Friday, May 27, 2011

The Gordon Community Says Goodbye to Andene Christopherson



After five years of service and over 300 worship services, Director of Worship Andene Christopherson is returning to her home state of Minnesota. On Thursday afternoon, April 26, the campus community joined together to celebrate her work at Gordon College.

“Andene brings so much to our office and campus in terms of an energetic presence and encouraging nature,” says Laurie Truschel, director of student ministries. “She’s passionate about empowering students to be confident and creative, and we’ll all miss having her on our team.”

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Behind the Scenes: Class of 2011 Celebrating Their Accomplishments



Video footage courtesy of Brian Bishop.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

One of Gordon’s Best-Ever Goalies Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Recently, Wicked Local Gloucester wrote a story about Bobby Brooks ’89 being inducted into Gordon’s Hall of Fame:
Bobby Brooks has always been successful in sports for what he has not let get beyond him.
A soccer goalie since he was in third grade, Brooks, 44, now a Manchester-by-the-Sea resident and financial specialist, has two high school state titles, one collegiate national tourney appearance and a collegiate All-American distinction under his belt.
Now, the latest accolade, entry into a college hall of fame.
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Photo courtesy of Wicked Local Gloucester.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Council of Undergraduate Student Presidents

The Boston Council of Undergraduate Student Presidents was cofounded by Gordon business graduate Jesse Adams ’11. Gordon College, BU, Berklee, Brandeis, Emerson, Endicott, Harvard, Tufts, and Wellesley each have representatives on the council. Today, The Boston Globe featured a story on the new group and the difference they’re making in our nation’s flagship academic city. The story was part of several graduation stories reported and written by Fellows from the Gordon College News Service.

The Boston Globe—“While attending fifth grade in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Jesse Adams and Arthur Emma were called to the principal’s office for selling fireworks in the school cafeteria. Years later when they left home to attend college in the Boston area, Adams at Gordon College and Emma at Boston University, the two decided to invest in something with a bigger bang: leadership.”

Read this full article in today’s Boston Globe, Sunday, May 22, 2011, here.
Photo: Jesse Adams ’11 at Commencement yesterday, just after receiving his diploma from President Carlberg. Photo by David Brooks ’11.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Senior Class Photo

Following Senior Breakfast at the Danversport Yacht Club this morning, the Class of 2011 posed for their final class photograph on the steps of the chapel. To view some fun outtakes, as well as the formal class photo, visit the Gordon facebook album online.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Flower Joy


Spring is a season everyone at Gordon loves: the snow melts, the weather gets warmer, the birds chirp—and the flowers bloom. Flowers appear in the shape of a cross in front of the chapel around Easter each year, and, behind Jenks, they spell out the graduation year of the senior class.

How do they grow so perfectly and beautifully every year?

Credit must go to Alton Bynum, superintendent of grounds, who plants and tends bulbs and annuals, creating a beautiful and welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff. “I like to get students to appreciate the landscaping,” states Bynum. “Hostilities go down when flowers are around. They are a cheap thing for a lot of joy.” Bynum especially loves daffodils and tulips. “Tulips never disappoint you. They always bloom on time.”

Bynum’s goal for this summer is to get more annuals planted. “I want to get back to the glory days—and make it nice for people.” Bynum puts in every effort to welcome students to Gordon. He certainly did that for me when I came four years ago. The landscape has always been appealing to me, and I will always remember its magnificence here at Gordon.

By Natalie Fitzpatrick ’11

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Horth and Coker Named Gordon Athletes of the Year

As announced by Athletic Director Jon Tymann, Matt Horth ’11 and Hala Coker ’12 have been honored as Gordon College’s 2011 Athletes of the Year.


Horth, a senior captain this past fall, led the Fighting Scots men’s soccer team to a 10-4-6 overall finish and their first The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) championship appearance since 2005. Controlling the midfield for much of his four-year career, he tallied 36 career goals on his way to four consecutive All-TCCC First Team selections. The conference also honored him as the Rookie of the Year in 2007 after he netted 15 goals in 18 games. Additionally, Horth was selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) to the NSCAA Division III All-New England First Team following his junior and senior years. Currently he is playing with the Atlanta Silverbacks, a professional soccer club in the North American Soccer League (NASL).

Coker, a junior captain for the women’s lacrosse team this spring and captain-elect for the 2011 women’s soccer season, has been instrumental in the Scots’ defense in both sports. Playing center back for the soccer team, Coker anchored a back line that kept opponents to 0.95 goals per game over the course of Gordon’s 10-8-1 2010 season. As a defensive midfielder for the lacrosse team, she started in each of her team’s 18 games, netting 10 goals and dishing seven assists overall on the season while leading the Scots to an 11-7 finish.

“Both Matt and Hala are worthy recipients of this award,” said Tymann. “Not only are they outstanding athletes, but they are outstanding representatives of what Gordon athletes should be through their work ethic, leadership and character on and off the field.”

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Premedical Professionals in Training

This year’s Health Professions Seminar, a course led by Craig Story, associate professor of biology, had over 50 students enrolled—one of the largest on record. “We've seen strong growth in health professions at Gordon, but the program is small enough that students get individual attention and support as they prepare for medical and other graduate programs,” said Story. “I believe the Health Professions Seminar is one of a kind—setting Gordon apart from many other schools.”

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ken Olsen: A Legacy of Faith and Science

As the College prepares to host the only public memorial service for Ken Olsen this afternoon, President Carlberg reflects on Ken’s impact at Gordon and beyond, printed in today’s Salem News.

“These days, a normal routine at work or at home involves computers. We log on, read an article, compose an email or draft a report. It’s hard to imagine (or remember) the days when we didn’t use a computer.

“And if not for Ken Olsen, the brilliant computer scientist who died this year, we might not be nearly as productive each day as we are.”

Read the rest of Dr. Carlberg’s article here.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

President and Mrs. Carlberg Honored: Sanctuary and Scholarship Naming

President and Mrs. Carlberg were recognized in a special chapel with two surprise announcements: the creation of a new global education scholarship and the naming of the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel sanctuary space in their honor.

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Gordon Wins Two Poetry Awards

Two winners of The Salem News Spring Poetry Contest come from the Gordon College community. Grand Prize winner Chris McClure, a senior English major, took the grand prize for his poem “The Parousia.” A resident of Wenham, McClure’s poem shares “the delicacy and drive of hope and the way spring breaks through from winter.”

Dorothy Boorse, associate professor of biology, was selected as a finalist in the adult female category of poetry submissions. Video of all the winners reading their poetry is available online at The Salem News website.

Read more: The Salem News, Friday, May 13, 2011 article is available online.

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Coffee with the Carlbergs

Coffee with the Carlbergs—a tradition that for years has opened the Carlbergs’ home for an evening of conversation and fellowship—concluded this year with an unusual twist.

The Gordon College Student Association (GCSA) surprised President and Mrs. Carlberg with a location change that brought the couple to Frost Hall instead of Wilson House—the residence of the president. Students shared memories and words of appreciation in a special program designed by GCSA leaders and students. To view images, visit the GSCA facebook page here.

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A Walk through Barrington

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A walk through the Barrington Center for the Arts today brought to light a year of work for many graduating seniors. Short films, portraits and public relations projects from communication arts senior exhibits, to graphic design, paintings and gallery installations by senior art majors—the excitement touched every corner of the building.

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Senior Citizen Field Day: Working in the Community

Peggy Hothem, professor of recreation and leisure studies, and students in her Programming in Recreation course hosted a senior citizen “field day” over the weekend in collaboration with the Beverly Council on Aging and cosponsored by The Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness.

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Presenting Research on the Biological, Physical and Social Sciences

Emerging adulthood is a unique stage of life that takes place between the ages of 18 and 25. Three students, Laurieann Smith, Lauren Stone and Matt Van Hamersveld, delved into the work of Christian Smith ’82, author of Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults, presenting their research on emerging adulthood and religion at today’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Standing with their work in the Ken Olsen Science Center, their conversation was one example of many that portrayed the excitement on campus for the biological, physical and social sciences.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Largest Compilation of Student Research of the Year

This afternoon, Wednesday, May 11, the Ken Olsen Science Center will feature the research of over 60 individual and group projects at the 2011 Undergraduate Research Symposium with topics from the physical, social and biological sciences.

“The undergraduate research symposium is a great way to highlight the variety of student research that takes place on campus,” said Dwight Tshudy, associate professor of chemistry and a program director for the event. “We typically have over 100 student authors—a testament to student interest and involvement in projects in the sciences. Each year the level of student research gets better and better.”

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Fulbright Scholarship Honors

When Sophia Buchanan graduates May 21 from Gordon College, she’s looking forward to answering the question every senior will be asked: What are you doing after graduation? Buchanan’s good news is that she just won a Fulbright award for the 2011–2012 academic year.

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Student Government Shows Support for Academic Student Research

by Amber Fiedler ’13

On Thursday, May 5, 2011, the Gordon College Student Government (GCSG) voted to designate the remaining funds of the 2010–2011 Gordon College Student Association’s (GCSA) account towards academic-related student grants and research.

This money will be available to students who have the opportunity to present undergraduate research at conferences but do not have the adequate funds to do so. Students will be able to use this money to cover expenses such as transportation, accommodations, and conference fees.

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Society of Biblical Literature

Steve Hunt, associate professor of biblical studies, recently took students from his Romans and Galatians course to the North East regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature—a tradition for his students that spans the last decade.

The Society of Biblical Literature, founded in 1880, is the oldest and largest learned-society devoted to the investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. Hunt has served as a member and speaker for over 15 years.

The meeting offered students the chance to listen to experts in the field as they presented papers on a variety of research topics. Scholars from Brown University, Boston University, Princeton University and others presented topics such as “Christ’s Temptation and Satan’s Fall”; “Historiography of Early Christianity”; and Paul Borgman, professor of English at Gordon , presented a paper entitled “Christian Self-Identity and the Church.”

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Seventh Class for Jerusalem Athens Forum

Photo: Students in the 2010–11 Jerusalem Athens and Forum (JAF) great books honors program at Gordon College. Led by Tal Howard, Stephen Phillips Chair in History and JAF director, this is the seventh cohort to complete the program since it began as part of the Critical Loyalty Project in the fall of 2004.

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Preparing for Summer’s Harvest

Fourteen students joined with Advocates for a Sustainable Future (ASF) on a balmy first day of May to make preparations for summer crops in Gordon’s campus vegetable garden. With help from Gordon alum Jon Zoba, students learned to sustainably manage the garden using organic farming methods.

Ready to get their hands dirty, student volunteers learned to work with nature by preemptively nourishing the health of the soil and plants.

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Softball Lands Four on All-TCCC Team

For their outstanding efforts over the course of the 2011 softball season, The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) recently conferred All-TCCC honors to Liz Cheesman ’12, Rachel Morissey ’14, Emily Borden ’12 and Kerry McPartlan ’12 of the Gordon College softball team.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Undergraduate Research at the Graduate Level

Carissa Filip '12, of Norco, California, may be 19, but she can add world traveler and international conference presenter to her list of achievements. The psychology major at Gordon College returned from Spain, where she presented her current undergraduate research—amongst graduate student dissertations—at the Workshop on Embodied, Distributed and Extended Cognition at Le Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

The workshop, aimed at discussing philosophical issues in post-cognitivist cognitive science, was presented by the TECNOCOG Research Group, the Cognitive Science Society and by the Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science Society in Spain.

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Fellowship of the Bracelets

Students Jordan Frank, Mary Frediani and Alexis Rao, along with eight other students, will soon be traveling to Uganda on a Gordon Summer Missions Program (SMP). The students will be working with a church and school near the capital of Kampala, and then moving to a rural village where they will be working with adults living with AIDS.

To help raise money for their outreach and share the story of people in Uganda, the students made 200 bracelets and 50 earrings, and set up a small retail table in the Lane Student Center today. The children in Uganda they meet along the way will receive matching pieces as “a representation of prayer for hope in Uganda” from the students, faculty and staff at Gordon.

Photo: Jordan Frank ’12, a psychology major from Burlington, Massachusetts; Mary Frediani ’13, a linguistics major from Nashua, New Hampshire; and Alexis Rao ’12, a psychology major from Canastota, New York, pose for a quick photo during the lunch hour rush.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Gordon Lax Earns TCCC Player of the Week Honors

As announced by The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC), Gordon College’s Jocie Knaus (Jr./Kensington, Connecticut) has been named the Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week while Dan Utz (Sr./Rochester, New York) and Ian Knechtle (Fr./New Canaan, Connecticut) have been named the Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

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Moving Words—Final Chapel Presentation with Jan Carlberg

Jan Carberg is a favorite speaker in churches around the country. From prayer groups, chapels and convocations, Jan is also a favorite speaker in our own community. Recently she took the stage for her final chapel talk before retirement, offering moving words to a grateful crowd. To listen to the audio, click here.

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