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Gordon College Announces Innovative News Service from the Next Generation

January 2010 marks the launch of the Gordon College News Service (GCNS), a multimedia internship program that provides journalism students with the opportunity to gain professional experience as they cover a wide range of stories.

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Drawn Together: New Exhibit Celebrates Faculty Collaborations

What happens when poems get painted? Or drawings go to the theatre, or digital devices are created to help the blind 'see' color? The newest show in the Barrington Center for the Arts 10th anniversary celebration showcases the unique collaborations of faculty, beginning November 7 and running through January 29.

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Gordon Students Spend Christmas Break Serving The World

Gordon students have the opportunity each holiday to travel abroad for mission work; this year's trip to Mexico is the 15th for Gordon teams. Another marks the 21st trip for students serving in Latin America.

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Gordon College Receives Major Financial Gift for Peace and Reconciliation Initiative

A new emphasis on peace and reconciliation studies—along with a speaker series—has begun its planning stages through a generous gift to the College.

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FEATURED: Gordon Senior Invited to the White House to Participate in Environmental Forum

Kate Kirby, president of the student club Advocates for a Sustainable Future, was one of only two Christian college students from across the country invited to participate in a special Forum at a special address in Washington, D.C.

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A Dickens’ Christmas Dance: Community Invited to First Fezziwig Ball at Salem’s Old Town Hall

The Spirit of Christmas Past, Father Christmas and Dickens' lovable character Fezziwig from A Christmas Carol will all be on hand at the first Fezziwig Ball in Salem's Old Town Hall, sponsored by Gordon's Institute for Public History. It's an old English celebration of Christmas!

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Coats for the Holidays: Gordon College Students Partner to Help the Homeless

This week is Christmas at Gordon! The community is invited to special campus festivities and to join students as they collect coats for those in need during the holidays.

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A Thanksgiving Reflection: Sacred Duties, General Suspicion

As the Gordon College community celebrates the holidays, Provost Mark Sargent offers a new perspective--and challenge--on how Americans past have viewed Thanksgiving.

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Men’s Basketball Team Picked to Succeed In 2009-2010 Season

After all the tallies, a new poll recently released by the Commonwealth Coast Conference has place Gordon's men's basketball at the top. The season is officially underway!

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David L. Franz, Pioneer for American Higher Education

David L. Franz, Ph.D., professor of history at Gordon College from 1951–1991 and professor emeritus, passed away Thursday, November 6, from congestive heart failure. He taught history at Gordon for 40 years and founded Gordon's groundbreaking European Seminars.

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Two Gordon College Staff Fight Cancer Through Running

Oliver Goodrich and Julie Ray—both part of Gordon's department of first year experience in Student Development—are training for a November 15 marathon, motivated by very personal reasons.

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Religious America, Secular Europe? Renowned Sociologist Peter Berger to Lecture at Gordon

The role of religion is complex and influential, especially in modern times. On Monday, November 9, the Gordon community will host one of the leading scholars on the subect in the world today. The free lecture is open to the public.

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Holocaust Survivor, Sonia Weitz of Peabody, Returns to Gordon

For the 29th consecutive year, Sonia Weitz will share her story of survival with the Gordon community. The November 5 lecture is free and open to all.

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First Visiting Fulbright Scholar Brings Unique Perspective on Islam to Gordon

From October 19 until November 6, Dr. Is-haq Akintola will visit from his homeland of Nigeria—a country experiencing intense conflicts between Christians and Muslims—to discuss the peaceful teaching of Islam as Gordon's first Fulbright Scholar.

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Youth Ministry Community Gathers November 5 for Youth Ministry Symposium at Gordon College

Dr. Scott Larson, adjunct professor of Christian Ministries at Gordon and president of Straight Ahead Ministries, will be the keynote speaker for Gordon's latest gathering of youth ministers, November 5th.

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FEATURED: Gordon Athletics Welcomes New Coaches for 2009-2010

This year's athletic season is well underway and some of Gordon's sports are under exciting new leadership.

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George, Flags and All Things American: Comedy Explores The Funny--and Ironic--side of History

Directed by Jeffrey S. Miller, "The Complete History of America, Abridged" runs through this weekend! The second comedy event of the year, this funny play also celebrates the 10th Anniversary season of the Barrington Center for the Arts. You won't want to miss it!

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Gordon’s New Variety Show “255 Grapevine” Benefits Local Food Pantries

From stomp and Tchaikovsky to The Wiz and North Shore Stories, Gordon's newest part of this year's homecoming weekend had something for everyone. Admission for the live entertainment was a can of food—or two—which supported two local food pantries. New video of the event now available!

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Poetic Combustion! Chemistry and English Departments Collaborate on Celebration of Letters and Words

With its first ever essay contest using only symbols from the periodic table, Gordon's chemistry department is joining the English department to host a poetry and essay 'slam' for the National Day on Writing during National Chemistry Week!

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New Study By Gordon Professors Released at National Conference of Religion News Writers

Social work professor Sybil Coleman and psychology professor/chair Bryan Auday teamed up to survey college students from four Christan campuses across the country about their usage of social media and electronic tools. The results raise a number of important questions and their study is being released at the largest gathering of religion reporters in the country.

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Gordon Becomes First Christian College to Offer Juvenile Justice Ministries In Expanded Major

With the newly expanded Christian Ministries major, students now can choose from five areas of study, including the first of its kind in the U.S.: juvenile justice ministries.

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Gordon Hosts Anniversary Conference Exploring The Scandal of The Evangelical Mind

Historian Mark Noll's landmark book is the focus for the only two-day conference of its kind in the country. Dr. Noll and several other scholars will be on campus to discuss just how far evangelicals have come since his book came out 15 years ago. Make plans now to attend this historic conference, which is free and open to the public.

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Local Seniors Invited to Celebrate Active Aging Week with Gordon College Students

A wide variety of activities are planned for the week of September 21-26 as Gordon's Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness serves for the first time as a host site for the International Active Aging Council.

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Jewish Scholars Explore the Psalms at Gordon College in Fall Lecture Series

The Lord is my Shepherd . . . and other Psalms will be the topics of several talks this fall given by experts in the Hebrew scriptures. The public is invited to hear each lecture and to consider anew these favorite Psalms.

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Renowned Cellist and Pianist Open 2009-2010 Thompson Chamber Music Series

The Gordon College music department continues its tradition of excellence with this year's opener: an evening with Allison Eldredge and Max Levinson, September 18th. Students are invited at no cost.

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Gordon College Community Welcomes New and Returning Students for 120th Academic Year

The summer heat isn't the only thing rising on the North Shore as excitement builds across campus for the start of the 2009-2010 academic year. Welcome to all new and returning students!

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BCA Celebrates 10 Years: Critically Acclaimed Theatre Artist/Alumna to Speak and Direct Greek Comedy

As the Barrington Center for the Arts turns 10, director Karin Coonrod '75 will offer a glimpse into the world of Greek Comic Chorus--the first day of classes! Theatre arts students will perform as well.

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Men’s Basketball Team Travels to Argentina to Play and Pray

Like most Gordon athletes, players from the men's basketball team don't just perform on the court during their season; they serve on sports-related mission trips throughout the year.

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Faculty Scholar, Author and Center Director, Dan Russ, Named Interim Academic Dean

The Center for Christian Studies has benefited from his leadership. Now Dr. Dan Russ brings his talents and insights to a new role as academic dean.

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Development Director Jon Tymann Appointed Interim Athletic Director for 2009-2010

Jon Tymann's enthusiasm for Gordon College sports has been tapped for a new role in the Athletic Department.

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FEATURED: Gordon Students/Professor Build Innovative Devices That Translate Sound into Sight

Dr. Brian Glenney, who coordinates the Philosophical Psychology Lab, has worked with two students to explore how the external world is perceived through our senses. This is the third in a series of articles highlighting what students and professors are discovering in summer research projects.

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Biology Professor’s Essay, "Prairie Pothole Wonder," Selected for Global Warming Anthology

Dorothy Boorse, associate professor of biology, has added another publication to her prolific resume, an essay in a new anthology published by New York-based Penguin Classics.

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FEATURED: Gordon Professor and Students Spot Various Critters in the Woods

In a unique research project, Dr. Greg Keller and two students are studying what wildlife is roaming around the North Shore. This is the second in a series highlighting what students and professors are discovering in summer research projects.

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FEATURED: Gordon Mathematics Students Assist In National Science Foundation Research

Many Gordon students are spending their summers on research projects with their professors. This is the first in a series highlighting just what they are discovering.

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New Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing, Brook Berry, Brings Creative Expertise to Gordon

A veteran in the film and television industry, Brook Berry is now helping communicate the value of a Gordon College education in his new leadership role.

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From the NBA to the Fighting Scots

Former NBA player Tod Murphy is named the new men's basketball coach at Gordon College.

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Tom Phillips/Raytheon Donate Archives to Gordon, Establish Scholarship for Women/Minority Students

Gordon's commitment to science and technology has been enhanced by the recent donation of Tom Phillips' Raytheon archives and a new scholarship for women and students of color.

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Summer Sports Fun: Gordon College Offers Variety of Athletic Camps for Children All Ages

This summer, children interested in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, field hockey or swimming can learn more about their sport at a Gordon day camp.

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History's Treasures: Gordon College Archives House Unique Collections, Gain New Web Attention

From photographs, artifacts, rare books and manuscripts, Gordon's archival collections cover a broad range of historic topics. A new web page provides summaries for researchers, writers and scholars.

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Gordon In Lynn Community Partnerships Strengthened with Recent Americorps VISTA Grant

Thanks to a grant through the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC), the Gordon in Lynn program has expanded its capacity to better serve its neighbors.

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Gordon Professor--Massachusetts Music Educator of The Year--Leads Summer Music Academy On Campus

Sandra Doneski, associate professor of music, earned the highest honor in Massachusetts music education last month. She will be overseeing many of this summer's choir programs, including the popular Summer Music Academy. Enrollment for children is now open!

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Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness Offers FREE Fitness Screening for Seniors

Bring a Senior, Get an Ice Cream Coupon for Captain Dusty’s at the Center's One-Year Anniversary, Saturday, June 13!

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Poltical Studies Professor Selected for South African Seminar on Democracy and Christianity

Dr. Paul Brink is one of only eight CCCU scholars selcted to participate in a unique conversation on "Public Theology: The South African Experience."

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What’s That You Say? International Scholars Gather for Linguistics Conference at Gordon College

From as far away China and South Africa, scholars in linguistics, psychology, philosophy and other fields will come together this weekend at Gordon College to explore the dynamics of language. It is the first conference of its kind in the U.S.

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Gordon College Names Michael J. Ahearn New VP of Finance and Administration

President R. Judson Carlberg has announced the newest member of Gordon's leadership team, Michael J. Ahearn.

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Celebrating the Life, Leadership and Legacy of Tom Phillips, Gordon Trustee and CEO of Raytheon

On May 30, 2009, the community is invited to a special tribute for long time Gordon College friend, Tom Phillips. President Carlberg, Charles Colson, Joanna Mockler and others will be on hand to honor Mr. Phillips, who recently donated his Raytheon archives to Gordon.

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Commencement Speaker David Batstone Calls Forth "A Generation of Justice: Gen J"

Dr. David Batstone, professor of ethics in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco and co-founder of the Not For Sale Campaign to end human trafficking, spoke at the 117th Commencement under a perfect spring sky on the Quad.

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Gordon College Offers New Minor in Gender Studies

With increased academic interest, Gordon's newest minor is one of only a handful at Christian colleges across the the country.

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FEATURED GRADUATE: From Greece to Gordon!

What do Greece, field hockey and Gordon College have in common? The answer is Ariande Niavradaki.The 2009 graduate in biblical and theological studies, originally from South Africa and Greece, moved to the Boston area with her husband, Peter, in 2007 for his residency in pediatrics and internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital while Ari attended Gordon.

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Seniors Wrap Up Academic Work at Gordon with Wide Range of Public Presentations

There has been no shortage of interesting student presentations across campus in the past few weeks. Read what some of Gordon's seniors explored.

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National Voices In Modern Abolition Movement Are 2009 Baccalaureate and Commencement Speakers

Rev. Gloria White Hammond, M.D., of My Sister’s Keeper and Dr. David Batstone of the Not-for-Sale Campaign will address this year's graduating class.

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Spring Athletic Teams End Seasons with Gains and Growth at Gordon College

Gordon's many women's and men's sports finished their seasons strong and eager for next year's competition.

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Area History Teacher to Speak at Gordon College’s Commencement for Graduate Program In Education

Over 50 students will be awarded master's degrees in education at the 12th Commencement ceremony for Gordon's graduate programs. Nationally-recognized high school teacher, Kevin O'Reilly, will address the class of 2009.

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New Career Services Web Tool Connects Students with Gordon College Alumni

Networking is the key to successful job searches, and it just got easier for Gordon graduates thanks to a collaborative new effort between Career Services and the Alumni Board.

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Gordon College Wins Prestigious Energy Solutions Contest

Gordon College has won an energy consultation with Terrapin/Bright Green, the architectural/engineering firm whose principal partners recently designed the world's "greenest" skyscraper.

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Keep Learning: New May Term at Gordon College Offers Range of Enrichment Classes

Whether for academic credit or personal enrichment, registration is officially open for all students and learners. May Term offers a variety of condensed and affordable classes.

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Time Travel Days: Local History Festival Brings the Past to Life with Fun, Food and Performances

Travel with your friends and family through the centuries as Gordon's Institute for Public History sponsors its first festival at Salem's Old Town Hall, May 2 and 3! It's free and open to the public.

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Gordon College's Symphonic Chorale Sings In Spring

The Symphonic Chorale will perform a spring choral concert on Sunday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

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Gordon College Celebrates National Poetry Month with Daily Podcast Project

Poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson and others are only a click away. Listen to Gordon students, staff and professors read!

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Green Chemistry, Clean Rivers, and Friendly Diapers: Earth Day at Gordon Highlights Creation Care

From the annual symposium to a local seminar in Hamilton and campus speakers, Gordon's ongoing commitment to the environment is highlighted.

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How Handel Got His Hallelujah: Gordon Theatre Presents Premiere of "Joyful Noise

Directed by Professor Jeffrey S. Miller, Gordon's Theatre Arts Department will stage the story behind Handel's Messiah as part of a global commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the composer's death.

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The Effects of Postmodernism? Jerusalem and Athens Forum Debates Emergent Church

The fifth annual JAF debate Tuesday, April 21, explores issues involving the emergent church.

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The Gordon-Lithuania Connection

The country of Moldova is landlocked by Ukraine and Romania. Lithuania is two countries north of Moldova, and the U.S.A. is to the west across the Atlantic Ocean. How are these countries connected? Sergiu Rusu.

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Gordon In Orvieto Students Safe After Earthquake Hits Nearby Italian Town

An earthquake hit central Italy early this morning. All participants in the Gordon in Orvieto program, located about 50 miles from the epicenter of the quake, are safe.

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Gordon Honors Libraries with Author Presentation and Read-In on the Quad

Along with the Hamilton-Wenham Library, Gordon hosts Bridge to Terabithia award-winning author Katherine Paterson. And the first annual Read-In on the Quad is planned for National Library Week!

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From the Archives: How Maria Hale Became Mrs. A.J. Gordon, Accomplished Speaker and Ministry Leader

March is Women's History Month and the Gordon College Archives include many stories, documents and collections of the women who made history here. The second in a new series: Mrs. Gordon.

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On The Economy: What Would John Wesley Do?

Gordon College business professor Ted Wood offers surprising advice for financial success.

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Gordon College Alumna to Speak at United Nations General Assembly

Sradda Thapa '08--who studied international affairs and will share her experiences March 18th at the U.N.--says her Gordon education made all the difference.

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La Vida's Adventure Camp, Voted "best Summer Camp" Is Gearing Up for Another Great Season

The La Vida Adventure Camp, a day camp at Gordon College that seeks to build character, a positive self identity and a commitment to serve and care for others, is now accepting applications for their summer adventure camp program.

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From The Archives: Martha Dodge Frost (of Frost Hall Fame) Set The Course for the Early College

March is Women's History Month and the Gordon College Archives are full of incredible stories, documents and collections of the women who made history here. First in a new series: Mrs. Frost.

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Gordon's First Lady Podcasts Daily Devotionals

Jan Carlberg lends her familiar and friendly voice to Gordon's iTunes U, reading daily devotionals from her book, The Hungry Heart.

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For Their Exemplary Service: Phil Williams and Cami Foerster Are Awarded the 2009 Provost's Awards

Phil Williams '89 and Cami Foerster '98 are joint recipients of the 2009 Provost Awards.

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Gordon College Athletes Enjoy a Successful Winter Season

From men's basketball to indoor track, Fighting Scots claimed new records.

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Filming The American Experience: Gordon Theatre Students Cast in WGBH's Television Production

Gordon student actors and Salem’s Pioneer Village provide the perfect combination for a contemporary television series on the history of religion in America.

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Salem Film Festival: Gordon and The Institute for Public History Sponsor Civil Rights Documentary

The New England Premiere of Brick by Brick, a civil rights documentary, is Friday, February 26 and sponsored by Gordon College and the Institute for Public History.

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Health Care, Heaven In a Nightclub, and Modern Slavery: National Speakers Come to Gordon

This spring, nationally recognized speakers and authors such as Dinesh D’Souza, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Katherine Paterson and David Batstone will explore a variety of issues when they visit campus.

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FEATURED: Yegue Badigue: a Hero Among Us

Thursday, February 5, standing at center court in front of precisely 18,624 Celtics fans during half time, Yegue Badigue humbly received the Celtics Heroes Among Us award, highlighting his "inspiring journey and dedication to helping disabled people in need."

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Oscar Talk: Gordon College Media Professor Says Top 2008 Films Explore Theme of Guilt

This year's Academy Award-nominated films are filled with resonance, inner demons and guilt, says Rini Cobbey, associate professor of communication arts. See who she is predicting to win, and why.

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Gordon Celebrates 200th Birthday of 16th President with Historic Banner and Public Event in Salem

Along with a campaign banner and birthday cake, Civil War songs, soldiers, dancers and Lincoln himself will all be a part of the Gordon-sponsored celebration called, "For Lincoln and Liberty, Too!"

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FEATURED: Gordon Grads Claim the Stage

To act or not to act was never a question for Paul D'Agostino. Graduating in 2005 from Gordon College with a B.A. in theatre, D'Agostino attended month-long intensive training at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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Gordon Student Delegates to Represent Zambia at Harvard National Model United Nations

Joining nearly 3,000 college and university delegates, seventeen Gordon College students will spend February 12--15 living, breathing and eating international politics and diplomacy.

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Winter Mission Teams Travel Around The Globe

Gordon students give up their Christmas breaks to travel nationally and internationally on service-oriented mission trips.

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Gordon College Theatre Casts New Perspective On American Classic "Our Town"

Opening on Friday, January 30, Thornton Wilder's play provides a unique and creative balm during difficult times, says director Norman Jones.

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One-Woman Show Explores The Challenges and Celebrations of Life In Africa

Gordon College alumna Kimberly Kurczy produces and performs touring show Mzungu Memoirs.

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Gordon College Remembers Dr. King's Legacy In the Light of the Historic Presidential Inauguration

Many across the Gordon campus have planned unique ways to honor the dream of racial unity as the country celebrates this historic period.

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New Engineering Lab In Ken Olsen Science Center Opens for Spring Semester

The Robert W. Bowden Engineering Lab—as well as a new partnership with the University of Southern California—builds on Gordon's engineering and physics program.

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Jan Carlberg to Read at Christ Church Readers and Writers Guild

What better way to start the new year than with Jan Carlberg's inspiring storytelling Friday, January 16?

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