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A Pleasant Place

In Fall 2015, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

The summer of 2015 brought hundreds of visitors to Dordt College.  Within four weeks, the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt Discovery Days, and a new faith-development camp program called “Never The Same” gathered on campus. Many commented that Dordt College is a wonderful campus in a wonderful town. Many first-time visitors to …

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Michelle (Bootsma, ’98) Bekkering

In Alumni, Fall 2015 by Lydia Marcus

MICHELLE BEKKERING HAS KNOWN SHE WANTED TO WORK IN THE GOVERNMENT FOR MOST OF HER LIFE. As a young girl, she was surrounded by women interested in politics—a grandmother who wrote “scores of letters” to her elected representatives, an aunt who invited her to caucuses, and a mother who brought her to meet former President Gerald Ford. As a young …

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Wine Group CEO Empowers Others

In Alumni, Fall 2015 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

Brian Vos grew up in California’s Central Valley, where family wineries dot the landscape and hillside vineyards transition to almond groves and cotton fields. It’s one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions, and after graduating from Dordt in 1985 and earning his MBA at Purdue University, Vos returned to the valley to begin building a career in the wine …

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Reflection on a Dordt Education

In Alumni, Fall 2015 by Sally Jongsma

ALUMNI FACULTY WATCH PROGRAMS CHANGE AND DEVELOP Dordt faculty have come from more diverse backgrounds over the past 20 years, and new majors have been added, yet a Dordt education remains remarkably the same, says longtime faculty members Dr. Wayne Kobes (’69) and Dr. Charles Veenstra (’68). Kobes and Veenstra speak from decades of experience. Both are alumni professors who …

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Pranks: Good, Bad, and Ugly

In Fall 2015, Features by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

On the morning of March 26, 2006, students stumbling sleepy-eyed through the Campus Center were greeted by a giant, grinning Calvin and his sardonic side-kick, Hobbes. The characters from Bill Watterson’s famous comic strip had materialized overnight, rendered entirely in Post-it Notes. It was weeks before the identities of the pranksters became widely known on campus. In the meantime, the …

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Dante’s Divine Comedy at Dordt

In Fall 2015, Features by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

IN A RURAL CORNER OF NORTHWEST IOWA, DORDT STUDENTS DRIFT ACROSS CAMPUS WITH GLOWING SCREENS IN THEIR PALMS. OUTSIDE TOWN, EXPERIMENTAL DRONES HOVER ABOVE CORNFIELDS, AND CARS ON HIGHWAYS INCH ALONG ROUTES THAT BEGAN IN THE MIND OF A COMPUTER. Seven hundred years ago, a time before satellites and cell phones and hyperconnectivity, a wandering Italian poet took pen to …

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A Focus on Global Hunger

In Fall 2015, Features by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

ACROSS MUCH OF SIOUX COUNTY, FIELDS OF CORN AND SOYBEANS STRETCH FROM HORIZON TO HORIZON. These crops are destined for the mouths of livestock, or processing in ethanol plants. A portion of the harvest will wind up in factories, transformed into cooking oils and tortilla chips, tofu and sweeteners. More than 80 percent of the county’s land is devoted to …

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Reducing Nitrates

In Fall 2015, News by Lydia Marcus

Dr. Robb De Haan and Dr. Ron Vos weren’t looking for a research project when the city of Sioux Center and a farmer approached them with a request to find an economically viable way to protect city water from nitrates. But five research-filled years later, De Haan and Vos have a set of data on cropping systems and nitrate levels …

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Student Research Award

In Fall 2015, News by Erika Buiter

DELMAR VANDER ZEE FELLOWSHIP SUPPORTS STUDENT RESEARCH “I learned so much,” says Van Tol. “I enjoyed the labs I did freshman year, but there is just not enough time to learn everything about the particular projects or studies you do over the course of the semester. With this experience, I got to build on skills I learned in my first-year …