Category: 1966

Joe Lapp led a shrinking college to be a growing university

Of EMU’s eight presidents during its 98 years of existence, only one came from a career in a totally secular field. Law. This was president no. 7, Joseph L. Lapp ’66. After graduating with a J.D. from the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1972, Lapp practiced law in several situations before becoming a partner … More

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

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

Judy Shenk Ranck and Mary Lou Weaver Houser

Judy Shenk Ranck and Mary Lou Weaver Houser ’66 talk about how they celebrated nine weddings among their friends in the summer of 1965 and how that group of friends has continued to get together for special occasions throughout the years. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “Gathered Home,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

Joseph Lapp

Joseph Lapp ’66 talks about a funny event while he was a student that involved a mud puddle and a fishing pole. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “Fierce Raged The Tempest,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

‘Circle letter sisters’ from the class of 1966 reunite at Homecoming

What to do when graduation fast approaches and your friends will disperse to Who Knows Where, possibly never to be heard from or seen again? In today’s world, staying in touch is as easy as the touch of a screen or the push of a button, but in 1966, that certainly wasn’t the case. That … More

Homecoming and Family Weekend draws a crowd to reunions, arts and athletic events, food and fun

In 1966, eight women, all elementary education majors at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), started a circle letter after graduation. Nearly 50 years later — after moves, weddings, births and other significant life happenings — six of those women traveled from four states to reunite at EMU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 14-16. The six friends … More

Alumnus of the Year 1993: Henry L. Rosenberger

“For me, Business is ministry,” said Henry Rosenberger. He started a company in 1972 that has enjoyed phenomenal growth. Today Rosenberger Cold Storage and Transport in Hatfield, Pa., has six warehouses and 330 employees. It is the 13th largest in the United States, handling over a billion pounds of food a year. Rosenberger was cited … More

Mennonite healthcare institutions search for a better way

Since the very beginning, the conviction that “there has to be a better way” has been a guiding principle for the Mennonite mental healthcare institutions that were established as a response to the experience of conscientious objectors (COs) during World War II. Mennonite mental healthcare institutions have demonstrated ingenuity and leadership in the face of … More

Graduates and their commitment to integrity as an individual financial expert

Among the 150 alumni contacted for this Crossroads, this note was struck often: the importance of the integrity of the individual financial expert and, by extension, the company represented by that person. Most interviewees seemed to feel they had secured the right work situation for their skill set and ethical values. But they didn’t always arrive … More

Much pain, one big gain, from being an African American student at EMU in 1962-63

One foggy morning in late summer of 1962, a 17-year-old native of Washington D.C. arrived on the campus of what was then Eastern Mennonite College not knowing a soul. Grandison Hills’ parents had told him it was a clean school with no drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no TV, but with lots of fresh air … More