Bearing witness, conveying relevance: Journalism students find engaging ways to share stories of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland

By Rachel Lapp
Photos by Zac Albrecht '06

Seated on a reed mat against the wall of a concrete hut, Anna Groff's notes were sparse as she and fellow Goshen College junior Kimberlee Rohrer interviewed Phumile, a young Swazi mother.
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New book released on practical peacemaking for the global church

By Anna Groff

One person can indeed make a difference in the world – starting in their own communities.
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The secret life of microRNA

Bartel receives National Academy of Sciences Award for molecular biology discovery

By Thomas V. Bona '99

For David Bartel, his current work in the research lab is a lot like his memories of his dad's ceramics studio.
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A healing legacy

By Jodi H. Beyeler

When first-year students Stephanie Kennell (Eureka, Ill.) and Kelly Wiebe (Millersburg, Ohio) were both in second grade, they each dressed up as nurses for Halloween,
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Bursting at the seams: Nursing at GC and nationally

By Jodi H. Beyeler

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the U.S. healthcare industry will need more than 2.8 million new workers – most of them nurses – by the year 2010.
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Goshen College Board Policies
Current as of October 18, 2004

Category I: Ends Policies

1.0 Global Ends Statement:

Goshen College students integrate Christian faith, learning and service through an excellent Mennonite college education, at an institution practicing wise stewardship of resources.
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'Ends' are the beginning: Goshen College board embraces new governance model

If you don't know where you are going, how do you know when you have arrived? That question might sound most appropriate for an undergraduate philosophy class, but it is actually the heart of a process that is changing how the Goshen College Board of Directors does its work.
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'Pearl Diver' offers no easy answers amidst visual beauty and tragedy

Though pacifism stands in stark contrast to the violence in the world, when it is tested in real life, the answers are never so clear.
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The process of transformation

Interim President John D. Yordy
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 Peace & Justice Journalism
 HIV/AIDS in Swaziland

 June 2005

The process of transformation

Interim President John D. Yordy

johnyordy Last Sunday, Winnie and I were in northern Michigan for the dedication of our youngest granddaughter, Alexa. Near the end of the service, we stood with the congregation and made a commitment to her and to her parents, Laura and Mike:

We promise, with humility and seriousness

to share in your child’s nurture and well-being.

As I was saying these words, I thought of how this commitment rests on a congregational partnership with Alexa’s parents to nurture her as she grows and develops. I was reminded of the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child."

And then, in a moment of time, I thought of Goshen College and the partnerships it depends on in carrying out its mission – a mission to prepare servant leaders who enable the church and the world to more fully reflect God’s redemptive purposes. The partnerships are many – linking the college with parents, home communities, churches and schools, alumni, friends and donors. These are relationships which must focus, with humility and seriousness, on a common mission that nurtures our students’ development both educationally and as Christians of active and reflective faith.

As faculty and staff at Goshen, we are committed to a learning community shaped by our core values and our mission. In the past, accrediting agencies measured success in achieving this mission in terms of the resources devoted to our educational efforts. Understandings of success have changed, and we are now measured according to our outcomes rather than our inputs. How, then, do we know if we are successful? How do we determine if we have indeed achieved those outcomes defined in our mission and the "Ends Statements" (see p. __) of our policy governance document?

In February, the college’s accrediting agency sent a review team as part of our 10-year reaccreditation process to determine if we are indeed accomplishing this mission and achieving the desired outcomes. They interviewed many of us, examined evidence of all types, and their assessment was very positive.

We are obviously pleased and delighted, and we know that this outcome is due to the united efforts of faculty, staff and administrators as well as our partnerships with so many others. Yet we also know that not every student who attends Goshen achieves that level of academic excellence and commitment to our core values to which we so ardently give our best efforts. When this happens, we look inward to consider how to more effectively achieve our mission.

As we strive to more perfectly achieve our mission of educating students, we rely on our partners to rejoice with us in our successes and to encourage and counsel us along the road to improvement. And we are always considering how we might enhance these partnerships and strengthen the achievement of our mission …

The gathered voice of the congregation brought me back to the moment as we continued the litany of promise:

We will support, by our example and words,

your efforts to provide a loving and caring home,

where trust in God grows and Christ’s way is chosen.

And I prayed through tears in my eyes for all those who would influence Alexa’s values, Christian faith and education. I prayed that Alexa would take personal responsibility to engage those opportunities that will develop her gifts so that she could indeed realize the full potential of all that she can be in faith, life and work …

And I prayed for all of us at Goshen College as we seek to meet the educational needs of our students in the context of our mission and core values. I prayed that we would be an example to our students in word and deed, that we would set high standards and expectations, yet do so with caring and compassion. I prayed that every student who leaves Goshen College would make a difference in the church and the world through one redemptive act at a time.
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