Three Goshen College students’ ‘This I Believe’ essays aired

GOSHEN, Ind. – The public radio station in Elkhart, Ind., WVPE-88.1 FM (, again selected essays by three Goshen College students, and aired them between Jan. 10-24 on the “This I Believe” segment of its program. This is the sixth year that WVPE and Goshen College Communication Department have collaborated on this popular project.

The schedule, students and subjects:

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On Tuesday, Jan. 10, senior Lauren Stoltzfus’ essay about the importance of sleep aired. She is an English writing major from Lancaster, Pa.


On Tuesday, Jan. 17, senior Ben Sutter’s essay about the value of a freshly-cut lawn aired. He is a history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.

And on Tuesday, Jan. 24, sophomore Chenoa Mitchell’s essay about believing in hope aired. She is a public relations major from Elkhart, Ind.

The three students wrote their essays for Goshen College communication courses taught by Professor of Communication Duane Stoltzfus, who encouraged students to submit their work for publication or broadcasting.

“This I Believe” is a national media project engaging millions of people in writing, sharing and discussing the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives. National Public Radio (NPR) has aired these short essays since April 2005. “This I Believe” is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow.

Editors: For more information about this release, contact Goshen College Assistant Director of Public Relations Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or


Goshen College, established in 1894, is a 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