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 … Keep reading »
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 … Keep reading »
As a boy growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, Merle E. Jacobs ’48 loved all birds but was obsessed with yellow canaries. From a pair, he eventually developed a flock of 67 canaries – all happily living inside his family’s home. Fifty years later, I had the privilege of studying genetics under Professor Merle … Keep reading »
RIDING THE RAILS BY AUTO Back in the 1950s when I was a student at Goshen College, there were only a few freight trains per week using the tracks on the east side of campus. Late one afternoon, John Troyer ’58, Warren Rhodes ’59, Carrol Miller ’59 and I were in Carrol’s bright red Oldsmobile … Keep reading »
Divided no Longer
From the basement below the Leaf Raker to on stage in Japan, the band Lotus has emerged from humble beginnings to achieve great success. The instrumental electronic jam band, which splits time between Philadelphia, Pa. and Denver, Colo., continues to garner attention as they have released nine albums and have toured across the United States and Japan. It all began at Goshen College for two of Lotus’ founding members.
A longhaired teenage boy sat in the Elkhart County Jail awaiting transportation to the state correctional facility where he was to live for the next five years. After getting arrested for burglary and being put in solitary confinement for smuggling a weapon into jail, his story made the front page of the Goshen News.
We kicked off the school year by focusing on the core value of Servant Leadership. Mid-year, we poured out our hearts and hammers to help Habitat for Humanity build a home for custodial staff member Eddie Mayorga and his family. As the year closed, we sent a new batch of Servant Leaders into the world as ambassadors of Goshen College.
Ken Yoder ’68 and his son, Ben, set a goal to run 50 marathons – one in each U.S. state. Five years later, they met their goal when they completed the Phunt Trail Marathon in Maryland on Jan. 2, 2011. They’re the only known father-son duo accomplish the challenging circuit.
An Indiana-based family of artists that includes six Goshen College alumni has produced a cookbook that is attracting favorable attention because of its delectable recipes, deep cultural connections, beautiful photography and artistic flair. The Daily Feast: Everyday Meals We Love to Share (Good Books, April 2012) was assembled last fall by Esther Rose Graber ’52 … Keep reading »