FAST JASON MAKES HIS MARK WITH THE ALLEYCATS If Jason Yoder ’08 were on a desert island and could only take one item with him, he’d bring a Frisbee. Lucky for him, he gets ample time to play with flying discs as a member of the Indianapolis AlleyCats, a professional Ultimate team. Known as “Fast Jason” among his fans, Yoder first discovered his passion for Ultimate at Goshen College during pickup games on the fields by the residence halls. At the end of his first year he joined an organized league in the area and never looked back. “After getting a taste of competitive Ultimate, I could ignore it no longer,” said Yoder. “Even when it was super windy and people didn’t want to play, I would go out with a few discs and practice throwing into the wind for hours.” After graduating from Goshen and moving to Bloomington, Ind., to pursue a doctorate in computer and cognitive science, he continued to play Ultimate on club teams and began coaching the Indiana University men’s team. When the American Ultimate Disc League and the AlleyCats were formed in 2012, Yoder was thrilled.
the competition. Peters’ presentation was “Multidimensional Quasar Selection for Next Generation Surveys.”
Allison Landis Revels ’09 works as a foster care therapist in the child welfare department at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing, Mich. She received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in December 2012.
Julia Klassen Baker ’10 and Grant Baker, Middlebury, Ind., celebrated the birth of Jackson Grant on May 23, 2013. Rachel Halder ’10, San Cristobal, N.M., is a resident at the Lama Foundation, a spiritual community, educational facility and retreat center adjacent to the Carson National Forest about 30 miles south of Colorado. As a resident she has multiple jobs including: running the store and prayer flag printing business; milking the community goats; being the representative for the large Lama community, gardening and permaculture on the land; being the Lama librarian; doing Lama photography, marketing and social media; and working with summer stewards. Mark Eash Hershberger ’10 and Lauren Eash Hershberger ’10, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Jonah Theodore on March 11, 2013. Mark works as a graphic designer at River Oaks Community Church, and Lauren works as a case manager and administrative assistant at Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network. 30 Tina Peters ’10, Philadelphia, a Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University, was awarded a Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award, one of six, at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). This award recognizes exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the AAS meetings. Nearly 450 student posters entered
“The chance to play on a professional team for the sport that I love more than any other, and to have it so close to where I live – it seemed like a dream come true,” Yoder said.
Jordan Kauffman ’11, Goshen, was recognized as the 2013 HabiCorps Member of the Year for the state of Indiana for his AmeriCorps service. He is the director of communications and marketing for Habitat of Humanity of Elkhart County. 31 Elizabeth C. Nussbaum ’11 and Rodolfo González Roa, Goshen, were married Jan. 18, 2014. Simon Smucker ’11 and Rebecca Weaver ’12, Goshen, were married on May 25, 2013. David J. Wiegner ’11 and Sarah F. Rich ’11, Seattle, were married Aug. 17, 2013. They are serving with Volunteer Missionary Movement as English teachers in San Nicolas, Nicaragua, and in surrounding communities. They also grow and sell organic produce and have plans to start a women’s group and sports league. 32 Zachary Yordy ’11 and Aspen Schmidt Yordy ’13, Goshen, were married on June 22, 2013. 33
2012 NOTES Sara Alvarez ’12, Goshen, is the editorial director in the marketing and communication department at Mennonite Mission Network. She oversees all written content for MMN’s public communication, such as news and the Beyond Ourselves magazine. 34
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BULLETIN | Spring 2014