Category: Athletics

Softball seating terrace dedicated before alumni game

Friends and family of softball player Kaitlin Aylor, community members and Royals softball fans gathered at Eastern Mennonite University’s Gehman Field for a special ceremony Sunday, Oct. 15, to dedicate the new seating area behind home plate. The built-in terraces were funded by the Kaitlin Aylor Memorial Fund. Aylor was a Madison County High School … 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

Under Martin’s wing: EMU grad trains area athletes

The names didn’t miss Adam Dofflemyer’s eyes. Looking for an extra training boost to propel him into a college baseball prospect, Dofflemyer saw how other high school athletes thrived as pupils of Mike Martin ’00 at Next Level Athletic Development. “When he got a couple of these good athletes around the area to start working out … More

Leonard Dow ’87 to be honored with EMU’s Distinguished Service Award

On a fall morning in 1978, Leonard Dow left his home in working class Philadelphia and arrived at the expansive, picturesque campus of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pa. He was one of 30 black freshmen and sophomores recruited by Lancaster Mennonite Conference to integrate the 400-member mostly white student body. Dow, a ninth-grader, traveled … More

Crossroads Spring/Summer 2017 issue honors EMU’s 100 years of countercultural education

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Crossroads is the first of two issues celebrating our Centennial year, 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University was founded 100 years ago, opening for the first classes in October 1917. A photographic timeline of the first 100 years is featured in this issue. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles … More

Margaret Gehman

Margaret Gehman was a Art and Physical Education professor at Eastern Mennonite College from 1944-1987.  She remembers her nickname “Speedy”  and her education at Eastern Mennonite School.  During her tenure as a faculty member, Margaret recalls the tough conditions of teaching in a building with no heat in the winter and the relationships she built … 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

Deana Moren Baker ’86, All-ODAC and All-American player, is inducted in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

When Deana Moren Baker ’86 was in middle school in Bremen, Indiana, her basketball team held practice in the school cafeteria because the boys were using the gym. They took layups using the Peter Pan mascot’s head on the wall as a stand-in for a basket. When she was in high school, wearing polyester uniforms … More

Surgeon Laura Rosenberger kicks off spring Suter Science Lectures with talk about residency experiences

A decade and a half ago, Laura Rosenberger set records as a national champion pole vaulter for Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). These days, though, it’s her medical career that’s soaring. This past July, she began work as a surgical breast oncology fellow at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Rosenberger will be back at … More