Friday, September 30, 2011

Starting a Conversation

In this era of heightened tension between communities of faith and communities of science, Gordon College seeks to foster a deeper appreciation for science as a way of exploring God’s glory through the study of His creation. This commitment has been born in a number of ways over the sciences’ 50-year history at Gordon, most recently through ongoing faculty research, courses that seek to educate students on the interplay of faith and science, and an array of conferences, lectures and symposia with similar focuses.

Yesterday the College invited to campus two esteemed science professionals who share Gordon’s passion for the Book of Nature—Ruth Bancewicz, the lead author of Test of Faith, a faith and science curriculum for churches and Christian schools developed by the Faraday Institute in England; and Dr. Randy Isaac, a North Shore native and the executive director of the American Scientific Affiliation. Among a gathering of students and faculty, Bancewicz discussed the goals of the Test of Faith materials, which have been used in Gordon’s core course The Scientific Enterprise for the last two years. “It’s not about trying to convert you to the view of certain scientists; it’s about starting a conversation.”


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Green Chemistry Ambassadors Receive Honors

Gordon College is on the forefront of green chemistry education. From Professor Irv Levy’s development of education resources in green chemistry to our role as a founding member of the Green Chemistry Education Network, it’s a program of national distinction.

To add to the program’s successes, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society at Gordon College recently received the Commendable Chapter Award and will be honored at the National American Chemical Society Meeting.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Research from the Sea Floor

How do you carry two biologists, seven students, clipboards full of data and equipment to create a floating lab over the Atlantic Ocean? Meet the Ixthus—Gordon’s very own biology boat.

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

Three Philosophers: Engaged in the Academic World

Having a campus so close to the city of Boston is full of academic perks. After all, Greater Boston has more colleges and universities per capita than any other city in the world—and that brings together a very unique academic community. But the opportunity to join a professor for a conference in the city—not for a class assignment or for a course field trip, but solely for the shared interest in the vocation—makes Gordon’s proximity to Boston a unique asset.

When Dave Hicks ’14 and Christian Shahzade ’14 signed up for courses with Brian Glenney, assistant professor of philosophy, they knew the material would really take them places. But Glenney actually took them somewhere: The professor took his two students to Cambridge for an afternoon at the Progress in Philosophy conference, creating an especially memorable experience for the two young men.

The conference, sponsored by Harvard University and Australian National University, included speakers like David Chalmers, Philip Pettit and Peter Ludlow. “It was fun to share professional philosophy with Dave and Christian,” said Glenney. “There’s nothing like exposing my students to current ideas on a global platform. The philosophy program at Gordon is a place where professional scholars are being prepared for real success in the academy, and their reflections and comments through the conference really emphasized this.”


Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Idol of Paint

Gordon’s Faith Seeking Understanding lecture series is a staple of intellectual life on campus. Providing a venue for first-rate speakers to share their insights on Christian thought and culture, these events serve the very core purpose of the College’s liberal arts focus.

Last week’s Faith Seeking Understanding guest was Nigel Goodwin, executive director of the Genesis Arts Trust in London. “Nigel is a man who has spent his life stirring up Christian artists to think deeply and to work at a level of excellence that is worthy of our Creator. He has encouraged hundreds, maybe even thousands of Christians in the arts to engage culture seriously with their art—at conferences and large gatherings as well as in green rooms, studios and offices,” says Jeff Miller, professor of theatre arts at Gordon College. “If it’s true that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, Christian artists today certainly stand on shoulders of the likes of Nigel Goodwin who have invested their lives in bringing their faith to their art.”


Friday, September 23, 2011

Gordon Students Feud for Fun on TV Game Show, Family Feud

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.


One Last Celebration

Though the inaugural day festivities wrapped up on the 16th, the Gordon College community wasn’t ready to stop celebrating. Last Friday evening, hundreds of faculty, staff and students joined President Lindsay and his wife, Rebecca, in the Bennett Center for the Inaugural Ball, sponsored by Gordon’s student-run Campus Event Council.

The formal dance was preceded by a dessert reception and (to ensure there could be no good reason for ballroom hesitance) dance lessons with instructors Linda and Stephen White. Guests learned to salsa, waltz and swing, and then spent the rest of the evening showing off what they had learned.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Longest Walk Ever: Stories from the Appalachian Trail

Gordon alum Tim Helgesen ’11, an English major with a deep appreciation for nature, is walking the great Appalachian Trail and blogging along the way. Hiking a 2,179 mile route from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountian in Georgia, Helgesen began his journey on July 6 and hopes to finish by mid-November. From the peacefulness of the trail to the unexpected animals he meets along the way, you can follow his adventure on his blog, Longest Walk Ever.

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

Field Hockey's Neverett Earns Player of the Week

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.


The Learn Africa Project

The deepest experiences of our lives emerge when our passion gives us not only the power to instigate change but also the opportunity to learn abundantly for ourselves. Through his passion for public health and international development, Trevor Mattos ’12, a Pike Scholar at Gordon College, created such an opportunity in Togo, West Africa, this summer. There Trevor collaborated between the nonprofit Clinics of Hope and the Biology Department at Gordon, developing The Learn Africa Project.

Living in the village of Ganave for two months with a small group of fellow Gordon students, Mattos, of Somerset, Massachusetts, worked to fulfill the project’s goal of researching and improving development in this West African community.


Monday, September 19, 2011

A New Era

Last Friday marked the beginning of a new era in the history of Gordon College as President D. Michael Lindsay was officially inaugurated. The daylong celebration included a worship service, various symposia and an installation ceremony. Gordon welcomed to campus a total of 507 visitors from churches, businesses, academic institutions and nonprofits—plus over 400 viewers from North America, Europe and Asia who watched the events streaming live on Gordon’s homepage.  

Click here for a recap of the historic day, along with full videos of each of the major inaugural events.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ongoing Transformation—Global Education

They’ve just returned from places like Italy, Peru and Uganda. Their eyes have been opened to the needs of people in Kampala and the politics of communities as far away as Beijing. Coming back to campus after studying abroad brings much value to our student body. From the insights students add to the classroom discussion, to praying for people and nations in bread groups, to a clear increase in maturity of their worldview, study abroad is central to Gordon’s mission of preparing leaders—which is another reason Gordon allows financial aid packages to travel with our students. “Through this wide variety of exploration, Gordon students experience significant transformation in their spiritual, intellectual and theological understandings of the world,” said Cheryl DeLuca, a student care and recruitment administrator in Gordon’s Global Education Office.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Part of Who We Are

With anticipation on campus building toward President Lindsay’s Inauguration on Friday, the lead-up began not with banners and speeches but trash bags and paint rollers. Yesterday students joined with the president for an afternoon of campus cleanup, offering a helping hand as Gordon prepares to welcome around 400 guests for the celebration at the end of the week.


Vandervoort Named CCC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week

Gordon men’s soccer forward Andrew Vandervoort ’15 (Memphis, Tennessee) has been named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) DIII New England Region and Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in helping the Scots go 1-0-1 last week. 


Monday, September 12, 2011

Interfaith Service Project

In honor of the 10th anniversary of September 11, a small group of Gordon students spent this past Sunday packing meals for the hungry in Boston. Working along with college students from across the city of Boston, Gordon students participated in the interfaith service project with students from Harvard University’s Interfaith Council, the Harvard Secular Society, the Tufts Freethinkers Society, the Harvard Muslim Association, and others. The five Gordon students packaged around 10,000 food packets for Massachusetts families in need. Rice, dehydrated vegetables, soy, vitamins and spices were included in each pack.

This service project, says Gordon senior Zach Capalbo ’12, was “a show of religious solidarity and cooperation.” And thanks to the mix of people from all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, the event was an invaluable experience for all.


The “Lynn Plunge”

Kicking off Inauguration Week and launching a semester of service learning in Lynn, President Lindsay joined 135 students and faculty from service sections of the First Year Seminar and The Great Conversation for the “Lynn Plunge.” The event began with worship at East Coast International Church, where alumni pastors Kurt and Jen Lange welcomed President Lindsay with a custom-made “fluffah-nuttah” sandwich. Picking up on the themes of the First Year Seminar, a panel of Lynn community members addressed questions about human flourishing in the city of Lynn.


Friday, September 9, 2011

"The Tartan" Student Newspaper Returns

It’s been two years since we last saw The Tartan newspaper in print, but today it is back and looking better than ever. The Tartan newspaper, with a staff of 20 students, circulated on campus following today’s convocation. The newspaper includes colorful imagery and editorial sections covering arts and life, sports, news and perspectives.

The Tartan’s first issue was released in the fall of 1958. It had a solid run for 50 years, but during the 2009-2010 school year, the publication moved exclusively online due to funding and resources. Over the last year, students, faculty and staff worked together to bring the printed publication back as a trusted source for news about events and topics around campus.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

’60s Double Feature

With quilted blankets and chrome buckets filled with warm popcorn, the quad was ready for its first outdoor movie night of the fall semester. The double feature evening brought together students from across campus, many of whom were dressed for the occasion in clothing from the 1960s, as they watched That Thing You Do, followed by Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. To view more photos from the night, visit the Campus Events Council on Facebook.


Monday, September 5, 2011

The IXTHUS First Voyage

While for some, Labor Day weekend signals the time of year to take the boat out of the water, at Gordon it’s time for the IXTHUS (the marine biology boat) to go in—just in time for the start of marine science courses.

Marine biologist Dr. Walter Cho is planning a fantastic first voyage, where students will take various measurements and sample the ocean bottom along the way.

Photo: Craig Story, associate professor of biology, moves the IXTHUS down to the lower lot behind the Ken Olsen Science Center to remove the winter frame and do a final pre-voyage check.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Gordon Shuttle Returns

Gordon’s free student shuttle is back! Whether it’s free trips to the local malls, drop-offs at the T for a quick journey into Boston, or a caffeine refuel at every Gordon student’s favorite little art deco coffee shop, Atomic Cafe, the shuttle offers students plenty of ways to enjoy the local region.

Gordon’s campus shuttle stop is located in the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel parking lot, with service to Endicott College, the artist district of downtown Beverly, the MBTA’s Beverly Depot train station, the North Shore Shopping Center in Peabody and the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers.

Seating up to 30 passengers, the shuttle features on-board Wi-Fi, a bathroom and handicap accessibility. The service also provides this free transportation for friends and family visiting or staying the weekend on campus. If you have a sibling visiting and you want to take them to one of Cabot Street’s many cafes or restaurants, they will be able to ride the shuttle free of charge with the accompanying student’s ID card.

Though the shuttle still operates on campus Thursdays through Sundays, some additional pickups have been added since last year’s pilot. Scheduling and shuttle stop locations are available for viewing on the Gordon College website, or tune into the
shuttle’s GPS tracking to view the moving vehicle’s general location.

The shuttle is a community partnership between Gordon College, Endicott College and Montserrat College.