Friday, December 30, 2011

From Gordon to Harvard to MIT

After graduating from Gordon in 2003, Hiromu Nagahara didn’t go far—in fact, he went as far as Harvard (which is only about 30 miles away, give or take).

After studying history at Gordon, doing his senior thesis on “How nationalism informed the establishment of Western-style music education in late nineteenth century Japan,” he decided he wanted to get his masters and Ph.D. in Japanese history at Harvard. His dissertation was on popular culture and censorship in modern Japan.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

From Biology Labs to Nigeria—A Journey of Vocation

Ever since she was a child, Damilola Junaid ’14 wanted to pursue a career in medicine. A biology major from Nigeria, she has spent the last few years at Gordon College cultivating her passion—research medicine. But when she began her sophomore year at Gordon, she came to classes with a new experience to share with her fellow pre-med students—an internship in Nigeria.

Last summer, Junaid asked her brother if she could start working in his Nigerian hospital to gain more hands-on experience in the field. He agreed and as a result, she shadowed her brother—a surgeon and physician—watching surgeries and working directly with patients, bringing her Gordon textbooks to life. “I really wanted to see how I’d react while observing surgery," she said. “It is one thing to observe a surgery on TV, and another to observe one in real life.”


Friday, December 9, 2011

The Geekiest Christmas Ornament

Each year when the Christmas season rolls around, amid all the decoration and festivities, the Physics and 3-2 Engineering department at Gordon is there to remind us that nothing says "holiday cheer" quite like Star Wars.

Students from Dr. Lee's Intro to Engineering class gathered in the engineering lab yesterday for this year's annual "Geekiest Christmas Ornament" contest. Contestants followed some simple guidelines, as described by Dr. Lee:

- The ornament proper must fit within a 6” x 6” x 6” box
- The ornament proper can weigh no more than 1 kg (about 2.2 lbs)
- It cannot be dangerous (projecting marshmallows is fine but projecting marbles is not, for example)
- It needs to do something
- The descriptor 'geeky' can be interpreted in a number of ways: Mechanisms and motors and lights cobbled together is 'geeky'; Star Wars (as a theme) is also 'geeky'; etc...


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Men’s Basketball: Dempsey Named CCC Player of the Week

Commissioner Gregg Kaye and the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) announced Gordon's David Dempsey (Jr./Wallingford, Conn.) has been named the Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts in helping the Fighting Scots to a perfect 2-0 record last week.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gordon Students Host Successful Recreation Program for Local Homeschoolers

Thursdays in November are exciting for local homeschoolers and Gordon students alike—because of Homeschool Recreation Classes, a program offered on Gordon’s campus that includes games, exercise and lots of fun for 60 homeschoolers, from preschool through high school.

Peggy Hothem, professor of recreation and leisure studies, has organized this annual program with students in her Recreation Leadership class for over 15 years.

Not only has the program provided fun for local homeschoolers, it’s also helped prepare Gordon students for future careers in recreation.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Finish the Course—Tips for Finals Week

Finish the Course—Gordon's final examination support program for students—begins today. 

Now in it's 11th year, everyone at Gordon participates in the Finish the Course program—staff and faculty donate home baked snacks and refreshments to study halls, additional tutors are available, lounges become study halls and silent study areas occupy rooms within the library. This year, the Academic Support Center is adding final exam clinics during the lunch hour in Lane to gives students a place to stop by, ask questions, speak with academic support staff and learn additional study skills during this time of year. 

"In the Academic Support Center, we often say that studying is an act of the will," said Ann Seavey, director of academic support. "This implies that studying is not always something you will want to do or feel like doing, but something that you must do as it relates to the task you have been given at this moment in your life."

Last week faculty and staff were asked to share with students study techniques from their days in undergrad and graduate school programs. We share a few of them here:

"Your task is not to memorize. It is to care—about the aspect of God's creation you are studying, and about the persons (textbook writers, professors) who are guiding your efforts to study. Dialogue with God, his world, and your fellow-learners (including the ones called 'teachers'), and you will pass the only test that counts." 
-Bert Hodges, professor of psychology


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Seeking Intergenerational Justice

It was completely unplanned, but very appropriate: Onstage in Gordon’s chapel, Friday’s speaker, Gideon Strauss, stood above an orchestra pit as he announced, “Justice is symphonic.” The pit had been set up in anticipation of last weekend’s Christmas Gala concerts, and the flanking seats and music stands became a fitting object lesson for Strauss’ message of intergenerational harmony. “Orchestras are the very picture of justice,” said Strauss. “Each instrument, with its own distinct voice, comes together in beautiful harmony rather than discordant cacophony.”

Senior Fellow at the Center for Public Justice, Gideon Strauss began his talk by describing a potentially bleak future. If current spending trends persist, he noted, it is likely that within 20 years the federal government will be unable to afford more than to pay interest on its debts and support the commitments it has already made to entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. This pits different generations against one another, vying for available resources, and, according to Strauss, it stands in opposition to the principles of scripture.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Tallamy Earns CCC Rookie Honors For Second Consecutive Week

As announced by Commissioner Gregg Kaye, freshman forward Leanna Tallamy (Wantage, N.J.) has been named the Women's Basketball Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Is Free Enterprise Moral?

This was the question in last night’s Faith Seeking Understanding debate, which featured Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine and Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute. Drawing a diverse crowd of students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as members of the local community, the debate was the opening event in FSU’s three-day series, “The State, Society and Marketplace.”

For all the hyperpolarized back-and-forth that has recently defined these types of conversations in American society, the discussion was remarkably civil, apolitical and constructive. Though the two men clearly represented very different responses to this question, the tone of the evening was marked by mutual respect and understanding. In the spirit of Saint Anselm’s definition of theology as “faith seeking understanding,” Brooks explained, “We are doing theology here—seeking God’s face in the everyday.”