Dordt College News

Jubilee Weekend at Dordt College

June 14, 2005

More than 20 free entertainment opportunities will be offered at Dordt College in Sioux Center June 29-July 3 as a gift to the people of the tri-state area in celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary.

Dordt’s Jubilee weekend will be kicked off with the Dordt alumni theater production, Purpaleanie, on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m. in the TePaske Theatre (located at Sioux Center High School). Matinees will also be offered Friday, July 1, at 10 a.m.; Saturday, July 2, at 9 a.m.; with the final show Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are free but advance reservations are recommended. Jubilee Logo

A second theater opportunity, Vision at Work and Play, features Dordt students in a play written by Dordt College author, James Calvin Schaap. Performance times at the TePaske Theatre are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; with matinees Friday at 2 p.m., and Saturday at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are free but advance reservations are recommended.

At the Campus Center Friday morning will be a live radio broadcast with Dr. Carl E. Zylstra at 8 a.m.; an open forum “What’s Ahead for Dordt College” at 10 a.m. in the board room (repeated Saturday at 3 p.m.); and community/campus tours from 10-noon and 1:30-3 p.m. (departing from the Eckardt Lounge in the Campus Center).

Intramural-style sports opportunities include open bowling at the Campus Center (1:30-3:30 Friday); volleyball, walleyball and racquetball at the Rec Center (1:30-3:30 Friday and 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday); basketball at DeWitt Gym (9-10:30 Saturday) and soccer and tennis 9-10:30 Saturday at those outdoor locations. Ice skating will also be offered at a special Jubilee rate from 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the All Seasons Center, and an alumni hockey match is open to spectators on Saturday from 9-11:30.

Music will abound throughout the weekend, with a Dordt alumni recital at the B.J. Haan Auditorium Friday at 3 p.m.; a children’s concert at Dordt’s De Yager Student Activity Center at 11 a.m. Saturday; and an Alumni Choir Concert/Hymn Sing at the B.J. Haan Auditorium Saturday at 8 p.m.

Art on Dordt’s campus will be featured at an artist reception Friday from 4-6 p.m. in the Campus Center Art Gallery and with a campus art walk, beginning at the Campus Center Information Desk at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

A free puppet show, “Dragon Feathers!” will be presented by the Melikins, a family of puppeteers, on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., in Dordt’s Campus Center De Yager Student Activity Center. Parents are encouraged to attend this show with their children.

Dordt College stories and memories of the early days will be shared at the Classroom Building Lecture Hall C160 on Friday at 3 p.m.; and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Participating will be Mrs. B.J. Haan (wife of Dordt’s first president); John and Louise Hulst (second president and wife); Howie Hall (former admissions counselor); and Arnie Koekkoek (emeritus history professor).

Meals may be purchased throughout the weekend at the college dining hall (Commons), but preregistration is requested, by calling 1-800-343-6738 (extension #3) or on-line registration at

No registration is required, however, for the Friday night ice cream social at De Yager Student Activity Center (9:30 p.m.) or the coffeehouse and poetry reading next door at the Humble Bean (10 p.m.)

Throughout the weekend alumni reunions, a banquet, and talent show will be conducted: for details, contact the alumni office at 722-6028.

The city of Sioux Center is also hosting many activities throughout the Fourth of July weekend as part of their annual Summer Celebration. They include a community barbecue at Central Park Thursday night, with a community band concert to follow; a classic cars cruise night and street dance Friday night; a 5 K run/walk Saturday morning; an arts festival at Central Park from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, featuring artists, crafts and food vendors; a parade Saturday at 5 p.m.; and fireworks Saturday night at 10 p.m. For more information about city sponsored events, see

The Family Crisis Center is also hosting a Salvador Music Concert at the football field on Saturday night, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting that organization.

Community worship services Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium will bring the festivities to a close. Participating in the service will Dordt’s president, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra; Dr. John Hulst; Mrs. Louise Hulst, and special music by Dordt College alumni.

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