Earning my global citizenship badge

Maria Byler teaches for her SST service assignment in Nicaragua, summer 2008.

Just before I left for Study-Service Term (SST) in Nicaragua this past summer, some of my friends got back from the spring Tanzania trip and were showing me their pictures. They had all the stereotypical Goshen College website pictures: hordes of cute kids, lots of dusty and shabby houses, brightly colored street scenes. It was … Keep reading »

Still my father’s SST

Sally Weaver Glick in Costa Rica as SST unit leader, 1992-93

We celebrate 40 years of Goshen’s Study-Service Term (SST) this year, but SST began influencing me even earlier, when it was still just a gleam in the eyes of the Committee on the Future of the College. In the fall of 1966, then-President Mininger and my father, Henry D. Weaver, traveled to a number of … Keep reading »

Still on SST, 28 years later


The official understanding was that Goshen College was sending my family and me to Peru for one year as faculty directors of the Study-Service Term (SST) program based in Lima. In some respects, though, the college was simply allowing a professor to finish a 28-year-old “incomplete.” Back in 1979, at the end of my sophomore … Keep reading »

Lasting Ties: WGCS Hosts A Request-A-Song For FIFI Relief

On Oct. 15, 1974, the 91.1 FM evening broadcast featured Khatchaturian’s Violin Concerto. Off-air, WGCS student general manager Jon Kennel (future general manager) and others had spent the day fielding dozens of request calls for classical and rock music as part of a special phonathon. Since the fall of 1958, Goshen students, together with faculty … Keep reading »

Planting ‘Seeds Of The Kingdom’


What could be more fun for a group of young adults than a road trip together? For Matt Troyer-Miller ’05, Elizabeth Troyer-Miller ’06, Mark Gingerich ’05, Randy Keener ’08 and Jessica Roth ’06, such a road trip took them this summer to Mennonite congregations in the Central Plains Mennonite Conference to explore “what it means … Keep reading »

Alumnus Gets Youth Excited About Writing


After spending his career around professional athletes and sportswriters, it was only natural for Byron Yake ’61 to tap his full Rolodex for a cause greater than himself. The former Associated Press sports editor – who was at the wire service for 35 years – founded “Write on Sports” in 2006, a two-week summer or … Keep reading »