The Voice: Summer 2001
Dr. Sherri Lantinga, professor of psychology, presented a paper at the Midwest Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in Glyn
Ellen, Illinois, on Feb 23, 2001. The paper was titled Mentoring Future Profs: Using Professors
as Undergraduate Field Placements and described the field experience with her
student, Angela Kroeze Visser, last semester. Visser and junior April Crull attended the
conference with Lantinga; Visser presented her Psych 301 research paper on The Effects of
Scent on Interpersonal Attraction.
Dr. Henry Duitman, professor of music, plans to attend the WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) 2001 Conference in Lucerne, Switzerland, from July 10- 13.
Dr. James C. Schaap's article The Book of Uncle Edgar won an Award of Excellence at the Associated Church Press convention. The article placed first out of thirty-one entries. Judges commented: This article is a great example for others to find their family treasure in memorabilia and oral stories. Powerful reflection on death at the end of the article.
Schaap also contributed to the Back to God Hour's animated television presentation, The First Easter, broadcast over 145 stations throughout the United States and Canada on Easter Sunday.
Dr. Daryl Vander Kooi, professor of communication, was elected to the board of the International Listening Association (ILA) at their latest convention in Chicago. Besides the work on the board, the position also calls for work as the chair of the Public Relations Committee for the ILA.
Dr. John Zwart, professor of physics, served as a science consultant for the Whitinsville Christian School in Massachusetts this past semester. Zwart read through their self-study document for revising their K-12 science curriculum and then spent two days during spring break at the school visiting classes, talking with teachers, administrators, students, and the review committee. He has prepared and sent to them a written review.
Zwart also served as a judge for the Unity Christian High School science fair.
Communication Professor Tim Vos will be on leave for the next two years working on his Ph.D. in mass communication at Syracuse University, the top ranked graduate school in broadcast journalism. Vos hopes to focus on civil and political journalism.
Foreign Language Professor Leendert van Beek completed his Dutch translation of another collection of sermons by the British revival preacher Charles H. Spurgeon. The volume, titled Ongeloof (Unbelief), is van Beek's third book in the series, and will be published by Boekhout Publishers. The proceeds of the series support missionary work in the big cities in the Netherlands.
Dr. John Van Dyk, professor of philosophy of education and director of the Center for Educational Services, spent March 1-3 in Moscow (Russia) working on plans for establishing a Christian Pedagogical Institute. On April 23 he led a professional development day on obstacles to teaching Christianly for the staff of Covenant Christian School in Leduc, Alberta. From May 1-3, Van Dyk worked with staff and students of Penticton Community Christian School in Penticton, British Columbia, and on May 7 he conducted a workshop for teachers of Alberni and Parksville Christian Schools, Parksville, British Columbia.
Daniel Hitchcock from Dordt's psychology department received a faculty development grant to present results from his dissertation research at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Minneapolis on April 19. The tile of his presentation was The Impact of Emotional and Physiological Arousal on Memory in Infancy.
Business Professor Gary Vander Plaats taught a combined accounting and finance course in Bangkok, Thailand, from April 24-27, for sixteen managers working with World Vision International in the Asia region. Participants included individuals from China, Mongolia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and Britain.