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After two and a half enjoyable years of service in the business world, I have returned to Dordt College to try to fill the large shoes left by Judy Hagey, the previous Director of Alumni and Church Relations. In case you didnít know, I served in the development office here at Dordt College for eleven years before leaving in the summer of 2004. (Some might call it a sabbatical!)

Sarah, Jonathan, and Abby Vander Werf enjoyed the Kids' Carnival held in the Rec Center

Sarah, Jonathan, and Abby Vander Werf enjoyed the Kids' Carnival held in the Rec Center

Judy has set the alumni relations and church relations bar high. I hope to continue and perhaps expand the wonderful alumni and church relations programs that she guided and that God blessed for the last ten years.

Much of my work since starting on January 3 has been learning the many responsibilities and duties that go with this position. These duties include working with a very capable alumni council, coordinating Alumni Weekend, planning the 50th anniversary reunion of the first graduating class at Dordt College, getting involved with touring groups, andÖ I could go on but wonít.

One of my goals for the future is to schedule more regional events for alumni around North America. (Weíre going to need your help here, folks, to make this work!) When thereís an event in your neighborhood, please, please try to take the time to attend. Dordt College is unique in that we have alumni scattered all over North America, and it takes a great deal of effort to make these events happen in many locations.

Another goal is to reintroduce the concept of alumni chapters around the country. Chapters can be a huge aid to the college in recruitment, career networking, mentoring potential and current students, and fund raising. As alumni, you are our best asset in these areas.

Mary (Vander Ploeg) Post, along with Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, was honored at the Alumni Banquet on Friday evening of Alumni Weekend.

Mary (Vander Ploeg) Post, along with Ida Kaastra Mutoigo, was honored at the Alumni Banquet on Friday evening of Alumni Weekend.

None of our goals can be reached without Godís guidance and the willing servant spirit of Dordt College alumni. We need alumni to volunteer, to say yes to a call to volunteer, to be aggressive in looking for opportunities to be involved. As former students you have a vested interest in the mission of Dordt College and my hope is to involve many of you, in some way, with the college.

I look forward to meeting and talking with many of you over the coming years. Please pray that Dordt College can make a difference in the lives of young people and in the lives of all those who come in contact with Dordt College.

Alumni Weekend

Alumni Weekend 2007 was an enjoyable one for those who chose to attend. Ida Mutoigo and Mary Post were recognized as the Distinguished Alumna and Distinguished Service Award winners for 2007. They were at an Alumni Banquet on Friday night, and those in attendance were encouraged by these ďLiving StonesĒ and the work they are doing in the kingdom. Mutoigo spoke in chapel and various classes during the weekend, while Post spoke and presented in two education classes.

the Dordt Blades always draw a good crowd during their Alumni Weekend games

the Dordt Blades always draw a good crowd during their Alumni Weekend games

The Dordt Blades hockey team won one of their two weekend games over the University of Nebraska. The Dordt College womenís basketball team lost a heartbreaker by two points to Dana College, while the Dordt College menís basketball team sent the alumni home happy with a nine point win.

The Alumni Basketball team proved they can still play by posting a 104-80 win over the menís JV basketball team. Eric Maas (2002) led the way with 17 points while Shawn De Stigter (2003), Brian Wassenaar (2002), and Brandon Haan (2006) each had 15 points.

Other events that the alumni attended were an art show by Samuel Gutierrez (2000) and Chloe Hilden (2002) (see page 14), the talent extravaganza, and an ice cream social on Saturday night.