Vos receives John Calvin award
Dr. Ron Vos, professor of agriculture and environmental studies at Dordt College, was named the 2010 John Calvin Award recipient. The award, which comes with a privately-funded $500 honorarium, is presented annually to a Dordt College faculty member whose teaching demonstrates ability and commitment to articulating a Calvinistic perspective.
An alumnus who nominated Dr. Vos said he was
"committed to applying over and over again what it means to live out
our daily lives in a Christ-like way. He challenged me to think
deeply about issues I have never thought about before. Most of all,
he practices what he preaches." Another remarked that Vos
"exemplified what it means to be a Christian first and a
Also in this issue . . .
Dordt Nursing Students in Netherlands
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
New Staff Members
Paul Otto Honored
Graduate Education 2010
Dordt nursing students intern in The Netherlands
During their four-month stay in the Netherlands,
they learned to say "Goedemorgen!" but often heard "Good morning!" in return—from staff
and even some of those living at "Het Zonnehuis"—an assisted-living
/advanced-care facility in Stadshagen, near Zwolle. Bachelor of
Science in Nursing (BSN) students Melodie Vanden Born and Nicole
Top, who lived with Dutch host families in Zwolle from January
through April, were back to Dordt College's campus in time for their
pinning ceremony and graduation in early May.
They were first of a kind for the Gereformeerde Hogeschool (GH) in Zwolle, with whom Dordt College has a reciprocal agreement. "They were our first foreign interns," reported Robertha Langenberg, the GH coordinator for healthcare education. "Every year we send scores of our own students to other countries, but we have never hosted foreign nursing students here. It took a little doing, but with arrangements now in place, we look forward to continuing this initiative."
For more about the nursing students internship, click here.
The Dordt College Nursing Department held a pinning ceremony on
Thursday, May 6, at which eleven Bachelor of Science in Nursing
(BSN) students were presented a nursing pin and white New Testaments
from the Gideon Society.
The keynote address was presented by Gloria Zylstra, RN and wife of
Dordt's president, Dr. Carl E. Zylstra. Zylstra has been a nurse for
over 40 years, and was wearing the nursing pin presented to her when
she became a nurse. She challenged the new nurses to practice
compassion and love in Jesus' name, and encouraged them to be
servants of God, which will make them great nurses.
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New Staff Members
Dordt is pleased to announce the hiring of three alumni to fill
various staff positions at the college. They will begin their
Brandon Huisman will join the admissions staff as an admissions counselor on July 1, 2010. Brandon majored in business
administration with an emphasis in marketing, graduating last month
with his Bachelor of Arts degree. Brandon is originally from Orange
City and currently lives in Sioux Center with his wife, Erica, who
also just graduated from Dordt.
Dordt College alumnus Paul Otto (Class of '87) was honored as George Fox University's top undergraduate researcher for the 2009-10 academic year. He's been a professor of history there for eight years, and has been chair of the Department of History and Political Science since 2005. He previously taught at Calvin College and Dordt College.
Otto was recipient of the school's Undergraduate Faculty Research and Scholarship Award, a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct research this summer on wampum and its role in European-Native American relations in early America. He also recently published a book, "The Dutch-Munsee Encounter in America: The Struggle for Sovereignty in the Hudson Valley," that won the Hendricks Award for the best work on the Dutch experience in early America.
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As another school year wraps up, another session of Dordt College's Graduate Education Program gears up! In a few short weeks, PK-12 teachers will be gathering on Dordt's campus as they learn more about what is means to teach in a distinctly Christian manner. The program is designed to fit into the life of the in-service teacher – even if you live at a distance from Dordt – through the hybrid course design as well as through several completely online offerings. Graduates of Dordt's M.Ed. program are given the tools to translate this concept of teaching Christianly into their classroom, school, and community.
Eleven courses are on the menu for this summer, ranging from Inclusion of Students with Special Needs to a new course on Historical Topics for Middle School and High School Mathematics Teachers. Registrations are still being accepted.
Dordt College's Education Faculty is also offering professional development workshops in the areas of Curriculum Mapping, Mentoring, Creating Tiered Lessons, Response-to-Intervention, and Critical Lenses for Evaluating Children's Literature. Further information and registration for these courses can be found here. These are open to any and all teachers who want to add new strategies to their teacher tool bag. Come join the discussion!
Kansas City, Missouri; Saturday, August 14
- All alumni and friends are invited to get together at
Kauffman Stadium as the Royals take on the New York Yankees at 6:10
p.m. Cost is $26 per person, which includes a pregame tailgate
party in the parking lot.
Tickets for any of these games can be obtained
by contacting Wes Fopma.
Friday: Business Connections Breakfast, Distinguished Alumni Banquet, Pops Concert, Ice Cream Social
Saturday: Golf Tourney,
Tours, Kids Carnival, Football, Soccer, Jeff Allen Concert. More
info to come later.
touch with your Dordt Community.
Go to www.alumniconnections.com/dordt.
Register once; stay connected for life.