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.

2013-14 line-up

Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center Candy-Yoder---CAPS
“Protecting Our Children,” by Candy Yoder, President/CEO of CAPS
Child maltreatment is an issue that evokes either a strong response or a quick change of topic in a conversation.  This presentation will explore the topic through a variety of lenses including economic, neuroscience, and medical.  Proven strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect will be presented, and local examples and resources will be shared.


Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music CenterBlush
“Faith, Time, and Place,” by Dr. Shirley Hershey Showalter
Using her recently-published memoir Blush about growing up Mennonite in Lancaster County, Pa, in the 1950s and 1960s, 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 how the joys, fears, and longings of her childhood led to improbable paths to Goshen, Ind., and to the presidency.


Tuesday, Nov. 19 at noon in the Church-Chapel Fellowship HallJane-and-Croatia
“My Croatia Journey: Encountering a Land of Beauty and Struggle,” Jane Ruth, Niche Touring
In 1999 Jane Ruth first traveled with her husband and young children in Croatia, a country whose image was still stained by the recent horrors of war. They discovered a country of well-kept secrets: sleepy, beautiful fishing villages, incredible local food and drink, and a people rich in stories that are kept alive. Jane will share stories and vignettes of this country where ethnic tensions ride high against a backdrop of stunning landscapes and beautiful people. Jane plans and leads tours in Croatia.
Cost: $20. Call (574) 535-7565 to register. $5 late fee after Nov. 8.



Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Music of the Season” Ben Kambs, director of the top choir of Fairfield High School
Marcia Yost, Music Center Executive Director and director of the Advanced Crimson Choir of Goshen High School
These two state ranked choirs will present a delightful variety of the choral music of the season. Selections will range from the traditional to the unusual and from the sacred to the secular. The groups will combine together for a final selection.


Saturday, Jan. 18
Bus Trip to Chicago
25th Anniversary Production of the Phantom of the Operaphantom-collage
Chicago Auditorium Theater
Following an acclaimed sell-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will make its premiere in Chicago as part of a brand new US National Tour.  Hailed as “stunning, intense and spectacular,” this production features a brilliant new design, new staging and new choreography.
Cost: $130 includes coach travel, best-seating theater tickets and a box supper.



Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“The Globe,” Jason Samuel, WGCS Station General Manager
 How does a small college in Indiana where the “leafy maples grow” make it all the way to Times Square to compete against every college and university of every size in the country? Goshen College’s student-operated radio station WGCS 91.1 The Globe has won Best College Station in the Nation and Indiana’s Radio School of the Year two of the last three years. Station General Manager Jason Samuel will share humorous and informative stories about the station.

Tuesday, March 11 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
“Percussion A La Carte,” by Dr. Christopher H. Fashun, assistant professor of music, and Ben Runkel, percussion
During the first half of the 20thcentury, composers turned to the field of percussion because of the endless possibilities of experimentation and sounds. Percussionists soon established their own solo and chamber repertoire. Western Classical tradition opened to sounds of world percussion and other cultures as well as various combinations with non-percussion voices. Percussion Á la Carte is exactly what is says – an afternoon of sound combinations that include both Western and Brazilian percussion.



Tuesday, April 1 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Centerpaul-journey
“Breaking Down Barriers: Journeys of the Apostle Paul,” by Seth Conley, assistant professor of communication, GCTV Advisor; Kyle Hufford FiveCore Media General Manager; Bob Yoder campus minister and assistant professor of youth ministry
Explore how Paul overcame religious, cultural and physical obstacles as a leader of the first generation of Christians. A documentary filmed and produced by Goshen College students takes viewers through the journey of Apostle Paul as he broke down barriers to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The film follows Bob Yoder, Goshen College campus pastor, and David Sparks, director of Footstep Ministries, as they guide viewers through Greece and Rome.


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

For more information on the Afternoon Sabbatical series call the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566 or email


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