Category: 1967

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

‘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

Centennial Award recipients Chester and Sara Jane Wenger honored for ‘rich lives of service, leadership and faith’

When Chester Wenger ’36 became acquainted with Sara Jane Weaver ’42, he found her “so beautiful and lovable I couldn’t resist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Something else beguiled Chester. “It impressed me to see a young woman stand up there teaching the Bible to a whole roomful of children,” holding their rapt attention. A … 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

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

Hans Harman ’02, president of Momentum Earthworks, earns Entrepreneur of the Year from local chamber of commerce

“There’s no secret sauce” to owning a successful business, says Hans Harman ’02. “Just surrounding yourself with the right people, working hard and getting your hands dirty.” Harman, president of Momentum Earthworks, was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year at the Jan. 4 Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. “Receiving recognition like this is exciting … More

Professor and alumnus Joe Mast helped bring EMU into the digital age

“If there was ever a question about what happened in the early days of technology at Eastern Mennonite University, the go-to person was understood by everyone to be Joe Mast,” says Jack Rutt ‘72, special projects support for the provost’s office and former information systems director from 1999-2014. “It was understood almost ubiquitously that ‘Joe … More

Henry and Charlotte Rosenberger

Henry ’67 and Charlotte ’65 Rosenberger talk about how they met at an off-campus square dance. Charlotte laughed with her friends after Henry asked her out because he was younger, but in the end, age didn’t matter. Music: Ethan Bard, “Don’t Lie Down”

Bob and Rachel Brenneman

Bob ’70 and Rachel ’67 Brenneman share about their engagement, camping in the freezing temperatures, eating family-style in the dining hall, the library drive, and more. Music: Jessica Crawford, “Shine”

Homecoming worship service lifts up words of Micah to honor alumni award winners and retiring professor

The honorees at Eastern Mennonite University’s Oct. 13 Homecoming and Family Weekend worship service included a pastor and social justice activist, a couple who has devoted themselves to a community of healing for those in mental health distress, a woman who lives among the poor of Asia, and a well-loved music professor, who has, among … 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

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