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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 …

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Class of 2021 Commences despite Covid-19

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

The 2021 commencement ceremony looked a little different from that of an average year. The commencement ceremony was in-person, but there were some alterations to allow for social distancing. All the graduates who chose to participate in the ceremony–298 of the 365 total graduates were present on Friday, May 7—sat in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Only a small fraction of …

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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 …