Category: 1972

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

Centennial celebration theater production team asks alumni and EMU community to share memories, unforgettable moments

Eastern Mennonite University alumni Ingrid De Sanctis ‘88 and Ted Swartz ’89, MACL ’92, have collaborated as professional playwrights, actors and directors for more than 20 years. The friends and professional colleagues have been commissioned to create a Centennial celebration piece, debuting during Homecoming 2017. What might that play look like? Moving, surprising, “an evening … More

Alumnus of the Year 2008: Donald Kraybill

If the subject is the Amish, Mennonites, or something linked to pacifism – and a reporter needs an expert to quote – look for the quote to be from Donald B. Kraybill ’67, EMU ’s 2008 Alumnus of the Year. An Associated Press story in May, for instance, contained Kraybill’s observations on a legal case … More

Special projects manager Jack Rutt keeps his finger on EMU’s pulse, but with a bit more time off

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Jack Rutt, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here, as well as advice for those of us still … More

With guidance from Carolyn Yoder and Elaine Zook Barge, STAR breaks cycles of trauma

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) emerged from the ashes of Sept. 11, when hundreds of millions of people were grieving over the deaths and destruction caused by hijacked airplanes flying into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. To mark STAR’s 10th anniversary, founding director Carolyn … 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

Helmuth named Valley Fundraiser of the Year

Phil Helmuth sees no contradiction between his two longtime professions: ordained Mennonite minister and fundraiser for Mennonite-backed causes. Both roles are relationship-based and mission-oriented, he says. Phil grew up in Arcola, Ill., where his father owned a farm-machinery business. He enrolled in Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) for 1972-73, married fellow undergraduate Loretta Kuhns in August … More

Physician Randy Longenecker focuses on rural medical education in Ohio

Randall L. (Randy) Longenecker, M.D., of Bellefontaine, Ohio, leans forward, his pulse and his voice quickening as he talks about an issue close to his heart: providing top-notch medical care to America’s rural population. Dr. Longenecker, a 1975 EMU graduate, has a long-standing passion to encourage recent medical school graduates to focus their energies on … More

Still ‘Speedy’ after all these years: Margaret Gehman donates VW Beetle

At age 88, Margaret Martin Gehman of Harrisonburg has lost a little of her trademark drive, largely because she has parted company with a faithful friend. [This article was originally published on the EMU website in 2012.] Dr. Gehman and her trusty, albeit a bit rusty, mechanical steed, a blue 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, are almost … More

Celebrating Service: Special projects manager Jack Rutt keeps his finger on EMU’s pulse, but with a bit more time off

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Jack Rutt, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here, as well as advice for those of us still … More