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September 30, 2013

Goshen College Homecoming this weekend

GOSHEN — Goshen College alumni and friends are invited back to campus this weekend for Homecoming Weekend. In addition to reuniting with classmates, highlights of the weekend include the 60th anniversary celebration for the nursing department, a music gala, a hymn sing, an art exhibit, kids’ activities, alumni bike ride, alumni author book signings, campus tours, a Frisbee tournament, soccer game and the play “Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft,” a true story about a Goshen alum set primarily at the college.

The following is a schedule for Homecoming Weekend events, which are free unless otherwise noted.


• 10 a.m. — Homecoming convocation and 2013 Culture for Service and Champions of Character award presentation, Church-Chapel

Sponsored by the Goshen College Alumni Board, the 2013 Culture for Service Awards will be presented to Tony Brown, class of ‘71, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Arden Shank, class of ‘74, of Miami, Fla.

The 2013 Dr. Ruth Gunden Champion of Character Award will go to Lynda Hollinger-Janzen, class of ‘78, of Goshen.

The Dr. Roman Gingerich Champion of Character Award will go to Fred Litwiller, class of ‘62, of Goshen.

• 10:45 a.m. — Reception for award recipients, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

• 1 p.m. — Alumni bike ride, meet at Abshire Park, Goshen

Ride Goshen’s Pumpkinvine Trail with other alumni. Choose rides from a few miles up to 35 miles. For details, contact Keith Miller at kamiller@maplenet.net.

• 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — 60th anniversary celebration for the department of nursing, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Nursing for the World – Cross-cultural nursing practices from an Anabaptist perspective.

Cost: $30. Registration required.

• 4 to 7:30 p.m. —Class of 1963 50th anniversary banquet, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 4 p.m.

Cost: $25. Registration required.

• 5 to 10 p.m. — First Friday activities, downtown Goshen

Stroll the streets of downtown Goshen and visit shops, restaurants and art galleries. Listen and swing dance to GC’s Lavender Jazz Band.

• 8 to 10 p.m. — “Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft,” Umble Center

This original play, written and directed by Rebecca Steiner, is the true story of a Mennonite rebel, his underground newspaper (“Mennopause”) and the war that drove him to Canada. Set at Goshen College in the late 1960s, it captures the struggle, the rebellion, the political turmoil and the music of the era. Presented by Theatre of the Beat with a live band from Waterloo, Ontario.

Cost: $10, students and seniors $5


• 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. — Alumni breakfast, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

All alumni are invited to start the day with a buffet breakfast, a welcome from President Jim Brenneman and some words from alumni award recipients. The buffet is open from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30.

Cost: $13. Registration is required.

• 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. — Preschool childcare (3 to 5 years), Church-Chapel, Nursery Rooms

Includes snack. Pick up children by 11:45 a.m.

Cost: $10 per child. Registration is required.

• 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., kindergarten through sixth-grade activities, Rec-Fitness Center, Room 106

A variety of age-appropriate activities are planned. Includes a snack. Pick up children by 11:45 a.m.

Cost: $10 per child. Registration is required.

• 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Middle and high school students, Java Junction

Chill, chat and chai with GC students. Admission staff available and tours offered.

• 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. — Class reunions, various locations around campus

Classes of 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 will have class reunions.

• Noon to 2 p.m., biological sciences luncheon, Newcomer Center, Room 19

All alumni from the department of biological sciences are welcome. Guest speaker is Daniel Lemons, class of ‘74, chief executive officer of GEM Institute and professor of biology at the City University of New York. Tours of the AlgaeTown project will take place following the lunch.

Cost: $15. Registration is required.

• Noon to 2 p.m. — Multicultural alumni luncheon, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall

Enjoy lunch and find out what GC is doing to keep diversity a priority on campus.

Cost: $15. Registration is required.

• 1 p.m. — Champions of Character reception, Rec-Fitness Center, Rooms 104-105

• 1 to 3 p.m. — Ultimate Frisbee tournament, lawn in front of the Rec-Fitness Center

No cost. Alumni, students and friends are invited to play Ultimate Frisbee, whether an experienced or first-time player.

• 1:30 to 3 p.m. — Book signings, Goshen College bookstore.

Signings include “The Amish” by Steve Nolt, class of ‘90, and “Living Faith: Embracing God’s Callings” by Keith Graber Miller.

• 1:30 to 3 p.m. — English department open house, Newcomer Center, Room 17

• 2 p.m. program — Former President Shirley Hershey Showalter will read from her new memoir, “Blush.” Enjoy a sampling of Mennonite home recipes from the book.

• 2 to 4 p.m. — Men’s soccer vs. Moody Bible Institute, GC soccer field

• 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. — Homecoming hymn sing, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Enjoy hymn singing at its finest, led by Debra Brubaker, class of ‘79, professor of music, and Scott Hochstetler, class of ‘97, associate professor of music.

• 4 to 6 p.m. — “Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft,” Umble Center

Cost: $10, students and seniors $5

• 5 to 6:45 p.m. — Homecoming picnic, lawn by Westlawn

Cost: $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 5 to 12, $2 for children younger than 5

• 5 to 7 p.m. — Michiana Pottery Tour showcase exhibit and reception, Music Center’s Hershberger Art Gallery

An exhibit of 19 local artists’ finest work. At least a dozen of them have studied or taught at Goshen College.

• 7:30 to 9 p.m. — Homecoming music gala, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

The music department presents its annual showcase of students and faculty.

Cost: $8, GC students admitted free.


Visit one of the area churches

For a complete list of local congregations, visit www.goshen.edu/cmin/worship/areachurches

For more information about Homecoming Weekend, to order event tickets or to register, call the Alumni Office at 574-535-7565 or visit www.goshen.edu/alumni/Homecoming.


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