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Creativity and Covid-19

In Fall 2020, Features, Issue by Sarah Moss

In late April, as the Covid-19 pandemic wore on, Dordt University announced plans to reopen for the fall semester. “Our goal is to provide face-to-face instruction, with residential hall life, community dining, and the full spectrum of co-curricular activities, including athletics, fine arts, clubs, and cultural events,” wrote President Erik Hoekstra in his letter “Planning for the Fall Semester.” To …

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It’s All in the Data if You Know Where to Look

In Fall 2020, Features, Issue by Sarah Moss

When deciding where to attend college, high school students and their parents consider a variety of factors: a great campus visit experience, out-of-pocket costs, conversations with faculty members, opinions of friends and family. They also rely on a variety of other data, whether through third-party college rankings like U.S. News and World Report or self-reported statistics like the student-to-faculty ratio. …

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The Hope Fund

In Fall 2020, Features, Issue by Sarah Moss

The Hope Fund began with a vision: how might Dordt University help current students who had financial hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic? “Our goal is to make it possible for every student to complete their degree at Dordt,” says Harlan Harmelink (’85), director of financial aid. “We want to send a message of hope to our students.” Defender Nation …

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Being Dordt during COVID-19

In Features, Issue, Spring/Summer 2020 by Sarah Moss

When Dordt students and faculty left for spring break on March 6, they planned to come back to campus to finish off the spring semester. Because of COVID-19, a coronavirus that caused a worldwide pandemic of respiratory illness, those plans changed. On March 12, Dordt announced that spring break would be extended by a week and that classes would be …

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Chemistry Majors Set Sights on Graduate School

In Features, Issue, Spring/Summer 2020 by Sarah Moss

Of the seven chemistry majors who graduated from Dordt University this year, five are heading to graduate school in the fall. Marcus Van Engen will attend graduate school in Pittsburgh to study organic chemistry. Abbey Bos is headed to Iowa State University for veterinary school. Evangeline Colarossi will earn a master’s degree in material science engineering at Colorado State University. …

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Gen Z, Faith Formation, and Campus Ministries

In Features, Issue, Winter/Spring 2020 by Sarah Moss

There are more than four former Christians in America for every one new convert to Christianity,” said Aaron Baart (’99), dean of chapel, in a January 2018 chapel talk in his series “Why They Leave, and Why It Matters.” “That statistic hit me right between the eyes. I thought back on classmates I went to Christian school with who no …

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The Story of a Wheelchair

In Features, Issue, Winter/Spring 2020 by Sarah Moss

Two senior engineering design teams at Dordt University are busy upgrading a pediatric wheelchair that’s already having a global impact. Hope Haven, a life skills ministry program located in Rock Valley, Iowa, has distributed more than 20,000 wheelchairs to disabled children worldwide. By working with eight Dordt engineering majors on two separate changes to the chair, Hope Haven expects to …

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Doing Field Work

In Features, Issue, Winter/Spring 2020 by Sarah Moss

It’s a tough time to work in law enforcement and criminal justice. Jon Moeller, a Dordt University criminal justice instructor and an FBI agent, is aware of that. “Perception of law enforcement is poor, and there are fewer people who want to go into criminal justice and law enforcement as career paths,” says Moeller. But, in some ways, that’s what …

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True to the Task

In Fall 2019, Features, Issue by Sarah Moss

The Educational Task of Dordt University is an 18-page statement of purpose describing “how a Reformed confession of biblical faith impacts Christian higher education.” Students may not know much about it, but The Task is a lynchpin for a Dordt education—or, as President Erik Hoekstra says, an educational creed—a statement of beliefs that guide action. “While nearly every institution has …

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Khamko’s Legacy

In Fall 2019, Features, Issue by Sarah Moss

Dr. Bill Elgersma (’81) doesn’t award the Baccam Soccer Scholarship to just anyone. Elgersma, Dordt’s women’s soccer coach, looks for a leader who can shape a stronger team. When Anneke Tel, a freshman from Puyallup, Washington, inquired about Dordt last Christmas, Elgersma knew she possessed those intangibles and would be a good candidate for the scholarship. “She is tenacious, fierce, …