Category: 1977

Centennial history now on sale

Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education was released by Penn State Press in time for EMU’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 13-15, 2017. In this unique educational history, Donald B. Kraybill ‘67 traces the sociocultural transformation of EMU from a fledgling separatist school founded by white, rural, Germanic Mennonites into a world-engaged … 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

Singing to Ken J. Nafziger: faculty and former students gather for a retirement send-off

“We can’t have a reception honoring Ken without music,” said Professor Joan Griffing at a May event marking the retirement of her music department colleague Ken J. Nafziger. Nafziger stepped to the front of the crowded room and, as he has for countless times over the last 40 years, asked his Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) … More

100 Years of Sustainability in Park View, from farm-grown food to LEED buildings

With thanks to Kenton Brubaker, Beryl and Mark Brubaker, Clair Mellinger, Eldon Kurtz, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Ed Lehman and LeRoy Troyer.   1917 The school opens in Assembly Park. 1920 The school adds the 103-acre Whitmore farm to the west. Farmer D. Stoner Krady, paid $80/month (as much as a faculty member), is employed to work … More

Alumna of they Year 1977: Maribel Kraybill

Maribel Kraybill (C 53), prin­cipal of Locust Grove Mennonite School in Smoketown (Lancaster County), Pa., received EMC’s “alumnus-of-the-year” award during homecoming April 23. Linford K. Gehman (C 58), outgoing president of the Alumni Association, presented Miss Kraybill the citation for “ dedica­tion to Christian education at the elementary level.” The alumna was cited “ for … More

‘Restorative justice on two wheels’: young bike mechanics learn and grow through Gift & Thrift program

Witness this office meeting space turn into something different, a bit like Bruce Wayne’s Bat Cave: The wide boardroom table slides out of the way, the wall tapestries roll up to reveal pegboards filled with bicycle repair tools. Suddenly, a bike shop is born. But this isn’t just any bike shop. It’s a bike shop … More

Bach Festival founder Ken J. Nafziger honored with Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award, vows to ‘keep on musicking’

Ken J. Nafziger, professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, recently became the third honoree to receive the Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award. He accepted the award at the Forbes Center Season Announcement event last week [June 11, 2015]. The honor, co-sponsored by the Forbes Center, the Arts Council of the Valley, and … More

Alumni of the Year 2003: Michael and Ginny Hostetler

In 1971, 21 years old, I had just finished six weeks working on a kibbutz in Israel and was doing some sightseeing with an orthodox Jewish friend from Canada before returning to the U .S. When we made a three-hour stop in Nazareth, I really expected to find something related to the most well-known resident … More

Join the meal: Part I of EMU’s Dining Hall Saga: 1917 to 1970s, site of fellowship, gentility and cultural skirmishes

Herewith is presented a somewhat exhaustive chronology of Eastern Mennonite College/Eastern Mennonite University’s dining services. Consume as much as you’d like and return for seconds. Or simply begin reading in the era of your choosing. We try to please all tastes. Your two cooks are Brenna Cowardin, summer intern, who handled the prep work with … More

EMC’s 60th anniversary was celebrated with speeches … and a giant campus-cake

Those present at Eastern Mennonite College’s 60th anniversary celebration in 1977 may have forgotten the hymns, the interview event in the chapel, or the special bulletin issue. But they wouldn’t have forgotten the cake. The sheet cake was a to-scale replica of campus, about four feet by six feet in size and made with fifty … 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