Dordt College News

Dordt classes begin Aug. 29

August 16, 2007


Dordt College’s 2007-2008 academic year begins Wednesday, Aug. 29, with fall athletes already on campus, and new freshman students arriving at residence halls Saturday, Aug. 25.

Projections are that the entering freshman class will be the largest in eight years. A Week Of Welcome (WOW) has been planned for the first year students, kicked off on Saturday with an All College Fair, a commissioning celebration at 4:30 p.m., a picnic and other events throughout the weekend for students, parents and family members.

A campus-wide convocation ceremony for all faculty, staff, students and the public will be Thursday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m., with Dr. Carl E. Zylstra as speaker. Also on Thursday will be the annual “Taste of Sioux Center” student open house, with local churches and businesses introducing themselves to students at the college Recreation Center. Introductions to campus continue at the all-college picnic Thursday evening and a freshman talent show later that night.

Over the summer months, Dordt’s Computer Services Department expanded the wireless network to increase coverage throughout campus and increase network security with encryption.

The Dordt College Maintenance Department has been busy with a thorough cleaning of each of the 23 buildings on campus, repairs, painting, and updates throughout the summer. At De Wit Gymnasium, a new scoreboard and shot clocks have been installed, along with updated wiring, and renovation of a space for review of game video, etc. In the rec center, a golf simulation room has been removed to make room for weight equipment, with the previous weight room now being used for team conditioning.

The maintenance department collaborated with computer services for additional technology-enabled classrooms in the science building, and Southview Apartments have been outfitted with laser sensor readers for electronic access with student ID cards.

Air conditioning upgrades have been made in dormitories, the Commons, and the Science and Technology Center, with lighting upgrades also done in the computer center, Classroom Building and the Science and Technology Center. Kitchenettes were added in two dormatories, and the roof was replaced on North Hall. Three semiloads of new furniture will also be in place for the first day of classes.

A dome observatory has been installed on the roof of the Science and Technology Center for use in astronomy classes, and a $350,000 gift from Vermeer Charitable Foundation is funding the equipment and renovation of an engineering laboratory space which now has a prototyping laboratory with fabrication and machining equipment, a new mechatronics laboratory for hands on learning in automation and instrumentation systems, and new laboratory equipment for student research and experiments relating to geotechnical and environmental engineering.

Landscaping on the northwest corner of campus has also been completed where a city water treatment plant previously stood.

To learn more about activities on Dordt’s campus this year, see the event calendar.

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