Archived Voice Articles
Nursing Professor Pam Hulstein was awarded a scholarship from the Iowa Nurse’s Foundation for her doctoral dissertation titled “Premenstrual Symptoms and Academic Stress in Emerging Adulthood Women.” Hulstein was acknowledged at a Gala during the Iowa Nurse’s Foundation/Iowa Nurses Association 2008 Joint Convention and Annual Meeting.
History Professor David Zwart presented a paper titled “Preparing World History Teachers” at the Conference on Faith and History at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, from September 18-20, 2008.
Dr. Sherri Lantinga, professor of psychology and dean of the social science division, wrote a chapter published in the new book Teaching Critical Thinking in Psychology. The chapter is titled “Introducing Controversial Issues in Psychology through Debate and Reflection.”
From May 23-29, Dr. Tony Jelsma, professor of biology; Chaplain Rod Gorter; Dean of Operations, Dr. Curtis Taylor; and Dr. Mary Dengler, professor of English, traveled to Busan, South Korea, for the first faculty seminar of Kosin University and Dordt College. The goal was to bring the two institutions together for a better understanding of each other’s cultures, to develop the friendship between the various members, and to exchange ideas on Christian education. Dengler presented a paper on literary criticism—“An Emptiness About the Heart of Life: A Christian Hermeneutic Reading of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Cunningham’s The Hours.” Jelsma’s talk was titled “Shalom in Biology.” The week included discussions about a Reformed approach to literature and science, spiritual aspects of the sister institutions, the future of the student-exchange program, and the history and culture of Korea.
Dr. James C. Schaap spoke at a conference titled “The Dutch-American Experience in Wisconsin: 1840-present,” sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center on September 26. More than 250 registered participants listened to Schaap talk about “Growing up Dutch Calvinist in Sheboygan County.”
Schaap’s newest book, Sixty at Sixty: a Boomer Reflects on the Psalms is a book of devotionals, personal observations from Schaap’s sixty years of life, which tie into responses penned by psalmists. Sixty at Sixty is available locally at the Dordt College Bookstore (www.dordt.edu/bookstore), and from the website of the publisher.
Dr. Namsuk Choi, a new professor of economics, completed his doctoral degree this summer prior to arriving on campus. He successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Colorado at Boulder in June. His Ph.D. dissertation titled “Three Essays on Trade, Human Capital and Learning by Doing” focuses on the quality of human capital, foreign trade-induced learning by doing, and structural transformation. In the series of three papers, Choi says he investigates whether the patterns of foreign direct investment are influenced by quality measures of human capital, explores how trade-induced components of learning by doing can affect foreign trade, and examines the liberalization of foreign trade and its consequence on the process of structural transformation in export.
Dr. Craig Heynen, a professor in the health, physical education, and recreation department, has an article in Strategies, a peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. Heynen’s article titled “Viewing and Visual Representation in the Physical Education Classroom” discusses strategies for using technology, graphic organizers, and various other ways to use words and literature in a physical education classroom setting.
Dr. Leah Zuidema was notified this spring that she was one of three professors given The Promising Researcher Award by the National Council of Teachers of English. The competitive award goes to early-career researchers and is based on studies related to the teaching of English. For the competition, Zuidema had to submit an article-length manuscript based on her research. Her manuscript, “Give ‘Em Some Space: Online Induction Networks for Beginning Teachers,” was based on her dissertation research. She will present her research at the opening session of the Day of Research at the NCTE Annual Convention in November.
Dr. Ron Vos, professor of agriculture, presented a paper this summer at the American Scientific Affiliation/Canadian Science and Christian Affiliation joint conference at George Fox University. His presentation was titled “New Hope for Africa.” Sara Top, a 2008 graduate, gave a poster presentation at the same conference. Titled “Corn Rootworm Trials, 2006 and 2007,” the poster summarized research she had done with Vos and Dr. Chris Goedhart.
Vos also gave a paper at the 2008 Transformational Development Conference, held at George Fox University in August. The title was “Theocentric Holistic Agriculture for Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Dr. Karen DeMol, professor of music, is one of six music scholars from five institutions developing a book that examines the role of music in times of crisis and the relationship of music to justice in those crises. Tentatively titled Crisis, Justice, and Peace: Christian Voices in Musicology, the book would consist of musicological studies on such topics as music and apartheid, music in the Holocaust, and music at the time of 9/11. Initial planning work for the book has been funded by the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities.
In May, Education Professor Cella Bosma attended a Christian Education Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, following up a conference held last year in South Africa. African and North American educators gave presentations on developing stepping stones for authentic Christian education and on understanding and living out a biblical worldview, respectfully. Attendees held round table discussions on how the ideas presented could be implemented in their schools. At the conclusion of the conference, the presenters, working with the planning committee of the conference, drafted a document that summarized an action plan for moving forward with the key concepts that were formulated during the conference and will hopefully lead to systemic change.
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Dordt College volleyball coach Tom Van Den Bosch conducted a skills camp in Osaka, Japan, for the Kyoto International Christian School. Adjusting to the Japanese culture, climate, and food was interesting, and the friendships and experience will be something I will never forget,” said Van Den Bosch, who is also an admissions counselor. “I hope many of them will now consider Dordt College as a place to continue their education. It was exciting to see God use volleyball as a way to build a bridge between these two institutions.” One camp participant, Ruth Nuamah, enrolled at Dordt College this fall.