The Voice: Spring 2003
We received a letter from Lisa Vander Giessen, a thank you for the
role Dordt College played in shaping her husband, Mark. She encouraged us to
share it with our readers. Weve included some excerpts. Mark attended Dordt College
from 1994-1997, where he studied agri-business and played baseball.
There is one characteristic that I believe has shaped him into the loving
and devoted husband he is. Mark is a graduate of Dordt College.
I am always hearing wonderful stories about Dordt. The students, the faculty, and
community members all played a pivotal role in making Marks experience enriching and
I know that not everything about the experience was great. Like many students,
it took the constant support of coaches, peers, and professors for Mark to
get through [difficult] issues and to help him emerge a stronger person. Although
his coaches and professors didnt always see the difference they were making in
Marks life, I want them to know that I see it every day.
I want to sincerely thank them for their prayers and support, not just
for Mark but for all students. It is people like me who reap
the benefits of their dedication.
I owe a heartfelt thanks to the people of Dordt College. Without your
caring and dedication, my husband would not be the man he is today.
Please realize that although your efforts may at first seem to go unnoticed,
the students you mentor will undoubtedly leave Dordt better because of you. If
you are a professor or a coach, I would like to personally thank
you for your commitment to the students you serve. If you are a
student, I encourage you to lend your support to a peer in need.
You may never know what a difference you have made in someones life
or how the good you do today will enrich the lives of people
you havent even met.