Dordt College News

Dordt Alumni Weekend Feb. 17-18

February 9, 2006

Dordt College friends and alumni are invited to the campus Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17-18, for the annual Alumni Weekend.

“Treasured Memories” is the theme of the weekend, with special events including a Saturday morning pancake breakfast, alumni/student hockey and basketball competitions; an art show and reception; star-gazing and physics demonstrations; a kids carnival; and a Chris Rice concert on Saturday night.

Selected as this year’s distinguished alumnus is Dr. Greg VandeKieft, a 1983 graduate from Olympia, Wash. VandeKieft is a faculty physician in the Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Peter Hospital, and a clinical associate professor of family medicine at the University of Washington. He will speak on the topic “Lessons from Terri Schiavo” on Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. at Dordt’s Science Building lecture hall S101. All who are interested in a Christian physician’s perspective on ethical issues in end-of-life care are welcome to attend. Alumni Weekend

VandeKieft will also speak at the Alumni Banquet Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center, with an alumni choir completing the program for the evening. Reservations for this banquet are necessary and can be made by calling Judy Hagey at 712-722-6028.

Throughout the weekend, Dordt’s Campus Center Art Gallery will feature the work of 16 junior art students, with a public artist reception on Friday, the 17th, from 5-6:30 p.m.

Star-gazing, family-friendly physics demonstrations, a laser-light show and hot chocolate will be offered at the Dordt College Science Building Friday night from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dordt College astronomy professor, Dr. Douglas Allen, will be on hand to direct telescopes toward stars and planets best seen on clear cold winter nights, while inside visitors can sip hot chocolate and see science demonstrations. All are welcome to attend.

On Saturday morning, Dordt musicians will be cooking up more than just music, with a Jazz ’n Jacks breakfast at the Campus Center from 8:00-10:30 a.m. The concert band will serve pancakes, sausage and beverages, with the jazz band providing music. Donations will be used to raise funds for the band’s May tour to Eastern Europe.

A kids carnival will be offered at the Dordt College Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1-4 p.m. by the Future Active Teachers (FACT) Club. Children are welcome to enjoy the carnival while parents enjoy Defender basketball, with proceeds benefiting PLIA (Putting Love Into Action) service projects.

A Round Robin hockey tournament (Blades versus alumni) begins Friday, with the first of four rounds set to begin at 3 p.m. and the final three rounds Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

At the DeWitt Gymnasium, the junior varsity takes on an alumni team at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by Defender basketball vs. Briar Cliff in the afternoon. The Lady Defenders take to the court at 1 p.m., with the men’s game at 3 p.m.

Christian singer/song-writer Chris Rice will present a concert at Dordt College’s B.J. Haan Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. This event is hosted by the Dordt College Alumni Association, KDCR and Marriage Matters of Iowa. Advance tickets are available by calling 722-6022 ($15 in advance; $18 at the door; $12 each for groups of 10 or more)

Winding up the weekend fun will be public skating at the All Seasons Center Saturday from 7-9 p.m., with an ice cream social at the Campus Center at 8:30 p.m., followed by Comedy League at 9 p.m.

For more information about any Alumni Weekend events, call the Alumni office at 712-722-6028 or see Alumni Weekend.

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