Virtual Homecoming Week Events & Schedule

Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2020

Due to COVID-19, it is clear that we won’t be able to gather in person during Homecoming Weekend, but we’re working hard to create a virtual homecoming experience that leaves you feeling connected, entertained and fulfilled. See the schedule below for our plans for virtual guest speakers, panel discussions, pre-recorded concerts, trivia, virtual class reunions and more.


*This schedule is subject to change. All times are EDT (UTC/GMT -4:00 hours)

Links for each event will be posted here prior to Homecoming Week


Sunday, Sept. 27

    7:30 p.m. | The Sherer Trio
    Join us as we stream a Sherer Trio recital, featuring Matthew Hill, professor of music, Solomia Soroka, professor of music, and adjunct professor of cello, David Machavariani.
    [Watch here]


Monday, Sept. 28

    6 p.m. | Virtual campus open house for legacy students and siblings of current students.
    There are also virtual individual dates available throughout the week. More details and registration here


    6 p.m. | GC Talks: “An Introduction to the Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice Program” (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)
    Regina Shands Stoltzfus ’84, professor of peace, justice and conflict studies, and Robert Brenneman, professor of criminal justice and sociology, will introduce one of GC’s newest programs, the criminal justice and restorative justice major. Learn more about this new program and ask questions you may have.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


Tuesday, Sept. 29

    6 p.m. | GC Talks: “The Latinx student experience at GC” (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)
    Join members of the Latino Student Union, a recent GC Latina graduate and their adviser, Richard Aguirre, for a presentation about the Latinx students’ experience at GC.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


    7:30 p.m. | GC Talks: “Community Networks and Successful Global Public Health: Roundtable Conversation with Franklin Baer, Rebecca Shelter Fast and Paul Shetler Fast” (sponsored by the Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Committee and the GC Alumni Council)
    Join the 2020 Young Alumni Servant Leadership awardees, Rebecca ’08 and Paul ’08 Shetler Fast, and a Culture for Service awardee, Franklin Baer ’72, for a panel discussion about their public health work and advocacy. The panel will be moderated by Brianne Brenneman ’17, assistant professor and chair of our new public health major.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


Wednesday, Sept. 30

    6 p.m. | GC Talks: “Long-Term Energy Efficiency Gains at Goshen College” (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)
    Glenn Gilbert, retired director of facilities, will present on the decades long work that he led to increase energy efficiency on campus. He will show how even though the campus has significantly increased building square footage, the environmental footprint has shrunk.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


    6 p.m. | GC Women’s Volleyball Game vs. Grace College
    Watch the GC women’s volleyball team in action at GoLeafs Live.


    8 p.m. | GC Men’s Soccer Game vs. Marian University
    Watch the GC Men’s Soccer team in action at GoLeafs Live.


    8:45 p.m. | Virtual 5K Awards (during halftime of the men’s soccer game)
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]
    We will announce winners of our first ever virtual GC Homecoming 5K, hosted by the Maple Leaf Athletic Club leadership team. Gift certificates to the Goshen College Bookstore will be given to winners in each category. We will announce winners in each category, but no times will be announced. Details can be found here. Categories for awards will be:

    • 12 year old and under (boys and girls)
    • 13-19 year olds (boys and girls)
    • 20-29 year olds (men and women)
    • 30-39 year olds (men and women)
    • 40-49 year olds (men and women)
    • 50-59 year olds (men and women)
    • 60-69 year olds (men and women)
    • 70-79 year olds (men and women)
    • 80 year old and over (men and women)
    • Farthest from Goshen College
    • Highest altitude
    • Hottest temperature
    • Coldest temperature


Thursday, Oct. 1

    6 p.m. | GC Talks: Luke Gascho, “The history of the Potawatomi Tribe in Elkhart County and Settler Impacts on the Tribe” (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)
    Luke Gascho, retired Executive Director of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, will share his research on the history of Elkhart County. He has done extensive research about the land, which was home to the Potawatomi people, and how the tribe was impacted by settlers to the area.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


    7:30 p.m. | GC Talks: Shashi Buluswar ’91, “Decolonizing ‘Culture for Service’: A New Paradigm for Impact in the Developing World” (sponsored by the Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Committee and the GC Alumni Council)
    Join us as Shashi Buluswar ’91, CEO of the Institute for Transformative Technologies and 2020 Culture for Service Awardee, talks about his decades of international development work and the paradigm shift he has experienced from reliance on external aid agencies, development organizations and missions to internal ideas, expertise and partnerships.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


Friday, Oct. 2

    12 p.m. | Student Music Recital
    [Watch here]


    2 p.m. | Virtual Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center Presentation

    Jason Martin, the Executive Director of Merry Lea, will provide an overview of the work of the environmental learning center.  In addition, Marcos Stoltzfus ’06 and Jennifer Schrock, respectively, will present on the Environmental Education and Mennonite Creation Care Network programs.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]



    7 p.m. | Goshen College Virtual Trivia Night, hosted by Joe Springer ’80
    Brush up on your GC facts and join us for an evening of trivia fun. How well do you really know GC? Joe Springer ’80, curator of the Mennonite Historical Library, will be your quizmaster and he’ll push the limits of your GC knowledge. GC Bookstore gift certificates to the top three finishers.


    8 p.m. | Peace, Play, Pandemic: A Virtual Theater Experience
    This Homecoming Weekend, the theater department will present Peace Plays of the past, staged in the age of COVID-19. The pandemic has altered how we experience life and how we experience theater. We hope to explore how it impacts both through these short plays as well as its impact on the themes of peace presented. All performances will be streamed only.
    [Watch here]


Saturday, Oct. 3

    10 a.m. | Virtual Campus Tour

    To register and get a link for the virtual tour, email alumni@goshen.edu before October 3.


    10 a.m. | Virtual Class Reunions:
    61st and beyond (Hosted by the Class of 1955) | 60th (Class of 1960) | 55th (Class of 1965) | 50th (Class of 1970) | 45th (Class of 1975) | 40th (Class of 1980) | 35th (Class of 1985) | 30th (Class of 1990) | 25th (Class of 1995) | 20th (Class of 2000) | 15th (Class of 2005) | 10th (Class of 2010) | 1st (Class of 2020) | *We will not be holding a 5th year reunion (class of 2015) in 2020.


    1 p.m. | Virtual Faculty Connections
    Join faculty for GC academic departments for a time of updating what is going on with your department and a chance to ask questions. The following departments will have a Zoom session:

    *Art (see 5 p.m. event below)
    *Biology
    *Business
    *Communication (see 2 p.m. event below)
    *Education
    *English / Writing / TESOL
    *History, Society and Politics
    *Mathematics and Computing
    *Music
    *Nursing
    *Physics / Engineering Physics
    *Social Work
    *Theater (stream one of the Peace Play options)
    *World Languages and Cultures


    2 p.m. | GC Women’s Soccer Game vs. Huntington University
    Watch the GC women’s soccer team in action at GoLeafs Live.


    2 p.m. | Center for Communication Studies Virtual Open House
    Join the faculty and students of the Communication Department in viewing the recently completed Center for Communication Studies.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


    3:30 p.m. | State of the College Webinar
    Join President Stoltzfus ’83 and Jodi Beyeler ’00, vice president for communications and people strategy, for a brief update on the college and a chance to answer your questions via Zoom chat.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


    5 p.m. | Virtual Art Exhibit and Artist Talk

    Join faculty and students of the GC Art Department as they discuss the student art currently on display in the Hershberger Art Gallery in the Goshen College Music Center.
    [Join Webinar | Watch Livestream]


    8 p.m. | Peace, Play, Pandemic: A Virtual Theater Experience
    This Homecoming Weekend, the theater department will present Peace Plays of the past, staged in the age of COVID-19. The pandemic has altered how we experience life and how we experience theater. We hope to explore how it impacts both through these short plays as well as its impact on the themes of peace presented. All performances will be streamed only.
    [Watch here]


Sunday, Oct. 4

    9:30 a.m. | President Stoltzfus will preach at College Mennonite Church

    Join President Stoltzfus as she preaches at College Mennonite Church. Click on this link to view the service.


    2 p.m. | Peace, Play, Pandemic: A Virtual Theater Experience
    This Homecoming Weekend, the theater department will present Peace Plays of the past, staged in the age of COVID-19. The pandemic has altered how we experience life and how we experience theater. We hope to explore how it impacts both through these short plays as well as its impact on the themes of peace presented. All performances will be streamed only.
    [Watch here]


    7:30 p.m. | The 2019 Homecoming Music Gala
    Join us as stream of last year’s Homecoming Music Gala again. See all the GC music ensembles as they presented their first concert of the year in 2019.
    [Watch here]

2020 Alumni Awardees

Culture for Service Awards:

Franklin Baer ’72
Shashi Buluswar ’90

Young Alumni Servant Leadership Award:

Paul ’08 and Rebecca Shetler Fast ’08

Champions of Character Awards:

Todd Woodworth ’78
Krysten Parson ’02


2020 Class Reunion Years

2020 • 2010 • 2000 • 1995 • 1990 • 1985 • 1980 • 1975 • 1970 • 1965 • 1960 • 1955 • 1950