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Thursday, December 23, 2010
Read this fun story and view photos here.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Photo: Dr. Story on Gordon's marine biology boat in nearby CapeAnn.
Photo 2: Johnny Stoeckle and Andrew Luhrs show Dr. Story around the new medical building at Temple University School of Medicine where they are in their second year. The 2007 application year was a big one for Gordon health professions applicants: Including Johnny and Andrew, there are six students from that application year currently attending medical school, four are in PA (Physician Assistant) school, and one is in dental school.
Check out some student profiles on this major here.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
President Jud Carlberg
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Horth receives the First Team honor following a four-year career as one of Gordon’s all-time leading scorers. Linn anchored a Gordon defense which gave up only eight goals over the whole season, while in his rookie debut Vandervoort shared the lead in goals-scored with eight on the year.
“I’m happy for Micah, Matt and Vandy, but the biggest honor goes to the guys who work just as hard every day and never get recognized for it,” said head coach Jake DeClute. “Our program is 100 percent based on team. Anytime a person is selected out of a team for individual recognition, you take him out of the context that allowed him to perform. We are a collective unit, and you cannot pull apart a collective unit—any individual success we had this year is because of the team. For every guy who gets an award, there are 26 other guys in our program who deserve just as much credit.”
The Scots finished the season as The Commonwealth Coast Conference Runner-Up after compiling a 10-4-6 overall, 8-1-4 conference record.
Go here to read the full press release from the TCCC.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
When the students of Harrington Elementary School in Lynn walk through their school’s front doors, they see six words—trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. And now, because of Professor Tanja Butler’s Painting I class, they also see images depicting the words that serve as daily goals for the first- through fifth-graders.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Parys’ written submission “Seeing Max in the Backyard” garnered over 40 percent of the vote. People across the world applied to the contest to creatively express what fair trade products mean to them through words, video, images and other media. “The response was tremendous,” says Tom Willits, Your Olive Branch’s executive director. “To see people from across the globe sending us their words, their artwork, their videos, and even their songs about the importance of fair trade–it was a truly uplifting experience.”
So what does a $2,000 prize of fair trade products look like? Some of the products include fair trade sugar, black quinoa, coral red jasmine rice, purple jasmine rice, extra virgin olive oil, and various kinds of chocolate. Many in the Gordon College community voted for Parys’ entry—which reflected on many personal experiences. In fact, after posting news of his essay submission on Gordon’s Facebook page, votes for Parys rapidly began to increase over the national competition.
Bryan Parys has a B.A. in English from Gordon College. After graduation he pursued his M.F.A. in creative nonfiction at the University of New Hampshire while teaching for the university. He also writes a regular column called Sporks in Stillpoint magazine. To watch a video of Parys reading the latest column at this year’s Homecoming Weekend, click here.
Meg Lynch followed her dream and went on a summer tour following graduation. She’s now working for Hendrickson Publishers as a marketing assistant and continues to write songs and perform for audiences throughout the Boston Metro area.
Monday, December 13, 2010
God With Us—An Unexpected Christmas Experience Brookridge Community Church in Haverhill hosts God With Us December 18-19 at 7p.m. There will be music, storytelling and lots of fun surprises. Events are free and open to all. Film Screening
Scrooge—The Salem Trolley
Now entering into it’s 24th season, this humorous and whimsical interactive performance reanimates Dickens’ timeless seasonal holiday classic. Experience Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a twist. Ride along with Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as the classic tale is brought to life in a completely unexpected way. Performances run daily through December 23.
The Provost Film Series is followed by a panel discussion and challenges students to share their reflections. The Cove panel was led by Craig Story, professor of biology. Honing in on the ethical and moral issues the movie brought to light, Story asked questions of the audience on subjects like human character, animal souls and the propaganda the film embodied. Aleah Tarnoviski, a junior from Pennsylvania, commented on the post-film discussion: “It was fascinating to hear how students, after watching the same movie, have such different conclusions.” Feedback from the film varied across the board depending on students’ area of academic study, perspective and interest—it was an excellent example of the kind of civil discourse Gordon’s campus community offers.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
1. Before bed, make a plan for the next day—decide what time to get up and what to study first. It helps you get out of bed in the morning because you have already made decisions about what you are going to do, and you have had a chance to emotionally prepare.
2. Keep a big bottle of water with you as you study. The brain is mostly made up of water, so drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and concentrate. Caffeine drinks are dehydrating, so put off drinking them as long as possible into your study time.
3. Stay focused. If you're having trouble getting into the material, try the five-minute method. You can do anything for five minutes, so set a timer and force yourself to study for just five minutes. When the alarm rings, tell yourself you only have five more minutes and so on. Pretty soon you will get into the studying groove.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Education Department hosted Anthony Pedriana, author of Leaving Johnny Behind, this semester, attracting 150 guests, area teachers and education students. As a retired elementary school principal with over 30 years working with children in Milwaukee’s central city, Pedriana’s frustration at the lack of reading progress by students from poor backgrounds prompted him to look beyond the conventional wisdom of reading methodology. Gordon’s education program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels prepares its students to implement cutting-edge research when teaching children to read. “Pedriana spoke of how early literacy is one of the most powerful predictors of school success, gainful employment and societal adjustment,” said Priscilla Nelson, assistant professor of education. “It’s an important topic to discuss, and we were so pleased to open the event to the public in addition to our students.”
Following Pedriana’s visit to campus, the influential author sent a letter to area newspapers about his impressions of Gordon’s program. We share an excerpt here:
“As part of my ongoing search for answers to the reading problem, I recently met with students and faculty at Gordon and reviewed its licensure program and course syllabi. What I found was an institution united and resolute in rejecting the tide of conventional wisdom and replacing it with practices most highly correlated with actual reading ability. If we are to make long-term improvements to our schools, we need to begin with programs such as that offered at Gordon College. It is a jewel that should be replicated throughout the country.”
To listen to a podcast from Pedriana’s September visit to Gordon College, click here.
Photo (left to right): Susan Wood, Janis Flint-Ferguson, Tony Pedriana, Janet Arndt, Priscilla Nelson, Joyce Meeuwsen
7 and 8:30 p.m.
7 and 8:30 p.m.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Staff and faculty members take on a volunteer mentoring role throughout the academic year through the chapel-sponsored program Companions for the Journey. Juniors and seniors work in the IRON Mentoring with sophomores and first-year students; both programs are under Truschel's leadership. Mentors meet with a student "mentoree" on a regular basis.
Along with caroling, fellowship and lots of food at the Christmas gathering, the group made Christmas crafts for food bags to be given out through Beverly Bootstraps, a food pantry outreach in Beverly, Massachusetts, four miles from campus.
"This is a great time of year to celebrate so many things, and to see the relationships built between these mentors and students is all the more exciting," said Truschel. "Everyone grows from these connections."
Monday, November 29, 2010
|Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll|
|Provost Mark Sargent|
|Richard Francis (author)|
Saturday, November 27, 2010
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Henry David Thoreau, always a prankster with words, once described Walden as “mediterranean”—literally “in the middle of the land.” As our evening waned, the winds stilled and the unbroken surface of the pond absorbed the surrounding terrain, the hardwood reds and yellows vibrant enough to survive the dusk. A few egrets surveyed the silent water, now gray and melded with the granite stones along the shore.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thanksgiving break begins at the end of classes today, and excited talk of turkey and stuffing, family and friends, is quickly filling the campus. As many students prepare to leave Gordon for the rest of the week, we wish them safe travels, rest and joy in this much-needed time to think on all we have to be thankful for.
See you next week!
Monday, November 22, 2010
The communication arts student, of Wells, Maine, has created a communications channel about farming and food. The blog is called Compassionation, and its aim is to raise awareness about the business of America’s meat practices--starting with the Gordon community. “I want to engage our campus in a conversation about the food industry,” said Mills, who is in her senior year at Gordon.
Compassionation is an information source for current events, fundraisers, even local vegetarian restaurants. Mills, who is also a vegetarian, uses the site to share her experiences and promote the benefits of a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.
Mills created Compassionation as her senior thesis project and hopes the channel will continue to engage students further in this important conversation.
The Vox Populi, Latin for "the voice of the people," is a regular journal that prioritizes helping students craft opinion pieces into publishable articles. John Mirisola, a senior English major, serves as editor-in-chief of the all-volunteer student publication. "The writing team tries to give personalized, concrete editorial help to every student who submits," said Mirisola. "We do this so every student--not just English and communication arts majors, or people who already view writing as a strength--will be able to use The Vox as a tool to share their thoughts and opinions and open up a dialogue with the Gordon community." The Vox was founded by students in the English major and is a Gordon College Student Association (GCSA) publication.
Friday, November 19, 2010
For the first time in four years, the Gordon College Admissions Caravan is up and running. On Saturday, November 13, it picked up 37 prospective students from Wayne, Pennsylvania, Hawthorne, New Jersey, and Trumbull, Connecticut, before heading to campus for the weekend with high school juniors and seniors.
Between a day exploring Boston, duck tours, Catacombs, chapel, class visits, student panels and dorm overnights, prospective students experienced as much Gordon as possible in their three-day stay.
“Because of the caravan, I got to experience student life at Gordon first-hand,” said Sydney Tanner, a senior from Landisville, Pennsylvania. “I thought I wanted to attend another school, but after witnessing the integration of faith and learning at Gordon and meeting people who cared about me as an individual, I have some big decisions to make.”
Not only does the Caravan give prospective students the opportunity to engage with everyday life as a Gordon student, it also gives them time to meet other prospective Gordon students and connect with the Caravan admissions counselors, Justin Ellis and Robert Mansfield.
“Being on a bus for 22 hours with prospective students was a great way to share about Gordon, but in that time we also developed friendships with one another,” said Mansfield. “I’ve gotten numerous emails this week from students on the Caravan thanking me for the opportunity to visit Gordon and spend the weekend with a fun group of people.”
According to Kristy Walker, director of admissions, the Caravan has yielded very positive results in the past in terms of students accepting admission to Gordon.
This week the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is celebrating the presence and impact of international students on our campuses. Today Gordon’s only Haitian student, Niltzer Fils, is featured on its site in an article written by Paul Wright, a senior history major at Gordon:
Fils transferred to Gordon from North Shore Community College in the fall of 2009. On January 12, 2010, his home country was struck by one of the worst earthquakes in its history, killing over 200,000 and leaving more than one million Haitians homeless. “When I heard about the earthquake, I was falling apart,” said Fils. “All I had was the news on TV, and I didn’t know if my family was alive or if my friends were okay. A part of me was gone after the earthquake.”
While waiting to hear about the condition of his friends and family, Fils found a great source of comfort from the students on Gordon’s campus. “People supported me through prayer and just asking me how I was doing,” said Fils. He was relieved to find out that all of his family survived, and support from the student population did not stop over time. “Even right now they ask me how I’m doing and how my family is doing,” said Fils. “They are supporting me still, even though it was eight months ago.”
Fils’ family along with all of Haiti is still in need of help. His family is located far enough outside of the epicenter of the earthquake that they avoided serious damages, but life is still tough. “Life in Haiti has gotten more expensive and more dangerous,” said Fils. “Life has totally changed.” For a country as unstable as Haiti, a natural disaster like the 2010 earthquake can leave devastating effects for years.
Being the only Haitian at Gordon College, Fils feels he is somewhat of a spokesperson for Haiti and the issues there now. His presence allows the students of Gordon to have a closer connection to events in Haiti. “By helping out Haiti they can see it as helping me,” said Fils. “It’s a way of saying they are with me and supporting me.”
Fils wants to show Gordon students aspects of Haiti other than its recent tragedies. He enjoys sharing the culture and customs of Haiti in any way he can. “Cooking a meal is a way to tell people about Haiti,” said Fils. “That’s like bringing Haiti to America.”
Fils urges Gordon students to help out Haiti by taking an opportunity to go on mission trips. He also encourages donations through child sponsorships and charity programs but warns of choosing carefully whom to give to.
Fils is hoping to do more than raise awareness about Haiti. Originally a computer science major, he switched to business after the earthquake so he could give back to Haiti on his own. He believes the business world is going to help build up Haiti after its numerous calamities. Fils hopes to be able to serve the people of Haiti through business by treating them as human beings and trying to help them rather than exploiting them for the sake of profits.
“In Haiti [business] is not really up to date and is full of corruption,” said Fils. “But Gordon has taught me that being a Christian in business is about being a servant.”
Written by Paul Wright, Gordon College senior history major and communication arts minor
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Following the conference Sargent joined his son Bradford (a grad student at American University) and the Gordon staff and students at the Newseum in Washington, DC. They visited a remnant of the Berlin Wall, not far from a display of over 70 years of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. “It was an interesting juxtaposition,” Mark noted. “The scene reminded me of those vibrant images of the graffiti on the wall in the German film Wings of Desire. This is a film where the angels see things in black and white while humans view the Berlin Wall and the world around it in full color. Certainly the rich graffiti on the wall at the museum conveys something wondrous about human resistance and freedom. Yet just around the corner there were those stark, evocative, black-and-white Pulitzer photos to remind us that the exercise of freedom still needs the eyes of conscience that art and journalism so often provide.”
Photo: Mark Sargent’s son Bradford stands in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall. The pair recently join Gordon students, faculty and staff at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
After graduating from Gordon with a major in kinesiology, he and cofounder James Grumbine ’01 set out to create a socially conscious lifestyle brand in a secular industry.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Photo: Gordon students from Dr. Cook’s Developmental Psychology class.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Only one semester separates Elisabeth Greene from graduating with a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, and she credits Gordon for inspiring her pursuits.
As a consortium student from George Fox University in Newburg, Oregon, studying at Gordon during the fall of 2003, Greene was able to pursue music opportunities at Gordon that weren’t available at her home university, even though she was a music performance, theory and composition major.
“Gordon had a well-developed community of composers,” said Greene. “We helped one another by performing each other’s music under the instruction of professors who really helped guide me towards bigger projects.”
Through the Consortium Visitors Program, students from the 13 Christian College Consortium (CCC) schools are able to spend a semester at another CCC school. According to the Gordon College Registrar’s Office, an average of three Gordon students study at other CCC schools each semester while Gordon hosts around a dozen.
Greene said one of her greatest accomplishments as a consortium student was having the Gordon choir perform a piece she’d written to the lyrics of the Sh’ma, which was inspired by Professor Marv Wilson’s Modern Jewish Culture class.
“Seeing the spark of an idea turn into something performed for everyone to hear, that’s what spurs me on to want to compose more,” said Greene.
Greene’s latest work is an opera called and based on the best-selling book Reading Lolita in Tehran. It will be performed at the University of Maryland in February, and is the first opera she’s written both the lyrics and music for.
“I always felt torn between studying music and writing,” said Greene. “I love that I get to use both skills (in operas) and be so creative in the process.”