Dordt College News

Dordt students Shine a Light on website

December 11, 2008

Shine Their Lights

Dordt College students were selected to “shine their lights” in a new web initiative by the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC).

The CRWRC launched a website on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) as part of their mission to respond to the needs of people who suffer from poverty, hunger, disaster, and injustice. was created to help a new generation be a light at the end of the tunnel of the AIDS crisis, and shine the light of Christ around the world. The site includes a variety of options for young people to do their part to learn about the disease, raise awareness with their friends, and be part of the solution.

Dordt students participated in the initiative with Shine A Light Day, held on campus December 1. Dordt’s adjunct photography instructor, Doug Burg, worked with students to create painted light images, with about 100 now posted on the website.

Shine Their Lights

Light painting is done in totally darkened spaces with a very slow camera shutter speed. During the 30 seconds in which images were being digitally recorded, the movement of student models with a variety of colored lighting created interesting motion and light patterns.

“We had great participation at Dordt,” said Julia Keilty from SMAK Publicity Agency, who helped oversee the campus event. She encouraged everyone to go to the website to check out the great images that were created by students, as well as learn how to help in the fight against AIDS.

AIDS has been ravaging the world for over 25 years, and in many developing countries is the main reason people aren’t getting enough food to eat, enough money to live, or the education they need. In 2007 alone, 3 million people contracted HIV, 33 million people were living with it, and over 2 million people died of AIDS-related causes. Three-quarters of these deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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