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.

Denotes 50th Anniversary of SST event


Thursday, October 4

7:30 p.m.
Yoder Public Affairs Lecture: “U.S.-Africa Relations: An Ambassador’s Perspective” by David Reimer ’84, Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall
Ambassador David Reimer ’84, a 2018 Culture for Service awardee, will present this year’s lecture. He is a career diplomat, currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Mauritius and Seychelles.

Friday, October 5

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
Registration required.

10 a.m.
Homecoming Convocation, Church-Chapel
Culture for Service Award: Patricia Ebersole Zwier ’76 and David Reimer ’84
Young Alumni Servant Leadership Award: Jes Stoltzfus Buller ’08
Champions of Character Award: Penina Laker ’11 and Byron Shenk ’63
This special convocation will feature 2018 alumni award recipients. David Reimer ’84 and Jes Stoltzfus Buller ’08 will speak. Patricia Ebersole Zwier ’76 will speak at the Saturday morning breakfast. Penina Laker ’11 and Byron Shenk ’63 will speak at the Champions of Character reception on Saturday.

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 4:30 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 of ce 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.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Special Faculty & Student Presentations 
Choose from the following options:

• “50 Years of SST. What’s in store for the next 50?: A Report on the Recently Concluded SST Search Conference”
Church Chapel 300-301, The Koinonia Room
Jan Bender Shetler ’78, professor of history
Duane Stoltzfus ’81, professor of communication

Come hear some initial themes emerging from a recently concluded search conference focused on the question, “How can we strengthen Goshen College’s international education core, including SST, to make it more effective, engaging and possible for our students in the current global context?”

• “Mennonite Historical Library Treasures”
Good Library, 3rd Floor, Horsch Room (Room 301). Elevator is available.
Joe Springer, curator, Mennonite Historical Library

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

• “Latino Students and SST”
Union Building 111
Landon Weldy and Jose Ortiz, current GC students

As part of GC’s Maple Scholars program, Landon and Jose spent their summer researching the experience of Latino students on SST and its impact on their lives, under the direction of Jan Bender Shetler ’78. This a chance to learn about their findings and ask questions.

• “Nyai Oyer Gamelan Demonstration”
Hershberger Art Gallery, Music Center
Marcia Yost, director of the arts
Dr. Debra Detwiler ’79, professor of music

This past summer GC received a Javanese gamelan from Indonesia.  This beautiful set of instruments was gifted to the college by Duane ’69 and Reti Gingerich in memory of Duane 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.  There may even be an opportunity to play it together.

• “Nursing in Nepal”
Wyse Building 211
Brenda Srof ’82, professor of nursing
Jody Srof ’82, associate professor of nursing

A group of GC nursing students spent May Term in Nepal with the Srofs, learning about nursing in this developing country. Hear stories and see photos from the students and professors.


4 – 7:30 p.m.
Class of 1968 – 50th Anniversary Banquet, Greencroft Senior Center
Cost: $25, Registration required
Celebrate 50 golden years! Class picture will be taken promptly at 4:30 p.m.

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.

5 – 8 p.m.
The Globe at Ignition Garage, 120 East Washington Street
As part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of WGCS, stop by the 91.1 The Globe’s downtown storefront studio inside Ignition Music Garage.

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

Saturday, October 6

8 – 9:30 a.m. (buffet closes at 8:30 a.m.)
Alumni and Family Breakfast, Church-Chapel, Fellowship Hall
Costs: $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-11, FREE for children under 5
Registration required
Start the day with a buffet breakfast, a warm welcome from President Rebecca Stoltzfus ’83 and some words from Patricia Ebersole Zwier ’76, a 2018 Culture for Service Award recipient. Parables, GC’s worship team, will also perform.

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
Chill, Chat and Chai with GC students. Admission staff and students will meet you there. 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.
• 65th – Class of 1953, Church-Chapel, Room 100
• 60th – Class of 1958, Church-Chapel, Room 110
55th – Class of 1963, Newcomer Center, Room 19
50th – Class of 1968, Church-Chapel, Koinonia Room 300-301
45th – Class of 1973, Rec-Fitness Center, Room 104-105
40th – Class of 1978, Music Center, Room 100
35th – Class of 1983, Newcomer Center, Room 17
30th – Class of 1988, Music Center, Room 153
25th – Class of 1993, Music Center, Room 110
20th – Class of 1998, Church-Chapel, Room 112
10th – Class of 2008, Church-Chapel, Gathering Room 141-144
We will not be holding 5th or 15th year class reunions (classes of 2013 and 2003) in 2018.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Alumni art show, Found, downtown Goshen
Three Goshen graduates will display their work at Found in downtown Goshen. The show will include Jane Graber’s ’76 , who is among the world’s best known miniature ceramicist, and has been making 1″ scale pots since a few years after her graduation from GC. She will be joined by Maddie Gerig Shelly ’17, her niece, who interned with Jane while a GC student and learned the craft of miniatures. Emma Gerigscott ’14, the niece of Jane and sister of Maddie, will show her capstone craft work as part of her MFA at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

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, Rec-Fitness Center, parking lot
Enjoy lunch from local food trucks (Mexican, Indian and hot dogs). Interact informally with retired faculty members from your department and learn more about what is going on now at GC from current faculty members. Food can be purchased directly from the vendors.

12 – 1 p.m.
Champions of Character Reception, Rec-Fitness Center, Turf Room
2018 Champions of Character: Penina Laker ’11, Byron Shenk ’63

1:05 p.m.
John Ingold Athletic Complex Donor Recognition Ceremony
, at Complex gate
President Stoltzfus `83 and Harold Watson, Athletic Director, will unveil a sign acknowledging the generous donors who helped fund the renovations to the athletic complex.

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 – 2:30 p.m.
Biological Sciences Reception: “Celebrating ‘Culture for Service’ in the Medical Field,” Newcomer Center, Room 17
All are invited to learn more about pre-health education at GC through a panel discussion with alumni working in medicine. Join us for a dessert buffet and good conversation.

1 – 3 p.m.
WGCS – Globe Radio Open Studio ToursUnion Building
Open studio tours will take place in the Union Building on Saturday afternoon. Tour station facilities, meet the staff and record your own custom liner for broadcast.

1:30 – 3 p.m.
The Future of Study-Service Term, Church Chapel 300-301, The Koinonia Room
Jan Bender Shetler ’78, professor of history, and Duane Stoltzfus ’81, professor of communication, will present themes emerging from the recent SST search conference. This will be primarily an interactive event with an opportunity for the audience to share their SST experiences and the impact of SST on their lives and vocations. Former SST directors and unit leaders are all specially invited to participate in this event.

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
SST StoryCorps, Church-Chapel Library
Students majoring in film production will be conducting interviews with SST alumni. Come share about your SST experience. What remains memorable? How has SST impacted your life and vocation? These interviews will be conducted concurrent to the Future of SST seminar.

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)

Judy Clemens `91, Beyond the Grave. Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.

Lauren Friesen `85, Prairie Lands, Private Landscapes: Re-framing a Mennonite Childhood.
Dog Ear Publishing, 2016.

Abigail Gasho Landis `99, Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels. Island Press, 2017.

Mark Liechty `82, Far Out: Counterculture Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal.
The University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Joy McCalister `91, Raising Timber. S&H Publishing, 2016.

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.

2 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Game vs. Marian University, GC Soccer Field

3 – 4 p.m.
Homecoming Hymn Sing, Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall
Led by Dr. Debra Detwiler ’79, professor of music, with special guest, Bradley Kauffman `96,  general editor of Voices Together, the forthcoming new Mennonite hymnal.

3 – 4 p.m.
The WGCS 60th Anniversary Celebration, Newcomer Center, Room 19
Hear stories, browse memorabilia and reunite with past staffers as you listen to an audio documentary chronicling the station’s history.

3:30 p.m.
Men’s Alumni Basketball Game, Rec-Fitness Center, Gunden Gymnasium

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

5 p.m.
Men’s Soccer Alumni Game vs the GC Reserve Soccer Team, GC Soccer Field
This event has been cancelled due to the weather and a scheduling conflict

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.
Exhibit Reception: The Hunsberger Haitian Art Collection and the Nyai Oyer Gamelan, Music Center, Hershberger Art Gallery
Come see pieces from the Arlin and Naomi Hunsberger Haitian Art Collection, a gift to GC that will be on permanent display in 2019 as part of the Union renovation, and the Nyai Oyer Gamelan, a very large, traditional, Javanese instrument gifted to GC in honor of Dr. Mary Oyer by the late Duane Gingerich ’69 and his wife, Reti.

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. The concert will also feature the world premiere of “Bind My Heart,” a work for choir and orchestra by GC graduate and composer Henry Breneman Stewart `14, commissioned in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of SST. Ticket window will open at 6:30 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call.

Sunday, Oct. 7

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.
Peace 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 | Amish Arts 1900-1940: From the Pottinger Collection
Harold and Wilma Good Library
Friday 8 a.m – 5 p.m., Saturday 1 – 5 p.m., Sunday 2 – midnight

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.


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 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.