Goshen College announces new direction for 2015-16 Performing Arts Series lineup


The 2015-16 Performing Arts Series will again bring extraordinary and top quality arts performances to Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College officials announced today. In an effort to increase visibility for Goshen College and grow enrollment, President James E. Brenneman has announced a new direction for the 2015-16 series, which will be geared toward a younger … Keep reading »

Perspectives from Palestine: Q&A

Three current Goshen College students are serving in Bethlehem, Palestine this summer: Sam Carlson, a junior from Elkhart; Jessica Davila, a junior from Goshen; and Kiernan Wright, a junior from Orrville, Ohio. Clare Maxwell, a 2013 graduate, also served alongside them until her return in June. Read their story. Though Goshen College does not encourage … Keep reading »

Making peace with snowstorms: Chris Birky

Chris Birky family

The Garcias called the police for help but were told officials had declared a state of emergency and no one would be coming for them. For 30 minutes, snow nearly engulfed their SUV. Then, through the swirling snow and wind they saw lights. It was Chris Birky ’90 plowing his tractor through massive snow drifts to help.

Becoming a campus resident at age 62


On Sept. 10, 1935, 62-year-old Ina Kronk Slate registered for her senior year at Goshen College. Already a familiar figure on campus, this doyenne of Goshen civic society had served GC as instructor for public school art from 1916-1923, and possibly had designed the first college seal. In the summer of 1933, Slate had decided to begin full-time studies as a GC student.

Lasting ties: bonnets overboard

Vesta Zook Slagel On Driveway

The day of March 29, 1921 found Vesta Zook (Slagel), a 1915 graduate, and Vinora Weaver (Salzman), a 1918 graduate, in the New York City harbor boarding the SS Regina d’Italia ship for a 19-day voyage to Constantinople. Three months earlier they had gotten the call to become the first “lady workers” with the fledgling relief organization Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).