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Alumni Council plans for years

By Wes Fopma
Director of Alumni & Church Relations

I canít believe it is December already. January 1 will mark the end of my first year as Director of Alumni and Church Relations. Time flies. Iím reminded of that in another way, too. This year will be a year of transition for me, since I will no longer be listed simply as an alumnus in the Dordt College database, but also as a parent. My oldest son, Kevin, will become a student at Dordt College in August. It doesnít seem that long ago that I was a freshman moving my belongings into North Hall and meeting my roommate from Corsica, South Dakota.

Wes Fopma

Wes Fopma

If trends from previous years continue, approximately thirty-seven percent of my sonís class will also be children of alumni. In comparison to similar institutions Dordt College ranks high for the number of children of alumni who enroll. As alumni director, Iím proud of the fact that alumni appreciated the education they received at Dordt College enough to recommend the college to their children. I canít tell you how much fun it is to see people I went to school with show up on campus in August with their kids.

Since I was a student, the college has changed a great deal, and yet it remains the same. The expanded facilities and new educational opportunities are remarkable. Yet, the mission of the college remains the sameóto provide a quality educational experience from a Reformed perspective.

I encourage all alumni who have college-bound children who are juniors or seniors in high school to schedule a campus visit, preferably during the school year. Your child can visit with faculty, tour the facilities, stay in a residence hall, and experience campus life. If you come with your child to campus, let me know. My door is always open, and Iíd like to visit with you too. I enjoy hearing stories of how God has been working in your life.

Alumni Council News

In the last edition of the Voice I mentioned that the alumni council would be meeting in October. The alumni council had spirited discussions about alumni weekend, regional programming, alumni association awards, and how the alumni association can assist the admissions department.

Alumni Weekend, for the 2008-09 academic year, will move to the fall: September 26 and 27. Preliminary plans include a tailgate party prior to a home football game, a concert on Saturday evening, a banquet on Friday evening to recognize the distinguished alumni, a breakfast with a guest speaker for alumni on Friday morning, an outdoor kidsí carnival for younger children of alumni, and a host of other activities.

Members of the alumni council also committed to hosting at least one regional alumni event in their area during the next calendar year. Activities include a summer Saturday bike ride along Lake Michigan with a picnic, faculty presentations, receptions after some performances of the concert choir on the east coast during spring break, tailgate parties at supporting Christian high school football games, and various other activities still in the planning stages.

The alumni council is also looking at ways to recognize alumni for various achievements in Godís kingdom. In doing so we hope to encourage alumni in their work and current students at Dordt College as they discern where God wants them to use their gifts. In February the alumni association will be recognizing two alumni as this academic yearís distinguished alumni. They are Morris Blankespoor, class of 1966, who lives in Pella, Iowa, and Mark Vogelzang, class of 1979, who lives in Jericho, Vermont. Youíll hear more about these two gentlemen in upcoming editions of the Voice.

The alumni council also heard reports from various departments of the campus and decided to meet twice a year rather than once a year. Please encourage alumni board members in your area as they fulfill their duties. You can find your regional representative on the alumni page of the Dordt College website: .