Category: 2008

Basketball coach Kirby Dean to step down after season

Eastern Mennonite University has announced that head men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean will resign at the end of the current season. He has accepted a position as the director of parks and recreation for Rockingham County. In his 15th season at his alma mater, Dean is the all-time winningest coach in program history and has successfully changed … 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

‘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

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

‘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

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 2008: Donald Kraybill

If the subject is the Amish, Mennonites, or something linked to pacifism – and a reporter needs an expert to quote – look for the quote to be from Donald B. Kraybill ’67, EMU ’s 2008 Alumnus of the Year. An Associated Press story in May, for instance, contained Kraybill’s observations on a legal case … More

Married alumni couple spends spare time saving lives

On any given Saturday night, when most married couples are relaxing in front of their TVs or maybe eating out, this couple is more likely to be found at an accident scene or a strange home – “seeing things no one else will see.” Jackson and Katrina (Lehman) Maust have been rescue squad members since … More

After 44 years at EMU, former provost and current library director Beryl Brubaker heads into her second ‘retirement’

Beryl Brubaker knows what it’s like to retire – and to be called back to serve with her gifts once more. In 2008, Brubaker “retired” as provost. That year marked her 37th at Eastern Mennonite University, leading from a variety of positions in the nursing department to higher-level administration: from vice president of enrollment to … More

Osteopathic medical school in Blacksburg, Va., ‘perfect fit’ for EMU grads

Since elementary school she had wanted to be a doctor, but Margaret “Maggie” Parker didn’t know that that dream would merge with a later dream – marrying a good man – during her academic journey through Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and on to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), linked to Virginia Tech … More