Dordt College News

Parentsí Weekend at Dordt Oct. 17-18

October 10, 2008


Family and friends are invited to the campus of Dordt College on Oct. 17 and 18 for a weekend of fun and entertainment, featuring a music festival, theater production, and sporting events.

The Dordt Theatre Arts Department offers a fall production that utilizes humor and music to challenge audiences to consider a response when the rights and privileges of individuals seem to conflict with the best interests of the larger community.

This year’s fall production, Urinetown, is a thought provoking musical comedy that uses the context of a world-wide water shortage and control of restroom usage to address larger issues such as communal responsibilities, creation care, and other aspects of daily life.

Parents’ Weekend performances are Thursday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday afternoon. Four additional performances will be offered the following Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 22-25. To make reservations for any of these performances at the Te Paske Theatre, call the box office at 722-6430 (Monday-Thursday 1-5 and 7-9; Friday 1-5 p.m.) or reserve tickets on-line. This production may not be suitable for children under the age of 10.

The Dordt College Music Department will present a Fall Music Festival Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Most of the college’s instrumental and choral groups will participate in the concert, which is free and open to the public.

Friday night sports action includes the Dordt Blades versus Iowa State at 7:30 p.m. in the All Seasons Center hockey rink; and the Defender JV volleyball team versus alumni at the De Witt Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.

Star gazing will be offered (weather permitting) from 8-10 p.m. from the rooftop science building observatory. Weekend guests are also invited to a reception at Dordt’s recreation center from 9:30-10:30, followed by Comedy League.

Midnight Madness will close out Friday evening entertainment, with an inter-squad men’s basketball scrimmage, half-time entertainment, and a dunk contest at midnight in the De Witt Gymnasium.

Saturday morning activities begin with the all new Goheen Gallop, a 5K fun run that starts at 7:30 a.m. in the All Season’s Center parking lot. Registration begins at 6 a.m. There is no fee, but participants may make a freewill donation for Dordt’s cross-country team.

A President’s Brunch and a Siblings’ Brunch will be followed by “DC Headlines” at the Science and Technology Center lecture hall S101 at 10:30 a.m., where Erik Hoekstra (Provost) and Bethany Schuttinga (Associate Provost for Co-Curricular Programs) will discuss new curriculum and student life initiatives.

Academics in Action will feature Business and Marketing Professor Dale Zevenbergen, who will discuss marketing principles and the challenges Christians face in the business world at 11:15 a.m. in the Campus Center, Room 319.

Saturday afternoon sports action includes women’s soccer versus Hastings on the Dordt Soccer Field at 1 p.m. and men’s soccer versus Hastings at 3:15 p.m. The Dordt Blades will have a rematch with Iowa State at 3:45 p.m. in the All Seasons Center.

A 5 p.m. organ concert will also be offered, in celebration of the International Year of the Organ. Mary Lou Wielenga (piano and organ faculty adjunct at Dordt) will present a short demonstration recital of the Casavant organ at the B.J. Haan Auditorium, accompanied by clarinetist Karen De Mol, professor of music at Dordt.

At 6 p.m. the women’s volleyball team meets Briar Cliff at the De Witt Gym.
The evening concludes with an 8 p.m. Praise and Worship service at the B.J. Haan, followed by a complimentary ice cream social in the commons at 9:15 p.m.

Registered guests will have the opportunity to attend many of these and other events free. For more information about Parents’ Weekend at Dordt College, call Dianne De Wit at 712-722-6029. High school students may schedule a campus visit during this weekend by calling the admissions office at 1-800-343-6738.

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