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Dr. Duane Bajema served as a reviewer for five papers for publication for the Southern Region Agricultural Education Research Conference, a regional conference dedicated to sharing current research in agricultural education. The conference will be held in St. Louis on February 3-4, 2004. The Southern Region is a subsection of the international American Association of Agricultural Education.

Computer Science Professor Dennis De Jong made a presentation at the Protestant Reformed Teachers' Convention in October on "Computers and the Mathematics Classroom." He presented some principles to guide the use of computers in Christian school classrooms. He also demonstrated a computer graphing program to use in grades four through eight and showed two spreadsheet activities for junior high and early high school mathematics courses.

Dr. Paul Fessler wrote a chapter in a book published by University of Wisconsin Press in November. German-American Immigration and Ethnicity in Comparative Perspective is edited by Walter Kamphoefner and Wolfgang Helbich. Fessler's chapter, "The Political and Pedagogical in Bilingual Education: Yesterday and Today" compares contemporary bilingual education programs and German-American bilingual programs in American public schools over a century ago.

Fessler also contributed to the newly published Government in America: People, Politics and Policy, writing over thirty features in sections on "How You Can Make a Difference" and "Career Profiles." Fessler says he tried to pick issues that were of particular interest from a Reformed perspective. He interviewed people for inclusion that are tied to the Reformed Kuyperian perspective. In the Career Profiles section, he wrote a feature on Stanley Carlson-Thies, Program Director of the Civitas Program in Faith in Public Affairs at the Center for Public Justice.

Dr. Wes Jamison, director of the Dordt College Agriculture Stewardship Center and associate professor of agriculture, has been named to the advisory board of the Leopold Center in Ames, Iowa. Jamison will represent the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (IAICU) on the board.

The Leopold Center explores and cultivates alternatives that secure healthier people and landscapes in Iowa and the nation. It is a research and education center with statewide programs to develop sustainable profitable agricultural practices that conserve natural resources.

The seventeen-member board advises the director on funding of research proposals, policies and procedures, budget development, and program review. The Center collaborates with ISU Extension and other university, state, and local organizations to communicate research findings.

Jamison has been invited to give a presentation and paper at a national symposium in Delhi, India, on November 26. He will speak on the relevance of genetically modified technology to Indian Agriculture and Food Security. The title of his address is "Social and Political Risk Management of GM Crops." The conference is sponsored by the Indian government and is organized by Gene Campaign, an Indian non-governmental organization.

Drs. Wayne Kobes and Ron Vos spoke on the topic "The Dordt College Agriculture Stewardship Center: A Search for Normative Agriculture," at the tenth annual agricultural missions conference sponsored by ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization). Vos, who is professor of agriculture, and Kobes, who is professor of theology, will join forces to address the topic of God's calling to those in agriculture at the conference in Fort Meyers, Florida, Nov. 11-13.

Vos also led a meeting in which delegates brainstormed what they felt would constitute a good Ag Missions emphasis in a college curriculum. He also represented Dordt College at a meeting with several NGOs (non-governmental organizations) working in Ag Mission to discuss ways to maintain contact with each other and help each other. As a result a a special listserve using ECHO's website will be set up.

ECHO is a non-profit, Christian organization actively involved in networking global hunger solutions. Its primary mandate is to strengthen the ministries of missionaries and national churches as they work with rural small farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries. ECHO is a growing network for sharing information, ideas, seeds for plants, training, techniques, books, and solutions to problems to over 160 countries.

Every November, over 200 delegates from all over the globe attend the agricultural missions conference, where people from different professional backgrounds (scientists, farmers, development workers, missionaries, and students) meet and share solutions to the problem of world hunger.

Dr. James Schaap contributed to three recently published books: Epiphanies, published by Baker; ; The Eternal Present, published by Crossroad Publishing Company (available at, and The Best Christian Writing of 2004, published by Jossey-Boss.

In October, Schaap was the keynote speaker at the Christian Educators Association in Milwaukee and read from his work as part of a community art and lecture series held at Southwest Christian High in Edgerton, Minnesota.

Dr. Mark Christians and Professor Barb Hoekstra, co-chairs of the college assessment committee, led a session at the National Assessment Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) on November 4. The title of their presentation was "The Assidere Approach to Assessment at Dordt College."

Professor Susan Van Geest had three works accepted into the Iowa Crafts 36 Juried Exhibit at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, Iowa. The works were on display from November 23 to January 4. The three pieces are titled "Cityscape" (wood table), "for h.d. Thoreau" (wood book), and "untitled" (clay book).

Dr. Carl Fictorie's review of Building Student Safety Habits for the Workplace by Mickey Sarquis was published in the Journal of Chemical Education. The citation is: Fictorie, Carl P. J. Chem. Educ. 2003 80 1384.

Dr. Benjamin Kornelis recently received word that two of his compositions, "May the Road Rise Up to Meet You," and "There Is No Rose," have been accepted for publication by Harrock Hall Music. They will be released in early 2004.

Dr. Jim Vanderwoerd will present a paper at the Society for Social Work and Research on January 20 in New Orleans titled "A Comparative Case Study Exploring the Influence of Government Funding on Faith-Based Organizations."

Dr. John Van Dyk's book, "The Craft of Christian Teaching," was recently translated into Korean and published by Intervarsity Press.