World. And each time, the class fills up quickly with students studying in a variety of majors—political science, engineering, history, computer science, education, and more. Many students take the class to fulfill a cross-cultural requirement, but the course is popular for another reason, too: learning about the history of …

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Screen-Printing Gives Art Students New Option

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Art and design majors have a new screen-printing studio, thanks to the work of Graphic Design Instructor Vaughn Donahue. Last year while cleaning out closet space in the art department, Donahue discovered screen-printing equipment that had not been used in a long time. Donahue decided to explore the possibility of putting together a screen-printing studio. He applied for and received …

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Being Stewardly with Dordt’s Resources

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Dordt University has the lowest per foot utility cost in the state among Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU) of similar size, according to a recent financial benchmarking report released by the IAICU. The per foot utility cost is calculated by comparing the cost of utilities for the institution as a whole to the total square footage of …

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Class of 2021 Commences despite Covid-19

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

The 2021 commencement ceremony looked a little different from that of an average year. The commencement ceremony was in-person, but there were some alterations to allow for social distancing. All the graduates who chose to participate in the ceremony–298 of the 365 total graduates were present on Friday, May 7—sat in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Only a small fraction of …

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Project- and Problem-Based STEM Education

In Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

How do we best equip science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers for the schools they are going to serve in? Dr. David Mulder (’98), professor of education, ponders this question every time he teaches Methods of Teaching STEM in K-12 Schools. The course is designed to meet the needs of STEM teaching majors such as engineering education, physics education, …

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Quarantine Chronicles

In Features, Issue, Winter/Spring 2021 by Sarah Moss

Last fall, more than 510 students spent time in isolation or quarantine—nearly one-third of Dordt’s student body. Although they have lessened, periods of isolation and quarantine are still with us during the spring semester as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. As of early March, 52 students have been in isolation or quarantine already this semester. For students who must quarantine—a practice …

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Professional Experience

In Features, Issue, Winter/Spring 2021 by Sarah Moss

All professors are academically trained but, in some majors, it’s also important for professors to have worked in a profession related to what they teach. Professional experience is particularly helpful in majors like computer science, criminal justice, business, and social work. Experiencing firsthand what it’s like to be a social worker or a law enforcement officer allows professors to apply …

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Studying Abroad during a Pandemic

In Issue, News, Winter/Spring 2021 by Sarah Moss

What’s it like to study abroad during a pandemic? Daniel Moe and Yage Wang found that it’s not easy, but it can be worth the challenge. Moe and Wang were the only Dordt students to study outside of the United States this year. In December when Moe arrived at a connecting flight in Atlanta en route to London, his phone …