Goshen College Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 7-9, features fun for all

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College alumni and friends are warmly invited back to campus for Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 7-9. In addition to class reunions, other highlights of the weekend are the student-directed One Act plays, the Music Gala, a hymn sing, an art exhibit, kids’ activities, alumni author book signings, campus tours and athletic events.

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

Friday, Oct. 7
10 a.m., Convocation: Alumni awardees, Church-Chapel
To launch Homecoming Weekend, two alumni award winners will speak in this special convocation: Kelli Holsopple ’01, this year’s recipient of the Decade of Servant Leadership award, and the wife of Ahmed Haile ’79, who receives a Culture for Service award posthumously, after his death in April.

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

4-7 p.m.Class of 1961 – 50th anniversary banquet, Greencroft Senior Center
Reservations required, $25.

5-10 p.m., First Friday – Activities in downtown Goshen
Stroll the streets of downtown Goshen and visit shops, restaurants and art galleries. Listen and dance to GC’s Lavender Jazz Band at 8 p.m., and try a snack served by Maple Leaf student athletes. Look for the Goshen College tent on East Washington Street.

8-9 p.m., Student-directed One Acts, Umble Center
The GC Players will present three student-directed plays on the theme “Strangers No More.” The plays will be “Overtones,” by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Aaron Kaufman, a senior music major from Tiskilwa, Ill.; “Here We Are,” by Dorothy Parker, directed by Emily Bowman, a senior theater and psychology double major from Millersburg, Ind.; and “Time Flies,” by David Ives, directed by Joshua Hofer, a senior music and theater double major from Dolton S.D. Tickets are $3 at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 2
8-9:15 a.m., Alumni Breakfast, Church Fellowship Hall
All alumni are invited to start the day with a buffet breakfast and a message from President Jim Brenneman and some words from alumni award recipients. Buffet is open 7:45-8:15 a.m.; program begins at 8:15. Cost: $13, reservations required.

9:30-11:45 a.m., Infant-Preschool Childcare, Church-Chapel Nursery Room
$10.

9:30-11:45 a.m., K-6th grade swimming and activities, Recreation-Fitness Center Room 106
$10.

9:45-11:45 a.m., Class Reunions
The classes of 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 2001 will have reunions around campus.

12 p.m.,Volleyball vs. Marian, Rec-Fitness Center Gunden Gymnasium

12-12:45 p.m., Campus tour
Meet at the south entrance of the Union Building.

12-2 p.m., Biological Sciences Luncheon, Newcomer Center, Room 19
Includes biology, molecular biology/biochemistry and environmental science majors. Cost: $15, reservations required.

12-2 p.m., Multicultural Alumni Luncheon, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
Cost: $15, reservations required.

12:30-2 p.m., Documentary Film, “Stages,” Umble Center
Join Kelli Holsopple ’99, 2011 Decade of Servant Leadership Award recipient, to watch this film about her work with youth and older adults in New York City and how they found their voices through theater.

1-3 p.m., Ultimate Frisbee, Field in front of the Rec-Fitness Center

1:30-3 p.m., Book signings, Goshen College Bookstore
“Belonging,” by Britt K. Kaufmann ’96
“Setting the Agenda: Meditations for the Organization’s Soul,” by Rick M. Stiffney ’73 and Edgar Stoesz
“Teaching that Transforms: Why Anabaptists-Mennonite Education Matters,” by John D. Roth ’81

1:30-3 p.m., Nursing Department Open House, Wyse Hall, Room 211

2-2:30 p.m., Mary Royer’s Legacy: Children’s Literature and Beyond, Good Library (lower lever), Royer Reading Room
Join in honoring Dr. Mary Royer’s life (1907-2001), her 49 years as professor of education and the Royer Reading Room’s collection.

2-3 p.m., Twenty Years of Television at GC: A Celebration, Newcomer Center, Room 17
Come hear about the growth of the TV program at GC and where it is today. See clips of current student work.

2-4 p.m., Men’s Soccer vs. Indiana Wesleyan, GC soccer field

2:30-3:30 p.m., Homecoming Hymn Sing, Music Center, Reith Recital Hall
Enjoy hymn singing at its fines, led by Debra Brubaker ’79, professor of music, and Scott Hochstetler ’97, assistant professor of music.

3:30-4 p.m., Music Department Reception, Music Center foyer
Join in honoring Vance Y. George ’55, 2011 Culture for Service recipient, and his contributions to the Music Department at GC.

4-5 p.m., Student-directed One Acts, Umble Center
The GC Players will present three student-directed plays on the theme “Strangers No More.” The plays will be “Overtones,” by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Aaron Kaufman, a senior music major from Tiskilwa, Ill.; “Here We Are,” by Dorothy Parker, directed by Emily Bowman, a senior theater and psychology double major from Millersburg, Ind.; and “Time Flies,” by David Ives, directed by Joshua Hofer, a senior music and theater double major from Dolton S.D. Tickets are $3 at the door.

4-5 p.m.,Women’s Soccer vs. Grace, GC Soccer Field

5-6:45 p.m., Homecoming Picnic, tent by Westlawn
All alumni, their families, students and faculty are welcome to enjoy a picnic featuring locally grown produce. Cost: $14 adults, $7 children 5-12, $2 for children under 5.

5-7 p.m. Goshen College Art Faculty Exhibit and Reception, Music Center, Hershberger Art Gallery
Recent works by teaching faculty in the GC Art Department.

7:30-8:30 p.m., Homecoming Music Gala, Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
The 2011 Music Gala concert will feature performances by the Goshen College Chorale and Men’s Chorus, conducted by Scott Hochstetler, assistant professor of music; the Chamber Choir and Women’s World Music Choir, directed by Debra Brubaker, professor of music; and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Fashun, assistant professor of music. Tickets are $8 for all seats.

9 p.m., The Squoco Energy Company Presents an Evening with the Squendling Brothers, Umble Center
Peter Eash-Scott ’99 and Greg Wendling ’99 present their distinctive blend of sketch comedy, puppetry, video and animation in this entertaining production. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for GC students.

Sunday, Oct. 3
2-3 p.m., Student-directed One Acts, Umble Center
The GC Players will present three student-directed plays on the theme “Strangers No More.” The plays will be “Overtones,” by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Aaron Kaufman, a senior music major from Tiskilwa, Ill.; “Here We Are,” by Dorothy Parker, directed by Emily Bowman, a senior theater and psychology double major from Millersburg, Ind.; and “Time Flies,” by David Ives, directed by Joshua Hofer, a senior music and theater double major from Dolton S.D. Tickets are $3 at the door.

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.

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College Acting News Bureau Coordinator Alysha Bergey Landis at (574) 535-7762 or alyshabl@goshen.edu.

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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.

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