Afternoon Sabbatical


Afternoon Sabbatical was started by community women and college personnel in 1977 as a way for the community and college to connect through programs that draw on the expertise of Goshen College faculty and community members.  The concept has grown into a yearly series with on-campus programs held on a Tuesday of each month during the school year and bus trips for off-campus tours.  Campus programs are held in the Music Center Sauder Concert Hall and are followed by a reception in the lobby.  On campus programs are free except for the international luncheon held in the Church Fellowship Hall.

2014-15 line-up

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center Abner_AnneHershberger_crop
“Goshen College Called and Set the Course,” by Abner Hershberger, GC professor emeritus of art and Anne Krabill Hershberger, GC professor emerita of nursing
Two retired Goshen College professors from North Dakota and Ohio share their very different journeys to become Goshen College students, choosing career tracks and  joining the Goshen College faculty. Abner, a retired art professor and his wife Anne, a retired nursing professor, have 70 years of combined teaching experience.


AnnetteJohnson_DeanRhodesTuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 International Luncheon at noon in College Mennonite Church, Fellowship Hall
“Portugal and Spain: Common Neighbors with an Uncommon Past,” by Dean Rhodes, GC associate professor of Spanish and Annette Johnson, Venture Forth Iberia Travel owner and guide
Discover how the nearly 800 year Muslim presence in medieval Portugal and Spain contributed to a past unlike any other country in Western Europe. The two speakers will share their perspectives on the unique history of these two nations and how their past influences contemporary life in the Iberian Peninsula.
Cost: $20 Call 574-535-7565 to register before Oct. 3. $5 late fee.


Amazing Grace logoSaturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Bus Trip to Chicago 
Amazing Grace
Bank of America Theater
Amazing Grace is the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, John Newton finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his slave-trading father or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. In John’s darkest hour, a perilous voyage on the high seas throws him into a transformative moment of self-reckoning and inspires a blazing anthem of hope that will finally guide him home.
Cost: $130 includes coach travel, loge and dress circle best-seating theater tickets and a box supper. Space is limited.


SusanLong_SophiaJennieTuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center 
“A Musical Treat From Broadway to Sacred,” by Susan Hepler Long, GHS theater teacher and Jennie Sophia, actress
Join us for this mother and daughter program that features duets and solos from a variety of genres. Susan Hepler Long teaches theater at Goshen High School and her daughter, Jennie Sophia is an actress. Sophia’s roles have included Fantine in Les Miserables at Druery Lane Oakbrook Theatre and Fiona in Brigadoon at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.


Dave-Ketevan_CooperTuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Drama and fun – Tchaikovsky and Piazzolla,” by David Machavariani, cello adjunct GC faculty and cellist; Ketevan Badridze, piano faculty IUSB and pianist; Jameson Cooper, violin faculty IUSB and first violin in Euclid string quartet
The husband and wife duo of Machavariani, adjunct cello instructor at Goshen College and Badridze, piano instructor at Indiana University South Bend, has charmed our audiences before. They will be joined by Cooper, violin instructor at IUSB and first violin in the highly regarded Euclid string quartet. Their concert will include a monumental trio by Tchaikovsky and a masterpiece by Piazzolla influenced by Argentinean tangos.



Brian Wiebe_smallTuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Elkhart County: Transformed Through Education,” by Brian Wiebe, executive director of Horizon Education Alliance
Horizon Education Alliance aims to improve the quality of life in Elkhart County by providing world-class learning opportunities for all levels of care. Come hear Brian Wiebe, executive director of Horizon Education Alliance, share how lives are already being changed.

GlenMiller_JepHostetlerTuesday, March 11, 2015 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Creating a Legacy,” by Dr. Jep Hostetler, PhD., retired medical educator, humorist, magician and Glen E. Miller, M.D., retired medical doctor, administrator, author
What will be my legacy? How will I be remembered? Hostetler, a retired medical educator, humorist and magician, and Miller, a retired medical doctor, administrator and author, will discuss ways to create a legacy through an intentional process of living. They will focus on how to emphasize personal gifts, priorities and dreams, and how to prepare for a graceful exit at the end of life.



FashunTuesday, April 1, 2015 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Something old Something New: A Preview of the GC Symphony Orchestra Spring Pops Concert,” by Dr. Christopher H. Fashun assistant professor of music, conductor of the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra
Fashun, assistant professor of music and conductor of the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, will introduce the theme of the Spring Pops Concert. In keeping with the great tradition of symphonic pops music, the program will span multiple generations of wonderfully entertaining popular music.


Spring Bus Trip
The Afternoon Sabbatical committee is working on what  will be a wonderful day of site seeing and educational fun. Please watch for further publicity and your email invitation.

For more information on the Afternoon Sabbatical series or to add your email, call Goshen College at (574) 535-7565 or email


• Terri Plank Brenneman
• Toni Johnson
• Laurie Lord
• Marie Moore
• Mary Ann Roth
• LaRayne Siegmann
• Janette Yoder