Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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.

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