Category: 1959

Centennial Histories Symposium taps into Mennonite higher ed’s ‘commonality and unity’ to face challenging times

Students and seasoned scholars alike gathered March 24 at Eastern Mennonite University for the Centennial Histories Symposium, a day-long intellectual gathering featuring the authors of five histories of Mennonite higher education institutions. Among the 80 participants were representatives of each of the five schools, all founded in the 30 years between 1887 and 1917. The … More

‘Our Second Century’: Find inspiration and vision in EMU’s fall/winter Crossroads magazine

The Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Crossroads, in mailboxes this month, is the second of two issues celebrating our Centennial year, 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University was founded 100 years ago, opening for the first classes in October 1917. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles by clicking on the links below: New president Susan Schultz Huxman … More

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

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

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generations, this institution offered one music option: Singing, usually in four-part harmony, a cappella hymns only. For arts more broadly, until the late 20th century, many North American Mennonites limited the arts to purposes of functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

Crossroads Spring/Summer 2017 issue honors EMU’s 100 years of countercultural education

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Crossroads is the first of two issues celebrating our Centennial year, 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University was founded 100 years ago, opening for the first classes in October 1917. A photographic timeline of the first 100 years is featured in this issue. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles … More

Weather Vane’s ‘2016-17 Year In Review’ disappears from the racks: here’s a digital issue in case you missed it!

Not all issues of the Weather Vane fly off the racks quite so quickly as the final issue of the 2016-17 academic year –a special nostalgia-laden “Year in Review.” Because the racks are empty and the compliments for this special 12-page issue abound, we’re making it available here for eager readers far and near. “I … More

Planetarium on Vesper Heights and in Suter Science Center exposes generations to starry skies

The planetarium at Eastern Mennonite University – for many of those whose history with the school predates 2007, the words bring up many emotions and fond memories, whether those memories are of the original building on Vesper Heights (also known as “The Hill”) or the M.T. Brackbill Planetarium in the Suter Science Center. In the … More

David and Grace Shenk and the footprints of an 80-year missions legacy in East Africa

On a Sunday morning this past July, four American children entered a church in Bumangi, Tanzania. They were welcomed as family, embraced, and given gifts of intricately woven East African cloth. Then they heard stories of their great-grandparents from those who still remembered. For the children, on a trip with grandparents David and Grace Shenk, … More

Alumni of the Year 1978: Richard and Elain (Hunter) Stoltzfus

A Harlan, Ky., couple were named joint recipients of the 1978 “ alumnus-of-the-year” award during homecoming ceremonies at EMC April 23. The Alumni Association cited Richard G. (C 59) and Elaine (Sng 62) Stoltzfus “for the quality of your dedication in the fields of medicine and education.” Dr. Stoltzfus is a physician at the Daniel … More

Memoir of Mennonite Voluntary Service years in Alberta highlights hard work of many alumni

A new memoir by Isaac “Ike” Glick ’55 and Mildred “Millie” Alger Glick, class of ’55, Risk and Adventure: Community development in Northern Alberta (1955-1970), highlights the work of Mennonite Voluntary Service participants (MVS) in Canada from 1955-1970. An estimated one-third of approximately 100 people involved in the program were Eastern Mennonite College graduates, according … More

A catalyst for stewardship, Ray Martin helps EMU and partners to launch the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions

Holding his 19-month-old grandson, Ray Martin told the audience gathered at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Thursday afternoon why he had made a generous donation to study and combat the issues of climate change. “We’re playing fast and loose with God’s creation,” Martin said. “I feel as if I owe it to him,” nodding toward his … More