Friday, January 22, 2010

The Gift of Hospitality

Kristin Bollier, a sophomore communication arts major from Leo, Indiana, serves as publicity coordinator for Gordon’s Campus Events Council. She writes:

“We’re a group of nine Gordon students, working together to create events on campus that honor the Lord and inspire community. One day during a meeting, our group talked about our vision for CEC. I remember Caitlin Snyder, a senior art major from Santa Barbara, California, who serves as CEC director, describing her mother’s gift of hospitality—her ability to make visitors in their home feel warm, loved and protected. She mentioned the little details her mother would always remember: the clean sheets, fluffed pillows, and even the little complimentary shampoos and conditioners for a visitor to use.
Mrs. Snyder’s gift of hospitality is a constant thread in our event planning; it’s our goal for students to feel welcomed. We want this sense of comfort to not only flow through the events themselves, but through our interactions with others: in Lane, in our classes, residence halls, and through our personal relationships. We hope this ethos of comfort is tangibly sensed in the events we plan at Gordon.
“One of my favorite events this semester is Gordon Globes—a formal event showcasing student-made videos. But I’m also looking forward to celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Golden Goose this year! Golden Goose is a stage performance with video competition between the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes. Men from each class are chosen by their classmates to “represent” them—live on stage. They learn dances, choreography, and sometimes sing. But the best part . . . they must perform a one-act show in front of the entire student body. So come out and join us this year. We would love to hang out with you!
“This semester CEC launched a new blog to keep everyone up to date on happenings. Showcasing staff profiles, videos, event calendars and more. Personally, the Fighting Scots video cracks me up. Check it out at cec09gordon.wordpress.com.”

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