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Allen

Allen

Dr. Doug Allen, a professor of physics, collaborated on a peer-reviewed paper published in the February issue of the journal Monthly Weather Review, published by the American Meteorological Society.  “NOGAPS-ALPHA simulations of the 2002 Southern Hemisphere stratospheric major warming,” appears in issue 134(2) on pages 498-518.

Allen also has two non-peer reviewed articles come out recently. His article “Meteorology” appeared in the Encyclopedia of Physics, Third Edition, and “NOGAPS-ALPHA Simulations of the 2002 Antarctic Stratospheric Major Warming” appeared in the NRL Review, 2005.

Jamison

Jamison

Dr. Wes Jamison, a professor of agriculture and the director of the college’s Agriculture Stewardship Center, was a keynote speaker at the Wisconsin Pork Conference in the Wisconsin Dells in January and in Florida at the Young Dairy Leaders Institute in February. He spoke on the subjects of animal rights, animal welfare, and agricultural politics. Jamison also spoke at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s leadership meeting in Chicago and the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando.

Dr. Jim Vanderwoerd’s article “Threat From the South: Is American Religion Bad News for Canadian Social Welfare?” has been accepted for an upcoming special edition of the journal, Critical Social Work, Volume 7, Number 1. This is a free-access electronic journal available at: http://www.criticalsocialwork.com. Vanderwoerd is a professor of social work.

Dr. Rob Horton, a professor in the music department, is preparing for the semifinal (May 20th) and final (July 2nd) rounds of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP).  Horton is one of seven competitors. The semifinal round at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Des Moines will eliminate four for a round of three finalists at Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ in Chicago. Horton gave a concert at First United Methodist Church of Sioux Falls on Sunday, March 26, and will give a concert and masterclass at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, on April 12 and 13.

On campus Horton organized and directed adjunct faculty and students in a performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantata #199 on February 17.

Schelhaas

Schelhaas

Theatre Arts Professor Jeri Schelhaas served as the Classical Award judge for the semi-final round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Fargo in late January. In early February she served as the KCACTF responder to Iowa State University’s production of How I Learned to Drive.

Art Professor David Versluis had a typographic collage, titled “Urban Edge,” accepted for the juried exhibition “Image and Word” at the Quad City Arts Gallery, Rock Island, Illinois. The March show coincided with the Quad City Arts literary theme for this year. Artists from Illinois and Iowa were invited to submit entries.

Adams

Adams

Dr. Charles Adams, professor of engineering and dean of the natural sciences, spoke for the Calvin Christian Speakers Series on February 9 in Minneapolis. The title of his presentation was “Cell Phones, Petrochemicals, and Cloned Embryos: Discipleship in the Age of Technology.”  He also spoke in chapel and in a biology class at the Calvin Christian High School the next morning.

Dr. John Zwart, professor of physics, attended the American Association of Physics Teachers winter meeting held in Anchorage, Alaska, in January. A member of the organization’s council, Zwart was elected to serve on the Membership and Benefits Committee.

Dr. Calvin Jongsma delivered the keynote address for the 2006 B.J. Haan Education Conference held on Dordt's campus on March 9 and 10. His presentation was titled “Always Important, Never Enough: A Christian Perspective on Mathematics and Mathematics Education.”

Van Dyk

Van Dyk

Thanks for the Memories
Senior faculty member Dr. John Van Dyk plans to retire at the end of the 2005-06 school year. In recognition of and appreciation for his forty years of service, the education department plans a tribute to John this spring. All former language, philosophy, and education students are invited to submit a favorite memory, a way in which Dr. Van Dyk influenced him/her, or other comments. Please send them to Jenny Van Ry at jennyvr@dordt.edu at your earliest convenience.