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Alumni council aims to serve

By Rodney Lamfers, Alumni Council President

Dordt College is growing up. Fifty-one years may not quite be “middle-age” for North American colleges and universities, but in that time Dordt has established itself as a place noted for excellence in academics and for a passionate commitment to a Reformed world-and-life view that infuses everything the college does.

Rodney Lamfers

Rodney Lamfers

The college’s alumni association, now over 14,000 strong, is also growing up. As we grow, our opportunities and capabilities become greater than ever. With that in mind, the twenty-three members of the Alumni Council have spent considerable time and effort over the last year reflecting on our role and responsibility as a council. The mission statement above was adopted this past spring. Our primary role is to promote service—service to our fellow alumni and service to Dordt College.

For the ten past years Judy Hagey has worked with the Alumni Council as the Director of Alumni and Church Relations. In August she left her position at Dordt when her family moved to pursue other career opportunities. The Alumni Council would like to thank Judy for her eighteen years of service to the college and wish her the best in this new phase of her life. We look forward to working with a new person in the coming months and trust that God will lead the correct person to Dordt to help us continue to work out this mission.

During our Alumni Council meetings this fall, we’ll work together on specific manifestations of our mission. We will discuss the alumni role in recruitment/admission of new students to Dordt College. We will identify regional events and programming that will bring alumni together in ways that are meaningful socially and educationally. We’ll collaborate on planning for Alumni Weekend (Feb. 16 and 17—mark your calendars) and for Dordt’s first ever 50th class reunion.

And in keeping with our primary role of service, we’ll select the first recipient of the college’s new Distinguished Service Award as well as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

The mission statement also mentions communication. We want to hear from you! How can we serve each other? How can we help Dordt College serve you? How can we together better support and promote the college? Most importantly, how can we collectively better serve God’s kingdom? We’d be glad to receive your thoughts via email: alumni@dordt.edu or you can phone the alumni office at 712-722-6022.

I am excited about what we can accomplish together. We have been blessed to receive a Dordt College education; let’s each use that education to glorify our God in everything that we do.