Thursday, September 9, 2010

Former kindergarten teacher to open Afternoon Sabbatical series

Lecture: Afternoon Sabbatical – "A Cloud of Witnesses – I am a Part of All I Have Met" by Dr. Kathryn Aschliman, Goshen College professor emerita of education
Date and time: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at 1 p.m.
Location: Sauder Concert Hall, Goshen College Music Center
Cost: Free and open to the public

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College Professor Emerita of Education Dr. Kathryn Aschliman will open the 2010-11 Afternoon Sabbatical series with the presentation "A Cloud of Witnesses – I am a Part of All I Have Met" on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.

People and experiences influenced the 34 years of Aschliman's tenure teaching in the Goshen College Laboratory Kindergarten. Aschlimanwill delightfully highlight Robert Fulghum's conclusion that "No matter how old you are – when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together."


Aschliman, a native of Archbold, Ohio, and a 1954 Goshen College graduate, taught more than 700 kindergarten students in the college's laboratory kindergarten from 1962 until her retirement in 1996. She started the children's peace library in the college's Good Library. Her book "Growing Toward Peace" (Herald Press, 1993) collects stories from teachers and parents about real children learning to live peacefully.


Goshen College's Afternoon Sabbatical program is in its 33rd year of offering rich diversity in programs for the community. A committee of area representatives and college personnel consider the knowledge and talent at Goshen College and among Elkhart County citizens and aim to select programs that will appeal to a wide variety of interests. The program encourages the idea that people need a sabbatical from their daily lives to rejuvenate their minds and spirits.


Afternoon Sabbatical programs are usually on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. in Sauder Concert Hall or the College Church Fellowship Hall and are free and open to the public. For more information on the Afternoon Sabbatical series call the Goshen College Welcome Center at (574) 535-7566. 

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Goshen College, established in 1894, is a 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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