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Are We a Liberal Arts College?

In Spring/Summer 2016, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

“Liberal Arts” is a term many of us use almost instinctively.  We’ve grown up with it, and we sometimes assume that everyone uses it the way we do. I probably hear “liberal arts” seven or eight times a week—from prospective students, current parents, or alumni. I don’t always interrupt and correct them, but at Dordt College we think of and …

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A Dream Come True

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2016 by Sally Jongsma

In high school, he played piano in his church and often wrote his own hymn arrangements for the offertory. Taking music theory courses with Dr. Karen DeMol and a composition course with Dr. Luke Dahn at Dordt piqued his interest further. He performed original works in both his junior and senior recitals. Following graduation he decided to do graduate work …

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Sometimes Gracefully

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2016 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

FINDING THE STORY IN THE ORDINARY The first time Grace (Schmidt) Beekman (’11) walked the streets of Paris, she was wearing a microphone and trailed by a Swedish film crew. “They filmed me buying things, exploring the city, using the little bit of language I knew,” Beekman says. “It was nuts!’” The whirlwind trip came about after she tweeted a …

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Virtual Dordt

In Features, Spring/Summer 2016 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

THE PITFALLS- AND PROMISES- OF THE NEW TOGETHERNESS From paintbrush to pixel In grade school, Crissy Chahyadinata had excellent handwriting. She remembers forming letters on wide-ruled paper, moving carefully from left to right. Chahyadinata, now heading into her second year at Dordt, grew up in Indonesia, and one of her early teachers recognized her gift for penmanship. That teacher pushed …

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Student Satisfaction

In Features, Spring/Summer 2016 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

PUTTING A NUMBER TO IT Say it’s January, and the snow is knee-high and still falling. Dordt students are trudging across campus, weighted down by books, snowflakes collecting in their eyelashes. Many will reach their destinations in the space of 10 or 20 freezing breaths. Others are headed to the distant reaches of campus—past buildings and prairie, beyond the East …

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Engineering and Art

In News, Spring/Summer 2016 by Lydia Marcus

ENGINEERING AND ART STUDENTS CREATE MOVING SCULPTURES TOGETHER. At Dordt College, it’s not unusual for departments to collaborate on cross-disciplinary projects. Few have been as original as the partnership between the engineering and art departments, who recently teamed up to engineer art. This spring semester, an electrical engineering class joined a sculpture class to create interactive kinetic sculptures. “This was …

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Breaking the Stigma

In News, Spring/Summer 2016 by Sally Jongsma

WOMEN IN COMPUTING Dordt College is one of four institutions awarded the 2016 NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund. Sponsored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), with support from Microsoft Research, the fund supports academic programs focused on recruiting and retaining women in computing. NCWIT research has shown that although 57 percent of professional occupations in the …