Goshen College Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 5-7, features fun for all

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College alumni and friends are warmly invited back to campus for Homecoming Weekend 2012, Oct. 5-7. In addition to class reunions, other highlights of the weekend are an alumni bike ride, the world premiere of the 2012 Peace Play winner, the Music Gala, a hymn sing, honoring alumni awardees, the alumni picnic, an art exhibit by retired art faculty, alumni author book signings and athletic events.

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The following is a schedule for Homecoming Weekend events, which are free and open to the public unless indicated otherwise.

FRIDAY, OCT. 5

10 a.m., Convocation: Alumni awardees, Church-Chapel
To launch Homecoming Weekend, the 2012 Culture for Service Awards will be presented to John Driver ’50 of Goshen, Ind. and Rebecca (Kreider) Pries ’66, of Cambridge, Mass. The 2012 Decade of Servant Leadership Award will be given to Grant Rissler ’99, of Richmond, Va. The 2012 Dr. Roman Gingerich Champion of Character Award will go to Keith Springer ’69 of Saybrook, Ill., and the Dr. Ruth Gunden Champion of Character Award will go to Sue Roth ’66 of Stryker, Ohio.

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

2 p.m., Alumni bike ride, meet at Goshen’s Abshire Park
Ride Goshen’s Pumpkinvine Trail with other alumni. Choose a 10-mile or 35-mile ride (round-trip). For details please contact Keith Miller at kamiller@maplenet.net.

4-7 p.m. Class of 1962 – 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 swing dance to GC’s Lavender Jazz Band.

8-9 p.m., Peace Play: “Mr. Maurizio,” Umble Center
The GC Players will present the winning play in the 2012 Goshen College Peace Play Contest: “Mr. Maurizio” by playwright Mic Weinblatt of Minneapolis, Minn. The world premiere of this play will be directed by 2012 Goshen College alumnus Phil Weaver-Stoesz.
“Mr. Maurizio” explores the volatile relationship between a lonely man in his seventies and his “companion” – a young, compassionate El Salvadoran immigrant named Santina who feeds and cares for the older Italian immigrant. Santina attempts to find Maurizio’s estranged son as his emotional and physical health declines. As his body fails him, his relationship with Santina takes a shocking turn.
Tickets are $3 at the door.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6

8-9:30 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 7:45-8:30 a.m.; program begins at 8:30. Cost: $13, reservations required.

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

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

10-11:30 a.m., Chill, Chat, and Chai: Middle & high school students, Java Junction
Chill, Chat, and Chai with GC students. Admission staff available and tours offered.

9:45-11:45 a.m., Class Reunions
The classes of 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2002 will have reunions around campus.

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. Celebrate more than 40 years of marine biology at GC with guest speaker Carl Weaver ’69. Cost: $15, reservations required.

12-2 p.m., Multicultural Alumni Luncheon, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
Enjoy lunch and music with Tony Brown ’71 and hear how GC is becoming a more diverse campus. Cost: $15, reservations required.

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

1 p.m., Champions of Character Reception, Rec-Fitness Center, Rooms 104-105

1-3 p.m., Ultimate Frisbee, Field in front of the Rec-Fitness Center
Alumni, students and friends are invited to play Ultimate Frisbee, whether you are an experienced or first-time player.

1:30-3 p.m., Book signings, Goshen College Bookstore
Life Together in the Spirit, by John Driver ’50
Wonderfully Made
, by Terri Plank Brenneman ’77
The Daily Feast
, by Esther Rose Graber ’52
Pastor and Professor: A Public Faith, by Don Blosser ’59, retired professor of Bible

1:30-3 p.m., Education Department Open House, Church-Chapel, Gathering Rooms 143-144
1:45 p.m. program: “Current Trends: A Superintendent’s Perspective,” by Bruce Stahly ’67

1:30-3 p.m., English Department Open House, Newcomer Center, Room 17
1:30 p.m. program: Ann Hostetler and Ervin Beck ’59 feature writers from the Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing.

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

1:30-3 p.m., Celebrate The Record’s 100th Anniversary, Lounge across from Java Junction
Join former Record editors, current staff members and Communication Department faculty for presentations, displays, conversation and food.

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

3-5 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Bethel, GC Soccer Field

4-5 p.m., Peace Play: “Mr. Maurizio,” Umble Center
The GC Players will present the winning play in the 2012 Goshen College Peace Play Contest: “Mr. Maurizio” by playwright Mic Weinblatt of Minneapolis, Minn. The world premiere of this play will be directed by 2012 Goshen College alumnus Phil Weaver-Stoesz.
“Mr. Maurizio” explores the volatile relationship between a lonely man in his seventies and his “companion” – a young, compassionate El Salvadoran immigrant named Santina who feeds and cares for the older Italian immigrant. Santina attempts to find Maurizio’s estranged son as his emotional and physical health declines. As his body fails him, his relationship with Santina takes a shocking turn.
Tickets are $3 at the door.

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

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

7:30-8:30 p.m., Homecoming Music Gala, Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
Goshen College music ensembles and faculty open the 2012-13 concert season with a gala performance. Performing are the Goshen College Chamber Choir and Women’s World Music Choir (directed by Dr. Debra Brubaker), Chorale and Men’s Chorus (directed by Dr. Scott Hochstetler) and Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Dr. Christopher Fashun). The ensembles will perform as individual units and also as a combined choral-orchestral ensemble.  Also performing are GC music faculty members Dr. Solomia Soroka, violin; Dr. Matthew Hill, piano; and Dr. Beverly Lapp, piano. The 10th “birthday” of the Music Center will be commemorated during the Music Gala and a reception will be held in the lobby after the program.
Tickets are $8 for all general admission seats.  To purchase, call the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566. Remaining tickets will be for sale as available at the door beginning one hour before the concert.

SUNDAY, OCT. 7

2-3 p.m., Peace Play: “Mr. Maurizio,” Umble Center
The GC Players will present the winning play in the 2012 Goshen College Peace Play Contest: “Mr. Maurizio” by playwright Mic Weinblatt of Minneapolis, Minn. The world premiere of this play will be directed by 2012 Goshen College alumnus Phil Weaver-Stoesz.
“Mr. Maurizio” explores the volatile relationship between a lonely man in his seventies and his “companion” – a young, compassionate El Salvadoran immigrant named Santina who feeds and cares for the older Italian immigrant. Santina attempts to find Maurizio’s estranged son as his emotional and physical health declines. As his body fails him, his relationship with Santina takes a shocking turn.
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.

For directions and a campus map, visit: www.goshen.edu/aboutgc/map/.

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