Thursday, August 24, 2006

Goshen College welcomes Class of 2010 this weekend, classes begin Aug. 28


GOSHEN, Ind. — In the minds of most incoming first-year college students, Google has always been a verb and the Soviet Union has never existed, according to the recently released Beloit College Mindset List. Just over 200 of these students – most born in 1988 – are beginning their college career at Goshen College this weekend on Aug. 26.

In the Goshen College Class of 2010, 44 percent are from Indiana, 24 percent are from Pennsylvania and Ohio. The class average G.P.A. is 3.53 and two National Merit finalists are in the class.

First-year students will begin moving into Kratz, Miller and Yoder residence halls and checking in at 8 a.m. Saturday. Returning students arrive later in the weekend. Athletes and student leaders moved in earlier during the week. Placement tests and registration takes place Aug. 28, with classes beginning Aug. 28 at 7 p.m.

Orientation activities range from moving into their residence halls to a Sunday morning worship service to a retreat time at Merry Lea Environmental Center. Activities are designed to provide students and parents with the tools they need to survive and thrive as they take the next step in their educational experience.

Schedule for new and returning students to Goshen College:

Saturday, Aug. 26

8-11:30 a.m. – Check-in at College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Students may move in to their residence hall during this time. Fall sport athletes and returning theater students are assisting with moving in.

1-2 p.m. – Welcome convocation for students and parents into the Goshen College community, Church-Chapel

5:30-7 p.m. – Presidential picnic on College Green, north of the Administration Building

Sunday, Aug. 27

10-11 a.m. – Parents’ Council brunch for students and parents, Schrock Plaza

11 a.m. – Worship service for new students and parents, Church-Chapel

12 p.m. – Parents say goodbye and depart.

2-8 p.m. – New and transfer students spend the afternoon getting acquainted, doing challenge course activities and having fun at Merry Lea Environmental Center near Wolf Lake, Ind., located 40 minutes southeast of Goshen.

2-8 p.m. – Returning students arrive and move in.

Monday, Aug. 28

12:30 p.m. – Check-in for returning students.

7 p.m. – Evening classes begin.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

8 a.m. – Fall day classes begin.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

10 a.m. – Opening convocation with President James E. Brenneman

Editors: Photographers are welcome at any of the events listed. For more information about this release, to arrange an interview or request a photo, contact Goshen College News Bureau Director Jodi H. Beyeler at (574) 535-7572 or


Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” “Making a Difference College Guide” and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit

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