Dordt College News

Fopma, Stel join staff at Dordt College

December 21, 2006


Dordt College is pleased to announce that Wes Fopma has accepted the position of Director of Alumni and Church Relations.

Fopma, Sioux Center, is a 1982 graduate of Dordt College and served as the Director of Annual Giving at Dordt College from 1993 to 2004. Since that time he has been employed at A & I Products in Rock Valley as Purchasing Manager.

As Director of Alumni and Church Relations at Dordt, Fopma will be responsible for developing and leading programs that enhance the relationship of Dordt College with its alumni, parents, and supporting churches. A key part of his work will be to organize and engage alumni in achieving the mission and vision of Dordt College.

“I’m looking forward to working with the constituents associated with Dordt College,” said Fopma, who added he hopes to offer meaningful activities that engage and benefit alumni, friends, supporting churches, and the college.


Also new to Dordt's staff in December is Karissa Stel, who is serving in the admissions department. Stel is from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and earned her B.A. in psychology at Dordt in 2005. She had been working as an office manager at New Life Family Services in Minneapolis, MN.

“Ever since I left Dordt’s campus a year and a half ago I’ve wanted to be able to give back to the Dordt community, because of the blessing Dordt had been to me,” said Stel.

She will work with prospective Canadian students in Alberta and British Columbia, as well as with high schools on the East Coast and a few regional schools.

“I’m especially excited to be able to talk with fellow Canadians about why Dordt would be a good choice for them and how we can make it work for them,” said Stel. “I want students and parents to realize that a Dordt education is more than a piece of paper at the end of two or four years. It’s not just academic growth: it’s spiritual, emotional, physical and personal.”

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