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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."
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."
"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."
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
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.
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)