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Athletic Teams Reach Scholarly Milestone

In Fall 2019, Issue, News by Mike Byker

Being named a scholar-team by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is noteworthy, especially since athletic team members must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (GPA) during an academic year. Having all varsity teams named scholar-teams? Historic. In July, the NAIA announced that, during the 2018-19 academic year, Dordt University had all 18 of its varsity teams earn …

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Dordt Choir Sings in Dordrecht

In Fall 2019, Issue, News by Lydia Marcus

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordt and the creation of the Canons of Dordt, the choir of Dordt—that is, the Dordt University Choir—ventured to the Netherlands to share the gift of music. The choir, represented by 14 current students and 29 alumni singers on this tour, gathered on Dordt’s campus on May 21 for three …

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Running the Race

In Fall 2019, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

On June 24—exactly one month after he and his 4×800 meter relay team claimed a national title at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships—junior David Temte passed away in a car accident in Montana. He and his twin brother, Benjamin, who also died in the crash, were returning to their hometown of Bloomington, Minnesota, from a two-week road trip …

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J1 Visa Opens Doors

In Fall 2019, Issue, News by Kate Henreckson

Dordt is expanding its global footprint to bring to campus students, short-term and long-term scholars, and researchers looking to experience American culture in a specific context. As part of the State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program, Dordt has received authorization to invite J1 visa holders to campus. The Exchange Visitor Program encourages citizen diplomacy and allows private institutions like Dordt to …

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Alma Mater Refresh

In Fall 2019, Issue, News by Anneke Wind

Taking on a new name is more involved than most people may at first realize. When Dordt College became Dordt University in May, changing the language in Dordt’s alma mater was likely not one of the first things to come to mind for most people. But Music Professors Ryan Smit and Dr. John MacInnis and English Professor Dr. Bob De …

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Getting Stuck on Math 291

In Fall 2019, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

“There will be times this semester when you will get stuck, and that is okay. What is not okay, however, is giving up.” Read through the fall syllabus of Dr. Tom Clark’s Math 291 course, and you might be inspired to take the problem-solving seminar. Problem-solving, explains Clark, is at the heart of doing mathematics. No matter the type of …

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Small Teaching Creates Big Faculty Discussion

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Kate Henreckson

Faculty meet twice a month to talk about small steps to improve teaching. Dr. Melissa Lindsey was so inspired last summer when she read Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang that she, after talking with administration, decided to gather a group of faculty to read and discuss the book together. In September, Lindsey …

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French 102 Brings Faculty and Students Together

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Anneke Wind

There’s something a bit different about the group of students in Dr. Leendert van Beek’s 9 a.m. French 102 class. Sitting among the mostly 18-20-year-olds are some of Dordt’s own faculty, notecards and French textbooks spread out in front of them, studying alongside other students for a quiz they are about to take.  Dr. Leah Zuidema, associate provost and dean …

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Harmsen Honored as GPAC Coach of the Year

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Erika Buiter

After his first year of coaching women’s basketball at Dordt, Bill Harmsen was voted top coach by 12 other coaches in the GPAC league. “It’s humbling,” Harmsen says, “but it’s a direct reflection of our players and how hard our women worked this year to earn respect in our conference and nationally. We have really great women here in our …

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Toys for Tots

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Lydia Marcus

Students partner with a not-for-profit organization to learn about market research. A Dordt student stands in the lobby of a department store, scanning and meticulously cataloguing the toys that have been placed in a Toys for Tots collection box. She’s not a store employee, nor is she a Toys for Tots employee—she’s a third-party market researcher. Courtney Bloemhof (’19), a …