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Dr. Mary Dengler, professor of English, was a keynote speaker at the Lexington Christian Academy’s Cultivating Inquiry Conference 2008: The Global Schoolhouse. This conference was held in Lexington, Massachusetts, on April 11 and 12. Dengler presented a paper titled: This Matter of Calling: The Connection between Worldview and Scholarship.  

  Dengler also took four Kuyper Scholars, freshmen Meredith Crilly, Matt Gerrellts, Rachel Koopmans, and Robert Minto, to the Kuyper Conference “Civil Society and Sphere Sovereignty,” held at Princeton Theological Seminary from April 17 to 19. They also were accompanied by Dr. Roger Henderson, philosophy, and Dr. Keith Sewell, history.

  Professor Ed Starkenburg of Dordt’s education department served on a state accreditation review team of the teacher education program at Wartburg College of Waverly, Iowa, in early April. This is Starkenburg’s ninth assignment to an evaluation team for the Iowa Department of Education.

Dr. Jonathan Warner, professor of economics at Dordt College, has been awarded grant funding for a research proposal submitted to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Warner and project director John Gorlorwulu, a professor of economics at George Fox University, were awarded a grant of $9,700 to fund research on the topic, “The Nature and Consequences of Weak Financial Markets in Post-Conflict Countries: The Liberian Case.”

Warner also gave a presentation on the Hawarden Scrip Plan at the Day of Learning at Northwestern College in Orange City on April 9. 

  The Reckoning, a documentary film on the Dutch resistance in World War II based on Dr. James C. Schaap’s Things We Couldn’t Say and for which Schaap wrote the original script, was featured at Sioux City’s grand old Orpheum Theater as part of Tolerance Week, an annual event in Sioux City. Schaap also lectured on “dejudification,” the plan by which the Germans sought to rid the Netherlands and all of Europe of its Jewish population. The week-long celebrations concluded with a Shabbat at the Sioux City synagogue, a service attended by a number of Dordt faculty, many of whom were part of the 1991 Conference on Suffering and Survival held on Dordt’s campus.

Schaap continued his tradition of attending and speaking at the Calvin Festival of Faith and Learning. His story “January Thaw” appeared in the February Perspectives. You can hear mp3 downloadable readings of Schaap’s stories on his blog, Siouxlander.blogspot.com   In April, Dr. Leah Zuidema, professor of English, presented a paper titled “Understanding Participation in Online Genres: Accounting for the Role of Technologies” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in New Orleans. 

Zuidema’s chapter titled “Parawork” appears in Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices (eds. Pavel Zemliansky & Kirk St.Amant; published 2008 by IGI Global).  Parawork is a concept Zuidema developed to help think about how to organize informal spaces and activities that support people in their professional development. The chapter introduces and illustrates the concept and explores some of its practical implications.

Dr. Delmar Vander Zee, professor of biology, served as an external reviewer for the biology department program review at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Vander Zee spent two days on campus after which he presented his report.  

Dr. Thomas Wolthuis, professor of theology, has given regular presentations on how to read Scripture for a monthly Bible study at First Christian Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. He gave a similar presentation at Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Home in Orange City.

  Dr. Doug Allen’s paper “Earth’s Other Moon: An Exercise in Computational Dynamics” has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Physics and will appear sometime between June and September 2008.