As a biology and environmental science professor, Ryan Sensenig knows that his students need to learn more than how to use a microscope or all of the scientific names of the plants they are studying.
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.
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.
Chase Snyder’s “This I Believe” speech
On Oct. 2, 2006, the world was stunned by the killings of five Amish schoolgirls in a small schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa. Within hours, the Amish community forgave the gunman and rallied around his family. It was an act of compassion and forgiveness so powerful, so unbelievable, and for many, so questionable that it led three authors who know the Amish well to write a book about the role of forgiveness in Amish culture, “Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy.”
Goshen College Professor Emeritus of Religion J.R. Burkholder’s life and work as ethicist, church leader and social change agent spanned and influenced dramatic changes in 20th-century Mennonite peace theology and ecumenical engagements. A collection of 30 of his most insightful essays on pacifism, patriotism, public witness, Mennonite ethics, health care, stewardship, vocation, service and other issues of discipleship have been collected and edited into the new book Prophetic Peacemaking (Herald Press).
As a group of 19 Goshen College students prepared to depart for a semester of study and service in Egypt on Sept. 2 — the first time the college has sent a group to the Middle East — President Jim Brenneman offered them words of encouragement: “This is a historic moment. A little over two years ago we had this dream that one day Goshen College students would be able to bridge that great divide between … the Muslim and the Christian worlds. … It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for you all,” he said. “As-salaamu Aleikum (Peace be unto you).” After a second, the group of students replied, “Wa-Aleikum As-salaam (And unto you, peace).”
Goshen College welcomed new and returning students back to campus, as classes began on Aug. 30. Fall 2010 enrollment statistics at Goshen College show a total head count of 960 students attending full or part time and taking courses, seeking graduate degrees or seeking degrees through Goshen’s Division of Adult and External Studies (DAES).
Goshen College President James E. Brenneman opened the new school year by calling on members of the campus community to become a Christ-centered college defined by faithfulness, openness, reconciliation and unity.
Goshen College will open the 2010-2011 academic year later this month with many new faces– and not just among new and transfer students. The college also will be welcoming new employees, some of whom were hired and began their duties earlier in the year.