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James Calvin Schaap’s book Startling Joy: Seven Magical Stories of Christmas was presented an Award of Merit in Christianity Today’s 2006 book awards, featured in the magazine’s June issue.

Schaap

Schaap

A short story by Schaap, Exodus, has been published in The Best Christian Short Stories, released by West Bow Press.

Speaking of Pastors: Parishioners Tell Their Stories, edited by Schaap and published by the Christian Reformed Church, is a collection of essays by ten writers who share experiences they and others have had with pastors along life’s journey. Schaap wrote the preface and also his own essay contribution. Schaap’s third publication this summer, published by Dordt College Press, is titled In His Feathers. (See the review on page 14.)

Several former and current Dordt College students assisted Schaap in the production of the book: Andrew De Young, Liz Mc Pherson, Melissa Drake, Heather Riblet, and graphic designers Sarah Franken and Rob Haan.

Van Wyk

Van Wyk

All of these books are available at the Dordt College Bookstore, http://bookstore.dordt.edu or 712-722-6420 and from other area book outlets and on-line book outlets (ISBN 978-0-932914-68-2). Art professors Jake Van Wyk and David Versluis were two of eleven printmakers whose work was accepted for the Calvin College Alumni Print Competition. The juried exhibition was on display during April 2006. Work selected for recognition included Van Wyk’s print, a lithograph titled “Amstelveen Walkway” and Versluis’s woodcut “Brush Pile 3” and two-color linocut “Brush Pile.”

Dutch Immigrants on the Plains, edited by Dordt College history professors, Dr. Paul Fessler and Dr. Hubert R. Krygsman, along with Robert Swierenga, was published this summer by the Association for the Advancement of Dutch-American Studies (AADAS) following its fifteenth biennial conference held at Dordt College in 2005. It contains thirteen chapters that relate to Dutch settlement on the North American Plains and includes topics on the rigors of pioneering on the frontier, the planting of Reformed churches in the West, economic development, and struggles about ethnic identity and social bonding. The book is available through the Dordt College Bookstore and from AADAS.

Horton

Horton

Dr. Robert Horton was awarded two prizes for his performance in the final round of an organ competition held at the American Guild of Organists (AGO) National Convention in Chicago July 2–6. Horton was awarded third prize in AGO’s Young Artist Competition, and was also awarded The Reger Prize for the best performance of music by composer Max Reger.

Horton, assistant professor of music, was selected as a national finalist at a regional competition held in Des Moines last May.

Seven faculty members and two students attended the 61st Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation held at Calvin College from July 28-31. The conference addressed Christian responses and approaches to biotechnology, embryonic stem cells, evolution, development and environmental stewardship, among other things.

Mahaffy

Mahaffy

Biology professor Dr. James Mahaffy, presented a paper done in collaboration with student Amy Groenenboom Herdegen titled “Antimalarial Activity of Two Varieties of Papaya (Carica papaya) Extracts. Dr. Tony Jelsma’s presentation was titled “Transgenic Biotechnology and the Shalom of Creation.” Dr. Carl Fictorie spoke on “What is Chemistry: The impact of Science and Technology on Culture and the Environment.” Dr. Charles Adams' address was titled “Galileo, Biotechnology and Epistemological Humility: Moving stewardship beyond the development-conservation debate.”

The students gave poster presentations: Heather Kooiman on “Polysialylated-Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule in the Hippocampus in Major Depressive Disorder and Alcoholism” and Engela Viss on “Histological Analysis of Cux-1 Expression During the Development of Postnatal Mouse Testis.”

Dr. Charles Adams, professor of engineering and dean of the natural sciences, gave a paper at the 2006 Christian Engineering Education Conference held at Olivet Nazarene University from June 22-23. Its title was “Teaching Technical Engineering Courses from a Christian Perspective: Two Examples.”

Vogel

Vogel

Debra Vogel, a faculty adjunct at Dordt College, was among twenty-three music professionals who performed in a Sounds of South Dakota Vocal Showcase titled ”Mozart and More,” in September at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux Falls. The concert provided an opportunity for faculty from seven regional colleges and universities to work collaboratively in presenting some of opera’s most memorable music. The program highlighted the operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday. Vogel sang in scenes from three operas: Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.”

Dr. John Zwart, physics professor, gave two presentations at the 2006 American Association of Physics Teachers Summer Meeting in Syracuse, New York. The titles for the presentations were: “Between Cookbook and Open-ended Research: Bridging the Gap” and “An Inexpensive Demonstration of Light Ray Focusing.” The abstracts of these presentations are now published in the Summer 2006 issue of the AAPT Announcer Vol. 36, No. 2, p 122. They are also available in the online archive at http://www.aapt.org/AbstractSearch/.

In addition to offering two poster presentations, Zwart won an award in the “Low Cost Apparatus” category for the apparatus described in the “An Inexpensive Demonstration...” poster in the apparatus competition, where it was on display for three days of the conference.

Schelhaas

Schelhaas

English Professor David Schelhaas’s article “Does the Writing Workshop Work?” appeared in the Christian Educators Journal, October, 2006. His review of A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan by Michael Kazin titled “William Jennings Bryan and the Christian Left” appeared in the August/September Perspectives, 2006.

Dr. Ron Vos gave a presentation at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) annual conference held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. June 7-9. His presentation was titled “A General Education Course in Hungary/Ukraine” and described the successful components of the General Education 272 course that he teaches during the summer in Hungary and Ukraine.

Emeritus Art Professor Joanne Alberda gave a presentation titled “Contemporary Textiles: Beyond Banners” at the 2006 CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) annual conference held at Gordon College in July.

Dr. Jonathon Warner was invited to present a paper at a conference on Monetary Regionalisation (local currency systems as catalysts for endogenous regional development) in Weimar, Germany, in September. His presentation was titled Money, Community and Community Money and drew on his research into the Iowa scrip schemes of the 1930s.

Zuidema

Zuidema

Leah Zuidema, adjunct professor in English, was part of a plenary session panel on “Culture, Language, and Bias” held in San Diego for the California Statewide Conference on Language Access to the Courts.

Zuidema was also a co-author of “Understanding the Relationship between Research and Teaching,” which appeared in the July 2006 special issue of English Education. The article emerged from the work of the Conference on English Education (CEE) Leadership and Policy Summit, a working meeting held in Atlanta in 2005 for over seventy-five invited English language arts professionals from across the U.S. Zuidema was an invited participant and one of ten doctoral students recognized as Outstanding Doctoral Students in the field. Summit participants were organized into thematic inquiry groups to create a vision for 21st-century English education. Zuidema is a doctoral candidate in English at Michigan State University.

Kornelis

Kornelis

Dr. Pat Kornelis, education professor, led a three-day workshop in August with Annapolis Area Christian Middle School. The title of the workshop was “From Mapping to Integration: Navigating Toward a Connected Program.”

Dr. Carl E. Zylstra, president of Dordt College, was recently inducted into the Carl F. H. Henry Society of Fellows, an honor given to three other people since the organization was established six years ago. The induction ceremony took place on August 5 in Jackson, Tennessee, where Dr. Zylstra was also the keynote speaker for the summer commencement at Union University.

Education Professor Cella Bosma presented workshops for several teacher's conventions and conferences. The workshops were titled “What if all the Kids are White”? “Spiritual Formation in Elementary Children,” “Moralism: How Does it Show up in Bible Class,” and “Is it OK that I ask for a Bike”?