Ron Kraybill ’76 making peace in Africa

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Ron Kraybill ’76 can finally cross off meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu from his bucket list. Kraybill, who is a peace and development adviser for the United Nations, has been working to negotiate peaceful elections in Lesotho since November 2009. Last year, Kraybill assisted in a mediation process led by the Lesotho Heads of Churches, working … Keep reading »

Paths to Paraguay: why we joined the Peace Corps

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By Allison Marie Goertz ’06 and Isaiah Goertz ’06 Like many Paraguayan couples, we like to share a wooden cup of mate, sipped through a traditional metal straw, as we prepare for the day. Later we will drink tereré, the chilled version of yerba mate, with neighbors and strangers alike. As two new Peace Corps … Keep reading »

Heidi Siemens-Rhodes: how to say the final good-bye

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Maybe because her short life took her around the globe several times – from Jerusalem and Bangkok as a child to France and Japan as a young adult – Heidi Siemens-Rhodes ’96 knew a thing or two about saying “hello” and “goodbye.” Or maybe it was because she had to say early goodbyes to her … Keep reading »

Kate Stoltzfus ’05 finds ‘yinzpiration’ in Pittsburgh

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If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh, you might be puzzled by the word “yinz.” To Kate Stoltzfus ’05, “yinz” is more than just Pittsburgh’s colloquial version of “ya’ll”; it is an inspiration. Stoltzfus became a “Yinzer,” or a Pittsburgh resident, after graduating from Goshen College, and began a year of service through the PULSE program. … Keep reading »

Lasting Ties: “A rare chance…”

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On the first Friday of May 1903, citizens of Goshen met in the city’s council chamber to hear what The Goshen Daily Times described as “a rare chance for Goshen to secure a desirable college.” The local Commercial Exchange had been busily raising money to lure what was then known as the Elkhart Institute to … Keep reading »

What matters most: the birds and the bees and passionate…learning

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As a boy growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, Merle E. Jacobs ’48 loved all birds but was obsessed with yellow canaries. From a pair, he eventually developed a flock of 67 canaries – all happily living inside his family’s home. Fifty years later, I had the privilege of studying genetics under Professor Merle … Keep reading »