Saturday, October 31, 2009

Despite Retirement, Peter Stine Keeps on Teaching

The Erickson Living Tribune recently interviewed retired English professor Peter Stine on why he's still teaching well into retirement. Setarreh Massihzadegan reports:

Even in one-on-one conversation, Peter Stine, Ph.D., is prone to theatrics. A story about a student’s Annie Oakley monologue easily becomes Stine’s recitation of that same monologue—from his memory of the performance years ago.
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.
This fall, Stine is teaching his third course at Brooksby, this time on the American novel. He will simultaneously teach courses at Gordon College, where he’s taught for 40 years, and Salem State College’s Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute.
“I thank God often that this was my calling,” says Stine, who is also a Baptist minister, of his teaching.
Read more. Photo courtesy of Setarreh Massihzadegan.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Sophomore Runner Continues to Excel

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

October Classroom in Idaho

Nathan Hausman, director of Adirondack Programs, part of the
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

From Student to Teacher to Wilderness Therapist

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

Encouraging Small Business Growth in Rwanda

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.

On a recent trip to visit her college roommate from Kenya, Anne Ndunda Mugofwa, Jennifer and her husband, Dano, were presented with an opportunity to move to Rwanda and help aid small to medium business enterprises. “We began to learn a lot about some of the current movements in Rwanda, and we really wanted to be a part of helping this country grow economically,” Jennifer explains. “We believe in using businesses to create jobs, provide people with dignity, create industry sectors, and thus improve the tax base of a country, lifting it out of poverty.” >The Jukanoviches, with the help of another couple, concocted the idea of a business incubator, which later morphed into Karisimbi Business Partners. “Our organization builds businesses by developing the management capacity of promising mid-sized ventures with untapped potential,” says Jennifer. “Our success is found by ensuring a few ventures can employ many, export often, pay taxes, build industry sectors and establish role models for a new generation of Rwandan business leaders.”

But this intensive work cannot be done quickly. Karisimbi Business Partners is committed to building partnerships by working alongside ambitious entrepreneurs for years at a time. Jennifer’s loyalty to friendships and relationships extends far beyond fellow Gordon graduates and roommates to encompass the span of East Africa.

“It was the people at Gordon who really shaped me,” Jennifer says. “Gordon introduced me to thoughtful believers who weren’t content just knowing the four spiritual laws and who did not separate the mind and heart. It was a place where my mind and heart could both grow.” Jennifer’s involvement in leading a children’s ministry in Gloucester, functioning as student body president of GCSA her senior year and convening a forum for college students, Beacon, were just a few outlets for heart and mind growth.

In the years after graduation, Jennifer’s heart for children grew significantly. In addition to helping launch the company, Jennifer also serves on the Board of Children’s Hope Chest, an orphan care organization that works in Russia, Ethiopia, Swaziland, and Uganda. “I truly believe God’s heart is for the orphan, and I want to be about helping them. If we only feed and educate them, but there are no jobs for them in their country, then we will fail them. That is why I get excited about what we’re doing with Karisimbi,” says Jennifer.

In addition to caring for orphans in Uganda, Jennifer also cares for her two daughters adopted from China.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Empowering Students Through Safety

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."


Discussing Dexter

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."


The Moments in Between Classes

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

Dr. Marvin Wilson: Remember the First Hypernikon

Dr. Marvin Wilson, longtime professor of biblical studies and Christian ministries, delivered a sermon that fittingly wrapped up this year's Homecoming Weekend. He drew his talk from many Biblical texts--including Hebrews, Romans, James and Phillipians--and referenced more than a few popular movies and historical figures, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Tertullian and Andre Crouch. Download iTunes if you haven't already, and listen to the full sermon.


Fighting Mesothelioma

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.


Journalism Students Cover Homecoming 2009

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

a visual landscape

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."


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

On the Grapevine

"255 Grapevine: An Evening with An Address and A Certain Zip" was the newest part of Gordon’s Homecoming festivities this year. The 90-minute variety show opened with this piece, written by Provost Mark Sargent, and read by President Jud Carlberg and June Bodoni, director of the Center for Educational Technologies:You can always hear a lot on the grapevine. From the hotel at 29 Grapevine Lane, in Brighton, England, you can hear the waves as they retreat through the rocky shore. Children laugh at the old arcade on the pier. A gray-haired, washed-up street musician tries to play Led Zeppelin on his over-ramped guitar

At 301 Grapevine Road, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, you can hear the insects buzzing in the creek that meanders toward Harper’s Ferry. At the Shenandoah Bookstore, the tune of “John Brown’s Body” moans in the speakers overhead. In the aisles you can still hear talk about guns and government raids.

At 403 Grapevine Road in Tampa, Florida, you can hear the sounds of evil blaring from the loudspeakers at nearby Steinbrenneur Field, as the voice of the Yankees announces the line-up for spring training.

From the ranch house at 443 Grapevine Road on the old California “ridge route,” the diesel trucks grind their way over the Tejon Pass. You can hear the sound of a coyote as it descends from the dry Tehachapi canyons.

At 74 Grapevine Road in Wenham, Massachusetts, you can hear the shrill cry of a siren. Another Gordon College professor has just been caught speeding by the Wenham police.

At 255 Grapevine Road, Jon Tymann thinks that he has just heard the howl of the coyote on the quad. Barry Loy wonders if it was only Chester stalking the aisles of Lane. He skips out to get a drink—at Dunkin Donuts.
In her room, Heather Lobe is practicing her strange noises, and Cami Forester is practicing dance steps. In the shower, Scotty Prichard sings his favorite songs—and perfectly on key.

At 255 Grapevine Road, Zach Reynolds and Andrew Fondell dive to catch Frisbees, dodging the geese that have come to fertilize the grass. Skateboards roar down the Phillips Walk. The sound of a French horn at practice escapes from the music building. Before heading home, Dan Tymann logs on Facebook. In his lab, Craig Story is making ice cream.

On 255 Grapevine Road, the wind thrusts the fallen leaves against the low stonewall by Ferrin. Turtles and small-mouth bass glide among the Gull Pond reeds. At the edges of Coy the moss covers the roots of the barren trees, and the damp pine needles blanket the Chebacco paths. In the quiet before dusk, you can sometimes catch the sound of a deer leaping over fallen trees, or hear the beavers at the water’s edge.

At 255 Grapevine Road, in the quiet of Frost Hall, Laurie Truschel meets a student for prayer, a promise made after her father’s death. In the bustle of their lounge, a group of men meet to read Colossians. In the stillness of her car, Val Buchanan arrives from Lynn, her mind on a South African township. Tomorrow’s email will bring messages from Orvieto and Egypt and Belize.

At 255 Grapevine Road, the library is full of students cramming for their Old Testament exams. In the PDR, Mark Stowell talks of Mexican orphans and long nights on the floor of a Tijuana church. In the sanctuary of A.J., the chapel band practices a new song.
For most of this night a philosophy major will be reading Hume. An English major will write on Homer. A piano major resumes work on Bach. Tomorrow, the Great Conversation classes will descend together into Dante’s inferno or read of Job’s resurgence. Tomorrow, Marv Wilson will describe the Hebrew raphah—the call to “be still and know that I am God.”

Fall always provides still moments—and sights for contemplation. All along the borders of Grapevine Road, the sumac turns red and gold. The vines on the oak trees begin to brown, and Lilly pads wither in the wetlands. The morning frost begins to burn the edges of the Concord grapevines on the backyard trestles of a few Wenham homes.
Grapes still flourish in small fields and backyards in New England. Their slip-skin covers are often purple and dark blue, their flavor strong and musky. One and a half centuries ago near Boston the first Concord grape was squeezed to make juice for a Methodist communion. Today, in hundreds of white-steepled New England churches, the dark juice still recalls the Savior’s blood.

No one knows for sure the kind of grapes that were squeezed to make wine for Jesus and his disciples. Some of those old grape species in the Middle East are now extinct, victims of drought or medieval wars that decimated vineyards. Invading armies slashed the long vines and burned the roots, leaving the stems and tendrils to wither in the sun.

“I am the vine; you are the branches,” Jesus told his followers. “If anyone does not remain in me, he is like the branch that is thrown away and withers.” Yet, “if a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. . . This is my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourself to be my disciples.”

We do live tangled lives at 255 Grapevine Road. Our best hopes are often rooted in the love and care of those around us—friends and roommates, professors and RDs, and families linked by the tendrils of email and cell phones. Our eyes and minds are bound—by satellites and cables—to the farthest corners of the world.

And our faith still clings to the words and thoughts of more than fifty centuries. “Return to us, O God Almighty,” David sings. “Look down from heaven and see. Watch over this vine. . .”
Today is a day for coming home. A day to be thankful that God still watches over our home at

255 Grapevine Road

But the place we call home gets ever longer. The road that runs through campus weaves through rocks and trees, and then spreads into a thousand limbs and branches. It stretches into urban homes and rural farms. Into churches and clinics. Into schools and labs. Into places where there is a deep longing for comfort, justice, joy and hope. And where the branches of the vine can best bear fruit.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Experiencing Gordon at its Best

Monday, over 250 visitors gathered on campus for Gordon Experience Day (GE Day). It was a beautiful day on campus, with crisp air and fall colors at their best with trees in vibrant shades of reds and oranges. Everywhere you looked, the campus was decked out with autumnal decorations while families absorbed the value of a Gordon education.

Activities included a welcome in the A.J. Chapel, videos, a time where prospective students and their families could meet with faculty, staff and students at Gordon. Lavida even offered a chance to experience the "Flying Squirrel." The chapel address was given by Reverend Cliffe Knechtle, Apologist for the Truth of Christ and current Gordon parent.

For more information about other GE Days or to schedule your visit, click here.


Americorps Vista Grant Awarded to Gordon in Lynn

Two weeks before graduation and on his birthday, Jon Nystedt ’09 received a gift many graduates hope for: a job. But Nystedt’s career began three years before, first as a volunteer with Gordon in Lynn, then as an intern with the program. During his senior year, he completed his academic requirements as a public relations intern with Girls Inc., a Gordon in Lynn partner organization.
Now, thanks to a grant through the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker, Nystedt is serving full-time with Gordon in Lynn, working closely with the Lynn Housing Authority and further developing its youth programs including the College Bound program coordinated by Gordon in Lynn. For six years Gordon has been present in Lynn through a unique campus/community partnership that brings energy and resources of Gordon’s community to organizations in Lynn. In turn, students learn from the diverse population and engage their studies in local issues. Through the MACC AmeriCorps VISTA, Gordon in Lynn hopes to improve its capacity to link campus resources with more community organizations.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

‘Spiritways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village’

Gordon College’s History Alive! presents “Spiritways: A Night in Besieged Salem Village,” a terrifying nighttime visit to the Salem of the infamous "afflicted girls.” Shows are offered Saturdays, Oct. 10-31, 7-11 p.m., at Pioneer Village in Forest River Park, Salem, MA.
For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Poetic Combustion! Gordon College Chemistry and English Departments Collaborate on Unique Celebration of Words

“Of Poetry and Periodic Tables: A Celebration of Words and Letters”—an open mic public reading--will take place on Tuesday, October 20, the official National Day of Writing sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English. Gordon's Chemistry Department is also sponsoring its first-ever essay contest using only symbols from the periodic table to coincide with the theme for this year’s National Chemistry Week (October 19–23), which focuses on the 140th anniversary of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table.
Students and faculty from both the Chemistry and English Departments will read their original essays and poems during the cafĂ©-style salon, which will be held in the second floor student lounge of the Ken Olsen Science Center from 4:30–6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Read more...


Friday, October 9, 2009


Where's 01929? That's Essex, Massachusetts, just 10 minutes away from 255 Grapevine, which is both an address with a certain zip, and a fantastic upcoming event for the whole family! Read more about 255 Grapevine: an Evening with an Address and a Certain Zip here and here. Be there Saturday night at 7:30 at the A.J. Gordon Chapel (we certainly will be). It's "pay what you can," or bring a can (of food) to benefit local food pantries.
(Directions to campus, and more information on Homecoming Weekend).


Monday, October 5, 2009

Fun, Stomp, Songs? Yes You CAN!

It's not Nodrog. It's not We Are Gordon. But it might just be the best live entertainment scheduled on the North Shore for Saturday night. And it's definitely the best cause.
255 Grapevine: An Evening with An Address and A Certain Zip—the newest part of Gordon’s homecoming festivities—will be held Saturday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. and will include 90 minutes of outstanding music, comedy and storytelling. With acts that range from stomp dance, Prairie Home Companion-style scenes and country western songs to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and The Wiz, the evening showcases both professional and amateur talent from Gordon’s faculty, staff, students and alumni.
And the best part? It's pay what you can or pay with a can of food for admission to the show. And the A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel—where the show will be held—will be turned into the shelves of a food pantry. All proceeds from the event will go to the Gloucester Open Door Food Pantry and Acord Food Pantry in Hamilton. The event is open to everyone so bring a friend or a neighbor. And be prepared for a night of great fun!


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Light and Darkness: Spirituality and Mental Health

For the first time, this fall's chapel schedule featured presentations on mental illness and Christian spirituality. Install iTunes if you haven't already, and listen to the presentations:
In the Valley Monologues, an original theatrical piece written and directed by Heather Lobe ’10
Bryn Gillette ’01 on his ongoing struggle with bipolar disorder
Address by David Lovelace, author of SCATTERSHOT: A Memoir of My Bipolar Family.


Still Making Voices Heard

Sam Sennott, a 2004 Gordon grad featured in a recent STILLPOINT article, "Making Voices Heard," and in this Metrowest Daily news article, works to assist the disabled in communicating their needs through an ingenious and cost-effective iPhone application, Proloquo2Go.
An video shows a child with a communication disorder using Proloquo2Go, and features an interview with Sam and with Proloquo2Go's co-creator, David Niemeijer. Watch it now.
Sam writes: "It has been a quite exciting time since the NY Times front page feature and the huge 1.1 update. Also it has been very cool to see Gizmodo telling the story as well."