Archived Voice Articles
Dr. Jim R. Vanderwoerd, professor of social work, presented a paper titled:
“Can That Happen Here? Addressing Violence and Sexual Assault on Campus” at the 54th Annual Convention of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work in Reston, Virginia, on October 30.
Dr. Thomas Wolthuis, professor of theology, attended the annual Society of Biblical Literature conference in San Antonio, Texas, on November 20. He participated in the sectional on enhancing teaching of biblical studies at the college level and met with his Wabash Workshop group for undergraduate faculty in religion. In reestablishing connections with biblical studies scholars, Wolthuis hopes to lay the foundation for future work.
Wolthuis also gave a presentation at the “Day of Encouragement” on November 5. His presentation on “Imaginary Worship” helped participants think about how to use imagery and imagination in worship.
Dr. Charles Adams, 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.
David Wilcox, professor of psychology, co-authored an article that has been accepted for publication in the Fall 2005 edition of the Journal of Psychology & Christianity. The article, “Philosophical Foundations for Integration,” discusses the integrating of psychology with Christianity, based on philosophical and theological grounds.
Dr. Jonathan Warner, professor of economics, presented a paper, “Rights, Capabilities and Human Flourishing” at the fourth annual Lilly Fellows National Research Conference, held at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, on November 11 – 14.
Dr. John Visser wrote chapter 17 in the book Leadership: Succeeding in the Private, Public, and Not-For-Profit Sectors, edited by Ronald R. Sims and Scott A. Quatro.Visser’s chapter is titled “Worldview and Global Leadership.” The book was released in December.
Visser also taught the course Financial Management and Accounting for Not-For-Profit Managers in Bangkok for twenty-one students from Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Zambia, Uganda, Philippines, Cambodia, Viet Nam, China, Japan, Mozambique, and the United States. The students were members of the World Vision management team participating in the Pathways to Leadership program for which Visser and colleague Gary Vander Plaats have taught several courses.
Drs. Arnold Sikkema and Mary Dengler, co-directors of the Kuyper Scholars Program, participated in a panel discussion, “Dealing with the Tension between ‘Honors Rhetoric’ and the Value of Humility in Faith-based and Developing Honors Programs,” at the conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council, New Orleans, Louisiana, in November.
Sikkema and Dengler not only participated in the panel discussion on the perceived conflict between honors programs and the Christian mandate, they also attended numerous lectures and workshops in honors courses, exchanged ideas with other directors from the CCCU institutions (Conference for Christian Colleges and Universities), studied grants and fellowships, explored possible texts and approaches for the program, and studied the possibility of KSP students using the NCHC as a forum for their own research.
Sikkema notes, “While preparing for the panel the night before at ‘The Cajun Cabin,’ I also joined the band as a percussionist. I played the triangle.”
Dr. Ron Vos, professor of agriculture, gave a presentation on “Holistic Mission” at the Lausanne Conference held in Bangkok in October. More than 1500 participants from 115 countries attended the Forum on World Evangelism. The purpose of the conference was to study hindrances and opportunities for world evangelism.
“I left impressed with the broad scope of people and thinking within the Christian church. Men and women from around the world are wrestling with complex issues within their own personal lives, their local churches, and their nations. These Christians were not escaping this world but attempting to apply their faith to every aspect of life in the profound desire to extend the kingdom of God. Health, education, persecution, economics, politics, war, injustice were all addressed not just academically but from the personal experiences of people who were brothers and sisters in Christ. These were deeply spiritual people who were willing to risk all for the sake of the gospel. Some came on scholarship with no money; others came knowing that it would increase their persecution; others came out of compassion for the needy of the world; all came wanting the world to know Christ,” writes Vos. A part of Vos’s paper on biblical foundation became a part of the introduction for the Holistic Mission group’s report.
Dr. John Vander Stelt, emeritus professor of theology and philosophy, remains involved with the International Association for Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE), having served as chair of the Regional Development Committee (RDC) for the past year. The RDC recommended how the five regions into which IAPCHE has divided its members could work together effectively and meaningfully.
Vander Stelt also contributed an article titled “Calling, Task, and Culture: General Education” to the Dordt College Jubilee volume, Celebrating the Vision: the Reformed Perspective of Dordt College.