I came to Goshen to be an artist.

But I’m also

Peni Acayo Playing Volleyball

a star athlete,

a scholar,

a volunteer,

a peacemaker.

From being recognized nationally for her volleyball skills three years in a row by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), to having her sculptures and graphic designs displayed in the college’s art gallery, Peni has taken advantage of her opportunities at Goshen College. All the while, she’s been 7,700 miles away from her home in Kampala, Uganda.

Peni has been known as one of the best athletes on campus, setting records and receiving awards in volleyball and track and field. In 2009, Peni was the first Maple Leaf volleyball player to be named Mid-Central College Conference Player of the Year, the first Goshen NAIA 1st Team All American in volleyball and was ranked eighth in the country with 4.3 kills a game. As a member of the track and field team, Peni boasts three conference championships (high jump, 2008; triple jump 2009, 2010), holds the GC record in the indoor and outdoor triple jump and in 2010 was the national runner-up and an NAIA All American at both the indoor and outdoor national championships in the triple jump.

But off the court and the track, Peni is also known for her quick smile and positive attitude, her willingness to give back and help others – whether by holding volleyball clinics for kids, speaking to youth or raising money – and for her passion for graphic design that makes a difference. In further pursuit of that goal, she is beginning the Visual Communication Design MFA program at Kent State University in Ohio.

—Peni Acayo ’11; Kampala, Uganda; art major