Category: 1983

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

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

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

Hubert R. Pellman, emeritus professor of English and accomplished historian, was devoted to family, teaching and faith

Hubert R. Pellman, professor emeritus of English at Eastern Mennonite University, passed away March 16, 2017, at Oaklea Nursing Home, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He devoted his life to his family, to his teaching, and to service in the Mennonite church. Pellman taught at Eastern Mennonite College from 1941 to 1983, with … 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 long-lived Peace Fellowship advocates for the presence of justice on and off campus

Rarely does a week go by without some invitation from the Peace Fellowship to join other students, faculty and the Eastern Mennonite University campus community in a vigil or other form of activism in response to national and world events. In action since the late ‘60s, the club continues today with a committed core of … More

‘The first but not the last’: attorney Sharon R. López will lead the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Overlooking a courtyard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Triquetra Law offices are home to attorney Sharon R. López ’83, her law partner Andrea Farney, and bilingual litigation paralegal Anne Sensenig ’83. The three women work together on cases involving discrimination, civil rights, employee rights and appeals. President-elect of the 27,000-member Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), López will become la primera Latina … 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

Alumnus of the Year 2005: Myron Blosser

Eastern Mennonite High School has some lovely brand-new science classrooms, and Myron Blosser ’83, MA ’98 does everything he can to get his students out of them. Blosser, the 2005 Alumnus of the Year, could lecture from his own experience and judgments, but he’d rather let the students find out for themselves. “Experience is the … More

Alumnus of the Year 2010: Dwight Gingerich

Dwight Gingerich has coached at Iowa Mennonite School (IMS) for 28 years, compiling an amazing record: 509 wins to 139 losses as of Feb. 2, 2010; 10 state tournament appearances; five sportsmanship awards at state tournament; one state championship (1992); four state runner-up finishes; one state third-place finish; conference coach of the year 12 times; … More

Albert Keim: cross-cultural visionary

The world is a laboratory for study. It provides alternatives, new possibilities and challenges…it is learning for life. –Al Keim EMU’s cross-cultural program may never have come to be, had it not been for the efforts of Albert Keim ’63, dean of students from 1977 to 1984. Keim had a passion for education, service and … More

Landises books chronicle life, family and EMU careers

Peggy Heatwole Landis and Jay B. Landis have a long history with Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), one that began more than half a century ago. The two met, fell in love and cultivated successful careers at EMU, whose campus they can see from their nearby home. Thursday, April 11, 2013, the duo fittingly celebrated their … More