Monday, February 28, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Gordon College student-athletes Greg Walker (Uxbridge, Mass.) and David Dempsey (Wallingford, Ct.) have been recognized by The Commonwealth Coast Conference as members of the 2011 All-Conference Team. The honors were the first for Walker and Dempsey, who earned Second Team and Third Team, respectively.
Walker, a senior-captain, was instrumental in leading the Scots’ charge this year, averaging 15.9 points per game during the regular season (with a team-leading .503 shooting percentage) en route to joining Gordon’s 1,000-point club in a 17-point effort versus Endicott College earlier this season. Additionally, Walker worked the boards to grab 7.4 rebounds per game for the Scots.
Dempsey, a sophomore, also established himself as a team statistical leader for the Scots by grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game while adding an impressive 14.8 points per game, second only to Walker. He also co-led the Scots in steals (34), led in blocks (22), and finished second in assists (64) during the regular season. His contributions were critical in carrying Gordon to a late season surge in which the Scots posted 5-2 month of February.
In addition to individual accolades, Gordon was also given the TCCC Team Sportsmanship Award, an honor they shared with Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Monday, February 21, 2011
That summer, after weeks of preparation and fundraising, Jordan, along with eight other students and two adults, made the trip to Chuburna. They were appalled at what they saw: The children were crammed into a hot, nearly suffocating classroom, having recess on a crumbling concrete courtyard, and drinking water out of rusty spigots. The group renovated the classroom, setting up bookshelves, installing air conditioning, and painting a mural on the wall. They also planted a garden, started a recycling program, and were able to donate two laptops for the teachers’ use. While the trip was a success, the school still had many needs.
Jordan and his friends felt compelled to do more. They decided the best way to help a country grow is through its education system. “Many of these kids have so much vision,” says Jordan. “They want to be business owners, teachers, get involved in government—but without education they don’t have these options.”
Filmmaker Paul VanNess '73, founded Salem Film Fest four years ago when he collaborated with a handful of other film lovers. The all-documentary festival brings filmmakers and audiences together over a week-long event and is quickly becoming one of the most popular all-documentary festivals in the country. "The festival is a real community-building event in two dimensions," said VanNess. "It brings together film lovers and enthusiasts in the North Shore area, and has created wonderful friendships and business partnerships among the organizers, volunteers and sponsors. But maybe more profoundly, it also has allowed us to build connections with the subjects and creators of films from around the world."
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Beginning Friday evening, West organized four teams, including non-theatre majors. Participants had 24 hours to write, act, stage and design a 10-minute play before a public performance on Saturday night with faculty judges including Toddy Burton, Graeme Bird and Dawn Sarrouf.
The actors were given a theme (rain), a prop (rope), a name (Alex Morrison) and one line ("You guys did a good job") to get them started. All four plays were performed in front of a full house in the Barrington Center for the Arts with awards for Best Use of Line; Best Ensemble; and Best Script.
"This kind of intense and varied work is not something you typically find in a small liberal arts college," said Jeff Miller, professor of theatre arts. "It speaks highly of our students' keen interest in learning and growing as well as taking leadership."
"At least half the audience were people I had never seen in the theatre previously, and many of the participants were students who had not been involved in theatre productions at Gordon before," said West. "It's such a great way to develop skills and build community."
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Today Levy is one of 1,000 delegates from around the world celebrating the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launch of the International Year of Chemistry. His perspective on the teaching of green chemistry was supported by the global dialogue last week where CEOs from forward-thinking companies, Nobel laureates, even the granddaughter of Madame Marie Curie (the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry back in 1911), gathered in Paris, France.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
"I grew up traveling my whole life, so taking pictures has been a favorite hobby. While I studied abroad in France last year, I also brought my small video camera and recorded every place I visited. Photography is a way for me to make memories of my endless journeys in life. Occasionally I find time to paint the same image as that from a photo. My eyes have changed after painting still-life photos and a self-portrait last semester. Now I’m learning how to make films with good quality video cameras. One of my goals is to discover new things right near my home town of Danvers and perceive things with new lenses – my eyes and a professional camera, that is!"
Thursday, February 10, 2011
La Vida has another great event coming to campus in March. A private screening of the documentary "Play Again" will give parents, youth pastors and those who work with children a great insight into life behind screens. The film follows a group of teenagers who, like the "average American child," spend over fifteen hours a day behind screens. The teens unplug and go on their first wilderness adventure—no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. If you'd like to attend this screening or want to learn more, click here.
Here are more photos of the recent snowshoeing event:
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
When Jonathan Lopez '03 goes to work, his job is far from predictable and normal. His work as a pediatric neurology resident physician allows him to care for children and teenagers with seizures, cerebral palsy, autism, brain cancer, and other debilitating health problems of the brain and nerves.
Though there is nothing more tragic than seeing a child suffer from a serious illness, Dr. Lopez finds his job at Stanford University Hospital in San Carlos, California incredibly rewarding. “Many of my patients are so full of joy despite the challenges that they must overcome. Their resilience and courage is humbling.”
During his years as a biology major at Gordon, Lopez says a “seed was planted” that would eventually grow into a controversial philosophy. During classes in the Health Professions Seminar his classmates and mentors challenged him to look at patients as fellow humans rather than as diseases, and to see himself as a fellow traveler in their journey.
This stood in direct contrast to the secular philosophy of medical school--to view the doctor-patient relationship on a strictly empathetic level. He was taught to acknowledge the patient’s pain, but maintain distance, detachment, and dominance. Lopez knew that his young patients would see right through this disingenuous approach. So instead, he makes it a point to employ sympathy rather than empathy, as this levels the playing field and opens doors in the therapeutic relationship.
Lopez says his career as a physician has humbled him and helped him understand the power of God over the human condition. He wants his patients and their families to experience God’s love through their suffering. No one can handle the emotional turmoil in caring for a sick child without the help and comfort of the Savior. “To take part in the suffering of a child is to take part in the suffering of Christ,” says Lopez. “To see a child healed is to catch a glimpse of the redemptive healing that is only possible through His selfless act upon the cross.”
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Read the full news release, view videos on Ken Olsen and leave comments in the online memory book here.
Monday, February 7, 2011
This isn't the first time Gordon alumni have been a part of Super Bowl advertising. Last year the viewer choice commercial featured Gordon alum Pete Holmes from the class of 2001 as the voice of the E-Trade baby. A new version of the commercial also ran last night, bringing Gordon participation to three professionals in the entertainment industry.
Gordon is proud of December ’10 graduate Soo Yeon Kwon, who has been accepted to Harvard Dental School. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Kwon studied for two years at a community college before transferring to Gordon, recommended to her by one of her close friends. Looking back, Kwon knows without a doubt that Gordon was God’s plan for her.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
This Monday is Science Experience Day in the Ken Olsen Science Center. It's a time for visiting students to meet current students as they work on science experiments together and meet our amazing professors. We asked a few of them how they prepare for their department open-house experiments. Here are some replies:
"I run to BJ's to pick up up 12 pounds of Crisco, one of the materials used to make our BGB-20 EcoSoap."
Irv Levy, professor of chemistry
"I wash black spandex outfits, attach taupe tape to reflective markers, and calibrate the cameras."
Jessica Ventura, assistant professor of kinesiology
"I'm reviving my pillbugs--they've been in the cold room since October. They are looking very happy."
Craig Story, professor of biology
Photo: Dr. Story analyzes his recent biology thaw-out.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
"We’ve all been really excited for this wing to open up," says Stephen Collins, a sophomore physics major.
The second floor now includes a new physics lab, mathematics library, faculty offices, and computer lab. "The computers feel more modern and industry standard--more like we’re in real-world programming," says Mike Percuoco, a senior computer science major.
The students are also glad for the closer connection to other majors in science-related disciplines. "The difference is night and day--this new space is really first class," said Amy Hammond, a junior computer science major. It provides a very different feel for the overall course."
Maria Street, a junior from Washington, Maine, cofounded a new computer science club. "We recently held our first meeting in one of the new labs. It really defines our major and brings everyone together."
This Monday, February 7, 2011 Gordon College will host Science Experience Day, a science open house for visiting students and their families. The hands-on event allows our visitors to work together with current students on science experiments while meeting amazing professors. To register for Science Experience Day, click here. If you’re interested in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, kinesiology, physics, health professions (premed concentration) or 3-2 engineering, contact our admissions office for details.