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Dr. Jim Vanderwoerd, professor of social work, and two of his former students, Eunice Muthengi (’01) and Jill (Van Voorst,’01) Muilenburg, had an article published this spring based on their experience dealing with the social ramifications of the sale of a trailer park owned by Dordt College. The reference for the article is: Vanderwoerd, J.R., Muthengi, E., & Muilenberg, J. (Spring 2004). “Role conflicts of BSW students and instructors in experiential learning: Lessons from a case study,” Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 9, 2, pp. 31-46.

Vanderwoerd was an invited keynote speaker at the annual board/ staff retreat on May 12, 2004, of Bethany Christian Services of Northwest Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska. His address was titled “In the World But Not Of the World: Opportunities and Challenges of Government Funding.”

On October 1, Vanderwoerd presented a workshop for college field supervisors titled “Breaking Barriers: Blending Research and Practice.” The workshop was sponsored by five area social work programs.



In May, Dr. Duane Bajema, professor of agriculture, attended the First Annual International Colloquium of Christian Businessmen as an invited guest. The theme of the conference, which took place in San Marcos, Carazo, Nicaragua, and was held at Ave Maria College, was “Globalization and its Effects in Latin America.” The colloquium included businessmen and other professionals from throughout Latin America who are working toward developing a transforming vision of business for Latin America based on Christian principles.

Dr. Ethan Brue, professor of engineering, recently authored a chapter in a new book. “The Role of the Humanities in Distinguishing Science from Engineering Design in the Minds of Engineering Students” was published in Liberal Education in Twenty-First Century Engineering: Responses to ABET/EC/2000 Criteria, edited by Ollis, Neeley, and Luegenbiehl, Published by Peter Lang, New York, 2004.

Brue also presented a paper titled “An Integral Approach to Teaching History across the Engineering Curriculum” at the Annual American Society for Engineering Educators Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in June.

Over the summer another of Benjamin Kornelis’s compositions, “A Song of the Virgin Mother,” was published by Harrock Hall Music ( The composition, which is for women’s voices, sets an Ezra Pound translation of a Lope de Vega poem to music.

Dr. Paul Fessler, professor of history, presented a paper at the Society for German-American Studies (SGAS) Conference in New Ulm, Minnesota, last spring. His presentation was titled “Back to the Future: Comparing New Ulm’s Bilingual Education Program to Contemporary Bilingual Programs.”

Fessler also attended a “Reacting to the Past” conference for faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City from June 14-17. He served on panels and led discussions on how to use this pedagogical method in different educational settings.



Dr. Wes Jamison, professor of agriculture, gave an invited talk for the University of Georgia Department of Poultry Science titled “Was Chicken Little Right? Lessons from European Poultry Production” on April 12, 2004.

Jamison was also invited to give a presentation and paper at the Federation of Animal Science Societies annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri. His presentation on July 26 was titled “Cultural and Political Considerations of Multiculturalism in Poultry Processing Plants.”

Jamison and several other faculty members–Drs. Wayne Kobes, Ed Geels, Chris Goedhart, Charles Adams, and Tony Jelsma–attended a conference at Gordon College titled “Unbinding Prometheus: The Promises and Pitfalls of Biotechnology.”

Dr. Henry Duitman, professor of music, was accepted as one of fifteen to attend the California Conducting Workshop with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra in June of this past summer. The teachers were John Ferrer and Daniel Lewis. Participating conductors were from North America, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Dr. John Zwart, professor of physics, spent a week in Lincoln, Nebraska, serving as a “Reader” (grader) for the College Board’s Advanced Placement physics tests. He joined around 100 other physics teachers in grading 76,000 exams taken by high school students around the country and abroad. Zwart also made a presentation at the physics professional development evening session that was held during this week.

Dr. John Van Dyk, director of the Center for Educational Services, conducted a three-day seminar for teachers from five Central American countries in Managua, Nicaragua, in late May.

In June, Van Dyk presented a lecture titled “Education for Liberty” at the regional AIPESC/IAPCHE conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil; he gave three lectures on the history of dualism at Seminario Juan Calvino in Mexico City, Mexico; and presented a paper on reflective practice in Christian schools at the International Carfax Conference on Reflective Practice, in Gloucester, England.

In August, Van Dyk conducted the opening orientation sessions for the teachers of Calgary Christian School and Trinity Christian School in Calgary, Alberta, and in September he led a three-day seminar for the teachers of Annie Soper Christian School in Moyobamba, Peru. While there he served as consultant to the emerging Altomayo Christian University in Moyobamba, Peru.

Dr. Charles Veenstra’s article “Listening Between Arabs and Americans” was published in The Listening Professional, the annual journal/magazine of the International Listening Association. The work had been presented at the 2003 ILA convention in Stockholm.

Dr. James C. Schaap contributed a story to the recently published book Christmas on the Great Plains (University of Iowa Press). The story is titled “First Profession.”