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Emily Hageman

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2018 by James Schaap

CRITIC’S CHOICE Emily Hageman is exactly what Dordt College wanted, way back when. Ordinary folks from a region called Siouxland understood the time had come to build an institution of higher education right here on the continent’s most fertile ground.They were thinking about hundreds of Christian school teachers needed for the crowd of “covenant children” soon to be school age, …

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Kristin Kobes Du Mez

In Alumni, Spring/Summer 2018 by Kate Henreckson

1995. It’s evening in Dordt’s library. Off to the side, near the journal shelves, are the carrels. A group of students from a variety of majors are tucked into desks, bent over their books, sipping coffee from Dordt-issued recyclable mugs. It’s a quiet space—except when it isn’t. Students lean over one another’s desks. Conversations on a host of topics waft …

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Reverse Engineering

In Features, Spring/Summer 2018 by Sarah Moss

“Commencements are backward events,” said engineering professor Dr. Ethan Brue in his commencement speech. “No matter how many times people note that to ‘commence’ means ‘to begin,’ everything today suggests that we are at an end. You are finished—binders emptied, textbooks shelved, dorms cleaned. For better or worse, commencements will always feel like backward beginnings.” On May 11, 307 students …

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Research and Public Health

In Features, Spring/Summer 2018 by Sarah Moss

AT THE INTERSECTION OF RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH Soon after Matt Bolt (’17) decided to major in psychology, he realized that his interests were a little different from those of his fellow majors: He just wasn’t as passionate about clinical or therapeutic psychology. He liked numbers—how psychology uses evidence to make sense of philosophical struggles and daily realities. And he …

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Arts and the Final Curtain Call

In Features, Spring/Summer 2018 by Kate Henreckson

CAPSTONE PROJECTS ARE CREATED BY SENIOR THEATRE ARTS AND ART & DESIGN MAJORS The New World Theatre has been transformed. It is English farmland, the 1940s. The scent of straw rises from the bales heaped one upon another. A creaky wooden cart tilts precariously. To the left is a barn wall, and beyond that a fence surrounds a verdant pasture. …

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Living the Defender Way

In News, Spring/Summer 2018 by Danny Mooers

Athletic director Ross Douma has made implementing the Defender Way concept a top priority during his first few months on the job. “Many collegiate mantras like ‘Defender Way’ have performance and behavioral-based initiatives and targets,” Douma says. “We have that as well, but we add a Christian component that is meaningful and enriching.” The Defender Way consists of four components: …

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Van Beek Honors Vets

In News, Spring/Summer 2018 by Erika Buiter

RECENT GRADUATE ORGANIZES MIDWEST HONOR FLIGHT Just four days after graduating in May, Aaron Van Beek (’18) sent out his second honor flight carrying veterans to visit Washington, D.C. Van Beek is president and director of Midwest Honor Flight, a branch of the national organization that he started while a student at Dordt. It all began with a trip to …

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Dr. Jeff Taylor

In News, Spring/Summer 2018 by Danny Mooers

PROFESSOR AND POLITICAL ANALYST Dr. Jeff Taylor was set to host the Republican caucus in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on February 1 ahead of the 2016 elections. Then, someone from KCAU-TV in Sioux City called Dordt and asked if anyone on staff would be willing to appear on television that same night and speak about the upcoming elections. Taylor, a …

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Teaching Biosecurity

In News, Spring/Summer 2018 by Lydia Marcus

Handwashing may seem too trivial a habit to address in a college-level lab, but for agriculture students, handwashing is a significant biosecurity precaution required in their field. Biosecurity is basically implementing “procedures to protect humans or animals from disease or pathogens outside of their normal living situation,” explains Steve Bogaard, natural sciences lab coordinator. “For both four-year and Pro-Tech agriculture …

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Tutorials, Taz Style

In News, Spring/Summer 2018 by Sarah Moss

Stop by the coffee nook outside of the philosophy pod on any weekday afternoon, and you might run into Dr. Mark Tazelaar conversing with students. This isn’t an ordinary conversation; it’s a tutorial for Tazelaar’s Introduction to Christian Philosophy class. “I want to help students develop confidence in their ability to verbally present their thoughts,” says Tazelaar, a philosophy professor. …