Check out the new events you’ll find this year at Homecoming.
Bob Goff is coming to Gordon College!
Friday, 8 p.m., A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
Join us on Friday, September 28 for a fun and inspiring evening of storytelling as we celebrate the individuals who embody Gordon’s mission in the world and hear unbelievable stories by Bob Goff! Tickets are available for purchase for $10.
Orvieto 20th Anniversary Gallery Show and Reception
Saturday, 1–3 p.m.
Barrington Center for the Arts
Dedication of the Career and Connection Institute
Friday, 3-3:15 p.m., CCI, Jenks 2nd floor
Ockenga Chair Installation
Saturday, 2:15 p.m., Gregory Auditorium, Jenks 237
Dr. Elaine Phillips, distinguished professor of biblical studies, will be formally installed as the second holder of the Ockenga Professorship of Biblical and Theological Studies.
The inaugural holder, Dr. Marv Wilson, will give the charge to his longtime colleague and friend who has taught at Gordon since 1993. Phillips, one of Gordon’s most senior scholars with particular expertise in the Old Testament, will also share reflections in an address entitled "Where is Wisdom to be Found."
Presidential Fellows: Developing Purpose in Undergraduate Students
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Learn about the findings of a three-year study of the Gordon College Presidential Fellows program, the only leadership development program in the country based off of quantitative research of the White House Fellows program. RSVP online ➔
Theatre Production: Freud's Last Session
Jeff Miller directs the off-Broadway hit, Freud’s Last Session, for Homecoming audiences September 26 through 29. The play is an imagined conversation between the legendary psychoanalyst of the title and his guest, a rising young Oxford don named C. S. Lewis, on the day England enters World War II and just weeks before Freud takes his own life. Freud and Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God and the meaning of life in this deeply touching play filled with humor and wit, exploring the mind, heart and soul of two brilliant men who come at the greatest questions of all time from very different perspectives.
Cheer on the Fighting Scots during home games and alumni games on Saturday, September 29.
Varsity Athletics Schedule:
Rowing Team Boat Dedication
5:30-7 p.m., The Boathouse, 19 Wood Drive, Essex
The Gordon rowing team invites you to join them for an evening of celebration at our rustic boathouse on Chebacco Lake. Refreshments and a semi-formal reception to follow the 5:30 p.m. ceremony, which will consist of hearing the stories behind the names of four new boats as well as a formal christening. Honorees of the evening include Rio silver medalist Genevra Stone as well as several donors and alumni rowers of the college.
Kick back to some jazz by the Coy Pond Piranhas, catch performances by grads at the Homecoming Stage, and join in on the Intergenerational Hymn Sing.
The Homecoming Stage
11 a.m.–5 p.m., Welcome Tent
We're excited to welcome back Dan Stevens ‘06 to emcee our 2018 Homecoming Stage. The lineup will feature:
Intergenerational Hymn Sing hosted by the Gordon College Men's Choir
1–1:45 p.m. and 2–2:45 p.m.
Christian Life and Worship Credit is available at this event.
Coy Pond Piranhas Concert
5 p.m., Phillips Recital Hall Patio
The Gordon College Jazz Ensemble presents a concert of jazz standards.
Whether you're an alum, faculty, staff, a student, parent, or grandparent, we’ve got plenty of intentional ways to meet up with Fighting Scots, new and old.
Parents and Friends Prayer time
Friday, September 28, 9–10 a.m., Wilson House
All are invited to join this year's kick-off meeting for Gordon's Parents and Friends Prayer Group. Join us from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, September 28 as we gather at Wilson House to pray for the College and the needs of Gordon friends and families. Register online ➔
Parents Reception with President and Mrs. Lindsay
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m, Frost Hall Lobby
President and Mrs. Lindsay invite you to join them as they host a reception for all parents. This is a great opportunity to meet President and Mrs. Lindsay, the Gordon administration and cabinet, and other Gordon parents. Light refreshments will be served. Gordon’s Parent Advisory Council will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We would love to meet you! Registration is now closed for this event.
Classes celebrating their 5–45th reunions will gather in the newly renovated Tupper Hall for a luncheon with their classmates beginning at 12 noon.
The luncheon will be $17 per adult, $10 for children ages 7–10 and free for children under 6. Registration is now closed for this event.
Classes celebrating their 50–65th reunions will gather for a special Golden Reunion Luncheon held in the Chairman’s Room beginning at 12 noon.
The luncheon will be $25 per adult. Registration is now closed for this event.
Young Alumni Homecoming Party
Reconnect with classmates from 2008–2018 at this year’s Young Alumni Homecoming Party. We’ll be at Atomic Café from 8:30–10:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. Enjoy free appetizers, as well as drinks for purchase—hope to see you there! Visit the Facebook event page to let us know you’re coming and invite your classmates.
Phi Alpha Chi Alumni Reception
Saturday, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Chester’s Place
The annual gathering for members of Phi Alpha Chi. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Craig Story at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 10:30 a.m., the Pendragon, Frost Hall
Gather with professors and fellow alumni of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum.
Saturday, 1–2 p.m., various locations
During these departmental gatherings, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with faculty members and fellow department graduates to reconnect and learn about all that current students are working on and experiencing.
Clarendon 15th Anniversary
Saturday, 4–6 p.m., Alumni Reading Room, Jenks
The Clarendon Scholars program will be celebrating 15 years of impacting the Gordon campus and the city! Attendees will hear about the exciting new developments the program is implementing and how they can get involved with current scholars. Register online ➔
Presidential Fellows: Developing Purpose in Undergraduate Students
Saturday, 4–5 p.m., Chairman’s Room, KOSC
Learn about the findings of a three-year study of the Gordon College Presidential Fellows program, the only leadership development program in the country based off of quantitative research of the White House Fellows program. RSVP for this event ➔
Economics and Business 50th Anniversary Panel
Saturday, 1–2 p.m., Griswold Auditorium, MacDonald 131
Founded in 1968 by Dr. John Mason, the Economics and Business (ECB) Department at Gordon College celebrates its 50th Anniversary during the 2018-2019 academic year. Alumni, Parents, Current Students, and Friends of the ECB Department are invited to join us for a reception and panel discussion featuring department alumni and several of its legends (Professors Smith, Waite, and Wood). Come enjoy food and fellowship as we remember highlights of the department’s past and envision how we will thrive in the future.
Dr. Stephen Smith, Professor of Economics, Hope College
Prof. Emeritus Ted Wood, Gordon College
Prof. Emeritus Ron Waite, Gordon College
Kristen (Brinley) Cooper ‘06, Assistant Professor of Economics and Business, Gordon College Daniel Castelline ‘11, Associate Brand Manager, E.&J. Gallo Winery
#ECB50: Still Taking Care of Business
Fun (and some educational) activities for the whole family. Range of activities will include:
Nature Walk with Dr. Dorothy Boorse
10–11 a.m., the Gordon Woods
What lives around the Gordon Woods trails? Come see local plants and animals in the Coy Pond and Gull Pond vicinity on a trail walk with Gordon professors and students. For alumni and families—things to be learned by every age! Check-in at The Welcome Tent for this activity.
La Vida Rock Gym
12–5 p.m., Bennett Center
The Rock Gym will be open and staffed with belayers for new and experienced climbers of all ages.
La Vida Flying Squirrel and Giant Swing
1–3 p.m., Frost Hall Circle
On the flying squirrel, everyone takes turns lifting each other up in the air in order to fly through the trees and then they gently lower each other back to the ground. Each person can decide how they want to fly and how fast they want to go. Ages 3+ On the giant swing, everyone take turns pulling each other up and back to their desired height above the ground. Pull a release cord that allows you to pendulum swing down between the trees until they eventually slow down and stop. Ages 11+
Curious George Storytime Hour
10–11 a.m., the Bookstore, Lane Student Center
Performance by Wenham’s own Music Man, Brian Doser
This year, the Music Man will perform on the Homecoming Stage! Recommended for ages 0–5, but all ages welcome.
28th Annual Science Carnival
The 28th annual Science Carnival will be have a variety of hands on science activities that kids of all ages will enjoy. Some highlights include: elephant toothpaste and making silly putty!
Children’s Book Reading and Signing featuring Nancy Tupper Ling ’88
1:30–2:30 p.m. in the Bookstore The Gordon College Children's Literature class joins up with Nancy Tupper Ling (class of 1988), children’s author, poet, and librarian for a reading and book signing. Come down to the bookstore for a selection of readings by Gordon students, followed by a reading by Ling from her most recently published picture book, The Yin-Yang Sisters and the Dragon Frightful (Putnam Books). Join the fun, and make your very own dragon after the story time.
Canoeing on Coy Pond with La Vida
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Get out on the water with La Vida! Meet on the dock platform behind Lane. La Vida staff will provide all necessary safety equipment and instruction, including a brief lesson. Participants may come and go as they please. Canoes can accommodate 2–3 people.
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
When the kids have fun, you have fun! The following drop-in activities will run continuously on campus for all to enjoy:
Lace up your shoes and race for the prize in Gordon’s classic 5K Scot Trot and the annual kids' fun run.
12th Annual Kids Fun Run
8:30 a.m., the Quad
This once-around-the-quad run (about a 1/4 mile) is free for all children ages 10 and under. Medals will be given to all participants. The Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. will take only a few minutes to complete, even at a walking pace! Free and open to any children. Each child registered by September 11 will receive a race t-shirt. To register, email email@example.com with the names of your children and the size of their shirts.
12th Annual Scot Trot 5k
9 a.m., the Quad (in front of Jenks Learning Resource Center)
Register online ➔
The course is almost completely flat with a few small hills. The race will begin at the center of campus with a full loop around the quad. Participants will run through the Gordon woods for great views and return to the quad for the final lap. Runners registering by September 11 are guaranteed a short sleeve wicking running shirt (some additional ones will be ordered for those who register later!). Race fee is $20.
Hear faculty, alums and expert guest speakers tackle tough topics in panel discussions and Scot Talks.
Coffee with Hilary
10 a.m. outside Bistro 255, Jenks Learning Center Reference Room
Come early and grab a cup of coffee or a latte at Bistro 255 (inside Jenks), and then join us as we hear from alumna, Hilary (Sherratt) Yancey ‘12, about her book Forgiving God—the story of her pregnancy with her firstborn, Jackson, and his diagnosis with craniofacial microsomia. It’s a story of working to believe in miraculous healing, and confronting God when the miracles didn’t look the way you expect, and a story of learning to leave behind old expectations to make room for something wider, and wilder.
Convento: A Homecoming Chapter Meeting
11:30 a.m., Gregory Auditorium, Jenks 237
Join Matt Doll, Director of Gordon IN Orvieto, for a Scot Talk as part of the 20th anniversary of the Orvieto program. The centerpoint of education can be like an enclosed garden—a space that improves vision, invites dialogue and leads one out into the world with wisdom and true compassion for others. In order to do this, one has to be willing to leave behind what is familiar and be ready to surrender control. Having taught for 15 years abroad, first in Bethlehem and Jerusalem and now in Italy, Matthew Doll will be sharing how the Orvieto program has become a place where teaching the arts and humanities, in a foreign setting, uniquely centralizes the aim of the curriculum by inviting students and faculty to form a living learning community of deep trust, genuine presence and service.
Reciprocal Church: Becoming a Community Where Faith Flourishes
12:15 p.m., Gregory Auditorium, Jenks 237
The Church faces an unprecedented loss of rising generations. Young adults who were active and engaged in the church seem to be leaving the community behind. Why is this happening and what can we do about it? Hear Dr. Sharon Ketcham, Professor of Theology and Christian Ministries, unpack this question in her Scot Talk.
Looking Up: Stretching our Minds Through the Eyes of Faith
1 p.m., Gregory Auditorium, Jenks 237
Join us for a Scot Talk with Dr. Sean Clark, Kinesiology Dept. Chair and Director of the Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness. This talk will explore the biblical command to “lift one’s eyes” from the viewpoint of a kinesiologist. Through active demonstrations and a little neuroscience, you’ll gain new perspectives on how lifting up our eyes can help us navigate the rocky path of life.
Mental Health Art Exhibition from the Office of Student Life
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Tours: 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m.
The Office of Student Life is pleased to welcome Lynda Cutrell's Many Faces of our Mental Health art exhibit to Gordon College for the 2018 fall semester. The exhibit contains a collection of portraits, paintings, and sculptures that present US census data and research on mental illnesses in a poignant and transparent way. Come and visit the collection on the first and second floors of the Ken Olsen Science Center. Tours with the artist are available at 11:15, 12:15 and 1:15.
Brush off your tossing skills to compete for prizes and giveaways.
3nd Annual Cornhole Tournament
Saturday, September 29
Show off your lawn games skill in our third annual cornhole tournament. Pick your partner, rank your skill and compete in our double-elimination tournament for the top spot!
$20 cash buy-in per team. Cash prize for the first and second place winners. Pre-registration required. Register your team online ➔
* Check in at the Welcome Tent by 12:30 p.m. for bracket information.
8 p.m., A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
Celebrate the individuals who embody Gordon’s mission in the world and hear unbelievable stories by Bob Goff! Join us on Friday, September 28 for a fun and inspiring evening of storytelling in honor of our awardees. Buy tickets ➔
Honoring the recipients of:
2018 Athletics Hall of Honor inductees:
Stephen Heintz '87 (Men's Basketball), Wallace King '71B (Men's Basketball – Barrington), Sara Muriel (Baker) Lake '01 (Women's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball), Cliff "Nubby" McCrath (Men's Soccer Coach, 1960-1966), and Aaron Trigg '10 (Men's Basketball)
Who is Bob Goff?
The author of New York Times best-selling books Love Does and Everybody Always, Bob Goff refers himself a “recovering lawyer.” After practicing law for 25 years then becoming the Honorary Consul to Uganda, he gave up his law firm to pursue writing and speaking full time. The U.S. Department of State recognizes Goff as a diplomat due to his work with Love Does, a nonprofit organization he founded that has been fighting for human rights and providing education to children in conflict zones for over 15 years.
Crafters, builders, designers, painters, welders—WE SEE YOU! The Gordon Community is rich with artistic talent and we are eager to show you off. New for 2018, we bring you the Homecoming Marketplace, a space for creative genius to be on full display—All. Day. Long. Alumni, students, faculty and staff are all welcome to apply.
Friday, September 28
5:30 p.m. Tailgating
6:30 p.m. Kickoff
Brigham Athletic Complex
A fall chill whisks through the stadium as the lights burn bright. Gordon spirit fills the bleachers in anticipation of witnessing Gordon’s annual All-Star Flag Football game. Whether it’s the sideline interviews, free food, t-shirts, face painting, lip sync battle, or fast-paced flag football, we know one thing; you won’t want to miss it. Brought to you by the Alumni Office, Gravity House, CEC, and REC-IM, join us on Friday, September 28th as we GO FOR II.
Follow @scottiebowlofficial on Instagram and Facebook for updates and additional information. Information will also be available at www.gravityhouse.org/scottiebowl
How do I register?
You can register for Homecoming & Family Weekend here ➔
How much does it cost?
Most Homecoming & Family Weekend events are free for you to enjoy, although we do have a few select events that require a fee. Those events are:
Where should I stay?
Gordon has special rates with several hotels on the North Shore. For further information on these rates, visit www.gordon.edu/areahotels
What should I wear?
As many of the events take place outdoors we recommend dressing comfortably for the weather.
I’m a current Gordon parent, what events are there for me?
You are welcome to participate in all of the Homecoming & Family Weekend events! However, we have two events in particular that you should add to your schedule. On Friday morning from 9–10 a.m., Gordon’s Parents and Friends Prayer Group will hold their kick-off meeting at the President’s residence, Wilson House. All are invited to join as we gather to pray for the College and the needs of Gordon friends and families. Register online here. Then on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. gather in the Frost Hall lobby for the Parents’ Reception with President and Mrs. Michael and Rebecca Lindsay. For more information on the gathering, and to register, visit the full Homecoming schedule
Can I get the contact information for a classmate?
Unfortunately, we are unable to share personal contact information of Gordon community members. However, if you’d like to share your email or phone number with the Alumni Office, we can reach out to the classmate and let them know you’d like to be in touch. Contact the Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.867.4238
Can I change or cancel my registration?
If you need to make any changes to your registration, please email SignatureEvents@gordon.edu or call the Alumni Office at 978.867.4238
What food is available?
How do I get to campus?
For directions to campus visit: https://www.gordon.edu/directions
I have a question not listed here, who can I contact?
Any questions about the weekend can be sent to the Advancement Events Team at SignatureEvents@gordon.edu or you may call the Alumni Office at 978.867.4238