Campus opportunities and services

Arts opportunities

Art galleries

Two art galleries on campus contain rotating exhibits. The Hershberger Art gallery located in the Music Center exhibits works by guest artists, art faculty, and art students. A second gallery located in the basement of Good Library features historical and exhibits and an annual show organized by Art Club.

Performing Arts Series

The annual Performing Arts Series brings world-class performers to the campus Music Center. Recent artists include Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, Audra McDonald, Emmylou Harris, Chris Thile, the Silk Road Ensemble, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Chinese Acrobats, and Bobby McFerrin.

Music activities

Students interested in music are invited to audition for music department ensembles, including Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s World Choir, Orchestra, Lavender Jazz, and the All-Campus Band. The choirs perform several on-campus concerts each year, and one choir tours each year during spring semester mid-term break. Parables, a student worship team, presents music and drama programs at churches and camps throughout the year. The orchestra performs a repertoire of classic and contemporary symphonic and chamber music at on-campus concerts. The annual Festival of Carols in early December has been broadcast on local public television stations. A fully-staged opera, operetta, or musical is produced in alternate years. In addition to these groups, a variety of student-formed groups participate in coffeehouses, talent shows, and worship teams.

Theater activities

Any student may audition for the two fully staged theater productions each year or any of the numerous student-directed one-acts. Students are welcome to volunteer as costume, light, sound, hair/makeup, props and set construction assistants for any of the productions. Advanced students may design or direct shows, including selected one-acts. Goshen theater students participate annually in Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Bookstore

The Goshen College campus bookstore is operated by Follett and is open year-round. Textbooks for all course can be purchased online through eFollett or in person at the campus store. Many textbooks are available for rental or as e-books. Used books are made available whenever possible. At the end of each term, the bookstore also offers convenient buyback services at market rates. Follett contracts with apparel companies that practice fair hiring processes.

Broadcasting and publications

Radio and television

In 2018, WGCS, or 91.1 The Globe, celebrated its 60th anniversary. A year earlier, WGCS was named the National Signature Station by the Broadcast Educators Association, its highest honor. The Globe was also named the best college radio station in the nation in 2011 and 2013 by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, the only station to win the title more than once.  Students serve as station manager and staff members. The station features American roots music, public affairs and religious programs, news, and sports. On the air 24 hours a day, The Globe offers students many opportunities for broadcast experience. Goshen College was named the Indiana radio school of the year four times and the Indiana TV school of the year four times as well, competing against all colleges and universities in the state.

Newspaper

Students edit The Record, a weekly newspaper that includes news, features, perspectives and photographic coverage of campus events and issues and provides a forum for student, faculty and staff opinion. The Record is published in both print and online formats. The newspaper staff, advised by communication faculty members, uses a facility equipped with professional-grade workstations. In competition with other colleges across Indiana, The Record was named the “Newspaper of the Year” in 2016 and 2018.

Creative writing publications

Sponsored by the English department, Pinchpenny Press publishes small volumes of creative writing by students and faculty members and Red Cents, a creative writing magazine. In addition, Broadside publishes occasional short pieces of creative writing in signed, limited editions.

Campus Center for Young Children (CCYC)

The Campus Center for Young Children offers quality childcare services for children of students, faculty, staff and community members. CCYC is housed in the church-chapel building and is a shared service of the college and College Mennonite Church. Childcare scholarships are available to qualifying students.

Career guidance and employment preparation: Career Networks

The Career Networks office offers students the skills they need to become employed during college and throughout their lifetime. They help students figure out career direction, confirm a choice of major, and help students connect with employers by presenting themselves well on paper and in person.

Available through the Career Networks office are career coaching, résumé and cover letter preparation, practice interviews, job search skills, job and internship listings, and alumni connections. This office also maintains an extensive website, including a job and internship bank and resources specific to each major.

Campus jobs

Students who desire on-campus employment should contact the Career Networks office, located in the Administration Building on the ground floor (01), within the Advancement offices or check the online job bank.

Food services

Food services provided by AVI Fresh are available in Westlawn dining hall and at the Leafraker snack shop in the Union building. Nearly all students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. A variety of options are available and are detailed on web pages under the Campus Life heading and on the AVI website. Java Junction is a popular student-operated coffee bar located in the Connector between Kratz, Miller and Yoder residence halls.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

ITS provides the campus with high quality, innovative technology services that are constantly evolving and improving. Goshen is a leader in mobile e-learning. Our iPad one-to-one program is one of the first in the world to be tied to our general education program (Goshen Core).  ITS offers a 24-hour virtual lab service using VMWare virtual desktops to deliver institutionally-licensed software to any device, anytime, anywhere in the world. The campus has a modern WiFi infrastructure in all residential and academic buildings and a 2Gb Internet connection for research and collaboration from the classroom, dorm room or lab.  Students have access to modern computer labs across campus with a student/computer ratio of 7.6 to 1. iMacs and Mac Minis in the labs provide access to both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. All major classrooms have multimedia and computer projection capabilities. Students have access to a full complement of network services, all accessible via a single, personal user ID and password. The campus participates in Google Apps for Education, providing email, calendar, unlimited cloud storage, document collaboration, YouTube for Education and a variety of other web services. Students can copy and print using their GC ID and supplied print credit. They also have access to color and large format printing if needed. The ITS Help Desk provides students on and off campus with tech support. Schertz Computing Center is open 24 hours, seven days a week. ITS also provides all the help and documentation students need to configure their computers for home access or residence hall use. An annual customer satisfaction survey identifies priorities for ongoing improvement. For more information about technology at GC, see the ITS web page at goshen.edu/its/.

Lecture series

  • Frank and Betty Jo Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Series brings nationally known speakers to campus to address a variety of current issues.
  • Eric Yake Kenagy Visiting Artist Program annually brings a distinguished visual artist to campus for lectures, workshops, and interaction with students.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. All-Campus Study Day annually brings to campus outstanding civil-rights leaders who share King’s vision for peace and justice.
  • Science and Religion Conference brings an outstanding scholar to campus each spring for public presentations and dialogue.
  • C. Henry Smith Peace Lecture is given annually by a faculty member of Goshen College or Bluffton University.
  • Umble Master Class series brings an outstanding educator or practitioner in theater or communication to campus each year for lectures and workshops.
  • S.A. Yoder Memorial Lecture annually brings a distinguished poet, novelist, essayist or humorist to campus.
  • Atlee and Winifred Beechy Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Lectureship brings nationally known speakers to campus to address peace, justice and reconciliation issues.

Library

The Harold and Wilma Good Library sustains the Goshen College curriculum by providing quality sources, services, and instruction to cultivate intellectual inquiry and information literacy.

  • Open 85 hours per week when classes are in session, including Sunday through Thursday nights until midnight.
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Course Guides tailored for your class
  • Library Instruction tailored for your class
  • Academic Success Center for students who want to improve study strategies, accommodations for students with disabilities, and writing assistance and tutoring for everyone.
  • Educational Technology Lab for instructors who need help setting up their courses in Moodle or need some guidance with online course design.

Collection

  • Access to over 60 research databases in every discipline or subject area
  • More than 150,000 print sources and more than 200,000 eBooks
  • Royer Reading Room – features a wide variety of Children’s materials
  • Aschliman Peace Children’s Peace Collection – Literature, art, drama, and curriculum to educate children about ways of peaceful living
  • Board game collection
  • Popular reading collection (popular and award winning fiction and non-fiction)

Mennonite Historical Library

The Mennonite Historical Library, housed on the third floor of the Good Library, contains more than 65,000 volumes, an unrivaled collection of published works by and about Anabaptists, Mennonites and related groups (Amish, Hutterites, etc). Resources also include substantial source materials on the Protestant Reformation, contemporary global Anabaptists, local and family history and Pennsylvania Dutch culture.

Mail and Package services

All students living on campus receive a campus mailbox, located in the Union building. Mailboxes are available by request to any undergrad or graduate student living off-campus. The campus receives deliveries of US Postal Mail, UPS, and FedEx each weekday.  No services are offered on weekends. Students receiving packages will be notified electronically and pick up their items in the co-located ITSMedia/Campus Post offices on the South side of the Union.  Outgoing packages and returns may be shipped from the Printing and Mailing Offices in the basement of Coffman Hall.  For more details, visit https://www.goshen.edu/printmail/campus-post/.

Lost & Found

The central location for lost and found on campus is the Welcome Center.  Some buildings, such as Good Library, maintain their own lost and found collection.  Items not picked up by the end of each term are removed, recycled, or donated as appropriate.  To access the Lost and Found collection, visit the Welcome Center Monday through Friday during business hours.