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Dordt ranks on best college and best price lists according to U.S. News

Dordt College has once again received a top ten ranking for both quality and affordability in U.S. News and World Report's (USN&WR) 2010 America's Best Colleges rankings.

Dordt placed fourth on the Midwest region's Best Baccalaureate Colleges list, sharing the position with Northwestern College in Orange City. This marks the 18th year in a row that Dordt has been on the list and the sixth time that the college has placed in the top 10.

Dordt College was also named to the "Great Schools, Great Prices" list for the third consecutive year, earning eighth place on the Midwest region list. Dordt was the only Iowa college to earn a spot on this year's list.

The Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges category includes 94 schools in twelve states, from Kansas to Ohio, that focus on undergraduate education in liberal arts and professional fields such as business, nursing, and education.

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Also in this issue . . .

New staff begin at Dordt

After school program gets help

Military veterans get tuition support

Register for Parents' Weekend today

Become a Dordt College fan

New staff hired at Dordt

In addition to the
new faculty who were featured in the August Alumni E-news, several staff positions have been filled recently at the college. For an introduction to Kyla De Wit (top right), Brant Steffey, Erica Vonk, Noemi De Weerd, Todd Montsma, Jeff Zomer, Kraig Bleeker (bottom right), and Laura Eekhoff click here.


College kids come to Kidzone

Kidzone is an after school club for elementary and middle school age children in Sioux Center, but lately it's also become a place for Dordt students to get their "family fix."

"I have a three-year-old niece, and I miss her less when I spend time here," says Andrea Kaisand, a Dordt sophomore from Bussey, IA. "I enjoy being with little kids, and I like helping others," she adds as reasons for serving as a volunteer at Kidzone. When living in a college dorm gets a little stressful, she appreciates the opportunity to get away from campus and just have some fun interacting with children.

More than 100 elementary and middle school students regularly attended Kidzone last year. They came from 29 churches, as well as some not being affiliated with a church.

Last year more than 20 college students volunteered in conjunction with Dordt's Community Outreach Program (COP). College-funded and student-run, COP gives students the opportunity to volunteer in area agencies and ministries to support and enhance their classroom learning.

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Dordt joins program to assist military veterans with tuition costs

Dordt College has joined the Yellow Ribbon Program, a federal effort to help military veterans attend college. Dordt has agreed to admit 10 students under the Yellow Ribbon Program and will contribute $5,000 per student per year.

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. It allows degree-granting institutions to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to pay tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

In its original form, the bill provided full government-paid tuition only to veterans attending public universities. The Yellow Ribbon Program was added to the bill to accommodate veterans at private institutions.



Parents' Weekend October 16 & 17

Parents' Weekend will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17. The Ribbens Academic Complex will be dedicated on Friday morning at 11 a.m. and guests will be able to tour the revamped facility.  The Fall Music Festival and women's volleyball kick off Friday evening's events, followed by a reception in the rec center.


Saturday is packed full of activities including the President's Brunch, jazz band and organ concerts, a home football game, a theatre production, and praise and worship.  Online registration is now open so register today!





Dordt College is getting 'social'


It seems that everyone is all a-Twitter about getting LinkedIn with Facebook these days.  Your alma mater is there too! Become a part of the conversation and keep up with the latest Dordt news by becoming a Dordt College fan on Facebook,  following Dordt College Athletics on Twitter, or getting LinkedIn with other Dordt College Alumni for referrals, networking, and job postings.  Of course, the website is always good too.  We'll see you online.  


Alumni and friends events

Alumni events

2009 Rooster Booster

Job openings

Alumni notes

Alumni events

Chicagoland, September 18 at 7 p.m. --  All alumni and friends are invited to come watch the Dordt College women's volleyball team take on Lindenwood University at the Olivet Nazarene volleyball tournament in Bourbonnais, Illinois, just south of Chicago. Cheer for the Defenders and share pizza afterwards at Aurelio's Pizza.

Visalia, CA, September 25 at 6:00 p.m.  Plan to attend a tailgate party for Dordt College alumni and friends prior to the Central Valley Christian vs. Portersville HS football game. We'll have food, fun, and giveaways for the whole family! RSVP via e-mail to Wes Fopma or by calling 712-722-6028 or contact  Mark Rip via e-mail or by phone at 559-732-2201.

West Michigan, October 1 at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall at Holland Christian High School -- Dr. Hubert Krygsman, professor of history at Dordt College, will address the question "How should Christians regard Islam?" Dr. Krygsman explains the development and beliefs of Islam and compares them with Christianity. In the process, he examines the roots of contemporary conflicts and offers suggestions for how Christians should respond based on a biblical understanding of our calling to do justice and make disciples of all nations. RSVP to  Wes Fopma via email,  Jim Geertsma at 616-738-7454 or Deb Haak at 616-875-7075.

Pella, Iowa, October 9 at5:30 p.m.   Join us in the Pella Christian High School parking lot for a tailgate party  with Dordt College alumni and friends prior to Pella Christian vs. I-35 football game. We'll have food, fun, and giveaways for the whole family. RSVP to Wes Fopma via email or by calling 712-722-6028  or Mark Blankespoor at 641-628-8590.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 9 at 7:30 p.m -- Alumni and friends are invited to an evening of reading and storytelling with Jim Schaap at the Grace Evangelical Church at 755 73rd Avenue NE in Fridley, MN.  It's a great night for alumni and friends of all ages. We'll even provide dessert afterwards! RSVP to Wes Fopma or 712-722-6028 or call Lois Marra at 763-754-2073.

For more information on these and other alumni events, click here or contact Wes Fopma.

Rooster Booster Pheasant Hunt

The 2009 Rooster Booster Pheasant Hunt is scheduled for November 5-7 near Corsica, South Dakota.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Dordt College Rooster Booster Scholarship Fund.  For more details about this one-of-a-kind hunting weekend, contact Dave Vander Werf, Director of Planned Giving at Dordt College.


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. We appreciate your tips and recommendations of great candidates who could serve with us at Dordt.


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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