Category: 1986

‘Trust in the Lord in your long journey’: Dedicated commuter students make weekly trek for seminary classes

David Gaylor commutes 320 miles round-trip to Eastern Mennonite Seminary each week, traveling from the south-central town of Martinsville and staying Tuesday and Wednesday night. In his second year of studies, Gaylor says he’s been enriched by the experience. “I feel at home and like I have made relationships that I will keep forever,” he … More

Centennial worship offers thanks for 100 years of blessings and a call to listen

October 15, 1917, was the first day of classes at the new Eastern Mennonite School located in a rented hotel near Harrisonburg, Virginia. One hundred years later to the day, the school — now known as Eastern Mennonite University — concluded a special Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend with worship  in a near-capacity Lehman Auditorium. … More

Mennonite Church USA convention draws many to Orlando

With love in action as the guiding theme of the 2017 Mennonite Church USA annual convention, several Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty and staff are sharing their research and wisdom at the Orlando, Florida, event. Among the featured speakers to address youth is Assistant Professor of Social Work Melody Pannell, who wrote in a pre-conference … 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

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

Ted Swartz’s one-man play teaches the importance of laughter in a celebration of life lost

This preview, published Aug. 24, 2016, in the Daily News-Record, profiles Ted Swartz ’89, MDiv ’92, and “Laughter is Sacred Space,” his performance about depression and mental illness that tells the story of  friend, business partner and fellow alumnus Lee Eshleman ’86, MDiv ’92. The Studio Theatre on campus is named after Eshleman. Ted Swartz … More

After 41 years handling campus mail at Eastern Mennonite University, postal supervisor Betty Hertzler retires

Betty Hertzler has done a lot of laughing at human nature over the years. Postal supervisor at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) since 1974, Hertzler has fielded scores of questions showing a lack of common sense: “Do you have any stamps?” “Do you have any Christian stamps?” “How do I address a letter?” “Do I need … More

Deana Moren Baker ’86, All-ODAC and All-American player, is inducted in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

When Deana Moren Baker ’86 was in middle school in Bremen, Indiana, her basketball team held practice in the school cafeteria because the boys were using the gym. They took layups using the Peter Pan mascot’s head on the wall as a stand-in for a basket. When she was in high school, wearing polyester uniforms … More

After thirty years with the campus physical plant, director Eldon Kurtz leaves behind a changed landscape

This profile of Eldon Kurtz was originally published in the Feb. 18, 2016, edition of The Weather Vane. We’re grateful for the contributed copy, as we can’t possibly profile each one of the many long-time employees retiring from EMU this spring. An article featuring vignettes about each of our retirees will run in April. The … More

Washington Community Scholars’ Center celebrates 10 years at the Nelson Good House in Brookland

The Brookland neighborhood in Washington D.C. got a little noisier — at least for a few minutes — this week when Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) director Kimberly Schmidt gathered with assistant director of communications Erica Grasse and associate director of program admissions Kelsey Kauffman to blow party horns on the front steps of the Nelson … More

Distinguished Service Award 2012: David Boshart

Some people dream of a denomination that grows by embracing diverse groups of people. David Boshart ’86, MA ’87 (religion), is facilitating such growth in his corner of the Mennonite Church USA. Boshart, who is executive conference minister for the denomination’s Central Plains Conference, has worked at better relationships with Hispanic-Mennonite churches. When told that … 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