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Alumni are living memorials
By Judy Hagey
Maybe you share Kristen Nichols’ sentiment (in Meet Me at Jubilee... One Alum's Thoughts About This Special Year) about Jubilee—that it’s been a long time coming. The magnet that Kristen refers to was actually sent about eighteen months ago, two and one-half years after the Jubilee committee was formed and began planning for this celebration. Even before that, in a series of forums with constituents around the country, we asked you for your ideas on appropriate and meaningful ways to observe our 50th anniversary. So Jubilee has been on our minds for almost five years already.
In addition to planning a Jubilee celebration, we set a number of institutional goals in preparation for this milestone year. Our facilities, programs, planning, and finances would be that of a college with a solid foundation, poised for another fifty years of service. With the recent completion of the Campus Center and All Seasons Center, new programs in health sciences, computer networking, and criminal justice, new emphases in engineering, the advent of Gen 100 and the Kuyper Scholars program, an endowment of nearly $20 million and annual gifts exceeding $2 million, we do indeed look back with thanksgiving and look ahead with anticipation.
It’s hard to believe then that with all our planning and preparation, we overlooked something. Recently someone asked, “What will we have to show for ourselves, what visible reminder will there be that we celebrated Jubilee?” Our committee had no answer. Fortunately the person who asked did. He proposed establishing a Jubilee memorial as a testimony to God’s faithful provision in Dordt’s establishment and development and our hope for future blessings.
The proposal fell on receptive ears. Creative minds are already at work imagining what such a memorial might look like. We remember that the Israelites marked their safe passage across the Jordan River into Canaan with twelve stones as a permanent witness that the “hand of the Lord is powerful” and a reminder to “fear the Lord your God.” (Joshua 4: 24) Though our plans are still in development, the pending acquisition of property at the corner of 4th Avenue and 7th Street offers the opportunity to develop the clearly marked campus entry that the college has long sought and could well be the home for this memorial. Like the Old Testament marker, we envision using a large rock, something native to the landscape that symbolizes strength and the firm foundation we celebrate. Native plantings, including a long-lived hardwood tree, will represent not only our location on the prairie, but also testify to our confidence in the future.
A Jubilee memorial is certainly an appropriate way to remember this important milestone. More important than this physical memorial, though, are the living memorials that Dordt alumni are as they live, work, and serve around the world. By your lives you are living testimonies to God’s work at and through Dordt College. May God continue to bless your witness.
The Jubilee celebration, Vision at Work and Play, continues its travels. Join cast and staff as we remember, celebrate, and share Dordt’s vision of Christian higher education.
There is no cost to attend, but a free-will offering will be taken. Please RSVP online: http://www.dordt.edu/jubilee/rsvp or call: 1-800-343-6738, option #3.
April 8 — Platte, South Dakota
Platte Christian Reformed Church
Local Contact: Lois Van Dusseldorp
April 9 — Manhattan, Montana
Manhattan Christian School
Local Contact: Teresa Kredit
April 21 — Lethbridge, Alberta
Trinity Reformed Church
Local Contacts: Duane & Anne Konynenbelt
April 29 — Winnipeg, Manitoba
Covenant Christian Reformed Church
Local Contacts: Hank & Carol Vande Kraats, Pastor Bill Tuininga
April 30 — Emo, Ontario
Emo Christian Reformed Church
Local Contacts: Ted & Ynske Kaemingh, Wayne & Wilma Kooistra
May 7 — Holland, Michigan*
Holland Christian High School
Local Contact: Glenn Vos
May 8 — Grand Rapids, Michigan*
Grand Rapids Christian High School—DeVos Auditorium
Local Contact: Sharolyn Christians
May 9 — Burlington, Ontario*
Park Bible Church
Local Contact: Sylvan Gerritsma
May 13 — Windsor, Colorado
Porter House Inn
Local Contact: Heidi Cunningham
May 14 — Denver, Colorado
Third Christian Reformed Church
Local Contact: Matthew Bylsma
*Productions include a student cast.
Check local announcements for times; a slide show of photos through the years begins 30 minutes before the production.
The Concert Choir, Chorale, Concert Band, and Chamber Orchestra will be in concert, with featured soloist Tricia Van Ee (’02), who is pursuing her Master of Music degree in vocal performance at the University of Minnesota.
April 21 — Sioux Falls, South Dakota
April 22 — Des Moines, Iowa
Hoyt Sherman Place
April 23 — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Central Lutheran Church
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. A social/reception follows each concert at which the Jazz Band performs. Tickets available upon request from the Dordt College Advancement Office or your local church contact.
Summer Baseball Outings
July 16 — San Diego, California
Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
August 6 — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Twins vs. Boston Red Sox
Contact the alumni office for tickets.