Friday, April 29, 2011

Four From Men's Lax Earn All-TCCC Honors

As announced by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC), Dan Utz (Sr./Rochester, New York), Stuart Knechtle (Sr./New Canaan, Ctonnecticut), Zac Blue (Sr./Monticello, Minnesota), and Wes Chittick (Jr./Glenside, Pennsylvania) have been honored with All-Conference accolades for their efforts over the 2011 men’s lacrosse season.


Women's Lax: Alexander, Leach, Fitzgerald Earn All-TCCC Honors

As announced by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC), Jordan Alexander (Jr./Portland, Maine), Krysti Leach (Jr./Naples, Maine), and Stephanie Fitzgerald (Fr./Groveland, Massachusetts) have been honored with All-Conference accolades for their efforts over the 2011 women’s lacrosse season.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Men’s Tennis Honored By TCCC

As announced by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC), Gordon College senior Carl Quinion (Westerville, Ohio), junior Gary Gaudio (Miller Place, New York) and sophomore Nate Musser (Madison, Wisconsin) have been honored with All-Conference accolades for their efforts over the 2011 men’s tennis season.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Symposium Imagery

Visit the Gordon College Facebook page to view candids from the recent Symposium on campus—a day when students and faculty switch roles.


From Waste to Stewardship—Class Project Inspires New Practices

Students in SW401 Community and Sustainability, taught by Diana Schor, wanted to make an impact in environmental sustainability on campus. They wanted to see waste at Gordon decrease, and worked together on a composting research project that has inspired many in our campus community.

The 18 students, working a total of 815 hours on research, completed their findings last semester and produced three products—a 52-page main report, composting pamphlets and a photodocumentary.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sustainable Steps

Gordon recently held its first Sustainability Committee meeting. Faculty, staff, students and special guest Terry Collins—an innovator in the field of green chemistry—met to discuss Gordon’s current efforts in sustainability and how they can be increased.

“We’ve run well, but now we need to flesh out a vision for how we’ll improve our efforts,” said Dorothy Boorse, chair for the Department of Biology. “The inaugural meeting of this committee and the support of Gordon’s administration are very good steps in the right direction.”


Monday, April 18, 2011

2011 Symposium—Photos, Reflections and Video

Last week was the 14th annual Gordon College Symposium. More than 30 topics were on this year’s schedule. From Oxford-style debates on a free-market economy, to discussions on social entrepreneurship, and environmental justice. Also on the headlines, students organized film screenings, theatrical performances, research presentations, a Passover festival, and a recycled sculpture contest.

The common thread running through the day was that students and faculty reversed their traditional roles.

To view imagery from the day or watch a streaming video of recycled rhythms, visit the homepage and check out this week’s feature on Gordon’s website.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Campus Favorite: Coffee with the Carlbergs

For many years, President and Mrs. Carlberg have worked with the Gordon College Student Association (GCSA) to host students at their home in a venue called “Coffee with the Carlbergs.” This has always been a memorable and favorite event among students as they share coffee and dessert with the Carlbergs in an intimate setting, getting to know them on a more personal level.

Last week the Carlbergs sat down with students and talked abou
t what life would look like for them after Gordon. While they will miss life on campus, they are looking forward to having more time together and Jud is looking forward to fishing in Gloucester.
They also reminisced about their favorite seasons at Gordon
Orientation, Christmas and Commencement.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Women's Lacrosse Freshmen Earn TCCC Honors

Gordon College freshmen Danielle Maguire (Braintree, Massachusetts) and Stephanie Fitzgerald (Groveland, Massachusetts) have been named The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in guiding the Fighting Scots to a pair of conference wins last week.

Maguire had a standout performance between the pipes for Gordon, posting a 9.67 goals-against-average in 180 minutes of play after making 36 saves and allowing 29 goals from her opponents. In a TCCC matchup with Regis, she limited the Pride to just three goals and closed out the week helping the Scots hand Western New England College its first TCCC loss of the season, turning away 16 shots in an 11-9 victory.

Fitzgerald also posted a banner week for the Scots, tallying three goals (one of which was the game winner), one assist, and grabbing five draw controls in Gordon’s pivotal win over Western New England. In total she recorded six goals, one assist, three ground balls, one caused turnover, and an impressive 14 draw controls on the week.

Said Head Coach Cory Ward of the honors, “Danielle and Steph have worked hard to elevate their play since the season’s start and are very deserving of these accolades. Each has come through for us in critical situations, and we’ll rely on them to do more of the same as we head down the stretch of our season.”

The Fighting Scots currently stand at 8-5 overall, 6-2 in the TCCC and return to action on Tuesday, April 12, as they travel to face TCCC opponent Colby-Sawyer College.


Two Things That Go Together like Glue: Philosophy and Woodworking?

by Angelina Sykeny ’14

Philosophy majors can go into a variety of career fields, but Steve Brown never could have guessed that his B.A. in philosophy would take him into woodworking. So how did he get there?

After graduating in 1985, Steve got a job with a local furniture company. He learned through the foreman about the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) in Boston. He decided to enroll and went through a two year cabinet- and furniture-making program.

As a NBSS student, he got the opportunity to help with a unique project: restoring a classic car owned by Ralph Lauren. He worked specifically on the trim, dashboard and steering wheel. The car won top honors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and was the centerpiece of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) show “Style, Speed and Beauty” in 2005. After completing his studies at NBSS, Steve worked for Philip C. Lowe Makers of Fine Furniture in Beverly.

He also began teaching courses at NBSS, and was eventually asked to teach full-time and head the department. Since starting, he has lectured and demonstrated at various venues, including the Winterthur Museum and the MFA in Boston, and he’s written several articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine. He also sells some of his workmanship there.

In addition to teaching, he is currently the technical advisor for Rough Cut, a show on WGBH, Boston’s PBS station. The host of the show, Thomas MacDonald—known on the show as “Tommy Mac”—is one of his former students. Steve was on three episodes last season and will be on more this upcoming season. They hope to begin shooting in May.

Though Steve never anticipated that he would go into woodworking, it has been a great fit for him. He especially enjoys the process of planning, executing and completing a project with multidimensional challenges. Though philosophy and woodworking don’t seem like they would go together, Steve credits his philosophy classes at Gordon for helping him develop the critical thinking skills needed to build something. “It involves your mind as much as, and maybe more than, your body.”

While he isn’t at Gordon anymore, Steve is still involved with the College—his son Jake is a freshman this year. “In the past few years I have been thinking more about the connection my career has to my life as a disciple of Christ,” he says. “Someday I’d like to see what I could do to be of use to the overall mission at Gordon.”

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Symposium: A 14-Year-Old Gordon Tradition

One of the most anticipated days of the spring term for faculty and students is the annual Symposium Day—Thursday, April 14. This year marks the 175th birthday anniversary of A. J. Gordon, the founder of Gordon College. To commemorate this event, Symposium will focus on several of the themes A. J. Gordon stood for and promoted throughout his life—servant leadership, evangelism, and global missions. These values inspired and informed a fresh vision for the 21st century and are still relevant today. This year’s title is “Origins and Originality: Keeping the Faith.”

Symposium is a day-long series of workshops, seminars, exhibits and performances in which students take the reins. Sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies, Symposium promotes opportunities for Christian scholars to deepen and broaden public conversations about important issues. Though faculty, alumni and outside speakers have been known to submit their work for consideration, it’s the students who lead events and discussions of their own design—a tradition spanning 14 years. “My favorite moment in the history of the Symposium was when the students took it over,” said Provost Mark Sargent. “It began as a day of common learning with a big lecture in the chapel, but it then evolved into a smorgasbord of sessions planned by students for students. And sometimes students choose to go where the curriculum doesn’t go.”

This year’s symposium begins with a special Catacombs service on Wednesday, April 13, from 11 p.m. to midnight. Presentations this year include mountaintop coal removal, gang life, capitalism, social entrepreneurship, racial reconciliation, green business, the Middle East, and more.

“Symposium is one of my favorite days in the academic year,” says Keith Krass, academic dissemination coordinator. “I am continually impressed by the creativity and depth of the student body at Gordon. I love the fact that our students have a chance to own the day and present issues that are dear to their hearts.”

Two days of events leading up to Symposium this year will include a lecture on social justice and peacemaking by David Gil of Brandeis University, and the annual Oxford-style debate with students enrolled in the Jerusalem Athens Forum as they publicly tackle a free-market economy.

For information contact the Center for Christian Studies or visit the Gordon Symposium webpage.

Photo: During Symposium, biology major Anna Jonker ’13, will copresent the impact of mountaintop coal mining removal practices based on her field research in West Virginia. Read her story here.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Green Chemistry—Interactive Posters and "The Magic Goggles"

Green chemistry students presented poster projects this afternoon in the Ken Olsen Science Center. Presentations included an interactive poster created for elementary school teachers, which uses heat-sensitive paints to reveal answers to green chemistry questions when touched; and helpful information on the 12 principles of green chemistry. Also on display was a children’s book, The Magic Goggles, created by chemistry and biology students, about a little boy named Irv and a polar bear named Dwight who work together to help the environment. All the characters are named after members of the Chemistry Department faculty.
Faculty from linguistics, kinesiology and biology, and students from a diverse array of academic disciplines viewed the presentations and listened to inside perspectives on their work. “So how does your professor like being compared to a polar bear?” asked Dr. Grame Bird, on his way to lecture. “He loved it!,” said Alissa Watson, one of the students on the project.


Writing: Advice for the Next Generation

Five professional writers, all recent communication arts alumnae who graduated within the last two years, came to campus last week to talk with students in an advanced writing course. They discussed topics such where they are now, how they landed a professional job, (all within three months of graduating) using their writing skills, and what tips current students could benefit from as they consider their futures.

Photo: Dawn Gadow ’09, Meg Lynch ’10, Natalie Ferjulian ’10, Maggie Roth ’10, and Muriel Hoffacker ’10 work in a variety of communication fields such as nonprofit, journalism, publishing, and marketing and public relations.


Twelve Gordon Gentlemen Compete for Their Class in the Annual Golden Goose Show

Each April the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel fills with students for the most anticipated Campus Events Council (CEC) event of the year—the Golden Goose.

A competition amongst 12 male nominees, three from each class, the Golden Goose is an opportunity for the men of Gordon to show off their singing, dancing and acting skills. This year’s show will be on April 15, 2011, at 8 P.M. in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel.

“Preparing for Goose takes a lot of hard work, from planning the acts to nailing dances and high notes,” says Jon Ramey, last year’s Golden Goose winner. “But it’s totally worth the effort and fun for everyone involved.”

According to Josh Wymore, CEC advisor, his staff and the nominees have been preparing their acts since early March in hopes of making this year’s Golden Goose the best in the event’s history.

“I’ve sat in on the dance practices and die laughing every single time,” says Aleah Tarnoviski, CEC director. “Our choreographers are doing a fabulous job, and the boys are pretty great dancers.”

For most of the nominees, performing on stage is a new venture. “It’s stressful at times because a lot of thought and effort goes into ideas for videos, songs and dances, but working with this group has been a great experience,” says Greg Walker, a senior nominee. “I’m looking forward to making a fool of myself on stage with my attempts at dancing.”

This year’s nominees include freshmen Chase Badgett, Owen Williams and Dave Hanson; sophomores Ryan Coil, Mac Gostow and Sam Guthrie; juniors Doug Barker, Drew Elsaesser and Ricky Marte; and seniors Andrew Van Rheenen, Gregory Walker and Austin Bentson.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Uniting Christians across Campuses: InterVarsity North Shore

Senior communication arts student Gabrielle Witham, of Groton, Massachusetts, is interning with the chapel staff this semester. She'll be writing regularly on topics of faith and community.

Gordon students are fortunate to live in a Christ-centered community, where our faith is shared freely and the power of prayer is proven all the time. But there are also college-aged Christians at nearby universities, and several of them congregate biweekly at the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter on the North Shore.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a national organization that helps college students connect with other Christians on their campuses, and grow in the gospel together. The North Shore chapter includes students from Endicott College, Salem State University, Montserrat College, North Shore Community College, and Gordon College.

Faculty at Gordon encourage us to apply our faith to our academic studies; visiting speakers who have weathered their own spiritual storms give us fresh perspectives on faith; and spiritual life groups, floor fellowship, and other campus ministries provide us with plenty of group opportunities to talk about God.


Green Science

Past green chemistry lectures at Gordon College have included such topics as green chemistry in electronics and cosmetics; green nanoscience; and entropic control. This week Dr. Terry Collins of The Institute for Green Science at Carnegie Mellon University will give a presentation titledThe Design of Iron-TAML Activators: Effective Small Molecule Mimics of the Peroxidase Enzymes.”

“Dr. Collins is a great speaker and passionate about what green chemistry can do,” said faculty member Dwight Tshudy, who worked with Collins while on sabbatical. Recognized internationally for his work in creating a new class of oxidation catalysts with the potential for enormous, positive impact on the environment, Collins will present on Thursday, April 7, 4:30–5:30 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center. Experts worldwide believe that Collins’ systems can be used to effectively replace chlorine-based oxidants in large global technologies so some of society’s most toxic chlorinated residuals are not produced.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Best Part of Waking Up

The best part of waking up . . . Can you finish this song? Of course you can. It’s the classic morning jingle for the Folgers coffee commercial.
Since it began, great musicians such as Johnny Cash, Rascal Flatts and many others have recorded versions of the song. After celebrating 25 years, the famous morning brew launched a contest in which people across America could submit their own rendition of the original 1984 song. The grand prize? $10,000. So given the number of musical talents and coffee lovers who have roamed the Gordon campus over the years, it was just a matter of time before one of our own would come up with an original jingle.
Enter Gordon alumna and Gloucester resident Courtney Reid ’96, who is now a semifinalist in the contest. As a student at Gordon, Reid studied art and performed on campus as a singer for a Gordon band, Scarlet Haven. Today she is a singer and guitar player in the band Maeve—a collaboration of three women artists, Reid, Rachel Taylor and Rollyn Zoubek.
Watch her video entry on the Folgers contest webpage and vote for her. (You can vote every day until April 25.)


Monday, April 4, 2011

Men's Lacrosse: Utz and Knechtle Earn TCCC Honors

Gordon College senior midfielder Dan Utz (Rochester, New York) and senior defenseman Stuart Knechtle (New Canaan, Connecticut) have been named The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in maintaining the Fighting Scots’ unbeaten streak in TCCC play.

Utz recorded 13 total points on eight goals and five assists over Gordon’s three games last week, netting three in a 14-8 win over Nichols College, contributing two goals, four assists in a 13-9 win at Anna Maria College, and adding another three goals and one assist in the Scots’ 10-9 win over previously undefeated Roger Williams University. He currently leads the TCCC in goals per game (3.30), is tied for first in man-down goals per game (0.20), and is second in points per game (4.30). Additionally, has Utz ranked first in D-III Clutch Ratings (18.18), sixth in goals, and 11th in overall points.

Knechtle was equally instrumental on the other end of the field for the Scots, collecting 12 grounds balls versus Nichols, 15 against Anna Maria, and 11 at Roger Williams while helping his defense hold each opponent to nine goals or less. He also forced six turnovers in Gordon’s match-up with Anna Maria.
Said Head Coach Warren Shumate, “Dan and Stuart are impressive young men, leading by example on and off the field. Their athletic abilities, understanding of the game, and consistency impresses our staff every game. Both exemplify the best characteristics we desire of our student-athletes at Gordon.”
The Scots currently stand at 6-4 overall, 5-0 in the TCCC. They will return to action on Saturday, April 9, when they host conference rival Western New England College at 12:00 p.m.


"God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide"

Recently students, staff and faculty gathered to recognize history professor and Jerusalem and Athens Forum director Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard on the publication of his recent book, God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide.

Howard opened the event with a brief overview of his work. Gregor Thuswaldner, associate professor of languages and linguistics and codirector of Gordon’s new Salzburg Institute, and Steve Alter, associate professor of history, provided brief responses before engaging in an open discussion with those in attendance. Howard signed books for students following the discussion.


Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

For several years Gordon philosophy faculty have encouraged students to participate in national conferences and submit their best work for presentation. This past Saturday students were able to put that encouragement into practice through presentations and serving as moderators in the North Shore Undergraduate Philosophy Conference held at Gordon College. The conference, now in its third year, attracted undergraduate philosophy submissions from around the country. This year’s topic was philosophy and science.

Dr. Mark Gedney, chair of the Department of Philosophy, emphasizes the importance of undergraduate academic involvement. “Conferences such as these allow students to submit papers for review and, if accepted, stand before a diverse audience of their peers—many from other colleges and universities—and present their work.”


New Director Team for “Cry Innocent”

History Alive!, the paid acting branch of the Gordon College Institute for Public History, is delighted to announce the hiring of director team Anne Colpitts and Jill Rogati to lead the upcoming season’s cast of Cry Innocent: the People Versus Bridget Bishop.

Since 1992 Cry Innocent has been performing to approximately 20,000 visitors to Salem, providing students and alumni with valuable experience in audience-interactive historical performance. Both Rogati ’07 and Colpitts ’07 have performed in Cry Innocent for multiple seasons as well as in other History Alive! projects at Pioneer Village, the National Park Service, onboard the Kalmar Nyckel, and on national television.


Friday, April 1, 2011

Corridors of Abundance

Greg Keller, associate professor of conservation biology, recently coauthored a paper on the impact of roads on small animals. The title of the paper, “Impacts of Roads and Corridors on Abundance and Movement of Small Mammals on the Llano Estacado of Texas,” was published in the March 2011 issue of Southwestern Naturalists and recently appeared on BioOne sees sustainable scholarly publishing as an inherently collaborative enterprise connecting authors, nonprofit publishers, academic institutions, research libraries, and research funders in the common goal of maximizing access to critical research.

M. Todd Kuykendall, coauthor of the paper, was a graduate student at the time of the study and is now a faculty member at a college in New Mexico. The main point of the paper was to elucidate the impacts that human development in the form of roads and agriculture have on populations of small mammals, such as kangaroo rats and ground squirrels,” said Keller. “Some of the results were very subtle, and we could only learn about them with an intensive recapture effort.” Part of the research included using fluorescent powder applied to two mouse species, and following their trails at night with black lights to see how roads affected their behavior. Keller, who hopes undergraduates will continue helping him with research projects to gain field experience, investigated the impacts of roads on population dynamics, mortality rates, and individual behaviors of small mammals. “Now that we’ve deeply investigated these ares, we hope to find the elusive answer to the age-old question: What about chickens and their crossing behaviors?

Photo: Dr. Keller being filmed by The Boston Globe for a special news story titled “Professor RoadKill”—on his research at Gordon College.