Homecoming Weekend 2019 Schedule

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 that was mailed in July.

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), Welcome Center, Union Building
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, Welcome Center, Union Building
Coffee available. Registration required.

10 a.m.
Homecoming Convocation, Church-Chapel
This special convocation will feature 2019 alumni award recipients. Minh Nguyen Kauffman ’74 and Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma ’05 will speak at this convocation and Carolyn Sauder ’55 will speak at the alumni breakfast on Saturday morning. Kari Heusinkveld ’12 and Garrett Cannizzo ’12 will speak at the Champions of Character Reception on Saturday.

Culture for Service Award
Minh Nguyen Kauffman ’74, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Carolyn (Yoder) Sauder ’55, Archbold, Ohio

Young Alumni Servant Leadership Award
Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma ’05, Three Rivers, Michigan

Champions of Character Award
Kari Heusinkveld ’12, Kalona, Iowa
Garrett Cannizzo ’12, Elkhart, Indiana

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, Welcome Center, 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 the Welcome Center 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”
Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall
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”
Newcomer Center, Room 17
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”
Union Building 111
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 Reception, 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.
Theater: “Working Between the Lines,” Umble Center
All seats: Free and unreserved
The evening will feature short plays and scenes written, directed, designed and acted by GC students. The performance is coordinated by senior Violet Smucker in partial completion of her theater degree.

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 (Yoder) 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, Union Building, Leaf Raker Cafe 
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.
• 65th – Class of 1954, Church Chapel, Room 110
• 60th – Class of 1959, Church Chapel, Room 112
55th – Class of 1964, Church Chapel, Koinonia Room
50th – Class of 1969, Newcomer Center, Room 19
45th – Class of 1974, Rec Fitness Center, Room 104 
40th – Class of 1979, Music Center, Room 110
35th – Class of 1984, Church Chapel, Gathering Rooms  (East)
30th – Class of 1989, Music Center, Room 153
25th – Class of 1994, Music Center, Room 150
20th – Class of 1999, Church Chapel, Gathering Rooms (West)
10th – Class of 2009, Newcomer Center, Room 17
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 Corn Hole Tournament, Rec-Fitness Center
Hosted by the GC Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Enjoy lunch from local food trucks (Mexican, Indian and hot dogs) and join GC students playing in a corn hole on the lawn. There will be prizes for the top student teams and the top alumni/family teams. Food can be purchased directly from the vendors. To sign your team up for the corn hole tournament, click here, or you can sign up at the RFC on Saturday.

12 – 1 p.m.
Champions of Character Reception, Rec-Fitness Center, Turf Room
2019 Champions of Character:
Kari Heusinkveld ’12Kalona, Iowa
Garrett Cannizzo ’12Elkhart, Indiana

1 p.m.
Men’s Soccer  Game vs. Marian University, GC Soccer Field

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 – 2:30 p.m.
Fireside Chat with the President, Westlawn Dining Hall (south 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

Gina Alicea ’83, Painted Prayers, BookBaby Publishing, 2019.

Lauren Friesen ’85 (editor), Mennonite Ethics: From Isolation to Engagement, FriesenPress, 2018.

Kathryn Miller Hollopeter ’57, The Shunammite: Almost a Queen. Christian Faith Publishing, 2018.

Terri Leichty ’87, Body Love | Food Peace. Ten Practices to End the War.   www.bodylovefoodpeace.com, 2017.

Donna Stoltzfus ’86, Captive. Schiffer Publishing, 2016.

David Waltner-Toews ’71, Eat the Beetles: An Exploration into our Conflicted Relationship with Insects. ECW Press, 2017 and The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology and a Sustainable Society. EWC Press, 2013.

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.
In honor of GC’s 125th anniversary, all hymns sung will be composed by GC faculty and alumni.

3 p.m.
Men’s Alumni Basketball Game, Rec-Fitness Center Gunden Gymnasium
In honor of GC’s 125th anniversary, this year’s hymn sing will feature songs written by GC faculty and alumni.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Union Renovations Tour and Gamelan Demonstration, Welcome Center, Union Building
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.

3:45 – 5:15 p.m.
“Touchstones: Goshen College at 125,” Music Center, Rieth Recital Hall
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.

Theater: “The Squendling Brothers Present: Hey! It’s Your Reunion! Now What? or, The Best Way to Avoid the Uncomfortable Experience of Alumni Weekend is By Sitting in a Dark Theater, Watching a Show, and Not Talking to Anyone,” Umble Center
All seats: $5
Join Peter Eash-Scott ’99 and Greg Wendling ’99 for a fun Sketch Comedy Revue.
Ticket window will open at 3 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.
Theater: “We Know There Are Oceans, Umble Center
All seats: $5
Michelle Milne’s ’95 stories and Heather Kropf’s ’94 songs wind together through cross-country travel and journeys of the heart, exploring the edges of our worlds and the harbors of our homes. For more information visit www.weknowthereareoceans.com.
Ticket window will open at 1 p.m. for ticket purchase or will call..

3 p.m.
Goshen Monologues, Administration Building, room 28
Come watch a video of last year’s Goshen Monologues.


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. – 1 p.m., Saturday: 11:30 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 – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – midnight

Union Building
Friday: 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Westlawn Dining Hall prices

Breakfast:  adult: $6.07  | child: $3.42
Lunch:         adult: $7.96  | child: $4.56
Dinner:        adult: $9.96  | child: $5.71
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: 2 – 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.


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. – 1:00 p.m. and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.