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Dordt Discovery Days is coming

Dordt Discovery Days registration opens at midnight on April 5. This five-day camp for students who have completed sixth, seventh, or eighth grade offers over 30 classes in the arts, sciences, and recreation. Residential, commuter or day camp options are available. This year's dates are June 21-25. Click here  to see this year's class line-up and to register.

For more information, contact Dianne De Wit.

Also in this issue . . .

A note from the Alumni Office

Science teachers workshop

2010 Distinguished Scholars named

Calvinism Conference offers lectures

High school students get ag tours

2009-10 lecture series finale

From the Alumni Relations Office

The Dordt College Alumni Office plans to create and print an alumni directory, which will be available to all alumni. To assist us with this project we need your help.

First, please register with our online directory. To do this, click here and follow the instructions posted there.

Second, send us updates regarding address changes, phone changes, e-mail address changes, career and job changes, or family status changes (marriages, births, etc.) Every month a Dordt t-shirt will be given to the 25th person who sends us an update or registers online (beginning in April).

The company helping us with this project has already begun contacting alumni by mail, e-mail, or phone to make sure the information we have is current, and to ask if you'd like a printed directory. You will also be given the option to be excluded from the alumni printed directory.

If you have any questions or need additional information feel free to contact our office or call 712-722-6028.

Summer research opportunities available for science teachers

A new opportunity for high school and middle school science teachers will be offered at Dordt College this summer. Dordt's biology department is teaming up with the education department to offer teachers a scientific research opportunity, professional development, and three continuing education units for their work.

Science teachers who enroll in the program will have the opportunity to spend two weeks on Dordt's campus, from July 12-30, actively participating in ongoing research projects such as genetic DNA fingerprinting of plants; bar-coding plant species using chloroplast genes; and profiling of prairie plant species.

All participants will receive a $500 stipend and, those who wish, may stay for free in college housing while they complete the program. Five $500 travel scholarships will be offered to qualifying participants.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact Dr. Jeff Ploegstra.

Distinguished Scholar recipients named

Distinguished Scholar Awards are the highest recognition of academic excellence offered by Dordt's Office of Scholarships and Grants. The $11,000 scholarship is renewable for an additional three consecutive years, based on continued good academic standing.

This year 68 applicants met eligibility standards for the Distinguished Scholars scholarship, which requires a cumulative high school G.P.A. of 3.75 or above; a minimum ACT score of 30 or SAT score of 1320. Applicants participated in Distinguished Scholar Day activities conducted at Dordt College in February, which included writing an essay.

For a list of this year's recipients and their hometowns, click here.


Public lectures at Calvinism conference

Two free public lectures will be offered at Dordt College April 8 and 9, in conjunction with the "Calvinism for the 21st Century Conference."

"Reforming Public Theology: Two Kingdoms or Two Cities?" will be presented by James K. A. Smith, Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College, on Thursday April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.

"If a Calvinist had Coffee with a Feminist…" will be presented by Julia Stronks, Professor at Whitworth College, on Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Te Paske Theater.

To learn more about these and other speakers at the "Calvinism for the 21st Century Conference" hosted by The Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, click here.


Ag department hosts biotech tours

High school students from nine area schools had the opportunity to see and learn about career opportunities in agriculture and biotechnology on March 22. The Dordt College Ag Department hosted tours at Dykstra Dairy, Sioux Pharm, Inc., Sioux Preme Packing Company and Trans Ova Genetics.

The guest speaker at a noon luncheon was Jim Woster, associate editor of the Tri-State Neighbor and agricultural broadcaster from Sioux Falls, S.D.

A total of 171 people participated in the biotech tours from the following high schools: Akron-Westfield, Clay Central-Everly, Kingsley-Pierson, Rock Valley, Sioux Center, Southwest Minnesota Christian, Unity Christian, West Lyon, and Westwood.

Final First Mondays lecture

"Hope and Fears about Marriage: What Christian College students think about Relationships," is the topic of author and lecturer Mark McMinn at Dordt College on Monday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology lecture hall SB 101.

 He will also present a public lecture  Monday at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the topic, "Sin, Grace, and Christian Empathy." McMinn is the author of the award winning book, "Why Sin Matters: The surprising relationship between our sin and God's grace."

McMinn has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University and taught at George Fox until 1993, when he left to help establish the Psy.D. program at Wheaton College.

Other items

Art Show

Senior Recitals

Music Events


Ag Day

Job Openings

Alumni Notes

Alumni Connections


Art on display


The work of junior and senior art majors will be featured in Dordt College's Campus Center Art Gallery until May 7. The gallery is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.



Senior Recitals


Amanda Stout, Dunkerton, Iowa, and Jander Talen, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will present a piano and trombone recital at Dordt College's B.J. Haan Auditorium on Wednesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Also performing will be Susan LeMahieu on the clarinet and Nathan Friend on the cello. This student recital and reception following the performance are free and open to the public.


Susan LeMahieu, Frankfort, Illinois, will present a clarinet recital at Dordt College's B.J. Haan Auditorium on Friday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. This student recital and the reception following the performance are free and open to the public.


Music events


The Dordt College Concert Band and Chamber Orchestra will present a concert Tuesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., at Dordt's B.J. Haan Auditorium.


The Dordt College Campus Community Band and Jazz Band will present a concert Friday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., at Dordt's B.J. Haan Auditorium.

Dordt College's choral ensembles-the Chorale, Concert Choir, Kantorei, and Women's Chorus-will present a concert Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium.


Admission to all of these events is free, with a free-will offering received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College.


IdeaFest 2010


IdeaFest 2010 will take place at the Dordt College Campus Center Thursday, April 29, from 3-5:30 p.m. Students in a wide variety of majors will present their research. A schedule will be posted here.

Annual Ag Day

Ag Day at Dordt College will be Friday, April 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be outdoor displays of animals, farm equipment, and a noon picnic lunch served by agriculture students.  Bring the whole family.


Job openings

Several new positions have been recently posted. 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

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