Gordon in the News: last updated 10/24/2008

Alumni and Gordon Community Gather to Celebrate Homecoming Events On October 10 and 11

October 3, 2008

Jo Kadlecek
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Some people travel the world before coming home again. That's certainly the case for this year's Homecoming weekend, Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, as several alumni will be returning to campus to be honored during a special Convocation for their work around the globe.

The Friday morning Convocation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gordon's European Seminar, the program that began what is known today as the Global Education Office. Dr. David Franz, professor emeritus of history and founder of the European Seminar program, will be honored, along with Alumni of the Year, Bruce '77 and Linda (Cheever) '78 Wilkinson for their work with World Vision throughout Africa and their program for women and children affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Sarah Petrin '98 will be honored as Young Alumna of the Year for her work with refugees, and Laura (McGuinness) Kroll '81 will receive the Jack Good Community Service Award for her ministry to women and children in a Ugandan village. Alice Childs '63B will receive the A.J. Gordon Missionary Service after 37 years of service preparing and training Filipino people for ministry in their villages. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Professor Peter W. Stine for his 40 year contribution to Gordon's English language and literature department, as well as his leadership on European Seminars.
"Homecoming is more than a class reunion and an afternoon soccer game," said Nancy Mering, director of Alumni and Parent Relations. "Each year it's an opportunity to reconnect with the Gordon community, but this year we will specifically recognize and remember the global impact a Gordon education can have."

Also during the Convocation service, a video entitled, "A School of Christ" will be shown for the first time. The documentary-style film chronicles the life and ministry of founder A.J. Gordon and the College's vision for, and ministry in, the world.

Numerous other events are scheduled throughout the weekend. Highlights include the Great Scots Alumni Awards program Friday night in the new Ken Olsen Science Center. Saturday morning the annual 5K Scot Trot run in the Gordon woods will take place followed by a day of activities that include a reception at President Carlberg's house for parents, three Smart Scots Sessions for everyone, varsity and alumni games, a science carnival for kids of all ages, department receptions and the return of LaVida's Flying Squirrel. In keeping with Gordon tradition, NODROG, the hilarious faculty/staff talent show, will end the weekend events on Saturday night as the grand finale. 

Saturday lunch-time reunions are scheduled for classes 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008.  Gordon alumni should check the schedule for the location of their reunion; all Barrington reunions are in the Barrington Center for the Arts.  The 25th reunion of Gordon's class of 1983 is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information and to register, please contact the alumni office, 978.867.4238. To see the entire schedule please visit the the Homecoming page


Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 37 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.