Category: 1998

Kim Blosser ’91, MA ’98 named president of Lord Fairfax Community College

Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges announced December 19 that Dr. Kim Blosser is the next president of Lord Fairfax Community College. Blosser’s selection follows a nationwide search that took six months, and attracted more than 100 candidates. Blosser, who currently works as LFCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs, will become … More

‘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

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

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

The Steel Wheels — with deep EMU roots — to headline Centennial festivities

The Steel Wheels, the nationally recognized Shenandoah Valley-based roots music band consisting of Eastern Mennonite University alumni Trent Wagler ’02, Eric Brubaker ’01, and Brian Dickel ’98, as well as bandmate Jay Lapp, will join headline the celebration of the university’s centennial at Homecoming and Family Weekend this October. On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., the … More

‘The Phoenix’ celebrates 60th edition

When Justine Nolt visited campus as a high school student, she picked up a copy of The Phoenix, Eastern Mennonite University’s literary and visual arts journal. “I remember knowing I wanted to have a hand in its creation during my time here,” said the junior Writing Studies major. Little did she know, her editorial debut … More

Ten a cappella groups to compete at April 8 Shenandoah Valley Sing-Off

Ten a cappella groups will compete for cash prizes during The Shenandoah Valley Sing-Off, an amateur contest hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC). The event is 7 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at Harrisonburg High School. During the evening, the groups will perform an up-tempo song of no more than four minutes. Up to … More

Since 1996, Latino Student Alliance celebrates cultural pride and offers a welcoming space to all

“Pastel!” Student Sara Shenk-Moreno whispers dramatically in Spanish, pantomiming eating. Members of the Eastern Mennonite University Latino Student Alliance (LSA) retrieve a decadent cake and sing “Happy Birthday” with extra verses in Spanish. The song is fitting for the moment: Rick Castañeda ’98, who co-founded the club with four others in 1996, has just finished … More

City educator lauded for special education efforts

A Valley school administrator’s dedication to education has been recognized on the national level. On Sept. 26, Sandi Thorpe, executive director of special programs for Harrisonburg City Public Schools, received the 2016 Early Career Special Education Administrator Award. The division announced in a press release that Thorpe received the award, which is given to those … More

Alumnus of the Year 1998: Dr. Elton D. Lehman

Elton Lehman’s doctor’s office in Mount Eaton, Ohio, has two parking lots. One is curbed and paved with asphalt. The other has a hitching post. Horse hooves and wooden wheels have left its surface lumpy. This lot is for buggies. An estimated 30,000 to 35,000 Amish live in this part of Ohio. A good many … 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