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Bloom Where You are Planted

In Fall 2020, Issue, With the President by Sarah Moss

On October 19, my father, Dennis Hoekstra, celebrated his 90th birthday by visiting us here at Dordt University. Over the weekend, we played nine holes of golf, hunted pheasants near his boyhood home in South Dakota, and cheered the Defender football team to a win. My father held many leadership roles in Christian non-profit organizations, including serving as Trinity Christian …

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Booming in Ag

In Alumni, Fall 2020, Issue by Bethany Van Voorst

Dr. Chris Boomsma serves as the director of education at the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America—or the “Tri-Societies.” “In my current role, I lead a team tasked with taking the work performed by agronomy, crop, and soil scientists and effectively and innovatively delivering it to in-field practitioners and leaders so …

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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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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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Kuyper Honors Program

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

On Fridays at 3 p.m., 33 students briefly gather in the Kuyper Honors Room before breaking into smaller, socially distanced group discussions both in the Hulst Library and the Eckardt Lounge. This is the seminar portion of the Kuyper Honors Program 110 course. The students have their fair share of readings this semester: Wisdom and Wonder by Abraham Kuyper, Liturgy …

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All “Into the Fire”

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

As protests for racial justice mounted across the nation and the world this summer, the Dordt football team considered what it means to tackle the topic of race not only as a team but as Christians. “In order to do effective kingdom work, you have to run into fires—into places that are uncomfortable, in order to be a voice and …

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Covid-19 Forces Changes to Experiential Learning Plans

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

The Covid-19 pandemic has paused many people’s plans. But for three Dordt seniors, the pandemic simply changed their plans and, in the process, gave them new learning opportunities. Julia Yoder, a business major, had planned to head to Fresno, California, for an internship with Amazon. She’d subleased an apartment and started researching which national parks she’d visit when she got …

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Janssen Contributes to Open Source Book

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Lydia Marcus

Rings with Inquiry, written by Dordt University Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Mike Janssen and Dr. Melissa Lindsey, is an open source textbook that teaches students concepts through inquiry-based learning. As an open source textbook, Rings with Inquiry is free in both an HTML and PDF version and the source code used to create these two versions is also freely …