Next Month at Goshen College: September 2012 events

All events are open to the public and are free unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 1-3        New Student Days

New Goshen College students will move in to their residence hall rooms and take part in several days of orientation before fall semester classes begin on Sept. 3 with Monday evening classes.

5            10 a.m., Opening Convocation with President Brenneman: “Passionate Learning, Church-Chapel

Goshen College President Dr. James E. Brenneman will launch the 2012-13 school year in this opening convocation.

9            4 p.m., Organ Recital Series: Katelyn Emerson, Rieth Recital Hall, Music Center

Katelyn Emerson, an organ student at Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory and an American Guild of Organists “Rising Star,” will perform works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Brahms, Mendelssohn and more.

Cost: $7 adults, $5 senior/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC students/faculty/staff free with ID.

9            8 p.m., Taizé worship, Newcomer Center 19

Everyone is welcome to join in worship utilizing songs and worship forms from the Taizé community in France.

11            1 p.m., Afternoon Sabbatical: “Living Our Stories,” Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center

President Emeritus Dr. Victor Stoltzfus and Marie Stoltzfus will relate stories from their individual lives and their 57 years of married life that reflect life-long explorations of the meanings of faith, family and service.

11            7:30 p.m., Umble Master Class: “Hope is a Four Letter Word, by Carl McIntyre, Umble Center

Carl McIntyre is a seasoned actor who acquired the communication disorder aphasia after experiencing a massive stroke at age 44. His hour-long master class will begin with showing the 2010 short film, “Aphasia.” The film, in which McIntyre stars, recounts his experience during the stroke, his recovery and his struggle to communicate.

14            7:30 p.m., Performing Arts Series: Seraphic Fire, Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center

An all-star ensemble of renowned singers from across the United States, Seraphic Fire was founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, and has since garnered critical acclaim, including two Grammy nominations in 2011. The chamber choir has gained a reputation for dynamic, cutting edge performances and a broad repertoire, ranging from classical to contemporary and sacred to secular choral works.

Tickets are available for $35, $30 and $20. Call (574) 535-7566, email or visit

23            Art Exhibit Opening: Emeriti Faculty Art Show, Hershberger Art Gallery, Music Center

This show will include works by retired art professors Marvin Bartel, John Blosser, Abner Hershberger, and Judy Wenig-Horswell. A reception will be held in the afternoon of Oct. 6. Specific time to be announced at a later date. The exhibit will be up until Oct. 28.

28            8 a.m., Tenth Annual Grief Seminar: “Building Bridges for Grieving Children and Their Families, Church-Chapel

Andy McNiel, executive director for the National Alliance for Grieving Children, will present lectures on “Building Bridges for Grieving Children and Their Families.”

For more information or to register, contact Marge Brandeberry, phone (574) 535-7400, e-mail

28            7:30 p.m., Faculty Recital Series: Mixed Faculty Recital, Rieth Recital Hall, Music Center

Members of the Goshen College music faculty will present a mixed faculty recital in Rieth Recital Hall.

Tickets: $7 adults, $5 senior/students, available at the door one hour before the concert. GC students/faculty/staff free with ID.

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

Directions to the college and a campus map are available at:  For ticket information, contact the Welcome Center, at (574) 535-7566, or e-mail