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Graduation 2010

Dordt College will celebrate commencement of the 2010 graduating class on Friday, May 7, at 10 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. Dr. Barb Hoekstra, professor of education at Dordt, will speak on the topic "Border Crossings."
Seating in the B.J. Haan Auditorium is by ticket only, however a live audio broadcast will be available on KDCR (88.5 FM) and on the
web.  A live video feed will also be broadcast online.

Also in this issue . . .

PLIA serves many

Projects galore!

Script writer appreciates student help

Iowa is dairy country

Dr. Maatman remembered

Dordt students serve on mission teams

This year during Dordt College's spring break, 139 students chose to serve on 13 PLIA (Putting Love Into Action) teams with the college's student-run mission outreach program. This year's sites included Ansted, W.V.; Atlanta, Ga.; Bozeman, Mont.; Camden, N.J.; Denver, Colo.; Inez and Neon, Ky.; Cary, Jackson and Mendenhall, Miss; New Orleans, La.; Shiprock, N.M.; and Toronto, Ont., Canada. The PLIA trips took place March 11-20.

"One of the crazy things about PLIA is that you jump into a van with 10 people whom you may not have even met before, drive half-way across the country with them, and spend almost every waking minute together for nine days," commented Reuben Faber, a PLIA participant from Escondido, California. "Somehow these people you didn't know existed two weeks earlier are baring their souls and sharing their deepest thoughts with you during devotions. PLIA has showed me that so many times in my life I try to be selfish in my life plans and the decisions I make, but I don't listen to God and what He has in store for me. I try to convince myself that the things I want to accomplish are always in line with what God wants, even though that may not be true. The people we met on the trip showed us what it means to be completely surrendered to God's will, as if to say, ‘God, you win!'"

For more about the mission trips, click here.

A photo album of the teams and their trips is posted here.

Students present their work

As the 2009-2010 academic year draws to a close, Dordt students in several departments have been presenting their final projects. See the following links to learn more about their accomplishments:
• Art
• Agriculture
• Biology
• Digital Media
• Multi-disciplinary
• Music: senior recitals

Movie script consultant acknowledges Dordt student contributions to book

Last year Dr. Linda Seger, an internationally acclaimed script consultant and author, spoke and worked with the Dordt College script-writing class of Dr. James C. Schaap.

This year Dr. Seger listed these students on the acknowledgments page of her latest book, Making a Good Script Great.

Seger referred to the "invaluable help" of Alvin Shim, a senior from Sioux Center, who worked as an intern for her last summer. She noted Shim's research, shared brainstorming and film discussions, and thanked him for a month of hard work helping her complete the book.

Additional Dordt students acknowledged for their help can be seen here.

Dordt alumnus helps recruit California dairies to Iowa

Darin Dykstra (Class of '92) and his wife Linda (Class of '91) left California in 2002 to start a new dairy in Northwest Iowa. By relocating "right in the middle of all the feed," Dykstra said he has found lower feed costs, wide-open space, fewer regulations, family ties, and community amenities.

Now he's helping Plymouth County's economic development director, Andrea Westergard, in attracting other California dairy farmers to Iowa. Westergard noted after attending a World Ag Expo in California recently that, "A lot of the people that we spoke with, their main reason for wanting to come to Iowa was because their son or daughter was attending Dordt College."

See the complete story by Amy Erickson and linked by permission from the LeMars Daily Sentinel here.

Emeritus professor taught 27 years

Dr. Russell Maatman, 86, of Sioux Center died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Royale Meadows Care Center. Dr. Maatman and his wife, Jean, came to Sioux Center with their five children in 1963, where he taught chemistry and related courses at Dordt College.

His obituary can be seen here.

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Upcoming Alumni and Friends Events

Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Monday, May 10 -

Beyond Jubilee: Vision 2020 Dinner at Peace Christian Reformed Church at 6 p.m. Learn about future plans at Dordt College and new opportunities this campaign brings to involve alumni and friends. For more information or to RSVP contact Wes Fopma

Platte, South Dakota; Friday, May 14 -

Beyond Jubilee: Vision 2020 Dessert at Platte Christian Reformed Church at 8 p.m. Learn about future plans at Dordt College and new opportunities this campaign brings to involve alumni and friends. For more information or to RSVP contact Dianne De Wit.

Minneapolis, Minnesota; Friday, July 16 - All alumni and friends are invited to get together at the new ballpark in Minneapolis to watch the Twins take on the Chicago White Sox at 7:10 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, which includes a hot dog and coke.

Denver, Colorado; Saturday, July 31 - All alumni and friends are invited to get together at Coors Field as the Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs at 6:10 p.m.  Cost is $25 per person.

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.

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Several new positions have been recently posted. To check out current employment opportunities at Dordt College, click here.

Also, please contact us if you or someone you know would be a good match for one of our available positions.



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