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Multiplication of the First 35

In Fall 2016, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

This fall, we’ve been hosting “Defender Nation” gatherings across North America. At these events we offered updates on the state of the college and encouraged financial support for the completion of our Science and Technology Center project. At two of these gatherings, I met Juna (Kosters) Hoekman and Donna (Rietema) Van Zanten, two of 35 students from the 1955 inaugural …

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Building Community

In Alumni, Fall 2016 by Shelbi Gesch

WHEN IT CAME TO FINDING AND FOLLOWING GOD’S CALL ON THEIR LIVES, KELLY AND APRIL (TE GROOTENHUIS) CRULL WASTED NO TIME. Just three months after their graduation from Dordt in 2002, the Crulls began their ministry with Communitas International (formerly known as Christian Associates), a group that seeks to establish churches that follow Jesus in transforming their world. In January …

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Mission: KimmPossible

In Alumni, Fall 2016 by Sonya Jongsma Knauss

2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI JASON AND YVONNE KIMM PIONEER NEW APPROACHES TO FARMING At the end of a long day on the potato farm, with five kids in bed, Jason and Yvonne (Vaags) Kimm have plenty of good humor to share, peppered with words of wisdom and stories from their two decades together. The Kimms, who both graduated in 1998, are …

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Learning on the Ground

In Fall 2016, Features by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

SEEING AGRICULTURE THROUGH THE EYES OF FARMERS It’s a Thursday morning in September, still dark, and it’s pouring rain. Twenty-three Dordt College agriculture students are huddled in a small, three-sided shed near Freeman, South Dakota, their backs to the wind. Behind them, stretching south, is pasture and fence line and a wide dark sky. In the shadows, students are perched …

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A Professor’s Legacy Lives On

In Fall 2016, Features by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

DISCRETE MATH FOR EVERYONE Dr. Calvin Jongsma’s relationship with the Mathematics Department at Dordt has persisted into his retirement, and in addition to his Spot It! collaboration with Clark, Jongsma’s work has benefitted another new member of the department, Dr. Mike Janssen. When Janssen started teaching at Dordt in the fall of 2015, he inherited Jongsma’s Discrete Math course. When …

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Summer Research Program

In Fall 2016, Features by Sally Jongsma

Thirty students from across disciplines spent 10 weeks on campus this summer gaining valuable research experience under the mentorship of one of their professors. Student Jonathan Janssen worked with English Professor Dr. Josh Matthews exploring the connections between Dante and contemporary works of science fiction. “What I found was a professor that truly came alongside of me,” Janssen says. “He …

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Can You Spot It?

In Fall 2016, Features by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

MATH AND MYSTERY IN A GAME OF CARDS After Christmas dinner last year, Dr. Calvin Jongsma and his granddaughters sat around the dining room table, playing a simple card game called Spot It! Others in the house were napping. Dishes were stacked in the kitchen. Jongsma, a retired Dordt mathematics professor, watched as his granddaughters each flipped a card, then …

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Striking Out Ahead

In Fall 2016, Features by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

COMPETITION AND COMMUNITY IN THE WORLD OF CYCLING The world moves by quickly on a bicycle. Well, it does when you’re Eric Tudor. Most afternoons, Dordt’s assistant director of admissions dons his helmet, clicks his shoes into his pedals, and sets out, flying past houses and mail boxes, beneath shade trees, toward the highway and fields beyond town. Blink once …

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The Passing of a Servant Leader

In Fall 2016, News by Sally Jongsma

DR. DOUGLAS RIBBENS, A FOUNDING FACULTY MEMBER OF THE COLLEGE, DIED IN AUGUST 2016 AT AGE 89. Ribbens served Dordt College for 37 years as professor, registrar, director of admissions and financial aid, academic dean, director of the library, and vice president for academic affairs. He played a major role in shaping and running the young institution as it moved …