Monday, October 31, 2011

New State-of-the-Art Production Equipment and Manager Change the Game for Gordon Communication Arts Program

Jeff Ryan '12  has always dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. Now, with the influx of new film production equipment at Gordon College, he has the means to pursue his goals.

The 2011–12 academic year has already proven to be a game changer for Gordon College’s Communication Arts program with new state-of-the-art film production equipment, including cameras, tripods, lights, lenses and a dolly. Along with the new equipment, which puts the Gordon Communication Arts Department on the same level as other Boston-area film programs, the program welcomes a new production facilities manager, Jean-Paul DiSciscio (pictured above) of Waltham, Massachusetts, who is an independent filmmaker and equipment expert.

“In my 10 years as part of the Communication Arts program, this is the most comprehensive upgrade and influx of new equipment we’ve had,” said Communication Arts Department chair and professor Rini Cobbey. “Most of the cameras we were using were 13 years old.”


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lights, Camera, Fundraiser: Gordon Student Raises Funds for Senior Thesis Film Project

As a kid growing up in Gillette, New Jersey, Jeff Ryan would practice Jim Carrey faces in the mirror for fun. Now, as a ’12 Gordon College Communication Arts major, he is taking his passion for film more seriously. In fact, he has taken the initiative to start a fundraising campaign in support of his senior thesis film project, a short film entitled Jerry.

“The premise of Jerry is rooted in my desire to showcase relational interactions, especially communication in romantic relationships,” said Ryan. “The short film tells the story of a man who goes to extreme measures to please his wife, and as a result, ends up in jail. While incorporating humor, the film retains a sense of drama and sincerity.”

Ryan has set up a campaign on in order to raise funds for his film’s production. His ultimate goal is to raise $800, and by October 22, he has raised $461.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gordon College Student-Athletes Named CCC Players of the Week

As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Spencer Lord '12 (North Stonington, Conn.) and Andrew Vandervoort '14 (Memphis, Tenn.) have been honored as the Men's Soccer Defensive and Offensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in helping the Scots stay unbeaten in conference with a pair of shutout wins last week.


"The Gospel Jesus and the Apostles Preached"

Next week, November 3-4,  Gordon College will welcome Scot McKnight--a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. The Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University, McKnight has given interviews on radio stations across the nation, has appeared on television and regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges and seminaries in the U.S.A. and abroad.

"Scot McKnight is a true scholar and student of the Word. His take on theology is both insightful and refreshing," says Keith Krass, special projects coordinator in the Center for Christian Studies. "McKnight's work is simultaneously accessible yet challenging--thoughtful and gracious yet convicting. His new book One Life is simply a must-read."

This event is part of the Faith Seeking Understanding lecture series at Gordon College and is sponsored by the Center for Christian Studies and the Jerusalem and Athens Forum.


Monday, October 24, 2011

WILD Semester: Day 14

With nothing but loaded backpacks, 12 Gordon College students and staff set out this September on a 22-day expedition through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The expedition was part of the Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development semester (WILD semester), co-facilitated by Nate Hausman and the WILD program director, David Starbuck.

"I remember day 14, the day we ventured off trail to master map and compass navigation," said Starbuck. "We had just climbed a steep talus (boulder) field that was nearly vertical, and as we reached the peak we found a wide open field. We felt excited and awed by the sight--a meadow amidst otherwise rugged mountain terrain.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Quad Break Service Projects in Adironack Park

This past weekend 32 students, staff and alumni representing The La Vida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership ventured to the Adirondack Mountains in New York to partner with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service to participate in five different service projects throughout the Adirondack Park.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

J. C. Penney CEO Joins President Lindsay to Inaugurate New Series

Drawing upon an interview-style approach he honed while conducting the largest empirical study based on interviews with senior leaders, Dr. Michael Lindsay launched the first major event in a new series—Conversations with the President—by welcoming J. C. Penney Chairman and CEO (Mike) E. Ullman III as his first guest.

More than 250 guests joined Lindsay and Ullman on October 14, 2011, at 7:30 A.M. for breakfast and conversation at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts, including Boston business professionals, alumni and friends.

“It is my hope that these conversations will give professionals in the Greater Boston area the opportunity to be enriched by the perspective of top leaders in the country and world,” says Lindsay.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Lizzy, Darcy and Jane"--An American Premiere

This Friday the characters of Jane Austen's literary world interweave with historical and fictional characters of her personal life when the play "Lizzy, Darcy and Jane " opens on Gordon's campus for an American premiere.

The show's director, Jeff Miller, professor of theatre arts, first discovered the script four years ago while traveling in England. Since that day, the Gordon professor--who has directed over 100 plays--has dreamed of bringing the production to the stage for audiences in the States. From meetings in London with the play's author, Joanna Norland, to countless auditions and rehearsals, Miller's direction of the play will delight Pride and Prejudice fans of all ages.

The play uncovers the fiery side of author Jane Austen, exploring the interplay between Austen's personal life and literary work, by probing a crackling relationship with the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennett. Heady with her first taste of love, young Austen creates the feisty Elizabeth in an exuberant moment of inspiration. But when a real-life romance sours, Austen sentences her alter ego to marry the odious Mr. Collins, and sentences herself to a suitor no less ill-matched.

"This play reveals the dramatic traditions Austen is linked to despite the fact that she did not have the freedom to write for the stage," said Miller.

Lizzy, Darcy and Jane opens this Friday, October 21 in the Black Box Theatre of the Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College. Performances will run October 21-22 and 25-29. Show times are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. $10 regular admission, $8 for students, seniors, and Gordon faculty/staff. Tuesday through Thursday show times are at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 4:30 p.m.

Photo: Miller (left) speaks with the actors during a recent rehearsal. Read coverage of this performance on


Monday, October 17, 2011

YoungLife: Partnering Ministries

This week YoungLife, a national Christian ministry for teenagers, turns 70.  Over the decades, generations of Gordon College students have volunteered with this ministry impacting the lives of local high school kids through YoungLife North Shore.

The North Shore ministry started 34 years ago under the leadership of Ronald Huth and Dean Borgman in 1977. Borgman was a professor for the youth ministries program at Gordon-Conwell and Huth, who had just relocated from Cleveland, Ohio, became the YoungLife Area Director providing the field ministry experience for Borgman's seminary students. But Huth also had his foot quickly planted on Gordon's campus and working with President Dick Gross, he took a part-time role in Gordon's Admissions Office and created alternative chapel services for students interested in youth ministries and serving teens in the local community.


Gordon Women's Soccer and Cross-Country Honored by CCC

As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), women's soccer goalkeeper Kari Christensen (So./Standish, Maine) and cross-country runner Allison Lynch (Sr./Holliston, Massachusetts) have garnered CCC Athlete of the Week honors.

The CCC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, Christensen played a crucial role in the net for the Fighting Scots last week, helping lift her team to a pair of shutout wins. After turning away seven shots in a 1-0 victory over non-conference opponent Plymouth State, she went on to record five saves in a 1-0 shutout against CCC rival Eastern Nazarene College, closing out the week with an impressive 0.00 goals against average.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Gordon Women’s Tennis Honored By CCC

As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), Gordon senior Kallie Garrett (Bend, Ore.) has been named an All-CCC Women's Tennis Honorable Mention honoree for her efforts over the course of the Scots' 2011 season.

Additionally, the Fighting Scots garnered the CCC Team Sportsmanship Award, a distinction voted upon by all conference coaches on the basis of play and character in competition.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

W.I.L.D. Semester Gets Even Greener

The Gordon Wilderness Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) Semester is an immersion semester in outdoor education that incorporates a 21-day wilderness expedition followed by an intentional living community off campus, teaching students a variety of leadership skills. From backcountry cooking to expedition psychology, the curriculum provides a unique study in group development.

This year students traveled to the mountain range of Sierra Nevada, and are now back in Massachusetts and settling into a house in the seaport town of Rockport, 14 miles from Gordon's campus. Here, the students will continue to live out their low-impact sustainable techniques back in a residential community with a focus on environmental ethics. “Environmental ethics is one of the unique parts of our curriculum," said Tricia Chan, resident director and assistant director of the W.I.L.D. program. "We use the 'leave no trace' practice in wilderness education. We talk about what environmental ethics means, why it is important for us as stewards living out creation care, and how we can incorporate that into our daily lives.”


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gordon College Student-Athlete Named Offensive Player of the Week

For the second time this season, Gordon College sophomore Andrew Vandervoort (Memphis, Tenn.) has been honored as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week and Gordon's Athlete of the Week.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Future Farmers of America—Gordon chemistry student leads Massachusetts at National Convention

October in Indianapolis: the city morphs into a hub of agriculture for students across America. Convention halls, fair grounds and stadiums are prepared for one enormous gathering. The population of the city skyrockets in a matter of hours. Even street names are changed—you may find yourself driving not on your typical city street, but on “FFA Way."

For this, one of the largest conventions held in the United States, over 50,000 people involved with the Future Farmers of America assemble for the organization’s annual National Convention. Student representatives from their home states attend workshops, participate in competitions, join in service projects and discuss agricultural issues in delegated panels. Mollie Enright, a freshman chemistry major at Gordon, is the president of the Massachusetts chapter of FFA and will represent Massachusetts at this year's national convention.


Homecoming and Family Weekend

Wow! What a weekend we had for Homecoming and Family weekend.

Starting with Friday's Great Scots Reception when Carrie Tibbles '93 received the 2011 Alumna of the Year award; to Michael Lindsay's new Conversations with the President Homecoming Panel; to Sunday morning's worship service with Richard '58 and Carol (Edwards) '57 Visser, it is clear Gordon alumni are out in the world and doing amazing work for the Kingdom.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Framework and Fluidity

The first floor hallway in the Ken Olsen Science Center got some new wall candy this week, courtesy of the Class of 2011 and two of its alumni, Garrett Ames-Ledbetter and Anna Taylor. Last year's class gift pledged a series of paintings for KOSC designed around the disciplines of mathematics, physics, biology, kinesiology, chemistry and computer science.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Signs of a Deeper Story

Homecoming is a time for us to look back on the history of Gordon College and celebrate the ongoing, ever-broadening community of alumni going out into the world and doing remarkable things with their Gordon education. One of these alumni, communication arts graduate Thomas Lake ’01, arrived on campus a few days before this weekend’s festivities to speak in chapel Wednesday morning.

Thomas’ path from Gordon has taken him to impressive heights as a journalist, rising through the ranks from a freelance reporter making $40 per story for the local Salem paper to become a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. Along the way, his pieces of narrative journalism have won awards and national recognition. Such accolades are well-deserved: Lake cites inspirations as varied as John Steinbeck and the book of Ecclesiastes, and upon reading his work, one can immediately catch that conversational wisdom of the former and the lyrical ebb and flow of the latter.


Monday, October 3, 2011

50th Anniversary—Celebrating Science

Dale Pleticha, professor of physics, has been teaching at Gordon for 27 years. So when Notes Along the Way wanted to write a story on the 50th anniversary celebration of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science, we knew great history and stories could be found on the second floor of the Ken Olsen Science Center where Professor Pleticha is usually found.

Though the official date of the anniversary is still an unfolding mystery, the first majors in biology, chemistry and physics were offered to students in 1961. Currently the second smallest division at Gordon, the Science Division includes biology, chemistry, kinesiology, mathematics, computer science, physics, and 3-2 engineering. “It’s not uncommon—especially when you think of our own beginnings as a missionary training school—for Christian colleges and universities to have small natural sciences divisions,” said Pleticha. “But Gordon’s programs have experienced remarkable growth over the last 50 years. It’s exciting to look back at our history and celebrate our future.” Pleticha continued to share stories of long-time faculty like Jack Haas, Dick Wright and Jerry McNatt, whose leadership (30+ years) provided great advancement in the sciences on our campus. Though now retired from teaching, Dick Wright still has one of the top textbooks in environmental science. The book, Environmental Science: Toward a Sustainable Future, is now co-authored with another Gordon scholar—Dorothy Boorse—and is in it’s 11th edition. Another book by Wright, Biology Through the Eyes of Faith, provides a comprehensive look at stewardship in the realm of biology for many Christian scientists today.