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Final winter Alumni Weekend

By Wes Fopma

This is the final year for a winter Alumni Weekend. In the coming academic year, Alumni Weekend will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27. By moving Alumni Weekend to the fall we hope the weather will not be the obstacle it is in February and that more alumni will be able to return to campus.

Nineteen alumni who work in graphic design shared their work in a show held during Alumni weekend.

Nineteen alumni who work in graphic design shared their work in a show held during Alumni weekend.

To quote Dr. Carl Zylstra regarding this final February alumni weekend, ďThis is the best Alumni Weekend that I can remember!Ē A highlight for me was presenting our Distinguished Alumni Award to two alumni this year. Mark Vogelzang and Morris Blankespoor received Distinguished Alumni Awards at a banquet on Friday evening, February 15. Check out the interviews with them on page fifteen of this issue. Both gentlemenís stories are similar to those of many of our alumni. You can listen to their chapel speeches by going to www.dordt.edu/ main/alumni.

After the banquet I and many others viewed the graphic arts show in the Art Gallery. Nineteen alumni had prepared displays of their work for us to see, work they had done for institutions and companies around the country. From there I took my sixth grade son to the observatory where Professor Doug Allen allowed us to view the moon, planets, and various constellations. Since my son was studying outer space in sixth grade, it was a lot of fun for us to view the splendor of Godís creation.

Amaya Van Essen plays a modified game of Twister at the Kidís Carnival in the Rec Center.

Amaya Van Essen plays a modified game of Twister at the Kidís Carnival in the Rec Center.

On Saturday many alumni entertained their children at the Kids Carnival in the recreation center. I took a few minutes to peek in the door. Wow! Lots of future Defenders in there having fun! In the afternoon the college celebrated fifty years of Dordt College menís basketball by introducing the ten-member all-time Dordt College basketball team as voted on by former varsity players. Over sixty former players traveled to Sioux Center for the day and were introduced at half-time during the menís game. Former players came from as far away as California, Michigan, and Indiana to enjoy Alumni Weekend.

The alumni council will be meeting on April 4 and 5. Highlighting the agenda for these meetings will be interviews with junior students to select the recipients of the Alumni Association scholarships. These interviews are an inspiration to our council members because it gives them a chance to see and hear how the students have been shaped by their Dordt College education. Also on the agenda will be planning for the fall Alumni Weekend, a discussion continued from the fall regarding alumni association awards, and planning of regional activities for this year.