Lesly Vasquez

President of the Dominican Republic Hipólito Mejia poses for a group photo with the Goshen College Spring 2003 Dominican Republic Study Service Term (SST) unit in his office at the National Palace during their spontaneous opportunity to meet him.(Photo by Phil Rush)

International visitor volunteers at Greencroft

From: John Bender <JohnB@greencroft.org>

Lesly Vasquez is well on the way to fulfilling her goals for living in a foreign country. From San Marcos, Octolepeque, Honduras, Lesly came to Greencroft to work as a volunteer for one year. She and 61 other young people from 30 different countries are participating in Mennonite Central Committee’s International Visitor Exchange Program.


I.N.S. Shredder Ended Work Backlog, U.S. Says

January 31, 2003


LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 ? Tens of thousands of pieces of mail come into the huge Immigration and Naturalization Service data processing center in Laguna Niguel, Calif., every day, and as at so many government agencies, it tends to pile up. One manager there had a system to get rid of the vexing backlog, federal officials say. This week the manager was charged with illegally shredding as many as 90,000 documents.



Goshen College students visit with Dominican Republican President

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Goshen College students recently experienced typical Dominican hospitality in a remarkable place: the National Palace.

On Feb. 4, the 17 students in the current Study Service Term (SST) unit in the Dominican Republic visited the National Palace, like many past groups, because it is an architecturally interesting and politically significant building.


Diversity Day set for February 22

The 7th annual Goshen Diversity Day will be February 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Goshen Middle School. Diversity Day began back in 1996 in opposition to a Ku Klux Klan rally in Goshen. Since then, the day has become an annual event and attracts approximately one to two thousand people. The Goshen Human Relations Commission hosts the event.