Category: 1961

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

Hubert R. Pellman, emeritus professor of English and accomplished historian, was devoted to family, teaching and faith

Hubert R. Pellman, professor emeritus of English at Eastern Mennonite University, passed away March 16, 2017, at Oaklea Nursing Home, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He devoted his life to his family, to his teaching, and to service in the Mennonite church. Pellman taught at Eastern Mennonite College from 1941 to 1983, with … More

Peggy Landis

Peggy Landis ’61 talks about how her Latin teacher, Ms. Kilmer, taught her “a little hard work never hurt anyone.” Music by alum Mindy Nolt

From ditto to digital, Weather Vane and loyal staffers still ‘let readers know how the winds are blowing on campus’

From the first “Purple Press” issue printed as a mimeographed, letter-sized paper in 1939 to the Weather Vane online, the EMU student newspaper has been a vessel of student expression for not only staff reporters, but for the entire campus community. In his 50-year history of the college, Hubert Pellman ’38 described the Weather Vane … More

A museum treasure comes to light: Professor D. Ralph Hostetter’s love of ‘God in nature’ and the Carolina Junco

While preparing exhibit items in the D. Ralph Hostetter Natural History Museum at Eastern Mennonite University for upcoming renovations, senior biochemistry major Eli Wenger found something that “made my hair stand on end.” Wenger knew some names that live large in the university’s annals as movers and shapers of an academic legacy. Professor D. Ralph … More

First snack shop, owned by the Weaver family, was a gathering place for hungry college students

“Would you like to hear about how the first snack shop was started?” That question was posed by Janet Weaver Yoder, who had read about efforts to collect dining hall history and stories for Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial celebration in the Daily News-Record. Janet, born in 1925, grew up in a two-story brick house on … 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

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

Dramatist remembers controversy surrounding performance of Shakespeare in the early ’60s

I was a student at Eastern Mennonite College for the 1961-62 school year, fulfilling a desire to spend some time in a Mennonite academic setting. Since I already had a bachelor’s degree, I was enrolled in the seminary for that year. As the school year came to a close, I was asked to direct a … More