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Kuyper Honors Program

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

On Fridays at 3 p.m., 33 students briefly gather in the Kuyper Honors Room before breaking into smaller, socially distanced group discussions both in the Hulst Library and the Eckardt Lounge. This is the seminar portion of the Kuyper Honors Program 110 course. The students have their fair share of readings this semester: Wisdom and Wonder by Abraham Kuyper, Liturgy …

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All “Into the Fire”

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

As protests for racial justice mounted across the nation and the world this summer, the Dordt football team considered what it means to tackle the topic of race not only as a team but as Christians. “In order to do effective kingdom work, you have to run into fires—into places that are uncomfortable, in order to be a voice and …

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Covid-19 Forces Changes to Experiential Learning Plans

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

The Covid-19 pandemic has paused many people’s plans. But for three Dordt seniors, the pandemic simply changed their plans and, in the process, gave them new learning opportunities. Julia Yoder, a business major, had planned to head to Fresno, California, for an internship with Amazon. She’d subleased an apartment and started researching which national parks she’d visit when she got …

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Janssen Contributes to Open Source Book

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Lydia Marcus

Rings with Inquiry, written by Dordt University Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Mike Janssen and Dr. Melissa Lindsey, is an open source textbook that teaches students concepts through inquiry-based learning. As an open source textbook, Rings with Inquiry is free in both an HTML and PDF version and the source code used to create these two versions is also freely …

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Strategizing the Plan

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

Where is Dordt University going, and how are we living out our mission and vision? That’s what a strategic plan represents, says Dr. Leah Zuidema, vice president for academic affairs. “Our strategic plan gives us a direction to aim for,” says Zuidema. “It is meant to be aspirational—to stretch us beyond where we are now.” “With the strategic plan, we …

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Gaming an Education

In Fall 2020, Issue, News by Lydia Marcus

Professor of Computer Science Dr. Kari Sandouka is challenging her Information System Design students to view the computer game Minecraft in a new way: as an educational tool that can allow them to practice building information systems, or systems that collect, process, store, and distribute information. “Over the past few years, I have noticed a strong interest in Minecraft; it …

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Going Virtual with Dordt’s Commencement Ceremony

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2020 by Bethany Van Voorst

During the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Dordt administration made the difficult decision to host a virtual commencement ceremony instead of an in-person one. “We wanted to provide students and families with a meaningful experience that honors students’ achievements as graduates, even if we could not hold an in-person event in May,” say Brandon Huisman (’10), vice president for enrollment and marketing. …

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Three Sells Award Recipients in 10 Years

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2020 by Sarah Moss

Before he started studying for the CPA exam, Jacob Westra (’19) set a goal to pass all of the exams on the first try. Approximately 50 percent of those who take the CPA exam pass on the first attempt. It turns out Westra had nothing to worry about. Not only did Westra pass all the exams, he qualified for and …

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Defender Clay Dusters Aim for Club Success

In Issue, News, Winter/Spring 2020 by Sarah Moss

Dubbed the Defender Clay Dusters, Dordt’s trapshooting club is one of the newest and most popular sports clubs on campus. “We’re a group of people with a shared interest in shooting,” says Dr. Tom Prinsen, communication professor and the trapshooting club’s faculty adviser. “Our mission is to provide opportunities for education, training, and mentoring of students in a safe, ethical, …

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We are Living Loved

In Issue, News, Spring/Summer 2020 by Sarah Moss

Last summer, Kade Krosschell missed a flight. This wouldn’t have been a big deal, except that all the other flights to his destination were booked for the day, so he and his colleagues ended up having to fly to a different city and then make an hour-long drive to get to a meeting. “I was on the wrong plane, at …