Category: 1958

Bibliophiles Delight: 100 Years of EMU Library History

From one book (Virgil’s Aeneid) to more than 500,000 items today, the library has always been a source of knowledge, wisdom and social life at first Eastern Mennonite School, then Eastern Mennonite College and now Eastern Mennonite University. Sadie A. Hartzler Library Director Marci Frederick combed carefully through the reports of previous directors to find … More

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

‘The Phoenix’ celebrates 60th edition

When Justine Nolt visited campus as a high school student, she picked up a copy of The Phoenix, Eastern Mennonite University’s literary and visual arts journal. “I remember knowing I wanted to have a hand in its creation during my time here,” said the junior Writing Studies major. Little did she know, her editorial debut … More

The Snack Shoppe Part II: Longtime manager Helen Ours talks about the favorite campus gathering place

Part I recalls the first snack shop, thanks to information provided by Janet Weaver Yoder whose father launched the enterprise. Now Helen Ours takes up the story.  Say “snack shop “and you’ll conjure a lot of warm memories for alumni of Eastern Mennonite College—and yes, we’ll say EMC because that was the institution’s name when … More

Elton Lehman

Elton Lehman ’58 shares about a prank involving a firecracker that almost got him sent home from college. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “Forth in Your Name,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

Elton Lehman

Elton Lehman ’58 talks about his career being a family care doctor for both English and Amish families in Ohio. Music by Grace Delp.

Alumnus of the Year 1998: Dr. Elton D. Lehman

Elton Lehman’s doctor’s office in Mount Eaton, Ohio, has two parking lots. One is curbed and paved with asphalt. The other has a hitching post. Horse hooves and wooden wheels have left its surface lumpy. This lot is for buggies. An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 Amish live in this part of Ohio. A good many … 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

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