The world got a close-up look at the Sichuan province of China in May after a massive earthquake left 90,000 people dead or missing and destroyed much of its infrastructure. The news media returned last month for the spectacular Beijing Olympics.
Goshen College President James E. Brenneman opened the new academic year Sept. 3 by challenging students to live the college’s five core values, which he described as ideal for navigating life and nurturing body and soul.
Goshen College is pleased to announce and welcome new administrative and teaching faculty members for the 2008-09 academic year.
In a report eagerly anticipated by incoming college students and their parents, Goshen College placed high in the third tier of Best Liberal Arts Colleges for the eighth straight year in the “U.S. News & World Report” 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” Goshen was ranked 149th out of 265 of the country’s top liberal arts colleges.
In its first ratings of America’s Best Colleges, Forbes.com ranked Goshen College 159th out of all U.S. colleges and universities, based on the quality of education provided, how much students achieve and several other key factors. Sixteen Indiana schools made the list, with Goshen placing seventh among them– ahead of such universities as Taylor, Butler, Ball State and Purdue.
Their educations began in the same place and their careers ended in the same place. Coincidentally, Goshen College Professor of Nursing Evelyn Driver and Professor of Biology Stan Grove went to the same elementary school, graduated the same year from Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, Va., and then both retired this year from 67 years combined of teaching at Goshen College. In the intervening years, their careers have been focused in different directions: one on the world of nursing and the other on the biological world.
Goshen College reports that annual giving for the 2007-08 fiscal year, which ended June 30, reached a 15-year high, which will allow the college to provide more student aid, promote academic excellence and innovation and foster greater spiritual development.
To add to its already extensive list of original Anabaptist writings, the Mennonite Historical Library (MHL) and Goshen College have recently purchased a rare book of Anabaptist martyr accounts and hymns that pre-dates “Martyrs Mirror” (first edition, 1660)- the famous 1,290 page book that documents Anabaptist martyrs.
Goshen College recently recognized 260 students for excellence in academics, on the 2007-08 spring semester Dean’s List.
Goshen College’s Class of 2008 received degrees Sunday, the culmination of years of hard work and prayer, after being encouraged to be life-long learners and to reach for high goals by President James E. Brenneman and Mukarabe Makinto-Inandava, an advocate for poor people in Africa.