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Opinion

October 10, 2012

Goshen College alumni help us see their impact

This past weekend the Goshen College community undoubtedly recognized the sad one-year anniversary of a professor’s untimely death. That was the shadow that loomed over GC’s homecoming weekend.

While reflections and remembrances of the late professor Jim Miller were prevalent, there was still a homecoming to celebrate and alumni to honor during the annual reunion. The weekend included convocations, Peace Plays, book signings, an art exhibit, a music gala and a Taize worship ceremony.

College officials also honored five alumni for “their commitment to the college’s core values.” It can sometimes be easy to overlook the contributions Goshen College makes in the world — and even right here at home. It is events like Homecoming that reminds us of the power of a college education and a college culture. In so many ways that education and that culture is not about making money later in life. It’s about making a difference, and we would like to thank this year’s Goshen College honorees for doing just that.

Honored this past weekend were Goshen graduates John Driver (class of 1950, Rebecca Pries (’66), Grant Rissler (’99), Keith Springer (’69) and Sue Roth (’66).

Driver dedicated his life to the ministry and has served as a “global citizen” in Latin America, South America and Spain.

Pries founded Adolescent Consultation Services, a non-profit social services agency near Boston dedicated to helping court-involved children and families.

Rissler has worked much of the past decade in Mennonite missions, and traveled the United States on a Greyhound bus for more than a year to report on the work of Mennonite service programs.

Springer has served Mennonite missions in Brazil back in the early 1970s and most recently traveled to Argentina with his wife in 2011 to visit and share with churches of the Patagonia Mission Project.

And Roth became a pioneer of physical education at the school and served as commissioner of the Indiana Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

We are blessed to have Goshen College as part of our community and to have so many of its products doing so many good things both near and far.

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