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Monthly convocations bring speakers to campus

Dr. Arlin Meyer ('55), a member of the first class at Dordt College, gave the first invited convocation address of this Jubilee year.

Dr. Arlin Meyer ('55), a member of the first class at Dordt College, gave the first invited convocation address of this Jubilee year.

A series of eight Jubilee convocations are being held during this academic year as another way to “remember, celebrate, and share the vision of Dordt College,” says Dr. John Kok, dean of the humanities and chair of the committee that brings outside speakers to campus. The convocations are something different and “extra-special” for the year of celebration, he says.

President Dr. Carl Zylstra began the series at his traditional opening convocation of the year. He spoke to the entire college community on “A Distinctive College with a Distinguished Future,” urging the college to celebrate its distinctive Reformed vision as it distinguishes itself by graduating students prepared for world-shaking service in the name of the Lord of heaven and earth.

On September 23, Arlin Meyer (‘57) spoke at the second of the Jubilee convocations. Meyer, a member of the first class to attend Dordt College and professor emeritus of English at Valparaiso University, delivered a speech titled “Called to Serve and Be Children of God.” After reminiscing about some of his experiences during the early years of Dordt College, Meyer turned his attention to Dordt’s vision and to the people who discovered their vocations at Dordt, whom he described as “carriers of the vision and purpose, and ambassadors for their school.”

Luke Schelhaas (’96) was the third guest. Schelhaas, under the title “Showing Up with a Vision,” talked about the joys and challenges of working as a Christian in Hollywood. Since graduating, Schelhaas has been a writer and producer on CBS Television’s Touched by an Angel and is presently a writer and co-producer on the WB television network’s Smallville.

The remaining six addresses, which will be spaced throughout the academic year, feature speeches by Lawyer Gail Jansen, Reverend Harold Trulear, Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff, Dr. John Hulst, and Dr. James Buswell.