Grandparents Day 2013Grandparents Day at Goshen College

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  • When: Friday, Nov. 1
  • Where: Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana

Grandparents Day is dedicated to honoring the relationships between Goshen College students and their grandparents and recognizes the influence that grandparents have on a younger generation. Through a campus visit, the day also provides the grandparents an opportunity to get a taste of their grandchild’s college experience. Our hope is that grandparents will see for themselves the great things happening at Goshen College. Please note: the campus visit is also open to other senior adults who fill a grandparent role for a current student.

A full day is planned for grandparents including a reception with President Brenneman, time to attend a class, have lunch with their grandchild and other optional activities.

$15 per person for Friday campus events including breakfast and lunch. Register online or register by mail by October 18.

Schedule – Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

8 – 10 a.m.
Grandparents Day Check-in, Church-Chapel
Please park south of the Church-Chapel and enter through the south doors. Check in at the table and pick up your name tag and tickets.

8 – 10 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
This is a good time and place to meet your grandchild before joining them for chapel.

10 – 10:45 a.m.
Chapel, Church-Chapel Sanctuary
Join your grandchild and the campus community in worship and hear a meditation by President Jim Brenneman.

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
(immediately following chapel service)
President’s Reception, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Meet President Jim Brenneman, and be sure to have your photo taken with the president and your grandchild! (Come and go if you wish to join your grandchild for their 11:00 class.)

12 – 1 p.m.
Lunch, Westlawn Dining Hall
Enjoy lunch with your grandchild and experience the variety in today’s college cafeteria offerings. (No ticket required. Give your name to the dining hall host.)

1 – 5 p.m.
You may choose to attend a class with your grandchild during this time. Please discuss this option with them ahead of time. As a courtesy to professors and to ensure there is room for visitors, your grandchild will need to speak with his or her professor about your classroom visit before Grandparents Day.

1 – 3 p.m.
Campus Tours, Welcome Center
Join up with one of our student ambassadors for a walking tour of campus. Choose a 50 minute comprehensive tour, or a shortened 30 minute tour (excludes Recreation-Fitness Center and Music Center). Tours leave the Welcome Center at 1, 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m.

3 – 5 p.m.
Special Faculty Lectures / Presentations
Several teaching and administrative faculty have prepared special presentations in honor of your visit. Choose from the options below:

John Ross Buschert, Professor of Physics
Science Hall, Room 001

Musician Maker: Hear about the interesting research Dr. Buschert and students have done on the physics of sound. Includes a participatory computer music demonstration of Musician Maker, a system that allows unskilled players to create improvisational expressive music. A score played by the computer limits players to only good-sounding notes!

Joe Springer, Curator, Mennonite Historical Library
Good Library, 3nd floor (elevator is available)
Mennonite Historical Library Treasures: Springer will introduce some of the treasures in GC’s Mennonite Historical Library. He will also exhibit resources for regional and family history.

Glenn Gilbert, Utilities Manager/Sustainability Coordinator
Wyse Hall, Room 123
Reducing GC’s Carbon Footprint: Gilbert will talk about GC’s “carbon footprint,” what measures we have taken and are taking to reduce it, and why.

Michelle Horning, Professor of Accounting and Manager of Java Junction
Java Junction, Connector
Learning Business by Doing Business: Relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or a snack at Java Junction and hear about the operation of the coffee bar by business students.

Jerrell Richer, Professor of Economics 
Union Building, Room 111

Study-Service Term Highlights: Watch a photo presentation of current Study-Service Term sites and hear Dr. Richer highlight our unique SST program, answer your questions and share from his personal experience of leading SST units in Peru. SST combines study abroad and cultural immersion, with service to a local community in a developing country.

Optional activities available throughout the day

Make yourselves at home; we’re glad you’re here!

Good Library Gallery Exhibit: Imagining Community: The Art of Sylvia Gross Bubalo
Good Library, lower level (elevators available)

Michiana Pottery Tour Showcase Exhibit
Hershberger Gallery, Music Center

Prayer Labyrinth and Memorial Bench
Lawn northeast of East Hall, and southwest of the Music Center, close to Kratz/Miller/Yoder Halls. Pick up brochure at morning check-in.

Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Campus Bookstore
More than textbooks. Come on in and browse. Be sure to check out the Goshen College grandparent t-shirts!

Grandparents Day Tshirts

Stroll our beautiful grounds and sit by the fountains – in Schrock Plaza or the Adelphian fountain north of the Administration Building.

Open 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Java Junction, Connector
Too cold to be outdoors? Come relax at Java Junction and the Connector lounge with a hot cup of coffee/tea and snack. This is also a good place to meet up with your grandchild.

Train Underpass Mural, Tunnel under the train tracks east of Good Library
Be sure to walk through and check out the colorful mural that brightens this space designed by alumnus, Noah Yoder ’10, and painted this past summer.

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner, Westlawn Dining Hall or Downtown Goshen
Want to spend more time with your grandchild? Meals can be purchased at the dining hall during dinner hours. Cash or credit card only ($8.70 plus tax). Or, your grandchild may prefer going out to dinner and taking in First Fridays, a popular community event in downtown Goshen. Ask them!

7:30 p.m.
GC Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert,
Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
Dr. Christopher Fashun, Conductor
No charge when you pre-register; pick up tickets at morning check-in.

8 p.m.
Maple City Hoopfest: Men’s Basketball, GC vs. Lourdes University
Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center. No charge when you pre-register; pick up tickets at morning check-in.

Saturday, Nov. 2

(Optional, if you are still in town)

1 p.m.
Volleyball: GC vs. Indiana University- South Bend
At IUSB Student Activities Center, 1700 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend, IN 46634

3 p.m.
Maple City Hoopfest: Men’s Basketball, GC vs. Madonna University
Recreation-Fitness Center

7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball: GC vs. Holy Cross College
Recreation-Fitness Center

Women’s and men’s soccer may be in conference tournament play; time and place to be announced.

7:30 p.m.
Performing Arts Series concert: The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
Eight stellar string musicians who have enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their rich polished sound and remarkable artistry.
Prices: $40, $35, $23 – limited availability
Call ahead to reserve: (574) 535-7566


Please be sure to discuss your plans with your Goshen College student/grandchild BEFORE registering, since some students’ schedules might limit the amount of time they can spend with you.

Blocks of rooms have been held at Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and Comfort Inn. To get the group rate, identify yourself as guest of Goshen College Grandparents Day.

Holiday Inn:
$119.99 double occupancy

Comfort Inn:
$109.99 double occupancy

Make your lodging reservations by Oct. 1, when rooms will be released to the public.

To Register For Grandparents Day

$15 per person for Friday campus events including breakfast and lunch. Register online or register by mail by October 18.