Category: 1993

Initial EMU crowdfunding campaigns to fund solar boost, MJ Sharp scholarship

An Eastern Mennonite University crowdfunding campaign is closing in on covering the cost of a student-initiated solar project that will boost the university’s solar output by 40 percent. The Student Solar Panel Project (SSPP) is one of two campaigns featured with the new EMU Crowdfunding venture, a joint effort by students and the EMU development … 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

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

‘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

A-one and a-two … memories of EMU JAZZ and SWING SISTERS

Dr. Stephen Sachs led the Eastern Mennonite University Jazz Band from 1982 through 2004, when he left EMU to become chair of the music department at Belhaven University, a position he still holds. Dr. Sachs was pleased to hear of the jazz band’s revitalization in 2017 and shared some memories of his time at EMU. … More

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

‘Welcome Your Neighbor’ sign continues to spread around the nation, to the delight of its creators at Immanuel Mennonite Church

From Washington D.C. to Colorado, demand for Immanuel Mennonite Church’s “Welcome Your Neighbor” sign has skyrocketed. The sign, with a distinctive tri-color banding, reads in three languages: No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor. Since first posted in front of the Harrisonburg, Virginia, church in September 2015, a flood of attention from … More

‘Sports in its purest form’: alumni trio founds unique high school basketball league

In the fall, a few area high school basketball championships are contested at Eastern Mennonite University’s Yoder Arena. Usually, though, university mascot Herm, a giant blue lion, and the pep band don’t join in the fun, nor does the men’s basketball team help each team with their warm-ups. That was the scene on Wednesday, Oct. … 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 1993: Henry L. Rosenberger

“For me, Business is ministry,” said Henry Rosenberger. He started a company in 1972 that has enjoyed phenomenal growth. Today Rosenberger Cold Storage and Transport in Hatfield, Pa., has six warehouses and 330 employees. It is the 13th largest in the United States, handling over a billion pounds of food a year. Rosenberger was cited … More

Kirsten Moore’s new coworking space, The Hub, wins Virginia Main Street Best Business award

“The people, the people, the people,” says Katherine Harrison, when asked why she rents office space from The Hub Coworking in Harrisonburg. If anyone is aware of how the right space can empower people and their projects, Harrison is. Her company, GraceWorks, helps clients “organize their spaces, optimize their time and master their technology.” Even … More

Alumnus of the Year 2013: Tim Leaman

In one typical afternoon at his health clinic, Tim Leaman ’93, MD, treated a 9-year-old with a sexually transmitted disease, examined an HIV patient who was in tears about upcoming cancer surgery, and counseled a colleague who was overwhelmed by the needs around her. Leaman is the site medical director at the Kensington Avenue office … More