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Doing More at Dordt

In Features, Spring/Summer 2019 by Sarah Moss

Studies show students who are the most engaged in academic life and in their campus community are the ones who benefit the most from college. “What students do at college matters … The key is engagement, inside the classroom and out,” writes Dr. Denise Pope in the Wall Street Journal article “The Right Way to Choose a College.”  Students who …

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On Civil Discourse

In Features, Spring/Summer 2019 by Sarah Moss

During the 2016 presidential election season, Donald Trump stood on the B.J. Haan Auditorium stage, addressing supporters and famously saying, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Dr. Ben Carson also held public events in Dordt’s Campus Center. But Dr. Jeff Taylor, …

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Weather Warrants Campus Closure

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

On January 29, Registrar Jim Bos (’85) was sitting in his office on the third floor of the Campus Center when he saw an email from Chief Administrative Officer Howard Wilson hit his inbox. “Within seconds, I heard students cheering in the Defender Grille,” says Bos. “I didn’t need to read the email to know what the cheering was about.” …

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CACE

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION REIMAGINED CACE, Dordt’s Center for the Advancement of Christian Education, began with a question: How can we make Christian schools better—how can they be places of real transformation? In 2013, Dr. Timothy Van Soelen, an education professor, and nearly 45 other school leaders gathered in Provo, Utah, for two days to talk about that question. Six months later, …

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Rise and Shine

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

Anna Christians has had a busy senior year. During the fall semester, she co-taught first grade at Sioux Center Christian School in the morning and took Dordt classes in the afternoon. She spent most evenings creating lesson plans, doing homework, and trying to keep some semblance of a social life. As she started the spring semester and began working full …

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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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Responsibility and Technology

In Features by Sarah Moss

Machine learning, big data, artificial intelligence—today, it seems as if technology is advancing and changing at warp speed. What do such developments mean for responsibly creating and using technology? What does it even mean to create and use technology responsibly? Everyone uses technology, and people in many professions have a hand in creating the many new technologies that keep springing …

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Elizabeth Blankespoor

In Fall 2018, Features by Sarah Moss

“Receiving the Horizon Award this year was unexpected,” says Dr. Elizabeth (Vander Ziel) Blankespoor. “I am grateful that Dordt encourages graduates to go out and influence the world and honored that they appreciate my actions. When I look at my fellow grads from Dordt, though, I see that they’re all doing great things and living out God’s will in their …

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Reverse Engineering

In Features, Spring/Summer 2018 by Sarah Moss

“Commencements are backward events,” said engineering professor Dr. Ethan Brue in his commencement speech. “No matter how many times people note that to ‘commence’ means ‘to begin,’ everything today suggests that we are at an end. You are finished—binders emptied, textbooks shelved, dorms cleaned. For better or worse, commencements will always feel like backward beginnings.” On May 11, 307 students …

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Research and Public Health

In Features, Spring/Summer 2018 by Sarah Moss

AT THE INTERSECTION OF RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH Soon after Matt Bolt (’17) decided to major in psychology, he realized that his interests were a little different from those of his fellow majors: He just wasn’t as passionate about clinical or therapeutic psychology. He liked numbers—how psychology uses evidence to make sense of philosophical struggles and daily realities. And he …