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Dordt students do mission work over holiday break through AMOR

Thirty-two Dordt College students and three Dordt employees served as mission volunteers in Nicaragua, Guatemala, 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 to get a broader understanding of the needs of the world.

To read more about the student's experiences and reactions from each of these locations, click here.

Also in this issue . . .

Digital media students go to Africa

Internship leads to biotech research

Earthquake impacts Haitian student

Junior student artwork on display

Film Challenge IV is coming

Dordt students film in African slum

A dozen Dordt College students traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, December 29 through January 10 to film footage of one of the largest slums in Africa. This is the third and final trip that has involved filming three slums in three countries as part of a slum documentary film project led by Dordt College Digital Media Professor Mark Volkers and teams of students.

To learn more about this most recent trip and about the slum documentary film project, click here.

InnoVac provides internship opportunity for Dordt biotech major

Team up a local biotechnology firm, a college student with a biotechnology emphasis, and Dordt College's sophisticated DNA sequencing equipment, and what do you get? In this case, it's a win/win situation for everyone involved.

During Dordt College's fall semester, senior Josh Bowers from Peyton, Colo., was offered the opportunity to intern at InnoVac, a biotechnology firm located in Sioux Center. He devoted two hours a day, 10 hours a week, to an internship project that has led to his senior research proposal, "Culturing Canine Parvovirus In Vitro: Detection of Mutations."

During this semester Bowers will utilize the DNA sequencer in Dordt's Science and Technology Center to continue his canine antigen vaccine project and complete his biology degree with an emphasis in biotechnology.

To learn more about Josh's project with InnoVac, click here

Disaster redoubles fervor of Haitian student studying at Dordt 

Claude Gillot came to northwest Iowa last summer to learn how to make life better for his native Haitian countrymen.

 Now in the aftermath of the massive earthquake Jan. 12 that spared his family but filled his eyes with searing memories, he is even more driven.

Only one semester into his studies at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, the 22-year-old Haitian was in the first day of his second semester when news came of the quake in his homeland. After talking it over with his sponsor family, Herlan and Jeaneen De Jager of Rock Valley, Iowa, and officials at Dordt, Gillot caught a flight to Haiti two days later.

To read more about Claude and his trip home to visit his family and his village, click here. This article is reprinted from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader and is being used with permission.

Dordt College Junior Art Show

Dordt College's annual junior art exhibit is now on display in the Campus Center gallery, featuring the work of 14 junior art majors through February 9.

Art media in the exhibit includes photography, graphic design, painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, and sculpture.

The public is invited to these free art exhibitions. The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For  a list of show participants and their hometowns, click here.

Twenty-two teams take the Prairie Grass Film Challenge

Twenty-two teams are competing in the fourth annual Prairie Grass Film Challenge.

Sponsored by Prairie Grass Productions (a subsidiary of the Dordt College Digital Media Department), the challenge gives participating high school and college teams 48 hours to come up with a concept for a short film (5-8 minutes), write a script, shoot the footage, cut it together, and submit it for screening.

All approved movies created during the challenge will be shown at a free public screening on Friday, Feb. 19, on the campus of Dordt College, where winners will be determined and cash and prizes will be awarded.  The public is invited to attend.

For more information, click here.



Alumni and friends events

First Monday's

Calvinism Conference

Music events

Theatre events

Great Plains trip

Job openings

Alumni notes

First Monday's speaker 

Dean Koldenhoven will be a guest speaker at Dordt College Monday, March 1, at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. His 11 a.m. topic will be "The Church/Mosque Conflict in Palos Heights: a Christian Response to Neighborhood Diversity." His evening topic is "Responding to Immigrants and Cultural Diversity." Koldenhoven received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his role as mayor of Palos Heights, Ill., in upholding justice, defending peace, and protecting the rights of Muslims to worship.

Calvinism conference


What are the pressing issues for 21st Century Christians, and can Calvinism provide relevant principles for engagement of these issues? Six distinguished guest speakers will lead the discussion April 8-10 at a "Calvinism for the 21st Century" conference hosted by The Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service on the campus of Dordt College. For more information and a registration form, click here. The registration deadline is March 22.


Music events


Dordt College's High School String Festival Concert will be Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the B. J. Haan Auditorium. All are welcome to attend this free concert.

The Dordt College Chorale, Women's Chorus, and Kantorei will present a concert Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The concert is free, with a freewill offering being received to benefit music scholarships at Dordt College.


Theatre events

The Mixed Blood Theatre Company will present "African America" at Dordt College Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center lecture hall SB101. This 50-minute professional theatrical production is sponsored by Dordt's Co-curricular Committee and is free and open to the public.


The Dordt College Theatre Department presents Book of Days at the college's New World Theatre Feb. 25 and 27; and March 4-6 at 7 p.m. Saturday matinees will be presented at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27 and March 6. The play is set in a small town, where a mysterious death and every day events uncover a struggle between the powerful few and many others who serve their community with honesty and fairness. Make ticket reservations on-line or call the box office at 712-722-6430. The recommended audience age is 12 and up.



Summer Travel


"Prairie's Edge" Great Plains Experience will 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.


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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