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Bob De SmithMary DenglerLeah ZuidemaBill Elgersma
Bob De SmithMary DenglerLeah ZuidemaBill Elgersma

Professors Bob De Smith, Mary Dengler, Bill Elgersma, and Leah Zuidema of the English department attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication held in Chicago from March 23-25. Zuidema gave a presentation titled “Bringing the Politics of Composition Education to Life for Pre-service Teachers” at the Composition/English Education Connections SIG (Special Interest Group). She described requirements for a “Current Events Review” assignment and shared conclusions from a teacher research study about the effectiveness of the assignment. The assignment is intended to help pre-service teachers heighten their critical awareness of current events (and reporting on current events) related to the learning and teaching of writing. Pre-service teachers are required to present on a relevant news report: to summarize it, to make specific connections to course readings and activities, and to make evaluative commentary about the news item and the reporting of that news item.

Jonathan Warner

Jonathan Warner

Dr. Tony Jelsma, a professor of biology, gave a presentation on Intelligent Design at Biola University on May 12. The title of the talk was “Implications of Systems Biology for Intelligent Design.”

Dr. Jonathan Warner, professor of economics, presented a paper on the county scrip schemes of Iowa at the Missouri Valley History Society annual conference in Omaha, held March 2-4.

Dr. Pam Adams, professor of education and director of the graduate education program, gave a presentation titled “Shaping Head, Heart, and Hands through Literature” at the Iowa Reading Conference: The Art of Reading held in Des Moines on April 6-7. Adams reported on research she did in two third grade classrooms this semester. The conference was for Iowa K-12 teachers.

Adams also presented a paper at the Coalition of Christian Teachers Educators Conference held at Regent University, Virginia, May 25-27. Adams addressed CCCU professors of education under the title “Building a Christian Worldview through Response to Literature.”

Dr. Calvin Jongsma gave the keynote address at the 2006 B.J. Haan Conference on Teaching Mathematics in Christian Schools. His presentation was titled “Mathematics: Always Important, Never Enough. A Christian Perspective on Mathematics and Mathematics Education.” In addition to helping plan the conference, Jongsma also led a workshop titled “Using History of Mathematics to Enrich and Inform Mathematics Instruction” and an action lab titled “Dissecting the Pythagorean Theorem.”

Professors Dennis DeJong, Tim Van Soelen, and Ed Starkenburg also led workshops as part of the conference.

Art Professor Susan Van Geest juried the Iowa Artists 2006 state show at the Witter Gallery in Buena Vista on May 6. Van Geest also gave a presentation of her own art and a stone carving demonstration.

Volleyball Coach Tom Van Den Bosch will be one of the presenters at the Iowa Girls Coaches Association clinic held in early August. His presentation is “Serving and Serve Reception Strategies.”

Dr. James C. Schaap’s essay “Writing and Knowing” is included in Shouts and Whispers: Twenty-One Writers Speak about Their Writing and Their Faith, Jennifer L. Holberg, Ed., Eerdmans, 2006. The essay is one he gave at the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing in 2000. The book is a collection of essays and interviews from that Conference.

Schaap’s essay and photographs titled “Stepping on Steele” appeared in the May/June issue of The Iowan. The essay is about walking on native prairie for the first time.

Schaap has given readings, speeches, and chapels at several Christian high schools: Holland (Michigan) Christian High, Western (Iowa) Christian High, South (Michigan) Christian High, Fraser Valley (British Columbia) Christian High, Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Christian High School, and Central Minnesota Christian High School.