Dordt students Shine a Light on CRWRC website

Dordt College students were selected to "shine their lights" in a new web initiative by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC).

The CRWRC launched a website on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) in an effort to respond to the needs of people who suffer from poverty, hunger, disaster, and injustice. was created to help a new generation be a light at the end of the tunnel of the AIDS crisis, and shine the light of Christ around the world. The site includes a variety of options for young people to do their part to learn about the disease, raise awareness with their friends, and be part of the solution.

Dordt students participated in the initiative through "Shine A Light Day," held on campus on December 1. Photography Instructor Doug Burg worked with students to create painted light images, posting nearly 100 photos on the CRWRC Shine a Light website.

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Also in this issue . . .

Distinguished Alumni Nominations

Students Travel to Philipines

Physics Professors Inducted

Schaap Republishes Three Books

Theater Scene Recognized

Ag Students Featured

Register for "Day of Encouragement"

Last call to nominate for the Distinguished Alumni Award

Please take a few minutes to send in your nominations for alumni who have distinguished themselves in some fashion within their particular field, have given evidence of living out a reformational worldview, and are able to make a valuable contribution to the Dordt College academic community. The recipients of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award will be recognized during Alumni Weekend in September of 2009.

Three alumni will be recognized, one from the natural sciences, one from the social sciences, and one from the humanities.

Nominations and rationale for your nomination may be submitted online; by email; or by letter to the Alumni Office, c/o Dordt College, 498 4th Avenue NE, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250.  Past recipients are listed on Dordt's website.

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Students travel to serve during break

You can read about the experience of a group of digital media students who traveled to the Philippines over the semester break to shoot footage for a documentary on world poverty.

Professor Mark Volker's blog about the trip to the slums of Manila can be read at

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Two Dordt professors inducted into physics society

Two Dordt physics professors were recently inducted into the official honor society of the physics profession, Sigma Pi Sigma. This organization recognizes and celebrates distinctive achievement and high scholarship in physics.

Dr. Douglas Allen and Dr. John Zwart, both professors of physics at Dordt, were honored at an induction ceremony held Dec. 13 on the campus of Dordt College. Allen and Zwart hope to reinvigorate the Sigma Pi Sigma chapter established at Dordt College 30 years ago. Fifteen faculty and student members were elected between 1972 and1978, but none have been elected since that time.

"We would like to start inducting eligible students to Sigma Pi Sigma next spring," said Allen. Undergraduate candidates must be in the upper one-third of their class in general scholarship, with a higher minimum average often established for a minimum of three physics courses taken.

Sigma Pi Sigma chapters are restricted to colleges and universities of recognized standing that offer a strong physics major. There are only 11 colleges in Iowa with chapters. Each chapter may receive into membership both students and faculty members who meet organizational standards.

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Schaap books republished by trio of publishers


Three books written by Dordt College professor James Calvin Schaap have been republished and released for a new round of distribution.

Touches the Sky was originally published in 2003 by Revell Publishing Company. Rights to the book were recently sold to DVB Publishing LLC, which is currently distributing the novel. It is available from online bookstores or by mail from DVB Publishing LLC, 2051 Woodlawn Ave S.E, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 ($13.50 plus shipping).

Near Unto God was originally published in 1997 and has now been republished by Dordt College Press. This devotional book is a contemporary abridgement of Abraham Kuyper's classic devotional, written in a shortened contemporary style that relates the deep spirituality of Kuyper's work in a fresh new way.

Things We Couldn't Say was originally published in 1994 by Eerdmans Publishing Company. Rights to the book were recently sold to Lighthouse Trails Publishing, which is currently distributing the new publication of the original story online and in retail bookstores.

All of Schaap's books are available at the Dordt College Bookstore.

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Theater scene to be performed at regional theater festival

The Dordt Theatre Arts Department has once again earned accolades for its outstanding work in collegiate theatre.

A scene from the fall mainstage production, "Urinetown," has been invited to be performed in the American College Theatre Festival's "Showcase of Invited Scenes." The "Cop Song" is an impressively choreographed number the audience does not soon forget and will be performed at this year's festival to be held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, later this month. Theater students will also participate in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, the National Critics Institute, and various workshops.

Ag students featured in Tri-State Neighbor publication

Two Dordt students were featured in the latest edition of the Tri-State Neighbor, distributed to approximately 30,000 farmers in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Sara Hanenburg, a pre-veterinary major; and Micah Bates, an ag business major, discussed with ag reporter Lura Roti their reasons for attending Dordt College and their outlook on future agricultural careers.

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Day of Encouragement coming up


"Day of Encouragement" will be held at

 Dordt College in Sioux Center on Saturday, February 7. Twenty-four workshops for elders, pastors, care givers, deacons, youth leaders, and church members will be offered, with presenters including Aaron Baart (pictured), Dallas Apol, Rick Droog, Dale Ellens, Glenda Engbers, Rod Gorter, Gianni Gracia, Kyle Haack, Calvin Hoogendoorn, Kathryn Kooyman, Rosemari Kroll, Aldon Kuiper, Jason Lief, Leon Pannkuk, Eric Rankin, Jeff Sajdak, Dan Vander Ark, Lucas Vander Leest, B.J. Van Kalsbeek, Steve Van Zanen, Tom Wolthuis, and Deon Wynia. This event is sponsored by Dordt College with contributions from supporting Christian Reformed and Reformed Churches. For more information or to register click here.



Alumni and friends events

Dr. Zylstra in D.C.

Art Exhibit

Music Events

Campus Visits

Netherlands Tour

Choral Music CD

Alumni Hockey

Alumni Notes

Alumni Get-Together in D.C. Area

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, you are cordially invited to join President Carl E. Zylstra for dinner on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery located at 4238 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia.

It's a great chance to catch up on Dordt College and alumni in the DC area. Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 28 to or call 1-800-343-6738, extension 3.

Cross Art Exhibit


An exhibit of crosses throughout history will be on display at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery from January 15 through February 15. Titled CROSS/ PURPOSE, this collection, brought together by artist Edward Knippers, includes a sixth century A.D. cross coin; a 15th century woodcut cross; works from the Catholic Reformation; and contemporary pieces, with figurative, abstract, expressionist, realist, and conceptual cross-themed art included in the display. The public is invited to this free exhibition. The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Organ Concert


Dordt College Artist-in-Residence Dr. Robert Horton will present an organ concert on Friday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The program includes works by Mendelssohn, in celebration of the bi-centennial of the composer's birth. Dordt music faculty will also participate in this concert. Admission is free, with a freewill offering received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College.



Campus Visit Days Scheduled

Spring semester group visit days at Dordt College for high school juniors and seniors are January 23 (audition day for music scholarships); February 6 and 16; March 6 and 27; and April 3 and 24. To find out more about visit days, scholarships, or to schedule a visit on another day, contact the admissions office at 1-800-343-6738, option 1.

How about a CD instead?

If the Netherlands trip doesn't work for you, why not purchase a CD of excellent choral music and help choir members raise money for their European tour. The choir will travel to the Netherlands, singing in several large churches, including the historic Grote Kerk in Dordrecht (see above).

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Blades celebrate 40 years


This year will be the 40th year of Dordt Blades hockey. To celebrate these 40 years, the team is inviting all former Blades players to come to Sioux Center to participate in an Alumni Hockey Tournament to be held on March 12-14, 2009, at the All Seasons Center. Coach Nate van Niejenhuis, who will be organizing the teams for play during the weekend, says it should be a great opportunity for former players to visit with old friends, tell a few stories, and see what is happening at Dordt College. If you are interested in playing or have any questions, you can contact Coach van Niejenhuis.



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