Recently Gordon's Companions for the Journey program celebrated both Christmas and the end to a successful semester of fruitful mentoring.
Laurie Truschel, director of discipleship ministries, and Alyssa Baker, sophomore and Laurie's intern, oversee Companions, a mentoring program that matches students with faculty or staff mentors from the Gordon community. “We believe students benefit greatly from interaction with those who have committed their lives to walking with Christ,” says Laurie, “seeking to honor Him in their vocational and spiritual lives.” The eight- to 10-week program is set up to encourage students to be more like Christ, using mentoring as a vehicle to make this happen.
Alyssa agrees: “Our prayer is that both our mentors and students would be blessed by the opportunity to share their lives with each other through stories of their past and their hopes for the future. During our Christmas party it seemed like a lot of these prayers were answered—two matches shared how much of a blessing it was to get to know each other and how much both mentors and students learned. Each was surprised by how challenged they were and the inspiration they gained from spending time together.”
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Recently Gordon's Companions for the Journey program celebrated both Christmas and the end to a successful semester of fruitful mentoring.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Christy Yates, associate director for Gordon in Lynn (GIL), with a special how-to guide for Notes Along the Way.
One of our philosophies with Gordon in Lynn, an urban service-learning partnership between Gordon and Lynn, is that you need to get to know the city in which you live and minister. GIL’s director, Val Buchanan, and I both live in Lynn and have come to know and love many aspects about this city from the beautiful ocean front to the diverse cultures (and their corresponding eateries), to the vast Lynn woods. We’ve also gotten to know a little of Lynn’s history.
Lynn is known as the city of firsts—including the first female model, Lydia Pinkham, who used her image to sell apothecary products and the nation’s first jet airplane engine, which was built at Lynn’s General Electric plant in 1942. But most don’t know that Fluff was also first produced in Lynn! It is believed that a Somerville man invented the gooey white stuff in 1917 and then sold the recipe to two young entrepreneurs, Durkee and Mower, whose business savvy and creativity allowed Fluff to become a bonafide food product beyond our Massachusetts borders.
While we don’t send Gordon students to the factory for service-learning opportunities (maybe someday?), we do enjoy spreading the Fluff love. To that end, relive some childhood memories with this how-to guide.
How to make a Fluffernutter:
Step One: Spread 2 tablespoons of Marshmallow Fluff on a slice of Wonder bread.
Step Two: Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (preferably Skippy Smooth) on another piece of white bread.
Step Three: Stick together and enjoy!
No time to make your own? Just head to the Lane Student Center, where this New England staple is always on the menu.
In addition to her flair for Fluff, Christy Yates is especially passionate about the intersection of faith, the arts, and sustainable community development. During seminary her final thesis involved writing a business plan for her church's drop-in pottery studio—now a viable social enterprise.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Elizabeth Fisher is a senior at Gordon College. Her academic focus is on biblical studies, Jewish studies and biblical languages. For three terms she’s served as the teaching assistant (T.A.) for Dr. Marv Wilson—author, editor, and professor to many. She shares her experience below.
“For the past year and a half Frost Hall has become my home away from home, and Dr. Wilson’s office has become my sanctuary. Whether I’m grading exams or studying, you’ll often find me there—listening to Bach, enjoying a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea with a stack of exams in front of me and a red pen in hand.
“He once said my willingness to help was an answered prayer. What I’ve come to understand since I started this assignment is that the answer to prayer extended both ways: God provided a T.A. for Dr. Wilson and an invaluable experience for me—an experience that has served to shape my thinking about His plans for my future.
“This semester I’ve attended Dr. Wilson’s Old Testament class, led weekly review sessions for his students and assisted with grading. Although Dr. Wilson always reads and grades his students’ essays, the experience of being a T.A. is both challenging and immensely rewarding since Dr. Wilson’s classes are packed with rich biblical knowledge.”
After graduation Elizabeth plans to enroll in graduate school. Her hope and goal, as she wraps up her senior year here at Gordon, is to obtain her Ph.D. in biblical studies and teach at the professor level . . . just like her mentor, Dr. Marvin Wilson.
Give the gift of warmth this Christmas! Surprise your friends and family with easy-to-make rice bag foot warmers as they come in from the cold. Directions are courtesy of Lisa (Schwabauer) Poblenz ’02, who said, “I received one of these years ago from my aunt. It was so great that I made several of my own as gifts. These are a staple in our house in the winter and for aches and pains all year long.” Keep reading to find out how to warm up your loved ones’ lives this Christmas.
Rice Bag Foot Warmers
• ½ yard of muslin or other 100% cotton fabric for the rice bag itself (this will be mostly unseen)
• ½ yard of 100% cotton fabric for the outer covering of the rice bag (it will be like a small pillowcase)
• 2–3 cups of uncooked rice to fill the bag with
• Thread in the colors of your two fabric pieces
• Sewing machine (recommended) or needle and thread
• Fabric scissors
• Rotary cutter, clear ruler, and cutting mat (all optional)
• Iron and ironing board
• Straight pins
• Wash and dry all of your fabric without using a fabric softener sheet. Iron all fabric.
• Cut the fabric. You will need an 11" x 15" piece of the muslin/rice bag fabric and a 14" x 16" piece of the fabric for the “pillowcase” of the rice bag.
• Begin to sew the inner cover. Fold the inner fabric (muslin or whatever you are using) in half, making a 7 ½" x 11" rectangle with right sides together. Pin. Sew the bottom and side of the bag with a ¼" seam, removing pins as you come to them. Turn the bag right-side-out.
• Fill the bag with rice until it is about ½ full when you hold it by the top.
• Sew the top seam of the rice bag. Fold ¼" of the fabric at the top to the inside all the way around the opening and iron with the steam off. Pin. Sew a ⅛" seam to close the opening. Don’t worry that this seam shows.
• Create a hem at the opening of the outer cover. On one of the 16" sides of your outer cover fabric, fold ½" of fabric to the wrong side and iron. Then, fold the fabric again ½", enclosing the raw edge and iron. Pin. Sew the seam you’ve created with a ¼" seam taking the pins out as you go.
• Finish the outer cover. Fold the fabric in half, making an 8" x 13" rectangle with right sides together. Pin the bottom and side together and then sew with a ¼" seam taking pins out as you go. Leave the top (where you made your hem) open. Turn inside out and iron.
• Slip the rice bag into its cover and it’s done!
When you or the recipient of your gift wants to use your rice bag, microwave it for two minutes on high power, making sure it never gets wet. Then use it to warm your feet, soothe your aches, or keep you cozy when you’re watching all those Christmas movies.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Elizabeth Pfeffer, an English major at Gordon, recently led a sustainable ornament night to teach children about the ease, fun and value of “green-living.”
Recycling bins; trash cans; things found on a walk in the woods . . . hardly items you think of during Christmas time, right? Not according to the Advocates for a Sustainable Future. Recently we offered a sustainable ornament night, where families and students could experience creating earth-friendly decorations.
Who says Christmas has to incorporate new rolls of printed wrapping paper, or nice glass ornaments from Macy’s? The materials we started with were far from festive, but the finished pieces were more beautiful than anything bought in a store.
The night was a real family experience as parents, students and children helped each other create something beautiful out of something . . . well, not. They used their creativity and problem-solving skills to decorate pine cones with glitter and pipe cleaners or make paper angels on the backs of old term papers. But the real joy from the evening was listening to the reactions we received. One mother in particular, her sons totally covered in glitter, glue and recycled confetti, exclaimed over and over, “This is so cool! I never would have thought of this,” as she looked with astonishment at the beautiful pine cone ornaments her sons were making. Ultimately, that was just the reaction we hoped to get . . . the realization that sustainable living isn’t extreme or difficult, but can be easy, tangible, and above all else, beautiful.
Elizabeth is a senior at Gordon College and currently lives off campus in the art district of nearby Beverly. A resident of Harwood, MD, she's currently an active member of the student club Advocates for a Sustainable Future.
Friday, December 11, 2009
For existing news outlets on the North Shore (and beyond) who might be experiencing reduced staff because of the current economic state, there is good news. January 2010 marks the launch of the Gordon College News Service (GCNS), a multimedia internship program that provides journalism students with the opportunity to gain professional experience as they cover a wide range of stories.
Communication Arts student Christina Matthew, of Havre de Grace, MD, has long been drawn to publications and is the founding administrative coordinator for the program. Along with Jo Kadlecek, their Gordon faculty advisor and founding editor of the internship, Christina and her peers are ready to launch the service for the benefit of local media partners, journalism students and the wider community.
Amanda McGregor, reporter for The Salem News, writes on the impact Gordon College is having in Salem through the Institute of Public History.
The Salem News - As many as 3,000 people visited Pioneer Village during the summer and fall, breathing life back into the city’s replica 17th-century historic settlement that had been shuttered since 2003.
Meanwhile, the city’s landmark Old Town Hall in Derby Square has seen more use as a rental facility and continues to undergo renovations. The increased activity and improvements at both city-owned properties are being driven by the Gordon College Institute for Public History, a nonprofit, which this summer entered its second year of a five-year lease.
Read the entire front-page article titled Good First Year for Group Running Historical Attractions in the December 9, 2009, issue of The Salem News, as well as, local readership commentary on Gordon’s work HERE.
As finals week creeps closer, students are beginning to make the necessary adjustments: We’re writing out study schedules and stocking up on easy-fix meals; we’re not going out as much, but we are going to the library more than usual. It’s all part of the routine, and thank goodness Finish the Course is part of it as well.
Finish the Course is Gordon College’s “friendly finals helper,” according to the Academic Support Center (ASC), who organizes the study-help program every year. They offer mentoring, workshops, time-management and study sessions to help students succeed, not just academically but also mentally during this stressful time. They’ve also organized a quiet study hall for students nightly through finals week, complete with writing tutors, treats and coffee.
Students should stay tuned for event updates and encouraging emails from ASC entreating us with 2 Timothy 4:7 to persevere: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Stephen Collins recently took part in the second annual Geekiest Christmas Ornament Contest. He writes:
“I’ve been pretty excited to take a stab at the physics and engineering Christmas ornament competition. My ornament has taken a fair amount of work to put together and relies heavily on the things I learned in my first-year engineering course with Dr. David Lee. When I finally get it working, it will take your picture whenever you stand in front of it, complete with a beep timer and a clap-to-retake feature. Looking at ornaments from years past, I’m hoping I’ll stand a good chance at the Best Overall award, or at least the Best Tech award. The prize for Best Extemporaneous Biblical Exegesis may be a little harder to claim.
“Regardless, showing mine off and marveling at the creativity of my peers will surely be one of the highlights of this year’s Physics Department Christmas Party. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know both the upperclassmen and the faculty in the department through fun get-togethers like the biweekly physics cookout, and I’m looking forward to the Christmas Party as a great capstone for a semester of phun fysics.”
Prospective students: If you’d like to learn more about all the cool stuff that goes on in Gordon’s 3-2 engineering program and in our Physics Department, give Dr. Lee a call at 978.867.4372 or send him a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. In fact, why not get in touch to arrange a visit?
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This Christmas season, create unique and fashionable clothing pieces for your friends and family using scraps around the house. Not only will you save money, but you’ll be able to tailor to your loved ones’ different personalities and styles from the comfort of your home. You can match them to the fabrics you used for your homemade belts from the last session or start anew! Once again, Lisa (Schwabauer) Poblenz ’02 shows us how . . .
Ever feel like your stash of T-shirts is getting a little boring? That’s what got me started using appliqués for T-shirt embellishment. The great thing is that these shirts make fun and unique gifts, and you can apply this skill to other fabric items too.
• A T-shirt, new or used (I’ve typically used 100% cotton).
• Fusible webbing like Stitch Witchery (This can usually be bought very inexpensively by the yard).
• Fabric to make the appliqué shapes with—knit and woven fabric will both work well; the amount depends on the size and number of shapes you plan to put on the shirt; ¼ yard is probably a good place to start, or you can use scrap fabric or scrap T-shirts for material.
• Matching or contrasting thread, as you desire, to go around the outside of the appliquéd shapes if you are machine sewing; thread or embroidery floss for hand sewing (You choose which way you’ll want to attach the pieces).
• Template to make shapes or a sketchbook, pencil and eraser to draw your own shapes.
• Transfer paper to transfer your designs onto your heavy paper (optional).
• Heavy paper (like cardstock) or thin cardboard (an empty cereal box is thick enough) to draw on and cut your shapes out of.
• Pencil, pen or marker to draw your shapes with.
• Separate scissors for paper and fabric (don’t use your fabric scissors to cut paper; it will make them dull faster).
• Iron and ironing board.
• Sewing machine or hand sewing/embroidery needle.
• Machine wash and dry all fabric. Make sure you don’t use a fabric softener sheet in the dryer with your fabric or T-shirts (It can keep fusible interfacing from adhering, should you need it in the future, and may interfere with the fusible webbing adhering as well).
• Prepare your templates. Draw out whatever shapes you want to use to your satisfaction in a sketchbook or find shapes to trace (I’m including a few with these directions). Then cut out your shapes and trace onto your cardstock or cardboard, or use your transfer paper to trace the designs onto your cardstock or cardboard. Cut out your templates from the cardstock/cardboard.
• Using the templates you’ve just made, trace your designs onto the dull side of the fusible webbing. The dull side is the one that feels most like normal paper.
• Cut out the general shape of each design from the fusible webbing using your paper scissors. You don’t have to bother with cutting it out exactly just yet.
• Attach the fusible webbing to your fabric. Turn on your iron to the cotton setting. While it is heating, position the pieces of fusible web with the designs on them onto your fabric with the dull side of the fusible web (the side you drew on) up and the shinier, smoother side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Then, iron over them. They should adhere to your fabric. If they don’t, run the iron over them again, letting it rest on top of each design for a few seconds. Once they are staying on reasonably well, let them cool.
• Cut out the appliqué patches. Using your fabric scissors, cut out your shapes exactly from the fabric and fusible webbing that you’ve ironed together.
• Attach your appliqué pieces to your T-shirt. Arrange your appliqué pieces as you’d like them on your T-shirt. One thing to consider is that if you will be using a sewing machine to stitch them to your shirt, it will be very hard to stitch in the sleeves, so you’ll have an easier time if you stick to the body of the shirt. Once you have the pieces all arranged, peel off the paper from the back of your fabric pieces. The back should now have a surface on it that can be ironed onto your shirt. Iron the pieces onto your shirt.
• Let the pieces cool for a few minutes.
• Sew/embroider around the edges of your pieces. To ensure that your pieces stay in place permanently on the shirt, you’ll want to sew around the outside of each one using a decorative stitch or a zigzag stitch on your machine. Instead of this, you can also choose to hand embroider around each piece. I’ve always used the machine for speed, but you should choose what will fit your skills and sense of style best.
You’re all finished! Now you have a unique shirt to give (or keep).
To see more of Lisa's work, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisapoblenz/
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Some of us are still reeling from the aftermath of Black Friday—headaches from being caught in dense traffic during peak shopping hours, lost sleep when we went to stores with the sun to get the sale. But years past have proved that this madness will continue right until Christmas morning. If you’re tired of stressing while shopping, we’re here to offer you some hope.
We’ve enlisted our friend Lisa (Schwabauer) Poblenz ’02 of Ipswich, MA, to help us out this year with Christmas gifts—the old-fashioned way. She has been making crafts and gifts for as long as she can remember and has some great ideas for homemade presents. “I love finding the perfect gift,” she said. “But one that I’ve made is an offering of time and love, too.” It will also save you money, save you from the glaring florescent lights in the mall, and, more importantly, help your friends and family see that they’re worth more than a sale.
This week’s gift idea is cloth belts, and we’ll be posting directions for more of Lisa’s gifts in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Below are directions on how to make Lisa’s cute cloth belts.
I made this belt after looking around at all the great cloth and ribbon belts on the market. They seemed so expensive to buy yet simple to make, so I decided to give it a try myself.
• 1 belt buckle—mine was approximately 2 ½ inches x 2 ¾ inches with a 1 ½ inch shaft in the middle
• Scrap fabric of three types: one for the front, one for the back, and heavy duty fabric such as canvas for extra stability in the middle (this will be unseen); ¼ yd. of each should be more than enough. I used pieces from a vintage quilt that was too frayed for repair, part of a vintage pillow case, and off-white canvas. I also made sure I liked my front and back fabrics, so that I could make the belt reversible.
• Thread in whatever colors you like—matching or contrasting
• Sewing machine (recommended) or sewing needle
• Scissors sharp enough to cut fabric and/or thread or a rotary cutter, self-healing mat, and clear ruler
• Measuring tape or ruler
• Iron and ironing board
• Straight pins
• Wash and dry your fabric, but do not use a fabric softener sheet (if you need to fuse something to the fabric at a later time, the fabric softener sheet will prevent this)
• Determine the length and width of your belt: measure the bar on the inside of the belt buckle that you will be attaching the belt to for width, and measure your own waist or, if you can, the waist of the person you are making this for. I measured my own waist and estimated sizes for those I was making belts for—this doesn’t have to be exact—it’s ok to have extra length. Write down these two measurements.
• Now for some addition: add ½ inch to the width and about 9 inches to the length. The extra width gives you your seam allowances on the sides and the length gives you that as well as length to go around the shaft of the buckle and to actually put through the buckle when you put it on.
• Cut the front and back fabric. You will want to use the measurements you wrote down to cut strips of the front and back fabric. I cut my own fabric in strips 2 inches wide, and just cut as many as I could from my limited supply since I was making several belts. Your strips will not be the length you are going for—just cut the width you need and you will sew the strips into the proper length later.
• Cut the middle (heavier) fabric. This layer will be slightly different to cut down on the number of fabric layers you have to sew through. The middle fabric layer should be the width of the belt without the added seam allowance (in the case of my belt, it was 1 ½ inches) and the length that you wrote down minus ½ inch. I made my belt 51 inches long, so my middle layer would have been 50 ½ inches in length.
• Sew the strips together. Taking two front fabric strips, put right sides together and line them up at one end. Sew across, width-wise, in about ¼ inch. Continue to do this until you have the length you need. Repeat with the back fabric and the middle fabric. After you have sewn your strips together, iron the seams open on the wrong side.
• Secure the middle fabric to the back fabric. Lay your middle fabric onto the wrong side of your back fabric and fold the edges of your back fabric over onto the middle fabric (this will be that extra ¼ inch of fabric on each side that you have for a seam allowance), ironing it down as you go. Pin the seam allowances down so they stay put.
• Sew the back and middle fabrics together. Using a straight stitch on your sewing machine or with your needle and thread, sew the fold you just made as close to the edge as possible, catching the middle fabric between the layers of your back fabric.
• Iron the seam allowances down for your front fabric. Lay your front fabric on your ironing board with the wrong side up. All the way around, as you did with your back fabric (but without having to work with a middle fabric), iron ¼ inch of fabric in toward the middle of your front fabric and pin.
• Sew the seam allowance for the front fabric down. You should now have a long strip of front fabric and a long strip of back fabric with a stabilizing (middle) layer sewn into it.
• Sew the two strips together. Pin wrong sides together and sew all the way around the belt, keeping close to the edge of the belt. You should now have one large strip of fabric that is your assembled belt minus the buckle.
• Optional step: At this point, you may want to quilt your belt by sewing lines in any pattern over the whole thing. I sewed in a free motion pattern all over my belt because my top fabric, from an old quilt, was already quite frayed.
• Sew your belt onto your buckle. Fold about 2 or 2 ½ inches over your belt buckle, keeping the back fabric on the outside of the fold. Then sew across the width of the belt to secure the end to the main part of the belt.
That’s it! At this point you should have a finished belt that is reversible and also machine washable as long as your buckle and fabric are not too delicate. Enjoy!
Like this and want more ideas? Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisapoblenz/ or email Lisa at email@example.com
Friday, December 4, 2009
BOSTON MAGAZINE: Top Doctors: The Best Physicians in 55 Specialties, as Chosen by Their Peers.
“With more than 2,000 students enrolled at the Hub’s three major medical schools—not to mention the scores that flock to its world-class hospitals for training—the city is filled with young people you may one day know as your heart surgeon, or your kid’s pediatrician. Meet 12 of them today . . .”
Marya is a a graduate of Gordon College from the class of 2008. Read the entire BOSTON magazine article written by journalist Mary Carmichael at www.bostonmagazine.com.
Photography by Dana Smith, copyright, BOSTON magazine.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Gordon in Lynn is an active place each semester. This afternoon 145 students, all serving in the community of Lynn, gathered on campus for The Great Conversation—a special Gordon in Lynn celebration.
Jennifer Brink, coordinator of academically based service learning, shares:
Serve and Learn Teams (SAL) gathered together to reflect on and make connections regarding their service as well as celebrate the relationships established this semester. With 11 teams and 28 trips to and from the city of Lynn each week, the program is rooted in relationships. The majority of Gordon students participate in service through their first-year seminar The Great Conversation, where they connect course readings and discussions with their experiences serving people and organizations in the city of Lynn.
Today we gathered to review course themes of love, suffering, community and the good life—reminding students of the call to shalom. “We’ve caught a glimpse of ‘the good life’ promised for us in Scripture and echoed by people like Peter Kreeft, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nick Wolterstorff. In this time of Advent we wait for the fullness of shalom, and yet we are still called to work and struggle for justice.”
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Its finally here . . . the start of CHRISTMAS AT GORDON.
Wrap up the kids and join us for festive Christmas hayrides. Then gather together for a Tree Lighting with President Carlberg—a time of carols, live music by the Jabulani Choir, Christmas reflections, and complimentary hot chocolate and candies.
From associate professor of biology Dr. Craig Story on World AIDS Day:
“World AIDS Day is an important day because so many millions of adults and children in the world are directly and indirectly suffering from the results of HIV virus infection. As a biology researcher who is very interested in immunology, I encourage everyone on this day to become informed about the HIV virus as a global health issue.
In addition to my teaching and research, I serve as the prehealth professions advisor to biology students at Gordon College and, consequently, have been following the world’s recent upsurge in HIV in some parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. What is uniquely concerning about this virus compared to others is that it’s very small, mutates rapidly, and is therefore a major challenge to attack with a vaccination strategy.
“I’m thankful, though, that our work in Gordon’s Ken Olsen Science Center is impacting the field of science every day. And on this day especially, I’m hopeful that all of us—particularly in the field of science—would pause and think critically about the issue, our research and the impact it could have on the world.”
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
More information is available through UMASS extension.
Enjoying the natural world, even the creepy bits,
Monday, November 23, 2009
Over 200 people, compared to last year’s 135, attended the event sponsored by the Christian Ministries Department, the Office of Church Relations and the Admissions Office. It was perhaps the largest gathering of youth workers in New England in a very long time, according to Bob Whittet, associate professor of Christian ministries and director of church relations.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Larson—an adjunct professor at Gordon and head of Straight Ahead Ministries—taught two sessions on “Reaching Today’s Troubled Teens” and “Teaching for Transformational Change” in the Ken Olsen Science Center’s MacDonald Auditorium. But you wouldn’t have known it. The large-scale lecture hall took on the smaller and warmer tone of a house church or classroom as people responded to the talks and asked questions.
Larson was up for the task. His experience working with troubled teens in gangs gave insight to youth workers in all fields. He talked about how every behavior serves to meet a need, solve a problem or manage an emotion.
“Scott knows his stuff so well and his delivery is so authentic,” said Susie Richardson of Campus Crusade for Christ. “You can tell he draws from a deep well of experience and wisdom.”
This was also an important day for the Gordon College Christian Ministries Department, who officially presented the expanded Christian ministries programs to the visiting youth and youth workers.
Mark Cannister, along with Sharon Ketcham and Whittet—professors of Christian Ministries—discussed the new Christian ministries major as now including concentrations in youth ministries, juvenile justice ministries (taught by Larson), global Christianity, urban ministries, and outdoor education ministries.
“When we saw the list of ministries that our graduates were involved in, we recognized we were preparing students for far more than typical youth ministry,” said Whittet. “Our new department name acknowledges and celebrates that.”
Friday, November 20, 2009
This week, Gordon president Jud Carlberg, along with 35 other college presidents in Massachusetts, met with Governor Deval Patrick at a gathering organized by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). The meeting featured a wide-ranging discussion on issues impacting higher education.
Since 70% of all bachelors’ degrees in Massachusetts are awarded by independent colleges and universities, it’s important that they maintain a high profile with leaders and policymakers. Gordon, as the only multidenominational Christian college in New England, provides an important voice in the discussion.
Kurt Keilhacker, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, visited campus this week for a special faculty and staff meeting. Keilhacker is the managing partner and founder of TechFund, a venture capital fund focused on emerging information and clean energy technologies.
According to Nancy Anderson, director of human resources:
"Mr. Keilhacker personally conveyed the appreciation of the Board for the work of the faculty and staff here at Gordon. He spoke on the importance of sound financial stewardship during these challenging economic times. He responded to questions from the floor on issues ranging from institutional fiscal strategy to the vision the Board has for Gordon. He frequently returned to the theme of 'shared mission.'
"It struck me that it was no coincidence that Mr. Keilhacker flew to Gordon before our annual Day of Prayer, a day when faculty, staff and students come together as a community before God. His presence reminded us that while we all have a unique and essential role in our work here, we are bound together by our faith and calling to do the work of our Lord at Gordon College."
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Math and finance major Jordan Willis, of North Easton, Massachusetts, shares his recent experience on the "trading-room floor" in Boston:
"Each week, I meet with fifteen students and our professor, Larry Locke, as we engage in deep conversation and discussion about the many players, firms, and theories energizing the financial markets and institutions of our world. This week, our discussion moved from the familiar surroundings of desks, chalkboard, and Jenks 209, into the city of Boston...the heart of the mutual fund industry, and onto the equity trading floor for Fidelity Investments.
Taking the "T" from Beverly station, and a quick ride on the MBTA Orange Line, we shared in the commute experience of Boston's workforce.
Greeted by the equity floor manager, we were led into a conference room adjacent to the trading floor. From there, students observed the ins and outs of all the action. Multiple screens flickered with live daily reports, CNN Money, and global financial information. Stock-tickers stretched the length of the floor reporting the day’s financial changes and desks packed with monitors featured sophisticated trading and analysis software.
Fidelity emphasized teamwork and social interaction in their workforce – a character-trait not often associated with life on the equity trading floor. Through real-time observations, our questions, and our course Financial Markets and Institutions, we experienced a real sense of operations in global trading."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"I chose Gordon because of the quality of the professors and the chance to engage my faith in the classroom and with other students," said Hilary Sherratt of Rowley, Massachusetts. "This week, I met with Dr. Paul Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and former assistant attorney general for administration for the U.S. Department of Justice. We talked about Christian colleges across the nation, and Gordon's unique role. My focus of study at Gordon is Ethics, Religion and Politics--speaking with Dr. Corts was a great opportunity."
At least three times a week students gather in the A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel for large services and presentations. Chapel and Convocation help define our identity as a community of believers as we undertake our educational mission. Yesterday, the campus participated in the Annual Day of Prayer.
"As part of the annual day of prayer at Gordon, students wrote prayers on strips of cloth and tied them to a wire structure," said Greg Carmer, Dean of the Chapel. "It was our desire to visually represent the prayers of the community; to allow spoken and unspoken longings and desires to be assembled into a piece of living art. Once the structure is taken down, the fabric strips will be collected into wreaths and remain as a token of of the collective spiritual life of the community."
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Please join us tomorrow as we welcome Rabbi James Rudin back to campus as part of our “Exploring Psalms with the Rabbis” Series. Twenty-five years ago, Rabbi Rudin and Dr. Marvin Wilson co-chaired the Third National Conference of Evangelicals and Jews on the Gordon College campus. Rabbi Rudin is co-editor of four different volumes on Evangelical Christian-Jewish relations with Dr. Wilson. He has the longest history of any rabbi in America of working extensively and nationally with American evangelicals.
Thursday, November 12
4:00 p.m.—Reception—Ken Olsen Science Center, Chairman’s Room
4:30 p.m.—Rabbi A. James Rudin
Ken Olsen Science Center, MacDonald Auditorium
Christian-Jewish Relations in America: Forty Years in Retrospect
Friday, November 13
10:25 a.m.—A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
Psalms in the Collective Experience of the Jewish People
11:25 a.m.—Q & A Session with Rabbi Rudin at the front of the Chapel
The Future of Christian-Jewish Relations
Monday, November 9, 2009
This weekend, over 120 Gordon College freshmen gathered together in the Ken Olsen Science Center’s MacDonald Auditorium for a class event tailored just for them. The event included fellowship, worship and encouragement from guest speaker, Julie Ray, followed by a night of enthusiastic "Gordon-style" entertainment. Ray, associate dean of Gordon's first-year experience, started the night with a sincere address to students about “Tuning In” to what God wants of them during college. “Your first year in college is important, so tune yourself in to what God wants you to become. Be attentive and do your part.....Lean in, hear it, and look for it.” Ray's own recent struggle and victory over breast cancer served as an illustration for students - emphasizing to wait patiently on God as he unfolds what He has in store for each person. She talked to students about leaving their hands open so God can mature them, especially during challenges and difficulties along the journey.Following Ray’s words, Gordon's worship band transformed the night into a rock-stage to perform U2 covers for the newest members of the Gordon community. The reunion really started to buzz when lead singer Mac Gostow belted a version of “Livin’ on a Prayer” hosting Gordon-relevant lyrics composed by band member Rafaell Rozendo and Freshmen Class President Naamã Mendes. Amidst the set, t-shirts were hurled into the audience by the Freshman class cabinet to top off the night.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Students returning from study abroad programs, international seminars, and summer missions programs had the chance to share their global experiences at a panel discussion held recently in Jenks, Many students and faculty attended. Students in each panel portrayed the diversity in Gordon’s global community. International students from South Korea and Poland listened as American students talked about their experiences in France, Botswana, Costa Rica, Uganda, Jerusalem, Swaziland and Thailand.
Professor Ruth Melkonian-Hoover moderated the discussion as students talked about topics ranging from their first intercultural experiences, families' and friends' reactions to their trip, struggles facing them when returning to the United States, plans to continue engaging in the global community and the ways in which their faith had been broadened through international experiences. After each student had a chance to share, Professor Melkonian-Hoover opened up the floor to the audience for questions. Many came away with a better idea of the benefits and challenges of global education programs. (By Natalie Giordano '13, communication arts)
Saturday, October 31, 2009
The Erickson Living Tribune recently interviewed retired English professor Peter Stine on why he's still teaching well into retirement. Setarreh Massihzadegan reports:
It is no surprise to learn that Stine, who lives at Brooksby Village, has no intention of giving up his teaching, which is replete with interpretations of poetry and literature and backed by a lifetime of practice.
“I thank God often that this was my calling,” says Stine, who is also a Baptist minister, of his teaching.
Friday, October 30, 2009
The Lakeland Times recently ran a story on sophomore cross country runner Amy Holcolmbe:
"She might be only in her second season as a member of the Gordon College cross country team, but her results have easily spoken louder than her words for soft-spoken Lakeland graduate Amy Holcombe.
Holcombe recently led the Gordon women's cross country team to a solid win over Salem State along with conference rivals Endicott and New England College (NEC) on the Gordon campus course under what then was a warm 70-degree day.
Gordon scored just 22 points on the day compared with Endicott's 50, Salem State's 60 and NEC's 108."
Read more. Photo courtesy of Doug Etten.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Alyssa Baxter, a communication arts major at Gordon College, oversees student communications for intramural sports (REC-IM) on campus. A member of the class of 2011, the Sussex, New Jersey native, shares highlights from the field."In REC-IM, we look forward to each season in anticipation for the sport it brings to students. Autumn colors and falling leaves mean football; in the winter we hit the basketball courts; and spring always means it's time for ultimate frisbee.
We strive to offer the student body a multitude of fun sports--providing tournaments and leagues--always designed with the active student in mind. Being a part of REC-IM allows me to be part of something exciting on campus, and teaches lessons of sportsmanship...a trait everyone should learn."
Monday, October 26, 2009
La Vida curriculum, tells of Gordon's recent 25-day wilderness expedition in Idaho for students:
"Gordon College teamed-up with Boise State University for an outdoor educational program rafting for six days along the Lower Branch of the Salmon River. Together, 10 students and two instructors, continued on for 17 days of hiking through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness...the largest parcel of wilderness land in the United States outside of Alaska.
The Immersion Semester allows our students to not only absorb the theories and philosophies of outdoor education, but also provides ample opportunities to immediately use their classroom learning for real-life situations. Our four-credit course, the first of four classes throughout the La Vida semester-long program, focuses on outdoor education...This is experimental education at its best. Following completion of the course, the Wilderness Education Association's (WEA) 18-point curriculum then allows Gordon students to become certified as outdoor leaders in programs throughout the WEA.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Recent grad, Ashley Higgins ’08, shares what she’s been up to since graduation:
“After graduating, I spent a year with the River Ridge Environmental Education Program teaching underprivileged and privileged youth near Knoxville Tennessee in an experiential/environmental education program. While I didn’t create the program, I did aid in its growth by helping create community ropes days, increasing fundraising and marketing efforts and developing curriculum. I also taught classes in ecology, team-building, herpetology (while handling snakes), sustainability, wilderness survival skills, etc.
This is my second year of post graduate work, and I now serve as a wilderness therapist (or field instructor) in Duchesne, Utah working with groups of up to 12 children ages 13-17 who have addictions, behavioral issues, are suicidal, and/or have severe ADHD. These children are involved in 24/7 outdoor therapy in the Unitas Mountains. We take them on a long mountaineering trip, showing them what they need to survive. We even teach them a Native American method of bow drilling to learn how to bust fires. I am out in the field with the students of 8 days at a time- summer and winter.
While earning my sociology degree as a student at Gordon, I learned a lot that influences what I’m doing today—including learning how to combine theory and practice and being challenged with hard life questions. I also learned a lot from each one of my professors.”
Thursday, October 22, 2009
by Heather Smith
Jennifer (Wolff) Jukanovich ’94 fostered such deep lifelong friendships while at Gordon that 15 years after graduation she and six of her Gordon friends still get together annually.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Gordon College has long held a national reputation for safety on campus. With a dedicated and committed Public Safety Department, the security of our students is always a priority. Just ask the hundreds of female students, alumni, faculty and staff who've received training from Gordon's R.A.D. program; a three-session self-defense class for women."Gordon offers the program three times a year," said Officer Glenn Deckert. "R.A.D. is more than a series of physical defense techniques; rather it stresses the development of an entirely new perspective when it comes to minimizing risk in our lives."
R.A.D. is offered at youth centers and colleges across the nation, but the officers at Gordon feel a strong sense of servanthood for this community--and it reflects in their program. "As certified R.A.D. instructors, our Gordon officers are also brothers and sisters in Christ," shares Officer Deckert, who begins the first course October 23rd. "Our team feels strongly about the importance of this material and we care deeply about presenting it sensitively and effectively. Any one of us will tell you, it's one of the most rewarding things we are privileged to do here at Gordon."
Earlier in the week, students from across Gordon's campus sipped coffee and discussed the theological foundations and opportunities of living in Dexter House - a residential home for students enrolled in the Elijah Project (a 12-month honors program). The big white house, just down the road from campus, gave students a chance to ask questions, socialize, and learn about this unique housing community.
"A big part of the Elijah Project is intentional community," said Laura Carmer, assistant director of the Christian Vocational Institute. "Over family style dinners in the kitchen, students laugh, share their day, and continue the discussion of the course material - helping each other flesh out in real ways what it means to live lives responsive to the complexities of the world."
Jonathan Senning, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, writes:
"What does one pray for during a discrete mathematics class? In this case, we prayed for pizza.
"Students in my discrete math class suggested we have lunch with Professor Russ Bjork who teaches their computer science course in the same room 35 minutes later.
"On the appointed day, I found myself riding my bicycle across campus balancing pizza boxes in my arms and wondering what particular thoughts might be causing the smiles on the faces of those who saw me. Joined by my colleague Russ Bjork, we prayed with our students and ate together. Sharing lunch with my students offers great insight into their lives. We laughed and talked about topics from computer science and careers to pets. Between slices, we heard about one student's recent trip to Tokyo, Japan where he presented his summer research using sound to help the blind identify light intensity. Another student, talked about a new contract redesigning a company web page. It was my great joy to share lunch and gain insight the lives of my students."
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Peter Bayreuther ’07, a double finance and business administration major, talks about what life has been like since he graduated:
“I started working right after graduation in the Development Office of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as a Stewardship/Donor Relations Associate and, more recently, as a Gift Officer, fundraising, for the hospital's International Mesothelioma Program (IMP). (Note: Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.) I interned with the Joslin Diabetes Center while I was doing a Boston Urban semester my senior year and my boss offered me a job after graduation.
In my new role with the IMP, it's exciting to know that the philanthropic support I help to bring in will make a direct impact on the lives of patients battling this terrible cancer. Being able to support some of the most skilled physicians in the world is an amazing privilege.”
On how Gordon influenced who he is today:
“My time at Gordon taught me to search for my calling in life and work towards it. I was blessed with great mentors at Gordon who guided me both professionally, personally and spiritually. I can’t put a price tag on the valuable advice they gave me.
I’ve also been amazed at how much I have actually used my Christian liberal arts education—entering the ‘real world’ has forced me to defend my stance (and be willing to re-evaluate, as well) on more issues than I ever thought. Being a follower of Christ in a secular society requires me to think critically and carefully, testing what I experience against the truth of the Bible. But even more simply, I’ve learned that as a Christian, I need to be a hard worker, doing the task at hand well and thoroughly. My best effort was expected by my professors and coaches at Gordon, and it is no different now.”
Peter and his wife Jen (Wardle) Bayreuther ’06 married last August and have since moved back to Beverly, Mass., excited that they are back in the Gordon area since “it’s a hard place to beat.” Jen is an occupational therapist in Beverly.
There was no shortage of excitement around campus during 2009 homecoming weekend, October 9, 10 and 11. So this semester's CO222 Journalism 1 students took advantage of the opportunity, grabbed their pens and notebooks and went to work reporting on the many events. Here are a few excerpts from their stories:
Gordon Alumni Honored at Convocation
By Maggie Lafferty ’12 and Steven Fletcher ’12
The A.J. Gordon Chapel resounded with a bagpiper’s rendition of Amazing Grace, signaling the start of the college’s homecoming festivities. Echoing pipes served as a prelude for the 2009 Alumni Awards convocation held on October 9th. Five graduates of both Gordon and Barrington Colleges received awards.
The convocation began with the Alumnus of the Year award, Reverend Eugene Neville, a ’69 Barrington graduate. He serves as pastor at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Brockton, MA. Neville created several ministries in his role, including a prison ministry. He gave a short message on Psalm 27:4, telling the audience about his desire to “dwell in the house of the Lord all his life.”
Herbert Boyd ’52 received the A.J. Gordon Missionary Service Award for 55 years of church planting in the Netherlands. For his work, Queen Beatrix made him a member of the Order of Orange-Nassau, the highest civilian honor in 2008. At the convocation, he said a chapel speaker (while a student at Gordon) inspired his work in Holland: “Listening is hearing and doing something with it.”
Shella SaintCyr ’03 received the Young Alumna of the Year. SaintCyr works at Gordon helping recruit and mentor Clarendon scholars. Her message to the audience imparted a strong hope in God’s faithfulness.
The final award, the Winfred Currie Alumni Award in Education, was given to Dr. Gary Schmidt’72. Schmidt writes young adult literature and teaches English at Calvin College. Schmidt arrived at the convocation just moments after Nancy Mering, the director of alumni and parent relations, announced his award, but came not a moment too soon to speak. Schmidt told the audience his Gordon education reminded him “God is in the details.”
The Jack Good Community Service Award winner, Melissa Winchell’99 could not attend the convocation. She serves at Lynn Classical High School in Lynn, MA.
Gordon and Barrington College Alumni Reunite and Reminisce
By Deborah Devenney ’12, Erika Diaz ’10 and Katie Zarrilli ’12
Gordon’s 2009 homecoming weekend was filled with story swapping and familiar faces as alumni returned, many to a different campus than they had graduated from. Alumni from both Barrington and Gordon colleges, which merged in 1985, met to celebrate five to forty-five years since graduation.
“I love Barrington, and I always will,” said Tony Jarek-Glidden, Barrington class of ’76, at his reunion lunch at Gordon’s Barrington Center for the Arts. Others attending spoke fondly of the college no longer in existence.
“I miss it, it was quaint,” said Linda (Nelson) Malstrom, homecoming queen of ’74. “We were like a family.”
Many Barrington alumni also mentioned their current involvement with Gordon because their children or grandchildren were now attending the united college of Barrington and Gordon.
The Gordon class of ’84 celebrated its 25th class reunion with a dinner at President Calrberg’s residence, and Gordon’s 100th graduating class—the class of 1989—marked two decades since commencement. Hillary Wesney ’89 said she hadn’t returned in 19 years. “It’s wonderful seeing old friends. They haven’t changed,” Wesney said.
Twenty Years of Silly Putty, Microscopes and Community
By Allison Lynch’12 and Natalie Giordano’12
As freshman biology major Ashton Colby poured hydrogen peroxide into a liquid green mixture he asked the group of children watching him, “Are you guys ready for this?” The mixture was for the “Elephant Toothpaste” experiment during Gordon’s science carnival on Saturday, October 10th in the Ken Olsen Science Center.
For the past twenty years during homecoming weekend, the science departments have organized activities and experiments geared toward children and their accompanying alumni parents. “I like to bring science to a broader community – out of the lab and into the public arena,” said Dwight Tshudy, associate professor of chemistry at Gordon.
But the three floors of biology, chemistry, and physics activities do not happen overnight; planning starts in September. All the work culminates into a fun and engaging display of chemical eruptions, silly putty globules, microscope slides, and math puzzles. “It’s always rewarding,” said Tshudy.
Book Reading Gathers Together Young and Old
By Heather Lobe’10 and Michelle Webber ’11
Five little boys sat on the hard-wood floor of Chester’s Place Saturday, October 10, laughing and audibly gasping in unison as retired Gordon professor Peter Stine read to them from his comfortable armchair.
The boys and their parents—who were alumni of Gordon College—attended one of several “Smart Scot” sessions as part of this year’s homecoming and family weekend. While homecoming 2008 featured a reading of C.S. Lewis, this year’s reading brought a more noteworthy connection to the Gordon community.
Stine, who taught English at Gordon for forty years, read passages from Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and Wednesday Wars. The adolescent novels were written by Gary Schmidt ‘79, a professor of English at Calvin College, recipient of the Newbery Award Honor, the Gordon 2009 Alumni Award, and a former student of Stine’s.
Homecoming Jams and Snaps with Jazz Performance
By Jesse Poole ’12 and Jessica De Vivo ’11
The Gordon College jazz ensemble, the Coy Pond Piranhas, performed at the Philips Music Center courtyard on the evening of Homecoming, Saturday, October 10. Conducted by music professor David Rox, the band featured student, alumni and community musicians. Alumni, faculty, students, and parents still ventured out to experience “all that jazz,” despite the chilly, fall weather.
The finger-snapping music included the hit number, “Night and Day,” featuring the voice of Evangelyna Etienne ’12, music education major from Saugus, MA. “It’s a lot of fun,” said Etienne, “you get to work with the whole band.” Most of the pieces, however, were purely instrumental and included, “Have You Met Miss Jones,” “Big John’s Special,” and “La Suerte de Los Tantos.”
Between 170-175 audience members attended the performance. Many found the “feel-good” music and laid-back atmosphere enjoyable. “I could sit out here for hours,” said Karen Curran, parent of a Gordon student. “I’m just amazed at how professional they sound.”
Former and Current Scots Run for Scholarship in 3rd Annual 5K Trot
By Katie Thompson ’12 and Abigail Solberg ’11
The clouds gave way to the sun Saturday morning just in time for Gordon’s 3rd Annual Scot Trot, one of several athletic events during homecoming weekend.
The Scot Trot features 101 runners comprised of students, parents and alumni whose registration fees for the first time went towards the Partners Program, which provides financial support to students who otherwise would not be able to afford Gordon.
The Scot Trot has been a success the past three years, primarily due to the fact that it is the only athletic event during homecoming open for all to participate in. “There were a lot more students running this year as well as parents running with younger kids,” said Jennifer Thorburn Migonis 04, the director of development of events for Alumni.
Lower Campus Claims Victory in All-Star Flag Football Games
By Naomi Peirce ’11
The steady rain Friday night did not deter fans from attending both men’s and women’s All-Star flag football games during homecoming weekend. The annual event—sponsored by Rec-IM and GSCA—showcased current student players nominated for their performance and effort throughout the season.
The Lower Campus women took the all-star champion title in the women’s game with a 28-6 win. For the all-star men, the Lower Campus team again triumphed over the Hill with a score of 38-28.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
When it comes to our visual communication pieces, Gordon College strives for unique design and photography. Our approach to photography is simple....showcase authenticity.
These days, the campus is alive with New England seasonal beauty. Our photography team swept through buildings and classes on campus to share the multifaceted ethos that is Gordon. Capturing interaction between friends, roommates, faculty, studying for exams, and prayer, its been an exciting week of photography on campus.
"Honest and real photos play a crucial role in our design at Gordon College. We strive to create photos that clearly and correctly show our community," said Tim Ferguson-Sauder, who serves as creative director and teaches design to art students on campus. "Every great story emotionally excels further with a powerful image to accompany it," shares Cyndi McMahon of College Communications. "We strive for that accurate and distinctive Gordon-visual in all our pieces."