January 2008 events at Goshen College

Jan. 9
Goshen College spring semester classes begin

10 a.m., Chapel: “Choice Points,” President Jim Brenneman, Church-Chapel

2-4 p.m., Art exhibit reception for Jayne Holsinger, Hershberger Art Gallery
Jayne Holsinger’s oil-on-panel paintings movingly capture the spirit and humanity of her subjects. Her current series delves into her Anabaptist background and heritage to explore the simple lives of a Mennonite family and community. The works are photo-based, and rely on carefully rendered serial images from single sittings.

Holsinger, of New York City, mines art history to import recognizable visual references into some of the portraits. The artist included such references upon learning that the 17th century Dutch Mennonites sat for paintings by Rembrandt, patronized the arts and became painters themselves. The exhibit is up until Jan. 31.

7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Series: Carole Terry, Rieth Recital Hall
Carole Terry, from the University of Washington, will perform works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Brahms and Lübeck.

Cost: $7 adults, $5 seniors/students. Tickets available at the Welcome Center: (574) 535-7566. GC students are free with valid ID.

2-4 p.m., Exhibit reception: African Arts, The Library Gallery
Traditional instruments, artifacts and fabrics from Professor Emerita of Music Mary K. Oyer’s collection, along with annotations and stories gathered during Oyer’s long and dynamic career as teacher, hymnologist, church musician and African music specialist. The exhibit is sponsored by the Art Department, Multicultural Affairs Office, Music Center, Music Department and Harold and Wilma Good Library. The exhibit is up through Feb. 22.

5:30 p.m., AfriCaribe Workshop, Newcomer Center 19
Lecture/demonstration of “Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Music.” AfriCaribe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation, research, promotion and development of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures through music, dance, theater and other artistic media. Limited number of participants; make reservations at the Welcome Center: (574) 535-7566 by Thursday, Jan. 17.

15th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Study Day with guest performers, AfriCaribe

7:30 a.m. – Community Prayer Breakfast, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall; sponsored by Goshen College and Goshen Chamber of Commerce. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Cost $15. Make reservations at the Welcome Center: (574) 535-7566 by Friday, Jan. 11.

  • Performance – AfriCaribe
  • Music – Goshen College Voices-n-Harmony Gospel Choir
  • Prayer – Elkhart County pastors

9-9:50 a.m. – Spoken Word, Koinonia Room, College Mennonite Church
Poetry, readings, recitations and storytelling by GC students.

9:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Study Day Convocation, Church-Chapel

9:50-10:35 a.m. Voices-n-Harmony Gospel Choir and AfriCaribe

10:35-11:15 a.m. “Martin Luther King and the Future of Multicultural America” by Dwight N. Hopkins, professor of theology at the University of Chicago, Divinity School.

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Question and answer with Dwight N. Hopkins, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Series: Smothers Brothers, Sauder Concert Hall
Described as American icons, the Smothers Brothers have been in show business over 49 years, and with a unique blend of comedic and musical talents, these irrepressible brothers have made a sweeping impact on diverse generations of fans. YoYo Man (Tom) and the Voice of Yo (Dick) travel and appear with the Smothers Brothers in concert, adding to the pure unadulterated joy they bring to audiences of all ages. This performance will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Performing Arts Series and is sold out.

7:30 p.m., Taizé Worship Service, Newcomer Center Room 19
All are welcome to come for a time of reflective worship including songs, prayers and Scripture in a style that comes from the Taizé community in France.

Goshen College’s Administration Building, Church-Chapel, Good Library, Music Center, Newcomer Center, Union Gymnasium, Umble Center and Westlawn Lounge are accessible to people using wheelchairs and others with physical limitations.

Directions to the college and a campus map are available at: www.goshen.edu/aboutgc/map.php. For ticket information, contact the Welcome Center, at (574) 535-7566, or e-mail welcomecenter@goshen.edu.

Editors: For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or jodihb@goshen.edu.


Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit www.goshen.edu.