Category: 1968

Keeping up with Information Systems: the times, they keep a’changin’

This timeline attempts to chronicle the ever-changing landscape, both mechanical and academic, of information systems at Eastern Mennonite University. Staff writer Randi B. Hagi and editor Lauren Jefferson did due diligence with these dates, cross-checking with Emeritus Professor Joe Mast ’64 [read about his legacy] and former IT Director Jack Rutt ’72, as well as … More

Alumna of the Year 1991: Sheryl K. Wyse

Sheryl K. Wyse was named EMC’s 1991 “alumna of the year.” The award was presented during the Sunday worship service of EMC’s homecoming and parents weekend Oct. 13. Wyse has served 24 years in the Harrisonburg city school system, including 10 years teaching first grade, three years as instructional coordinator and nine years as principal–all … 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

Retired English professor and his wife, who met on campus in 1936, celebrate 75 years together

“My one true love is looking at me,” said Hubert Pellman, 97, gazing across the table at his wife, Mildred, 98. The couple was sitting in a room at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community eating cookies and drinking coffee. Today, the pair celebrates their 75th wedding anniversary. Diamond anniversaries are rare. In 2005, the Chicago Tribune … More

Poetry of and from the heart: cardiologist Joseph Gascho ’68 brings new perspectives of medicine, healing to Homecoming

Contract, pump, relax, fill. The heart takes blood in, then pumps it back out through the body, with life in each heartbeat. Joseph Gascho notices these patterns in his work as a cardiologist at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. He also notices them in his passion for art, weaving the two … More

Alumnus of the Year 2015: James L. Rosenberger

James L. Rosenberger ’68 is not your average college professor. Sure, he teaches, researches, advises graduate students, and serves on committees, which he’s been doing for nearly 40 years at Pennsylvania State University. But in recent years, he also won election to the local city council and is now its president, built a straw-bale house … More

The history of the Washington Community Scholars’ Center

In the fall of 1976, Phil Baker-Shenk arrived in Washington D.C., intending to advance the causes of international human rights and nuclear disarmament through an internship with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. However, as an 18-year-old college undergrad at the bottom of the organization’s rungs, he found himself shuffled to its underfunded and understaffed Native … 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

Academics in the field of numbers

“When I first began working at Eastern Mennonite College,” recalls professor emeritus Wilmer Lehman ’57, “teaching at EMC was seen as a kind of mission of the church.” Back in the era of Sputnik, math education was a carefully calculated national priority, and teachers of mathematics were in high demand. This small private school struggled to … More

One alumnus passes the torch to another as CEO for large retirement community

A hospital administrator and community leader will be the new president and chief executive officer of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va., starting in April. Judith (Reitz) Trumbo ’82 succeeds Ron Yoder ’68, who is retiring. VMRC, neighboring Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on the northeast, has a $20 million annual budget, 400 employees, and … More