Category: 1974

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

‘A tale of two Margarets’: Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman welcomes ‘Crossing the Line’ Anabaptist women’s history conference to EMU

Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, president of Eastern Mennonite University, offered the following welcome and introductory remarks at an opening session Thursday, June 22, 2017, for a three-day conference, “Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Barriers.” In March 2017, Huxman was inaugurated as EMU’s first female president — thus, a fitting representative to welcome … 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

EMU’s oldest and influential student organization YPCA, now Y-serve, brings ministry into communities

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

A museum treasure comes to light: Professor D. Ralph Hostetter’s love of ‘God in nature’ and the Carolina Junco

While preparing exhibit items in the D. Ralph Hostetter Natural History Museum at Eastern Mennonite University for upcoming renovations, senior biochemistry major Eli Wenger found something that “made my hair stand on end.” Wenger knew some names that live large in the university’s annals as movers and shapers of an academic legacy. Professor D. Ralph … More

Alumni of the Year 1974: John M. and Betty (Keener) Drescher

A Scottdale, Pa., couple who has devoted years of service to church work was named joint recipients of the eighth “alumnus-of-the-year” award during Eastern Mennonite College’s Alumni Association homecoming banquet April 27. John M. (C 51, 53) and Betty K. (CngSO) Drescher accepted the award from Fred L. Den­linger (C 58), president of EMC’s Alumni … More

Doing business for charities: regional alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises support service work worldwide

Hundreds of volunteers, many of them EMU alumni, are the backbone of four alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises in Harrisonburg that funnel funds toward worldwide poverty alleviation, relief and development efforts. Gift Thrift, and its used-book enterprise, Booksavers of Virginia, and adjacent Artisans’ Hope gift shop (all three in a small shopping strip an easy walk … More

The continuing legacy of the Augsburgers

From the mid-1960s through the 1970s – encompassing 15 years of great social change within Eastern Mennonite College and beyond – theologian Myron Augsburger (BA ’55, BTh ’58) led this institution of higher education. “As a well-known evangelist, Myron had the vision and stature to guide EMC from being a rather insular school – one … 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

Vincent Harding

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