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Studying Abroad during a Pandemic

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

What’s it like to study abroad during a pandemic? Daniel Moe and Yage Wang found that it’s not easy, but it can be worth the challenge. Moe and Wang were the only Dordt students to study outside of the United States this year. In December when Moe arrived at a connecting flight in Atlanta en route to London, his phone …

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Rewiring for Diversity

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

Every Friday at 11 a.m., a group of mask-clad students, faculty, and staff meet in a small glass classroom in the Ribbens Academic Complex. Art Professor Matt Drissell welcomes them before settling down and pulling out an underlined, Post It-filled copy of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist. Drissell is leading one of four discussion groups on Kendi’s …

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Bartels Pens “Suite 2020”

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

Joseph Bartels’ (’20) musical composition “Suite 2020” had its debut performance by Dordt University’s Chamber Orchestra during the Fall Festival of Music last October. Bartels says “Suite 2020” is a response to a time of change and painful transition in his life during 2020. Last year, Bartels felt pretty certain about his future. He had completed his worship arts degree …

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Advancing with Avid

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

This spring, 16 students taking Advanced Video Editing are doing high-end editing on Avid Media Composer. Why does this matter? “Avid is the industry leader for post-production platforms,” says Digital Media Instructor Mark Volkers, adding that approximately 85 percent of what we watch on TV and in theatres is cut on the Avid Media Composer platform. “For students to leave …

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Helping God’s Children Thrive

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

Every person is made in God’s image, and so when we honor that image, it means we celebrate each person as they are and come alongside them to help them learn how to live their life to the fullest,” says Sarah Hawley, clinical director of the Thrive Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). “We can honor God as creator when …

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The More, The Merrier

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

The past year has been unusual for Dordt’s Alumni and Signature Events Office. Typically, they host between 14 and 18 events a year around the country, but the Covid-19 pandemic put most in-person gatherings on hold. Still, Alicia Bowar (’05), associate director of alumni relation‑s, wanted to provide alumni with a way to reminisce about their Dordt experiences. So she, …

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

How should one proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in a secular age? To try to answer this question, Dr. Justin Bailey, professor of theology, has written Reimagining Apologetics: The Beauty of Faith in a Secular Age. Bailey says the book grew out of his own questions and quest to understand and serve emerging adults. Years ago, he served as …

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A New Flag on Campus

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

The flags that are hung in the Campus Center lobby signify the countries that Dordt students call home or have heritage from, including South Korea, South Africa, Jamaica, the Netherlands, and, as of this year, Laos. As part of her role as Global Education Ambassador, Abigail Barrientos Bravo helps Coordinator of Off-Campus and Multicultural Studies Rebecca Tervo update the flags …

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Ladies’ Lunch Connects Those Involved in STEM

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

Once a month, Associate Mathematics Professor Dr. Valorie Zonnefeld shares lunch with the female Dordt math, statistics, data science, and actuarial science students. This year, their usual meeting place in the Defender Grille was unavailable due to Dordt’s Covid-19 precautions, so they enjoyed pizza, drinks, and cookies in an open classroom and discussed their math classes and coursework. “The research …

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Mechatronics and Instrumentation

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

What better way to teach engineering majors about mechatronics—the study of how mechanical and electrical systems interface—than by building robots? Engineering Professor Dr. Jason Wyenberg (’07) thinks having students work on robotics projects is a natural fit for his Mechatronic and Instrumentation course. “Robots have sensors and actuators, which interface between the mechanical devices and a microcontroller (the brains of …