Robert Brunk ’63 bidding farewell to the auction house

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How does an activist become an auctioneer? For Robert Brunk ’63, who gave up the gavel and retired this year, the journey from being a community organizer to an auctioneer has taken many twists and turns. After Brunk graduated from Goshen College, he attended the University of Michigan and became aware of a need for social … Keep reading »

Khadar Bashir-Ali ’85 providing education in Somalia

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Khadar Bashir-Ali ’85 is bringing education back to Somalia. Conflict and civil war have plagued Somalia for decades. In recent years, drought and famine have added to the crisis, ultimately leaving much of the country, and the education system, in disarray. In November, a new government was formed, and Bashir-Ali was appointed to the Education … Keep reading »

Ron Kraybill ’76 making peace in Africa

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Ron Kraybill ’76 can finally cross off meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu from his bucket list. Kraybill, who is a peace and development adviser for the United Nations, has been working to negotiate peaceful elections in Lesotho since November 2009. Last year, Kraybill assisted in a mediation process led by the Lesotho Heads of Churches, working … Keep reading »

Paths to Paraguay: why we joined the Peace Corps

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By Allison Marie Goertz ’06 and Isaiah Goertz ’06 Like many Paraguayan couples, we like to share a wooden cup of mate, sipped through a traditional metal straw, as we prepare for the day. Later we will drink tereré, the chilled version of yerba mate, with neighbors and strangers alike. As two new Peace Corps … Keep reading »

Heidi Siemens-Rhodes: how to say the final good-bye

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Maybe because her short life took her around the globe several times – from Jerusalem and Bangkok as a child to France and Japan as a young adult – Heidi Siemens-Rhodes ’96 knew a thing or two about saying “hello” and “goodbye.” Or maybe it was because she had to say early goodbyes to her … Keep reading »

Kate Stoltzfus ’05 finds ‘yinzpiration’ in Pittsburgh

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If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh, you might be puzzled by the word “yinz.” To Kate Stoltzfus ’05, “yinz” is more than just Pittsburgh’s colloquial version of “ya’ll”; it is an inspiration. Stoltzfus became a “Yinzer,” or a Pittsburgh resident, after graduating from Goshen College, and began a year of service through the PULSE program. … Keep reading »