Thursday, March 31, 2011
Twenty years ago Jones directed The Winter’s Tale at Gordon College. The return of this production will be a special treat for those who enjoy his work because many performance arts alumni—even those from the original cast—will be traveling back to campus to join the audience.
Read more about this performance online or watch a brief promotion video created by some of the cast.
“I got involved in starting a human rights club because I believe strongly that students are some of the best agents of change in social justice,” said sophomore Ashlie Busone, an education and Spanish double major from Ballston Lake, New York. “I know that if we want to see progress in our lifetime, my generation must be at the forefront of it.
“My goal for the week is to not only educate students, faculty and staff, but also provide them with opportunities and resources to apply this new knowledge and become involved,” said Mary Frediani, a sophomore linguistics major from Nashua, New Hampshire. Frediani, who serves as president for the Human Network, helped to organize a variety of events “to grab the attention of different people . . . and engage fellow students on many levels.”
A few of this year’s events include a lecture on ethical consumerism; a screening of the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate on child labor; a clothing swap; and a lecture by Francis Bok, former slave and modern abolitionist.
Photo: Gordon students leading the initiative for Human Rights Week at Gordon College—Mary Frediani, Teresa Baik, Theresa Bennett, Jessica Yu, Ainsley Robles, Molly Kong, Ashlie Busone and Ella Sparling.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
“The station brings together two things students love: feeling connected and consuming media,” said Jonathan Gerber, assistant professor of psychology. As the station plays through an Internet feed, listeners can tune in from campus or while studying abroad in South Africa . . . making ScotRadio an exciting development in the culture of the College. “ScotRadio gives students a voice in a new way, using technologies relevant to students. But the wisdom of Internet radio is not the main point; it’s fun to create.” Gerber, a native of Australia, serves as faculty advisor for the students, helping with questions, programming issues and College support.” Many significant media personalities began on college radio, including David Letterman. A college radio background is a great step for students interested in the world of media.”
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The Museum of Science is one of the most famous museums in Boston and one of the oldest science museums in the United States. It is visited by more than 1.5 million people every year. Their mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology. It is located 26 miles from campus and accessible by public transportation. Fortunately since we're one of the few Christian universities outside of Boston we can easily visit.
Formerly a professional freelance French horn player, Iltis developed a neural disorder that brought his performance career to an end. Over the last decade Iltis has been reading, writing and doing research on the complex disorder known as embouchure dystonia. This Wednesday’s Faculty Forum presentation will provide a synopsis of his personal journey as well as describe what appears to be a very recent and significant breakthrough that draws on the knowledge and experience gained over those 10 years.
The presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Jenks, room 406. Refreshments and conversation are offered at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Reading Room.
Photo: Salem News—Peter Iltis demos a new ActiveStep machine his students work with to measure the recovery steps of people who have fallen, also a subject of neurological interest.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Read the official announcement from the College online.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
“The Beverly resident has worked as a journalist for publications such as Christianity Today and, in the early 1990s Time magazine. She writes mostly about religion and has published 10 books, most recently A Mended and Broken Heart, The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi in 2008 with Basic Books.”
Friday, March 25, 2011
The North Shore 100 identifies leaders in the community identified by people across Cape Ann and Essex County. Two Gordon College employees were selected for the Eagle Tribune’s third annual publication.
Kristina Stevick was selected for her work with Cry Innocent and her contributions to Gordon’s newest historic undertaking—The Salem Museum—which will chronicle interpretive panels of the city’s vast history. The museum is a first of its kind for Salem and will shine a new light on the city’s impact in American history.
Irv Levy, professor of chemistry and computer science, is also identified as one of the top leaders in the region for 2011 in the magazine. Chosen for his vision for green chemistry, Levy places tremendous value on making science safer for students and the environment. The profile focused on Levy’s impact with outreach programs and his teaching of the 12 principles of green chemistry beyond the Gordon campus.
Professional journalists, including three students from the Gordon College News Service, overseen by their advisor Jo Kadlecek, spent hours interviewing all the nominees that poured into the newsroom for publisher Karen Andreas and editor David Olsen to review.
Congratulations, Kristina and Irv, for your nominations and leadership on Boston’s North Shore.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Gordon, Harvard, Cornell and Others Prepare for This Weekend's Literatures and Linguistics Colloquium
Graeme Bird, associate professor of linguistics and classics, and organizer of this year’s event, highlighted the level of student involvement: “We are thrilled to say this colloquium will essentially be student run. Literature and linguistics students will act as moderators of the event, introducing student presenters and aiding in the lively discussion of the presentations themselves.”
Andrew Logemann, assistant professor of English, Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French, and Gregor Thuswaldner, chair of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, assisted with planning the event. The colloquium will be held in the first floor classrooms in Ken Olsen Science Center this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Photo: The 2010 colloquium—packed out session at Gordon College.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Their finished house, pictured above, was made from bamboo, a tin roof, and included a cistern for collecting roof water. The cistern they built was made from old truck tires.
While veteran leader Craig Story, professor of biology, was busy most days preparing meals, our students and coleader Jeff O'Brien, fleet manager in College Physical Plant, accomplished much on the farm: dug a large composting pit, removed dead palm tree stumps, spread piles of mulch, planted cucumbers, weeded, moved potted plants, and generally prepared the farm for ECHO's annual public event Farm Day, which occurred Saturday.
Here are a few more photos of the project from foundation-to-finish.
Friday, April 15, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m., at Gordon College
The leadership conference is free of charge and open to Christian leaders--both paid and volunteer.
Shanell Percy knew she was a good student, but she didn’t know that she loved learning until she got to Gordon. With an interest in the sciences, she enrolled in biology and chemistry her first semester at Gordon and was captivated by her studies—particularly chemistry.
“In my chemistry courses at Gordon I’m challenged to venture beyond the surface and put the pieces together to pin point how text book concepts have real life applications,” says Percy, a freshmen chemistry major from Windsor, Connecticut. “The challenge and discoveries in my courses have really made learning fun.”
Monday, March 21, 2011
Read the official announcement here.
The awards and recognition program reviews nominations from programs and faculty across the Commonwealth and is extremely competitive--recognizing leaders in the field and outstanding projects accomplished over the past year. Fitzgerald is a recreation and leisure studies and psychology double major, a member of the varsity swim team, and an active contributor to Gordon's outdoor education programs.
Photo: Gordon College student Nick Fitzgerald with 2010-11 MRPA president and Director of Marblehead Parks and Recreation, Brendan Eagan.
Friday, March 18, 2011
The Gordon community will celebrate the second annual Tuition Freedom Day by writing thank you notes to donors and enjoying light refreshments in Gillies. The office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosts the event and the first 150 students to attend will receive a free Tuition Freedom Day tee-shirt (paid for by a donor).
“Only 58% of the total cost of tuition is paid for by students,” says Adrianne Cook, director of alumni and parent relations. “Without donor funding, students would pay significantly more towards tuition costs.”
One such program that supports this effort is the Partners Program. Founded in 1989 by 40 trustees and friends of the college, the Partners Program gives donated dollars directly to students who would not be here without additional monies. Currently, over 300 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college participate, giving to some 600 students in need of financial assistance each year. This years Partners Program fundraising goal is $1,000,000. For more information on the Partners Program or to give a gift towards the Partners Program click here.
“The Partners Scholarship has been crucial to my success at Gordon,” says Marianne Domingues ’11, a biology major from Metuchen, New Jersey. “The fact that others willingly provided aid for my education is both an encouragement and a beautiful demonstration of sharing Christ’s love through community.”
Domingues is just one of many Gordon students who are grateful for the willingness of others to lessen the financial burden of an education. According to Gordon’s major gifts officer Elsje Zwart, some partners recipients work as many as 35 hours per week and have exhausted every means of support available to them, yet still come up short of the finances they need to pay tuition.
“Celebrating Tuition Freedom Day is part of how we say thank you to donors,” says Zwart. “It’s also a way to educate students about the importance of giving back to the College and how they directly benefit from the generosity of others.”
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Professor and author, Tal Howard, hosts a book signing on his most recent book, "God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide"
In March of 2011, Oxford University Press published Professor Tal Howard’s most recent book, God and the Atlantic: America, Europe and the Religious Divide, a study of transatlantic differences.
For those who might miss Howard’s lecture at Salem’s Old Town Hall, there will be a book signing held at Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, Massachusetts, on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 4-5 p.m. in Chester’s Place in the Lane Student Center. For further information about this event, please email email@example.com.
“God and the Atlantic looks at how and why Americans have maintained much friendlier ties with traditional forms of religion than their European counterparts,” says Howard. “It’s an historical exploration of what journalists and sociologists are calling ‘the transatlantic religious divide’.”
Though there are many polarizing issues in this complex debate, scholars such as Harmut Lehmann, former Director of the Max Planck Institute for History in Germany, praise Howard for giving historical depth to the topic. “Everyone interested in finding a way through the labyrinth of transatlantic comparisons and prejudice is well advised to read this book,” says Lehmann.
For information about God and the Atlantic, or to reach Professor Howard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978 867 4227.
Friday, March 11, 2011
The men's lacrosse team is planning to travel coast-to-coast to San Diego, California, where they will take on both Fairleigh Dickinson University and Whittier College. In their last matchup with Whittier in 2006, the Scots carried an early lead to an eventual 12-11 upset win.
The women's lacrosse team will head to Florida for the annual Spring Fling Tournament in West Palm Beach. They plan to play non-conference Smith on March 14 and will face either Curry or Mt. Saint Vincent on the 16th. Additionally, the women will be teaming up with a program called Paint Your Heart Out with the Solid Waste Authority, painting and helping with beach clean-up service projects during the week.
Visiting Lake Myrtle, Florida, for the week, the men's baseball team will get its first taste of outdoor play when it opens with Washington (Maryland) on March 13. From there, the men will go on to a double-header with Becker on the 14th, Sewanee on the 15th, and a double-header with Dickinson on the 17th.
Women's softball will once again visit Myrtle Beach, South Carolina--their spring break home away from home for the past 10 years--to play eight non-conference games in four days beginning with Gettysburg on March 14.
Joining women's softball in South Carolina, the men's tennis team will set up camp in Hilton Head for the fourth consecutive year. While there, the Scots will play a match per day starting with Shepherd on March 13, followed by Edgewood, Spring Arbor, Dickinson and Heidelberg, and closing with Messiah on the 18th.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Members of the Gordon track and field program together with others from the Gordon community teamed up on Tuesday to take on snow removal on the Brigham Athletic oval. Wielding shovels and donning t-shirts on an unseasonably warm afternoon, the group worked for several hours to clear a significant section of track in an effort to facilitate outdoor training and prepare for the coming track and field season.
The La Vida Center for Outdoor Education at Gordon College presents Play Again on March 11th at 7 p.m. in the Ken Olsen Science Center Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for an open house information time about the La Vida Center, which celebrated 40 years of outdoor education this year. After the screening, there will be a question and answer session with Gordon faculty specializing in this area, moderated by Provost Mark Sargent.
Twice a week, Inn Gee volunteers at KAYA, an after-school program for Cambodian American middle and high school students with his Gordon in Lynn internship. “I wanted to apply the idea of service much emphasized in the Gordon classroom,” says Inn Gee.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
"There's something so refreshing about being with people who know what you do--what kinds of things you sit at your desk in prayer about--without even having to tell them," says Andene Christopherson, director of worship. Recently staff from the Chapel Office attended the Campus Ministry Directors Conference in New Orleans, hosted by the CCCU. "It was a delightful encouragement to have some time to talk with Richard Mouw, said Laura Carmer, director of missions. "I loved his theme of the Christian as a 'beholder'--one who works at seeing the world . . . each person, circumstance, institution, situation through the eyes of Christ. Beholding leads to justice, mercy and humility in the realities of life; this was both refreshing and challenging for me."
Monday, March 7, 2011
"Dr. John Franke, theologian and professor at Biblical Seminary in Pennsylvania, spoke on missions in chapel last week. He continued this semester's focus on the spiritual disciplines, and offered students three disciplines of a missional life:
Friday, March 4, 2011
Spring break mission trips are just around the bend and students are gearing up for time away from Gordon’s campus. From March 12-20, over 80 Gordon students, on seven teams, will serve in the U.S. and abroad.
Through U.S. Exposure, teams will be located in Detroit, rural Mississippi, Portland, Maine, and Yakama Native American Reservation in Washington State. In addition, three teams will travel to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.
“Students will serve through construction projects, after school programs for children, facilitating vacation Bible school, and many other ways that meet the needs in their particular location,” says Laura Carmer, director of missions. “The willingness and enthusiasm of our students is always encouraging to the long term missionaries and organizations they serve with, and our students get to experience how God is working in the broader world."
All teams raised support through fundraising letters and some through selling fall semester finals survival kits.
For more information on ministries, service and outreach at Gordon click here.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Gordon College’s Frost Hall had some sleepy visitors perched on a fire escape this week. Two raccoons spent most of Wednesday huddled outside a third floor window. By dusk they’d found better things to do.
Photo credit: Jon Williams, software architect and strategist
Read the entire Boston Globe article, on long-time Gordon trustee, George Bennett, here.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Read more on the research topics and academic department participation online.
Photo: Jonathan Gerber, Department of Psychology faculty, giving a presentation on the relationship between belief in God and degree of rejection.