Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Old Town Hall in Salem Needs Your Votes!

Salem’s Old Town Hall, home to History Alive’s Cry Innocent performances and now managed by the Gordon College Institute for Public History, is a finalist in a unique grant competition. After making it through two rounds of cuts, Old Town Hall is one of 25 sites competing for part of $1 million through the Partners in Preservation program. If Old Town Hall gets the most votes, it’s guaranteed to win $100,000, which will help preserve the building for future generations.
Please consider casting your vote for this worthy project. More information here on Salem Old Town Hall. And come to Time Travel Days at Old Town Hall, May 2 and 3!

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Êtes-Vous Mariée à un Psychopathe?

Melissa Hardy ’09 and Karen Littlejohn ’09, both French majors, share about a recent French event on campus:
The Quebec Studies class hosted the Quebec author Nadine Bismuth. The conference started with an introduction from Maël-Solen Picard, the public affairs director for the Quebec Government Office of Boston.

Bismuth talked about her published book, a collection of short stories entitled Êtes-Vous Mariée à un Psychopathe? (translation: Are You Married to a Psychopath?). She described her book as an assortment of stories about relationships—particularly between couples—writing from her own life experience.
Bismuth, who last January published a successful novel entitled Scrapbook, was criticized by the literary community for leaving novel writing and publishing in the short story genre. Her response to these critiques? She insists the short story genre is equally as important as novel writing, and short stories deserve respect as individual pieces of art.
Bismuth encouraged students present to attend creative writing workshops, saying her own experience with workshops was a strong influence on her decision to become an author. She concluded her presentation with an open question and answer session.
Following the conference, students and faculty were invited to join Bismuth in Gillies Lounge, where a menu of French cuisine was prepared by Gordon’s own Parisian chef, Pascal Huguet. Gathered in an informal atmosphere, Bismuth continued to divulge more information on her career as a writer.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Grace Akallo ’07 Will Speak on Human Rights in Uganda

Wednesday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m., Endicott College will host former Ugandan child soldier Grace Akallo ’07 and journalist/UN goodwill ambassador Jimmie Briggs, who will speak about child victimization and the human rights situation in Uganda. Grace was abducted by Ugandan rebels at the age of 15 and is now serving as a spokesperson and activist for peace in northern Uganda. She is the author of Girl Soldier, an account of her experiences.
The event is free and open to the public.
Read more about Grace Akallo’s upcoming talk . . .

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Musing Out Loud

Michael Monroe (music) writes:
“Today marks the debut of the MMmusing podcast, known for now as the MMmusecast. I’m quite lucky that my first guest is not only an amazing musician but also a thoroughly polished and engaging speaker; she is pianist Mia Chung, a colleague of mine on the music faculty at Gordon College. As illustrated in the little Venn diagram that opens the video below, there are pianists and there are pianists.” Listen to the interview with Gordon artist-in-residence Mia Chung . . .

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Symposium Paddles through Campus

Classes were canceled Thursday, April 23, for the 12th annual Gordon College Symposium, a day dedicated to discussing contemporary issues outside the classroom. This year’s theme was “Creation Care: The Challenges and Opportunities of the Ecological Crisis.” An unusual characteristic of Symposium is that the roles of students and professors are reversed: Students create educational presentations or events for faculty and other students. Among these events were a visual presentation on our carbon footprint, a recycling plant trip and (pictured) an Ipswich River canoe and cleanup trip. More information on Symposium.

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Sex and the iWorld

Religion and politics—two subjects that may make some uncomfortable to speak of. Reverend Dale S. Kuehne (pronounced Keen), pastor, associate professor, and author of Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship beyond an Age of Individualism, hit those two hot topics head-on during chapel last week.
“As a politics professor I am supposed to say ‘no comment,’” said Kuehne in relation to several issues surrounding sex. “But as a reverend, I can’t say ‘no comment.’”
Kuehne’s thesis is that the biblical teaching for sex between a man and a woman is good news for everyone. Kuehne noted that we are resident aliens who are increasingly alienated. “We are surprisingly mute in this ‘I’ world of individualism,” Kuehne said.
Looking to the last verse in Judges (21:25), which says, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit,” Kuehne commented that our culture today believes if we argue against same-sex marriages or relationships, we are denying them their opportunity for fulfillment.
“This is an example of how Christians mimic actions of our culture,” said Kuehne. “The issue isn’t about the sex; the issue is that it creates such loneliness, and whether or not we believe that sexual relations between men and women are good for everyone.” Sexuality won’t bring you fulfillment. “The only thing that can satisfy you by filling the hole in your heart is God. And if He is filling your hole, then  you won’t ask anything or anyone else to be God,” said Kuehne.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Batter Up! Gordon Baseball Team Hits Its Stride

Bob Whittet, associate professor of Christian ministries, writes:
In the final days of the 2009 baseball season, Gordon College finds itself in control of its own playoff destiny. When practice started back in January, players dodged the snow banks on the way to indoor practices in the Bennett Center. Now with the grass finally green and the weather warming, the Scots enter the final week just one game in the standings from gaining a slot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) playoffs with four conference games to go. Win and they are likely in. Having knocked off nearly all of the top teams in the standings so far in the season, the Scots are hot and hitting their stride at just the right moment. Gordon is a young team with only one senior on the roster and a very bright future. After rolling over Eastern Nazarene College in a doubleheader sweep on Monday afternoon in their biggest offensive explosion of the season, the team will be playing for a run to the playoffs starting today at 2 p.m. when the Scots will play two games at cross-town rival Endicott College. Friday the team will return home to play in a non-conference matchup with Salem State College.
The Scots conclude the regular season on Saturday in Henniker, New Hampshire, when they play against the Pilgrims of New England College in what Gordon hopes will be games that clinch their trip to the CCC postseason. If the team gets its way, Saturday will be the final stop of the regular season with Gordon Scots playoff baseball hopefully beginning next Tuesday. Read more about the Gordon College baseball team.

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Excelling Despite Obstacles

Jon Chang ’69, doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), loves Gordon and has given generously financially over the years to express his thanks.

“When I entered Gordon in the ’60s as an immigrant, I was struggling with learning a new language in addition to having a learning disability. Despite these obstacles, I graduated from medical school with the Dean’s Award. My many weaknesses gave God the opportunity to show His power. He can make something out of nothing. As a scientist I consider this as evidence: all things are possible with God.”

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Read-In on the Quad

Dr. Myron Schirer-Suter, director of library services, writes:
“Without a doubt the publishing business is changing. Google returns over 3 million web pages that herald the 'death of the book.' But to take a cue from Mark Twain, the reports of the death of the book are greatly exaggerated.”
In celebration of National Library Week, over 100 Gordon College students spent from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. on April 16 on the quad in front of Jenks Library reading books. A wide span of material was represented, from God in Search of Man to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Prize drawings, dorm competition and homemade cookies were all a great success. Thirteen students won prizes, including 1G flash drives and iPod Shuffles, with the road halls and Drew taking prizes as well. The College Bookstore donated a gift basket.

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Gordon Sends Student Leaders to 22nd Annual Lead Retreat

The weekend of April 18-20 Gordon sent 152 students to Alton, New Hampshire, to become better equipped to lead. Students from groups such as residence hall staff, Orientation core staff, REC-IM staff and others came together at Brookwoods Conference Center for the 22nd Annual Lead Retreat. Students attended leadership workshops, heard keynote speakers, spent time in groups getting to know each other, relaxed, and dug deeper into their faith. Speakers covered a variety of leadership ministry themes including leading with kindness and dignity, and moving from procrastination to productivity.
These student leaders are in current positions of responsibility with the opportunity to set examples for other students. The weekend away prepared them to lead in the next year and for the rest of their lives. —Alyssa Baxter ’11

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Story behind Handel's Messiah Comes to Gordon’s Theatre

Joyful Noise, a play by Tim Slover, makes its North Shore premiere this week at Gordon’s Margaret Jensen Theatre in the Barrington Center for the Arts. Directed by Jeff Miller, distinguished professor and chair of theatre arts, the play reflects Jeff’s consistently professional and creative touch, inviting some fine performances from students getting ready to graduate and a few who are (happily) just beginning their careers at Gordon. My husband and I saw the play opening night—along with a few friends from the community (including a local newspaper editor)—and we all marveled both at the masterful language Slover used to convey Handel’s struggle as an artist as well as the solid timing of the actors.
This production is another great reason to go to the theatre; not only are there important questions raised about the tension between sacred versus spiritual art, but there are moving (and surprising) reminders of grace. Performances run every night this week, twice on Saturday. Don’t miss it! Besides, this year marks the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death . . . and this show will make you glad he lived long enough to give the world his Messiah.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Saving Lives by Bringing Applied Math and Operations Research Scholarship into Action

Prashant Yadav, of the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program in Zaragoza, Spain, will speak at Gordon on the need to better plan for and respond to disasters, and to deliver aid and health services in less-developed countries. The speaker has extensive experience in healthcare logistics, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sponsored by the Gordon College Department of Mathematics and the Department of Economics and Business, the talk will take place Tuesday, April 28, 4:45–5:45 (refreshments at 4:30), in MacDonald 109.
For more information: mike.veatch@gordon.edu

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Strong-Man Competition Part of Discovery Channel Film Shoot at Gull Pond


The Discovery Channel sent a crew on Friday, April 17, to film an episode of its science show Time Warp. This particular episode involved strong-man competition, where they flipped 650-pound tractor tires, pulled a bungie chord (above right) and tossed barrels, aquariums (above left) and cinder blocks. The director (above center) explained to some students who came by to watch just how in the world some of these slow-motion cameras were operating and how such an event happens in the first place! Even a reporter and photographer from The Salem News came by to watch . . . and report on the filming. Everyone at Gordon who helped—Dining Services, Public Safety, Physical Plant and College Communications—as well as faculty and students who stopped by, pulled out all the stops to make the film crew feel welcome! Stay tuned for when the episode will air.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Stories of God’s Power—A Visit with Dr. Iris Paul


Craig Story, biology, writes:
“Dr. Iris Paul, a missionary from India for over 30 years, will be coming to share with my prehealth professions seminar class this Monday, April 20. I am also inviting the public and the rest of the Gordon community to visit with us. We will gather informally in the lobby of the Ken Olsen Science Center at 4:45, and her talk will begin at 5 p.m. in KOSC 104 (the large lecture hall).
More information here. Dr. Paul has many stories of God’s power to share, and I hope you can come!”

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65 Degrees and Sunny

Students in Dr. Ming Zheng’s Modern Genetics class discussed the ethics of stem cell research while also enjoying a change of scenery—from their normal classroom to this sunny outdoors location by the Ken Olsen Science Center.
With sunshine gracing the campus for what seemed the first time in seven months, flip flops were a common sight along with students throwing frisbees and studying on the quad.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Finance Tip: What Would Wesley Do?

“When it comes to personal finance, the people affiliated with Gordon College said, there are two stereotypes among Christians that exist on opposite ends of the spectrum: those who feel guilty about wealth, and those who believe that if they pray hard enough God will help them achieve financial success, as embodied by some high-profile televangelist churches. They also said that most Christians—like everyone else—fall somewhere in the middle.”
Read more of David Ratigan’s April 16 Boston Globe article about Professor Ted Wood’s recent talks on finances. (Photo: Robert Spencer for the Globe)

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Following a Calling in Healthcare

“Having attended public schools all my life, I chose Gordon because I wanted to surround myself with Christians who would challenge and encourage my faith to grow as I pursued what I felt to be a ’calling’ in health care,” says Charae Spuler ’96, nurse practitioner. “I knew Gordon had an excellent academic reputation, but I also chose it over other Christian colleges because the student life policies affirmed biblical standards of living without legalism.
Initially I thought about transferring to a baccalaureate nursing program after my sophomore year but decided I wanted four full years of preparation in Christian community and a bachelor’s degree in biology, which would enable me to get a master’s degree in nursing. On this path I had opportunity to pick up a minor in psychology and take other health-related electives that allowed me to explore ethical issues and wrestle with tough questions regarding the interface of faith and science. Right after graduating from Gordon, I was accepted to a three-year ‘direct entry’ nurse practitioner program for students with non-nursing undergraduate degrees at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston.
Gordon prepared me well for the academic rigors of the program, but, more importantly, for the interpersonal challenges of caring for the sick—witnessing suffering, reconciling issues of death and dying, working well with others in stressful situations. Ultimately I didn't want nursing to be my job but rather my avocation and ministry . . . this is how my Gordon experience made the difference.”
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Building Trails and Serving with Monte Christo Ministries

Alicia Landis ’09 shares about her recent trip to South Africa:

“I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa this past winter on a two-week mission trip through the Recreation and Leisure Department. As a senior recreation and leisure studies major, I have heard about South Africa in classes within the department. It is one thing to hear about a place, to read books on it and see it on film; it is quite another to actually go there and experience it. This trip combined my interests in recreation and community development in the powerful context of cross-cultural experience and helped me gain a better understanding of both the South African culture as well as my own, and the importance of relationships everywhere."

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Monday, April 13, 2009

From Baseballs to Brooms

He started playing baseball at age 12 in the Dominican Republic. He signed professionally at 16 with the Cincinnati Reds in the U.S. and played for six years. After he got married and became a father, he stopped playing baseball because it wouldn’t have provided reliable money for his growing family.
Meet Rainer Feliz—who is always cracking jokes, laughing and teasing as he collects trash and cleans bathrooms on Gordon’s campus. He works for Physical Plant, and his day starts when most people are leaving for the day. His job is behind the scenes and often thankless—but he does it amidst jokes and laughter. And any chance he gets, he shows off photos of his beautiful—and growing—baby.
“I may play baseball again in July,” he says. He misses pitching and playing professionally. But he is sacrificing for his family and doing a good job at that.
He, along with his colleagues, quietly keeps this campus running like clockwork—with a smile on his face and joy in his work.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Interfaith Passover

Dr. Marv Wilson, professor of biblical and theological studies, took 65 Gordon College students to the North Shore Interfaith Passover Seder a few weeks ago, held at North Shore Community College. He shares on the importance of Passover: “The centerpiece of redemption in the Jewish Scriptures is the Passover and Exodus from slavery in Egypt. This event is recalled more than 125 times throughout the Old Testament. The celebration of this theme of deliverance, salvation and freedom is also at the heart of the Gospels. Intentionally Jesus chose a Passover meal as the occasion for his Last Supper. Using unleavened bread and wine, two elements on the Passover table, Jesus further expanded upon redemption. Thus the New Testament presents Him as the (Passover) Lamb of God whose impending sacrificial death would have the power to set people free (I Corinthians 5:7).
For nearly 3,500 years the Jewish community has annually celebrated redemption through the Festival of Passover. Freedom, however, is a universal message that must be a joint concern for Christians and Jews in every generation. While Christians and Jews have theological differences on how redemption is to be understood, both agree that the world is yet unredeemed and awaits complete liberation. This is the shared hope of Jews and Christians. As a professor at Gordon College, I want my students to understand the biblical origin of Passover, its history and its contemporary meaning for Judaism and Christianity. Interfaith Passover celebrations also provide a great opportunity for the development of friendships between Christians and Jews.” photo courtesy of www.yumsugar.com

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Student Living Out Major before Graduation

The end of the semester is approaching and students are looking forward to sun-filled days at the beach, sleeping in, and preparing themselves to tackle another fall semester. Freshman Trevor Mattos has different plans.
Partnering with missionary group Clinics of Hope, Mattos will be traveling to West Africa on May 22 for a month of service in the small country of Togo. This is his second trip to Togo and his fifth mission trip to date. “Togo is an amazing place of great need,” Mattos said. “The people really took a special place in my heart.” Clinics of Hope have been sending medical teams to aid the people of Togo and build medical clinics since 2004. On his trip last year Mattos saw things he never imagined, and his eyes were opened to the difficulties in the world.
He, along with other volunteers, saw the results of poor medical assistance work and children who lived with pneumonia and other respiratory conditions. His experience in West Africa helped him decide on his career path early in college. “I chose an international affairs major to learn about developing countries’ economies and political structures so I can better understand how to make a difference–and effect change,” he says.
When Mattos returns from Togo in June, he will go to Hurley Medical Center in Michigan for a month-long internship in orthopedics. Mattos is enrolled in a premed concentration.
“God really put this ‘calling’ to missions on my heart while I was in a remote village in Togo,” Mattos said. “I intend to spend 5–10 years, if not more, in sub-Saharan Africa in medical mission work.”
Mattos is in the process of raising funds for his upcoming trip. For more information contact him at Trevor.Mattos@gordon.edu.

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Dedicated to a Lifetime of Serving the Underserved

According to Jon Lopez, M.D. ’03 Gordon College was a natural choice for his undergraduate education because of the level of scholarship among science professors.
“At Gordon I resonated with the deep desire of my colleagues and teachers to be ‘thinking’ Christians. Seminar discussions on topics in medical ethics would often continue long after the class sessions had finished. Gordon nurtured a passion for connecting my worldview with the tenets of and developments in the sciences and for using my profession as a Christian witness. My biology major also cultivated an academic interest in the neurosciences. Outside of classes the culture of participation in ministries at Gordon prepared me for a lifetime of serving the underserved.
I am currently finishing my pediatric residency and will specialize in pediatric neurology. More than just finding fulfillment in the scientific detective work required to uncover the pathology that underlies neurological disorders, I want to alleviate the suffering of the ‘least of these’—children with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other debilitating conditions, because each of these children is precious in God’s eyes.” Read more.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

NYC through a Student's Camera Lens

“My name is Kristin Bollier, and I am from a small town in Indiana. Gordon College is so different from the atmosphere I grew up in while living in the rural Midwest; the simple fact that students have quick access to Boston and moderately easy accessibility to New York opens up a new realm of culture unique to urban life. Large cities, people, art and culture have always interested me, so of course I jumped at the chance to take a trip with the Art Department to visit art museums in New York City.
“My main interests are writing and technical art (like design and photography), so to be able to utilize both of my passions in such a wonderful setting like New York was quite a blessing indeed.”
Kristin created a photojournal of her trip to New York City with other art majors. View her photojournal.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mopping from the Heart

He was a watchmaker and then repaired electronics for a while. Later he ran a Christian mission that spread peace from God to the people he served in his home country. After that, he pastored a church for four years. Today he works for Physical Plant and continues to spread God’s peace every time he empties a trash can or cleans a bathroom. He is Leonid Kurochka, originally from Ukraine. “I serve offices and classrooms and buildings all over campus,” he says with passion and seriousness.
Anyone who interacts with Leonid knows he has a servant heart. He smiles easily and loves to break into conversation with anyone. Even though his job doesn’t require him to think deeply (he admits), he enjoys his work immensely because he can interact with faculty and staff. “People speak to me about things other than my job, and I enjoy that.” He loves bringing sunshine and smiles to people. “I do my job from my heart,” he says.
He beams when he tells people that his 20-year-old daughter is getting married soon to a Ukrainian from California. He loves his wife. And he takes his younger daughter swimming in the ocean every day except during the winter.
Leonid is one of many behind-the-scenes staff on Gordon’s campus who sometimes works long hours—but he serves without wanting to be noticed, and with a skip in his step and joy in his heart.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fun and Games: Gordon’s Institute for Public History Seeks Volunteers for Time Travel Days

Know something about Salem’s history? Pass it on. The Gordon College Institute for Public History is seeking those who are passionate about the past and have knowledge of Salem’s rich history to spread their knowledge to the public.
Right now the Institute for Public History is looking for anyone who would like to teach others a fun and engaging lesson on an aspect of Salem’s history. The Institute, in collaboration with History Alive!, will host a history fair—Time Travel Days—for the public, and they are taking Request For Proposal forms for the event (see details below). The deadline for the proposals is Wednesday, April 8, 2009.This event is sponsored by the Gordon College Institute for Public History and will be held at Salem’s Old Town Hall in Derby Square on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Time Travel Days is open to the public and free of charge.
“The goal of this event is to provide something new for the public at the Old Town Hall and to celebrate Salem’s rich and diverse history,” says Kristina Stevick, director of the Gordon Institute for Public History and artistic director of History Alive! “The idea is to invite people to learn about history in a way that’s memorable—people learn best when they are involved and using all their senses.”
As a part of the history fair, actors from the renowned play Cry Innocent will be performing as well as other actors, interpreters and performers. These performers will be in period costume and will use games, speeches, songs and dances from different eras in Salem’s history to teach the audience various aspects of that period. Along with other interpreters, the Institute is also looking for live performers and bands that would like to play.
“History is fun because situations people faced in the past are, at the very heart, basically the same as they are now,” says Stevick. “History is an act of imagination. This event will strive to not only put the audience in a different time period, but also offer us a broader perspective of the situations we are in now.”
The Request For Proposal (FRP) form can be found online at www.gordon.edu/historyalive. For more information about the history fair or any of the other programs and events sponsored by the Gordon College Institute for Public History, contact Kristina at 978.867.4767 or historyalive@gordon.edu.

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Lynn Teens Build Bridges through Music

From the city of Lynn to the stage at Gordon College, five teenagers came to perform during chapel. The group, named Building Bridges through Music, combines dance, song, drama and multimedia production to bring people together across racial and ethnic lines.

The show, titled Illumination from the Mountaintop, was composed by John DiTomaso and directed by Doreen Murray. The show is designed to help people remember the Civil Rights Movement by tracing experiences of segregation, its effect, and the sacrifices made by people such as Dr. King and Malcolm X along the way.

“This musical has been created to place our attention on what we can and must do to make their words and example of personal sacrifice come alive again,” said DiTomaso. The Lynn teenagers received a standing ovation for their talented performance.

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Making Jesus Translatable

Working to open windows and doors to the Church across the globe, Paul Borthwick, adjunct professor of missions, continues his ministry at Gordon College. “Our God communicates, and wants to speak to you and me,” Borthwick says. The starting point of loving God’s Word is loving the living Word—Jesus—who takes you back to the written Word. “If we understand the Word that came down—so as to be understood,” Borthwick says, “then Jesus makes God translatable.” Listen to Borthwick’s full address on itunes.

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Orthodoxy and Evangelical Renewal


Speaking more than 400 times at various colleges and cathedrals, Frederica Mathewes-Green has added Gordon College to her list. Mathewes-Green, author of eight books, has also written for publications including The Washington Post, Christianity Today, the Smithsonian and the Los Angeles Times.

In her address Mathewes-Green shared various impediments that affect Christians when we talk about God. Her first point touched on how humans divide the head and heart and are not able to speak of the experience of the presence of God. Mathewes-Green stressed the importance of both the head and the heart, which cannot be separated. Pointing to Matthew 15:19, Mathewes-Green reiterated that thoughts come out of the heart. Listen to Mathewes-Green’s full address on itunes.


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

April Fool(ed)!


David Lee, associate professor of physics, writes:
“On Wednesday I arrived at my 8 a.m. Quantum Mechanics class (PHY 337) and found the tabletops littered with sleeping students, all in sleeping bags and pajamas as if they had been in the lab studying all night long. I had handed out a take-home exam on Monday and it was due Wednesday morning at the start of class. A couple minutes after class started, one of the students (Neal Buxton) walked in with a paper bag full of breakfast sandwiches, as if he had been sent to get everyone food. Then a couple minutes after that, an alarm clock began to sound from somewhere in the lab . . . It was another student’s alarm clock. Ellen Lyman was sleeping behind the sliding markerboards in the front of the classroom (there is a countertop that these sliding markerboards conceal). She had been threatening to sleep behind those boards all semester long—and the funny thing is that while waiting behind the boards for the prank, she actually did fall asleep.
Finally, at the teaching podium there was a pile of yellow slips that had been signed by my colleague Dale Pleticha. All of them were simultaneously dropping the class, as if this last exam were the final straw. Of course, there was one physics major, who is not taking the class, who had a signed green add-slip.
The students—Thomas Botticello, Neal Buxton, Spencer Carson, Ellen Lyman, Jordan Montgomery, Michael Percuoco and Jonathan Sheeks—had been planning this for weeks apparently. Fellow physics faculty member Dale Pleticha was also involved (as it was his signature on the drop/add slips).
I’m still shaking my head, but also feel so blessed to have students such as these . . .”

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Gordon College: A Training Ground for Medical School

Amaris Miller ’05, a current medical student, came to Gordon College because she felt God’s leading her here, she had a scholarship, and she was impressed with Gordon’s strong Biology Department.

“My studies as a biology major, prehealth professions concentration, prepared me well for my future studies, particularly as I learned to prioritize and to recognize the impossibility of learning all the information presented to me. The course material itself—especially anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and immunology—and the lesson in finitude helped me feel better prepared for the coursework and the harder work of balancing study with life than many of my fellow students upon starting medical school.
Between Gordon’s biology and biblical studies courses and a year of graduate theological education at Regent College (Vancouver, BC), I also felt prepared to make the effort to integrate my faith into my learning and my future medical practice.”

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gordon College Celebrates National Poetry Month with Daily Podcast Project

Every day in April is a day worthy of a poem. So for the first time in Gordon College history, students, staff and faculty have handpicked well-known and favorite poems to feature as audio podcast recordings for each day in April, which is National Poetry Month. From Robert Frost and Langston Hughes to Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickinson and others, a variety of poets can be heard on Gordon College’s iTunesU site and available to the public starting April 1 (no fooling). Read more...and browse listing of who is reading what, and when.
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Award-Winning Alumni to Give Free Reading at Gordon

Nonfiction essayist Bryan Parys ’04 (left) and poet Jonathan Bennett Bonilla ’05 (right) will present free readings on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Barrington Center for the Arts, Room 134, as part of Gordon’s Princemere Writers Series.
Parys is completing an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction at the University of New Hampshire, where he won a teaching assistantship. He reviews music for the online publication The Silent Ballet and writes a column for STILLPOINT, the alumni magazine of Gordon College. He is currently working on a collection of linked, lyric essays on growing up Christian.
Bonilla’s poetry has appeared in The New Anonymous and The Endicott Review, and he is the recipient of a writer’s fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Currently he is attending the Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers and serves as a guest tutor in the creative writing program at Gordon College.
The Princemere Writers Series, which began in 1988, has hosted guest artists such as poets John Canaday and Daniel Bosch; and prose writer Joseph Hurka; and others.

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