The Garcias called the police for help but were told officials had declared a state of emergency and no one would be coming for them. For 30 minutes, snow nearly engulfed their SUV. Then, through the swirling snow and wind they saw lights. It was Chris Birky ’90 plowing his tractor through massive snow drifts to help.
Chad M. Bauman ’95, associate professor of religion at Butler University, was attending a conference on Christianity and freedom in Rome this winter when he received a surprising invitation. The Vatican took interest in the conference and unexpectedly invited participants to a private audience with the Pope.
Joelle Dussek ’05 always knew she wanted to work in the television and film industry after college. Today the communication major is living her dream, having worked on the crew of Food Network’s “Chopped,” “CSI New York,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and the televised ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve 2014.
Aliens, pirates and cyborgs are not folks most of us would expect to see on a typical workday, but Sarah Elizabeth Miller ’05 would. A professional makeup artist, Miller gained national attention while competing on the third season of SyFy Network’s “Face Off,” a popular reality show that features special-effects makeup artists competing to create characters like those seen in science fiction and horror films.
On Sept. 10, 1935, 62-year-old Ina Kronk Slate registered for her senior year at Goshen College. Already a familiar figure on campus, this doyenne of Goshen civic society had served GC as instructor for public school art from 1916-1923, and possibly had designed the first college seal. In the summer of 1933, Slate had decided to begin full-time studies as a GC student.
“The story that is Goshen College has always contained within it the narrative seeds of the vision described in Scripture: a “tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit … with leaves for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2). Not one, not two, not six, but 12 kinds of fruit. All on one tree. Truly it is a tree of life!”
Thanks to James Gingerich’s leadership, the health center is guided by its mission and its stories. It was through storytelling that the people who cared about the center came to realize that in most of the iconic stories important to the center, when people focused on needs, needs multiplied. When they focused on assets, assets multiplied.