Category: 1962

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

Rev George R. “George R. II” Brunk was evangelist, dean

George R. Brunk II, 90, widely-known evangelist, church leader and former dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, died Apr. 21, 2002, at his home in Park Village at the age of 90. Dr. Brunk served more than 65 years in pastoral ministry and was active in churchwide crusades, writing and Bible conference work. He was born … More

Park School celebrates legacy of racial harmony and integration in an era of ‘massive resistance’

On Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, Park School in Harrisonburg hosts its second annual reunion, with special guests to highlight the school’s unique role in local racial integration during the time of “massive resistance,” a state-sponsored effort to defy federal court orders to integrate Virginia schools. The school was built in 1918 by Eastern Mennonite School with … More

100 Years of Sustainability in Park View, from farm-grown food to LEED buildings

With thanks to Kenton Brubaker, Beryl and Mark Brubaker, Clair Mellinger, Eldon Kurtz, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Ed Lehman and LeRoy Troyer.   1917 The school opens in Assembly Park. 1920 The school adds the 103-acre Whitmore farm to the west. Farmer D. Stoner Krady, paid $80/month (as much as a faculty member), is employed to work … More

A timeline of YPCA/Y-Serve’s Christian ministry and service at EMU from 1922 to the present

 If asked to identify the most influential student organization in Eastern Mennonite University’s 100-year history, the answer is easy: the Young People’s Christian Association, known popularly as YPCA or the Y. For many years, the student body and YPCA were one and the same: if you were a student at what was then called Eastern … More

Bell comes from Ohio to EMU, continuing long life of ‘gathering, sending, remembering’

In 2012, Fred E. and Carolyn Augsburger donated the bell that now resides in front of Lehman Auditorium. The story of that bell, which first rang at West Camelback School near Elida, Ohio, and how it came to the Harrisonburg campus, is shared below by Fred Augsburger, and then by his friend, Bruce Stambaugh. 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

Donella Clemens

Donella Clemens ’62 reflects on her experience at EMC, women in leadership positions in the Mennonite church, and how the church has changed in her lifetime.  This excerpt is from the video produced for EMU’s 90th anniversary.

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

Alumna of the Year 1979: Miriam E. Krantz

Miriam E. Krantz (C 62, Sng 63), a nutritionist in Nepal 15 years, was named EMC’s “alumna-of-the-year” Sunday morning (Apr. 29) on homecoming weekend. Miss Krantz, a home economics education major, was cited “for your contribution to the nutrition of the people of Nepal…hearing and answering the needs of the world.” A brother, Elvin B. … More

Alumnus of the Year 2007: Ingida Asfaw

When Ingida Asfaw ’62 first arrived at what was then Eastern Mennonite College, his English skills were limited and he had almost no money. He was late for the start of classes, after a slow journey by cargo ship from his native Ethiopia. This fall, nearly 50 years later, he will return to Eastern Mennonite … More