|Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll|
|Provost Mark Sargent|
|Richard Francis (author)|
|Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll|
|Provost Mark Sargent|
|Richard Francis (author)|
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!
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:
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.”
The quad was littered with them. Looking left and right, it was all that was visible in the dreary autumn night. Motion Sensors? Explosive devices? No—LED lights! The Physics Club kept up the tradition, creating nearly 400 tiny, multicolored magnetic lights to decorate the corner of campus between KOSC and Jenks. The lights, which consisted of a small light with a watch battery taped to a magnet, infested metal poles, fire hydrants, drain gratings and even the flag for a couple of days, before the batteries were spent or students lifted them to decorate their own rooms. David Lee, Physics Club advisor, reflects on the tradition: “It is really about community building. The Physics Club meets every other Monday over a homecooked meal and some sort of group activity; the “LED throwies” are a way to share our passion for quirky science with others.” Last year the Physics Club played rock music through a holed pipe connected to a propane tank and marveled as the musical wave fluctuations caused the flames to dance. They also inadvertently called in the Wenham Fire Department when shooting garbage can smoke rings 100-feet down the hallway in MacDonald. Whatever the Physics Club has in store next, it is sure to impress.
Tomorrow is the Day of Prayer at Gordon College. Greg Carmer, dean of the chapel, will lead our all campus service of Exultant prayer.
For parents who take their children to church, youth group and Bible study week after week, year after year, the idea that they might abandon their faith in college is troubling. But research shows that nearly 50 percent of Christian teens fail to connect with a faith community after high school.
Drawing on six years of research with more than a dozen Christian teenagers from New England, Dr. Cheryl Crawford, a 1977 graduate of Gordon who is now an assistant professor of youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University in California, recently shared her findings on effective ways to develop a young person’s faith. Nearly 180 youth pastors and 40 parents from throughout the greater Boston area came to Gordon College on October 28 to hear Crawford’s lectures entitled, “Will Your Kids Have Faith after High School?”
“People often say that 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. That’s why we wanted to bring Cheryl back to campus.”
To read the full article on Crawford’s findings click here.
“I’d be able to glean more from this conference if I: a) were omnipresent and: b) required no sleep. Conclusion? God is enjoying the Lausanne III Congress more than anyone.” (Paul Borthwick, Christian Ministries faculty)
Three years ago Muriel Hoffacker sat in journalism class trying to make sense of a lede and nut graf. Today she sat next to her boss, editor of The Salem News, Dave Olson, and talked to journalism students about her journey from their sneakers to her heels.
“I took all of the writing courses I could and then was selected to the Gordon College News Service (GCNS) my senior year,” said Hoffacker, a 2010 graduate and communication arts major. “I had nearly 10 stories published that semester and learned a lot about reporting and pitching to editors.”
It was pitching editors and having stories published that landed Hoffacker a job at The Salem News as the community editor two months after graduation.
“Muriel’s was one of nearly 100 applications we received for the community editor position,” said Olson. “We picked her because we recognized her name from articles she’d submitted, and she showed up to interview with clips from our paper.”
According to Olson, Hoffacker has been a valuable addition to The Salem News team, and she’s been busy doing everything from talking with community activists and attending the Tierney/Hudak debate to delivering election-day ballot results to reporters.
“I love that every day is different and there’s always so much to do,” said Hoffacker. “I really am thankful for my job.”
Photo from left to right: Jo Kadlecek, Dave Olson, Muriel Hoffacker
Part of a strong defensive front which shut out one of the most potent offenses in the conference in Salve Regina, Sosler’s work between the pipes helped lead Gordon to a 1-0-1 performance last week and vault the Scots into third place in the conference standings. In Saturday’s TCCC quarterfinal match versus sixth-seeded Wentworth Institute, Sosler prevented the Leopards from scoring in 110 minutes of regulation and overtime and stopped two penalty kicks en route to the Scots’ 4-2 shootout victory.
Horth, senior captain and four-time First Team honoree, has controlled the center midfield for the Fighting Scots to net four goals and hand out six assists for 14 total points on the season. Spruance, a graduate student and captain of the team, has provided steady goal scoring throughout the season, with seven goals and two assists on the year. Linn, a junior back, has been instrumental in preserving the Scots’ eight-game shutout streak.
Vandervoort has led all Gordon scorers in his rookie debut with eight goals and two assists (18 total points) from Gordon’s front line. At the other end of the field, sophomore keeper Alex Sosler was three times named TCCC Defensive Player of the Week for his shutout efforts between the pipes en route to a .28 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.
Kasiguran, a sophomore, earned his first TCCC nod after netting two goals and dishing seven assists from Gordon’s midfield this season.
After advancing on penalty kicks past Wentworth Institute in the TCCC opening round, the third-seeded Scots will travel to Western New England on Wednesday, November 3, to vie for their chance to play in next weekend’s conference championship.
In 2009, science faculty and students at Gordon College, Endicott College and Salem State University came together to establish a North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international scientific research society.
Now the group has planned its first lecture of the 2010–2011 academic year, entitled “Placebo Effects in Medicine and Psychiatry: Obstacle or Opportunity?” John Kelley, assistant professor of mathematics and psychology at Endicott College, will present the lecture, which will take place Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 P.M. in Gordon College’s Ken Olsen Science Center, Room 104, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham (Exit 17 from Route 128). The event is free and open to the public.
“This is an important topic for students interested in the field of health professions to think about,” said Greg Keller, associate professor of conservation biology and one of six officers for the North Shore Chapter of Sigma Xi.
For more information on the event click here.
Gordon College sophomore Karina Scavo (Mount Sinai, New York), sophomore Caitlin Nedde (Colchester, Vermont), and senior-captain Katie Knaus (Kensington, Connecticut) have been named to The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) All-Conference team for their play in the 2010 season.
Scavo, named to the First Team, was instrumental in Gordon’s midfield game in her first season with the Scots, netting eight goals and dishing as many assists for a total of 24 points on the season. The honor marks her second TCCC All-Conference distinction, having been named All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2009.
Nedde, a Second Team selection for the second consecutive year, led Gordon’s offensive front with 13 goals and four assists for 30 total points despite being sidelined with an injury for two key conference games.
Knaus, also a Second Team selection, earned her first TCCC recognition for her efforts in helping anchor the Scots' back line in all 19 of their games.
The women finished at 10-8-1 overall after falling 2-0 to the top-seeded Hawks of Roger Williams in the TCCC quarterfinals.