The Voice: Winter 2002

The Voice

Campus Capsules

Intern arranges microtome donation
A summer internship led to a gift to the biology department from Pharmacia Incorporated, a biotechnology company in Chicago. The company donated four used, but still valuable, microtomes after Andrea Voogt, a summer intern and spring graduate, took the initiative and arranged for the donation. A microtome is used in the study of tissues in histology. It slices and then holds thin layers of tissue in place so they can be examined on a microscope slide. The microtomes are newer than the ones Dordt currently has and are important for doing medical and other types of research.

Senior receives regional engineering award    
Senior Jaron Vande Hoef recently received the $2000 Sylvia W. Farny Scholarship from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Auxiliary. The award is one of ten presented nationwide. Vande Hoef received his certificate for the award at an ASME Student Club meeting held on campus in early November from Mrs. Marcia Zwiep, a former president of the Auxiliary. Also attending was Dr. Donald Zwiep, a former president of ASME International.

Voice students earn honors    
Among the 550 participants at the NATS competition in Cedar Rapids this fall were twelve Dordt students and their accompanists. Two seniors, Rochelle (Van Ry) Senti from Sioux Center and Tricia Van Ee from Pella, Iowa, were selected to go on to the semi-finals. Senti received an honorable mention and Van Ee advanced to the finals. She then placed second in her division at finals.

The latest edition of Arete, an online writing journal from, by, and for the Dordt community, is available at http://www.dordt.edu/publications/arete/
The October issue features a chapter from alumnus Norm Bomer's ('68) recently released memoir, Sons of the River. Other alumni contributions include a memoir from Freda (Kaastra) Hoyle ('94) and the cover art by Carol (Schoonekamp) Bomer ('70).

New scholarship funded
The Ron and Jo Ritsema Elementary Education Scholarship is a new annually-funded award that will be given to a student in any class majoring in elementary education. The $1000 award is for one year and requires a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Costumes are displayed at ACTF
Five costumes from A Strindberg Evening, performed last spring on
campus, will be displayed at the Lincoln Festival of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF). ACTF began showing the best costumes in the region in a costume parade five years ago, and it has since grown into a juried competition. The costumes, designed by Dordt's costumer, Esther Van Eek, will be presented on the evening of the final round of the Irene Ryan Acting Competition.

Agriculture conference to be held at Dordt next spring
Next spring, Dordt College will host the International Conference on Biblical Holism and Agriculture. The conference, which is co-sponsored by Food for the Hungry International, was organized with the help of agriculture professors Ron Vos and Robb De Haan.

"We're trying to promote holism in agriculture," says Vos. "We want to teach people how to practice their faith in agriculture." This applies to everyone, says Vos. He hopes to attract people from all areas of agriculture, but especially those involved in rural development in underdeveloped countries.

Although the conference was planned recently, it has been years in the making. Four years ago, Vos and Theology Professor Wayne Kobes gave keynote speeches at a conference put on by the Educational Concerns Hunger Organization (ECHO). The topic of the presentations was biblical holism in agriculture, and since then, Dordt's agriculture department has been considered an authority on the subject. Later, Food for the Hungry approached Dordt with the idea of a conference.

The conference will be held May 14-17, 2002.