Alia Byrd, a sophomore elementary education major with a double minor in TESOL and Spanish, was among a group of first-generation students from Indiana’s independent colleges and universities to be celebrated at the 27th annual “Realizing the Dream” banquet on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Indianapolis.
Ever wonder what you can do with a Goshen College degree? Wonder no more — we checked in with a few of our recent graduates to find out what they’ve been doing since graduation.
More than half of last year’s Goshen College Education Department graduates decided to stick around and set up their first classrooms right here in Northern Indiana. Meet a few of our recent graduates here.
The history of Spanish-speaking Mennonites in the 20th Century is chronicled in a new book called “Historia del Menonitismo Hispanohablante: 1917-1990,” by Rafael Falcón, professor emeritus of Spanish at Goshen College.
Aliko Songolo ’68, professor in the Department of French and Italian and the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, is the recipient of the 2015 Goshen College Culture for Service Award.
Zulma Prieto ’01 started El Puente, the first Spanish-language newspaper in the state of Indiana, in 1992, calling it “a bridge between cultures.”
The Bearing Witness Stories Project will now be available in Spanish, and is looking to incorporate other language translations too.
“My favorite place in the world,” said Andrea Medina, a Goshen College senior social work major from Goshen, “is Alhambra, an ancient Islamic palace in Granada, Spain.”
Six international courses will take students across the globe to Nepal, Kenya, Greece, Italy, China, Spain and Morocco – and that’s doesn’t even include the summer Study-Service Term (SST) units in Peru, Senegal and Nicaragua that begin in May. Many of these classes are interdisciplinary and open to all students regardless of year or major.
Northern Indiana may not have the exotic allure of Cambodia or Peru, but after 40 years of sending students around the world for a semester of cross-culture learning, Goshen College is launching a new location for its Study-Service Term (SST) program right in its own backyard.