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Spring semester enrollment strong

Spring semester enrollment figures at Dordt College on opening day were almost identical to that of one year ago, with 1,172 full-time students in 2009, compared to 1,173 full-time students in January 2008. Add part-time students to the equation, however, and Dordt's total enrollment jumped by 23 students over last spring, coming in at 1,260.
Nearly 40 students completed their bachelor degrees in December, which created a slight enrollment dip when comparing fall and spring semesters.

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Also in this issue . . .

Discovery Days Coming Soon

Cancer Society Donation

Students Serve with AMOR

Historical Society Chooses Fessler

Summer Grad Ed Program Resumes

Schaap published in Books and Culture

Plan for 2009 Dordt Discovery Days

Dordt Discovery Days, our summer camp for students who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grades, is set for June 22-26, 2009. The week offers some exciting new classes like How do They do That?, Radio Drama, and Beginning Knitting. Returning favorites include War and Soldiering, Design on a Dime, and Digital Scrapbooking. More than 30 courses will be posted in early March at www.dordt.edu/events/ddd with registration opening at 12:00:01 a.m. on March 25. Registration fees are $300 and three attendance options remain: Day Campers (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), Commuters (9 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Residents (students stay in a residence hall Mon-Thurs. evenings). If you have questions, email Dianne De Wit or call 712-722-6029.

Dordt students make donation to American Cancer Society

Danielle Roos is a theatre arts major at Dordt College, but her concern for families affected by cancer is no act. Both of her grandmothers were diagnosed with cancer: lung cancer was fatal for the first, while the other is a breast cancer survivor.

"Cancer is something many people understand," says Roos, so when it came to choosing a play for her directing experience, the drama Wit was a script that she couldn't put down. It is based on the life of Dr. Vivian Bearing, a college English professor diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

"To me, this powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play seemed to belong in a college campus theatre. I found it to be very relevant to a community such as we have here," says Roos in the director's notes for the performance. Dordt College currently has a professor battling cancer, along with a number of students who are dealing with it in their families.

Three free performances were presented Dec. 10-12, with students encouraged to make donations to the American Cancer Society. The effort raised $100, which was recently presented to Leanne Williams, Senior Community Relations representative for the American Cancer Society.

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Dordt students do mission outreach in Nicaragua, Belize, and the Dominican Republic

Thirty-three Dordt College students and three Dordt employees served as mission volunteers in Nicaragua, Belize, and the Dominican Republic in January through the college's A Mission OutReach (AMOR) program.

This international service/missions opportunity has been offered annually to students at Dordt College since the 1980s. Students serving on AMOR teams do construction/renovation projects and youth ministry and, in the process, are introduced to the culture and the mission challenges of their host country. They return with a much broader understanding of the needs of the world.

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Fessler named to Iowa Historical Society Committee

The State Historical Society of Iowa announced that Paul Fessler, a professor of history at Dordt College, has been appointed to the Iowa Civil War Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee.

The committee will advise the Historical Society on a series of events planned for Iowa's observation of the 150th anniversary of the war that nearly split the nation. Information about Iowa's Civil War Sesquicentennial events will be announced as they are confirmed, according to a news release from the Historical Society of Iowa.

Summer Graduate Education Program

Applications are now being accepted for Dordt's graduate education program that takes place in the summer. Between 40 and 50 students participate in our summer graduate program. Each year during the month of July, the campus is bustling with teachers from many states and provinces who come to participate in our Master of Education Program.

The M.Ed program provides professional growth opportunities for teachers and principals who want to learn more about what it means to teach in a distinctly Christian manner. This 10-course, 30-semester-hour program provides a concentration in curriculum and instruction and provides practical, hands-on instruction for elementary and secondary teachers. Interested in knowing more? Check out our website.


Schaap essay is cover story for Books and Culture magazine

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by Dr. James Calvin Schaap, professor of English at Dordt College, is the January cover story and will run for two consecutive issues in Books and Culture magazine, a bimonthly publication of Christianity Today International.

"Rehoboth: Righteous acts, filthy rags, and a mission cemetery," begins in the January/February issue and will be continued in the March/April issue of the magazine. The essay (without photos) may be seen online.

In the essay, Schaap claims his interest in Rehoboth, New Mexico, dates back two generations to his grandfather, the Rev. John C. Schaap, who was born to Dutch immigrants and lived in Dakota Territory at the time of the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890. Later, as a Christian Reformed preacher, Rev. Schaap played a significant role in the development of Rehoboth Mission, an 1897 Christian Reformed Church mission endeavor to the Navaho and Zuni Indians. Rev. Schaap served more than 30 years on what was then called the "Heathen Mission Board," accompanying three inspection tours during his time on the board.

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Alumni and friends events

NISO Concert

Parks Travelogue

Day Of Encouragement

Music Antiqua

Campus Visits

Art Show

Film Challenge

Spring Theater

Alumni Notes

 NISO Concert

The Stoneback Sisters, an identical triplet trumpet trio, will be the featured performers at the NISO Winter Pops Concert on Saturday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The program for the evening also includes performances by the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and jazz bands from both Dordt and Northwestern Colleges. Tickets for this performance may be purchased at the door.

National Parks Travelogue

A travelogue featuring many national parks across the United States will be held at Dordt College's B.J. Haan Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this event hosted by KDCR can be purchased at the door: $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for students.

Day of Encouragement on Saturday


Twenty-four workshops for elders, pastors, care givers, deacons, youth leaders, and church members are being offered at "Day of Encouragement" Saturday, Feb. 7, on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center. For more information or to register click here.


Musica Anitqua to perform


Musica Antiqua, a professional touring ensemble specializing in the performance of music and dance of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, will perform at Dordt College's B.J. Haan Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the B.J. Haan Auditorium.



Campus Visit Days Scheduled

Spring visit days at Dordt College for high school juniors and seniors are Presidents Day, Feb. 16; March 6 and 27; and April 3 and 24. To find out more about visit days, scholarships, or to schedule a visit on an alternate day, contact the admissions office at 1-800-343-6738, option 1.


Student Art Show


A Dordt College Junior Art Show is on display Feb. 18 through March 8 at the Campus Center Art Gallery. This free exhibit is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


View Film Challenge Submissions


Dordt College will host the Prairie Grass Film Challenge screening and awards on Friday, Feb. 13. All eligible contest entries will be screened in viewing rooms located around Dordt College prior to the 8 p.m. awards ceremony in the B. J. Haan Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend or view film entries on the web.


Enchanted April to be Performed


The Dordt College spring theater production is Enchanted April, a funny, heart-warming production that offers the promise of better, sunnier times ahead. Show times at the TePaske Theatre (Sioux Center High School) are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26-28; March 5 and 7; and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee on March 7. For reserved seating call Dordt's box office at 722-6430 (Monday-Thursday 3-5 and 7-9; Friday 3-5 p.m.) or reserve tickets online



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