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Vos receives John Calvin award

Dr. Ron Vos, professor of agriculture and environmental studies at Dordt College, was named the 2010 John Calvin Award recipient. The award, which comes with a privately-funded $500 honorarium, is presented annually to a Dordt College faculty member whose teaching demonstrates ability and commitment to articulating a Calvinistic perspective.

An alumnus who nominated Dr. Vos said he was "committed to applying over and over again what it means to live out our daily lives in a Christ-like way. He challenged me to think deeply about issues I have never thought about before. Most of all, he practices what he preaches." Another remarked that Vos "exemplified what it means to be a Christian first and a professor/agronomist/husband hand-in-hand."
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Also in this issue . . .

Dordt Nursing Students in Netherlands

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

New Staff Members

Paul Otto Honored

Graduate Education 2010

Dordt nursing students intern in The Netherlands

During their four-month stay in the Netherlands, they learned to say "Goedemorgen!" but often heard "Good morning!" in return—from staff and even some of those living at "Het Zonnehuis"—an assisted-living /advanced-care facility in Stadshagen, near Zwolle. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students Melodie Vanden Born and Nicole Top, who lived with Dutch host families in Zwolle from January through April, were back to Dordt College's campus in time for their pinning ceremony and graduation in early May.

They were first of a kind for the Gereformeerde Hogeschool (GH) in Zwolle, with whom Dordt College has a reciprocal agreement. "They were our first foreign interns," reported Robertha Langenberg, the GH coordinator for healthcare education. "Every year we send scores of our own students to other countries, but we have never hosted foreign nursing students here. It took a little doing, but with arrangements now in place, we look forward to continuing this initiative."

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Nursing Pinning Ceremony

The Dordt College Nursing Department held a pinning ceremony on Thursday, May 6, at which eleven Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students were presented a nursing pin and white New Testaments from the Gideon Society.

The keynote address was presented by Gloria Zylstra, RN and wife of Dordt's president, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra. Zylstra has been a nurse for over 40 years, and was wearing the nursing pin presented to her when she became a nurse. She challenged the new nurses to practice compassion and love in Jesus' name, and encouraged them to be servants of God, which will make them great nurses.

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New Staff Members

Dordt is pleased to announce the hiring of three alumni to fill various staff positions at the college. They will begin their responsibilities immediately.

Mark Eekhoff will also join the admissions office staff as an admissions counselor, beginning his duties on July 1, 2010. Mark majored in communication, with an emphasis in public relations, and art, where he focused on graphic design. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree last month from Dordt. Mark is originally from Manhattan, Montana.

Brandon Huisman will join the admissions staff as an admissions counselor on July 1, 2010. Brandon majored in business administration with an emphasis in marketing, graduating last month with his Bachelor of Arts degree. Brandon is originally from Orange City and currently lives in Sioux Center with his wife, Erica, who also just graduated from Dordt.

Heather (Boer) Hoogendoorn is the new Administrative Assistant for Advancement. Heather began her work in the Advancement Office in May. Heather is a 2007 graduate of Dordt who majored in business administration with an emphasis on human resource management. She minored in psychology. Heather comes from Harbor Group/Interstates Companies in Sioux Center, where she served the last couple of years as an HR and Marketing Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant. Heather and her husband, Paul, live in Sioux Center.

Paul Otto Honored

Dordt College alumnus Paul Otto (Class of '87) was honored as George Fox University's top undergraduate researcher for the 2009-10 academic year. He's been a professor of history there for eight years, and has been chair of the Department of History and Political Science since 2005. He previously taught at Calvin College and Dordt College.

Otto was recipient of the school's Undergraduate Faculty Research and Scholarship Award, a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct research this summer on wampum and its role in European-Native American relations in early America. He also recently published a book, "The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley," that won the Hendricks Award for the best work on the Dutch experience in early America.

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Graduate Education 2010

As another school year wraps up, another session of Dordt College's Graduate Education Program gears up! In a few short weeks, PK-12 teachers will be gathering on Dordt's campus as they learn more about what is means to teach in a distinctly Christian manner. The program is designed to fit into the life of the in-service teacher – even if you live at a distance from Dordt – through the hybrid course design as well as through several completely online offerings. Graduates of Dordt's M.Ed. program are given the tools to translate this concept of teaching Christianly into their classroom, school, and community.

Eleven courses are on the menu for this summer, ranging from Inclusion of Students with Special Needs to a new course on Historical Topics for Middle School and High School Mathematics Teachers. Registrations are still being accepted.

Dordt College's Education Faculty is also offering professional development workshops in the areas of Curriculum Mapping, Mentoring, Creating Tiered Lessons, Response-to-Intervention, and Critical Lenses for Evaluating Children's Literature. Further information and registration for these courses can be found here. These are open to any and all teachers who want to add new strategies to their teacher tool bag. Come join the discussion!

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Upcoming Alumni and Friends Events

Sioux Center, Iowa, Friday, June 25 -
Defender Gold Club Hosts Golf Tournament
The Dordt College Defender Gold Club is hosting its annual golf tournament on Friday, June 25 at The Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center, Iowa. The tournament starts at noon start and will be an 18-hole, four-person scramble format.
Cost for the event is $80.00 per person which includes golf, cart, steak dinner and an opportunity to win flight and pin prizes. The Defender Gold Club is Dordt College's athletic booster club. For registration material click

Denver, Colorado; Saturday, July 31 - All alumni and friends are invited to get together at Coors Field as the Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs at 6:10 p.m.  Cost is $25 per person.

Kansas City, Missouri; Saturday, August 14 -  All alumni and friends are invited to get together at Kauffman Stadium as the Royals take on the New York Yankees at 6:10 p.m.  Cost is $26 per person, which includes a pregame tailgate party in the parking lot.

Tickets for any of these games can be obtained by contacting Wes Fopma.

Alumni Weekend       Sept. 17 & 18

Friday: Business Connections Breakfast, Distinguished Alumni Banquet, Pops Concert, Ice Cream Social

Saturday: Golf Tourney, Tours, Kids Carnival, Football, Soccer, Jeff Allen Concert. More info to come later.

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Several new positions have been recently posted. To check out current employment opportunities at Dordt College, click here.

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