• What joy! Home again at last!

    April 8, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    Members of Goshen College’s Peru Study-Service Term unit for Spring 2014 arrived back in the United States on Monday. One student, Malaina, left the group in Houston, Texas – the group’s point of... [read more]

  • Retreat: Surf and turf fun

    April 8, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    During their concluding retreat, Goshen College students in the Peru Study-Service-Term program were tasked with reflecting on the past three months. They discussed the highlights and challenges of service,... [read more]

  • Peru SST retreat: Looking back and ahead

    April 7, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    After nearly three months of study and service in Peru, Goshen College students had a final opportunity for focused reflection on their experiences and on the joys and potential challenges of returning... [read more]

  • Homeward bound: 15 fantastic students

    April 7, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    Goshen College students returned to Lima from our concluding retreat at the beach on Sunday afternoon and arrived back at Casa Goshen for three hours of final preparations. They discarded unwanted items,... [read more]

  • Heading home…leaving home…

    April 7, 2014 - from Tanzania Study-Service Term

    It’s official.  The Tanzania SST 2014 group has safely launched from the airport in Dar es Salaam heading home. Students spent the day visiting their Dar host families, resting, and doing some last... [read more]

  • Final retreat in Zanzibar

    April 5, 2014 - from Tanzania Study-Service Term

    We just returned this Saturday April 5th from our final 3-day retreat in Zanzibar.  We left Musoma on Tuesday morning via bus to the town of Mwanza, also on Lake Victoria. In Mwanza we caught an airplane... [read more]

  • Safely back from service!

    March 31, 2014 - from Tanzania Study-Service Term

    Today was a day of mixed emotions!  The students all safely arrived back in Musoma from their various service locations and of course were delighted to reconnect and see one another again! However, it... [read more]

  • Teaching in Magoto

    March 27, 2014 - from Tanzania Study-Service Term

    On Tuesday we made our last visit to students on service, visiting Seth Yoder in Tarime Mogoto. We left Tuesday morning, wondering whether we would have trouble getting up the muddy escarpment slopes considering... [read more]

  • Goshen College earns silver for commitment to sustainability

    March 10, 2014 - from Going Green : Ecological Stewardship at Goshen College

    Goshen College recently earned a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report, which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to sustainable... [read more]

  • Reflections on the Sustainability Summit

    November 20, 2013 - from Sustainablog

    (November 8-10, 2013)The gathering was all about sustainability! Not only was that true of the name of the conference, but I could feel it emanating from the participants as I entered the meeting room.... [read more]

  • Fall: A Reflection on Dark and Light

    November 1, 2013 - from Sustainablog

    Dateline October 27, 2013The latest IPCC report on Climate Change was out Sept 30thand it indicates that indeed we are in climate trouble.  Big trouble.  No news to many of you tuning into this... [read more]

  • Exploring a Community through a Common Resource - Canoeing the Elkhart River

    October 23, 2013 - from Sustainablog

    In a society that so prizes individualism and private rights, it is easy to forget how many things we hold in common.  Air is the primary example.  It is easy to forget about air since it is... [read more]

  • Launching

    September 6, 2013 - from Sustainablog

    On a recent Sunday afternoon, the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College hosted the hundreds of incoming 1stYear students on its lush trails. The sun beamed, the cicadas buzzed, and... [read more]

  • Final Farewells

    June 27, 2013 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

      I write this final blog from Nairobi at the Mennonite Guest House.  On Wednesday, we came to town (4-5 hour drive) to return Beryl, Dedan, Erick, and Hannah to their homes in addition to bringing... [read more]

  • Segera Visit and Weekend Renewal

    June 23, 2013 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

    On Friday we visited Segera Ranch, a ranch that borders Mpala ranch where we are staying.  Segera works closely with its community members on its borders and we heard a  presentation by Njenga, the coordinator... [read more]

  • Data analysis, wild dogs, and Jessel Ranch visit

    June 23, 2013 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

    This morning we all worked on organizing and analyzing the data that we gathered during our field visits earlier in the course. However, later in the morning, Ryan suddenly came around and whispered urgently... [read more]

  • Behavioral ecology of large herbivores

    June 23, 2013 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

    ‘I have seen two lions” Mara reported as she struggled to catch her breath. “Where? ” Prof asked. As soon as the answer came we all ran to the direction of where she had seen them.... [read more]

  • Reentering Civilization

    June 14, 2013 - from Blogs » Camping and Recreation

    I don’t like saying goodbye to the Boundary Waters.  I’ve only had to do it twice in my life, but each time has been dreadful.  Yet on our last day, each of us were forced to bid the Waters... [read more]

  • Crossing The Border

    June 11, 2013 - from Blogs » Camping and Recreation

    As a direct result of the ice, our plans for the Boundary Waters changed daily.  Instead of heading straight North on our first day, we were forced to push East as the ice permitted to get as close to... [read more]

  • Navigating to Lake Agnes

    June 10, 2013 - from Blogs » Camping and Recreation

    When I awoke on our fifth day in the Boundary Waters, I knew it was a day to make up for lost time.  The barrier between us and the next portage had melted into the lake, and it was time to put a significant... [read more]