The May 2007 issue of “Christianity Today” includes a feature article about the trend among Christian colleges to be more environmentally conscious, and includes a prominent photo of and information about Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center.
Years of hard work, study, sacrifice and prayer culminated April 29 when members of the Class of 2007 received degrees after hearing inspirational messages from Goshen College President James E. Brenneman and the Rev. Joy Carroll Wallis, one of the first women to be ordained as an Anglican priest in England.
Goshen College will return to Nicaragua as a location for its unique study abroad program, Study-Service Term (SST), after 30 years in the summer of 2008, according to Director of International Education Tom Meyers. In 1978, the college stopped sending students to the Central American country because it was experiencing great civil unrest that would result in 12 years of war and a devastated economy.
Somewhere in Appalachia, there is a big pile of extra coal: about 3.5 tons, or enough to fill five pick-up trucks. That’s how much coal Rieth Village, a biological field station owned and operated by Merry Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College, didn’t use in the past six months. The five-plus tons of carbon dioxide that are not in the atmosphere are harder to visualize but also important in light of mounting concerns over global warming.
The public radio station in Elkhart, Ind., WVPE-88.1 FM, has selected essays by three Goshen College students to air the Tuesdays between Feb. 20 and March 6 on its “This I Believe” program. All of the pieces will air at 7:35 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m.
As the spring semester began, 934 students were enrolled in all programs at Goshen College compared with head counts of 870 for the spring semester in 2005-06 and in 2004-05, and 854 in 2003-04, according to Bill Born, vice president for student life and dean of students.
Five Goshen College student speakers will continue the college’s near-century-old tradition by participating in the 2007 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on Jan. 23 in Umble Center at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Goshen College recently recognized 173 students for excellence in academics, on the 2006-07 fall semester Dean’s List.