Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween from College Communications

College Communications wishes you an on-brand, grammatically correct Halloween!

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Why I Am Voting for...

Rather than one chapel speaker, today we had four. A panel of faculty and students discussed which presidential candidate each of them would be voting for. The panel consisted of two students and two faculty members. Representing McCain were Brian Glenney, assistant professor of philosophy, and Jessica DeVivo, sophomore. Representing Obama were Jo Kadlecek, senior communications writer, and Alec Lewis, sophomore.
The panelists each presented their views for why they would vote for their chosen candidate. Topics included abortion, environmental responsibility, the economy, health care, and the war in Iraq. A time for questions followed, posed by moderator and Assistant Professor of Political Studies Ruth Melkonian-Hoover.

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300 Wins

With a resounding 6-0 win over Regis College on Wednesday, October 29, in women’s soccer, Coach Marc Whitehouse registered his 300th career victory while his team secured a fourth seed going into the conference tournament.

Senior captain Lauren Enright scored first with an assist by fellow senior Kristen Groff at 5:11. Two minutes later, fellow captain Amanda Whittet tallied a goal from teammate Hala Coker’s cross. Also registering goals for the visiting Scots were freshman Erin Strom, freshman Kate Zamilli and sophomore Kelly Donlan. The final goal for Gordon came off a penalty kick from senior Alexandra O’Connor at 68:00.
Gordon finished the regular season 9-5-3 overall with a conference record of 9-2-2. The Fighting Scots have played their last nine games without a loss (9-0-2). They have finished fourth overall in the TCCC and will host the #5 seed Curry in a home game on Saturday. For more information, go to www.gordon.edu/athletics.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

After College: One Alum’s Experience

Judd Meche graduated from Gordon last May and almost immediately began a three-year internship at Young Life. Five months into his internship he writes of his life-after-college experience:
“Young Life is a nonprofit interdenominational Christian outreach ministry to high school and middle school kids. The program seeks to provide a safe place and positive relationships with youth by meeting them where they are and caring for them. Kids can feel free to be who they are at our weekly club meetings, where there is music, games, fun, and a relevant message about God and His love for us. Young Life provided such a place for me when I was in high school.
I began in June and moved in with a Young Life supporting family for the summer. We took two separate groups of middle and high school students (over 50 in each group) to Young Life’s Lake Champion camp and Saranac Village, both in New York. At these camps kids enjoyed high adventure activities such as the high ropes course, water tubing and skiing, parasailing and more. They also got a chance to hear about the life of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us.
We started club on September 30. Club is our weekly meeting held on Tuesday nights. It is filled with singing, funny games and skits, and is capped off with a talk by one of our leaders about life, high school, and what faith has to do with it.
I’m learning a lot about being a leader, being an adult, and managing time and resources. I’m in a unique place in life, learning how to be an adult and still relate to teenagers.”
Judd can be contacted at judd.meche@gmail.com.

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Global Opportunities Week

"We need to love before we judge," Dr. Isaias Riviera, director of custodial services at Gordon College and pastor in Lawrence, said in chapel today. "People are tired of being judged, but there is no such thing as too much love."
This week, Gordon College is host to a number of mission and development workers, along with conversations centered on poverty and local outreach, for its annual Global Opportunities Week.
“The goal of Global Opportunities Week has been to encourage global awareness and involvement in missions,” said Kirk McClelland, director of service learning and missions at Gordon College. “Our focus has changed over the past couple years in that we are inviting our long-term partners, people Gordon works with in missions, to share their community with us.”
Events and speakers include Dr. Isaias Riviera; eight missionaries; forums in Chester's Place to discuss current issues related to missions; classroom discussions; and individual booths in Lane Student Center.
For more information, see the press release.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Science Center Dedication Featured on iTunesU

Apple’s iTunesU site features several podcasts from Gordon’s recent Ken Olsen Science Center Dedication. Included are audio recordings of Francis Collins’ address, “Genomics and the Human Condition” and an informal interview with Collins conducted by Gordon Provost Mark Sargent. Gordon on iTunesU is right here.

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An Evening of Free Music

Saturday, November 1, at 7:30, Gordon’s Symphony Orchestra will perform their first concert of the fall season. The normal $10 ticket fee is being waived to give the community an opportunity to enjoy some fine music in difficult times.
“We decided to offer the concert free of charge as a gift to the surrounding community,” says undergraduate music coordinator Keith Gruen. “We know times are tough financially and we want to give a gesture of thanks to our supportive patrons.”
The performance of works by Beethoven, Brahms and Gliere will feature a solo performance by Grammy-nominated violinist James Buswell. Buswell has performed with virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States and Canada as well as with orchestras in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and has collaborated with such distinguished conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Pierre Boulez and Leonard Bernstein. The Gliere Horn Concerto will also include solos by three senior music majors: Katharine Arnold, Matt Schofield and Lisa Gollenberg.

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Joyful Chairing

Kina Mallard, academic dean, and Mark Sargent, provost, recently had their cowritten article “Joyful Chairing: Finding Joy in Your Department’s Heritage” featured in the biyearly online newsletter “The Department Chair.”
They write, “Finding joy begins with the self, in the stretching and exercising of the mental muscle to create the work life you desire, one that is positive, fulfilling, and rooted in the belief that the work of the department chair does matter—and that it is vital to the academic health of an institution.”
The article was adapted from the authors’ chapter “Finding and Sustaining Joy in Your New Role” in The Soul of a Christian University (Abilene Christian University Press, 2008), a collection of articles for those in higher education.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Flesh and Blood Jesus

“We can so focus on the realities of our Lord’s divinity that we minimize or ignore the realities of his humanity,” said Dr. Dan Russ, director of the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College.
Most Christians readily accept the Jesus who demonstrated his identity as God incarnate through miracles and supernatural acts. In his latest book, Flesh-and-Blood Jesus: Learning to Be Fully Human from the Son of Man, Russ aims the spotlight away from the miracles and concentrates on the Christ that was fully human.
A panel discussion in the Gordon College bookstore on Tuesday, November 11 6-7 p.m., will address topics covered in Flesh-and-Blood Jesus, including loneliness, failure and anger. The panel will include Russ, Lothlórien Distinguished Chair of Fine Arts Bruce Herman, and Senior Communications Writer Jo Kadlecek. Following the discussion, Russ will sign copies of his book.
For more information, see the press release on the Gordon homepage.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Lights, Camera, Action...Pioneer Village Makes Headlines

Recently Gordon’s Institute for Public History was awarded management of Salem 1630: Pioneer Village by the City Council of the City of Salem, Massachusetts. This week Westend Film and TV, an educational production company based in Frankfurt, Germany, began filming at the location for a series of short films that tell the story of the settlement of North America.

After scouting several locations in New England, including Plimoth Plantation, the production company contacted the Institute of Public History at Gordon College with a request to film at the Village.
David Goss, assistant professor in Gordon’s History Department and codirector for the Institute for Public History at Gordon College, provided technical assistance on historical details and authenticity during filming. “What is most important about this production is that it tells an accurate version of the Plymouth story,” said Goss. “With our expertise in the field, we were able to help influence the manner in which this story of courageous Christian faith in early New England was told.”
History Alive’s artistic director, Kristina Wacome-Stevick, also assisted the film’s production team by recruiting a small cast of colonists, including several Gordon College alumni, to participate in the scenes. A full contingent of Native American actors in authentic 17th-century native dress were also on hand for filming.
Arabella Gais, production coordinator for Westend, was delighted with the extent of Gordon’s cooperation in helping to make the shoot a success. Scenes shot at the Village included: Plymouth leaders negotiating a treaty with Massasoit, chief of the local Wampanoag people; colonists preparing for the first Thanksgiving feast of 1621; and the tending of sick and dying colonists during the first winter of settlement.

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Reuse, Recycle, Restore

On October 7 MassRecycle announced the recipients of the 2008 Green Binnies, including Gordon College. The Green Binnies program awards individuals and organizations for excellence in contributing to the recycling efforts of the state.
Last year alone Gordon recycled 130 tons of materials—31 percent of all its trash. “We are currently recycling as many products as we can,” said Mark Stowell, assistant director of physical plant at Gordon. “The obvious thing is to get more people to do it on campus. This year we started ‘single-stream’ recycling, which makes it easier for everyone, so hopefully that will improve the percentages.”
Students at Gordon are also involved with the Advocates for a Sustainable Future Club and efforts in the Restore Creation Program and Restore Creation Day in April. Programs at Gordon accept everything from fluorescent bulbs to cell phones, and efforts have been made to purchase recycled content products.
For more information on recycling at Gordon, contact Mark Stowell at 978.867.4306.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Youth Ministers Gather at Gordon

Gordon hosted its annual Symposium on Youth Ministry today on its Wenham campus. Over 150 youth workers from across the New England states came to hear Dr. Andy Root of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, author of Revisiting Relational Ministry, Moving from a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation , discuss this new thinking on relational ministry and its implication for youth ministry. Rev. Bob Whittet, associate professor of youth ministry and director of church relations at Gordon, said of the symposium, “It’s a great opportunity for us to welcome the youth ministry community to Gordon for a day of thoughtful intellectual challenge and thank them for their work in the lives of students in the name of Jesus.”

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Evangelicalism at the Crossroads

Over the past 10 to 20 years the evangelical movement has gained increasing attention, especially in the political realm. During the third in a series of conversations seeking to assess and critique the state of Evangelicalism, Dr. Dennis Hollinger, president and professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Dr. Stan D. Gaede, Scholar in Residence at Gordon’s Center for Christian Studies, discussed Evangelicalism’s place in American history as well as its future.
“What accounts for this moment in the history of American Evangelicalism?” asked Dr. Gaede. “Evangelicals are getting a great deal of publicity these days, especially in this year’s election, where they are viewed as a political force candidates have to consider. In some ways that’s understandable. But why now, in particular? And what are the likely consequences for the evangelical movement in the days to come?”
The conversation took place on Friday, October 24 in the Ken Olsen Science Center.

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Good Book and Holy Land

On October 24, history faculty from four academic institutions gathered on Gordon College’s campus for a panel presentation on their recent work on the topic, Good Book and Holy Land: Historical Perspectives on Anglo-American Christians’ Critical Engagement with the Middle East. The speakers for this event were recipients of a Scholarly Networking Grant awarded by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities for 2007-2009.
“Participants are engaged in major research projects related to the papers presented in today’s panel: the grant helps the recipients to meet once a year to give each other critical feedback on those related yet separate projects,” said Dr. Stephen Alter, associate professor and Stephen Phillips Chair of History at Gordon College. “The grant’s additional aim is to support public dissemination of the group’s work, as at this Friday’s panel.”
Topics included “Florence Nightingale, Liberal Anglicans, and the Bible in the Nineteenth Century” by Timothy Larsen from Wheaton College; “America’s Sacred Duty: Near East Relief and the Armenian Crisis, 1915-1930” by Sarah Miglio from the University of Notre Dame; and “Biblical Archaeology and the Defense of Scripture in the Early Career of William Foxwell Albright” by Steve Alter.
The Good Book and Holy Land panel took place on Friday, October 24 in the Ken Olsen Science Center.

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A New Way to Travel

Senior Gordon student Scotland Huber spent two semesters studying in Oxford. During his time in the U.K., he took the opportunity to travel in Europe using the increasingly popular way to travel cheaply: couchsurfing.
He writes of his couchsurfing experience on the continent:
“I first heard of this peculiar method of travel from two friends. One took a trip to Italy for a few days and the other, a friend I made during my semester in Oxford, was fortunate enough to spend a month of her summer exploring far more of the United States than I as a native had ever dreamed of seeing. Their secret: couchsurfing.
“Couchsurfing is a free, Internet-based, international hospitality service that connects travelers to one another. Individuals create accounts full of as much personal information as possible, then can search the 232 countries and territories covered by CouchSurfing, find someone with an open couch, and simply ask to stay with them.
“Already being so close to Europe, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to travel, but I couldn’t afford to incur the normal expenses. Therefore, for its economic advantages I explored couchsurfing, but I was unaware at the time how much it had to offer beyond its price.
“Two of my friends and I bought Eurorail (unlimited European rail travel) passes to take us from Porto, Portugal, through eight different cities to Geneva, Switzerland. For 20 days we stayed with American immigrants, college students, retired TV documentarians, and married couples. We slept on floors, beds and, of course, couches. Many of our hosts were native to their area, and all of them spoke both English and the native language. Some of our hosts took us out to dinner, some made us home-cooked authentic Portuguese cuisine. We did have the occasional host who lived outside the city, but most of the time we stayed right in the middle of the culture we wanted to explore. It was magnificent. Even better than all of that, we made friends. We talked about religion, politics, art, food, culture, America and countless other things. Couchsurfing felt like a natural way to travel. There was something organic and profoundly human about it—relying on others, sleeping in homes, building relationships—and it felt like a scriptural way to travel.
“Obviously couchsurfing carries with it a certain amount of necessary caution, but I do think it is both simultaneously safe and adventurous. I think it is a fantastic way to travel for the individual (or group) who wishes to more fully engage the culture they are traveling in—and doesn’t mind sleeping in less-comfortable quarters. Couchsurfing provided a perspective of our destinations that we would never have been able to attain from a hostel pamphlet or a travel book, and I plan to couchsurf the next chance I get.”
To hear more from Scot, visit his blog.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Gordon’s First Science Experience Day

What better way to show off Gordon’s science departments than to have a hands-on day for prospective students? On Thursday, October 9, 30 students traveled to Gordon for the first ever Science Experience Day. Majors included biology, chemistry, health professions, physics, kinesiology, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The experience day included a campus tour, a lab visit, lunch with faculty and students majoring in the sciences, small groups by major, and admissions interviews. Kristy Cormier, director of admissions/visit programs, says she received numerous emails from both prospective students and faculty with praise for the experience day.
“We’re focusing on science this semester because the faculty are eager,” Cormier said. “We want to show the new Science Center to prospective students and this kind of day is a great way to encourage them to join the science departments at Gordon.
Cormier says she hopes to have other specialized days like this in the future. “As we offer more major-oriented experience days, numbers for the general Gordon Experience Days will decrease,” she said. “That’s good, because with small groups we can give students a more personal Gordon experience.” Cormier is working to have a Fine Arts Experience Day during Advent Weekend in December, and she hopes to have a similar day for education students in the spring.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Alumni Reach Out in Romania

Life in Lupeni, Romania, is not always easy for Dana ’93 and Brandi (Anderson) ’92 Bates, but they write and live in a way that is open and ready to learn. Since 1995 Dana and Brandi have served in the Jiu Valley of Romania, where they founded Viata (“life”), a summer adventure program styled after Gordon’s La Vida Program. “For the past nine years we have strived in our work with youth, here in the Jiu Valley and throughout Romania, to develop social capital: the social networks and moral norms that promote cooperation for mutual benefit,” they said.
The Bateses also keep a blog entitled The Other Princesses: Raising Briana in Rural Romania, which details the more personal aspects of their life, including their daughter, Briana, now 3 1/2. Topics on the blog include encounters with flower vendors, fear of brown bears, thankfulness for washing machines, and Disney princesses.

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On Deserts and Swimming in the Dead Sea

This past summer a group of students had the opportunity to travel to Israel and Jordan on a trip led by Elaine Phillips, professor of biblical and theological studies. Alexander Day ’09, a history and biblical studies major, writes about his amazing journey:
“Seeing Israel is a chance of a lifetime. It was an opportunity to see the land of the Bible and develop a better understanding for the Bible’s context. We spent three weeks in Israel, traveling over the deserts of the south and east, the coastal plain out to the west, the fertile areas of Galilee, the mountains of the central plateaus—everywhere except the conflict areas of Palestinian-controlled territory. We zipped through Jordan in three days, and the most notable place for me was Petra, one of the modern wonders of the world. The focus of the trip was a historical exploration of the country, visiting many ancient ruins and important sites as well as exploring Jerusalem.”

When asked what the most rewarding aspect of the trip was, Day responded, “Everything. Swimming in the Dead Sea, standing on top of the Herodian and Masada, seeing a siege ramp built almost 2,000 years ago still existing today at Masada, and knowing that what Josephus said happened actually happened. It was neat to stand between Hebron and Gaza on the coastal plain and look up to the Judean hill country, realizing just what a feat it was for Samson to carry the gates of Gaza to Hebron. Also, seeing Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall, the Springs of Dan, the Sea of Galilee and Petra was life-changing. I would highly encourage every Bible major at Gordon to try to figure out a way to do an Israel trip for credit if they can. It was a trip of a lifetime.”

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Homecoming from All Angles

Communication arts students from Jo Kadlecek’s class Writing for the Media covered many aspects of this year’s Homecoming at Gordon. Like citizen journalists, they went to various events throughout the weekend and posted three- to four-sentence stories on each. Below are their stories:

Bagpipes sounded the beginning of Homecoming Weekend with a procession in A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel during convocation on Friday, October 10 . . . Gordon alumni and retired professor Peter Stine spoke of their experiences since leaving Gordon, offering advice to present students. A movie chronicling Gordon’s history was shown. The tone was set for the weekend: remembering our past and looking to our future. —Caitlin Reynolds ’10

A different kind of award was given to chief honoree Dr. David Franz at the Homecoming convocation on Friday. The man with the idea for the European Seminar—Gordon’s first study abroad program started 50 years ago—wasn't awarded a plaque or certificate. Instead he was awarded a piece of pottery made by a professor at the Gordon in Orvieto semester program. This was just one of many ways the convocation served to connect the past to Gordon’s present and future. —Dawn Godow ’09

Students, alumni, and parents alike crammed into the chapel to celebrate the nostalgic history of Gordon College. The documentary film, A School of Christ, was shown for the first time and included rich interviews, commentary, and a slideshow filled with rare photographs from Gordon's foundation as a missionary training institute in Boston, to its present time and location in beloved Wenham. Although the documentary was professionally produced, some Gordon students such as senior Chris Peters and alumni contributed to the film's creation.—Sam Zimmerman '10

The flag football all-stars put on a show Friday with the red team defeating the blue team 15-12. The game ended with the blue team failing to complete a three-point conversion pass as time expired. Those who came to watch were treated to hot chocolate and cookies.—Timothy Helgesen ’11

On Friday afternoon the Gordon College Bookstore became an inviting place for students to gather and listen to one of their very own mentors. Communication arts professor Jo Kadlecek greeted students and visitors with a smile as she shared from her recently finished book, A Minute before Friday. Tucked cozily in the back corner of the store, listeners enjoyed hearing about the obstacles and revelations that Kadlecek experienced while creating her newest novel. Students also had the chance to hear some of Kadlecek’s impressive skills firsthand as she read excerpts from her book. To top off the afternoon, Kadlecek signed copies of her book and chatted with visitors, giving them a chance to get to know the author. Many copies were sold! —Annie Cameron ’09

On a perfect fall day, the ladies of the Gordon field hockey team took on the Golden Bears of Western New England College. Led by their nine seniors, the team came out with fierce determination. Thirty-nine seconds into the game the Scots scored their first of six goals. Staying strong for all 70 minutes, the Scots defeated WNEC with a final score of 6-0. —Sarah Orlando ’09

The field hockey alumni game did not happen Saturday due to the exciting celebration of Gordon field hockey’s 6-0 win over WNEC. However, alumni got to hit around on the field and play with some old teammates and friends. Although the game did not happen, it was clear that all former players and recent players had a great time seeing each other while being around their favorite sport. —Brittany Roberge ’09

Over 75 energetic runners thundered across the quad early Saturday morning. This occasion marked the annual Scot Trot Race at 9 A.M. on October 11. The group of runners completed a 5K scenic race through the Gordon trails. As smiles turned to desperate gasps toward the end of the race, each runner triumphantly crossed the finish line in good time. —Sarah DiFrances ’10

The sound of chatter coupled with the crack of the bat as alumni and players alike enjoyed the camaraderie. The annual alumni baseball game took place at J. Tec White Field on Saturday, October 11, with the present Fighting Scots taking the win. The three-and-a-half-hour, tight game began and ended with a time of communal prayer. —Alyssa Baxter ’11

The Fighting Scots men's soccer team marched onto the quad to the sound of bagpipes and came off of it with a resounding 4-1 victory over Eastern Nazarene College. Sophomore forward Matt Horth scored three goals and added an assist in the win. While the team had been frustrated early on offense, Horth hit the net in the 41st minute to give the Scots the lead. It would be the start of a great day for the young forward.—Suzanne Hoofnagle '10

Gordon professors sought to give alumni and guests expert advice on the circumstances surrounding the upcoming election. Nate Baxter of communication arts provided information on the media’s influence on the elections, Steve Alter of the history department provided background knowledge on elections that have been similar to that of this year's and Eric Convey, the Tartan advisor, spoke of the importance of being informed by sources that are devoted to government rather than the game of politics. The presentations were followed by a question and answer time as well as discussion.—Natalie Ferjulian '10

The men's alumni lacrosse game drew quite the crowd Saturday afternoon. The beautiful day added to the fun atmosphere as some former teammates battled each other. The two teams got physical with each other, but all in good jest. The score was 11-6, though no one was quite sure who won. —Rob Knechlte '10

Dr. Peter Stine read aloud hearthside at Chester’s Place on Saturday. A red plaid shirt and white beard lent Stine grandfatherly appeal as he read from The Chronicles of Narnia. The beloved former professor read portions of all seven classics, complete with character voices, to the delight of adults and children alike. His adept voice was set to perfection in the ambiance of the Colonial tavern. —Rebekah Tatro ’09

Returning alumni did not leave Gordon’s sunny quad disappointed on Saturday, October 11, of Homecoming Weekend. The women’s soccer team battled it out against Eastern Nazarene College with a 1-0 win. Christin Peters scored the game’s only goal early in the first half. —Jessica Bernardo ’11

Vanilla, black raspberry, and mint chocolate chip filled the quad with excitement. The Ice Cream Social was a hit with all ages on this sunny Saturday afternoon. Alumni were smiling over the cold delight, recalling memories of time spent at Gordon. The event was a success and an ice cream lover’s dream. —Courtney Johnson ’10

The Coy Pond Piranhas outdoor concert went swimmingly. Gordon’s Jazz Ensemble—comprised of students and community members—performed 4:30-5:30 on Saturday afternoon on the Phillips Music Center patio. Featuring vocal soloist alumna Amy Fichera, the band played selections from Lester Young, Thomas Waller, Count Basie, and other jazz legends. With the sun high in the sky, the performance was the perfect compliment to the beautiful fall day. —Cassandra Papia ’11

As Saturday evening crept over Gordon, a quiet reception took place in the Jenks Library Mezzanine Gallery. Tropical colors blazed from 105 photographs, oil paintings and watercolors displayed as part of the “105 Glimpses of Haiti” show. Artist Bryn Gillette ’01, explained how his work represents the children of Homes of Blessing. Gillette recently visited Homes of Blessing (a Christian ministry that nurtures orphans in Haiti), and the proceeds of his resulting show now benefit the children who will glance, stare and smile down from Jenks’ gallery walls until November 15. —Erika Diaz ’10

Brian Glenney, assistant professor of philosophy, hosted this year’s faculty and staff comedy event, NODROG, which he renamed “Egg Off.” The festivities began with a student cracking an egg over Jud Carlberg’s head. The coveted golden dish of apples went to Jim Zingarelli for his comedy routine. Other acts included black belt martial arts moves by Chuck Blend, a hip-hop dance by Dan Tymann, and a Gordon-style rendition of “Summer Nights” by last year’s winners, CET. —Amanda C. Thompson ’11

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

“Gordon College: A School of Christ”: New Documentary Debuts at Homecoming

From the beginning Gordon College was considered “a school of Christ.” Through its nearly 120-year history, that vision has not changed and has now been captured in a new documentary film with the same name. Produced by Gordon College and Lamp Post Media of Beverly, Massachusetts, Gordon College: A School of Christ chronicles the life of founder Adoniram Judson Gordon and the formation of the College. Its first public screening took place Friday, October 10, during the Homecoming convocation service.
A School of Christ tells the story of A. J. Gordon and his vision for reaching the world from Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston, where he served as the church’s first pastor and established a missionary training institute in 1889. Through a variety of historic photos and film clips from the College archives, the film highlights the formative years of the College as it has grown into today’s academic institution while staying true to Gordon’s vision. The film also includes interviews with key members of the Gordon community such as current president R. Judson Carlberg, former president Richard Gross, and Gordon-Conwell professor Scott Gibson, a leading expert on A. J. Gordon.
“The fact that over a 118–119 year history we have remained committed to a firm foundation in Jesus Christ—A. J. Gordon would love that,” President Carlberg says in the film.
The filmmaking process began in the fall of 2007 when Provost Mark Sargent and Academic Dean Kina Mallard approached Chris Gilbert of Lamp Post Media to capture Gordon’s history. They wanted a film that would recount Gordon’s history as an educational tool for prospective students, professors and donors as well as those currently involved with Gordon. Along with a team of communication arts alumni, Gilbert, a veteran filmmaker and international video-journalist, drew from dozens of interviews, hundreds of archival photos, and numerous articles, papers and files to create the 18-minute film. David Grimes, a composer who has scored several PBS documentaries, created the musical score for the film.
“Gordon College is still producing the kind of students consistent with A. J. Gordon’s vision,” said Dan Tymann, executive vice president for advancement, communication and technology. “This film reflects that early and ongoing commitment and is great for alumni, for example, because the school they donate to today is still the same school they once attended.”
Gordon College: A School of Christ will be shown for the first time on October 10 at 10:25 a.m. during the Homecoming convocation service in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Art class draws Coy Pond

Professor Zingarelli’s Drawing 1 students spent their class period today sitting on the grass outside Frost, capturing a beautiful October day by drawing the autumn foliage surrounding Coy Pond.
In the previous class they drew “templates” in preparation for a lesson in depth, lines and horizons, explained Z. “The students are using different combinations of colors and textures in this exercise.”
The exercise was to draw the Coy Pond landscape over the templates using various materials, including colored pencils and pastels.
The students seemed to enjoy practicing their drawing skills outside the classroom, sketching and talking casually while flicking away the dragonflies that were attracted to the students’ colorful landscapes.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Gordon Community Gathers to Celebrate Rich Heritage

Some people travel the world before coming home again. That’s certainly the case for this year’s Homecoming Weekend, Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11, as during a special convocation several alumni will be returning to campus to be honored for their work around the globe.

The Friday morning convocation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gordon’s European Seminar, the program that began what is known today as the Global Education Office. Dr. David Franz, professor emeritus of history and founder of the European Seminar program, will be honored along with Alumni of the Year Bruce ’77 and Linda (Cheever) ’78 Wilkinson for their work with World Vision throughout Africa and their program for women and children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Sarah Petrin ’98 will be honored as Young Alumna of the Year for her work with refugees, and Laura (McGuinness) Kroll ’81 will receive the Jack Good Community Service Award for her ministry to women and children in a Ugandan village. Alice Childs ’63B will receive the A. J. Gordon Missionary Service Award after 37 years of service preparing and training Filipino people for ministry in their villages. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Professor Peter W. Stine for his 40-year contribution to Gordon’s English Language and Literature Department as well as his leadership on European Seminars.

“Homecoming is more than a class reunion and an afternoon soccer game,” said Nancy Mering, director of alumni and parent relations. “Each year it’s an opportunity to reconnect with the Gordon community, but this year we will specifically recognize and remember the global impact a Gordon education can have.”

During the convocation service a video entitled “A School of Christ” will be shown for the first time. The documentary-style film chronicles the life and ministry of founder A. J. Gordon and the College’s vision for and ministry in the world.
Numerous other events are scheduled throughout the weekend. Highlights include the Great Scots Alumni Awards program Friday night in the new Ken Olsen Science Center. Saturday morning the annual 5K Scot Trot run in the Gordon woods will take place followed by a day of activities that include a reception at President Carlberg’s residence for parents, three Smart Scots Sessions for everyone, varsity and alumni games, a science carnival for kids of all ages, department receptions and the return of LaVida’s Flying Squirrel. In keeping with Gordon tradition, NODROG, the hilarious faculty/staff talent show, will end the weekend events on Saturday night as the grand finale.

Saturday lunch-time reunions are scheduled for classes 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. Gordon alumni should check the schedule for the location of their reunion; all Barrington reunions are in the Barrington Center for the Arts. The 25th reunion of Gordon’s class of 1983 is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information and to register, contact the Alumni Office, 978.867.4238. To see the entire schedule click here.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Vocation and the Kingdom

“You don’t have to be a missionary in Africa to do Kingdom work,” encouraged Dr. Amy Sherman, a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities.
This morning’s chapel focused on the topic “Vocation and the Kingdom.” Sherman urged students to use their creative talents to further God’s Kingdom in the world in real ways—by helping people, creating businesses of integrity, and being environmental stewards. There are hundreds of different lipstick colors and brands of cat food out there; why waste a God-given gift on something meaningless? “Be intentional,” she said. “Don't just drift.”
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