Top 10 Maple Moments of 2014

2014 started out with one of the coldest spells in recent memory, but the last twelve months have left a warm spot in our hearts. There were plenty of memorable moments at GC, including a redesign of the Maple Leaf logo, the start of live-streaming concerts and all the amazing things that our students accomplished.

Here’s a look back at some things we couldn’t forget:


10. President Brenneman is reappointed (and dunked in the fountain)


In June, President Jim Brenneman was reappointed to a third term. One of his first actions as a three-term president… taking the ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge, of course! And in the process, he probably ruined a perfectly good suit. Watch it here

Read morePresident Jim Brenneman reappointed to third term

9. Students earn awards


We don’t know whether any GC students are going to win an Emmy or Oscar anytime soon, but we’re definitely running out of places to showcase our awards.

Read about some of these awards:
» (Radio) National, state radio awards keep rolling in for GC students and alumni
» (Radio) The Globe is in the running again for Best College Radio Station in the Nation
» (Radio) GC named Indiana Radio School of the Year for third year in a row
» (Broadcasting) Student documentary receives national Telly Award
» (Broadcasting) Student wins national award with a local story
» (Broadcasting) Students win top prize in Everence video contest
» (Journalism, writing) Students win state awards for newspaper, literary publication
» (Speeches) GC senior wins bi-national oratorical contest
» (Art) Professor and student receive awards at regional art exhibition
» (Computer science) Students win computer programming competition
» (Music) GC senior wins music composition competition
» (Music) GC students earn honors at state singing competition
» (CIIE) First-generation GC student recognized for ‘realizing the dream’

8. Year of Global Citizenship

1 Drea_Medina

President Brenneman opened the 2014-15 school year with an invitation for students and employees to expand their understanding of the college’s core value of “global citizenship.” Many stories of global citizenship unfolded throughout the year, including stories from Nepal, Palestine, Spain and Morocco, as well stories of global citizenship right here on campus.

Read more stories of global citizenship:
» Brenneman opens school year with call to be greener global citizens
» First time abroad, GC student feels at home around the world
» On call in Nepal: GC nursing students gain experience abroad
» Stories from Palestine: Goshen College students witness hope amidst conflict
» May term courses a ticket to study abroad
» Women’s choir celebrates a decade of world music

7. Men’s soccer nets 500th win


In their 2014 season opener, the GC men’s soccer team earned their 500th win, the culmination of decades of outstanding hard work, coaching and play.

Read more:
» Men’s Soccer Hits Historic 500 Win Mark In Season Opener
» Soccer coaches reflect on program milestone

6. Goshen gets noticed for going green


In the past few years, we’ve really upped our game when it comes to sustainability and shrinking our carbon footprint, and in 2014 we were recognized for it. The Sierra club named Goshen College to their annual list of “Cool Schools,” a ranking of America’s greenest colleges, and we were also one of only seven colleges and universities in Indiana to have earned a STARS silver or gold rating.

Read more:
» Goshen College named one of America’s greenest colleges by the Sierra Club
» Goshen College earns silver for commitment to sustainability

5. New MBA program launches

8-12-14 BU MBA Class with George Lehman-26

In the first collaboration of three Mennonite higher education institutions – Bluffton University in Ohio, Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, and Goshen College – business people who want to develop their leadership skills, enhance productivity and increase profits while contributing to the “common good” now have the chance to enroll in a one-of-a-kind Master of Business Administration (MBA) program called “The Collaborative MBA.”

Read moreUnique MBA program will shape leaders for the common good

4. Men’s cross-country goes to nationals


An historic year for GC men’s cross-country ended in Kansas at their first ever appearance as a team at the NAIA National Championships in November, earning 27th place. (Not bad for their first showing.)

Read more: Historic season closes in Kansas at NAIA National Championships

3.  Students study in jail during May term

Media use_web

In May, 12 GC students took part in a class called “Justice in Our Lives,” part of the Inside-Out Exchange Program, which brings college students together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers behind prison walls.

Read more: Goshen College students take an inside-out approach to justice in jail

2. Students sing for 30 hours during hymn marathon 


What happens when students decide to sing through all 658 songs in the Mennonite hymnal without stopping? Well, 300 people show up and they raise more than $10,000 for Christian Peacemaker Teams in just over 30 hours. Talk about “Goshen College, ever singing.”

Read more:
» Goshen College students to sing for peace in hymn marathon
» Hymn marathon raises more than $10,000 for Christian Peacemaker Teams

1. Students save a life in the Munich airport


Somewhere in the world, there is a man who probably owes his life in part to GC students. On May 1, after being stuck in the Munich airport on their way to a May Term class in Greece, a professor and some students noticed a man who had collapsed nearby. Thanks to some quick thinking and CPR training, several students came to his aid until paramedics arrived.

Read more: GC students’ quick response helps save a life in Munich airport