October 2013 events at Goshen College

next_monthAll events are open to the public and are free unless otherwise noted.

4-6          Homecoming Weekend, for all alumni and friends

For more information or to register, contact the Alumni Office at (574) 535-7565 or go to the website: www.goshen.edu/alumni/homecoming.

4      10 a.m., Convocation, Church-Chapel

This special convocation will launch Homecoming Weekend. Several alumni award recipients will speak. A reception for all of the award recipients will follow in the Church Fellowship Hall at 10:45 a.m.

The 2013 award recipients include Culture for Service Award: Anthony Brown ’71 and Arden Shank ’74, and Champions of Character: Lynda Hollinger-Janzen ’78 and Fred Litwiller ’62.

8 a.m.—3 p.m., Department of nursing 60th anniversary celebration, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Lynn Canal Kennel ’76 will provide the keynote address titled “Nurses for the World,” and a panel of alumni from six decades will reflect on nursing experiences past and present. Elisabeth Fast Beels ’75 will share about her work in Nepal and unveil plans for a new May term nursing course in Nepal.
Cost: $30. Registration required.

4 p.m., Science Speakers: Global Energy Poverty, Science Building, room 106

Dr. Daniel Lemons ‘74, CEO of GEM Institute and professor of biology at City College of New York, will explain how global energy poverty is undermining health and development for billions.

5-10 p.m., Lavender Jazz 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.

8-10 p.m., Play: “Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft,” Umble Center

This original play, written and directed by Rebecca Steiner, is the true story of a Mennonite rebel, his underground newspaper (“Mennopause”), and the war that drove him to Canada. Set at Goshen College in the late 1960s, it captures the struggle, the rebellion, the political turmoil and the music of the era. Presented by Theatre of the Beat with a live band from Waterloo, Ontario.
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

5      1:30-3 p.m., English department open house, Newcomer Center, room 17

Former president of Goshen College Shirley Hershey Showalter will read from her new memoir, “Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World,” and sign copies. Enjoy a sampling of Mennonite home recipes from the book. Program begins at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public.

1:30-3 p.m., Book signings, Goshen College Bookstore

The Amish by Steve Nolt ’90
Living Faith: Embracing God’s Callings by Keith Graber Miller

2:30-3:30 p.m., Homecoming hymn sing, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Enjoy hymn singing at its finest, led by Debra Brubaker ’79, professor of music, and Scott Hochstetler ’97, associate professor of music.

4-6 p.m., Play: “Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft,” Umble Center

See this original play about a Mennonite rebel driven to Canada by war. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

5-7 p.m., Michiana Pottery Tour showcase exhibit and reception, Music Center’s Hershberger Art Gallery

Visit this exhibit of 19 area artists’ finest work. At least a dozen of them have studied or taught at Goshen College.

7:30-8:30 p.m., Homecoming music gala, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

The Goshen College music department presents its annual showcase of students and faculty. Tickets are $8 for all seats. GC students free with ID.  

8            7:30 p.m., Afternoon Sabbatical: “Faith, Time and Place: A Childhood in Three Acts,” Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

Using her own recently published memoir “Blush,” about growing up Mennonite in Lancaster County, Pa. in the 1950s and 60s, former president of Goshen College Shirley Hershey Showalter will talk about the three-act structure of memoir as it imitates life. Using photos, artifacts and hymns, Showalter will illustrate some of the discoveries she has made in the process of writing her memoir, including her improbable path to Goshen, Ind., and to the presidency, which became more visible as she explored the joys, fears and longings of her childhood.

11           9 p.m., Performance: “Stories from the Streets,” Umble Center

Andi and Al Tauber from Emmaus Ministries in Chicago will present Stories from the Streets. Through music, storytelling and dramatic monologue, Stories from the Streets will bring the testimonies of male hustlers. Free and open to the public.

11-13      Nature and the Arts Weekend, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Farmstead Site

Merry Lea’s annual nature photography workshop will broaden its scope to include three tracks: nature photography with Dave Miller and Paul McAfee, watercolor and printmaking with Judy Wenig-Horswell and poetry with Ann Hostetler.
Cost: $325, which includes lodging at Merry Lea’s Rieth Village, six meals and a full weekend of instruction. Registration deadline: Oct. 1. Email janiebk@goshen.edu or visit merrylea.goshen.edu for more information.

13           7:30 p.m., Faculty Recital Series: Matthew Hill, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Goshen College Professor of Music and pianist Matthew HIll will present a solo piano recital in Rieth Recital Hall.
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID. Tickets available at the door one hour before the concert.

15            7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Series: An Evening with Garrison Keillor, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

Enjoy an evening with one of the most popular American storytellers of all time! Returning to Goshen College for the first time since 1985, Garrison Keillor will share hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood.” Best known for his popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor is a best-selling author, humorist and captivating speaker who combines poignant story telling with a wonderfully dry sense of humor.
This show is sold out. To place your name on the waiting list, contact the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566.

19           9 a.m., Workshops for Latino Families, Union Building, room 111

This monthly workshop provides Latino families with added knowledge, hands-on experiences and necessary tools and resources as they guide their children through their school years and prepare for college and the future.

25           7:30 p.m., Rieth Chamber Series: Villiers String Quartet, Music Center’s Sauder Concert Hall

At the forefront of innovation and creativity in chamber music, the UK-based Villiers Quartet (VQ) has become known for their masterful interpretations of works by English composers such as Edward Elgar and Frederick Delius. They hit worldwide acclaim last year after launching the first online VQ New Works Competition, reaching a global audience that voted online for three finalists, one of which was GC composition student, Henry Stewart. Henry’s piece “Threnody/Images” will be performed at Villier’s Goshen concert.
Tickets:  $15. General admission. Available via the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566, online at www.goshen.edu/tickets or at the door as tickets are available.

26           7:30 p.m., Chamber Choir Fall Concert, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

The Goshen College Chamber Choir, directed by Associate Professor of Music Scott Hochstetler, will present the first of two choral performances in Rieth Recital Hall. The choir will present works for solo chorus, chorus with piano and chorus with organ.
Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID. Tickets available at the door one hour before the concert.

27           4 p.m., Chamber Choir Fall Concert, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

The Goshen College Chamber Choir, directed by Associate Professor of Music Scott Hochstetler, will present the second of two choral performances in Rieth Recital Hall. The choir will present works for solo chorus, chorus with piano and chorus with organ.
Tickets: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. GC faculty/staff/students free with ID. Tickets available at the door one hour before the concert.

29            7:30 p.m., Paraguay Primeval: Original songs composed and performed by Carol Ann Weaver and Rebecca Campbell, Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall

Paraguay Primeval is a musical work by Carol Ann Weaver that tells the story of Mennonites who fled to Paraguay from Stalinist Russia and who emigrated from Canada in order to establish their own schools. Drawing on stories and literary works from and about Paraguay by Rudy Wiebe, Dora Dueck and others, Weaver’s composition tells of the intense faith and struggles of the immigrants and celebrates the natural beauty of the Chaco in evocative songs, exquisitely rendered by vocalist Rebecca Campbell.
Contact Ann Hostetler at (574) 535-7469 for more information.

 

Goshen College’s Administration Building, Church-Chapel, Good Library, Music Center, Newcomer Center and Umble Center are accessible to people using wheelchairs and others with physical limitations.

Directions to the college and a campus map are available at: www.goshen.edu/aboutgc/map.php. For ticket information, contact the Welcome Center, at (574) 535-7566, or email welcomecenter@goshen.edu.

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen Campus News Bureau Coordinator Brian Yoder Schlabach at (574) 535-7572 or brianas@goshen.edu.

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