Homecoming Weekend Schedule


Oct. 6-9, 2017

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Friday, October 6

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Homecoming Visit Day (for high school-age children of alumni and siblings of current students), Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
There will be opportunities to attend classes, tour campus, interact with a student panel of current students and stay overnight in a residence hall (optional). Registration required on the Admissions webpage

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Check-in for prospective students, grandparents, parents and siblings of current students, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Registration required

10 a.m.

Homecoming Convocation (all are welcome), Church-Chapel
This special convocation will feature 2017 alumni award recipients. Philip Thomas ’87 and Nicole Bauman ‘08 will speak during convocation. Sheri Hartzler ’73 will speak at the Saturday morning breakfast. Stan King ‘61 and Justine Pletcher ‘72 will speak at the Champions of Character reception on Saturday.

Culture for Service Award
Sheri (Greaser) Hartzler ’73
Philip Thomas ’87

Young Alumni Servant Leadership Award
Nicole Olivia Cober Bauman ‘08

Champions of Character Award
Stan King ‘61
Justine (Clemmer) Pletcher ‘72

10:45 a.m.

Reception for Alumni Award Recipients, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall

11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch, Westlawn Dining Hall
Leaf Raker Cafe open until 2:30 p.m., Union Building

12 – 1 p.m.

Student Music Recitals (all are welcome), Rieth Recital Hall, Music Center

1 p.m.

Alumni and Family Bicycle Ride, Meet at Schrock Plaza fountain
Ride Goshen’s Pumpkinvine Bike Trail with other alumni, friends and families. Choose rides from a few miles to up to 35 miles. Groups will form going different speeds and distances. For details, contact Keith Miller ’71 at kamiller@maplenet.net. Registration encouraged

1 – 5 p.m.

Attend class
Parents and grandparents may choose to attend a class with your student during this time. As a courtesy to professors and to ensure there is room for visitors, your student will need to speak with the professor about your classroom visit ahead of time or you can connect with the admissions office to see a list of available classes.

1 – 3:30 p.m.

Campus Tours (all are welcome), Welcome Center
New to campus or just want to see what has changed? Join up with one of our students for a walking tour of campus. Half-hour tours leave the Welcome Center at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and full hour tours leave at 1 and 2 p.m. Need a lift? Registration encouraged. Request a golf cart ride on the registration form.

2 – 5 p.m.

Road Trip to Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Education Center (all are welcome, leave from the south side of the Union Building)
Ride in a GC bus to Merry Lea and tour some of the Merry Lea facilities and learn more about all of the amazing programs that are part of this GC gem. Presentation by Merry Lea staff will focus on sustainable foods grown on the Merry Lea Farm. Bus will leave from campus at 2 pm and return by 5 pm. Registration required. Limited space.

2 – 3 p.m.

“Financing College” (all are welcome), UN 111
Come hear Kristyn Sleeseman, assistant director of financial aid, and Rick Yoder ‘04, personal finance consultant, talk about financial aid and how to best plan and save for your child or grandchild’s college education. This in en excellent opportunity for anyone planning to send a child to any college.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Special Faculty Presentations (all are welcome)
Choose from the following options:

“Mennonite Historical Library treasures,” Joe Springer, curator, Mennonite Historical Library
Horsch Room, room 301, Good Library 3rd floor. Elevator is available.

See some treasures of the Mennonite Historical Library and discover resources available to you for researching your own regional and family history.

“Inside-Out: College students and inmates learning together,” Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, associate professor of peace, justice & conflict studies, and Glenn Gilbert, physical plant director
Wyse Building, room 319

What happens when college students and inmates come together to learn in a classroom inside our county jail?

“Diversity at Goshen College: Why it matters,” Rocio Diaz, coordinator of parent and community engagement
Union Building, room 111

Rocio will share about her work with diverse, first-generation commuter students and their families.

“Maple Scholars,” John Ross Buschert, professor of physics and co-director of Maple Scholars Program
Science Building, room 107

Dr. Buschert will give an overview of the Maple Scholars Program and the interesting research conducted during the summer months by students and faculty. Then learn in more detail about two of the projects from this past summer as students and faculty present on their research.

“Tanzania Study-Service Term,” Kathy Meyer Reimer, professor of education and director of elementary education, and Paul Meyer Reimer, professor of physics
Newcomer Center, room 17

Enjoy a lively and photo-rich presentation of SST in Tanzania by Spring 2017 co-directors Kathy & Paul Meyer Reimer and student participants. Learn why many students consider their semesters abroad of learning and service the toughest, most rewarding and sometimes strangest experience of their lives.

4 – 7:30 p.m.

Class of 1967 – 50th Anniversary Banquet, Greencroft Senior Center
Cost: $25
Celebrate 50 golden years! Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 4 p.m. Class picture will be taken promptly at 4:30 p.m. Registration required.

5 – 6:30 p.m.

Dinner, Westlawn Dining Hall

5 – 10 p.m.

Goshen First Friday, Downtown Goshen
Stroll the streets of Downtown Goshen and visit shops, restaurants and art galleries at this monthly celebration of all that is good about Goshen. Visit the GC table in the Goshen Theater where GC’s Lavender Jazz Band will perform 2 sets at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.  An exhibition of the needlepoint art of Liz (Elizabeth) Wenger ’73 entitled “Myth and Meaning: Human Experience,” opens this evening at the Goshen Historical Society Museum, 124 S. Main Street.

7 p.m.

GC Women’s Volleyball vs. Lawrence Technological University, Rec-Fitness Center – Gunden Gymnasium

8:30 p.m. 

GC Mens Volleyball Exhibition Game, Rec-Fitness Center – Gunden Gymnasium. (Game immediately follows the women’s game)

8 – 9:10 p.m.

Homecoming Guest Theater Performance, Ted & Company presents Discovery: A Comic LamentUmble Center
All seats: $5
Come see this powerful theater performance starring Ted Schwartz and Michelle Milne ’95. Written by Alison Brookins and directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz ‘12

9 p.m.

The Day GC Got The BluesIgnition Garage, downtown Goshen
Come hear this blues gig, featuring Fred Hostetler ’67, with special guests Eric Troyer ’71 and friends. Admission: $10 at the door or go to Ignition to purchase in advance. There will also be a CD release for Hostetler’s new album Heart Radio, plus a tribute to the Backdoormen blues band.

Saturday, October 7

8 – 9:30 a.m. 

Alumni and Family Breakfast (buffet closes at 8:30 a.m.)

Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
$20 for adults
$10 for children ages 5-11
FREE for children under 5
All alumni and families are invited to start the day with a buffet breakfast, a warm Goshen College welcome from Interim President Ken Newbold and some words from Sheri Hartzler, ’73, a 2017 Culture for Service Award recipient. Parables, GC’s worship team, will also perform. Program begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration required. 

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Free time
Opportunity for parents and grandparents to spend time with your college student. (Bookstore and Java Junction will open at 10 a.m.)

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Preschool childcare (3-5 yrs.)
Church-Chapel, Nursery Rooms Includes snack. Please pick up your children at 11:45 a.m. Registration required. 

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

K-6th grade activities
Rec-Fitness Center, Lobby
A variety of age-appropriate activities are planned, includes snack. Registration required. 

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Middle and high school students
Java Junction in the KMY Connector
Chill, Chat and Chai with GC students. Admission staff and students will meet you there. An optional campus tour will be offered at 10 a.m. Registration encouraged. 

9:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Alumni Class Reunions
Drinks and a light snack will be provided. We will not be holding 5th or 15th year class reunions (classes of 2012 and 2002) in 2017.

65th – Class of 1952, Church-Chapel, Room 100

60th – Class of 1957, Church-Chapel, Room 110

55th – Class of 1962, Church-Chapel, Room 112

50th – Class of 1967, Church-Chapel, Koinonia Room 300-301

45th – Class of 1972, Rec-Fitness Center, Room 104-105

40th – Class of 1977, Music Center,  Room 100

35th – Class of 1982, Newcomer Center, Room 17

30th – Class of 1987, Music Center, Room 153

25th – Class of 1992, Music Center, Room 150

20th – Class of 1997, Newcomer Center, Room 19

10th – Class of 2007, Church-Chapel, Gathering Room 141-144

10:30 a.m.

Campus Tour (all are welcome), Welcome Center

11 a.m.

Intersquad GC men’s basketball game
Rec-Fitness Center – Gunden Gymnasium 


GC Block Party and a chance to interact with current and retired faculty, Rec-Fitness Center parking lot and surrounding area (all are welcome)
Come enjoy lunch from local food trucks and interact with retired faculty members from your department and learn more about what is going on now at GC from current faculty members. There will also be a Student Activities Council lead games,  music, face painting and more! No registration required, food can be purchased directly from the vendors.

12 – 1 p.m.

Champions of Character Reception, Rec-Fitness Center Turf Room

2017 Champions of Character:
Stan King ’61
Justine Pletcher ’72

12 – 1 p.m.

Emeritus Chemistry Professor Reception, Rec-Fitness Center, Room in 104-105

The Chemistry Department will honor professors from the 50’s and 60’s: Hank Weaver, Art Smucker, and Don Clemens. Hosted by the Chemistry Department during the GC Block Party. Grab lunch at the food trucks and join an informal time of sharing.

1 – 3 p.m.

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament (all are welcome), Field in front of the Rec-Fitness Center
Join members of the GC Ultimate club for a fun game of ultimate.

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Biological Sciences Reception: “New directions in marine biology: building on the GC legacy” (All are welcome)Newcomer Center, Room 17
All are invited to hear alumni panelists share about how their experiences in marine biology have shaped their work. Join us for a dessert buffet and good conversation.

1 – 3 p.m.

Celebrate the Library! Harold and Wilma Good Library, lower level
Join us to celebrate 50 years of Good Library. See what has changed (or not) in the building. Visit the displays throughout the building and the exhibit in the library gallery.  A presentation – Remembering Good Library beginnings 1967 – is at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

1 – 3 p.m.

Dedication of the Aschliman Peace Arts Center, Harold and Wilma Good Library, lower level
Join us for an open house and dedication of the of the Aschliman Peace Arts Center.  Come to honor Kathryn Aschliman and her life’s work of promoting peace. Dedication at 2:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Book Signing – alumni authors & editors, GC Bookstore

Sick Religion or Healthy Faith? Beliefs and Practices for Healing Christian Communities – by Ryan Ahlgrim ’79.

Anabaptist Essentials, Ten signs of a unique Christian faith – by Palmer W. Becker ’58

The Bible as Story: An Introduction to Biblical Literature – by Marion G. Bontrager ’59, John E. Sharp ‘76 and Michele Schrock Hershberger ’83.

Recollections of a Sectarian Realist: A Mennonite Life in the Twentieth Century – by J. Lawrence Burkholder ’39, edited by Myrna Burkholder ’63

The Making of a Physician – This Was My Calling – by Harry Graber ’54.

Lithium Jesus, A Memoir of Mania – by Charles Monroe-Kane ’91.

A Calling to Fulfill: The Orie O. Miller Story – by John E Sharp ’76.

The Goshen College Guide to Studying and Serving Abroad: Essays on Intercultural Learning – by Duane Stoltzfus ’81 (editor).

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Soccer Croquet, Kratz-Miller-Yoder lawn
Come learn to play this exciting game of soccer skill developed by Thavisak Mounsithiraj ’94. It’s a fun combination of soccer, croquet and golf. Great for anyone who can kick a soccer ball.

2 – 4 p.m.

Helicopter Rides (pay cash on-site), North end of the Eigsti Track infield
Costs: $20 for campus tour (roughly 3 minutes)
$30 for City of Goshen tour (roughly 5 minutes)
$10 for second passenger (child or small adult)

2 p.m.

Men’s Alumni Soccer Game, GC Soccer Field

2 p.m.

Men’s Alumni Basketball Game, Rec-Fitness Center Gunden Gymnasium

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Homecoming Hymn Sing, Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall
Led by Dr. Debra Detwiler ’79, professor of music, and Dr. Scott Hochstetler ’97, professor of music.

4 – 5:10 p.m

Homecoming Guest Theater Performance, Ted & Company presents Discovery: A Comic LamentUmble Center
All seats: $5

Come see this powerful theater performance starring Ted  Schwartz and Michelle Milne ’95. Written by Alison Brookins ’11 and directed by Phil Weaver-Stoesz ‘12

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Exhibit Reception: Eugene Alexander: The Fashion of Eugene Stutzman , Music Center, Hershberger Art Gallery
Fashion designs by Goshen College alumnus Eugene Stutzman ’73 will be on display, including the dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex And The City: The Movie and the dress worn by Whitney Houston on the cover of Life Magazine. Reception at 5:30 pm.

5 – 6:45 p.m.

Homecoming Indoor PicnicChurch-Chapel, Fellowship Hall

$15 for adults
$7 for children ages 5-11
FREE for children under 5
All are welcome to enjoy a great dinner of picnic food. From 4:30 – 7 p.m. There will be a fun GC squirrel cutout for you to take some pictures with with your college friends or family.

6 p.m.

Women’s Alumni Basketball Game, Rec-Fitness Center Gunden Gymnasium

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Homecoming Music Gala
Music Center, Sauder Concert Hall
Cost: $8, GC students free
The music department presents its annual showcase of student and faculty musicians


Sunday, October 8

Visit an area church
For a list of local congregations, visit: goshen.edu/faith/church-directory

12 – 1 p.m.

Lunch, Westlawn Dining Hall

2 – 3 p.m.

Peace Plays (this performance has been cancelled)