Khadar Bashir-Ali ’85 providing education in Somalia

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Khadar Bashir-Ali ’85 is bringing education back to Somalia. Conflict and civil war have plagued Somalia for decades. In recent years, drought and famine have added to the crisis, ultimately leaving much of the country, and the education system, in disarray. In November, a new government was formed, and Bashir-Ali was appointed to the Education […]

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 […]

Former Aurora and Avon housemates renew their bonds

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We came from all over: Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Goshen, Moundridge (Kan.), Seattle, State College (Pa.) and Tucson. We met in Washington, Iowa – the place two of our group now call home. There were 12 of us. Almost all of us had lived in Avon or Aurora house, side by side on College Avenue in […]

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 […]

Mark Schloneger ’92 encourages Election Day Communion

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Four years ago, a small seed was planted in Mark Schloneger. The ever-increasing tension of the 2008 presidential election was beginning to take its toll on his spirit, and he began to imagine a way to instead re-focus on God. “I sensed a need both in myself and in others to remember where we as […]

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 […]

Ulises Martinez ’04 helps bring a zero-emissions car closer to reality

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A clean energy catalyst developed by Ulises Martinez ’04 is being used to fuel a concept car in Japan. Daihatsu, a subsidiary of Toyota, implemented Martinez’s catalyst in the FC Show-Case, a zero emissions concept car, which was unveiled at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. A chemical engineering post-doctoral student at the University […]

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. […]

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 […]

Naomi Kramer ’12 is helping former Amish realize their dreams

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What happens when a needy student cannot get financial aid to attend college? Like other students of Amish descent, Naomi Kramer ’12 faced that dilemma because her parents did not support her decision to attend college. After five years of sacrifice and struggle, Kramer has achieved her dream. Now she is trying to help others […]