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President Carl Zylstra was recently elected to the CCCU board of directors during meetings held in conjunction with the CCCU’s 31st Annual Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C. Zylstra will serve as the vice chair for a one-year term. Prior to this, he had chaired the programs committee.

Dr. Zylstra was also named to the NAICU Board of Directors on February 6 at the association’s 2007 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Members of NAICU’s board of directors set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy, actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives, and oversee the association’s financial administration. Members serve three-year terms.

Art Professor Susan Van Geest has three art works that will be published in the April/May Briar Cliff Review: “Mercy Seat,” a sculpture; “Et in Terra Pax II,” a painting; and “Daylilies II,” a drawing. The three works will also be exhibited at the Sioux City Art Center during the month of April.

Van Geest also has three of her art books on exhibit at the Portland Art Museum from February to August.

Dr. Paul Fessler, professor of history, was named an advisory board member for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Voices of Democracy project. The project promotes the study of great speeches and public debates in humanities undergraduate classrooms.

Dr. James C. Schaap’s essay “Frederick Manfred: An Elegy for a Man” was published in Origins (vol. XXIV, Number 2, 2006), the journal of the Calvin College and CRC Archives.

  Dr. Duane Bajema, professor of agriculture, served as a reviewer for the American Association of Agricultural Education at the Western Region Agricultural Education Research Conference. The conference is a gathering of researchers who present their findings on issues of importance for improving agricultural education at the middle school, high school, and university levels of agricultural studies at local, regional, and national levels.

  Dr. Tom Wolthuis, professor of theology, gave a presentation, “Keeping the Vision Alive,” at the Day of Encouragement held at Dordt college on February 10. His presentation explored how vision and mission statements can help churches live and lead.

Nick Breems, professor of computer science, presented an in-service workshop for teachers at Sioux Center Christian School over Christmas break on using computer technology responsibly at the elementary school level.

Fred Van Geest

Fred Van Geest

  Dr. Fred Van Geest, professor of political studies, has four articles accepted for publication: “Christian Denominational and Special Interest Political Action on the Subject of Homosexuality” will appear in a forthcoming issue of Sociology of Religion; “Changing Patterns of Denominational Political Activity in North America” will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Review of Religious Research; “Christian Denominational Political Action on the Subject of Homosexuality” will appear in the Review of Religious Research in June 2007; and “Democracy and the Neo-Calvinist Tradition” has been accepted for publication in the Christian Scholar’s Review in 2007.

Van Geest has also been selected to be a “Reader at the College Board’s 2007 AP Government and Politics—Comparative Reading” at Daytona Beach, Florida, in June.

Jason Lief, professor of theology, gave two presentations at the Day of Encouragement held at Dordt College: “Dueling Da Vinci: Engaging Pop Culture without Being Defensive” and with Dr. Karen De Mol, “In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Worship.”

Dr. Ed Starkenburg, education professor, has been invited by Simpson College in Indianola to serve on a panel of three consultants to their education department. They are looking for ways to improve their program and make the most of the resources they have available. The panel will interview each member of the education department as well as administrators and faculty outside of education and then review their program, budget, and long term goals. Following that, they will make recommendations to the VPAA. 

  Starkenburg’s science education students also have been invited by the Washington Pavilion Science Center to evaluate their displays.

Dr. Charles Adams, one of the current ARIHE (Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education) lecturers, gave two talks at Calvin College in February. Adams spoke on “Naturalism, Nanotechnology, and Our ‘Post-human’ Future: A Reformed Perspective” and “Teaching ‘Technical Courses’ from a Christian Perspective: A Reformed Approach to Pedagogy.” 

Mark Volkers, professor of communication, spoke at the IBBG (Iowa Bed and Breakfast Guild)’s ninth annual spring conference in Panora, Iowa. The title of his presentation was “Tilt the Odds in Your Favor,” in which he offered insights on how to best package and promote B&Bs for the greatest visitor appeal.

  Volkers also took several students to the State Penitentary in Sioux Falls to shoot video footage and interview people for promotional pieces for the chaplaincy ministry there.

   Rev. Rod Gorter, dean of the chapel and theology professor, led a workshop titled “The Local Church and Missions” at the February Day of Encouragement held on campus.

Dr. Robert Horton, professor of music, has been selected as one of twelve competitors for the 7de Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, to be held June 21-30. He is the only American organist selected to compete. The Schnitger Organ Competition features two of the finest organs in Holland, one of which was built in the 16th century.