Category: 1995

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

African American history at EMU: a timeline

“Diversify” is a one of four key goals of EMU’s strategic plan and a committee on diversity and inclusion plays a key role in campus life and decision making. However, the broader culture, country and our small community have much work to do to welcome all. This timeline shows the painful realities of exclusion that is part of the … More

Those famous Mennonite harmonies

Do They Have a Future? What makes the same hymn inspire one individual to heroism and lead another to boredom cannot be calculated. It has to do with the mysterious way in which song connects us to our past, our soul, our future, our Savior. And because God intended us to be different, our uniqueness … 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

Theme House program carries on intentional community legacy

Eastern Mennonite University has a long history of students living in intentional community settings on campus — from cohabiting groups of the ‘70s to the current Theme Housing program, which began in 2015. The Shenandoah yearbook first mentions group-house living in 1971, when 53 women and seven cats were divided up among Martin House, Suter … 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

Alumna of the Year 1995: Susan Classen

Susan Classen, a native of Springfield, Ohio, was name EMU’s “alumna of the year.” The recognitions were made during the Homecoming worship service. Classen worked in a Richmond hospital one year before taking an assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in Bolivia, where she worked three years with rural health clinics. From 1984 to 1994  she … More

A mentor to future doctors and health professionals, biology professor Roman Miller retires after 31 years at EMU

All those years ago, the trajectory of Roman Miller’s young career had seemed so clear. He’d finished undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology and earned a PhD from Kent State University, specializing in male rats’ reproductive biology before landing a research position at the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology. There, in … 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

Alumnus at helm of Martin Stone Quarries recognized as national leader in the aggregates industry

If you’re going to extract stone from a 350-acre hole adjacent to a borough of 950 residents, Rod Martin has learned that it helps to live in a house beside the quarry, where the locals can see that you and your family also care about the noise, dust and scenery. The Martin family has quarried … More

Horning brings devotion to seminary fundraising role

Les Horning has been a pastor, bus driver, chemist, house painter and doctoral student of Hebrew. Now he is a full-time advocate for Eastern Mennonite Seminary as associate director of development, church relations and admissions. He is also the father of an EMU undergrad. “When I was a student here in 1995, I knew I … More