The Voice: Winter 2002
The professional involvements of Dordt faculty members outside the classroom reveal Dordt's commitment to provide educational leadership in the Christian community as well as among its own students. By sharing these activities, we hope to provide fellow Christians with further resources, ideas, and encouragement as they work to be of service in Christ's kingdom.
Dr. John Zwart, physics professor, and his former student Joel Minderhoud, who now teaches
high school science, had a brief item published in the Idea Bank section of The Science
Teacher magazine. The piece is titled Mirror, Mirror and appeared in the October 2001 issue of
The Science Teacher.
Zwart also gave invited talks at the 2001 Association of Christian Schools International Mid-
America Region conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, on October 18 and 19. His presentations
were titled Light Motif: Demonstrations and Experiments with Light, Zap!: Demonstrations
and Experiments in Electricity and Magnetism, and A Hands-On Exercise in the Scientific
Dr. Del Vander Zee also gave presentations at this summer's ACSI Convention.
The first, titled Fast Plants in the Classroom: The Mustard Seed, was presented in two parts, including an introduction to the lab system and a follow-up hands-on session, to show how the tiny mustard seed enables students of all ages to learn many biological processes within six weeks. Creation Care and Environmental Stewardship discussed the place of humankind within the creation.
Dr. Tom Visker, professor of health, education, and recreation, had an article published in the
Fall 2001 issue of The Christian School Teacher. It is titled Beyond the Locker Room Prayer.
Dave and Jeri Schelhaas each led two sectionals at the Ontario Christian Schools Teachers
Association Convention on October 25. Jeri's sectionals were titled Creative
Dramatics_Another Way to Learn and Developing Presentational Theatre. Dave's were
Teaching Poetry So They Love It, and Writing Poetry: Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads.
Drs. Mike Vanden Bosch and Ken Bussema lectured in China Nov 5-9 as part of ELIC's Visiting
Scholar Lectures Series. Bussema's topics included Recent Research in Higher Education,
Learning Principle and Collaborative Action, The Impact of Higher Education on Moral and
Civil Responsibility, and Assessing Student Learning. Vanden Bosch taught poetry (see
Dr. Charles Adams, dean of the natural science division, spoke at a conference on Christian
Scholarship held at Calvin College at the end of September. His paper, titled The Unity in
Creation and the Bi-Directional Character of Technological Artifacts, is published on Calvin's
website at http://www.calvin.edu/fss/125conf/adamsch.htm .
Dr. Tony Jelsma gave presentations on human genetic engineering and stem cell research at a
two-day conference titled Tinkering with Creation. The event was sponsored by the
Burlington Reformed Study Centre in Burlington, Ontario.
On October 2, Dr. Dennis Vander Plaats participated in a round-table discussion with
approximately twenty educators from various CSI schools and organizations. They met in
Seattle, Washington, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with Tom Vander Ark, the chief
educational consultant for the foundation. Vander Ark described the attributes of good schools
as the Gates Foundation sees them. Participants discussed the need for visionary change in
Christian high school education.
Drs. Wayne Kobes and Ron Vos gave a presentation titled Biblical Foundations for Agricultural
Missions at the annual Agricultural Missions Conference at ECHO (Educational Concerns for
Hunger Organization) on November 13-15 in North Fort Myers, Florida. Five students also
attended the conference.
Business Professor Scott Quatro, who recently gained final candidacy status for the Ph.D. in
Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development at Iowa State University, was
recently quoted in an article in the November 5 edition of the Omaha World Herald on
Organizational Spirituality and Performance among Fortune 500 Firms, the subject of his
Dr. John Vander Stelt spent three weeks lecturing in Pusan and Seoul, Korea, and then in Tokyo
and Kobe, Japan, this fall. While many of his lectures were given for students at Kosin
University and Pniel Theological Seminary lecturing on the history of reformational thinking and
Christian philosophy, Vander Stelt also preached in church services and met with Christian
educators and leaders to discuss worldview and educational issues.
Theology Professor Tim McConnel's review of Cornelius Van Til: Readings and Analysis, by
Greg L. Bahnsen appeared in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 44 (2001): 371-
Two papers authored or co-authored by Dr. Ethan Brue from Dordt's engineering department
appeared in the September 2001 issue of Powder Technology. an international journal for
fluidization and particulate related systems. Resolving dynamical features of fluidized beds
from pressure fluctuations and Use of pressure fluctuations to validate hydrodynamic
similitude in fluidized media: bubbling beds were written with Robert C. Brown.
Dr. Joan Ringerwole, professor of music, was organist for the closing service of the 26th Annual
Hymn Society Conference held in Independence, Missouri, this past summer.
Education professor Lloyd Den Boer led (through a translator) nine workshops on educational
leadership in Christian schools to a group of thirty directors (principals) from small, young
Christian schools spread throughout countries that formerly were part of the Soviet Union. The
Conference was organized by ACSI for its member schools in these
countries and held from November 5-9 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Dr. John Van Dyk, director of the Center for Educational Services, led a professional
development day on November 30 for teachers in the Canadian Reformed schools in Langley,