Category: 1987

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

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

David and Grace Shenk and the footprints of an 80-year missions legacy in East Africa

On a Sunday morning this past July, four American children entered a church in Bumangi, Tanzania. They were welcomed as family, embraced, and given gifts of intricately woven East African cloth. Then they heard stories of their great-grandparents from those who still remembered. For the children, on a trip with grandparents David and Grace Shenk, … More

Homecoming and Family Weekend draws a crowd to reunions, arts and athletic events, food and fun

In 1966, eight women, all elementary education majors at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), started a circle letter after graduation. Nearly 50 years later — after moves, weddings, births and other significant life happenings — six of those women traveled from four states to reunite at EMU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 14-16. The six friends … More

Leonard Dow

Pastor Leonard Dow ’87 shares about the theology of “movin’ on up” in an excerpt from a speech given to Eastern Mennonite Seminary in 2008. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “Gathered Home,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

Alumnus of the Year 1987: Donald E. Showalter

Harrisonburg attorney Donald E. Showalter has been named EMC’s 1987 alumnus of the year. This award, begun in 1967, recognizes an EMC graduate who has made a recent major achievement in his or her field. Showalter, a Broadway, Va., native, received a bachelor of arts degree in English and history from EMC in 1962. He … 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

Vernon Jantzi on the EMU cross-cultural experience

EMU’s cross-cultural program is intentionally different from that of almost every college in America, says Vernon Jantzi ’64, who became a faculty member at EMU after earning his PhD in the sociology of development from Cornell University in 1975. Jantzi, who has held a number of key administrative positions at EMU (and who passed up … 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

Graduates and their commitment to integrity as an individual financial expert

Among the 150 alumni contacted for this Crossroads, this note was struck often: the importance of the integrity of the individual financial expert and, by extension, the company represented by that person. Most interviewees seemed to feel they had secured the right work situation for their skill set and ethical values. But they didn’t always arrive … More

Academics in the field of numbers

“When I first began working at Eastern Mennonite College,” recalls professor emeritus Wilmer Lehman ’57, “teaching at EMC was seen as a kind of mission of the church.” Back in the era of Sputnik, math education was a carefully calculated national priority, and teachers of mathematics were in high demand. This small private school struggled to … More

Tales from the Suter Science Center

Long ago, when the grounds of the Suter Science Center were just a cornfield on the east side of campus, and John Spicher ’58 was a biology major taking science classes in the basement of the old “Ad” building – since burned down and replaced by the Campus Center – some forgotten person procured some chemicals … More