A Gateway for the Futureby Luke Gascho
Planning is a gateway for the future. A gateway creates a transition between one space and another, links from one time to another and makes possible interactions among diverse people.
A Pilgrimage of Peace:
A gateway for the future
A pioneering woman on the faculty:
Olive G. Wyse remembered
She was the first woman in the Mennonite Church to earn a doctorate and the first woman to have a campus building named in her honor, and her favorite foods included butter horn rolls and burnt sugar angel food cake.
Wyse was remembered during Homecoming 2005 – a special event scheduled months earlier, planned as a celebration with her of the college’s former home economics program – by alumni, who shared memories and planted a tree on campus in remembrance of her life and her impact on the lives of others over 50 years of teaching at Goshen.
Headquartered for years on the first floor of the former Arts Building on campus, the home economics program graduated 320 students during Wyse’s tenure on the faculty until her retirement in 1976. A gifted and memorable teacher, Wyse was instrumental in establishing a wide range of courses open to all students, regardless of major. She served on committees and was professionally active beyond campus, consulting with Associated Colleges of Central Kansas and contributing nutrition education and workshops for teachers in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. She traveled to Europe, Australia, Japan, the Caribbean and several Canadian provinces.
Residing most recently at Greencroft, Wyse was a member of College Mennonite Church, where she helped teach the preschool Sunday school class for 30 years. In retirement, Wyse noted in 1993, she enjoyed activities she had been too busy to engage in during a busy life in academia, and was still concerning herself with issues of nutrition, delivering Meals-on-Wheels for 11 years.