Melia Watkins ’16 reflects on technology and community in a speech she gave at the 2016 conference, Leading into the common good: An Anabaptist Perspective.
Benjamin Kelly knows that it’s not easy to get into professional baseball. Entering his fourth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Northwest Arkansas Royals (Double-A Texas League), graduate of Lakeland High School (2009) and Goshen College (2013) is enjoying the ride.
Nicole and Adam Nafziger thought they didn’t like biking. The mountain bikes Nicole, 41, and Adam, 40, rode were clunky leftovers from college days and less than ideal for pulling a Burley. But when the Nafziger’s oldest child got placed into kindergarten — one too far away to walk to but too close to make loading two small children into a minivan reasonable — they decided to reconsider biking.
“The more I’ve been in it, the more I realize that people with wealth have a need to partner with people to achieve the things that the world needs. Everyone has a need to do something outside themselves, and to be able to work with people in that sacred space of helping to make, underwrite important work is a real privilege. It is really about being a resource to people to achieve the things they are trying to achieve: Sometimes it’s philanthropic, but many times it’s actually spiritual.”
Laura Kanagy ’00, who has coordinated all the welcome group’s efforts, said she cried the day Trump’s ban was announced because it felt so personal now. When the Almahasnehs came to visit their church for a welcome event, she said in a speech: “There are many different messages flying around right now about borders and walls and terrorism and bans. But here is our message to you: You are very welcome here, and you are loved.”
The Hmong American Farmers Association named Matius (Mat) Krisetya ’93 as the the inaugural Director of Operations. Krisetya has more than 20 years of experience in international nonprofit management and has worked in various countries around the world including Indonesia, the Philippines and Jamaica.
In January 2017 Dr. J.D. Mininger entered into the role of Academic Vice-President and Dean of Faculty at LCC International University. His relationship to LCC reaches as far back as 1995, when his parents, James and Virginia Mininger, began the first of their thirteen years of service at LCC.
For Curt Zehr ’81, farming always has been about family. The farm and farm businesses that he and wife Sue operate are based in the Illinois farm that has been in Curt’s family for more than 100 years. His start in pork producers groups came with his dad and going to meetings as a child.
Dr. Lisa Schirch, research professor with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, recently reflected on building relationships with U.S. military and NATO leaders. Over the last 10 years, she has provided training on how to promote human security at military bases around the U.S. and in Europe.
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