The Voice: Summer 2003
Write for Business: The Compact Edition came off the presses on May 4. English professor Dr. John Van Rys co-authored the 300-page book with Dr. Verne Meyer and Pat Sebranek. It is designed for busy business professionals who need to know how to write strong correspondence, reports, proposals, and presentations.
The book has an interesting Dordt connection. Van Rys and Meyer gathered many
of the models in the book from Dordt alumni: business graduates, engineers, and
others. Van Rys says that some of the pieces were written by former
students in his Business and Technical Writing class.
Dr. Paul Fessler spoke at the fall Christian Educators Association in South Bend,
Indiana, on Operation Wilderness: Social Studies Simulations and on Mining the Past: How
to Use Primary Sources. He also presented Bilingual Education, Ethnicity and Class: German-Bohemians
in New Ulm, Minnesota, 1890-1920 at the Social Science History Association Conference in
St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Dennis Vander Plaats, education professor, gave the keynote address at the Wisconsin
Christian Teachers Spring Convention in Racine on March 7.
Titled Let Your Light Shine, building on the conference theme The Christian School:
A Beacon in the Darkness. He also led a sectional called Junior High vs. Middle School which dealt with the essential differences in educational philosophy and structure between the two.
An etching titled Our Backyard Trees by Professor David Versluis of the art
department received second prize at the annual Nobles County area regional art exhibition.
The work was exhibited during April 2003 at the Nobles County Arts Center
in Worthington, Minnesota.
Dr. John Zwart, professor of physics, gave a presentation at the Iowa Academy
of Science 115th Annual Meeting on April 25-26, 2003, in Des Moines. His
talk was titled Between Copernicus and Galileo and discussed factors (including religious arguments
and aesthetic appeal) influencing the reception of Copernicuss heliocentric theory of the heavens
before Galileos work.
On April 5, Dr. James Mahaffy took six biology students to an undergraduate
research conference at Grinnell College. Three of them presented posters based on research
they had done over the semester.
Dr. James C. Schaap recently spoke at Christian school fund-raisers in Lethbridge, Alberta,
and Kanawha, Iowa.
His essay A White Man Goes to Wounded Knee was included in
Best Christian Writing of 2002. It was originally published in August, 2002 in
Books and Culture, subsequently in Pro Rege. Schaap also recently received a copy
of an English edition of Things We Couldn't Say, the war memories of
Diet Eman. The book has been published in Germany, the Netherlands, Finland (in
translation), and now England, in addition to the Eerdmans publication (North American) of
Several Dordt College faculty members contributed to the 2003 publication Biblical Holism and
Agriculture: Cultivating Our Roots (William Carey Library, Pasadena, CA) ISBN 0-87808-355-3. Dr. Ron
Vos of the agriculture department, along with David Evans and Keith Wright, were
the editors. Dr. Wayne Kobes, Reclaiming a Biblical Vision for Agriculture, Vos, Social
Principles for Good Agriculture, Dr. Robert DeHaan, Production Principles for Good Agriculture, Dr.
John Kok, Affinity, Dominion, and the Poverty of Our Day, and Dordt alumnus
Greg DeHaan, Redeeming Agriculture and Economics through Worldview Transformation, all contributed a chapter
to this volume, which evolved from a conference under the same title sponsored
in May 2002 by Dordt College and Food for the Hungry International.
Theatre Arts Professor Simon du Toit will spend the next three years studying
for a Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in College Park. His research
will study the impact of religious views of the body, emotion, and sin
on the acting process.
Costume Designer Esther Van Eek also will be leaving to study for an
MFA in Costume Design at UMCP. She will be working with Helen Huang,
one of the leading costume designers in American theater.
Dr. John Van Dyk, director of the Center for Educational Services, spent March
21 through 24 speaking and leading workshops at an ACSI-sponsored Christian teachers conference
in Lvov, Ukraine. Lvov is a city in western Ukraine. About 300 teachers
attended. On March 27-29, he spoke and led workshops at an ACSI-sponsored Christian
teachers conference in Vladimir, Russia. Vladimir is about 100 miles east of Moscow.
About 175 teachers attended. In all, he gave thirteen presentations at these conferences.