The Voice: Spring 2001

The Voice

Faculty News

Dr. Henry Duitman, conductor of Dordt's band and orchestra, conducted a Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association Honors Band in Sioux City on January 6, 2001. Over 100 of the finest high school musicians in North-west Iowa participated in the day-long event which culminated in an evening concert.

Three members of the Faculty Status Committee, Drs. Wayne Kobes, Charles Veenstra, and Del Vander Zee, attended the annual meeting for the American Association for Higher Education in Tampa, Florida, from January 31 to February 3. The sectionals they attended focused on post- tenure review, which is being considered by the Faculty Status Committee.

Agriculture Professor Dr. Duane Bajema participated in the 27th National Agricultural Education Research Conference in San Diego from December 6 - 9, 2000.

Physics Professor Dr. Arnold Sikkema's article “Science: A Cultural Activity” appeared in January's Reformed Perspective.

Dr. Ethan Brue from Dordt's engineering department has been recently notified by the Iowa Board of Engineering Licensing and Examination that he passed their Principles and Practices examination to meet the engineering experience requirements for official engineering registration in the state of Iowa. Brue is now a licensed professional engineer in the state of Iowa

Dr. John Van Dyk, director of the Center for Educational Services, spent three weeks traveling to schools in the Far East. He addressed a conference of Christian college principals on the topic “What is Christian higher education?” at Bishop Appasamy College for Arts and Sciences in Coimbatore, India, on January 17. From January 19-22, he conducted seminars and workshops for school teachers, college professors, education students, and other Christian educators in Seoul, Korea. On January 24 and 25 he led two seminars for Christian teachers in the Philippines. While there he met with a variety of Christian educators and organizations.

English professors Dave and Jeri Schelhaas conducted a workshop on teaching poetry and fiction for the Southwest Minnesota Teachers Association on January 10.

Dr. Benjamin Kornelis conducted the Dordt Concert Choir as the guest choir at the Northwest Iowa Choral Association's High School Honor Choir Festival, held annually at Dordt. He also was guest conductor of the Mass Choir at the annual LeMars (Iowa) Church Choir Festival. The festival involves many LeMars church choirs from various denominations and raises money and canned goods for local food banks.

Social Work Professor Jim Vanderwoerd's review of the book Who Will Provide? The Changing Role of Religion in American Social Welfare by Mary Jo Bane et al (Westview Press, 2000) will be published in the Spring issue of Social Work and Christianity.

On February 4-6, Dr. Joan Ringerwole attended “A Colloquium for Organists, Pastors, Theologians, Liturgists, and Organ Builders” on “The Organ in Christian Worship” at Princeton Theological Seminary. The event, also a celebration of the installation of the Joe Engle organ built by Paul Fritts & Company Organ Builders, allowed Ringerwole to see her former student Martin Tel ('89), the C.F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Seminary, where he conducts three choirs, plays the organ for daily worship services, and teaches courses in church music.

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