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Dordt College receives multi-million dollar gift from Andreas estate

Dordt College recently received nearly four million dollars from the estate of former Archer Daniels Midland president Lowell Andreas, who died April 4 at the age of 87.

The Andreas gift is the largest in the college's history. Vice President for College Advancement John Baas noted, "The impact of a multi-million dollar contribution goes far beyond the bottom line. This bequest is a tremendous encouragement to all of us at Dordt College and also to those whom we serve."

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Also in this issue . . .

Design students win contest

Volleyball team makes a difference

Dordt wins NC/DC....again

Future nurses learn about program

Schaap is "Finding Christmas"

Art faculty show work

Dordt students win state logo contest

A team of Dordt College graphic design students won an Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) design contest on November 19, edging out one of Iowa's top graphic design schools in the process.

The Iowa e-Health website project and logo design contest is an initiative by the IDPH to provide Iowa residents with health information technology and encourage them to use the website.

The winning Dordt group presented the brand name "Iowa HealthLink" and three separate logotypes to the committee. The design team earned $500 dollars, and their brand name and logotype will be featured in health care facilities across the state of Iowa beginning in 2010.

"I was proud that it was my design that got the prize in the end," said Scott Vande Kraats. "But it was truly a team effort, and if it hadn't been for everyone's hard work and Professor Versluis's keen sense of professionalism we wouldn't have had such a strong showing."

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Dordt volleyball squad raises funds for orphanage in Uganda

 "Serving" is something volleyball players do regularly, but a different type of serving was happening off the court at a recent Dordt volleyball match.

Dordt's varsity and junior varsity women hosted a bake sale on Oct. 31, to raise funds for the Amani Baby Cottage, an orphanage in Jinja, Uganda.

The fund-raiser was in response to a message they'd heard in chapel, "You Are What You Don't Yet Own." In it, Pastor Aaron Baart had challenged students to think about their consumerism and what the Bible has to say about how we spend our money. At the team's weekly Bible study, they decided "instead of just talking about it, let's do something."

Team members did some baking and also contacted parents and grandparents to ask for donations. The group managed to raise nearly $1,500 for the orphanage, where Jana Van Zanten, Kendra Potgeter, and Megan Pothoven, plan to volunteer next summer.

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Dordt singers win NC/DC competition

NC/DC, the Dordt and Northwestern College version of the hit show American Idol, was held in October and November, with a Dordt quintet winning the $500 grand prize and bragging rights.

"The Group of People That Has Never Sung At NC/DC Before" consisted of Jon Trueblood, Troy Ellens, Lee Radde Jander Talen, and Nick Sohre. They plan to keep singing and may even record a CD in 2010.

The Sioux City Journal did a feature story on the group and also posted a video clip on their website.

High school students attend nursing day

Prospective nursing students from as far away as Canada and Texas had the opportunity on Nov. 20 to look inside each other's eyes and ears, listening to hearts, stomachs, test their own blood sugar, and wrap "injuries" in colorful conforming gauze. 

Jenna Heerema was among several Dordt senior nursing students who helped with hands-on activities for 15 high school seniors. All of the seniors are registered nurses following two years in a partnering program with St. Luke's College in Sioux City, and now are back on campus finishing up their bachelor's degrees. They will be the fourth class to graduate from Dordt's nursing program. 

Dordt's nursing visit day was recently featured in a Sioux City Journal article found here.

'Find Christmas' in new Schaap book

The amazing message of Christmas can be found in the most unlikely places, says James Calvin Schaap, the award-winning author who teaches English at Dordt.

He proves his point in Finding Christmas, a book of stories newly packaged and re-released for the upcoming holiday by Revell Books. Fans of Schaap's work may recognize these classic tales from a 2005 book, titled Startling Joy: Seven Magical Stories of Christmas.

Both the new book and the audio CD version are available for purchase at the Dordt College Bookstore. The print version is also available from online book retailers.

Dr. Schaap is also available for a limited number of holiday event readings and book signings upon request.

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Art faculty works on display

New artwork by professors David Versluis, Jacob Van Wyk, Matthew Drissell, and adjunct professor Doug Burg is being featured in the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery through January 14, 2010.

The art faculty show includes works in graphic design, clay, paintings, collages, and photography.

The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Alumni and friends events

Alumni events

Holiday concerts

Gift ideas

Job openings

Alumni notes

Alumni connections

Alumni events

Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19; Grand Rapids, Michigan -- Come see the Dordt College Defender women's basketball team play at Cornerstone University.   They play Friday at 5 p.m. at Cornerstone against Spring Arbor and then on Saturday at 3 p.m. versus Cornerstone. Immediately after the Friday game you're invited to attend a pizza and soda reception in classroom 143 adjacent to the Cornerstone gymnasium. Hope to see you there rooting on the Defenders!

Thursday, December 31  and Saturday, January 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Portland, Oregon --
Come see the Dordt College Defender men's basketball team play at Portland Bible College on Thursday.  Then on Saturday, the Defenders will be at Concordia University. After the Concordia game join us in the Hagen Center for a pizza and soda reception where you can visit with the team and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Dordt College alumni and friends. Please RSVP for Saturday night's reception by noon on Wednesday, December 30 to Wes Fopma  We look forward to seeing  many Dordt friends and alumni rooting on the Defenders!

 Thursday, January 7 at 7 p.m.; Phoenix, Arizona -- Alumni and friends of Dordt College are invited to hear Dr. Paul Fessler, professor of history, speak on the history of immigration in the United States.  His presentation is titled: Melting Pot or Exploding Kettle: Understanding Today's Immigration Debates from a Historical Perspective.  RSVP to Wes Fopma, Liz Danzeisen (623-478-9659) or Merl Alons (623-875-0826).

Holiday concerts

The Dordt College Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Chamber Orchestra will present a concert Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The program will include both seasonal tunes and other musical literature ranging from traditional band repertoire to classic jazz charts.

A Chorale Service of Lessons and Carols will be presented Sunday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in Dordt College's B.J. Haan Auditorium. Dr. Benjamin Kornelis will lead the Dordt College Chorale in this service which is a blend of readings and music. Admission is free, with an offering received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College.

Dordt College's Women's Chorus, Kantorei, and Concert Choir will present a concert Friday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The ensembles will present a variety of old and new music for Advent and Christmas.

Christmas giving from Dordt College

The gift of travel -- Dordt College has a great gift idea for parents or a spouse: a new "Prairie's Edge" Great Plains Experience, to be held June 6-11, 2010.  Join Dordt professors Jim Schaap and Robb De Haan on this one-week learning vacation that begins and ends at Dordt College. You'll visit places in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota that most tourists will never find. That's the adventure!  Click here for more information or contact Dianne De Wit.

If that's not your thing,  the Dordt College Bookstore has a great selection of  gifts and apparel for all the Dordt fans on your list.  Shop online and  enter code: DORDTALUMNI at the checkout to receive 20% off your purchase! 


Job openings


To check out current employment opportunities at Dordt College, click here.


Also, please contact us  if you or someone you know would be a good match for one of our available positions.


Alumni notes


Please remember to include information about yourself when sending in birth announcements for the Voice. Your classmates like to hear what you've been doing.  Send us an e-mail at alumni@dordt.edu.

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