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Joining both the math and computer science departments is Dawn Wolthuis. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, and a master’s from Michigan State University. “And then there is that MRS from Calvin,” she says, referring to her husband Thomas, a theology professor at Dordt. After teaching for three years at Calvin, Wolthuis worked a variety of jobs in the computer industry before coming to Sioux Center, where she still is involved with the IT industry, writing a book on databases and serving as president for Tincat Group, Inc. Wolthuis is enthusiastic about information technology and mathematics, and says that she looks forward to interacting with students, “who tend to have a fresh perspective on everything.”
Packiaraj Arumugham, originally from Trichy, India, joins the faculty as a professor of social work. In India, he has worked as a project manager in the Christian non-governmental organization World Vision India, and then returned to Bishop Heber College, the institution where he received his master’s degree, this time as a member of the faculty. He earned his Ph.D. in 2002, researching “Inter-caste and Intra-caste Marriages.”
Matthew Dressler, formerly of Vienna, Virginia, joins the faculty as a professor of engineering. Before coming to Dordt, he earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and did his graduate work at the University of Cincinnati. Having studied at these large institutions, Dressler is looking forward to being part of a faculty that, rather than simply pursuing individual research, is interested in developing “exceptionally trained Christian engineers.”
Jay Shim, the theology department’s newest addition, was born in Seoul, Korea. He came to the United States at the age of 23, and after a six-year stint in Los Angeles earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Calvin Theological Seminary before returning to Korea to teach theology. Years ago, says Shim, he read the Dordt College mission statement and felt a “close connection.” Now, back in the United States, he is making the connection official, and says that he looks forward to equipping students for kingdom service.
Cliff Bajema of Spring Lake, Michigan, will work as interim campus pastor through the end of the 2004-2005 academic year. Bajema earned his Th.M. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and has since served in a variety of positions in Colorado, Michigan, and Wisconsin, working both for churches and for campus ministries in those states. At Dordt, he is helping to “re-imagine the campus pastor position,” in addition to teaching one class each semester. Bajema says that he has sensed an already-blossoming spiritual atmosphere on campus, and is excited to be a part of it and do his best to encourage it.
Ruth Harthoorn Kocisko, most recently from Washington, D.C., is the first faculty member in the new criminal justice program. Kocisko, who grew up in Northwest Iowa and graduated from Dordt College in 1976, has spent the last twenty-two years as a court-appointed defense attorney in Washington, D.C., working primarily on juvenile criminal cases and child abuse and neglect cases.
David Wilcox is a new instructor for the psychology department. After several years in the Army as an enciphered communications cryptanalyst, he returned to school, earning degrees from Belhaven College, Wheaton College, Liberty Theological Seminary, and Liberty University. Wilcox has a veritable laundry list of things that drew him to Dordt, not least of which are its commitment to the Reformed faith and the opportunity for him to be close to family.