Homecoming to go virtual

Due to the global pandemic, Goshen College’s Homecoming activities will go virtual, with a full week of online programming planned for Virtual Homecoming Week, Sept. 27 through Oct. 4, 2020.

“We very much wish we could gather in person, but our primary goal this fall is to ensure that we can safely meet our primary educational goals for our current students and employees,” said Dan Koop Liechty, director of alumni engagement. “We look forward to a time when we can all be back on campus for Homecoming, but in the meantime, we have a fantastic week of virtual events scheduled that anyone, anywhere in the world can enjoy.”

Virtual events include virtual concerts, plays, speakers, trivia, class reunions and other ways for alumni and friends to connect during the week.

The full schedule, with viewing links, is online at goshen.edu/homecoming. Events will be broadcast on the live-stream page and Facebook Live.


Virtual Homecoming Week 2020 schedule:
(All events subject to change)

Sunday, Sept. 27

7:30 p.m. | The Sherer Trio, featuring Matthew Hill, professor of music; Solomia Soroka, professor of music; and adjunct professor of cello, David Machavariani.

Monday, Sept. 28

6 p.m. | Virtual campus open house for legacy students and siblings of current students.

6 p.m. | GC Talks: “An Introduction to the Criminal Justice and Restorative Justice Program” with Regina Shands Stoltzfus ’84, professor of peace, justice and conflict studies, and Robert Brenneman, professor of criminal justice and sociology (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)

Tuesday, Sept. 29

6 p.m. | GC Talks: “The Latinx student experience at GC” (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)

7:30 p.m. | GC Talks: “Community Networks and Successful Global Public Health: Roundtable Conversation” with Franklin Baer ’72, Rebecca Shelter Fast ’08 and Paul Shetler Fast ’08 (sponsored by the Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Committee and the GC Alumni Council)

Wednesday, Sept. 30

6 p.m. | GC Talks: “Long-Term Energy Efficiency Gains at Goshen College” with Glenn Gilbert, retired director of facilities (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)

6 p.m. | GC Women’s Volleyball Game vs. Grace College at GoLeafs Live.

8 p.m. | GC Men’s Soccer Game vs. Marian University at GoLeafs Live.

8:45 p.m. | Virtual 5K Awards (during halftime of the men’s soccer game)

Thursday, Oct. 1

6 p.m. | GC Talks: Luke Gascho, “The history of the Potawatomi Tribe in Elkhart County and Settler Impacts on the Tribe” (sponsored by the GC Alumni Council)

7:30 p.m. | GC Talks: Shashi Buluswar ’91, “Decolonizing ‘Culture for Service’: A New Paradigm for Impact in the Developing World” (sponsored by the Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Committee and the GC Alumni Council)

Friday, Oct. 2

12 p.m. | Student Music Recital

2 p.m. | Virtual Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center Presentation

7 p.m. | Goshen College Virtual Trivia Night, hosted by Joe Springer ’80

8 p.m. | Peace Plays, Pandemic: A Virtual Theater Experience

Saturday, Oct. 3

10 a.m. | Virtual Campus Tour

10 a.m. | Virtual Class Reunions

1 p.m. | Virtual Faculty Connections

2 p.m. | GC Women’s Soccer Game vs. Huntington University at GoLeafs Live.

2 p.m. | Center for Communication Studies Virtual Open House

3:30 p.m. | State of the College Webinar

5 p.m. | Virtual Art Exhibit and Artist Talk

8 p.m. | Peace Plays, Pandemic: A Virtual Theater Experience

Sunday, Oct. 4

9:30 a.m. | President Stoltzfus will preach at College Mennonite Church

2 p.m. | Peace Plays, Pandemic: A Virtual Theater Experience

7:30 p.m. | The 2019 Homecoming Music Gala