Category: 1978

Nursing alumnae honored by March of Dimes

Two Eastern Mennonite University alumna are among the nurses honored in 2017 by by the Virginia chapter of March of Dimes. Nursing department adjunct instructor Pam Collins ’78, MSN ’13 was honored as 2017 Nurse of the Year in the category of case management. Collins is an integrative care manager at Sentara RMH Medical Center … More

Centennial play by Swartz and DeSanctis, with troupe of alumni actors, delivers reflection and affirmation

They’d wanted audiences to laugh, reflect, feel goosebumps, pause, celebrate and sing — and that’s exactly what happened at the two performances of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. in Lehman Auditorium during Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 13-15, 2017. The production, commissioned by EMU’s Centennial Committee and … 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

‘What we bring. What we take. What we leave.’ Centennial theatrics to feature EMU alumni cast and playwrights Ted Swartz and Ingrid De Sanctis

When Ingrid De Sanctis ‘88 and Ted Swartz ‘89, MACL ‘92, debut their theatrical celebration for Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial in Lehman Auditorium during Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall, they hope it will give audience members the same goosebumps they have felt while working on the production. The 90-minute performance of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. — slated for … More

Those famous Mennonite harmonies

Do They Have a Future? What makes the same hymn inspire one individual to heroism and lead another to boredom cannot be calculated. It has to do with the mysterious way in which song connects us to our past, our soul, our future, our Savior. And because God intended us to be different, our uniqueness … More

‘The Phoenix’ celebrates 60th edition

When Justine Nolt visited campus as a high school student, she picked up a copy of The Phoenix, Eastern Mennonite University’s literary and visual arts journal. “I remember knowing I wanted to have a hand in its creation during my time here,” said the junior Writing Studies major. Little did she know, her editorial debut … More

Ken J. Nafziger conducts final Chamber Singers concert featuring alumni guests

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Chamber Singers, a select student choir, will present “Communities of Song,” its spring concert, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in Lehman Auditorium. The concert will be the choir’s last under the baton of Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger, who retires this spring after 39 years as a member of … More

The Snack Shoppe Part II: Longtime manager Helen Ours talks about the favorite campus gathering place

Part I recalls the first snack shop, thanks to information provided by Janet Weaver Yoder whose father launched the enterprise. Now Helen Ours takes up the story.  Say “snack shop “and you’ll conjure a lot of warm memories for alumni of Eastern Mennonite College—and yes, we’ll say EMC because that was the institution’s name when … More

Planetarium on Vesper Heights and in Suter Science Center exposes generations to starry skies

The planetarium at Eastern Mennonite University – for many of those whose history with the school predates 2007, the words bring up many emotions and fond memories, whether those memories are of the original building on Vesper Heights (also known as “The Hill”) or the M.T. Brackbill Planetarium in the Suter Science Center. In the … More

Les and Sylvia Helmuth

Les ’78 and Sylvia ’79 Helmuth share how they connected on a road trip to Lancaster during their first year, but it took a couple years before Les convinced Sylvia to date. Now, they have been married almost 37 years (recorded in 2015). Music: The Walking Roots Band, “Each Morning Brings,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

Election documentary ‘Hope Was Not On The Ballot’ explores the promise of Christian witness in tumultuous times

Three days before the 2016 presidential election, two Mennonites arrived in Washington D.C. from Ontario, Canada, on a kind of exploratory mission, a self-described “pilgrimage” to the American capital. Their pilgrimage was a reprise of one taken five years ago, when the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial was unveiled on the National Mall. Over the … More

Daniel Grimes

Daniel Grimes ’78 shares about why he chose EMU. Music: “Growing Up” by EMU alum Grace Delp