It all started when Hannah Sommers ’96, of Washington, D.C., landed an internship at National Public Radio (NPR) in 2001. A few years later, Sommers was hired by the organization as an audio archivist. Today, as program manager, she leads a team that develops digital toolsets and workflows.
Just weeks after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated 300 miles of Japan’s coastline on March 11, 2011, Amya Miller ’98 returned to the country, where she was born and spent her childhood, in order to volunteer as an interpreter for a relief organization. More than two years later, Miller is still working to ensure that the needs of disaster victims are not forgotten.
Through his work for Save the Children, an international organization that provides aid and advocates for children’s rights, Karl Frey ’88 has the opportunity to help and learn from people from cultures around the world.
Kathy Short ’75 is highly accomplished in the field of children’s literature, but when she found out that she was nominated to the 2014 Caldecott Committee, she was understandably “excited and honored to be elected.”
The Hershberger Art Gallery will show works by artists Jason Lahr and Krista Hoefle beginning on Nov. 10 in an exhibit that explores the two artists’ shared use of images, processes and surfaces derived from gaming and related digital culture. The first day of the exhibit will include a reception from 2-4 p.m.
The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra (GCSO) will present its fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The GCSO is an ensemble of Goshen College string, wind and percussion players, and is conducted by Christopher Fashun, assistant professor of music at the college.
Experience stories, images and tastes of Croatia at the Afternoon Sabbatical international luncheon on Nov. 13, when Jane Ruth of Niche Travel will give a presentation titled “My Croatian Journey: Encountering a Land of Beauty and Struggle” at noon in the College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall.
November 2013 performances include the fall mainstage and concerts by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble and the Vienna Boys Choir.
Goshen College will host a musical work titled “Paraguay Primeval,” a collection of stories and images by Carol Ann Weaver. Based on the extraordinary story of Mennonites moving to Paraguay from Canada in order to retain their own schools, and from Russia to flee the Stalinist regime, the show follows their attempt to find a new “Promised Land” in the uninviting Paraguayan Chaco. The show will take place in the Music Center’s Rieth Recital Hall and is free and open to the public.
Kate Stoltzfus is a digital strategist for Plumb Media; founder and editor of Yinzpiration; co-pilot at Propelle; and organizer at CreativeMornings/Pittsburgh.