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Weather Warrants Campus Closure

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

On January 29, Registrar Jim Bos (’85) was sitting in his office on the third floor of the Campus Center when he saw an email from Chief Administrative Officer Howard Wilson hit his inbox. “Within seconds, I heard students cheering in the Defender Grille,” says Bos. “I didn’t need to read the email to know what the cheering was about.” …

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CACE

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION REIMAGINED CACE, Dordt’s Center for the Advancement of Christian Education, began with a question: How can we make Christian schools better—how can they be places of real transformation? In 2013, Dr. Timothy Van Soelen, an education professor, and nearly 45 other school leaders gathered in Provo, Utah, for two days to talk about that question. Six months later, …

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Rise and Shine

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

Anna Christians has had a busy senior year. During the fall semester, she co-taught first grade at Sioux Center Christian School in the morning and took Dordt classes in the afternoon. She spent most evenings creating lesson plans, doing homework, and trying to keep some semblance of a social life. As she started the spring semester and began working full …

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Farewell to the New World

In Features, Winter/Spring 2019 by Kate Henreckson

“How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world that has such people in’t!” -William Shakespeare, The Tempest A BLACK BOX A large square room with black concrete block walls and no decorations or adornment held memories for hundreds of students and their theatre professors for the past 60 years. This year, it housed its last production; it will soon transition …

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Using Coffee to Connect

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

Looking for the best cup of coffee on Dordt’s campus? Stop by 55th Avenue Café in Kuyper Apartments, where you can purchase a pour-over or a pound of Laotian coffee beans, roasted and sourced by Dordt alumna-owned Pilgrim’s Coffee. Christa (Geels, ’10) and Danny Longkumer run Pilgrim’s Kitchen and Inn in Savannakhet, Laos, where Pilgrim’s Coffee is produced. “We have …

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Landlords & Tenants

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Sarah Moss

BRINGING LANDLORDS AND TENANTS TOGETHER As public health professionals, Stephanie Van Ruler (’08) and Angela Kroeze Visser (’01) must think about social factors that have an impact on people’s health. Many of these factors relate to where people live, learn, work, and play. “Stable, safe housing is a critical underlying factor that influences health,” says Kroeze Visser, who works as …

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Science and Faith

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Kate Henreckson

FOSTERING CIVIL DISCOURSE ON SCIENCE AND FAITH Students, faculty, and community members packed the science building lecture hall as they waited for “An Origins Conversation with Darrel Falk and Todd Wood.” The event was organized by the Science and Faith Club, a student-driven group. “The goal of the Science and Faith Club is to encourage difficult conversations about science and …

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Blades Benefit Sled Hockey

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Kate Henreckson

Each September, the Dordt Blades hockey team holds a youth hockey camp as a fundraiser for the team. In years past, the money earned has been used for anything from operational expenses to new equipment. This year, Hockey Coach Nate van Niejenhuis was pondering what to do with the proceeds from the camp, when he heard that Siouxland Adaptive Sports …

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Wind & Butterfly Population

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Lydia Marcus

JOSCELYN WIND FOCUSES ON DECLINING BUTTERFLY POPULATION Driving down any Midwestern highway, you’ll likely spot clusters of milkweed planted in the ditches for the benefit of monarch butterflies. If you drove down a Northwest Iowa highway last fall, you may also have spotted Joscelyn Wind, a senior biology major, along the roadside, inspecting the milkweed for monarch larvae and tachinid …

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Spike(ball)ing to Victory

In News, Winter/Spring 2019 by Erika Buiter

Nathan Detrich (’21) and Trevor deJong (’19) have brought their love for Spikeball to Dordt. The pair hail from Escondido, California, where Detrich’s family introduced them to the backyard lawn game. The two men have become increasingly serious about their game over the past couple of years. They played their first tournament in Santa Monica. “It was a pretty big …