Category: Education

Environmental engineer Kaye Brubaker ’79 presents on precipitation, probability and climate change

Kaye Brubaker, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), visits Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Wednesday, March 15 to present a colloquium titled “That was never a hundred years! Precipitation, probability, and climate change.” The colloquium begins at 4 p.m. in Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Brubaker, who … More

Students unite for the Hartzler Library ‘miracle fund drive,’ an essay by Ruth Hoover Seitz ’62

“Student Power for a Library” was first published in The Way We Are (1992). It is rare for news from a small liberal arts college to make the national wire services. In 1969, positive news from a campus was even more phenomenal. Across the country, campus disruptions protesting President Nixon’s continued involvement in Vietnam blazed in … More

Special education teacher Sarah Beck ’11 Weirich on what she values about EMU’s teacher preparation program

 Sarah Beck Weirich, a 2011 EMU graduate, has taught special education in Rockingham County and Covington, Virginia, and is now teaching in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She shares how her EMU education prepared her for a variety of educational settings. One day during junior year, my classmates and I visited Stone Spring Elementary to observe a … More

Justus Holsinger

Justus Holsinger reflects on his journey to Eastern Mennonite School, the changes in clothing, travels to La Plata, Argentina, and how it impacted his life.  This is an excerpt from the video produced for EMU’s 90th anniversary.

Let your life speak: a Mennonite girl from Harlem

The seven-hour drive from Harlem, New York City, to Harrisonburg, Virginia, was filled with excitement, anticipation and a sense of purpose. Somehow I knew that I would never be the same once I stepped into this “new land,” this unfamiliar place that I would soon call “home” for the next four years. Everything was different yet … More

Keeping up with Information Systems: the times, they keep a’changin’

This timeline attempts to chronicle the ever-changing landscape, both mechanical and academic, of information systems at Eastern Mennonite University. Staff writer Randi B. Hagi and editor Lauren Jefferson did due diligence with these dates, cross-checking with Emeritus Professor Joe Mast ’64 [read about his legacy] and former IT Director Jack Rutt ’72, as well as … More

Jane Burkholder

Jane Burkholder ’70 shares about her dorm experience and major in education. Music: Jessica Crawford, “Shine”

‘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

‘Circle letter sisters’ from the class of 1966 reunite at Homecoming

What to do when graduation fast approaches and your friends will disperse to Who Knows Where, possibly never to be heard from or seen again? In today’s world, staying in touch is as easy as the touch of a screen or the push of a button, but in 1966, that certainly wasn’t the case. That … 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

Peggy Landis

Peggy Landis ’61 talks about how her Latin teacher, Ms. Kilmer, taught her “a little hard work never hurt anyone.” Music by alum Mindy Nolt