After graduating from Gordon in 2003, Hiromu Nagahara didn’t go far—in fact, he went as far as Harvard (which is only about 30 miles away, give or take).
After studying history at Gordon, doing his senior thesis on “How nationalism informed the establishment of Western-style music education in late nineteenth century Japan,” he decided he wanted to get his masters and Ph.D. in Japanese history at Harvard. His dissertation was on popular culture and censorship in modern Japan.
Friday, December 30, 2011
After graduating from Gordon in 2003, Hiromu Nagahara didn’t go far—in fact, he went as far as Harvard (which is only about 30 miles away, give or take).
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Last summer, Junaid asked her brother if she could start working in his Nigerian hospital to gain more hands-on experience in the field. He agreed and as a result, she shadowed her brother—a surgeon and physician—watching surgeries and working directly with patients, bringing her Gordon textbooks to life. “I really wanted to see how I’d react while observing surgery," she said. “It is one thing to observe a surgery on TV, and another to observe one in real life.”
Friday, December 9, 2011
Students from Dr. Lee's Intro to Engineering class gathered in the engineering lab yesterday for this year's annual "Geekiest Christmas Ornament" contest. Contestants followed some simple guidelines, as described by Dr. Lee:
- The ornament proper must fit within a 6” x 6” x 6” box
- The ornament proper can weigh no more than 1 kg (about 2.2 lbs)
- It cannot be dangerous (projecting marshmallows is fine but projecting marbles is not, for example)
- It needs to do something
- The descriptor 'geeky' can be interpreted in a number of ways: Mechanisms and motors and lights cobbled together is 'geeky'; Star Wars (as a theme) is also 'geeky'; etc...
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced Gordon's David Dempsey (Jr./Wallingford, Conn.) has been named the Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts in helping the Fighting Scots to a perfect 2-0 record last week.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Peggy Hothem, professor of recreation and leisure studies, has organized this annual program with students in her Recreation Leadership class for over 15 years.
Monday, December 5, 2011
-Bert Hodges, professor of psychology
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Justice, Gideon Strauss began his talk by describing a potentially bleak future. If current spending trends persist, he noted, it is likely that within 20 years the federal government will be unable to afford more than to pay interest on its debts and support the commitments it has already made to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. This pits different generations against one another, vying for available resources, and, according to Strauss, it stands in opposition to the principles of scripture.
Friday, December 2, 2011
As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye, freshman forward Leanna Tallamy (Wantage, N.J.) has been named the Women's Basketball Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
For all the hyperpolarized back-and-forth that has recently defined these types of conversations in American society, the discussion was remarkably civil, apolitical and constructive. Though the two men clearly represented very different responses to this question, the tone of the evening was marked by mutual respect and understanding. In the spirit of Saint Anselm’s definition of theology as “faith seeking understanding,” Brooks explained, “We are doing theology here—seeking God’s face in the everyday.”
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Lake, a Sports Illustrated senior writer for six years, begins with memories of his youth--evenings clinging to a small radio listening to broadcasts of the Atlanta Braves, and a very personal moment of his first college basketball tryout when he became a student at Gordon College.
Monday, November 28, 2011
When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote these words in the 19th century, he could have no idea that they would be so aptly repurposed by a family of skateboarders 160 years later. But communication arts major Thomas Mull ’13, English major Steve Mull ’15, and their two brothers Charlie ’07 and Dave have adopted the quote as their boardsport motto. It’s a far cry from the “skate and destroy” culture popularized through the eighties and nineties—and that’s the point. Their Vermont-based skateboarding collective, The Worble, represents “rural skateboarding.” It’s about more than releasing pent-up aggression on a slab of concrete. They seek ways to return to nature, to respect and honor the terrain with their sport—much in the same way that surfing has done with the ocean.
The brothers will be premiering their latest skateboarding video, The Wander Years, tomorrow night at the Barrington Center for the Arts cinema. Spanning several years of filming and editing, the video was shot and produced mainly by Thomas, and features the brothers skating cities, skate parks, rural roads and even downed trees in their native Vermont and at spots across the Northeast.
Monday, November 21, 2011
For the second year in a row, the Gordon College Admissions Caravan filled every seat on a coach bus with high school juniors and seniors on their way to a unique campus weekend. Thursday, November 10th, 47 prospective students were picked up from three locations: Wayne, Pennsylvania; Hawthorne, New Jersey; and Trumbull, Connecticut, before heading to Wenham.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
So I sit in a college auditorium with a battered notebook, a cheap pen. At the front of the room, a man with tight graying curls and black-framed glasses bends over a creaking podium. Students shuffle in—the lit lovers, the ambitious, the dazed. We all clutch notebooks to our chests. We all perk up our ears. We all scramble for some scrap of success that may happen to flake off of the nobleman’s shoulders as he passes.
Sven Birkerts, celebrated author and editor of Boston University’s literary magazine, AGNI, spent an evening at Gordon College last Thursday to read selections from his various memoirs. All listened entranced, but particularly rapt were the English majors, myself included. I watched his posture, his gestures; I listened to his voice, the way he lifted his words up and down as he read them from the book in his hands. His book. Birkerts read his essays with smooth rapidity. I wrote this, I imagined him thinking as he turned the pages. But instead of arrogance, I sensed only a kind of weariness, a tired humility that years of success must bring. In my notebook I caught his most striking phrases. “Intense loaded echoes.” “Brittle fragility.” “Too redly.” “Levitating above the life of the street.” Birkerts painted the landscape of the writing life in all its gritty and colorful detail, all its annoyances and familiarities and loneliness.
Hearing the experiences of Birkerts’ life as a writer, who climbed rung by rung from the bottom of the food chain—that was encouraging, especially for a freshman English major. Birkerts did not smooth over his memories. Instead he dug into the overlooked details and raised them to humble poingnancy. We all knew what he meant to describe: the desperation of being a writer. It is something even we amateur writers at Gordon understand as we pore over texts and hand midnight poetry to our professors. We wrestle with words, both deciphering their meanings and forming them ourselves. Birkerts is a master of that wrestling match. Like us, though, he still fights to the death with every open page.
After the reading I asked him what in writing was still difficult for him. He laughed and said, “Writing.” Getting past the blockages, he said: soldiering on even when no words flow. The most curious students peppered Birkerts with questions, and he answered smiling, waving his hands excitedly. The weariness of reading his work to an audience was gone—he was a writer like us. “Read like crazy,” he said, “And discover what moves you.” He promised us that “breaking in” to the writing world is extremely difficult. But he told us to keep writing, to never stop.
At the podium, Sven Birkerts was an austere and brilliant author. Standing among students, he became, himself, a student of the written word. He filled our open hands with reality and hope. In his voice I could hear his love for students, and in his eyes I could see his love for writing. What a gift Gordon students received in having Sven Birkerts here, an example of what we can become.
[Photo: Rebekah Connell]
Story by Gordon student Rebekah Connell ’15, an English major from New York and student writer for the Office of College Communications.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Susanna Young '12 is the editor-in-chief for the Vox Populi, a publication of the Gordon College Student Association that shares essays, fiction and poetry from members of the Gordon community—mainly students, but also faculty, staff and alumni. She shares her thoughts on the latest issue of the Vox, and a new phase in the publication's presence on campus.
"When I was offered the position of editor for the Vox Populi, I had no idea what kind of an undertaking it was. One summer and half a semester later, we—my team and I—were in full swing and straining for a steep learning curve. Thanks to the previous editors before me, the Vox was an established and professional operation of which we were the willing benefactors. Because of this groundwork, the Vox's presence on campus has been (and hopefully will continue to be) an outlet for expressing opinions and perspectives on various relevant topics as well as a venue for the creative voices of our community.
The challenge then, besides learning how to manage a publication, was to push the identity of the Vox Populi forward, to contribute to its actualization and get people’s attention. Plenty of nights were spent attempting to meet these tasks head on. We encountered what felt like a maze of possibilities surrounding elements of design, how to feature writing with specific segments, and how to remain flexible and open to being surprised by pieces we could not have anticipated. In the midst of all this wading though, a beacon emerged: we knew we wanted the Vox Populi to publish individual issues that stood on their own while fitting into the overall framework of the publication. So, we decided to organize each issue around a one-word theme.
For our fall issue, we decided on the word 'Contact,' which we liked for its dual noun and verb usage, and for its broad interpretive possibilities. While the decision to use a thematic shape for the Vox was a narrowing one, we wanted to invite all the voices we hoped to publish to speak it into existence and show us what it is that we meant. We’re thrilled with our first issue of the Vox Populi and are now in the midst of producing our second.
This next theme is 'Room' and it’s given us a promising point of departure for the issue, with pieces that imbibe both physical space and the conceptual realm of ideas in dialogue with one another. Thank you to those of you who wrote for us and thanks for reading!"
For more information on the Vox Populi, feel free to contact the publication staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 11, 2011
"Hanging out with friends instead of an annoying sibling or even worse—mom and dad—is a rite of passage for kids in their early and mid teens.
But finding a safe place in Ipswich to hang with those friends has proven tough. Needing some independence, but too young to drive or have a job, and too old for daycare programs, Ipswich kids in their early and mid teens have often been left to fend for themselves.
Nick Fitzgerald '11, new teen director at the Ipswich YMCA, is meeting with local groups, parents and teenagers to get input on what types of activities they would like to see offered to support teens in Ipswich."
Read more at Wicked Local: Ipswich.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This was the plea that underscored yesterday's Day of Prayer events. In various ways all over campus, students, faculty and staff took a break from the normal pace of academic life to refocus on God's Kingdom—His reign, as well as our responsibility to further it.
Dr. Greg Carmer, dean of chapel, commented on that duality at the start of the morning's worship service. "We are utterly dependent on God, and yet we must be attentive to our call to be wise stewards." The morning prayer service drew from a range of traditions and prayer styles—from liturgical to small groups to a performance by Gordon's Dance Ministry team.
Elsewhere around campus, other groups sponsored prayer opportunities, including prayer for the persecuted church, prayer through art and writing, and liturgical prayer. Out on the chapel lawn, Gordon College's Men's Ministry stoked a wood fire and led prayer through the Psalms, without ceasing, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. An additional worship service that afternoon was hosted by Gordon's multicultural club, ALANA (individuals of African-American, Latino, Asian, and Native American descent), and featured music, prayer and Bible readings in multiple languages.
Click here for more photos from the Day of Prayer.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Every year, the Jerusalem and Athens Forum assembles curious minds from across campus for a year-long honors program devoted to delving into the history of Christian thought and literature, seeking to better understand the relationship between faith and intellect. But the influence of JAF at Gordon extends beyond the twenty-some students enrolled in the program each year: through lectures, debates and open faculty/student discussions, the Jerusalem and Athens Forum has become a staple of the intellectual life of the College.
Oftentimes, these events will ask expert scholars a divisive or difficult question, such as the one posed at this past Monday's JAF event, "What is Conscience?"
Monday, November 7, 2011
Scot McKnight, professor of religious studies at North Park University in Chicago and author of The Jesus Creed, spoke during this morning's convocation program as part of the Faith Seeking Understanding lecture series. An expert on the New Testament, early Christianity and the historical Jesus, Dr. McKnight focused his talk on the divergent perspectives on afterlife held by various Christians. His aim was to recast the debate, shifting its focus to the teachings of Jesus in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31).
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
CMP produces creative educational programs that draw lessons from the history of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. Its goal is to raise global awareness on current and renewed signs of hatred, injustice and violence directed toward Israel.
This Sunday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the A. J. Gordon Chapel, CMP will host a program recalling the anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass in Germany.
As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Karina Scavo '13 (Mount Sinai, N.Y.), Caitlin Nedde '13 (Colchester, Vt.), and Hala Coker '12 (East Falmouth, Mass.) have been named to All-CCC teams for their efforts during the 2011 season.
The editor of Boston University's AGNI and director or the creative writing MFA at Bennington College, as well as the award-wining author of nine books, Birkerts is a mainstay in the local and national literary community. His most widely read book - and the most influential among Gordon's scholars - is The Gutenberg Elegies, which explores the rise of computer technology as it supplants the dominance of physical books. Dr. John Skillen, professor of English and associate dean of European programs at Gordon, explains that the "spirit [of The Gutenberg Elegies] is implicit in the Gordon IN Orvieto program."
"His was one of the first books - at the beginning of that wild fifteen years that has brought us to the Kindle/iPad consumer wars - that looked closely at the differences between reading a digitalized book on a screen and holding a bound book in your hands," says Skillen. "For me, Birkerts was preaching to the choir. I, too (a literature professor in those days), feared the loss of bodily presence in the act of reading."
Birkerts' literary voice is unmistakable: colloquially elevated language, surefooted even as it is exploratory. The crowd gathered in Jenks 237 Wednesday evening listened as the author read several pieces from The Other Walk. His latest ruminations, which he referred to as "epiphanic pieces," chart resonances between the present and memory - "loaded echoes of past experience." Birkerts shared reflections ranging from dissolved friendships, to the drudgeries of speaking engagements, to a crippling fear of heights he unfortunately discovered at the top of the tallest ladder he had ever climbed. In each piece, his sharp insights found their light in the concrete details - a gust of wind up the shirt-sleeves, the blemish at the base of an orange cup, a handsome old man with fake teeth.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
New State-of-the-Art Production Equipment and Manager Change the Game for Gordon Communication Arts Program
The 2011–12 academic year has already proven to be a game changer for Gordon College’s Communication Arts program with new state-of-the-art film production equipment, including cameras, tripods, lights, lenses and a dolly. Along with the new equipment, which puts the Gordon Communication Arts Department on the same level as other Boston-area film programs, the program welcomes a new production facilities manager, Jean-Paul DiSciscio (pictured above) of Waltham, Massachusetts, who is an independent filmmaker and equipment expert.
“In my 10 years as part of the Communication Arts program, this is the most comprehensive upgrade and influx of new equipment we’ve had,” said Communication Arts Department chair and professor Rini Cobbey. “Most of the cameras we were using were 13 years old.”
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Spencer Lord '12 (North Stonington, Conn.) and Andrew Vandervoort '14 (Memphis, Tenn.) have been honored as the Men's Soccer Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in helping the Scots stay unbeaten in conference with a pair of shutout wins last week.
"Scot McKnight is a true scholar and student of the Word. His take on theology is both insightful and refreshing," says Keith Krass, special projects coordinator in the Center for Christian Studies. "McKnight's work is simultaneously accessible yet challenging--thoughtful and gracious yet convicting. His new book One Life is simply a must-read."
This event is part of the Faith Seeking Understanding lecture series at Gordon College and is sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies and the Jerusalem and Athens Forum.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Drawing upon an interview-style approach he honed while conducting the largest empirical study based on interviews with senior leaders, Dr. Michael Lindsay launched the first major event in a new series—Conversations with the President—by welcoming J. C. Penney Chairman and CEO (Mike) E. Ullman III as his first guest.
More than 250 guests joined Lindsay and Ullman on October 14, 2011, at 7:30 A.M. for breakfast and conversation at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts, including Boston business professionals, alumni and friends.
“It is my hope that these conversations will give professionals in the Greater Boston area the opportunity to be enriched by the perspective of top leaders in the country and world,” says Lindsay.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Gordon senior Kallie Garrett (Bend, Ore.) has been named an All-CCC Women's Tennis Honorable Mention honoree for her efforts over the course of the Scots' 2011 season.
Additionally, the Fighting Scots garnered the CCC Team Sportsmanship Award, a distinction voted upon by all conference coaches on the basis of play and character in competition.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
This year students traveled to the mountain range of Sierra Nevada, and are now back in Massachusetts and settling into a house in the seaport town of Rockport, 14 miles from Gordon's campus. Here, the students will continue to live out their low-impact sustainable techniques back in a residential community with a focus on environmental ethics. “Environmental ethics is one of the unique parts of our curriculum," said Tricia Chan, resident director and assistant director of the W.I.L.D. program. "We use the 'leave no trace' practice in wilderness education. We talk about what environmental ethics means, why it is important for us as stewards living out creation care, and how we can incorporate that into our daily lives.”
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Starting with Friday's Great Scots Reception when Carrie Tibbles '93 received the 2011 Alumna of the Year award; to Michael Lindsay's new Conversations with the President Homecoming Panel; to Sunday morning's worship service with Richard '58 and Carol (Edwards) '57 Visser, it is clear Gordon alumni are out in the world and doing amazing work for the Kingdom.
Friday, October 7, 2011
The first floor hallway in the Ken Olsen Science Center got some new wall candy this week, courtesy of the Class of 2011 and two of its alumni, Garrett Ames-Ledbetter and Anna Taylor. Last year's class gift pledged a series of paintings for KOSC designed around the disciplines of mathematics, physics, biology, kinesiology, chemistry and computer science.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Thomas’ path from Gordon has taken him to impressive heights as a journalist, rising through the ranks from a freelance reporter making $40 per story for the local Salem paper to become a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. Along the way, his pieces of narrative journalism have won awards and national recognition. Such accolades are well-deserved: Lake cites inspirations as varied as John Steinbeck and the book of Ecclesiastes, and upon reading his work, one can immediately catch that conversational wisdom of the former and the lyrical ebb and flow of the latter.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Though the official date of the anniversary is still an unfolding mystery, the first majors in biology, chemistry and physics were offered to students in 1961. Currently the second smallest division at Gordon, the Science Division includes biology, chemistry, kinesiology, mathematics, computer science, physics, and 3-2 engineering. “It’s not uncommon—especially when you think of our own beginnings as a missionary training school—for Christian colleges and universities to have small natural sciences divisions,” said Pleticha. “But Gordon’s programs have experienced remarkable growth over the last 50 years. It’s exciting to look back at our history and celebrate our future.” Pleticha continued to share stories of long-time faculty like Jack Haas, Dick Wright and Jerry McNatt, whose leadership (30+ years) provided great advancement in the sciences on our campus. Though now retired from teaching, Dick Wright still has one of the top textbooks in environmental science. The book, Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future, is now co-authored with another Gordon scholar—Dorothy Boorse—and is in it’s 11th edition. Another book by Wright, Biology Through the Eyes of Faith, provides a comprehensive look at stewardship in the realm of biology for many Christian scientists today.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Though he usually spends his time on large research ocean vessels, Gordon’s newest biology faculty member, Walter Cho, is a deep sea biologist with big plans for his students this year. Before coming to Gordon, Cho was a researcher studying the BP oil spill and the potential ecological damage it was responsible for in the Gulf of Mexico. Since coming to Gordon this fall, he’s been anticipating getting out on the water and introducing the labs of the Atlantic to his students at Gordon. Recently Cho took his Marine Science class out into the waters of Ipswich Bay to collect samples of the water column and sediment to study the physical and biological characteristics of this environment.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
More than genetics link the contestants on next week’s Family Feud television show—four of the five members of the Coker/Tranchell family contestants are also Gordon College students and graduates.
Hannah Coker ’09, English; Hala Coker ’12, psychology; Hattie Coker ’13, psychology; and their cousins Alessio Tranchell ’14, music; and Amira Tranchell, a junior psychology major at Clark University (all of East Falmouth, Massachusetts) auditioned for the game show in Saugus on a whim last May. To their surprise, they were selected and flown to Georgia in July for a day of filming as contestants on Family Feud. Dressed in matching purple, the Coker/Tranchell family will compete in the ultimate TV family face-off beginning on September 26, at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Photo: A Gordon College luggage tag hangs on Tim’s backpack—a greeting to all he meets along the trail, and a reminder to himself of those praying for his journey.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Senior captain Samantha Neverett (Athol, Massachusetts) has been honored as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts over the week of September 12–18.