Homecoming Weekend 2018 Schedule

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Events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. Events, times and locations are subject to change. The most up-to-date information can be found below and not on the PDF above.

 


Thursday, October 3

4 p.m.
Alumni Career Network Highlight,
Wyse Building, Room 108A
Angela Powell ’92, President of the GC Alumni Council, will meet with students and any interested alumni to discuss her career path since her graduation.

7:30 p.m.
Yoder Public Affairs Lecture:“Global Mental Health Policy — Indonesia and China” by Byron Good ’66, Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall
Byron Good ’66, Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School, will present this year’s lecture. Professor Good will speak on “Global Mental Health Policy — Indonesia and China.”



Friday, October 4

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
Attend classes, tour campus, interact with a student panel of current students and stay overnight in a residence hall (optional). Registration required at goshen.edu/visit.


9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Meet and greet for prospective students, grandparents, parents and siblings of current students, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
Coffee available. Registration required.


10 a.m.
Homecoming Convocation, Church-Chapel
This special convocation will feature 2019 alumni award recipients. (Speakers TBD)


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 is open until 3:30 p.m. in the Union Building.


12 – 1 p.m.
Student Music Recitals, Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall


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, Welcome Center
New to campus or just want to see what has changed? 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? Request
a golf cart ride on the registration form.
Registration encouraged.


2 – 5 p.m.
Road Trip to Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, Leave from the south side of the Union Building
Ride in a GC bus to Merry Lea, tour the facilities and learn more about 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 p.m. and return by 5 p.m. Registration required. Limited space.


2 – 3 p.m.
“Financing College,” Union Building, Room 111
Joel Short ’04, director of financial aid, will 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 & Student Presentations 
Choose from the following options:

“Touchstones: Goshen College at 125”
Location TBD
Joe Springer ’80, Mennonite Historical Library curator; and Susan Fisher Miller ’79, author of “Culture for Service,” the history written for the 100th anniversary of GC.

“Gamelan Demonstration”
Union building, Gamelan Room
Marcia Yost, director of the arts
Come learn about our Indonesian gamelan. This beautiful set of instruments was gifted to the college in memory of Duane Gingerich ‘69 and in honor of Dr. Mary Oyer ‘45. Come learn more about the journey that brought this gift to Goshen, the instruments, and GC’s plans for it.  You will even have a chance to play it.

“Ecology in India”
Location TBD
Jonathon Schramm, associate professor of sustainability and environmental education
A group of GC students spent May term in north India, learning about the ecology of the north Indian plains and the Himalayas. Hear stories and see photos from the students and their leaders Jonathan and Katie Schramm.

“Your Goshen College Alumni Council”
Location TBD
Jair Hernandez `13 and Brianne Brenneman `17, both members of the GC Alumni Council, will talk about their time on the council and ways that alumni and friends can be engaged in support of the college.


5 – 7:30 p.m.
Class of 1969 – 50th Anniversary Banquet, The Spohn Ballroom, 109 East Clinton Street
Cost: $25, Registration required
Celebrate 50 golden years! This is a chance to mingle with your classmates. President Stoltzfus will be there to welcome you and someone from Advancement will be there to give you an update on your SST class gift drive. Hors D’oeuvres will be served.


5 – 6:30 p.m.
DinnerWestlawn 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. Learn more at cityonthego.org.


6 – 7:30  p.m.
Lavender Jazz, Ignition Garage, 120 East Washington Street
Come hear a GC jazz combo lead by Greg Smucker ’82 at the Ignition Garage. There will be a table with GC information and giveaways there as well.


8 – 10  p.m.
First Friday Community Homecoming Dance,
Ignition Garage, 120 East Washington Street Come dance the night away. A local DJ will be playing a range of music from oldies to current favorites to evoke the nostalgia of school days.


8 p.m.
One-Act Plays, Umble Center
All seats: $5
Ticket window will open at 7 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.



Saturday, October 5

8 – 9:30 a.m. (buffet closes at 8:30 a.m.)
Alumni and Family Breakfast, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
Costs: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 5-11, FREE for children under 5
Registration required
All alumni and families are invited to start the day with a buffet breakfast, a warm Goshen College welcome from President Rebecca Stoltzfus ’83 and some words from Carolyn Sauder ’55, a 2019 Culture for Service Award recipient. Parables, GC’s worship team, will also perform. Program begins at 8:30 a.m.


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, Kratz-Miller-Yoder Connector, Java Junction
Admissions staff and students will meet you there for a time to hang out and play board and card games. You can also order some breakfast food and a drink from the snack shop. An optional campus tour will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Registration encouraged.


9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Alumni Class Reunions
Drinks and a light snack will be provided. Rooms TBD
• 65th – Class of 1954, Church-Chapel
• 60th – Class of 1959, Church-Chapel
55th – Class of 1964, Church-Chapel
50th – Class of 1969, Church-Chapel
45th – Class of 1974, Rec-Fitness Center
40th – Class of 1979, Music Center
35th – Class of 1984, Newcomer Center
30th – Class of 1989, Music Center
25th – Class of 1994, Music Center
20th – Class of 1999, Newcomer Center
10th – Class of 2009, Church-Chapel
We will not be holding 5th or 15th year class reunions (classes of 2014 and 2004) in 2019.


10:30 a.m.
Campus Tours, Welcome Center


11 a.m.
Intra-squad GC Men’s Basketball Game, Rec-Fitness Center, Gunden Gymnasium


12 p.m.
Food Truck Extravaganza and Carnival, Location TBD
Hosted by the GC Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Enjoy lunch from local food trucks (Mexican, Indian and hot dogs) and join GC students playing games on the lawn. No registration required, food can be purchased directly from the vendors.


12 – 1 p.m.
Champions of Character Reception, Rec-Fitness Center, Turf Room
2019 Champions of Character TBA


1 – 3 p.m.
Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, Field in front of the Rec-Fitness Center
Join members of the GC Ultimate Club for a fun game of Ultimate Frisbee.


1 – 2 p.m.
Biological Sciences Reception: Marine & Field Sciences at GC, Newcomer Center, Room 17
All are invited to celebrate the new Marine Biology semester and learn more about field research opportunities at GC. Join us for a dessert buffet and good conversation.


1:30 – 3 p.m.
Fireside Chat with the President, Westlawn Dining Hall (north end)
Join President Rebecca Stoltzfus ’83, GC Board Chair Dr. Bruce Stahly ’67 and GC Alumni Council President Angela Powell ’92 for an update on the college and a chance to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served.


 

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Book Signing – alumni authors & editors, GC Bookstore
See a list of the books and authors/editors to be featured. (more coming soon)


2 p.m.
Men’s Alumni Basketball Game, Rec-Fitness Center Gunden Gymnasium


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Homecoming Hymn Sing, Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall
Led by Dr. Scott Hochstetler ’97, professor of music, and Dr. Beverly Lapp ’91.


3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Union Renovations Tour and Gamelan Demonstration, Union Building, start at south end
Todd Yoder, vice president for advancement, will give a tour of the newly renovated Union Building. The tour will end at the Union room where the Nyai Oyer Gamelan is on display. Marcia Yost, director of the arts, will give a brief introduction to the instrument and you may even have a chance to play it.


3:30-5 p.m.
“Touchstones: Goshen College at 125,” Location TBD
Joe Springer ’80, Mennonite Historical Library curator and Susan Fisher Miller ’79, author of “Culture for Service,” the history written for the 100th anniversary of GC. Springer and Fisher Miller will share stories of significant events from the 125 year history of GC as only they can do.


4 p.m.
One-Act Plays, Umble Center
All seats: $5
Ticket window will open at 7 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.


5 – 6:45 p.m.
Homecoming Indoor Picnic, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
Costs: $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. Mark Daniels ’00 will be here to draw caricatures for children and youth.


5:30 – 7 p.m.
Art Exhibit Reception: Abner Hershberger: The New York Exhibit, GC Music Center, Hershberger Gallery
Come see Abner Hershberger’s exhibit of mixed-media paintings, which was featured at the National Arts Club Gregg Gallery in New York City in March, 2019. There will be an artist talk at 6:15 p.m.


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. Ticket window will open at 6:30 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.



Sunday, Oct. 6

9:30 a.m.
Worship at College Mennonite Church, Church-Chapel
President Rebecca Stoltzfus ’83 will be preaching. Pre-service singing starts at 9:15 a.m. Coffee is served in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the service.

Other local churches will also warmly welcome you back. For a complete list of local congregations, visit: goshen.edu/ faith/church-directory


12 – 1 p.m.
Lunch, Westlawn Dining Hall


2 p.m.
One-Act Plays, Umble Center
All seats: $5
Ticket window will open at 1 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.

General information

Homecoming Information

Call 574.535.7564 for more information or email alumni@goshen.edu

Welcome Center | Information and Lost & Found
Union Building
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Box Office |Performance ticket purchase and will call
Music Center, Lobby
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Hershberger Art Gallery
Music Center
Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday: 2 – 4 p.m.

Library Art Gallery 
Harold and Wilma Good Library
Friday 8 a.m – 5 p.m., Saturday 1 – 5 p.m., Sunday 2 – midnight

Bookstore
Union Building
Friday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Westlawn Dining Hall prices

Breakfast:  adult: $5.94  | child: $3.35
Lunch:         adult: $7.79  | child: $4.46
Dinner:        adult: $9.75  | child: $5.59
Pay at the door. Prices don’t include tax. Child rate for ages 11 and younger.

Java Junction
Kratz-Miller-Yoder Connector
Hang out with old friends and enjoy your favorite milkshake, mocha, or muffin!

Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 2 – 4:30 p.m., 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Leaf Raker Cafe
Union Building

Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lodging

Blocks of rooms have been held. To get the group rate, identify yourself as a GC Homecoming participant.

Comfort Inn
($89.99 double, 79.99 king) 574.533.0200. Make your reservations by Sept. 5, when rooms will be released.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
($109.99 double, 99.99 king) 574.535.9200. Make your reservations by Sept. 5, when rooms will be released.

Camp sites
Available at Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds. Call 574.533.3247 for more information.

Tickets

Tickets will not be mailed. Electronic tickets for Peace Play and Music Gala will be sent to your email address. Please print your tickets or bring your electronic device so the ticket may be scanned at the door. Paper tickets will also be available in the Music Center at the box office. Tickets are available one hour prior to the event at each venue. Box office is open Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.