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Deo Volente

In Issue, Spring/Summer 2021, With the President by Erik Hoekstra

When I was growing up, one of my pastors had the habit of using the words “Lord willing” when announcing an upcoming church activity. The words caught my ear in a peculiar manner when I was younger: “The congregation will celebrate the sacrament of baptism on Sunday, August 24—Lord willing.” Sometimes it would appear in our church bulletin using the …

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Hockey Sticks and a Few Jelly Beans

In Alumni, Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by James Schaap

If you follow hockey at Dordt and wonder how it began, you might start with the consistory of an Edmonton, Alberta, church. The preacher, Reverend John Piersma, was a big-time hockey fan who found a way to speed skate through consistory meetings so he and those elders similarly inclined could sprint over to the arena and catch the third period …

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Showing the Love of Jesus through Adoption

In Alumni, Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by Bethany Van Voorst

“My Dordt education shaped my thinking about my calling to ensure that all children are loved, supported, and have the opportunity to learn,” says Liz (Friesema, ’05) Hoek. “At the time, I thought I was only preparing for my vocation, but God was shaping my heart to work for Christ-centered renewal in my home as well.” Now, years later, Hoek …

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Bridge Building through Language Learning

In Features, Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Anyone who takes Spanish classes at Dordt University gets to know Associate Professor of Language Studies Dr. Rikki (Mueller, ’04) Brons well. She teaches nearly all of the Spanish courses at Dordt, and that is a benefit for most students. “When I talk with students who are considering studying Spanish, I tell them that, yes, you will be stuck with …

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The Lasting Legacy of KDCR

In Features, Issue, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

On May 14, KDCR News Director John Slegers (’78) sat down at his desk and spoke into the microphone one last time. “When I began work at KDCR as a student, I thought this place would be around forever,” he said. “So, it’s difficult to realize that, in less than a half hour, KDCR will go silent. While I can …

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Recording Studio Helps Equip Worship Arts Majors

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Lydia Marcus

Worship Arts Director Dr. Jeremy Perigo used Dordt’s recording studio as a classroom for his Elements of Worship Praxis course during the spring semester. The class included a unit on recording, in which students learn good microphone techniques and how to use recording software. They then demonstrated what they had learned by recording a song. “Churches are always in need …

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History of the Muslim World

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Every other year, Dr. Walker Cosgrove teaches History of the Muslim World. And each time, the class fills up quickly with students studying in a variety of majors—political science, engineering, history, computer science, education, and more. Many students take the class to fulfill a cross-cultural requirement, but the course is popular for another reason, too: learning about the history of …

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Screen-Printing Gives Art Students New Option

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Art and design majors have a new screen-printing studio, thanks to the work of Graphic Design Instructor Vaughn Donahue. Last year while cleaning out closet space in the art department, Donahue discovered screen-printing equipment that had not been used in a long time. Donahue decided to explore the possibility of putting together a screen-printing studio. He applied for and received …

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Being Stewardly with Dordt’s Resources

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Sarah Moss

Dordt University has the lowest per foot utility cost in the state among Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU) of similar size, according to a recent financial benchmarking report released by the IAICU. The per foot utility cost is calculated by comparing the cost of utilities for the institution as a whole to the total square footage of …

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Seeking Transformation

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2021 by Bethany Van Voorst

Teaching for Transformation (TfT) provides Christian schools with a framework for the creation of learning experiences rooted in a transformational worldview. This includes services like professional development training, leadership coaching and support, school visits to provide feedback on TfT implementation, coaching training and support, and more. “With the current cultural climate Christian schools find themselves in, TfT allows teachers to …