When Marlette Gomez graduated from Goshen College in 2013 with a degree in social work, she knew she wanted to focus her career on giving back to the immigrant or Latino communities. She now works as the college prep coach at Goshen High School, helping first-generation students make their college dreams a reality.
Goshen Stars president Millard Graber ’82 talks about the future for Goshen Stars Soccer program. Story by Karina Flores ’17.
It’s been two-and-a-half years since Ken ’83 and Sue ’84 Hochstetler moved from the 300 block of Highland Avenue in Souderton to Goshen, but that’s not the end of the connections that were built in the homes on the street. Yellow ribbons at each of the homes on the block honor Hannah (Grieser) Hochstetler ’13, Ken and Sue’s 26-year-old daughter-in-law who was killed in an automobile accident in which her husband, Caleb ’13, Ken and Sue’s son, was injured.
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.