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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 …

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The Hope Fund

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

Tyler Postma had an abrupt end to his senior year at Dordt University. In March, he traveled back to his hometown of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and spent the rest of the spring semester working on online classes to finish up his business degree. In April, he learned that he’d be getting a billing adjustment for partial room and board credits …

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Two Profs Put Politics into Practice

In News, Spring/Summer 2020 by Sarah Moss

Two Dordt University professors put their passion into practice this political season by running for and ultimately winning seats in Iowa’s primary election on Tuesday, June 2. Randy Feenstra (’91), a Dordt business professor and an Iowa state senator, won the Republican primary race against Congressman Steve King by a margin of nearly 10 points – 45.7 to 36 percent. …

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Doubling Down on the Arts

In Issue, News, Winter/Spring 2020 by Kate Henreckson

New professors bring momentum and passion to their programs. While other institutions are downsizing their arts programs, Dordt University is choosing to double down on the arts. Now, thanks in part to the excitement and passion of new faculty, the arts are flourishing at Dordt. Let us introduce you to our newest arts faculty, so you can see for yourself …

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An Inside Look at Nursing

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

“How are you feeling?” “I—I can’t catch my breath,” says the patient in a shaky voice. Crouching down to eye level and putting her hand on the patient’s shoulder, the nursing student says calmly, “Can you breathe with me? We’re going to breathe in and out. Ready?” Together, the patient and the nurse breathe in, and out. In, and out. …

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More Locally-Grown Food on Menu

In Issue, News, Winter/Spring 2020 by Lydia Marcus

Fields and farmland surround Dordt University, and Dordt’s food service provider is committed to taking full advantage of that privilege. In the past four years, Dordt Dining Services, led by Head Chef Nick Lawrence, has purchased locally grown food as often as possible. “When we buy from local farmers, we know where our food is coming from,” says Lawrence, who …

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Lifting Up Hearts through Hymn Sings

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

Jake Thorsteinson is a pre-med student with a passion for playing the organ. “My joke is that I do the organs on the inside of the body and on the outside,” he laughs. After years of piano lessons, he started playing the organ during his junior year of high school when someone gave his family an electric organ. He enjoys …