Monday, October 10, 2011
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.
In addition to the hundreds of alumni who turned out, the weekend was a great opportunity for Gordon's community to meet with parents of current students. This year's President's Reception at Wilson House--a reception just for parents--had record attendance, and the science carnival offered by our Natural Science Division faculty, as well as La Vida activities, meant siblings of students were able to really engage as well.
The Connecting Point worked its way around campus speaking to alumni: from the class of 1960, who retold stories of moving from the Fenway area of Boston to Wenham; to aunts and uncles visiting students and making Homecoming a mini-family reunion occasion. But our favorite moment was a tip on Gordon's Twitter page recommending a visit to the second floor of Frost Hall, to the Princemere Fellowship Lunch. There CP connected with retired faculty and discovered some of Gordon's biggest supporters dining together and talking about the good old days. Talking about research discoveries, amazing times with students and pioneer days of accreditation for Gordon programs, the group of retired scholars and teachers were some of the happiest faces on campus. Below are a few memories from their days teaching at Gordon:
"Best moment? When our first student was accepted to medical school. His name was David Hall, and he was our first premed student at Gordon. He went to the University of Vermont Medical School. It was a very proud moment for our department."
"I was working on some research with one of my students. We were screening bacteria for New England Biolabs. During our research, my student discovered new enzymes. The discoveries led to an immediate job offer from New England Biolabs after graduation. His name is Rick Morgan, and he is one of their outstanding researchers to this day."
"I used to love playing frisbee at lunch with students. Best memory was the time we played on ice skates over a frozen quad."
"I loved teaching Old Testament to first-year students. By the end of the course the Scriptures would come alive--become more than just stories. We'd end the class with a Q & A time, and we'd talk and talk until we were kicked out of the room. They were great students--they were great times."
Photo: Retired faculty at Saturday's Princemere Fellowship Lunch. Check out even more photography on the Gordon College FB page.