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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 …

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Online Class Challenges Students Beyond the Book

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Kirbee Nykamp

In a world where content is increasingly digital, an adjunct professor helps her students learn how to write for life. As an adjunct professor, Rose Postma has taught Core 120: English Composition to a few hundred Dordt students. Since moving to Pennsylvania, Postma hasn’t let distance stop her from introducing students to the power of the written word.  Working with …

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A New Era for the Kuyper Scholars Program

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Kate Henreckson

In the spring of 2001, the English department at Dordt began having conversations about whether the college needed an honors program.   “[Former English Professor] John Van Rys said to me one day, ‘What do you think about an honors program?’” recalls Dr. Mary Dengler, who has been the Kuyper Scholars Program co-director since it began. “We need one,” she …

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Groninga Lands a Christian Hip-Hop Record Deal

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Sarah Moss

How did Becca Groninga, a senior mechanical engineering major, land a record deal with Enoch Flow Records, a Christian hip-hop label? Groninga’s interest in spoken word—a form of word-based performance art—and rap started when she was in high school in Green Isle, Minnesota, where she was inspired to write her own lyrics. During her freshman and sophomore years at Dordt, …

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Dordt Expands Master’s Program Options

In News, Spring/Summer 2019 by Sarah Moss

In the past few months, Dordt has expanded and revised its master’s degree programs. “I’m excited about the opportunity for Dordt to serve a wider variety of working professionals that are looking for a Christ-centered program to further their effectiveness in their field,” says Joe Bakker, director of online programs at Dordt. The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, which …

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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 …