Category: 1982

Bell comes from Ohio to EMU, continuing long life of ‘gathering, sending, remembering’

In 2012, Fred E. and Carolyn Augsburger donated the bell that now resides in front of Lehman Auditorium. The story of that bell, which first rang at West Camelback School near Elida, Ohio, and how it came to the Harrisonburg campus, is shared below by Fred Augsburger, and then by his friend, Bruce Stambaugh. The … More

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

Ridgeway Mennonite Church, started by the college’s YPCA chapter in 1948, continues under Pastor Ben Risser and alumni leaders

 Pastor Ben Risser ’85, MACL ’04 was interviewed by Hannah Heinzekehr, executive director of The Mennonite, about his call to Ridgeway Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Ridgeway was started by YPCA members at Eastern Mennonite College in 1948 [a history of the YPCA at EMC/EMU is in the works]. Ben and his wife Kathy Risser … More

Ex-Isaac’s chief and EMU alumnus Phil Wenger excited to lead Lancaster County Conservancy

When Phil Wenger stepped down nearly two years ago as head of Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches, the restaurant chain he built, he made it clear he wasn’t retiring. He had just tired of the rat race of the for-profit world and was, as he put it, looking for the next mountain to climb. “The nature … More

Outstanding Young Alum 2016: Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo

Why would Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo ’10, Eastern Mennonite University Young Alumnus of the Year for 2016, choose to live, indefinitely, half a world away from her family of origin, in a slum community built on a city trash pile? “I think my parents are mostly to blame,” Prasetyo says, laughing. Prasetyo, was born in Honduras … More

Professor honored for forty years of dedication to social work education

Jane Wenger Clemens looks back over a lifetime of dedication to social work and recognizes the early influence of her family in creating an awareness of the needs of others. In the 1950s, her uncle pastored an interracial church where blacks and whites worshipped together and respected each other, her mother reached out to neighbors … More

Lloyd Gingerich: God wants us to take risks

Lloyd Gingerich ’90 had never stepped out of the United States before his cross-cultural trip to Central America in 1988. His experiences in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras greatly affected him and changed his faith as well as his life path after graduation.“In Nicaragua we got the opportunity to put the roof back on a … More

A highlight on Ann Hershberger

Thirty years have passed since her days as a nurse in a war zone, but Ann Hershberger ’76 still has a sense of impending violence when she hears a helicopter over her head. “I still can’t stand to have a helicopter go over me,” she says. “I remember looking up at them and not feeling … More

Novel-writing surgeon Harry Kraus ’82 resettles in Virginia after years of practicing medicine in Africa

When Dr. Harry Kraus decided to take a mission trip, he had no idea he was about to change his family’s life forever. He called Samaritan’s Purse, an organization run by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. “I told them I had three weeks off, and wanted to take my son on a medical … More

Phyllis Yoder chosen as “School Nurse of the Year” for Michigan

Phyllis Yoder wasn’t born in Huron County, but she has been a big hit in this area for the past 25-30 years. Yoder is a registered nurse who works for the Huron Intermediate School District. She was honored with the title of Michigan School Nurse of the Year this past week. The nurse is originally … 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

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