Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Finding Humor in the T

Every Bostonian has been there. Zipping into the city, you jump on the T (or subway, for the non-Bostonian readers), bypassing traffic and the struggles of parking in America’s biggest college town. Though the purpose is transport, you can always bet on some interesting interactions along the way. From Berklee musicians performing on the platform to sports fans en route to Kenmore Square, or Harvard students sporting the classic crimson H, there is no shortage of characters to observe. Fold these visuals into the reality of public transport and you have the makings of a great comedy.

Enter Brett Johnson ’07, a comedian and writer for
short films, who studied theatre arts and political studies while completing his undergraduate degree at Gordon.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Giveaways, Games and Gear at the Gordon College SoulFest Tent

SoulFest 2011 is around the corner, and this year Gordon College is a major sponsor of the four-day Christian music and worship festival held at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, New Hampshire. The event, which takes place August 3-6, will feature over 100 bands and artists on multiple stages and in numerous smaller venues.

The Gordon College admissions tent will be open each day of SoulFest from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with free T-shirts, Gordon gear, and raffle tickets for big giveaways. Giveaway prizes include an ipad, $500 Gordon College book scholarship, a La Vida group experience, an autographed skateboard by professional skateboarder Brian Bishop, and a $100 gift certificate to the Apple Store.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Faculty on the Fly

“I'm flying to Bolivia today.” It’s not an unfamiliar story; in fact Bob Whittet, director of church relations and a 13-year associate professor of Christian ministries at Gordon College, often visits the city of Tarija, Bolivia. After all, it was in this city that he and a group of Gordon students began construction of a school more than 10 years ago. Whittet has been returning ever since.

The Zuriel School, which was built over many years by mission teams led by Whittet, is a ray of hope among the otherwise inadequate offerings of the country’s struggling education system. Today the school fully prepares its students for the rigors of higher education. In fact, one graduate of Zuriel, Naara Arnold Avila, is now a junior studying art at Gordon.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Music Education, Choral Concert and Workshops

Each July the Graduate Music Education program welcomes nationally recognized music education experts to serve as visiting faculty for a week-long professional development workshop. Teachers from public and private schools around New England come together at the annual workshop to refresh their curricula, brainstorm with other music educators, and learn new skills and relevant research for classroom instruction from the Music Department at Gordon College.


Gordon at SoulFest Presents Special Speakers, an Art Gallery, and a Gordon Community Celebration with President Lindsay

SoulFest 2011 is around the corner, and this year Gordon College is a major sponsor of the four-day Christian music and worship festival held at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, New Hampshire. The event, which takes place August 3–6, will feature over 100 bands and artists on multiple stages and in numerous smaller venues.

In addition to music, Gordon will host a series of special offerings including a Community Gathering with President D. Michael Lindsay on August 6 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Back Room. Alumni, faculty, staff, current students, incoming freshmen, prospective students, parents and friends of the college are all invited to come, meet President Lindsay, and connect with the Gordon community.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Gordon Alumni Awarded in 48-Hour Film Project

For two sleepless days, six Gordon alumni, wrote, acted, filmed and then submitted their six- minute video Song and Dance to Boston’s 48-Hour Film Project. When results were in, judges awarded the film best acting ensemble, best original song, best script, and honorable mention for best film.

Gordon alumni working on the project from May 6–8, 2011, included filmmakers Dan Steven’s ’07, communication arts, and David Ells ’07, communication arts, who also own their own production company, In The Car Media. Cast members included Tim Lewis ’08, communication arts, Audrey Claire Johnson ’05, theatre, Brett Johnson ’07, political studies and theatre, Jill Rogati ’07, theatre, and Ed Rand ’06, communication arts.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Submerged in Gull Pond

At least three vehicles are submerged in Gull Pond. That's the collective wisdom of a group of faculty, staff and alumni who logged on recently to answer the new president's question: Were there really cars sunk in Gordon’s ponds?
President Emeritus Jud Carlberg says that at least one construction vehicle never made it out of Gull Pond. Back in the the early 1950s, when Route 128 was being constructed, Gull Pond was created/excavated to supply gravel for the road beds. “One day the workers hit an underground river; the gravel pit began to fill, and the workers had to flee for their lives,” Jud says. “The state just never went back to get all the equipment out.”


Thursday, July 7, 2011

IN THE [Old, Abandoned] CAR [Dealership]

Following up on our post from last week, here is IN THE CAR’s finished music video for the song “Now or Never” by Boston area band Daybreaker! IN THE CAR is a production company headed up by Gordon College alumni Dan Stevens ’07 and David Ells ’07.

Check out more videos by IN THE CAR here.


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Gordon Welcomes President D. Michael Lindsay

Dr. D. Michael Lindsay officially became the eighth president of Gordon College today. At 8 a.m. the campus gathered in the Ken Olsen Science Center for a special Service of Prayer. Those gathered included administrators and staff as well as many faculty who came back to campus for this important day in Gordon’s history.


Friday, July 1, 2011

For Chrissy Bongiorni, Odds Mean Nothing

On a rainy October morning in 2002, Chrissy Bongiorni, captain of the Georgetown High School cheerleading squad, got out of her car and stepped into the crosswalk leading to her school. The car speeding on Route 97 didn’t see her.

When Bongiorni awoke two weeks later, her body was badly damaged, and she had no recollection of the collision or the preceding five months. Not only did the injury to her brain erase her ability to perform basic functions like eating and walking, it prevented her from storing new information.

Nine years later, after hundreds of therapy sessions, sticky-note reminders, and hours of concerted effort, Chrissy Bongiorni walked up the stairs of the Gordon College graduation stage and received her diploma for a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts on May 21, 2011.