Goshen College launches unique residential Sustainability Semester at Merry Lea

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Goshen College is announcing a new, unique opportunity for undergraduate students to earn a semester of college credit in a fairly unconventional way. Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College will offer (beginning in the fall of 2011) the Sustainability Semester in Residence for students to live and learn in Indiana’s first platinum-rated LEED® facility located on a 1,189-acre nature preserve. A cohort of six to 15 students will engage complex problems related to the regional watershed.

Speech about migrant farm workers wins this year’s peace oratorical contest

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Jair Hernandez, a Goshen College sophomore, said that “Migrant farm workers really are the invisible backbone of the American agricultural system,” during his speech titled “Migrant Farm Workers,” that won first place in the annual Goshen College C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on Feb. 22. Hernandez, a public relations major from Goshen, was one of six Goshen College students who spoke about a variety of peace and justice issues during the contest.

College students to speak on themes of peace during annual contest

Six Goshen College students will be exploring themes of peace as they participate in the college’s annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. The contest, to be held in the Goshen College Umble Center on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., gives students the opportunity to get involved in a peace cause as they each deliver an eight- to 10-minute extemporaneous speech.

Roth’s new book on Anabaptist-Mennonite education faces challenges head on

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Having been involved in Mennonite education nearly his whole life -as a student, parent and professor- Goshen College Professor of History John D. Roth knows the subject of his new book, Teaching that Transforms: Why Anabaptist-Mennonite Education Matters (Herald Press, February 2011), quite intimately.

Goshen College focuses on role of faith in the civil rights movement during MLK Study Day

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During Goshen College’s 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Study Day on Monday, Jan. 17, the life and legacy of Dr. King will be celebrated through music, poetry, prayer, art, story-telling and a discussion about race. In particular, the role of faith in the civil rights movement will be at the heart of the day’s agenda, which has a theme of “Christ, Hope and Survival.” As the college cancels daytime classes so that students can participate fully in the events, the public is also invited.

Beyond burgers and fries: Campus dining hall incorporates care for the earth and students’ bodies

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College dining halls are known for large amounts of food thrown away by students, for grease-laden burgers and chicken nuggets and for preparing mass quantities of food straight from the freezer section that would never be considered “fresh.” But something different is going on in the Goshen College Dining Hall, with the AVI Fresh food service provider leading the way in caring for the health and taste buds of each student and for the well-being of the earth. In 2009, when the college was choosing a new food service provider, these qualities were what set them apart.