Category: 1960

‘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

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

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

Students unite for the Hartzler Library ‘miracle fund drive,’ an essay by Ruth Hoover Seitz ’62

“Student Power for a Library” was first published in The Way We Are (1992). It is rare for news from a small liberal arts college to make the national wire services. In 1969, positive news from a campus was even more phenomenal. Across the country, campus disruptions protesting President Nixon’s continued involvement in Vietnam blazed in … More

EMU’s long-lived Peace Fellowship advocates for the presence of justice on and off campus

Rarely does a week go by without some invitation from the Peace Fellowship to join other students, faculty and the Eastern Mennonite University campus community in a vigil or other form of activism in response to national and world events. In action since the late ‘60s, the club continues today with a committed core of … More

Drafty, old, beloved Martin House yields place for future lovely, traffic-smart entrance to EMU

Facebook lit up with nostalgic comments when Eastern Mennonite University posted a photo of Martin House being torn down in August 2013. Hundreds of students had lived there since the 1960s, when EMU purchased the house. “Gasp!” exclaimed one former student. “Noooo,” said another. A third alum recalled his “two great years in that drafty … More

Daniel Hochstetler

Daniel Hochstetler ’60 discusses his experience living in the “Ad” building as well as formative courses during his time at EMC, geology with D. Ralph Hostetter and church history with Irvin B. Horst. Music: Ethan Bard, “Christmas Tree Farm”

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

Alumni of the Year 1973: Arno and Jacqueline Thimm-Richardson

An international couple pres­ently living in Switzerland were named joint recipients of the seventh “ alumnus-of-the-year” award during Eastern Mennonite College’s Alumni Association banquet April 28. Arnoo (C 61) and Jacqueline (C 60, Sng61) Thimm received the award in absentia from Harley R. Showalter, Alumni Association president. Dr. Albert N. Keim, associate professor of history … More

Alumnus of the Year 1987: Donald E. Showalter

Harrisonburg attorney Donald E. Showalter has been named EMC’s 1987 alumnus of the year. This award, begun in 1967, recognizes an EMC graduate who has made a recent major achievement in his or her field. Showalter, a Broadway, Va., native, received a bachelor of arts degree in English and history from EMC in 1962. He … More

Alumnus of the Year 1994: Dr. Glen Brubaker

Glen R. Brubaker, a Lancaster, Pa., native who has been a medical missionary in Tanzania since 1968 with Eastern Mennonite Missions, was named EMU’s alumnus of the year during Homecoming and Parents Weekend. Dr. Brubaker is currently research collaborator for HIV studies in the Tarime District of the Mara Region in Tanzania. The project is … More