Eastern Mennonite University

2007 Schedule

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Friday, October 12

Conference: “The Adolescent and the Family”

Seminary, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Michael Kerr, M.D., and Kathy Kerr, M.S.N., M.A., a husband and wife team, will speak from their experience as parents and many years of professional work with families. Each has been a frequent speaker in conferences dedicated to understanding family processes and problems from their perspective of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Dr. Kerr is Director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. For more information and registration, visit www.shenfamilysystems.org. Bonus: Dr. Kerr will present a free public lecture in Martin Chapel, Seminary building, on Thursday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., “We know stress affects health, but what is stress?”

Homecoming Chapel Assembly

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m

Featured speaker, Dr. Clair Schnupp, founder and director of Northern Youth Programs in Dryden, Thunder Bay and Kenora, Ontario. Dr. Schnupp, this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, will share from the years he and his wife Clara have worked and ministered among the First Nations peoples of northern Canada and Greenland.

Art Exhibit:

Detail of 'Madonna of the Bosphorus' by Barbara Fast
Detail of "Madonna of the Bosphorus: East Meets West" by Barbara Fast, to be featured at the art exhibit on Saturday

Hartzler Library Gallery, open during library hours

EMU art professors Barbara Fast, Cyndi Gusler, Jerry Holsopple, Lara Scott, and Steven Johnson will exhibit. Media will range from mixed media fiber art and drawing to photography and digital imaging. A gallery talk and reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Paul R. Yoder, Sr. Memorial Golf Classic, sponsored by Loyal Royals

Spotswood Country Club, 7:30 a.m. (includes two-man captain’s choice option) and 12:30 p.m. starting times with lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Cost is $100. Contact the EMU Athletics office at (540) 432-4440 or to register.

Welcome Center and Registration Desk

University Commons, 3 – 8 p.m.

Baseball Blue/White World Series

Baseball Field, 4 p.m.

Double header on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Evening Meal

Dining Hall, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Donor Appreciation Banquet (by invitation only)

University Commons lower level reception area, 4:45 p.m.; banquet, 5:30 p.m.

EMU at 90: Celebrate the Vision

Campus Center Rm 105, Strite Auditorium, 7 p.m.

A 30-minute video featuring historical photos and audio, excerpts from Jay B. Landis baccalaureate address from 2006, and interviews with Hubert Pellman, Margaret Gehman, Donella Clemmens, Evelyn Maust and Justus Holsinger. Additional Showings on Saturday at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

90 Years of Music at EMU: A Celebration of Song and Sound

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Drawing on his 30 years as professor of music at EMU, Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger will lead us through an evening of choral and instrumental performances, including audience participation. Admission is free. Donations accepted for the music department scholarship fund. (Program repeated at the same time Saturday evening.)

 

Saturday, October 1 3

Welcome Center and Registration Desk

University Commons, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Loyal Royals Fun Run

Meet at the track at 7:30 a.m. for a 5K run/walk. All welcome. No entry fee; premiums for all.

Science Center Annual Breakfast and Program

Suter Science Center, 8 a.m.

Session I: Suter Science Seminar

The program will begin at 9 a.m.

Dr. Ingida Asfaw, recipient of the 2007 Alumnus of the Year award, will be the featured speaker. Advance reservations required. The topic will be: "Heart and Soul: The Evolution of Cardiovascular Medicine and the Importance of Spirituality in Healing the Cardiac Patient"

Session II: Mini Science Summit, 10 a.m.

Tours will be given by science faculty of the Suter Science Center (SSC) to show a view of eight learning centers in the SSC.

After the tours, there will be opportunity for discussion, questions and interaction on plans to renovate the science center.

 Haverim Breakfast and Program

Seminary foyer, 8 a.m.

Keynote speaker will be Peter Dula ‘92, assistant professor of religion and culture for EMU’s Bible and religion department. Advanced reservations recommended, a limited number of tickets will be available at the registration desk.

 Business and Economics Breakfast and Program

Discipleship Center, 8 a.m.

The guest speaker is Zach Derstine ’01, of Derstine’s Food, Inc., a broadline foodservice distributor, in Sellersville, Pa. Advanced reservations recommended, a limited number of tickets will be available at the registration desk.

Nurses’ Breakfast and Presentation

Campus Center 3rd floor, Lisa Haverstick Nursing Lab, 8 a.m.

Breakfast will be held in the classroom section of the lab. Following breakfast, the group will walk to the Science Center to take in the presentation by Dr. Ingida Asfaw beginning at 8:45. Nursing alumni may also wish to remain and take part in the “Mini Science Summit”, described above under Science Center Breakfast.

Hall of Honor Breakfast and Awards

University Commons Court C, 9 a.m.

Sponsored by Loyal Royals and EMU Athletics Department. June Davidhizar ’78 will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. Advanced reservations recommended, a limited number of tickets will be available at the registration desk.

Language and Literature Department Reception

Campus Center 3rd floor, suite 340-348, 9 – 10 a.m.

Nancy (Burkholder) Lee ’52, Omar Eby ’57, Anna Catherine (Shenk) Eby ’62, and Carroll Yoder ’62 will be featured in a panel discussion about the integration of the language and literature degree and a life of cross-cultural experience. Advance reservations recommended; no charge.

Jesse T. Byler Lecture Series

Seminary Building, room 123, 9 a.m.

Ryan Sensenig ‘92, will present "Moving from environmental education to creation care: Case studies in transformative education." Ryan, a biology education graduate, will complete his Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California, Davis, this summer and begin teaching ecology at Goshen College this fall. The lecture is open to everyone.

Parent Assembly

Campus Center, room 226, 10 a.m.

All parents of EMU students are invited to hear comments from President Loren Swartzendruber followed by a presentation by Ken L. Nafziger, vice president for student life. Dr. Nafziger will highlight new initiatives in student life along with steps that EMU’s Crisis Management Preparedness Team is taking to respond to the threat of pandemic flu and concerns for student safety in the aftermath of VA Tech’s tragedy on April 16, 2007. Sponsored by EMU Parent Council.

Black Student Union Pamper Yourself Day

Northlawn, great lounge, 10 a.m.
Massage, hair braiding, manicures, etc.

Dedication of Athletic Historical Hall of Honor

University Commons lower level, physical education and athletics main hallway, 10:30 a.m.

A new display dedicated to the first 50 years of athletics at EMU, 1917-1967.

EMU at 90: Celebrate the Vision

Campus Center Rm 105, Strite Auditorium, 11 a.m.

A 30-minute video featuring historical photos and audio, excerpts from Jay B. Landis baccalaureate address from 2006, and interviews with Hubert Pellman, Margaret Gehman, Donella Clemmens, Evelyn Maust and Justus Holsinger. Additional Showings at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Dedication of Labyrinth

West Hillside, just north of seminary building, 11:30 a.m.

A prayer labyrinth has been created by Kirk Shank Zehr ’92, on the hillside. Join the dedication and celebration.

Book signing

University Bookstore, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

James O. Lehman; Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War (co-authored with Steve Nolt)

Jubilee Alumni Reunion Luncheon and Program

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Martin Chapel, 12 p.m.

This event is for alumni who attended EMU 50 years ago or more. The class of 1957 will be honored and inducted into the Jubilee Alumni Association and following the luncheon, a special 50-year gathering. There will be designated tables for classes of 1957, 1952, 1947, 1942, and 1937. General seating is available for other Jubilee Alumni guests. Advanced reservations recommended, a limited number of tickets will be available at the registration desk.

EMU at 90: Celebrate the Vision

Campus Center Rm 105, Strite Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.

A 30-minute video featuring historical photos and audio, excerpts from Jay B. Landis baccalaureate address from 2006, and interviews with Hubert Pellman, Margaret Gehman, Donella Clemmens, Evelyn Maust and Justus Holsinger. Additional showing at 7 p.m.

Intercollegiate Games

  • Baseball blue/white double header, 9 a.m.

  • Field hockey vs. Roanoke, 1 p.m.

  • Women’s soccer vs. Southern Virginia, 3 p.m.

  • Men’s soccer vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 7 p.m.

  • Women’s volleyball vs. Goshen, 8 p.m.

Noon time meal options, Dining hall or Common Grounds

For your noontime dining, we offer two suggestions: You may eat a delightful brunch in the EMU dining hall that is open from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., or at Common Grounds also open, from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This student-run café will serving tasty sandwiches and has numerous other menu selections sure to please your palate. Common Grounds is located in the lower level of the University Commons, in the “old part”. You will see a sign hanging at the West end of the building for Common Grounds, follow the hallway back to visit this on-campus treasure.

Artists’ Reception and Gallery Talk

Hartzler Library Gallery, 2:30 p.m.

Meet EMU’s own Barbara Fast, Cyndi Gusler, Jerry Holsopple, Steven Johnson, and Lara Scott at the opening of a Visual and Communication Art (VaCA) faculty art show.

Youth Activities

Grades 6-12, 3:306:30 p.m.

Come explore EMU. From academics to social life, from the Shenandoah Valley to Delhi India, EMU students and admissions counselors will lead the way.

Grades 6-9 meet at the Welcome Center in the University Commons for fun activities. Includes a free supper.

Grades 10-12 meet at the Welcome Center in the University Commons for “EMU & You!” Fun-filled activities include a free pizza supper.

Children's Activities, provided by YPCA Saturday Adoption

  • Pre-school (ages 0-5) child care available during class reunions, please pre-register. Meet in the University Commons, 2 nd floor, in Rooms 211-212, located just to the east of the mid-point of the track, by the Health Center. Supper included for those old enough to eat a brown-bag type meal.
  • Grades 1-5 meet in the Campus Center greeting hall for fun-filled youth activities organized and led by the EMU Student Education Association. These action-packed activities go far beyond child care. A special feature this year is a workshop led by Steve Parks in which the children will make and learn to play simple instruments. Registration includes free dinner and supplies.

Class Reunions, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Reunions will be held in the locations indicated for each class listed below. There is no charge to attend the reunion, but while you are at the Welcome Center, please register. You may register until 3:30 pm. If you wish to join your classmates for dinner following the reunion, and haven’t paid in advance, purchase your tickets at the registration table, while supplies last. Cost: $8.50

    • 1962 -West Dining Room, Northlawn
    • 1967 -Northlawn Lounge
    • 1972 -President’s Room, Library
    • 1977 -Room 209, University Commons
    • 1982 -Discipleship Center
    • 1987 -Rooms 201-203, Campus Center
    • 1992 -Room 226, Campus Center
    • 1997 -Rooms 301-302, Campus Center
    • 2002 -President’s Reception Room, University Commons

Evening Reunion Dinner

University Commons (by reservation), 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy this dinner buffet with classmates, family and friends. There will be designated tables for reunion classes. A limited number of tickets for this dinner will be available for purchase at the registration desk for those who did not pre-register. The EMU dining hall is also open for dinner. Pay at the door.

EMU at 90: Celebrate the Vision

Campus Center Rm 105, Strite Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Final showing of a 30-minute video featuring historical photos and audio, excerpts from Jay B. Landis baccalaureate address from 2006, and interviews with Hubert Pellman, Margaret Gehman, Donella Clemmens, Evelyn Maust and Justus Holsinger.

90 Years of Music at EMU: A Celebration of Song and Sound

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Drawing on his 30 years as professor of music at EMU, Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger will lead us through an evening of choral and instrumental performances, including audience participation. Admission is free. Donations accepted for the music department scholarship fund (Program also held at same time on Friday evening.)

Encore! Reception

Irene Martin Greeting Hall and Brunk-Maust Lounge
Campus Center First floor, immediately following the concert.

A reception, sponsored by Encore! music alumni group will follow the concert to celebrate the music leadership at EMU of John W. Fast (32 years) and Kenneth J. Nafziger (30 years). Everyone is welcome to celebrate these two gentlemen!

 

Sunday, October 1 4

Homecoming Worship Service

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Worship celebration of song and scripture. Alumnus of the Year Dr. Ingida Asfaw and Distinguished Service Award recipient Dr. Clair Schnupp will be recognized and participate in the service. Child care available.

Lunch

Dining Hall, Northlawn lower level, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pay at the door.

Award Recipient Dinner (by invitation only)

East and West Dining Rooms, 12 p.m.

 

Monday, October 15

Alumni Association Annual Council Meeting