The Voice: Winter 2001

The Voice

Faculty News

Two professors of agriculture presented papers at the annual meeting of the Christian Environmental Council held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from October 20-22. Dr. Chris Goedhart spoke about “Community, an Essential Element for Biblical, Sustainable Agriculture,” while Dr. Ron Vos presented on “Why Sustainable Agriculture is Most Compatible with a Theocentric Worldview.” Several students from Dordt and other colleges attended this meeting.

Vos, together with Professor of Theology Dr. Wayne Kobes, also gave a presentation at the Ag Missions conference held from November 13-16 at the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) in Fort Myers, Florida. The title was “Biblical Foundations for Agricultural Missions.” Seven students from Dordt also attended this conference.

Dr. Diana Gonzalez, a professor in the foreign language department, recently translated into Spanish John Stott's book Evangelical Truth: A Personal Plea for Unity, Integrity, and Faithfulness. Her translation has been published by IINDEF in association with World Vision.

A multi-media drawing by Professor of Art Jake Van Wyk, titled “The Mackerel Sky,” was accepted into the 57th Annual Juried Exhibition sponsored by the Sioux City (Iowa) Art Museum which covers a ten-state region of the upper Midwest. The piece was one of six hundred submitted from a ten-state area of the Midwest. It opens February 10, 2001.

Professor of Psychology and Director of Cross-cultural Programs Dr. Ken Bussema and his wife, Ev, wrote an article titled “Is There a Balm in Gilead: The Implications of Faith in Coping with Mental Illness.” It will be published in the Winter 2001 issue of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal.

Tim Vos, instructor of communication, has contributed a chapter titled “The History of News Structures and Style” to Journalism: A History of Principles & Practices, forthcoming in 2001 from Vision Press. The chapter explores the historical and ideological factors that have shaped news writing from 1700 to the present.

Dordt President Dr. Carl Zylstra and Dr. Karen De Mol of Dordt's music department have written chapters in Why Should a University Exist, a Korean publication that was recently released. Zylstra's chapter is titled “Saving the Soul of the Christian University” and De Mol's is titled “Becoming Scholars with Discernment.”

Dr. John Van Dyk, director of the Center for Educational Services, was in Moscow from November 2-4 as part of a commission to explore possibilities for helping establish a Christian teacher training program in Russia. He then spent November 6-9 in Kiev, Ukraine, conducting a three-day seminar on instructional leadership for principals of forty-five Christian schools in Russia and Ukraine.

Dr. Syne Altena participated in a coaching clinic at the United States Track Association Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, held from November 30 - December 3, 2000.

Professor of English David Schelhaas led a workshop for teachers in the Woodstock, Ontario, area on teaching poetry in elementary school. Schelhaas's article, “Green Grass, Flesh as Grass and the Work of Our Hands,” was published in the December issue of the Christian Educators Journal.

Dr. John C. Vander Stelt, professor emeritus of philosophy, recently returned from a speaking trip to South Korea and Kosin University, Dordt's sister college. While there, Vander Stelt gave the main address at the annual Rev. Sung Dong Han Conference, which honors the founder of the university. Vander Stelt also spoke to undergraduate students about Christian worldview and the nature of Christian philosophy and to graduate students about the relevance of Christian philosophy for education. Following his visit to Kosin, Vander Stelt met with educational leaders in Seoul about setting up Christian day and high schools in that country.

Business Professor Scott Quatro presented a seminar titled “Meeting Today's Employee Staffing Challenges” on November 6 as part of the Sioux Center Community Education program.

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