Category: 1940

EMU Athletics timeline

1921 – Daniel (D.W.) Lehman becomes the school’s first athletic director and conducts weekly physical education classes for dormitory students. 1925 – Students are required to walk, do physical labor, or hike for a minimum of two hours per week. 1926 – Upon observing students playing ball, President A.D. Wenger notes that students need to … More

‘An Experiment Like No Other’: Centennial historian Donald B. Kraybill reflects on six years of research

In 2011, esteemed author Donald B. Kraybill ’67 was commissioned to write a fresh history of Eastern Mennonite University. “We couldn’t imagine a better person to undertake this project,” said Provost Fred Kniss, in announcing the appointment. “Don brings a unique perspective as an EMU graduate, sociologist, theological and cultural interpreter, and prolific writer of … More

African American history at EMU: a timeline

“Diversify” is a one of four key goals of EMU’s strategic plan and a committee on diversity and inclusion plays a key role in campus life and decision making. However, the broader culture, country and our small community have much work to do to welcome all. This timeline shows the painful realities of exclusion that is part of the … More

Those famous Mennonite harmonies

Do They Have a Future? What makes the same hymn inspire one individual to heroism and lead another to boredom cannot be calculated. It has to do with the mysterious way in which song connects us to our past, our soul, our future, our Savior. And because God intended us to be different, our uniqueness … More

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generation, this institution offered one option in terms of music. Singing. Usually in four-part harmony. A cappella only. Hymns. Until the late 20th century, Mennonites in this country tended to limit the arts to: (1) functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

Time changes for EMC walnut tree

A walnut tree that grew near the original buildings of Eastern Mennonite College has been returned to the school as a piece of art. Tuesday, the Rev. Moses Slabaugh of Park View presented EMC President Richard C. Detweiler a grandfather’s clock which Slabaugh made from the tree. The clock has been placed in the President’s … More

Latest ACRS publication features Mennonite and Brethren authors on the theme of service

Service takes center stage in the latest collection of memoir from the Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society (ACRS) at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Titled “Re-Envisioning Service: The Geography of Our Faith,” the book will be released during EMU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 14-16. It is the third volume in ACRS’ series “The Geography … More

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

Alumnus of the Year 1975: Irvin B. Horst

Irvin B. Horst (C 41), a church historian, was named Eastern Mennonite College’s 1975 “alumnus-of-the-year” during the Alumni Association’s annual Homecoming dinner Saturday night (April 26). Dr. Horst, who taught at his alma mater from 1955 to 1967, received the award “in absentia” from Alumni Association Presi­dent Fred L. Denlinger (C58). Dr. Horst’s oldest daughter, … 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

Why EMU has a heart for mental healthcare

The first night at Western State Hospital in Staunton, Virginia, was horribly memorable. Emory Layman, assigned by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to work as an attendant at the mental hospital during World War II, was shown to a bed in a cramped office, just off the noisy ward full of patients, many of them shackled … More

Tales from the Suter Science Center

Long ago, when the grounds of the Suter Science Center were just a cornfield on the east side of campus, and John Spicher ’58 was a biology major taking science classes in the basement of the old “Ad” building – since burned down and replaced by the Campus Center – some forgotten person procured some chemicals … More