On May 1 students, faculty, friends and professionals will be gathering in the Ken Olsen Science Center to attend the Communication Arts Senior Exhibit. From 2–5 p.m. senior communication arts students will be presenting their creative capstone projects—the culmination of all they’ve learned combined with their individual interests and passions. Through a series of panel presentations, screenings, and question and answer periods, the artists will present work that has been separated into six different categories: “A Call for Change, Something New”; “Perceived by the Media”; “Adapting to Technology”; “Eye of the Beholder”; “Applied Topics Short Films”; “Serving the Community”; and “Taking Care of the Community.”
To meet the students and learn more about their projects, click here.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
“After Gordon College,” says In Kwon Jun ’06, “I moved to the Washington, D.C., area to attend Wesley Theological Seminary for my M.Div. degree. I also began serving at the National Korean United Methodist Church of Rockville, Maryland, as a youth pastor. Now I am in my second year as the children’s pastor.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Kirsten Heacock Sanders ’05 updates us on what she’s been up to since graduating.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Meg Lynch, a senior communication arts major, talks pancakes and tradition.
My mother would not have been proud of my dinner last night, but I couldn’t help it. Bromley hosted its annual “Night of 1,000 Pancakes” in a lounge of the apartment-style residence hall. Students from across campus wandered in from the drizzling night to fill up on warm, homemade, buttermik pancakes with chocolate chip, banana and fresh blueberry toppings. Prepared by Bromley resident advisors (RAs), this Gordon tradition began years ago. Alysa Obert, a junior communication arts major, helped make pancakes. She explained how some Bromley students began serving pancakes out of their apartment window. “It’s evolved into a much-anticipated event . . . too big for a window.”
“After I graduated from Gordon, I went on to earn a master’s degree in religion from Duke University,” says Melissa Florer-Bixler ’02. “Following Duke I joined the L’Arche community of Portland, Oregon, and then was the assistant director of the Moreau Center at the University of Portland.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Dr. William W. Buehler, longtime professor of biblical and theological studies at both Barrington and Gordon Colleges, passed away April 15 in Tampa, Florida. He and his wife, Marlyn, were married for 65 years.
Dr. Buehler, the last American student to defend his dissertation before Karl Barth, was a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature. Read more...
(Photo: Sam Kohler)
By Alyssa Maine ’11
With the click of a button and a few letters on a keyboard pressed, anyone can present a new and altered version of who they are to cosmic cyberspace. It’s not hard to get hooked, and it’s no secret that college students are always on Facebook, texting, playing Xbox 360 or the Wii, or tweeting on Twitter.
Anders Johnson, sophomore communication arts major, decided to fast from Facebook, the Internet and video games. During his four-day fast he saw that while technology does make it possible to stay in touch with family and friends, give quick access to information and provide hours of mindless fun on Smash Brothers or YouTube, benefits do not outweigh the costs.
He learned that “Maintaining friendships through technology takes away our real-world relationships. People are given the ability to create their alternate personas, which may or may not be true to who they are.” While there are benefits from the conveniences and fun of technology, Anders realized that communication loses meaning when it becomes so readily available, quick and easy. Communication through technology becomes self-seeking, and he recognized his own need to be more intentional when surrounded by other people—to engage in the moment.
Even though the campus-wide fast is over, the conversation goes on. Technology continues to expand, and a Gordon mailbox never ceases to have emails from all over campus, from friends, from professors. Leon Kass, in the preface of Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfecting of our Nature, says it best: “The fault lies not in our stars but in our souls.” The problems that come from technology addiction aren’t a result of technology itself. The problem lies within the user who misuses and abuses it.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Or check out the “100 Acts of Green” taking place this week. From plantings, composting, musical stomp performances, even a dramatic release of homing pigeons.
Natanya Hildebrandt ’04 updates Gordon on what she’s been up to since graduating.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Meghan L. Good ’06 tells Gordon what she’s been up to since graduating.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Interested in visiting Gordon’s campus? Opportunities abound for visitors. This weekend we’ll have students and their families visiting campus, and we can’t wait to show them what we’re about. Visit opportunities include things like:
New England Connection
With nearly 100 high school students signed up for Gordon’s Junior Weekend starting today, spring in New England will be brimming with events and activities. As students arrive they will be greeted by their Gordon host and welcomed to campus. Students and their parents will enjoy meals in our dining hall and will participate in fun events like the Pops Concert, the Theatre Department’s performance of Godspell and a trip to the nearby picturesque town of Rockport. On Saturday our visitors will learn how we earned the name Fighting Scots as they cheer on the lacrosse, baseball and softball teams.
Gordon Experience Day
On Monday more high school students will come to campus for Gordon Experience Day. Students are welcome to visit a class, take a tour of the campus and learn more about the application process with faculty and staff. We are excited to have students experience Gordon and get a taste of what college life is all about.
If you aren’t coming this weekend but would like to visit Gordon’s campus, check out our already scheduled visit days or plan a trip of your own. We’d love to introduce you to our campus and show you around beautiful New England. So come on, plan that visit!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
“Though I began my time at Gordon expecting to pursue a different major,” says Jared Watson ’06, “after attending my New and Old Testament classes, I made the easy decision to switch to biblical studies. The classes are rigorous and never dull with each faculty member having their own unique and effective teaching style. The biblical studies professors challenged me to be a better and more independent thinker while at the same time they were always available to answer any questions I might have or to provide more guided independent study if I were interested. Though I went on to pursue an M.A. in philosophy—a field outside of my major at Gordon—it was the foundational learning tools, knowledge, and habits of study developed as a biblical studies major that gave me a diversity of choices as to my future educational goals.”
Gordon College has been nominated for the 2010 Community Service Award by residents and businesses in the Salem community. The winner will be announced at the Celebrate Salem annual dinner hosted by the The Salem Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, April 28, at the Peabody Essex Museum. The Community Service Award is presented by the Salem Chamber to an organization that has an outstanding record of community service and volunteer participation in the Salem community.
This is the second recognition for Gordon College this semester by the community of Salem. In January, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll presented an Innovative Programming award to Gordon College and The Institute for Public History.
The Institute for Public History unites and expands the offerings of two longstanding Gordon entities—History Alive! and the museum studies curriculum of the History Department.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
“Since graduating from Gordon,” says Julie DeJager Glavic ’07, “I’ve moved to Seattle to pursue an M.A. in theology at Seattle Pacific University. I also work as the university’s program coordinator for a physics research project focused on discovering new approaches within science education. In addition to those commitments, I serve Paradigm, my faith community, as teaching coordinator.
Monday, April 12, 2010
By Ginger Moody
Living in Fulton is great because we all like to be around each other and there are plenty of events. Also, I should mention that Fulton is the “King of the Hill” this year. Yes, it’s true—we have earned our rights to the prestigious title.
“King of the Hill” is a residence hall competition that happens every year on the hill between dorms Nyland, Fulton and Tavilla. It involves war paint, cardboard boxes, bright-colored fluorescent duct tape, water balloons, and, of course, a willingness to be crazy and have fun. We got wet, had to rebuild our fortress, took a few blows to the face, and slipped and slid everywhere. But in the end we proved ourselves worthy to be called “King of the Hill,” and it was a blast!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
When asked what he’s been up to since graduating, Shane Ross ’03 says:
Friday, April 9, 2010
Chad Wimberly, a music major, and Rafaell Rozendo, a communications and philosophy double-major, are both freshmen at Gordon College. With their shared interest in music, they created an unlikely recording studio. Chad shares reflections from an afternoon making music.
“The air’s chilly, the sky’s gray, and the wind pushes at the steely water in Salem. It’s not ideal weather to be outside, but it’s the opportune time to start a long-awaited experiment—making melody from waste. We jump down into the junk yard and begin to imbibe the old rusted glory of our new specimens. This is our new recording studio, if only for a few hours.
Moving around the rusty car parts and banging metal pipes and sheets, we recorded crashes, creaks, jingles, scrapes, thumps, bumps, and a myriad of other strange noises that came from the cold and crowded junk yard. Two and a half hours and 65 tracks later, we headed back to campus to compose some tracks.”
With the national average for service learning at colleges and universities at 4 percent, Gordon President Dr. R. Judson Carlberg told his colleagues that Gordon’s student service ratio is 40 percent.
“Whether a student provides intensive research, physical labor, spends an afternoon teaching kids to read, or provides a service practicum, the value of a generation engaged on the North Shore has financial and social impacts on each community where Gordon students are serving,” he said. “But we also believe it provides a different level of character development when they become alumni . . . and your employees.”
President Carlberg also discussed the impact Gordon alumni have long had on the local economy and throughout our communities. “The value Gordon places on civic engagement provides public schools, businesses, hospitals, churches, government and social services with a biproduct of great leaders,” he said. “And these are leaders who are moral, compassionate, truthful, and, of course, prepared.”
The Salem News, College Presidents: Keeping grads here important
April 8, 2010, Cate Lecuyer.
Lindsey Reed, a sophomore English major from Canada, is one of 13 students this semester taking an unusual course that recently drew a lot of attention on campus. You know it’s a great show when you see physics professor Dr. Lee zipping green lines, and a sea of students across the quad.
“Recently I went on my first fishing trip. After learning a series of knots, the parts of a rod, and the basics of casting, our PE Fly Fishing class took a trip to try our hand at fishing . . . on the quad.
“So far, all that we’ve caught is attention: our sporty eye gear, zipping neon green lines, and aggressive casting won us many onlookers. I had an especially large crowd of fans and coaches, as my attempts at the roll cast were full of frustrated flicking and jumping. I haven’t quite lost hope, however. I still believe that after the course I will move from frustration to enjoyment. I still see myself exchanging science lab goggles for stylish eye gear, soccer field for mountain stream, and the calls of onlookers for the sound of flowing water, or maybe even for the zip of a line, tense with a fish.”
Photo: Recent photographs from PE048 Fly Fishing
By Amber Fiedler ’13
Happening only once a year, “Club Chase” is the go-to event for all Chase hall residents. This year’s theme was neon and 80s attire, so everyone came out in their brightest colors and biggest sweatshirts.
The Chase Council removed all of the couches and quickly transformed one of the lounges into a prime campus dance floor. Even before the night officially kicked off, the lounge was filled with fun-loving, outgoing people who wanted to get to know other residents from their dorm building.
For those passing by, it was clear to see that everyone was having an awesome time dancing, singing and mingling the night away. The DJ happily took requests from all of the eager dancers and threw in some creative remixes of his own. The songs ranged from “Thriller” to “Tic-Tok” and from “Party in the USA” to the “Cha-Cha Slide.” While this event was limited to only Chase members, it wasn’t a surprise to see a few non-Chasers sneaking in, hoping to join the party. No one had any hesitation in screaming and dancing around to the music. Thanks to the live DJ, the neon glow sticks, and the bright disco lights, Chase lounge was completely transformed into the perfect on-campus club.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
“Since Gordon I’ve been teaching at a small, private Christian school in Nashua, New Hampshire,” says Amy Gentile ’08 when asked what she’s been doing since she left Gordon. “Even though I’m teaching math, I still use so many of the things I learned in Bible classes in my conversations and interactions with my students.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
by Steven Fletcher ’11
Monday, April 5, 2010
When asked what he’s been up to since leaving Gordon, Wes Roberts ’05 says:
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Jessica Rexroth ’98 shares what she's been up to since leaving Gordon.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
John Prickett ’06 updates us on life after graduating.