Thursday, July 31, 2008

Gordon Makes History in Salem

The Gordon College Institute for Public History was recently awarded management of Old Town Hall and Salem 1630: Pioneer Village by the City Council of the City of Salem. The Institute will enter into a five-year lease, from 2008-2013 with a possible five-year extension for both properties.
“The securing of these leases gives Gordon College and its Institute for Public History access to two prominent venues for developing its new academic offerings in historical interpretation,” says Cliff Hersey, dean of Global Education. “The two locations at Salem’s Old Town Hall and at Salem 1630: Pioneer Village will give opportunity for Gordon students to study, create and interpret in the very center of America’s most prominent historic city.”
The Boston Globe recently published an article on the new partnership, written by journalist David Rattigan. Read his story HERE.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Best Northeastern Colleges

Gordon College is one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast according to The Princeton Review—a New York-based company known for its test preparation, college admission and education services. The Princeton Review selected Gordon as one of 212 institutions it recommends in the upcoming book The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2009 Edition by Random House/Princeton Review Books.

Students who participated in the survey expressed a Gordon education offers “engaging professors who share the same passion for Christ and change in the world that the students have.” Students also commented specifically on the quality of the faculty, saying Gordon College has “great teachers,” and the professors are “highly skilled, intelligent, accessible and caring.”


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Painting from Home

“Artist Jean Sbarra Jones and her husband, Norman Jones, recently fulfilled their dream of opening an art gallery in downtown Salem. But this is not a typical gallery, where some might feel out of place—it is a gallery where anyone can feel at home. Maybe that’s because it is located in the living room of their unique home in the historic Daniel Low Co. warehouse building. They are the only people to ever live in the building, according to Jones.
Read more
of this Salem News story by recent Gordon grad Jonathan Phelps.
Above: “London,” by Jean Sbarra Jones. Jean is a member of Gordon’s art faculty.


Whiteboarding (Low Tech)

When asked the other day to present an overview of what I do and what my goals are for FY 2008-09, I was stumped until I got out my Sharpies and mapped it all out. The little red stars represent areas I’m particularly interested in tackling. You might call this sort of thing the INFP version of the bulleted list.


Freedom from Idols

Once in awhile I'll post good words from outside the Gordon community on work—or faith-related topics. This from one of my favorite blogs, Deep Furrows:

“According to experience, I feel free when I satisfy a desire. But there’s another time that I feel free. Sometimes it’s when a desire is crushed. Not every desire, but certain kinds of desires, like infatuations. Infatuations with persons, or more typically today, infatuations with specific results. As when I have a certain project in mind at work, but management doesn’t respond right away. Or when Jonah loved the gourd plant which shaded him.” Read more...


Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Reynolds Reader

Luke Reynolds ’03 and his wife, Jen (Anderson) Reynolds ’04, are looking forward to the publication of their book Rescuing Fire from the Rain, Rutgers University Press, in 2009. A compilation of essays to benefit the Save Darfur Coalition, it includes works by Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer, Pulitzer Prize winners Frank McCourt and Jane Smiley, and notable authors Kim Edwards and Barry Glassner. The book “explores the theme of risk for positive change”—read more at their website.

Luke Reynolds is also the author of A New Man: Reclaiming Authentic Masculinity from a Culture of Pornography, and has spoken at Gordo n on the topic of overcoming addiction to pornography.


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Gordon College/Notre Dame Ecumenical Dialogue Leads to New Book

For Thomas A. (Tal) Howard, associate professor of history at Gordon, scholars Mark Noll and James Turner were “American reincarnations of the (irenic, erudite) Protestant reformer Philip Melanchthon and the (irenic, erudite) Catholic humanist Desiderius Erasmus.” So he invited them both to campus in the fall of 2006 to discuss differences and similarities in evangelical and Catholic approaches to higher education.
“Faced with the juggernaut of the secular academy,” Howard says, “it simply no longer makes sense for Catholics and evangelicals to pursue education with a self-ghettoizing mentality, in ignorance of what another is doing. Deeper Christian educational purposes are served by greater knowledge of and collaboration with one another.”
The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue (Brazos, 2008), edited by Howard and featuring Noll’s and Turner’s essays, grew out of this very interesting and timely conversation.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Green (Gordon) Chemists in Oregon

Dwight Tshudy, chemistry, writes:
“I am the second member of the Gordon Chemistry Department to attend the annual Green Chemistry in Education Workshop at the University of Oregon. It was a week of learning and networking with others interested in green chemistry from around the country and around the world. This was a great experience since the University of Oregon Chemistry Department is a strong proponent of green chemistry. Our own organic chemistry professor Irv Levy was an invited speaker this year, which added to the workshop. I will be bringing more green chemistry into my general chemistry and analytical chemistry classes starting this fall. You can learn more about green chemistry activities in education by visiting the GEMs page at the University of Oregon.”


Monday, July 14, 2008

An RD’s Summer

Abi Noble, resident director of Fulton Hall writes:
“This summer is the first one in three years that I won’t be traveling internationally. My husband, John, and I are both staying in the country getting to know our newborn son Henry John Noble. He was born less than a week after graduation, just after everyone had left for the summer. He and his older sister, Grace, are keeping us on our toes! We’re taking this time to get to reconnect with our friends and family—we’re going to Chicago for a wedding and then to Indiana to visit family soon.
I’m enjoying catching up on my reading list—something I don’t get the chance to do during the year as an RD and parent. I’m looking forward to reading Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution. We’re also starting a new thing this fall in Fulton that we’re calling Discipleship Coordinators, which is a group of people who will help organize spiritually oriented events and programming in the hall and help foster students’ spiritual growth. So I’m getting ready/excited for that, adjusting to being the parent of two, and relishing summer in New England—it’s so beautiful!”


Great Colleges to Work For

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently named Gordon College among the Great Colleges to Work For. “I am pleased Gordon has been recognized for its generous benefit plans,” says Nancy Anderson, director of human resources. “As an employer and as a community Gordon values the health and welfare of our employees as well as their families, and sees our investment in benefits as an essential component of our total compensation philosophy.” Read More...


Friday, July 11, 2008

Gordon Remembers John Templeton

When Sir John Templeton, the visionary philanthropist who spent the past several decades devoted to the “big questions” of science, religion and human purpose, died in early July, scholars from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, paused to remember him. It was through his Foundation, in part, that many were pursuing those same questions on the New England campus. Read more of Jo Kadlecek’s essay.


Host and Hunger: Recent Work of Jim Zingarelli

“Working contrary to this zeitgeist of evanescence, Jim Zingarelli painstakingly carves his images in stone—a process that has never lent itself to fashion or fad.”
—Bruce Herman, from his review “Host and Hunger: Recent Work of Jim Zingarelli” in the most recent IMAGE: Art, Faith Mystery. (Note: The newest articles in IMAGE are not available online—buy the magazine and support a great journal!)


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Gordon T-Shirts Get Competitive

Gordon was recently selected to participate in the 2008 Regional Design Annual competition—the most comprehensive survey of graphic design in the United States and one of the biggest design magazines to hit the graphic design industry each year. Gordon submitted its “Sustainable T-shirt” series to the magazine’s competition and was notified the pieces had been selected for consideration out of a total of 20,000 entries nationwide. The winners will be notified in October. All winning work will be organized by region and featured in the December 2008 issue of PRINT magazine: “We received more than 20,000 individual entries for the 2007 Regional Annual, from almost every state. The process of selection in all regions of the country was as stringent as ever, and, as always, we feel that the work we chose is first-rate, and that it represents the best design, illustrations, and photography being produced throughout the United States.”


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Return of the Pilgrims

Roger Green, biblical studies, writes:
"On May 25th, 37 pilgrims, including many from the Gordon community, accompanied Karen and me for Gordon College’s Fifteenth Holy Land Pilgrimage (click on photo to enlarge). We returned home June 6 with fond memories of the pilgrimage. The weather was beautiful and those who traveled on the trip supported each other in wonderful ways. This was yet again an opportunity for Christians to visualize the story of redemption. We traveled as far north as Dan and as far south as Masada. We walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee and the way of the Cross of our Lord in the city of Jerusalem. We were witnesses to the places where Jesus ministered as well as the place of his death and resurrection. Both Testaments came alive, and those who went on this pilgrimage realized the promise that they will never read the Bible the same way again after experiencing the Holy Land during these thirteen days."


6,000 Kazoos Playing "Amazing Grace"

Silvio Vazquez, V.P. for Enrollment:
“Writing from Salt Lake City, Utah, where Bob Whittet (youth minitry faculty and director of church relations)and I are attending the Evangelical Free Church National Youth Conference, Challenge '08. We've met great kids from throughout the U.S and have spoken with hundreds about Gordon and Christian higher education. As I write this I can hear 6,000 kazoos playing 'Amazing Grace.' We've also given away hundreds of Gordon T-shirts promoting either La Vida, Restore Creation or the College's Biodiesel Processor. That last one has taken quite a bit of explaining. But the response to all has generally been, 'That's so cool!'It's fun to see students wearing Gordon Ts as they walk from session to session.
Both Bob and I agree that we've never been to such an organized, focused and well run youth summit of this size. We hope to come back to the next gathering in two years.”


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A La Vida Moment

Spotted from the second floor of Frost Hall: La Vida Adventure Camp teamwork.