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Alumni Weekend

New Dean of Chapel

New Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Dordt College Website Redesigned

GPAC Adjusts Athletic Schedules

Student Dies in Climbing Accident


Alumni Weekend Set for September 17 and 18

Alumni Weekend on Dordt College's campus has been set for Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18. The headliner for Alumni Weekend is the Jeff Allen Show on Saturday night at 7:30 PM in the BJ Haan Auditorium. Tickets are $12; $10 apiece for groups of 10 or more; and $15 at the door. For tickets, call 712-722-6028 or email wfopma@dordt.edu.

Jeff Allen is best at what he does-making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. His Happy Wife, Happy Life message of a marriage gone wrong and redeemed has given laughter and encouragement to millions of people. Jeff's comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life and the joy derived from a healthy marriage. If you liked Ken Davis at Dordt College last year, you will love Jeff Allen this year!

Other events on the weekend include a Business Connections breakfast, Distinguished Alumni Banquet, Pops Concert, Ice Cream Social, Tours, Golf Tournament, Kid's Carnival, and soccer and football games.

It will definitely be A September to Remember.

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Aaron Baart New Dean of Chapel

Dordt College has announced the hiring of Pastor Aaron Baart as new Dean of Chapel. Baart is replacing Pastor Rod Gorter, who recently announced his intent to leave the position to resume pastoral ministry in a church setting.

Baart, who is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Bridge of Hope Ministries in Sioux Center, has been engaged with the Dordt College campus through leading weekly chapel services during this past academic year. Bethany Schuttinga, Associate Provost of Co-curricular Programs at Dordt College said, "The scholarship, leadership experience and passion that Pastor Baart brings to ministry programs will be a tremendous addition to our campus culture. I am very pleased to have Aaron join Dordt College, and we are looking forward to having him contribute to even more aspects of our spiritual development program."

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Jongsma Knauss New Director of Marketing and Public Relations

A new Director of Marketing and Public Relations has taken the helm at Dordt College.Sonya Jongsma Knauss assumed her new duties in Dordt's Advancement office on July 22. Jongsma Knauss will direct and oversee media relations, advertising, promotional publications, and marketing efforts conducted by the college.

Jongsma Knauss is a Dordt alumna, graduating from the college in 1997 with a major in English and a minor in political science. She went on to receive her Master's degree in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in journalism and mass communication.

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Dordt College Website Redesigned

Every month, more than 22,000 visitors tour Dordt College's website at www.dordt.edu. Those visitors are now getting a look at a fully redesigned website, launched the first week of July.

The redesign has been an 18-month process, involving everything from new pictures and content to the back-end coding that makes search engines function efficiently.

"We think guests will find the re-design helpful and inviting. The website is a great place to learn about Dordt College and what we have to offer," noted Sonya Jongsma Knauss, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Visitors to the site will find more than 1,500 pages of content, and more than 1,000 current photos of students, faculty, and staff.

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GPAC Adjusts Athletic Schedules

The Dordt College athletic program has seen its 2010-2011 school year schedules changed due to the closing of Dana College and the subsequent reduction of teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference from 13 to 12. Three sports, football, volleyball and basketball, have adjusted their schedule to reflect an even number of games played in the conference schedule. This balance did not exist without completely re-working the schedules.

"With the loss of Dana College the league needed to look at these three sports immediately and adjustments were made to gain back the lost games because of the unbalanced conference schedule these sports play," said GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra. "We needed to use the membership numbers we have in place to fill the open spots on the schedule at this late date instead of our schools scrambling for extra dates." "We also wanted our conference schedule games to be even for all the teams in the league," added Westra.

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Dordt Student Dies in Climbing Accident

Brandon Oldenkamp, who would have been a senior this fall at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, died in a climbing accident at the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Wednesday, July 21. He was 21 years old.

"The loss of a vigorous young man in the midst of a joy-filled excursion is a tragedy that stuns our whole campus," said Dordt College President Carl E. Zylstra. "Brandon was an integral part of our campus, whether in the classroom, on the basketball court, or as part of our summer maintenance team."

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Upcoming Events

Alumni Notes

Alumni Connections

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Upcoming Alumni and Friends Events

Visalia, CA: Fri., Sept. 10, 2010

All Dordt College alumni and friends of the college are invited to a tailgate party prior to the Central Valley Christian vs. Chowchilla Union High School football game. The tailgate will begin at 5:30 PM at the Central Valley Christian Junior High Pavilion. Feel free to invite a friend. Please contact Mark Rip (559-592-2999) or the Dordt College Alumni Office (712-722-6028, wfopma@dordt.edu) if you plan to attend or need additional information.

Ripon, CA: Thurs., Sept. 23, 2010

You are invited to hear Professor Paul Fessler from the History Department at Dordt College present on a very relevant topic in today's society. America is in the midst of heated debates over immigration, but what many donít know is that such debates are nothing new in this country's history. Fessler's presentation will highlight the broad contours of America's immigrant past from the early 1800s through the mid-20th century in order to better critique contemporary issues such as bilingual education and illegal immigration. Professor Fessler's presentation starts at 7 PM in the auditorium at Ripon Christian High School.

Please RSVP to Wes Fopma (712-722-6028 or wfopma@dordt.edu) or Jan Viss (209-577-4046).

Escondido, California: Friday, Oct. 1, 2010

All Dordt College alumni and friends of the college are invited to a tailgate party prior to the Calvin Christian High School vs. San Pasqual Academy. The tailgate will begin at 5:30 PM at the Calvin Christian High School Quad area. Feel free to invite a friend. Please contact Sandy Roth (760-743-5436, srothccs@hotmail.com) or Wes Fopma, Director of Alumni Relations (712-722-6028, wfopma@dordt.edu).


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