Category: 1936

Centennial worship offers thanks for 100 years of blessings and a call to listen

October 15, 1917, was the first day of classes at the new Eastern Mennonite School located in a rented hotel near Harrisonburg, Virginia. One hundred years later to the day, the school — now known as Eastern Mennonite University — concluded a special Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend with worship  in a near-capacity Lehman Auditorium. … More

Centennial Award recipients Chester and Sara Jane Wenger honored for ‘rich lives of service, leadership and faith’

When Chester Wenger ’36 became acquainted with Sara Jane Weaver ’42, he found her “so beautiful and lovable I couldn’t resist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Something else beguiled Chester. “It impressed me to see a young woman stand up there teaching the Bible to a whole roomful of children,” holding their rapt attention. A … More

Chester Wenger

Alum Chester Wenger ’36 talks to EMUCorps about how EMU has changed over the last 80 years. Music by alumna Grace Delp.

Centennial celebration theater production team asks alumni and EMU community to share memories, unforgettable moments

Eastern Mennonite University alumni Ingrid De Sanctis ‘88 and Ted Swartz ’89, MACL ’92, have collaborated as professional playwrights, actors and directors for more than 20 years. The friends and professional colleagues have been commissioned to create a Centennial celebration piece, debuting during Homecoming 2017. What might that play look like? Moving, surprising, “an evening … More

My father’s ‘generous orthodoxy’: Sara Wenger Shenk ’75 on her father, Chester Wenger ’41, and his engagement with changing culture

Chester L. Wenger is “as old as EMU, with unabated fervor.” Son of A.D. Wenger, the second president of Eastern Mennonite, he earned three degrees here: high school in 1934, associate degree in 1936, and bachelor of theology degree in 1941. He was on the board of trustees in the late 1960s, and all eight … More

Alumni of the Year 1976: B. Charles and Grace (Brackbill) Hostetter

Charles (C 48, S 54) and Grace B. (HS 36, Cng38) Hostetter were named joint recipients of Eastern Mennonite College’s tenth “alumnus-of-the-year” award dur­ing the Alumni Association’s homecoming April 24. The Hostetters completed six years of mission work in West Africa this month under the auspices of the Mennonite Board of Missions, Elkhart, Ind. They … More

Retired English professor and his wife, who met on campus in 1936, celebrate 75 years together

“My one true love is looking at me,” said Hubert Pellman, 97, gazing across the table at his wife, Mildred, 98. The couple was sitting in a room at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community eating cookies and drinking coffee. Today, the pair celebrates their 75th wedding anniversary. Diamond anniversaries are rare. In 2005, the Chicago Tribune … More