Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gravity Gravitas

Gordon is one of a short list of institutions with a monument from the Gravity Research Foundation. Others include Babson, Middlebury, Eastern Nazarene, Tufts and Wheaton. Gordon’s monument is located on the edge of the quad, between MacDonald and the Ken Olsen Science Center.

The Gravity Research Foundation was founded by Roger W. Babson (1875–1967), an MIT graduate and a businessman. Babson’s interest in gravity was triggered by the childhood drowning of his sister in a river near Gloucester, Massachusetts. In an essay called “Gravity—Our Enemy No. 1,” he wrote, “She was unable to fight gravity, which came up and seized her like a dragon and brought her to the bottom.”

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Friday, June 24, 2011

A Night with the Boston Pops and John Williams

Artist-in-Residence Mia Chung’s recent performance with the Boston Pops was part of a special Pops performance that also featured John Williams conducting. The famous composer, most known for his scores for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, met with Chung in advance of her performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73–the Emperor Concerto.

“Preparing for and performing in such a concert keeps me mindful of the level of preparation and faith that is required to play at a high level,” says Chung. “I am able to teach my students more effectively because I have been there.”

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

On Location with IN THE CAR

When Gordon graduates begin a project, they often draw from the College’s extensive alumni network to build a team of original and innovative thinkers. These collaborative enterprises emerge regularly in the post-Gordon community.

This week a unique creative venture took place in a vacant Chevy dealership—filled with broken windows, construction equipment, tattered images of an old automobile legacy, and a lot of rock and roll. IN THE CAR—a film production company created by alumni Dan Stevens ’07, David Ells ’07 and
Tim Lewis ’08 while they were still students at Gordon—was recently hired to create a new music video for Daybreaker, a rock band from Boston signed to Berkeley, California, record label Pure Noise Records. Stevens, creative director for IN THE CAR, selected the location—strewn with dirt and broken glass—to reflect the tone of the song and the aesthetic of the band while providing an interesting and fun experience for the audience. “The lyrics of the song have a small town/blue collar tone about them,” said Dan, “We were asked to make a performance-based video rather than a concept video—so we had to figure out how to convey a blue collar vibe without a narrative to tell the story.”

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

High-Tech Renaissance Man

Diego Mendes ’05 becomes an expert on something new every few weeks. As a user experience researcher, Mendes is ushering in the next generation of interactive technology. In a given day Diego helps to develop technology for everything from mobile applications and web design to touch-screen interfaces and smart homes.

Diego is pursuing his passion for user experience and innovation technologies both in his work as a consultant for Essential Design and as one of only seven research associates at the Design and Usability Center at Bentley University. “I enjoy being able to use my creativity and problem-solving skills to help design products that will make people’s lives simpler, safer and healthier,” he says. In one current project, Diego is prototyping mobile applications that will enable elderly persons to live more independently and risk free by allowing for remote monitoring and control of various household conditions like temperature, oil level, locks and lighting. He will complete his Master of Science in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley this December.


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Green Chemistry Leadership in Washington, D.C.

The Chemistry Department in the Ken Olsen Science Center is the hub of green chemistry outreach at Gordon and a national leader in green chemistry education. As this week is the 15th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C., it’s only fitting that Gordon faculty and students take their lessons, methods and research in green chemistry to the nation’s capital and network with the world’s brightest scientific researchers, discussing green solutions to global challenges.

Gordon chemistry major Ben Stewart ’12 of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, is an outreach fellow with the Beyond Benign Foundation and a National Science Foundation fellow—two connections he was able to make as a student at Gordon College through his professor, Irv Levy.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

SPIN Traveling Piano

The SPIN traveling piano appeared last night at Red Rock Park in Lynn. Hosted by Serving People in Need, a social service agency in Lynn, the SPIN piano appears in unexpected venues throughout the city. From streets to parks, bus stops or train platforms, the piano rolls out to offer the public a chance to play, or listen to the improv acts that follow. The SPIN piano project hopes to highlight the arts and help build community in Lynn.

When Gordon alumni German Disla ’11 and Ben McGrath ’10 heard about SPIN from a friend, they wanted to help. Kelly Wall, the organizer for SPIN, was excited to get their call. “It’s great to have a piano player available to get things started and jump-start the crowd,” said Wall. “We wanted a great opening season kickoff, and Disla and McGrath helped us with that.”

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Courtney Reid ’96 wins Folger’s Coffee Jingle Contest

Gordon alumna Courtney Reid ’96, along with over 3,000 other musicians, recently competed in a jingle competition for Folger’s coffee. The difference between Reid and the thousands of other entries . . . she won.

Professional songwriter and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi helped select the winner and will soon provide a professional mentoring session with Reid in addition to her cash prize and upcoming appearance in the next Folger’s coffee advertising campaign.

As a student at Gordon, Reid studied art and performed on campus as a singer for a Gordon band, Scarlet Haven. Today she is a singer and guitar player in the band Maeve—a collaboration of three women artists: Reid, Rachel Taylor and Rollyn Zoubek.

Congratulations, Courtney!

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Return Design and Wicked Tasty Cookies


If you’re a burgeoning nonprofit with a limited budget, the last thing you want to think about is hiring pricey graphic designers to brand your new outreach efforts. This is where Gordon College’s student-run, pay-what-you-can graphic design agency, Return Design, can step in. “Return Design gives students real design experience, and hooks them on work with nonprofits. With good design, you can actually affect people in tons of different areas,” says creative director Tim Ferguson Sauder.

SPIN (Serving People In Need) is a Lynn nonprofit organization that provides an already wide array of services to low income families. But recently Caleb Isabella ’08, a case manager at SPIN, felt like his organization could be doing something more: They could be baking cookies.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Uganda and Summer Missions

Next Wednesday a team of eight students and Val Buchannan, director of the Office of Community Engagement, will travel to Uganda for a month-long missions trip through Gordon’s Summer Missions Program. The group, led by juniors Jordan Frank and Luke Padilla, will spend two weeks in the nation’s capital, Kampala, working with Jesus Commissioned Ministries to help build classrooms and teach lessons for the ministry’s school. For the last half of the trip, they will travel to Serere, in Uganda’s easternmost province, where they will partner with Village2Village in building a home for an HIV positive single mother and her daughter, as well as working with other HIV positive adults in the village.

In addition to the Uganda trip, this summer SMP groups will serve in India, Swaziland and Sri Lanka. We remember these groups in our prayers and wish all the students, leaders, and advisors safe travels and fruitful work in their time abroad.

Photo: The Uganda team will travel to Serere to aid in the completion of this family’s house.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Exploring History in Salem's Newest Museum

Salem, Massachusetts, is known for its unique history, but until now, no museum has focused exclusively on the many components of its past. Come Saturday, June 11, 2011, however, the city’s first Salem Museum will open, thanks to Gordon’s Institute for Public History, the Global Education Office and members of the Salem community. Located on the first floor of Salem’s Old Town Hall (which is managed by the Gordon Institute), the Museum’s grand opening runs from noon until 7 p.m. with a special reception on the second floor from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission for the first day is free and open to the public.

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From Gordon to the Big Apple!

Ryan Coil ’13 played the lead role of the Baker in
Gordon’s production of
Into the Woods.
Congratulations to Ryan Coil, who was recently accepted by the Atlantic Acting School (AAS) in New York City for their summer program. Founded by playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy, the AAS is considered one of the best acting workshops in the country and is extremely selective. Out of some 800 applicants, only 30 were accepted for the workshop, which begins in July. For Coil it is a significant step towards his dream of being a professional actor.

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Looking for a Few Good Men and Women!


Gordon College seeks talented and creative men and women of faith to join over 400 like-minded colleagues who are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students. Whether your contribution comes through rigorous scholarship, personal mentoring, conscientious labor, or organizational leadership, we believe that every employee fulfills an essential role in the educational mission of the college.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Alumnus Donates Equipment to Gordon’s Biology Department

When Ken Stewart’s company, Ischemix, found itself with a surplus of lab equipment, Stewart ’93 thought of his alma mater. Through the generosity of Stewart and Ischemix—which is located in Maynard, Massachusetts—Gordon’s Biology Department now has some exciting new lab tools. They include two Bio-Rad fraction collectors, a Stratagene Robocycler PCR machine, a sonicator with sound-proof cabinet as well as a cell culture centrifuge.

“This equipment is particularly timely because our new faculty hire, Justin Topp, studies membranes, and the sonicator in particular could be very useful to his research,” says Craig Story, associate professor of biology.


Stewart has worked for the last six years at Ischemix, where he and colleagues used the tools to study ischemia, which occurs during heart attacks or strokes when blood vessels are blocked. As a result, Ischemix currently has drugs in clinical trials to be tested for effectiveness.


The equipment Ischemix donated to Gordon would be worth tens of thousands of dollars if purchased new, according to Story. “We’re very grateful for the generosity of Ischemix, president Dr. Reinier Beeuwkes and Ken for their generosity to Gordon College,” he said.


Pictured above: Ken Stewart

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Gordon Faculty/Staff Run in Charity Race


Last night six runners crossed the finish line in bright blue Gordon College shirts at the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge to raise money for local charities. This was the third time a team of Gordon faculty and staff had run the 3.5 mile course through Boston’s streets. “It was a good time, and the six Gordon runners were part of the 12,000 runners in Boston last night,” said one Gordon runner, Dr. Dwight Tshudy, associate professor of chemistry.

The team joined participants from over 650 New England companies running to benefit two Boston area charities, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Horizons for Homeless Children.

Photo: The team outside of their staging area, Park Street Church. Left to right: Ming Zheng, professor of biology; Dan White, director of planned giving; Valerie Buchanan, director of the Office of Community Engagement; Dwight Tshudy, associate professor of chemistry; Jerry Logan, academic programs coordinator; Paul Brink, associate professor of political studies.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Gordon at SoulFest!


SoulFest 2011 is around the corner, and this year Gordon College is a major sponsor of the four-day Christian music and worship festival held at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, New Hampshire. The event, which takes place August 3–6, will feature over 100 bands and artists on multiple stages and in numerous smaller venues.

Because Gordon is a major sponsor of SoulFest, all Gordon faculty, staff, and students (incoming freshmen and the graduated class of 2011) can attend the festival for FREE by clicking here. Alumni and friends of the College are invited to purchase tickets at 20 percent off by clicking here and entering the discount code GORDON2011 (20 percent discounts apply to the purchase of a multi-day pass only). The deadline to register is July 25.

“SoulFest’s mission—to celebrate and advance the love of God through music—is something we support,” says Kristy Walker, director of admissions. “The admissions team is excited to connect with like-minded students, youth pastors, and parents who might want to learn more about a Gordon education.”

According to Walker, the admissions team has been planning for SoulFest since last year, and they have some exciting giveaways, competitions and events planned. Admissions counselors will be at the Gordon tent from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the duration of the festival to answer questions and connect with students, parents and alumni.

For more information about Gordon at SoulFest click here.

To visit the SoulFest site click here.

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