Student-run composting program simply turns waste to food: ‘Nothing else like it’

Goshen College junior Natasha Weisenbeck, a public relations major from Clifton, Ill., is a student volunteer on the composting team. At the end of every day, a student volunteer spends 15 minutes collecting receptacles in the dining hall with all the food waste and dumping the contents into the campus compost bin, a large insulated wooden box located behind the dining hall dumpsters. Woodchips are added which introduces bacteria to the food, preventing odors and helping break up the pile.

On a typical weekday during the semester, about 75 to 100 pounds of food waste is produced in the college’s dining hall. Because of student commitment and ingenuity, that waste is now turned into compost, which is used as a natural fertilizer in a small garden, eventually producing vegetables and herbs for meals to be served to students.

A Grace Note and a Concert Hall

Part of the task of an assessor is to review blueprints of buildings that are under construction in an attempt to calculate an estimated value prior to the building being completed. One of my first blueprint reviews was that of the Music Center at Goshen College. There were more than 30 pages of blueprints with every detail itemized: plumbing, electrical, floors, walls, ceilings and even the parking lot with appropriate landscaping. The review of the plans took more than a week, during which time it became crystal clear that this was going to be an exceptional facility.

Heritage Works, 2013


Paintings by Abner Hershberger, Emeritus Professor of Art at Goshen College, that explore historical Mennonite and agrarian themes by manipulating images from the family photo album. Small black and white photos were enlarged to provide industrial-sized negatives, which allowed life-size images to be screen-printed on individual canvases. Completed in 1996-97, the series is on loan … Keep reading »