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Volume 25  No. 1 | Fall 2009

Inspiration | Michael Ahearn

Michael Ahearn, Vice President for Finance and Administration, offers a fresh perspective on Gordon's community and mission.

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Up Front | Facing Up to the Internet

About the only places I can't be reached instantly are remote corners of an Indian reservation in Arizona and on a plane at 37,000 feet...

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Ten Years for The Provost's Film Series

Ten years ago we opened the Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon with its 80-seat cinema classroom. That small cinema helped spark the idea of the Provost’s Film Series, an occasion to get together for watching and talking about films—avant garde films, pop films, the classics, the eccentrics, the visual poems.

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The Scandal of The Evangelical Mind--15 Years Later

On Friday, October 2, Gordon hosted a day-long conference on the theme “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: 15 Years Later” featuring Mark Noll as keynote speaker.

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Till We Have Faces: Who Are We In Cyberspace?

Chances are, you are not on Twitter or Facebook right now. But I can’t be sure. As much as I might like to imagine these short paragraphs will command your attention, you may have good reason to text your friends or check voice messages along the way. But I do hope the essays in this STILLPOINT will spark your own reflections about the potential and risks in the new interactive media and social networking.

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Pulling Off the Mask

STILLPOINT interviews Professors Bryan Auday and Sybil Coleman about their new study, "Pulling Off the Mask: The impact of Social networking Activities on Evangelical Christian College Students".

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Facebook in a Monastery

I know the subtle compelling pull of the Internet. Yesterday, preparing for a class on Dante, I noted how the belatedly penitent souls described in the Canto 8 of the Purgatorio sang together the Te lucis ante terminum (To thee before the close of day), the ancient hymn included in the evening service of Compline. I wondered if I could find the full text in Latin and English on the Internet, and a recording of the hymn on YouTube. So I Googled it.

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Cyberworlds, Cyberethics, Cybermissionaries?

“Why, if we can get back to our own world by jumping into this pool, mightn’t we get somewhere else by jumping into one of the others?” —Digory in C. S. Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew

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Hyperspace

Michael Monroe explains how the internet has allowed him to make connections as a reader and a writer.

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Postcards on My Wall

Two months into my first semester as a new faculty member on campus I began asking students to send me a “tacky postcard” whenever they’d leave for a break or a trip.

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Too Much Light

Light is often a metaphor for beauty—for wisdom, insight, truth. But all of us have times when we have too much light. To be honest, it is hard to sort out the constant flood of light from my computer screen from the metaphorical sense of “too much light” in our lives.

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Short Takes: Three Professors On The Challenges of Cyberspace

Professors Paul Borgman, Mark Cannister and Bruce Herman weigh in on the challenges of inhabiting cyberspace.

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SPORKS | Essaying The Moment, Or, Till We Have Facebook

It seems to me that FB is a collection of moments—an effluvial list of things that shout, “This is me, unedited; don’t you get it? Do you know me yet?”

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Faculty Books

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Filmmaking as Servanthood

IN FOCUS: Faculty

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Mass Music Educator of the Year

IN FOCUS: Faculty

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U.S. Patent #7481511

David S. Lee, associate professor of physics, has recently logged his ninth U.S. patent, #7481511: “Droplet dispensation from a reservoir with reduction in uncontrolled electrostatic charge.”

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This Church Has AIDS

IN FOCUS: Faculty

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The Gift of Adversity: Freshman Baseball Player Overcomes the Odds

IN FOCUS: Students

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Green Chemistry Opens a Door

IN FOCUS: Students

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Podcasting from an Orphanage

IN FOCUS: Students

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Dreaming Her Way from Bolivia to the U.S.

IN FOCUS: Students

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Seeking Passion through Music

IN FOCUS: Students

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Visiting Scholar Brings Unique Perspective On Islam to Gordon

ENCOUNTERS

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New Positions, New Responsibilities

ENCOUNTERS

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Exploring the Psalms with Jewish Scholars

ENCOUNTERS

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Three New Coaches

ENCOUNTERS

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255 Grapevine Packs The Pews

ENCOUNTERS

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Living in the Enclosed Garden: The Convent Life of Gordon in Orvieto

Permanence is an important aspect of community, and it is impossible to develop it without the commitment to stay—in the case of students, for the semester; and for San Paolo’s nuns, for a lifetime. San Paolo has been part of Orvieto, Italy, for over 800 years.

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John Skillen’s Dream: The Studio for Arts, Faith and History

Communication arts student Jonelle Flood '10 traces the growth of John Skillen's childhood dream into one of Gordon's most successful international study programs.

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Thirty-Eight Years of Giving Creatively

Between them they’ve worked 38 years on Gordon’s campus in various roles—Barry as dean of students for 25 years and Donna at Winn Library’s circulation desk for four years and in the Admissions Office for nine.

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ALUMNI NEWS: Living within a L’Arche Community

Heather Bixley '06

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ALUMNI NEWS: Studying Evangelicalism at a Jewish University

Ruth Santos Levy '73

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ALUMNI NEWS: God Knows Best

Brent Fryling '92

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ALUMNI NEWS: When the World Was Young

Jim Rotholz '77

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ALUMNI NEWS: For Love of Cities

Andrea Arnold '02

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ALUMNI NEWS: A Plate for All

Amelia Reese Masterson '07

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The Incarnational Clint Eastwood: A Review of Gran Torino

Student Joel Nolette and Bible prof Steve Hunt were among many who have attended the Provost's Film Series. This review is a collaborative effort involving Joel, Steve and Provost Mark Sargent.

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Back Cover | Jean Sbarra Jones

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