If you build it, they will come

In January, the second phase of a major apartment building and the six-year initiative to improve housing to accommodate a growing number of students living on campus came to an end. The construction added 93 single rooms – in 25 apartments – to an existing four-story apartment building as well as a new main entrance from the east parking lot, an elevator providing ADA-accessibility to all units and a two-story townhouse-style unit for the apartment manager. In addition to their amenities, the apartments were designed and built to lessen their impact on the environment. The first phase was completed in 2004.

Three new majors added

Starting in the fall of 2008, the college will offer three new majors: broadcasting, journalism and public relations in the Communication Department. As part of the new curriculum, new minors also will be available in these areas of study.

Previously, the department offered a major in communication, three minors and seven concentrations. “The new majors and minors provide more opportunity for specific career preparation within the communications field and the fourth possibility of a communication major with generalist, film studies or multimedia concentrations continues to provide a broad base for students who wish to study several areas of communication,” said Associate Professor of Communication Pat McFarlane.

The broadcast major also has full use of new high-definition video production systems for television broadcast quality production.

Absolutely! (perhaps)

Do any of us ever have a complete knowledge of the truth? (Left to right) First-year Andrea Kraybill (Elkhart, Ind.), junior Grace Eidmann (Antioch, Ill.), first-year Brian Waidelich (Wauseon, Ohio), junior Gina Stutzman (Battle Creek, Mich.) and junior Ellen McCrae (Lakewood, Colo.) perform in the spring mainstage play “Absolutely! ,” by Luigo Pirandello and adapted by Martin Sherman in which that is the central question. Directed by Professor of Theater Doug Liechty Caskey, the production was performed March 28-30, April 4-6 and was one of the first U.S. amateur productions of this 2003 adaptation of a play written nearly a century ago.

Going green with grease

French fries might not be eaten with as much guilt on campus anymore. On Earth Day, April 22, the campus appropriately celebrated the newly completed biodiesel plant (located in a corner of the college’s heating plant), which converts used cooking grease from the dining hall (which produces about 12 gallons a week) into biodiesel to be used on campus. French fries – fried in such cooking grease – were the event’s food of choice. The four chemistry majors who planned and built the project – (left to right) Sae Chan Lee (Jr., Goshen), Nate Herr (Sr., Lowville, N.Y.), Neil Detweiler (Sr., Goshen) and Mitch Yoder (Sr., Oskaloosa, Iowa) – offer cheers to each other with fries. This was the first project supported by the college’s new Ecological Stewardship Committee.

'Amish Grace' on Christianity Today's book list

When Christianity Today announced its 2008 Book Awards,“Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy” (Jossey- Bass, 2007) received an award of merit in the “Christianity and culture” category.

Goshen College Professor of History Steve Nolt, a leading expert on the Amish, is one of the coauthors of the book. In response to the 2006 Amish school tragedy in Nickel Mines, Pa., the book explores the history, theology and culture of the Amish, connecting forgiveness to their entire way of life.

There were 359 books nominated for the Book Awards; 10 winners and 11 awards of merit were recognized.

When religion and science come together

During the 2008 Goshen College Conference on Religion and Science on March 28-30, Holmes Rolston III, regarded as the pioneer of environmental ethics, was the featured presenter (at front table, on the right). The annual conference, organized by Professor of Physics Carl Helrich (at front table, on the left), continues to be respected and appreciated, especially for its model of small, moderated discussion sessions that provide participants an opportunity to address topics with the presenter and each other.

Encore! Encore!

The annual Concerto-Aria Competition Concert on Feb. 9 featured four outstanding music student soloists (above) – junior Mio Kurahashi, a music major from Hiroshima, Japan, on piano; junior Anna Showalter, a music and history double major from Waynesboro, Pa., on piano; sophomore Rachel Yoder, a nursing major from Goshen, on violin; and senior Peter Miller, an English and music double major from Evanston, Ill., on cello – accompanied by the Goshen College Orchestra.

Winner of 2008 peace speech contest focuses on ending child labor

The community and college convened on Feb. 5 to hear speeches by five Goshen College students on subjects concerning principles of peace in the 2008 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

Senior art major Nicole Boyd (Goshen, Ind.) won first place in the contest for her speech, “The loss of a childhood: A call to action on pursuing the end of child labor.” In her research, Boyd made links between different industries and their involvement and perpetuation of child labor.

First-year Jacob Kraybill, (Lancaster, Pa.) won second place for his speech, “Unpacking the issues: Gay marriage in America.” Other participants were sophomore Piper Voge (Southport, Ind.), senior Tim Showalter (Harrisonburg, Va.), and first-year Ciara Reyes (Goshen, Ind.).

Praying for war no more

  First year Audrey Engle (Salem, Ore.) and other students silently hold candles during an interfaith vigil on March 19, the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. They and 150 campus and community members lamented all deaths that have resulted from the war and prayed for peace.

New vice president for enrollment management appointed

Executive Director of Enrollment Lynn Jackson was promoted to the new position of vice president for enrollment management on March 17. She retains the duties as the college’s executive director of enrollment, which she has held since July 1, 2006.

Jackson earned her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1980, a master’s of education and counseling/ school psychology from Wichita State University in 1986 and is a doctoral candidate in student affairs in higher education at Kansas State University. She has held admission leadership positions at Maryville University of Saint Louis, Hesston (Kan.) College, University of Charleston (W.Va.), Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., and Friends University in Wichita, Kan.

“Lynn’s appointment will give enrollment management a more direct voice on the President’s Council and a stronger role in developing a comprehensive enrollment strategy for Goshen College,” said President Jim Brenneman.

Remembering King

Guests at the 15th annual all-school Martin Luther King Jr. Study Day on Jan. 21 enjoyed a performance by the college’s Voices-n-Harmony Gospel Choir during the day’s convocation. The study day commemorating King’s life also featured performances by the Chicago-based group AfriCaribe and a speech about the future of multiculturalism by Dwight Hopkins, professor of theology at the University of Chicago, Divinity School.

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