Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vocational Communities

Gordon offers a wide variety of majors for students, and each major has its individual academic community. These vocational communities promote ideas, projects and perspectives relevant to their particular majors. Recently students and faculty from across campus met for their annual fall department meetings during a Friday convocation. Here are some highlights:

“Our departmental meeting clarified the philosophy behind the new structure of my major and helped me think through the classes I want to take next semester,” said Mac Gostow, a communication arts major from California.

Sergie Barchuk, a senior social work major from Peabody, Massachusetts, was one of 30 students who gathered to hear Professor Sybil Coleman address the value a Gordon perspective brings to the internship environment. “The Social Work Practicum provides students the opportunity to interface their academic knowledge, social work skills and biblical principles to enhance the well-being of people and communities,” said Coleman. Barchuk said he enjoyed seeing the interaction between his professors and the students in his field of study.

English students and faculty spent their meeting listening to Mark Stevick, associate professor of English. “He shared his own journey through the intersection of the written word and the transcendent,” said John Mirisola, a senior from Cape Neddick, Maine. Professor Stevick—who heads up the creative writing program within the English major—also read a few of his own poems, which ranged in topic from natural beauty to baking soda. “He discussed how his personal aesthetics relate to his faith,” said Mirisola. “I really appreciated the experience.”

Photo: Sybil Coleman, professor of social work, speaks to students about the value their Gordon perspective brings to the internship environment.

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