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Dr. Jim R. Vanderwoerd, professor of social work, and three of his senior students, Daniella Beukema, Naomi Elgersma, and Rebecca Hinderks, presented the results of research at the University of Nebraska at Omaha 2004 Midwest Biennial Social Work Education Conference held March 5 - 7. Their presentation was titled "Win - Win: Can BSW Students and Communities Both Benefit From Service Learning Research Projects?"

On January 23, Dr. Charles Adams, dean of the natural sciences, gave the keynote address at a conference on "Transforming Technology: Finding New Meaning for Technology in the Christian Worldview," held in Albertville, Minnesota. Adams spoke on "Engineering: A High and Holy Calling." The conference was sponsored by the MacLaurin Institute, the Galilean Center, and the Graduate Christian Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. It was attended primarily by faculty and graduate students in natural science, computer science, and engineering at the University of Minnesota.

On February 4, Adams spoke in chapel at Shoreline Christian School on "Walking the Creation Talk;" on February 5, he spoke in two chemistry classes at Mount Vernon Christian High School on "a Christian approach to science;" and on February 6, he spoke in a senior biology class at Lynden Christian High School on "a Christian approach to biotechnology."

Jim Van Ry, the theater arts technical director, was recently appointed to serve on the board of Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado. Crede is a regional repertory theater that counts Mandy Patinkin as one of its alums. Van Ry and his whole family have worked at the theater for seven summers.

Dr. John Van Dyk, director of the Center for Educational Services, traveled to Hong Kong and India in January to speak and interact with Christian academicians at institutions in those counties. He gave two lectures at the Chinese University of Hong Kong: "Rationale for Christian Schooling" at the Research Institute of Christian Education and "How to Teach the Bible Creatively" for the Association for Christian Religious Education.

In India, Van Dyk conducted seminars for faculty and students on "teaching Christianly" at Bishop Appasamy College for Arts and Sciences in Coimbatore, India. He also presented two lectures at the India IAPCHE membership meeting in Kanyakumari, India: "Christian Higher Education in India: New Vision and New Horizons," and "Developing Curricular and Instructional Leadership." And he delivered the "foreign dignitary" speech at India Republic Day ceremonies at Scott"s Christian College in Nagercoil, India, January 26.

A portion of Psychology Professor Daniel Hitchcock's doctoral dissertation was accepted for publication in the journal Infancy. The citation is Lewis, M., Hitchcock, D.F.A., & Sullivan, M.W. (in press). Physiological and Emotional Reactivity to Learning and Frustration.

In May Hitchcock will participate in a presentation in Chicago with former colleagues from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. "When frustrations are repeated: Infant behavior and emotions" will be presented in a poster session at the biennial meeting of the International Conference on Infant Studies.

Dr. Joan Ringerwole, professor of music, and acclaimed trumpeter Rex Richardson, performed in recital on February 1. The recital included organ solos, organ and trumpet as well as organ with four trumpets. Trumpeters from area colleges who joined Richardson included Richard Bogenrief (Dordt), Peter Wood (Morningside) and David Bohnert (Wayne State). The performance included numbers by Callahan, Bach, Matter, Wold, Messiaen, Handel, Phillips and Frescobaldi.

Dr. John Visser, professor of business, taught a short course in China at the Chongqing Post and Telecom University in October.

Dr. Ron Vos, professor of agriculture, presented a paper titled "Sustainable Agriculture-Hope for the Future" at the God and Creation conference held in Kenya during January. The conference was attended by nearly 300 people, one third of whom where were pastors, one third farmers, and one third members of non-governmental organizations.

Dr. Timothy McConnell, professor of theology, recently had an article published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society titled "The Old Princeton Apologetics: Common Sense or Reformed?"

On March 19, he presented a paper titled "An Exegetical Battle in Common Grace" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society, which met at Lincoln Christian College and Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois.

Write for Business, a handbook authored by Dr John Van Rys of Dordt's English department, and Dr. Verne Meyer, and adjunct in the department, has earned awards from the Chicago Book Clinic. Write for College was the winner in the e-book category and in the scholarly publishing-adult education category. It also earned honorable mention for scholarly reference work.