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What’s in a Name

In Spring/Summer 2017, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

In November 1618 in the Netherlands, a group of theologians gathered in the small town of Dordrecht for a church meeting. It lasted nine months. Dordrecht—Dordt for short—is the reason Dordt College received its unusual name. Since Dordt’s theological roots are linked to that city and that synod, we’ve started conversations with Dordrecht city and church officials to celebrate and …

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Dale Vande Griend

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2017 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

SEX TRAFFICKING: DORDT ALUMNI CONFRONT THE EPIDEMIC Dale Vande Griend (’10) travels the globe with a camera, filming in places like India, Kenya, and the Philippines. Upon his return to the states, he goes through hours of footage, carefully piecing together a story about a place—and its people—that might otherwise seem impossibly distant to his North American audience. Recently, he …

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Danielle Roos

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2017 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

SEX TRAFFICKING: DORDT ALUMNI CONFRONT THE EPIDEMIC At first, Danielle Roos (’10) thought theatre might be a fun side-gig—a hobby. “Honestly, I was kind of afraid to commit my life to it,” she says. When she was a student at Dordt, she learned to see theatre through new eyes. “From the very beginning, my professors were challenging us to think …

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Josh Louwerse

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2017 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

SEX TRAFFICKING: DORDT ALUMNI CONFRONT THE EPIDEMIC Alaskan winters are dark and cold. Many who live in the state are itinerant, serving on military bases or working in fishing and tourism industries. The state is also home to a number of vulnerable people, including a large native population, many of whom face circumstances of displacement and deep economic distress. Under …

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Pre-Vet Life

In Features, Spring/Summer 2017 by Kate Henreckson

@ DORDT COLLEGE It’s a foggy morning in early April. After almost a year of living in Sioux Center, I am finally acclimating to the regular scent of animal life. But to my surprise, the large, open barn smells fresh and clean. ON THE FARM Mike Schouten, who runs Dordt’s Ag Stewardship Center, is a warm, quiet man. “As good …

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Following Your Gut

In Features, Spring/Summer 2017 by Sally Jongsma

COLLABORATING WITH A LOCAL BUSINESS IS A WIN-WIN FOR MICROBIOLOGY AND MARKETING STUDENTS Dordt College students and professors are finding themselves connected to one of the most interesting developments in human health research today—the human microbiome and how it helps keep people healthy. While most people have heard about the Human Genome Project, fewer seem to know about the Human …

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Core 100

In Features, Spring/Summer 2017 by Aleisa Dornbierer-Schat

SETTING STUDENTS ON A COMMON KINGDOM TRAJECTORY When new students arrive on campus each August, they show up in force, crisscrossing lawns and sidewalks, carrying laundry baskets, struggling under the weight of plastic crates full of books. The parking lots are packed. Vehicles host odd configurations of boxes, futons, wastebaskets, lamps. It’s a zoo. Parents pitch in with the heavy …