Category: 2017

Centennial history now on sale

Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education was released by Penn State Press in time for EMU’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 13-15, 2017. In this unique educational history, Donald B. Kraybill ‘67 traces the sociocultural transformation of EMU from a fledgling separatist school founded by white, rural, Germanic Mennonites into a world-engaged … 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

Spanning nearly 50 years of institutional leadership, EMC/EMU presidents emeriti reminisce

Friday afternoon’s Presidential Forum at Eastern Mennonite University’s MainStage Theater offered a rare opportunity to hear from four leaders: three who have led the institution through major cultural and curricular change, and a fourth whose current leadership symbolizes a new beginning and new challenges. “This is one of the events I’ve been looking forward to … 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

EMU graduate places second in 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

Hannah Mack-Boll, a 2017 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took second place in the 2017 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest administered by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. Mack-Boll’s speech was titled “What is Your Intention?” [Listen to an excerpt of her speech here or read it here.] The speech includes experiences … 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

EMU Athletics timeline

1921 – Daniel (D.W.) Lehman becomes the school’s first athletic director and conducts weekly physical education classes for dormitory students. 1925 – Students are required to walk, do physical labor, or hike for a minimum of two hours per week. 1926 – Upon observing students playing ball, President A.D. Wenger notes that students need to … More

Book publication crowns career of seminary’s most tenured teacher and scholar

In her new book, The Irony of Power: The Politics of God in Matthew’s Narrative (Pickwick, 2017),  Dorothy Jean Weaver ’72, professor of New Testament at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, brings together essays on a theme in the Gospel of Matthew that has preoccupied her for much of her working life. The book also serves as a … More

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generations, this institution offered one music option: Singing, usually in four-part harmony, a cappella hymns only. For arts more broadly, until the late 20th century, many North American Mennonites limited the arts to purposes of functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

From the Atlantic to the Pacific: Summer bike ride both ‘grueling’ and ‘exhilarating’

The trip began with the traditional dipping of back tires in the Atlantic Ocean at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. It ended 59 days later in the Pacific at Lincoln City, Oregon, after 3,492 miles across 14 states and through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; Yellowstone National Park, and Portland, Oregon. The summer of 2017 was a … 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

‘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