Friday, May 13, 2011

President and Mrs. Carlberg Honored: Sanctuary and Scholarship Naming

President and Mrs. Carlberg were recognized in a special chapel with two surprise announcements: the creation of a new global education scholarship and the naming of the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel sanctuary space in their honor.

The new R. Judson Carlberg Scholarship in Global Education will recognize six to 10 incoming students for their potential for international leadership and learning. During the years of the Carlberg presidency, Gordon students have tripled their participation in international service and study, and this scholarship is a means for the College to recognize President Carlberg for his support of students as they seek to explore and understand their world—preparing our students for leadership roles worldwide.

Herman Smith, vice chair of the Gordon College Board of Trustees, announced the naming of the sanctuary space, noting that if the campus is the place Jud and Jan love to call home, the sanctuary is the most prominent room in that home, and one that has had special significance for them over the years. The official wording read: “The trustees, faculty, staff, students and friends of Gordon College hereby designate this as the R. Judson and Janice Carlberg Sanctuary—a place of worship and community engagement in honor of Gordon’s seventh president, Jud Carlberg, and his wife, Jan, in recognition of their dedication to fostering a welcoming and vibrant community marked by leadership, devotion, creativity and a passion for excellence.”

Following chapel, the Gordon College Student Association (GCSA) hosted a special Bon Voyage celebration for President and Mrs. Carlberg. Live music and root beer floats—with our favorite Jud’s Suds—provided an afternoon of celebration and a time to personally say “thank you.” The fashion label Faith & Fortune, founded by two Gordon alumni, created and distributed special T-shirts, and GCSA presented a memory book of handwritten messages by students to the Carlbergs. To view photos from the Bon Voyage event, visit the GSCA facebook page.

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