Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Goshen College's Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 1-3, features fun for all

For more information about Homecoming Weekend, to order event tickets or to register, call the Alumni Office at (574) 535-7565 or visit

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen College alumni and friends are warmly invited back to campus for Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 1-3. In addition to class reunions, other highlights of the weekend are a Peace Play, the Music Gala, a hymn sing, an art exhibit, kids' activities, alumni author book signings, an alumni picnic with local produce, campus tours and athletic events.

The following is a schedule for Homecoming Weekend events. All are free unless indicated otherwise. 

Friday, Oct. 1

10 a.m., Convocation: Alumni awardees, Church-Chapel
This special convocation will launch Homecoming Weekend and will recognize the 2010 alumni awardees. Two alumni award recipients will speak. Cristina Hernandez '00 is receiving the Decade of Servant Leadership Award. She is a design and product development consultant in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nancy Chupp '87 is one of the Culture for Service award winners. She is a public interest lawyer in Seattle, Wash.

10:45 a.m., Reception for award recipients, Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall

4-7 p.m., Class of 1960 – 50th Anniversary Banquet, Greencroft Senior Center
Reservations required, $25.

5-10 p.m., First Friday – Activities in downtown Goshen
Visit the art exhibit of three generations of a family of alumni at Graber Designs, listen and dance to GC's Lavender Jazz Band at 8 p.m., and try a snack served by Maple Leaf student athletes. Look for the Goshen College tent on East Washington Street.

8 p.m., Peace Play, Umble Center
The world premiere of the first place peace play in the 2010 Goshen Peace Play contest, A Gentler Place by Jeff Carter, directed by Tamera Izlar. Cost: $3 at the door

Saturday, Oct. 2

7:45-11:30 a.m., Infant-Preschool Childcare, Church-Chapel Nursery Room

7:45-11:30 a.m., K-6th grade swimming and activities, Recreation-Fitness Center

8-9:15 a.m., Alumni Breakfast, Church Fellowship Hall
All alumni are invited to start the day with a buffet breakfast and a message from President Jim Brenneman. Cost: $12.50, reservations required.

9:30-11:30 a.m., Class Reunions
The classes of 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 2000 will have reunions around campus.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Campus tour
Meet at the south entrance of the Union Building.

1-2:30 p.m., Department Open Houses
Bible, Religion and Philosophy – Wyse Hall, 3rd Floor
Biological Sciences – Science Building, 2nd Floor
Education – Church-Chapel, Room 115
History – Wyse Hall, 3rd Floor
Music Center tour – Music Center, main entrance
Nursing – Wyse Hall, 2nd Floor
Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies – Wyse Hall, 3rd Floor

1:30-2:30 p.m., Biological Sciences Luncheon and Speaker: Dr. Roger Beachy '66, Administration Building Room 28
Dr. Roger Beachy '66 was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He is a renowned scientist, specializing in molecular virology and genetics. His work has led to the creation of several virus-resistant transgenic plant species.

1-3 p.m., Ultimate Frisbee, Field by Kratz-Miller-Yoder Connector

2-3:30 p.m., Book signings, Goshen College Bookstore
Marpeck: A Life of Dissent and Conformity by William Klassen '52
Think Fair Trade First by Ingrid Hess '90
Mission from the Margins: Selected writings from the life and ministry of David A. Shank, edited by James R. Krabill '73
Sexuality: God's Gift, second edition, edited by Anne Krabill Hershberger '58
Prophetic Peacemaking, Selected Writings of J.R. Burkholder, edited by Professor of Bible, Religion and Philosophy Keith Graber Miller
The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World, co-authored by Professor of History Steven M. Nolt

2-4 p.m., Art exhibit and reception for John Blosser: Retrospective Exhibit, Hershberger Art Gallery, Music Center
A collection of paintings, drawings and prints from retiring Professor of Art John Blosser's early graduate school years to his current work.

2:30-3:30 p.m., Homecoming Hymn Sing, Church-Chapel
Enjoy hymn singing at its finest, led by Debra Brubaker, professor of music, and Scott Hochstetler, assistant professor of music.

3-4:30 p.m., Volleyball vs. Huntington, Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center

4-5 p.m., Peace Play, Umble Center
The world premiere of the first place peace play in the 2010 Goshen Peace Play contest, A Gentler Place by Jeff Carter, directed by Tamera Izlar. Cost: $3 at the door

5-6:45 p.m., Homecoming Picnic, tent by the Kratz-Miller-Yoder Connector
All alumni, their families, students and faculty are welcome to enjoy a picnic featuring locally grown produce. Cost: $13 adults, $6 children 5-12, $2 for children under 5.

7:30-8:30 p.m., Homecoming Music Gala, Sauder Concert Hall, Music Center
The Music Department presents its annual showcase of students and faculty. Tickets are $8 for all seats.

Sunday, Oct. 3

2-3 p.m., Peace Play, Umble Center
The world premiere of the first place peace play in the 2010 Goshen Peace Play contest, A Gentler Place by Jeff Carter, directed by Tamera Izlar. Cost: $3 at the door

2 p.m., Alumni baseball game, GC baseball field

Editors: 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 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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