History & Immigration, Inspiration & Innovation

News about Gordon’s faculty just keeps coming, confirming their impact in their respective fields. Here’s another round up of some recent highlights:

David Goss

David Goss, assistant professor of history, was named Alumnus of the Year (’74) at Gordon’s homecoming on Oct. 5 for his leadership in public history and museum studies throughout Salem and across the North Shore. (Later this fall, he and his Civil War Band—the 2nd South Carolina String Band— will perform for a second time at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., as part of the 150th anniversary of the war.)

•Sharon Ketcham, associate professor of Christian ministries and a sought after speaker at youth ministries conferences, will be speaking and teaching at the San Diego National Youth Workers Convention Oct. 12, at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators conference in Dallas Oct. 19-22 (where she will begin her term as chair of the board) and at the Dallas National Youth Workers Convention Nov. 16.

•Peter Iltis, professor of kinesiology and horn, has invented a mute holding device for French horns called the Iltis Dampfer Mitt that several professional orchestras are now using, both in the U.S. and abroad, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic (Norway), and just last week, Iltis sold the first of six to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

•Ruth Melkonian-Hoover, chair and associate professor of political science, and her student Jessica Allen, a senior studying international affairs, published an essay Oct. 4, on where the presidential candidates stand on immigration reform as part of the Center for Public Justice new series, Election Guide 2012.

Provost Janel Curry was quoted in an article for the Association of American Colleges and Universities online publication on integration and education in Hong Kong.

Tal Howard, professor of history and director of the Jerusalem and Athens Forum, formally announced Oct. 3  the formation of the new Center for Faith and Inquiry, which he will direct, and which the Salem News (among other media) included in their Saturday religion briefs.

Bob Whittet, associate professor of Christian ministries and director of church relations, is directing the twelfth annual youth ministry workers and parenting symposia at Gordon, Nov. 1 & 3.

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