Friday, January 29, 2010

Lights!

Student across campus couldn’t help but notice the speckle of lights decorating the campus this week. That’s because Dr. David Lee and physics students gathered for dinner Monday night for a surprise project of glowing proportions . . . to hang out, talk science, eat, and assemble 200 LEDs; then decorate a part of campus together.

“In a bold display of nerd pride, a handful of other physics geeks and I plastered a corner of campus with a formidable array of light emitting diodes,” shares Zach Capalbo, a computer science and philosophy double major from Pine Brush, New York.

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Winning Legacies: Alumni Athletes Honored at Recent Banquet

On Saturday, January 23, four Gordon alumni athletes were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Honor at a banquet at the Peabody Marriot. The Highlander Club—which sponsors the awards—honored Sarah DeLuca ’05, Christine Scruton Reichenburg ’94, Dana Taylor ’85B, and Ryan Whitehouse ’01. After each was presented with a special plaque, the four inductees were given a chance to speak about how their athletic platform had provided them the opportunity to use their gifts and to share the gospel.

Nearly 100 people attended the banquet, according to Athletic Director Jon Tymann, who felt the evening was also a way to celebrate the many achievements of Gordon College athletics.

“These four student-athletes are tremendous in their own ways,” Tymann said. “This banquet is a great way we can honor them for what they gave during their athletic careers at Gordon and for what they are continuing to give to their communities.” For more information on the Hall of Honor and this year’s inductees, click here.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gordon’s Institute for Public History Receives City Award


“On January 27, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll (center) presented an Innovative Programming award to Gordon professors David Goss (history) and Kristina Wacome-Stevick (theatre)—codirectors of The Institute for Public History—on behalf of the Salem Park and Recreation Department for their work with the city’s Pioneer Village. Professor Goss has been instrumental in restoring the ‘Puritan village’ site and Professor Wacome-Stevick has worked to staff it with trained historic interpreters and theatrical programming. The project was the responsibility of Gordon’s Institute for Public History under the auspices of the Global Education Department.” —Dr. Cliff Hersey, director of Global Education

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idk

. . . Compelling questions in a comedy as a response to our uncertainty. Directed by Norm Jones, the show opens Friday night at Gordon College. For more information, click here.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Lifetime of Service

For nearly 41 years John Beauregard has taken care of some aspect of Gordon College. From organizing library resources to coaching student-athletes and most recently to overseeing the College archives—including the A. J. Gordon Heritage Project—Beauregard has had a pastoral presence across campus in a variety of ways.
On Friday, January 29, John officially retired, leaving behind a legacy that surely could qualify for its own shelf in the Gordon College archives. On Wednesday January 27, we gathered in the Ken Olsen Science Center to give thanks for his service .

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Our Community's Response to Crisis

The devastating events in Haiti have left us all wondering, “How can I help?” To encourage us in this quest, the Center for Educational Technologies (CET) and GCSA (Gordon College Student Association) teamed up to create an informational Haiti relief web page for the Gordon community. Through this web page and other community efforts, Jordan Willis ’10, executive president of GCSA, speaks for all of us: “We hope that throughout the grief we are able to see God’s love—evident in a quick and effective relief effort.”

The new web page talks about how one might contribute to relief efforts and what has already been done. There are links to various news sources and relief organizations as well as updates on what we’re doing on campus to help.




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Sustainable Tourism—La Bicicleta Verde

“Peter Murphy thought that tourism in Santiago was awfully boring. So he got a partner, bought some bikes, painted them green and set up a tourism business on two wheels.

“A graduate of Gordon College in Massachusetts, Murphy arrived in Chile in 2003 to get his master's degree in international politics. A year later, he got a job teaching at the University of Chile and started looking for ways to combine biking with tourism. In 2007, he joined forces with a partner, Joel Martinez, a Chilean attorney who biked everywhere as a way of life. Martinez sold his law firm and they put their expertise together. The result was an agency with city tours three times a day, mountain biking up city hills and cycling tours through vineyards close to Santiago.”
To read the entire January 24 article by GlobalPost correspondent Pascale Bonnefoy, click
HERE.

After traveling through 23 countries in Latin America and graduating from Gordon, Peter Lewis-Murphy, class of 2002, settled in Santiago, Chile, where he now has a “day job” on the faculty at the University of Chile teaching international relations. Peter says he leads a simple life, but he is permanently connected to his iphone, hyperactively listens to daily political podcasts, and he still skypes home to Kansas every day.

1970´s Beach Cruiser Bikes Made in Santiago, Chile + Green Paint + Two Wheels + Good Attitude = Great Times: La Bicicleta Verde (The Green Bicycle) website.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Passionate About Teaching

“Animal Biology, day 1. Even writing the syllabus with the other team teacher, I remembered how much I love this stuff. I run my hands over the pictures of the phyla and a couple of great diagrams, say, of the kidney. Ahhh. What a wonderful thing, Life, and how cool to know a few of its bits.”

--Dorothy Boorse, associate professor of biology

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What Is Jeopardy?

On what television show will 2008 Gordon graduate Anna Tschetter be featured?

What is Jeopardy?
Anna Tschetter has a lot to be excited about. Mostly because tonight she’ll be tested on topics such as history, literature, the arts, pop culture, science, and sports on the popular quiz show Jeopardy.

"It’s amazing how much more difficult it is to play a game show when you’re actually on the stage in front of TV cameras, a studio audience and the hair and makeup people quietly discussing whether or not you have lipstick on your teeth. Sitting on the couch in your pajamas just doesn’t compare to the experience, said Anna. “After an online trivia test, an interview in Boston with more trivia questions, and seven months of thinking I was utterly forgettable and no one would call me to be on the show, I found myself in California with a dozen other self-proclaimed nerds excited to be on the show.”

The show is hosted by Alex Trebec, who in addition to celebrating 25 years on the air, is also committed to reporting on the efforts of World Vision. Jeopardy, with its unique answer-question format and 12 million daily viewers, airs tonight on CBS at 7:30 p.m. To view Anna’s contestant video-clip for the show, click HERE.
Good Luck Anna!

Anna Tschetter double-majored in English and music and graduated from Gordon College in 2008. She is employed at a law firm north of Boston.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Academic Service Awards

Provost Mark Sargent often inspires the Gordon community during weekly chapel services with his gift of sharing stories. Today he offered recognition for two faculty members, Larry Mayes and Katherine Knudson, recipients of the Gordon College Academic Service Awards for part-time faculty.

Mayes, chief of human services for the City of Boston, teaches Introduction to Urban Studies at the Gordon in Boston program. “The success of the Gordon in Boston program owes a great deal to Larry’s work and faithfulness,” said Sargent. Taught by specialists in their field, Gordon in Boston offers a unique introduction to issues and realities of urban culture.


Also honored was Katherine Knudson, who teaches The Great Conversation, a course designed to introduce the Christian liberal arts to incoming students. “Katie is one of those exceptional teachers whose love of her subject and love of her students are inseparably bound together,” said Academic Dean Dan Russ.

Sargent shared the important role adjunct faculty play at Gordon. “Part-time faculty members can be some of the unsung heroes in higher education. In some cases they are accomplished professionals with jobs in government or business, who love to teach a class or two when they have an opportunity. In other cases they have family or ministry duties that allow them time only to teach a course or two. In almost all cases, they give generously of their time and talent to serve our institution.”

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Friday, January 22, 2010

A Life Changed for Love: Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker Inspires Students

By Katie Zarrilli ’12
(Katie and Rev. Walker)

Gordon students stood in ovation after the Reverend Liz Walker’s energetic and lively convocation address, “The Risk of Love,” given in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Walker, an award-winning television journalist for 32 years, is most known for having anchored WBZ News in Boston for 20 years. Currently the host of a WCVB television show, Sunday with Liz Walker, Walker considers her best accomplishment yet her journey to Sudan, which she says drastically changed her life. She felt called to do so in 2001, and after seeing the atrocities there, she and Reverend Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, who was last year’s Baccalaureate speaker, began an organization that advocates for women and children in Sudan, My Sister’s Keeper. Hammond and Walker frequently journey back to Sudan to continue their work in the war-torn country.
After showing students a documentary she produced on the mission of My Sister’s Keeper, Walker told students to take risks because that changes lives. She used her own experience of stepping out of her comfort zone to challenge students to do the same.
“There’s something you can do right here, right now,” Walker said. “With risk comes a reward. Don’t be afraid to take risks; it has saved my life.”
Walker referenced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for justice, using love as a weapon, and the sacrifices he made in doing so, which was what propelled the Civil Rights Movement.
“Sudan was frightening and scary,” Walker said. “But I would not give up one minute of the fear I had, because when you’re on the side of justice, you’re already all right. The greatest risk is the first step.”
Walker’s message can apply to every student at Gordon. Whether someone wants to be a television news anchor—like me—or go into the field of missionary work, Walker had the same advice for everyone.
“Be bold and be confident in what you do,” Walker preached. “You have to ease out knowing that God is on the other side. Faith is moving in the dark.”

Listen to Rev. Walker’s convocation address.

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Venez Participer à la Table Française

“Venez participer à la Table Française” is an invitation that translates to “Please join us at the French table,” and that’s exactly what Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French language and literature, invites us to consider:

“Being from the south of France, sharing a meal with other people is one of my favorite activities. In French, “friend” is “copain”—someone we share our bread with. At Gordon we’ve created a French table where we gather with students and friends over lunch. As we speak a different language, we are in a French state of mind. So it’s only natural that when we see friends, colleagues, or professors we know, we greet and respond to them in French. As you can imagine, their responses always provoke good laughs. Professor Bird, assistant professor of linguistics and classics, who regularly joins our conversations, even becomes French . . . Professeur Oiseau. Our conversations are varied, but most importantly this time of conversation gives students (both rusty and refined in the French language) an opportunity to speak French outside of the classroom without having to worry about a grade, and interact with people in a different setting. So, Venez participer à la Table Française!"

The French table meets in Lane Student Center on Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m., during the academic year.

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Songwriters and Storytelling with Redeem & Record

Anthony Papia ’09 created a website, Redeem & Record, about artists who create music. He shares the roots of this project:

“Like all communication arts majors at Gordon, I was responsible for developing a senior creative project before graduating—one that embodied my ethical thesis for communication. (Honestly, I didn’t even realize I had an ethical thesis for communication.) All I knew was I loved communication and music . . . and I wanted to
somehow include music in my project. But throwing a concert for 10,000 screaming fans on the quad was a long shot for two reasons: First, I don’t have 10,000 screaming fans; second, I’m not Bono, so Professor Cobbey would have undoubtedly needed to failed me.
After abandoning my plot for a legendary musical exit and a bit of thoughtful reflection, my true thesis surfaced: I wanted to know people and help strengthen community—and I wanted others to do the same. Gordon is home to an incredibly talented community of songwriters, so I went in search of stories that give birth to songs. In light of my thesis, the project developed into a podcast series titled Redeem & Record. The podcasts feature a time of conversation and story sharing with artists followed by a live in-studio performance.”

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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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CHE 111: "Don't Want to Eat Your Vegetables? That's Ok..."

The assignment? Discover and discuss relevant issues of today that are at the intersection of chemistry and the environment.
The result? Nineteen well-researched and interesting student papers on a variety of topics that unpack how green chemistry can improve the environment and our lives.
Visit Dr. Dwight Tshudy’s Principles of Green Chemistry
Wiki to read student papers such as, “Environmental Racism”; “Give Us Clean Water or Give Us Death”; and “This Is Preposterous! You’re Telling Me I’m Destroying the Planet with a Light Switch?”

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Friday, January 15, 2010

POL 324 - Lessons in Lynn

Assistant professor of political studies Ruth Melkonian-Hoover shares today's entry from students in POL 324 (Latin American Politics). This is a compilation of reflections on the Latin American immigrant experience.

When you have taken something for granted your entire life, it is always humbling to witness the sacrifice others are willing to make for that same privilege. In early September my Latin American Politics classmates and I spent three hours in an auditorium full of hundreds of Guatemalans making their way through various checkpoints and receiving various forms of identification. They had been sitting patiently for upwards of six hours by the time we arrived at 9 a.m. The City of Lynn La Vida program set up a mobile office for the Guatemalan Consulate at St. Joseph Catholic Church, and we were there to help in any way we could. What compelled them to risk the journey here? What was their life like in America? And for some, what did it feel like to live without a form of legal identity? We were overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy in knowing how to best help, how to truly make a difference, to share the love of God with these beautiful people who are truly strangers in a strange land. Some of us played with children as their parents waited in line while others facilitated the flow of traffic in the auditorium. Mostly we observed.

Compiled from student essays written by Brenna Case (a junior from North Canton, OH); Janelle Corsaro (a senior from Laguna, CA); Stephanie Laurence (a sophomore from Hopkinton, MA); Alec Lewis (a senior from Manchester, VT); Kyra Sliwinski (a junior form Copley, OH ); and Anne Wright (a senior from Yarmouth, ME). Latin America Politics considers development and political governance in the unique historical and cultural context of Latin America. The course combines discussion of history and theory with study of individual countries. Included are analyses of regime change, social movements and U.S. foreign policy.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Prayers for Haiti

The community of Gordon College expresses its profound grief over the recent earthquake tragedy in Haiti and is mobilizing to offer prayers and help over the coming weeks.

The Gordon community is mindful of our many Haitian neighbors on the North Shore as well as some of our own international students from Haiti who await word on their families during this difficult time.


On Wednesday evening (January 13) the Haitian American Association held an emergency meeting at the Gordon in Lynn Office to strategize about possible relief and communication efforts for their loved ones back home. The Gordon in Lynn program will continue to offer space for meetings as needed and is waiting to assist in any other ways the Haitian community might need.


Many from the Haitian community will be in attendance at an event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 18, in Lynn, which President R. Judson Carlberg and other Gordon administrators, staff, students, and state and local leaders will also be attending.


“This is a painful and heart-wrenching time for all of us, and especially for those in our local communities [from Haiti] who do not yet know what has happened to their families,” said President Carlberg. “We will continue offering what we can during this tragedy, which will be a lot of prayer, support and creative assistance. We join others in praying for God’s mercy, comfort and provision for those in Haiti now, and those affected by the tragedy here.”

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We're Back!

Despite having a wonderful winter break, it's really good to be back on campus. Though I’m far from my elementary school years, first days of school have always held that same childlike excitement, and today was no exception. Reunions with friends and an eagerness to begin the new semester with a clean slate warmed up the frigid first day of classes. And now that winter break is behind, us we can start to look forward to the next best thing—spring!
Pictured above, my friends catch up and look over notes from their first day of American Literature. Left to right: Rachel Strasner ’11, Sarah Young ’10 and Nathaniel Terenzoni ’10.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Hub of Social Change

Boarding a plane this Thursday, Kayla Peck, a junior from Plattsburgh, NY, reflects on her upcoming semester in our nation’s capital:

“I’m planning to be a resident in Washington, D.C., learning about the management process of nonprofits in the ‘hub’ of social change. I’ll be interning at Women for Women International—a nonprofit in DC that helps women in war-torn areas around the world.
“Through Gordon’s partnership with the Best Semester Program, I’ll be studying with other students from schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities across the country in the Global Humanitarian Enterprise track. My coursework will include Entrepreneurship; Human Development Seminar; Topics in Leadership and Vocation; and mentoring.
“I am thrilled about this opportunity, yet scared out of my wits about what is to come. As a social work and sociology major, my mind is not programmed to think about fiscal matters. I think about systemic problems and want to advocate for social change on a social and theoretical level. After all, this is what I have been taught. Yet it’s time to couple my idealistic perspective with pragmatism.”

Kayla plans to write, take photos and blog from DC though her personal website. To read more about Kayla, click HERE.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Combatting the New England Chill . . .

It's been a typical winter break at Gordon thus far—beautiful, quiet . . . and chilly. Especially in the historic stone mansion on campus - Frost Hall. Typical of many historic New England homes built in that period, the giant 10-foot windowpanes on the first floor can reflect quite a chill. But the Admissions Office found a new way to get cozy and combat the cold this January—with Snuggies! Who knew working under the comfort of sleeved-blankets could be so stylish.

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An Unexpected Collaborative Path

David Botticello, a sophomore studying history and political philosophy, is working with his professor, Brian Glenney, and fellow student Zachary Capalbo on a sensory-substitution device. He shares a recent testing experience from the bustle of Boston’s Harvard Square.

“My second semester I started working outside the classroom with Dr. Brian Glenney on neuroscience research. I began training on a contrivance called a sensory-substitution device. At the same time, my classmate, Zachary, a computer science and philosophy major, was working on creating a software program that would use color as a primary medium for information. The technology converts visual imagery into various individual noises through a camera—serving to translate sight into sound. The device could one day have the potential to literally give sight to the blind. After only four hours of training on the sensory-substitution device, Zachary, Dr. Glenney and I set off for Harvard Square in Boston to test the device in a more open environment.
“Even though the technology still is in process and needs improvement (bumping into windows was not very comfortable), the device was working. In the city I was able to navigate crowded streets, climb stairs, and follow a path—all completely blindfolded. After about four or five hours of using the device, I began to understand its various sounds as different colors and shapes. Understanding the transition was similar to learning a new word in a foreign language; there comes a point when a person ceases to translate the word every time it’s heard and instead automatically understands its meaning.

“The device also received surprise responses from observers. Often I was taken as either handicapped or quite eccentric. As we ventured onto Harvard University’s campus, students remarked on the innovation as ‘inspiring.’ Little did they know I was not a Harvard student but rather an undergraduate student at Gordon College—a place I know and love for the unique opportunities I have there.

“The training itself has deepened my studies on humanity—providing insight into how people view their world and how human interaction changes to fit circumstances. Through this unexpected collaborative path, I’ve furthered my goals and have been inspired academically . . . My future is now a part of this work, and, as a sophomore, to be this intellectually engaged in such profound work is amazing.”

David is from Manchester, CT. A streaming video of their Harvard Square experiment is now on display in the Barrington Center for the Arts.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

It's Just Not the Same without You













Dear Students,


We’re glad you’re enjoying Christmas break, but it’s just not the same around campus without you. Hurry back!

Love, Gordon

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Green Chemistry: Confessions of a Tree-Hugger

My third day of classes at Gordon, I went to see Prof. Irv Levy in the Chemistry Department. Honestly, my initial motive was to seek an impressive research project to include on my resume (already thinking about the application process for graduate school). With all the enthusiasm of a budding scientist, I knocked on the door to his lab and asked if I could assist with any research.
Prof. Levy laid out many topics before me that day. As he started to run through the list of opportunities for scientific collaboration, I heard the words “ecotoxicity and biodiesel” . . . and something clicked. As a self-identified “tree-hugger” (at that time I labeled myself with vague understanding of what it meant), I became part of his team, not realizing that day that I would head the project, not assist or observe from the sidelines. (An encouraging realization, looking back, that is a rarity in terms of student experience at the undergraduate level.)
Over the years my research developed a laboratory experiment that helps educate students about ecotoxicity and concepts of green chemistry—which Gordon College fervently advocates. The process measures ecotoxicity by the average elongation of germinated lettuce seeds treated by alcohol of different concentrations. The experiment clearly shows the difference between ecotoxicity and human toxicity. Most importantly, it is simple and fun—making it a great tool to engage middle and high school students on the concepts of “green chemistry.”
Working with Prof. Levy, I presented the research at the American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans during a Chemical Education poster session. The project interested many science instructors who teach environmental science and green chemistry courses. More than ever, with education budgets tightened across the country, this experiment, in addition to being fun, is affordable, making it very appealing to reproduce in classrooms.
Three weeks ago I graduated from Gordon College. Today my research has expanded beyond the resume and into the hands of chemistry curricula across the country.
This year I’m presenting at two other national green chemistry conferences, and my research experiment is about to be published in a journal for chemistry educators. An idea that started on my third day as a Gordon student has developed into a model with great potential to be adopted in a majority of laboratory curricula across the country. Gordon has fostered great opportunity for my growth as a scientist. Moreover, I am pleased to be a true “tree-hugger” now as my work contributes to the future of young scientists adopting green chemistry practices.
Looking back on the college search process, I remember first hearing about Gordon College. I remember close friends (and even some relatives) asking why Gordon and not an internationally known Ivy League school. But I saw Gordon not just as a place of intellectual development but as a place for nurturing character. It was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.

SooYeon Kwon is from Seoul, Korea. Her work is continuing to draw national attention and is being adopted by science teachers in many areas of the United States.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What if the Church....?

Just seven months ago I was a student on campus, cramming for finals and rushing around to get things done before leaving for Christmas break. Then May quickly came and went, and I graduated and made the inevitable transition from being a student to an alumnus; from studying in the stacks in Jenks to working on a computer at a bank; from being in a Gordon relationship to being in a Gordon marriage. Still, the seeds that had been sown as a Gordon student were unmistakable—a passion for pursuing social justice and a desire to work with an international Christian relief organization. These seeds took root when I participated in Mexico Outreach as a sophomore and junior, and continued to grow on a trip to Guatemala with World Focus as a GCSM student leader.
After moving to Charleston, South Carolina, in August, I started volunteering with Water Missions International—a nonprofit, Christian engineering organization whose mission is to provide sustainable access to safe water and an opportunity to hear the “Living Water” message in developing countries and disaster areas. I had finally found an organization that combined my international business education with my passion for missions and social justice.
While volunteering with Water Missions I have been developing a campaign called “What If the Church,” which seeks to spark a global conversation about the potential of the local church to solve the world’s water crisis. After demonstrating the tremendous potential to impact human lives, the goal is to actually move out and start solving the world’s water problem in its own creative way.
Eight hundred eighty-four million people lack access to safe water; what if the Church decided to act like Jesus and truly serve them? This is how I have been able to engage my Gordon education with real-world service in pursuit of Christ. To learn more visit http://www.whatifthechurch.us/ or http://www.watermissions.org/ or email the author at Kherr@watermission.org.

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