Celebrating success, striving for improvement: Goshen Commons looks toward its first anniversary

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As Goshen Commons, a community news website for the city of Goshen, approaches its first anniversary in September, those involved with the site are both pleased with its success and looking toward a future with an even larger following and better representation of Goshen’s diversity.

A Grace Note and a Concert Hall

Part of the task of an assessor is to review blueprints of buildings that are under construction in an attempt to calculate an estimated value prior to the building being completed. One of my first blueprint reviews was that of the Music Center at Goshen College. There were more than 30 pages of blueprints with every detail itemized: plumbing, electrical, floors, walls, ceilings and even the parking lot with appropriate landscaping. The review of the plans took more than a week, during which time it became crystal clear that this was going to be an exceptional facility.

Monkey See, Monkey Mind Controls Arm

Brain-controlled muscle simulation in monkeys research

Dr. Lee Miller, a 1980 Goshen College graduate, and 2006 GC graduate Matt Bauman are working, along with other researchers, towards major advancements in long term paralysis treatment. Their team’s research with brain-controlled muscle simulation in monkeys was recently mentioned as one of the top 10 break-throughs of 2012 by Science Magazine.

Behind every great scene, somewhere off stage, a set designer

By Christina Hofer for Goshen Commons As a young girl, she dreamed of being a park ranger. Or a Great Mouse Detective (the animated mouse version of Sherlock Holmes). She loved spending time outdoors, especially with animals, and enjoyed dressing up her dog and making up stories. Many years later, that fun-loving, imaginative young girl […]

Q&A: On winning at golf, and losing a father

By Samuel Rosario for Goshen Commons   An interview with Ben John Pollitt, a golfer from England. Pollitt is a sophomore at Goshen College. He was the lone golfer on the men’s team a year ago when intercollegiate golf returned to Goshen College. He described his best athletic moment as “winning a matchplay tournament at […]

Naomi Lederach ’54: Life lessons in love and forgiveness begin with ‘we’

By Ariel Ropp for Goshen Commons Naomi Lederach rarely says “I.” Whether she’s describing her time as a peace worker in Northern Ireland during the Troubles or her experience as a nursing professor at Hesston College in Kansas, Lederach, 79, habitually begins her sentences with “we.” The other half of Lederach’s “we” is invariably her […]

Q&A with Adam Scharf ’01: From sod roof to bikes: Investing in a hometown, one project at a time

By Sara Klassen for Goshen Commons Adam Scharf, a 2001 graduate of Goshen College, is a former City Council candidate, owner of Red Tail Farm, partner of Venturi Pizza Pub and owner/operator of Rethinking Buildings, a remodeling and construction business focused on aesthetic, social  and environmental responsibility. Q: Where did you grow up? A: Goshen […]

Rosanna Nafziger Henderson ’06: Math major turned ‘hipster-homemaker’ releases cookbook

By Kelley Scholfield for Goshen Commons Rosanna Nafziger Henderson graduated from Goshen College in 2006 with majors in English and math, not the most obvious path to becoming an authority on food. Henderson herself admits that she could not have predicted that six years after leaving Goshen she would be a cookbook author and food blogger. […]