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Being Dordt Alumni

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

Dordt has had a profound impact on Kate (Van Weelden, ’18) De Vries as a wife, a friend, and a church member. “Because of my time in Dordt’s education program, I am a more effective Christian educator at Des Moines Christian School,” she says. “I have a passion for Christ-centered teaching, and I’m more prepared to answer questions like, ‘What …

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New Faculty Seminar

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Lydia Marcus

For decades, new full-time Dordt University faculty have gathered at the beginning of August to prepare for their academic service at Dordt, meeting weekly or bi-monthly during the school year week to discuss teaching and the Reformed worldview, share questions and experiences, and develop relationships across disciplines and levels of teaching experience. Today’s New Faculty Seminar is led by Education …

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Student Trains Pup for Partners for Patriots

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

This year Katie Ribbens, a senior psychology major, plans to raise, train, and care for a service dog while living and studying on campus. Ribbens is participating in Partners for Patriots, a nonprofit organization that pairs war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with trained service animals. “Approximately 22 veterans with PTSD take their lives every day,” she says. …

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Hearing B.J. Haan Once More

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

A few years ago, Archives Coordinator Ingrid Mulder opened a drawer and found two boxes of deteriorating cassette tapes. Upon further examination, she realized that 11 of the cassettes were interviews of B.J. Haan, Dordt’s first president, narrating his recollections of Dordt’s early years. Knowing that these tapes were a special part of Dordt’s history, Mulder brought them to Hulst …

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Emeriti after Retirement

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

What do professors do after they retire? These recent Dordt emeriti are continuing their academic interests—and so far, they love it. Dr. Mary Dengler, professor emerita of English, says she feels busier than ever since retiring. She enjoys spending time reading novels and books on theology, political theory, as well as literary and art theory; watching films; and having conversations …

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Ag Stewardship Center Expands

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

Dordt’s Agriculture Stewardship Center is expanding, making more hands-on learning opportunities available to students.   A new monoslope building will give students a large lab space to work with live animals, says Dr. Holly De Vries, assistant professor of agriculture. The building has only one slope to its roof, with a roof truss that is higher on the front side …

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Dordt Ranks First in “Best Undergraduate Teaching (Regional Colleges Midwest)”

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

Dordt University ranks number one for “Best Undergraduate Teaching (Regional Colleges Midwest)” in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 rankings. This means that Dordt is a school where “faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner,” as described in the rankings’ methodology statement.  “I am excited and proud that our talented and hard-working faculty …

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Dordt Has Largest Enrollment Ever

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

Dordt University’s overall enrollment is 1,786 for the fall 2021 semester—the largest enrollment in the institution’s history, breaking the fall 2020 semester record of 1,666 students. This figure includes a record 1,401 full-time undergraduate students. In addition, Dordt has record full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment at 1,544; FTE is a measure of how many credits students are taking. There are 424 …

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Criminal Justice Majors Gain Experience through Deputy Program

In Fall 2021, Issue, News by Sarah Moss

Dordt criminal justice majors have a work experience requirement for graduation, and this year, three Dordt criminal justice are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to become Iowa reserve peace officers, also known as deputies.  The Woodbury County Sheriff, their training unit, and reserve unit have agreed to partner with Dordt to train junior and senior criminal justice majors to …

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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 …