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Music, theater, and sports at Dordt for Parent's Weekend

October 8, 2009

Parent's Weekend

Building tours, a music festival, a theater production, and sporting events are all part of an exciting weekend at Dordt College for visiting family and friends. Parents Weekend events include the following:

The new Ribbens Academic Complex will be dedicated at 11 a.m. on Friday, with open house tours being offered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. This new $5.5 million academic complex provides additional academic space for Dordt's growing enrollment in art/graphic art, digital media film production, and teacher education. The new Nursing Education Facility (first building east of the four-way stop on Seventh St. NE) will also be open for viewing from 2-4 p.m., and a campus tour will be offered from the Campus Center main lobby at 10 a.m.

The Dordt Theatre Arts Department's fall production is The Caucasian Chalk Circle, to be presented at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17, 21, 22, 23, and 24 in the college's New World Theatre. The play revolves around a servant girl who sacrifices everything to protect an abandoned child. She is then forced to confront the boy's biological mother in a legal contest over who deserves to keep him.

Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for students in K-12 (the play is not suggested for children under the age of 12). For reserved seating call the box office at 722-6430. Tickets may also be reserved on-line. Seating is limited and unclaimed tickets will be offered at the door between 6:30-7 p.m.

The Dordt College Music Department will present a Fall Music Festival Friday evening at 7 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 Northwestern Health Sciences at 7 p.m. in the All Seasons Center hockey rink and Defender volleyball versus Doane in the De Witt Gymnasium at 6 p.m. (junior varsity) and 7:30 p.m. (varsity).

Weekend guests are also invited to a reception at Dordt's recreation center from 9-10:30, 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.

Parent's Weekend
A tailgate benefit grilling for Ben Olthoff and family will be one of many events at Dordt's Parents Weekend Oct. 16‑17. The Dordt Agriculture Club will be serving the freewill donation meal from 11:30‑1:30 at the football field, where the Defenders will play Midland Lutheran at 1 p.m. Ben is an ag major at Dordt who was burned in an accident this summer and remains hospitalized at the Burn Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Saturday morning activities begin with a President's Brunch and a Siblings' Brunch, followed by Academics in Action at 10:45, which offers the opportunity to visit model classes in a variety of academic areas.

The Goheen Gallop is a 5K fun run starting at 11 a.m. in the All Season's Center parking lot. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be a $10 race fee, a free t-shirt for all participants, and door prizes from local businesses. Proceeds will benefit the work of a Dordt alumnus and agricultural missionary in Africa, Dea Lieu.

A free Jazz Band Concert will be presented in the Campus Center at noon.

The Dordt College Agriculture Club will host a tailgate dinner from 11:30-1:30 at the football field. Freewill donations will be given to the Ben Olthoff family to help with medical and travel expenses. Ben Olthoff is a Dordt ag major who was involved in an accident on June 20, in which over 85 percent of his body was burned. He is being treated at The Burn Center Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Saturday afternoon sports action includes a 1 p.m. football game between the Defenders and Midland Lutheran, a 4:15 p.m. Blades versus Northwestern Health hockey match, and junior varsity/varsity women's volleyball matches versus Nebraska Wesleyan at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

A 5 p.m. organ concert will also be offered in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, featuring MaryLou Wielenga, Orange City, and Dordt College organ students. The evening concludes with an 8:30 p.m. Praise and Worship service at the Campus Center, followed by complimentary ice cream served in the commons from 9-10:30 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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