Friday, October 29, 2010

Field Hockey's Pierce and Neverett Earn All-TCCC Honors

Gordon College senior Veronica Pierce (West Hartford, Connecticut) and junior Samantha Neverett (Athol, Mass.) have been named to The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) All-Conference Team for their efforts throughout the 2010 field hockey season.

Pierce, team captain, four-year starter, and three-time All-TCCC First Team honoree, tallied eight goals and four assists (20 points) for the Fighting Scots out of the midfield during the regular season.

In her second season with the Scots, Neverett led Gordon’s front line with 11 goals (three of which were game winners) and four assists on the season, giving her 26 points in all en route to her first conference nod.

Said head coach Cory Ward of the honors, “This is a very well-deserved recognition for both of these players. They each helped drive our team’s progress this season and it’s nice for the other coaches and the TCCC to recognize them for that.”

Assuming the sixth seed for the conference tournament, the Fighting Scots will travel to face the third-seeded University of New England on Saturday, October 30, in the TCCC quarterfinal round.


Gordon College Theatre Arts Presents: "Into the Woods"

Into The Woods, a musical by Stephen Sondheim, opens tonight, October 29, to a sold out audience in the Barrington Center for the Arts!

For more information on the show, dates, times, and tickets for other performances, read here.

Read a story about first-year student Dominique Gobeil in her hometown newspaper as she discusses her first role in her career at Gordon: Cinderella. (Gobeil is pictured above, front kneeling.)


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Inside Coy Pond

Have you ever wondered what types of fish call Coy Pond home? Now you can find out. A new fish tank has been added to the Gordon Museum of Natural History located on the third floor of the Ken Olsen Science Center. The tank and its accessories were graciously donated by trustee David Schultz, who has a passion for fish. Like any other fish tank, the goal of this tank is to look attractive and colorful, but even more importantly to show what types of fish can be found in nearby ponds. Under the tank one can see the names and descriptions of the fish it contains. Each season the fish will be released to their original homes and new fish will be put in the tank. This allows people to see which fish are most abundant in the area during each season. “I think we gain a much greater appreciation for our species this way,” says Greg Keller, associate professor of biology. “We see the beauty of nature in our own backyard.”
Photo: One of our current October residents


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Will Your Kids have Faith after High School?

The Salem News recently posted a story on the upcoming Gordon College lecture “Will Your Kids have Faith after High School?” to their blog: “A Shore Thing.”

Dr. Cheryl Crawford ’77 will give the special lecture on Thursday, October 28, 7-9 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center. Crawford, associate professor of youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University, will present the findings of six years spent researching over a dozen teens from New England as they transitioned from church youth groups to public colleges or universities.

“People often say we’re losing kids from the church,” said Professor Mark Cannister, cochair of the Christian Ministries Department. “But it’s always been difficult for our youth to get connected, so when they graduate from high school the challenge is even greater.”

For more information please click here.


Gordon Field Hockey Plays for the Cure

Clad in pink jerseys, armbands, and shoelaces and using only pink game balls, the women of Gordon’s field hockey team were fighting on Saturday not only for their spot in the postseason but also for a cure.

In their second annual “Breast Cancer Awareness Day,” the women shed their traditional blue and white for the trademark pink, creating a Facebook event and handing out informational postcards to promote the game and the cause.
“We got the idea from a foundation called ‘Play 4 the Cure’ which uses field hockey as its campaign sport,” said head coach Cory Ward. “Several teams in our conference and in the national field hockey community have run similar programs, and we felt this was a tangible way for us to get involved.”
Though not specifically designed as a fundraiser, the team hopes that carrying the tradition from year to year will at least serve to educate those from Gordon’s community and beyond and perhaps one day produce a contribution towards research.
“Many of us have been affected in one way or another by someone who has or had breast cancer,” said Ward, “so we thought this would be a nice way to honor them and do our part— however small it may be—for a cure.”


A Splash of Color

It’s fall at Gordon—a favorite season among faculty, staff, students and alumni alike. The colors have been stunning this season, and the weather has been relatively mild. Today’s unseasonably warm 70+ degree weather has students out enjoying walks around campus or reading on one of our many benches.
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Cape Town 2010

Christianity Today magazine called it “the most diverse gathering ever.” Over the weekend Gordon students, led by the Office of Community Engagement and the Chapel Office, joined via telecast the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, Cape Town 2010, at nearby Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Photo: Employees Val Buchanan and Laura Carmer with Gordon students at the Cape Town 2010 telecast.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Beyond Exit 17: Happenings beyond Campus

Boston Public Market
Starting Thursday, October 28, Dewey Square Park, across from South Station, will host a Fall Harvest Festival. The event includes music, harvest produce, pumpkin decorating and free treats for those in costume. Free carousel rides when you try the Greenway maze, a free 50-foot by 50-foot maze of salt marsh hay towering over five feet.
A Conversation With Condoleezza Rice
Thursday, October 28, 11:30 a.m., former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will discuss her new book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, with Ambassador Nicholas Burns at the JFK Library & Museum.
Zoo Howl
Head to the Franklin Park Zoo on Saturday, October 30, for creature encounters, crafts, games, a trick-or-treat trail and hay maze. Radio Disney will host music, games and contests at the main stage. Zoo Howl is free with regular admission.
Free Admission to the Aquarium and/or Boston Duck Tours
The New England Aquarium and Boston DUCK Tours based at the Aquarium are teaming up to offer children a fantastic Halloween treat. Get free admission to two of Boston’s most popular tourist attractions this Sunday.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Massachusetts residents enjoy free admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Sundays 3–5 p.m. Explore new exhibits, see the Glass Flowers and hundreds of animals from around the world.


Human Beings in Light of Cognitive Science

Are humans merely physical organisms that inhabit earth, or are we deeper, thinking beings? Philosophy professor David Aiken is taking advantage of his sabbatical opportunity this fall to respond to this very question. In a series of articles Dr. Aiken will try to show that humans are irreducibly complex as experiencing, understanding, reflecting and evaluating creatures.

Aiken’s research is a continuation of his 2005 sabbatical work on the complexity of the Christian subject. Using the insights of the great, yet underappreciated Jesuit thinker Bernard Lonergan, Aiken hopes to open up the philosophy community to Lonergan’s ideas. “I hope this research makes a contribution to the Christian conversation about who we are as human beings in light of cognitive science.” The research will also enhance Aiken’s pedagogical skills and provide his students with necessary insight to the deeper, existential questions.

Outside of academia Aiken’s project will be available for application in church contexts, evangelism and even the secular community. “I’m attempting to sort out some of the complexities of the human person,” said Aiken. “The theory of the human person strikes at the very core of every individual’s search for meaning.” Aiken’s research hopes that looking into questions about the meaningfulness of life and the values we live by will be important to both the philosophical community and church leadership.


Monday, October 25, 2010

Holahan and Ziegenhals Named Runners of the Week

Gordon College junior Brian Holahan (Chester, New York) and freshman Thais Ziegenhals (Essex, Massachusetts) have been named The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Male Runner of the Week and Female Runner and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their efforts this past weekend in the Gordon Invitational.

Holahan took two seconds off his personal best with a 28:09 finish on the 8k course, grabbing first place out of the 31-runner field. Ziegenhals won the 46-runner, 5k race with a 20:19 time, booking the second best time of her career and first ever collegiate victory. Their performances helped lead the Fighting Scots to first-place finishes in both races.

The Scots will spend the coming week training for the TCCC Championships on Saturday, October 30. The meet will be hosted by Roger Williams University at Colt State Park in Bristol, Rhode Island.


Friday, October 22, 2010

On Stage: Gordon Student Taylor Jones ’12 Selected for National Theater Institute

Actors such as Jennifer Garner and John Krasinski got their start by studying at the National Theater Institute (NTI) at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. Now add to that list Taylor Jones, Hamilton resident and Gordon College theatre arts junior, who was recently selected for the same program.

Over 300 students from top colleges across the country applied to the prestigious training program. Founded in 1970 to train young theatre artists, the semester-long program offers an intensive, fully accredited curriculum taught by professional actors from around the world. Only 30 students were chosen for the fall 2010 semester—which began in late September—and Jones is the first student to attend from Gordon College.

“My audition—which included a prepared monologue and some improv—was an hour-long video chat on Skype,” Jones said in a telephone interview the day before he left. “It was pretty intense. And that was after I’d sent in forms, a paper I’d written on my artistic statement, a professional head shot, references from my professors and my resume. It was a lot of work, but I’m excited.”

The program requires Jones to participate in daily classes from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week for 14 weeks. The students take courses in acting, directing, playwriting, design and movement and voice. They also work with various theatre companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, where they’ll spend two weeks, and will travel frequently to New York City for backstage tours and lectures.


Artist Rose Olson Comes to the Barrington Gallery

Color, Soft as Memory

Gallery Talk: 3 p.m.
Reception: 4-6 p.m.
The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sosler Honored by TCCC for Second Consecutive Week

Gordon College sophomore goalkeeper Alex Sosler (Willoughby, Ohio) was named the men’s soccer Defensive Player of the Week by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) for the second time in as many weeks for his outstanding efforts in net for the Fighting Scots.

Sosler was a key component in the Scots’ scoreless contests last week, turning away 14 shots in 220 total minutes of play versus TCCC opponents Colby-Sawyer College and Western New England College. He has now posted four consecutive shutouts, improving to a 0.38 goals-against average and a 0.907 save percentage in his nearly 940 minutes played this season.

The Fighting Scots have three contests remaining in the regular season, the first of which is home against Anna Maria College on Wednesday, October 20. At 5-1-4 in conference, they are currently tied for fourth place in the TCCC standings with Colby-Sawyer.


Stephens, Women's Tennis Honored by TCCC

Gordon College first-year Katherine Stephens (El Paso, Texas) has been honored by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) as a member of the All-TCCC Second Team for her singles play on the Fighting Scots’ women’s tennis squad this season.

Holding the number one singles spot all season to lead the Scots’ 2010 campaign, Stephens went 7-7 overall on the year against formidable conference and non-conference competition, a record highlighted by a dominant 6-0, 6-0 singles win over Regis College and 6-1, 6-1 win over Eastern Nazarene College.

Additionally, despite a tournament quarterfinal loss to TCCC leader Nichols College, Gordon was named the recipient of the 2010 Team Sportsmanship Award, an honor voted upon by all conference coaches and conferred by the TCCC.


Monday, October 18, 2010

A Century of Study in Recreation and Leisure Studies

Wednesday, faculty from the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department, librarians and students, gathered in the Jenks parking lot with carts and muscles waiting.

Dr. Gerald Fain of Boston Uni
versity was arriving any minute, and with him a truck full of his personal book collection on leisure studies. Dr. Fain recently retired from teaching and was donating his archives, over 400 books, to Gordon College. The books and historical manuscripts span the last 100 years of the recreation and leisure studies movement and is a significant gift that will position our library holdings with a collection of works that would equal the top universities with curriculum in recreation/leisure studies.

“I anticipate that not only will our students benefit from this collection for the purpose of scholarship, but it will also be used by other scholars and practitioners in recreation and leisure studies,” said Peggy Hothem, professor of leisure studies.

Dr. Fain was Dr. Hothem’s dissertation advisor in graduate school. Dr. Hothem wondered Why Gordon? “When I asked Dr. Fain ‘Why Gordon?’ he responded: ‘Because you are a person of faith and the study of leisure is rooted in spirituality; and Gordon is a faith-based college concerned with social justice.’ He went on to say Gordon is one of the few places where the classical, philosophical, and liberal arts approach to studying leisure is still at the center of the curriculum.”


Friday, October 15, 2010

Homecoming Networking Event for Students

Name tags and bright, cheery faces filled Chester’s place with an aura of possibility. Over Homecoming Weekend Career Services partnered with the Gordon College Student Association (GCSA) for the first annual Homecoming Professional Networking Event.

The reception brought together Gordon mentors, Linked-In alumni and Economics and Business Organization members with current students to meet and discuss career opportunities.

Senior Alyssa Baker described the experience as “helpful to gain perspective on the many career options for my major and stories from recent graduates from the field.” Alyssa, a communication arts major, met up with some communications arts alumni and received helpful advice.

Pam Lazarakis, director of Career Services, expressed her joy at the event’s turnout. “The event had great participation,” said Lazarakis. “It looks like students, and alumni, are getting a lot out of the experience.”

Focusing on life after Gordon is always important for students, and this event gives students a great opportunity to focus on the path ahead of them.

Photo: Senior Hannah Armbrust engages in conversation with an alum at Gordon’s first Homecoming Networking Event.


Insects, Salamanders and Fallen Leaves

Eighty second-graders from Ford Elementary School in the city of Lynn came to Gordon College for the Science Buddies program this morning. Science Buddies is a partnership between Ford School, General Electric and Gordon College.

The children outlined wet handprints to test evaporation; walked through the woods making observations about trees; collected insects and various salamanders in fallen leaves; and inspected the pond water for tadpoles and water beetles. Biology faculty members Greg Keller and Dorothy Boorse, and students in the Biology Department worked alongside GE engineers to run learning stations on campus. “The day was a success,” said Jennifer Brink, coordinator of academically based programs. “As the kids boarded the buses with pine cones and hemlock in their pockets, they departed back to Lynn with images of tadpoles in their minds.”

Photo: Junior Travis Keeler, a biology major from Littleton, New Hampshire, digs in the dirt with children from the Ford Elementary School as they discover a family of ants. The Buddies Program is hosted by Gordon in Lynn.


A. J. Gordon on Twitter?

Yes, the rumors are true. A. J. Gordon, the founder of our great institution, is on Twitter. “Though the words will be from A. J. Gordon, I will be the one tweeting,” said Myron Schirer-Suter, director of library services at Gordon College. “I must admit, I enjoy the ironic preposterousness of our 19th-century founder tweeting.” A. J. Gordon wrote a a great deal and Gordon’s library has a wealth of material from which to pull, although sometimes it is a challenge to fit it into 140 characters,” said Schirer-Suter. To sign up for this fun daily tweet, click here.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Open House Photos

Monday was Gordon’s first GE Day of the fall term. Over 400 visitors came to campus to meet faculty, learn about Gordon's academic programs, see the campus, talk to coaches, and connect with current students. The event was so popular with high school students that registration was full before the day even began. “We had many great comments from parents and students who really enjoyed their visit to Gordon,” said June Bodoni, senior director of admissions. The next open house day is November 11.

The November GE Day offers insight, labs and fun events in the field of science . . . and, of course, an opportunity to meet faculty and current students on campus.

A photo booth was set up along Monday’s campus tours for visiting students (though some current students, parents, and staff couldn’t resist joining in the fun). The photos are available online. To check out Monday’s GE Day photo booth shots, visit the Gordon College Facebook page.


Sosler and Porizky Honored by TCCC

As announced by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC), Gordon sophomore goalkeeper Alex Sosler (Willoughby, Ohio) and sophomore runner Josh Porizky (Groton, Connecticut) have been named the Defensive Player of the Week and Runner of the Week, respectively, for their competitive efforts this past week.

Sosler (pictured top, left)posted a pair of shutouts as Gordon went 2-0 on the week, recording three saves in a TCCC win over Endicott College and four saves in a 1-0 blank of the former TCCC leader, Nichols College. On the season, Sosler has turned away 30 shots and allowed just four goals in nearly 830 minutes of play, giving him a .882 save percentage.

Leading all TCCC runners in the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State University on October 9, Porizky (pictured bottom left) completed the 8K course in just 26:22, good enough to place eighth out of 288 scoring runners. In doing so, he carried the Fighting Scots to a 10th place finish out of the 26-team field. Head coach Andy Shaw said of Porizky, “Coaches don't always have the honor of working with athletes who are highly talented, hardworking, while at the same time humble. Josh has a great combination of these qualities, and it shows with the success he has enjoyed so far this season.”

Men’s soccer played to a 0-0 draw with Colby-Sawyer College on Tuesday, October 12, and will return to action on Saturday, October 16 as they travel to face Western New England College. Cross-country will take to the trails once again on October 23 as they host their second home meet of the season, the Gordon Invitational.


Nonprofit Management - Registration Opens Today

The Center for Nonprofit Studies and Philanthropy is launching their new Nonprofit Management Summer Session this academic year. The application process for the program opens today.

This new summer program is open to students of all majors. “Our aim is to educate students, those who want to have an impact in the world around them, with the business knowledge that will enable them to use resources more efficiently and serve more effectively,” said Casey Cooper, a professor for the nonprofit minor and Economics and Business Department. “This program allows us to expand the minor and offer an opportunity for students from other schools to come and learn.”

Students enrolled in the program will earn 16 credits and a certificate in nonprofit management by spending 10 weeks studying together and serving local nonprofit organizations.

“This is also a great opportunity to give back,” said Cooper. “Since the launch of the Center, local nonprofit organizations have come to us asking to be involved in Gordon’s programs through training and interns. Now we get to deliver, and hopefully in a big way.”


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Student Creation Care Movement

Green Awakenings, a new publication by Renewal, recently profiled Gordon College in their biannual publication. The magazine features stories of stewardship and sustainability from the next generation. “The work of Renewal is a confirmation of both what God promises us about young people standing up for Christ in the last days and what I have seen in churches and college campuses around North America,” said Matthew Sleeth, author of Serve God, Serve the Planet. Renewal is a national ministry that asks college students and faculty to think about God’s creation in the context of campus and classroom settings. Green Awakenings is the first-ever report on the student creation care movement. The editorial staff highlights 50 Christian campuses where the movement is most active in the nation. Gordon College, and the Advocates for a Sustainable Future, received top points in the report for the Restore Creation mission on campus.


Ride by the Water

A horseback rider takes in the beauty of Gordon’s 400-acre campus today. Gordon’s woodland trails are a popular riding spot for local equestrian athletes. Their favorite loop? The scenic trail around Coy Pond—one of several waterviews on campus.


Racing with the Survivor

It’s not unusual to have celebrity sightings on Gordon’s campus these days, from Discovery Channel producers working on their next T.V. project to the recent Guster music video filmed in the Barrington Center for the Arts. But we’re still excited when someone unexpected stops by. This weekend a contestant from the CBS television show Survivor participated in our Homecoming Weekend race. The 5K course around Gordon’s quad and woodlands had 151 runners.

The first place in Men’s Challenge went to Manchester resident AJ Migonis, 17:14 (5:34 pace)
. First place in Women’s Challenge went to Anna Blomberg, a first-year Gordon student from Simsbury, Connecticut, with a time of 22:45 (7:21 pace).

Photo: (left to right) Cari McCormick, Survivor T.V. personality Jimmy T, and Seth McCormick, associate pastor of Union Congregational Church in Magnolia.


Behind the Student Lens

With the beauty surrounding campus and study abroad opportunities at some of the most scenic places in the world, it’s no wonder Gordon students love photography. Capturing travel experiences, photographing new places, meeting friends, and the area’s coastal location are just a few of their favorite backdrops. To view a student created photography site, click here and take a moment to peek behind their lens.

Photo: Students catch a sunset at Good Harbor Beach in nearby Gloucester.


Monday, October 11, 2010

Local Experience: The Topsfield Fair

For those not from the North Shore area, the Topsfield Fair can be appropriately summarized in one sentence: It is everything good about a carnival combined with everything good about a farm.

In a stroll across the 83-acre fairgrounds, we saw everything from a giant Ferris wheel to immaculately groomed, blue-ribbon llamas, racing pigs, and a 1,674.5-pound pumpkin.

North Shore natives know this annual fair as an autumn staple—as much a part of the season as the crisp air and colorful foliage. With games, rides, food and animals, the fair has something for everybody.

The Topsfield Fair concludes its 192nd year tonight. If you’re around campus and you haven’t been yet this year, hurry out, grab some fried dough, and pet a few rabbits. It’s a local tradition that shouldn’t be missed!

Photos: Gordon student John Mirisola captures some candids at the local fair.


Lessons from Spike Lee

Gordon’s close proximity to Boston offers students many opportunities. From relationships with top medical hospitals to volunteering in some of our nation’s most vibrant multicultural neighborhoods, it's an exciting place to be a college student. This week, 10 Communication Arts students headed into Boston for a lecture at Boston University by director Spike Lee.

Rini Cobbey, associate professor of communication arts, called the event “an important opportunity for students, particularly those studying communications or film, to hear from a celebrated, passionate director.”

Lee’s presentation stressed the importance of self-motivation, inspiration and doing what you love. The many college students in attendance—from B.U., Harvard, Emerson, Gordon, and many more—brought vibrancy to the event.

Lee shared moments from his teenage years in New York when he needed a direction. “I was just floundering around with no particular goals,” said Lee.

“It brought to light the hard truth that one must tenaciously pursue goals in life,” said Mac Gostow, a sophomore from Santa Barbara, California, studying communication arts at Gordon. "It wasn’t until he took the initiative to buy his own camera and started recording everything that he discovered a love for filmmaking. His description of the creative process, digging deeper, and the lessons he shared from a director’s perspective, resonated with what I’m learning in the classroom back on campus.”
Photo: Jeff Ryan, a junior from Gillette, New Jersey, and Statler Gauss, a sophomore student from Tarpon Springs, Florida, are both studying communication arts at Gordon College. Standing in front of the opening poster at Boston University, the students pose for a quick snapshot next to a portrait of Spike Lee.


500 New Friends

Almost 500 visitors came to campus today for the first Gordon Experience Day of the academic year. Visiting high school students, college transfers, siblings and parents came from as far away as Ohio, Colorado, California, Illinois and Texas. Students were provided with many opportunities to connect with faculty and programs, visit classes, spend a night in a resident hall, and meet current students.

On site was a Gordon College photo booth, where students jumped into a series of flash frames to capture the memory of their visit to campus.

Photo: Visiting students make friends on the spot as their tour group stops at the photo booth in front of the Lane Student Center for a free Gordon souvenir.


"And She Took Flour"

Denise Frame Harlan is a writer, an educator, and a fiber artist. Her writing is featured in The Spirit of Food, a collection of stories on spirituality, cooking and eating. She shares her reflections below, a story that began when a young man name John Skillen, now the director for Gordon in Orvieto, gave his brother, Jim, The Supper of the Lamb, an odd book about cooking and theology.

“When I was training for college ministry at Penn State, Jim Skillen taught our summer classes. At the end of a long morning of lecture, he opened the theological cookbook The Supper of the Lamb and started reading aloud about heartburn, indulgence, pleasure, and God's goodness. The writer described the final feast at the end of time, the Supper we will share with The Lamb. As Jim read, his face flushed and tears streamed from his eyes. The passage read like poetry, not theology. By the end of the reading, I wondered if perhaps I had lived my life all wrong.

“Jim pulled out a handkerchief to wipe the tears from his face, and I thought about Moses coming down from the mountain, needing a veil to cover his glory. I wrote in my notebook: ‘Buy chocolate chips.’

“That afternoon I picked up The Supper of the Lamb on the way back to my apartment and began the long slow process of teaching myself to cook.

“When Leslie Leyland Fields was assembling The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God, she asked for my ‘cooking conversion story.’ Contributors include Wendell Berry, Andre Dubus, Lauren Winner and the author of Supper of the Lamb, Robert Farrar Capon. I’m honored to be in the same book with these great writers.”

Denise teaches The Great Conversation at Gordon College. And She Took Flour is a wonderful read for any cooking enthusiast. Her magazine writing includes articles for Comment, for Interweave Spin-Off, and Living Crafts. Denise finished her M.F.A. in creative writing at Seattle Pacific University in 2009 and has been teaching at Gordon for two years.


Beyond Exit 17

On October 22 the Boston Faith & Justice Network partners with the post-rock sensation Caspian and the nonprofit organization Amirah to raise funds for a safe house for victims of human trafficking and justice work in the city of Boston. Caspian, considered one of the best rock bands currently performing locally, formed a few years ago on the campus of Gordon College. The Boston Herald called Caspian’s 2005 You Are the Conductor EP “possibly the mightiest, grandest record of the year, local or otherwise.” To purchase tickets, click here.

The Old South Church is easily accessible from MBTA lines throughout the Boston metro area.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Alum Gives Back in Grenada

Paul Borthwick, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biblical Studies, has been doing extensive work developing ministries in impoverished countries around the world. Such fledgling ministries are always in need of young leaders, so it was an answer to prayer when 2010 Gordon graduate Manny Arango collaborated with Paul on a summer mission’s trip to the large Caribbean island of Grenada.

“Given the need to develop younger leaders in the churches there, having a recent Gordon graduate involved personified the potential of younger leaders if they are released for action,” said Borthwick.

To read Dr. Borthwick’s recent newsletter from his field work, including a story on Arango’s impact in Grenada, visit his blog here.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fair Trade Purple Jasmine Rice

Alumnus and Stillpoint columnist Bryan Parys’ essay on the Fair Trade movement, Seeing Max in the Backyard, has been selected as a finalist for a contest sponsored by the news source site Your Olive Branch. In order to win the grand prize ($2000 in fair trade goods), he needs your help.

To see his entry and the other offerings, head here and cast your vote. You have no idea how honored he’d feel to be given fairly traded purple jasmine rice and 85 percent dark chocolate as a reward for his writing. So again, vote for Bryan!

Fans of the popular Stillpoint column Sporks will have the opportunity to hear Parys read his newest column at Homecoming as he participates in this year’s 255 Grapevine event. Parys graduated from Gordon College in 2004 with a B.A. in English. He holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and is a writing instructor at the University of New Hampshire.


Making Beautiful Music

Recently North Shore Life magazine featured a story on Matthew Rogers, Gordon alum, and his Ipswich-based company Wallpushers.

Wallpushers Guitars is turning heads throughout the music industry—not for impressive corporate production but rather for the rarity his passion and art bring to the performer. To read the article, click here.

Pictured: Mathew and Margot Rogers of Wallpushers Guitars, taken by Shyla Photography and published in North Shore Life magazine. After graduating from Gordon College with a degree in philosophy, Rogers received The Diploma of Fine Arts from the Museum of Fine Arts School.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Alums Helping Alums

We often hear stories in the Communications Office about our alumni working in their fields and the collaborative projects that result from the shared foundation of a Gordon education. Recently, In the Car Media, a video production company founded by Gordon alums, worked with Sherrell Photography, founded by a Gordon art alum, on a new advertisement video.

“Many photographers use video footage of their actual shoots on websites,” said Dan Stevens, a 2007 communication arts graduate and creative director for the video. “We decided to create a short biopic of their lives and art in a wholistic way.” The video was filmed in nearby Beverly and features Tabitha (Robinson) Sherrell ’01, her husband, Larry, and their two children, Eldon and Vera June.


Gordon Grad, Guster, and Lots and Lots of Paint

Gordon grad Chad Carlberg recently produced Guster’s latest music video on the campus of Gordon College. Other Gordon connections in the video? Check out the background dancers . . . many of whom are Gordon students. To read an article in today’s front page of The Salem News, click here.

Photo credit: Mary Muckenhoupt, Salem News, Tuesday, October 5, 2010.
From left, Sten Bowen, codirector; Chad Carlberg of Salem, director/producer; and Emile Doucette, technical director, stand in front of a projection of the Guster video they made with the help of Gloucester artist Jon Sarkin.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Porizky Named TCCC Runner of the Week

Gordon College sophomore Josh Porizky (Groton, Connecticut) was named the men’s cross-country Runner of the Week by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) for his performance in the Pop Crowell Invitational on Saturday, October 2.

In a field of 252 runners representing 23 different New England colleges, Porizky placed fifth overall and first among TCCC opponents with a 26:47 finish on the 8k home course. That time, which helped lead Gordon to a seventh place finish on the day, was five seconds faster than the Gordon course record he established in last season’s Pop Crowell.

The Fighting Scots hit the trails once again on Saturday, October 9, as they travel to Westfield, Massachusetts, for the James Earley Invitational.


Beyond Exit 17 - Local events off campus

October in Salem—The Grand Parade

October in Salem is a scary treat, and it all starts with their October Grand Parade sponsored by the Salem Chamber of Commerce this Thursday. It’s filled with music, costumes and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college. The parade starts at Shetland Park, near Pickering Wharf, at 6:30 p.m. The route follows Derby Street to Washington, and the last stretch includes the Essex Street pedestrian walkway.
The parade finishes with music and entertainment at the Salem Common.

HONK! Festival

A revolutionary street spectacle of never-before-seen proportions will converge for the fifth time in Davis Square, Somerville, October 8–10, 2010. Born out of a need for street bands to celebrate their social side. Honk! wraps up with a popular brass band street parade, October 10 at noon.

Edible Art Festival
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem is hosting a festival of edible delights. Scratch-n-sniff painting, make your own musical gourde, films, traditional Australian didgeridoos performances, even current Food Network's Chocolate Landmarks Challenge winner Jorg Amsler will be on site teaching techniques and showcasing the art of sculpting for the chocolatier. The festival starts Saturday, October 9, 2010. Visit PEM for a full listing of scheduled events.

10/10/10 -

There is a global work project planned for October 10, 2010. This global day of service strives to bring attention to global warming through small group activism. To search for events near you, visit and click on Map of Action. Last year this event tabulated 5,200 demonstrations in 181 countries. (Photo: above)

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival
Downtown Newburyport will come alive Columbus Day weekend. The fall harvest festival runs October 10–11 with live music, face painting, a Teddy Bear Parade, handmade crafts . . . even a scarecrow decorating contest.

Bus Stop
Written by William Inge and directed by Nicholas Martin, the Huntington Theatre presents Bus Stop, a classic comedy performance set in Kansas City when some unusual characters get stranded in a bus stop during a snowstorm. Performance runs through October 17. For information and tickets, click here.



Photo: A desk on the second floor of Frost Hall gets a Monday morning reminder . . . A button message promoting this week’s 255 Grapevine event!

Check out a YouTube video here.


Bold Conversations

Author James Davison Hunter returned to campus this past week. Graduating in 1977, Hunter majored in history and sociology as a student at Gordon College. The event featured Stan Gaede, current president of the Christian College Consortium (CCC) and Hunter’s professor during his undergraduate studies. Gaede, also Gordon’s scholar-in-residence, interviewed Hunter on his much-acclaimed and engaging new book To Change the World: The Irony and Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World.

“I was very pleased with the turnout and with student and faculty participation,” said Tal Howard, director of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum. “We also had many people from off campus and the seminary attend. Hunter is always engaging, and at this event he was true to form. The book he discussed has been called a ‘game-changer’ by the renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas of Duke University—especially with regard to how Christians think about culture and cultural change.”

“Gordon formed me,” reflected Hunter during his public address to Gordon students, staff, faculty, trustees and local seminarians. “We were honored to have Hunter return to his alma mater,” said Howard, who also serves on the History Department faculty at Gordon. “He speaks very fondly of Gordon as a place that really shaped him and put him on the academic path that he has taken.”

To view future speakers, click here.

Photo: Stan Gaede, James Hunter and Daniel Johnson, associate professor of sociology, following the Faith Seeking Understanding Lecture Series; Photo 2: Local Essex artist Robert Hanlon, James Hunter, and retired history faculty member and author Tom Askew gather for coffee and conversation at the pre-event reception.


Live a Reflective Life—Oxford Analytica

President Carlberg, fresh from recent travels to Oxford and Washington, D.C., spoke in chapel Wednesday. As he took the stage, he spoke freely . . . “not as your president,” he said, "but as a grandfather.” After reading from Romans 12, Carlberg encouraged the student body to live an ordinary, walking-around life in a reflective spirit. He discussed research from Gordon alum Christian Smith, one of the country’s most influential scholars on the emerging adult subculture, and spoke about the importance of finding shalom (wholeness and flourishing) in their lives. Carlberg also shared advice and talked about the importance of writing down goals and embracing the big world. Recently back from Oxford Analytica, the only college president in attendance, he shared his experience listening to Oxford dons share issues of global importance with leading influencers in a variety of economic and government sectors. Sitting in the great hall of Christ Church in Oxford, he discussed issues in health care, capitalism, the balance of power in the world, and how under-30s will shape the world.

As Greg Carmer, dean of the chapel, mentioned in his introduction that morning, “Often the things we enjoy most in life are the fruit of someone else’s work. Those who lay the path go before us . . . often dedicating their lives to those they have yet to even meet.” As President Carlberg shared stories of his travels, it was clear that even in this year of transition he is still paving the way.

“As I sat there listening to the Oxford dons, I couldn’t help think of Gordon College and our students,” said Carlberg. “How can I take this experience back to campus? How can I get students on our campus to think this big?” Carlberg, encouraging the value of studying abroad, shared the importance of being comfortable with people from different cultures, different values, and faith. “These experiences will help you study, teach you to ask questions and be an example of what Christians should be in this world.”

As his time on the platform came to a close, he shared one last story. The previous day he had attended the largest ear nose and throat medical conference in the world in Boston at the invitation of a Gordon alum, Don Gonzales. Dr. Gonzales, specializing in nose surgery, invited President Carlberg to see the fruit Gordon’s foundation provided in his work today. As he performed surgeries in the intricate passages of the nose, Dr. Gonzales developed ideas for the improvement of surgical tools. Through his work, his inventions are impacting thousands of patients daily. His thoughts on Gordon: “It's where it all began for me,” Gonzales shared. “My professors taught me how to think creatively. They taught me the importance of solving problems. It all started in Gordon’s labs.”

To listen to President Carlberg’s chapel address, click here.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Not For Sale: Fighting Slavery in 2010

Recently Jessica Colund of Blast Magazine featured a Gordon alum’s fight against modern day slavery. Read more about Sarah Durfey’s ’09 fight for social justice:

The year is 1829. Abolitionists walk through the Boston Common toward Park Street Church to hear William Lloyd Garrison’s first public address. The 23-year-old newspaper editor declares boldly that slavery is not an issue that should be debated by each individual state; it is a “national sin” that every decent human being must fight against.

The year is 2010. Abolitionists walk through the Boston Common once again; Garrison’s fight has not yet been won. In fact, the antislavery nonprofit Not For Sale estimates that 27 million people are enslaved today, more than at any other time in history. People all over the world are being bought and sold for cheap labor and sex. According to the U.S. Department of Education, even children born in America are sold into sexual servitude every year.