When Goshen College’s Class of 2008 arrived on campus for Orientation Weekend, Aug. 21-22, students and their parents came from Akron, Ind., and Akron, Pa.; from Aurora, Colo., and Aurora, Ore.; Bloomington, Ill., and Bloomington, Ind.; and Millersburg, Ohio and Millersburg, Ind. They also came from as near as three blocks away and as far as Vietnam.
The first day of classes at Goshen College for 2004-05 academic year on Aug. 25 opened with President Shirley H. Showalter’s welcoming address to campus. Titled “The Meaning of Life,” she called students to develop a meaningful personal philosophy.
In the just-released 2005 U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, Goshen College placed solidly in the third tier of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category for the fourth straight year and was recognized for program strengths that come from the school’s commitment to global citizenship and servant leadership.
The fiscal health of Goshen College continues to be strong as donors gave beyond the college’s financial contribution goal during the 2003-04 financial year and reaffirmed the value of the school’s educational excellence and Christ-centered core.
In times of change, there is both challenge and opportunity, said Virgil Miller, chair of the Goshen College Board of Directors. Taking on an immediate challenge, the Board’s Executive Committee and Goshen College President’s Council, with the support of Mennonite Education Agency, have been working together to plan for the college’s presidential transition following the resignation of President Shirley H. Showalter.
From the spontaneous and toe-tapping melodies of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis to the graceful classical performances of the Wroclaw Philharmonic, the 2004
-2005 Goshen College Performing Arts Series will once again bring performers from all over the world and a wide variety of music genres to Michiana audiences.
When listeners tune in to WGCS 91.1 FM on June 21, they will no longer hear the melodies of Mozart — unless banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck arranges the tunes. General Manager Jason Samuel announced that the Goshen College radio station, 91.1 FM, will now be called “The Globe” and will feature full playlists of Americana and world music — including the addition of public radio’s most popular music program, “World Cafe,” which isn’t heard on any other station in the region.