Lasting Ties: Leaving Goshen’s mark in Egypt

Zenebe Abebe

Longtime Bulletin readers may recall the mystery of an Egyptian seated on a camel near Cairo and wearing a Goshen College sweatshirt. The July-August 1983 issue of Natural History magazine published the image, and that September, the Bulletin asked its readership to help determine the sweatshirt’s origin. The answer came in the next Bulletin. It […]

Egyptian odyssey: First SST unit in the Middle East is transformed by living in a country on the brink of revolution

Photo by David Zwier '12

In the Fall of 2010, 19 Goshen College students engaged in a fascinating Study-Service Term in Egypt under the leadership of Director of International Education Tom Meyers. After a semester, the students returned home on the eve of a turning point of history: the popular uprising that forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for three decades. Four of the students have shared their transformative experiences.

Lasting Ties: ‘Every Stitch a Link of Strength’

Supervisor Joe Brunk operates the Maple City Shirt Company in the basement of Coffman Hall.  Special thanks to Mabel V. Brunk for her research and her photo.

On Sept. 15, 1934, the north end of Coffman Hall’s basement was filled with the whirr and clacking of a new enterprise: The Maple City Shirt Company. Because of the economic challenges of the Great Depression, students struggled to afford college and Goshen College had suffered a 15 percent drop in enrollment. Although themselves strapped […]