• EMU Homecoming Theater Production 2012This riveting play, written by an award-winning playwright and immigrant rights lawyer, EMU alumnus Kara Hartzler ’94, is based on interviews by Anna Ochoa O’Leary, PhD. Four women trek through the desert towards the American dream. EMU Theater presented ‘No Roosters in the Desert’ Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Homecoming weekend.

Homecoming 2012: Crossing Borders, Coming Home

EMU Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012 EMU celebrated 30 years of EMU’s cross-cultural program on Oct. 12-14, 2012. It was a weekend of good food, fellowship and fun, and recognition of the early days of EMU’s study abroad program. There was something for all ages during the weekend, whether an athletic event or class reunion (if you graduated in a year ending in 2 or 7). Highlights included:

Check out the photo galleries from these and other events!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 11

Religion, Violence, and Conciliation: The Case of Ambon, Eastern Indonesia
Martin Chapel, 4pm
Sumanto Al Qurtuby is a 2007 EMU CJP grad with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University. His address focuses on interreligious conflicts, prospects for future peace, and challenges of interfaith engagement among Christians and Muslims. Sumanto, General Secretary, Nahdlatul Ulama Community in North America; is currently Research Fellow at Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

Friday, October 12

Paul R. Yoder Sr. Golf Classic
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 8 a.m.
Format: Captain’s Choice with flighted scoring. 8 am and 1 pm shotgun starts with lunch at 12 noon. Information about playing and/or sponsoring, contact Dave King, Athletic Director, at 540-432-4646 or david.king@emu.edu

Homecoming chapel assembly
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Video stream available
Chapel program and guest speakers’ presentation will have a crosscultural focus, in keeping with the theme of the weekend.

Learning Lunch with Sumanto Al Qurtuby
West Dining Room, 12 p.m.
Sumanto Al Qurtuby, of Indonesia, will be speaking on religion, conflict and peacebuilding. Sumanto, a CJP alum, is currenting a visiting research fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute at Notre Dame. He is the co-founder of Indonesia’s Institute of Interreligious Relations and Humanity, and the former editor of Indonesia’s weekly Chinese paper. Join us in the west dining room; bring your own lunch or purchase one in the cafeteria.

Registration and welcome center
Campus Center Greeting Hall, 3-8:30 p.m.

Evening meal
Dining Hall, 5-6:30 p.m. Pay at the door.

Donor appreciation banquet
University Commons lower level, 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by President Swartzendruber for members of EMU’s giving societies and Jubilee Friends. By invitation.

EMU Theater: No Roosters in the Desert
University Commons, Mainstage Theater, 8 p.m.
This riveting play is written by an award-winning playwright and immigrant rights lawyer, EMU alumnus Kara Hartzler ’94. Based on interviews by Anna Ochoa O’Leary, PhD, four women trek through the desert towards the American dream. On their way, they push the limits of their physical and emotional endurance, as they establish profound connections with each other through the storytelling of the youngest of them, an indigenous woman from Chiapas.

For ticket information, visit www.emu.edu/box-office or call the EMU box office at 540-432-4582, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., beginning September 1.

Saturday, October 13

Business and economics breakfast and program
Campus Center, Strite Auditorium, 8 a.m.
“Why Study Leadership?” by Dr. Benjamin Redekop, associate professor and chair, department of leadership and American studies at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Va. Reservations necessary.

Science Center annual breakfast and program
Suter Science Center, 8 a.m.
“A Time Bomb in the Brain: Aneurysms of the Central Nervous System” by Dr. Chris Taylor ’91, associate professor and vice chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. Reservations necessary.

Haverim breakfast and program
Seminary foyer, 8 a.m.
Keynote speaker: Jane Hoober Peifer ’75, MDiv ’98, lead pastor of Blossom Hill Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa. Reservations necessary.

Nurses’ breakfast
Campus Center, 3rd floor nursing department, 8 a.m.
A continental breakfast will be served in the classroom section of the lab. Reservations necessary.

Hall of Honor breakfast and awards
University Commons, Court C, 8:30 a.m.
Erik Kratz ’02 will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Honor, along with the 1980 women’s field hockey team. Sponsored by the Loyal Royals and athletics department. Reservations necessary.

Language and literature department reception and program
Common Grounds, 9-10 a.m.
(Location in the University Commons, lower level)
Poet Chris Longenecker ’82, will read from her book of poetry, “How Trees Must Feel,” published by Cascadia in 2011. Reservations necessary. Read more about the poet…

Jesse T. Byler Lecture Series
Seminary building, room 123, 9 a.m.
“School of Hospitality” by Ken A. Boyers ’83, principal at Cub Run Elementary School, Harrisonburg, Va. “Help! Testing Has Taken Over My Teaching!” by Sylvia Clymer Helmuth ’79, reading specialist, Peak View Elementary, Harrisonburg. Please register, no charge.

Opening program and festive gathering
Lehman Auditorium, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Video stream available
Everyone is invited! Join alumni, friends, faculty and administration and reunite with your classmates in this familiar landmark. Celebrate the 2012 alumni award recipients, view a homecoming video, and enjoy music by alumni group, “The Walking Roots Band”! After the program, gather on the lawn for refreshments. Photos, luncheons and reunions are scheduled for class years ending in two and seven. Please register for your class reunion and lunch.

Youth activities and lunch
Grades 6-12, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., meet at the homecoming registration desk in the Campus Center
Come explore EMU! From academics to social life, EMU students and admissions counselors will lead the way. Free pizza lunch. Reservations necessary.

Children’s activities (ages 4 to grade 5)
Campus Center, room 201, 10:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Fun-filled activities organized by the EMU Student Education Association. Lunch provided. Reservations necessary.

Childcare (ages 0-3)
Campus Center, room 203, 10:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Reservations necessary.

Celebration of Royals baseball
Baseball field, 11:30 a.m.
Alumni vs. varsity game; cookout for alumni, current players, and families. Please register with the athletics office at schlable@emu.edu.

Jubilee alumni luncheon and program
Seminary building, Martin Chapel, 12 p.m.
This event is for alumni who attended EMU 50 years ago or more. The class of 1962 will be honored and inducted into the Jubilee Alumni Association. There will be designated tables for reunion year classes. General seating is available for other Jubilee alumni guests. Reservations necessary.

“So Many Books, So Little Time”: Teaching Spanish, English,and the Language Arts
Campus Center, Language & Literature department suite, 3rd floor, 1-2 p.m.
The EMU Language and Literature faculty invite English and Spanish teaching alumni to a round-table discussion for a time of sharing about the joys and challenges of teaching language reading, writing, and literary studies.
For more information contact Vi Dutcher at violet.dutcher@emu.edu.

Intercollegiate games

  • Women’s volleyball vs. Lancaster Bible, 1 p.m.
  • Women’s soccer vs. Randolph-Macon, 1 p.m.
  • Field hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 4 p.m.
  • Men’s soccer vs. Lynchburg, 7:30 p.m.

History Department Reception
Campus Center, Room 229, 2 p.m.
Join faculty and other history alumni for an informal gathering and reunion. No charge.

Encore! dessert reception and program
Lehman Auditorium, recital hall, 2 p.m.
Sponsored by EMU’s music department and Encore! alumni support group. Open to anyone, this event features student and faculty talent. Please register, no charge. Donations welcome.

Intensive English Program (IEP) open house
Roselawn 1st floor, 3–4 p.m.
Come by and visit the IEP students and faculty in their new location, renovated and opening for 2012-13.

All-Time Middle East Cross-Cultural Reunion
Discipleship Center on the hill, 4 p.m.
Bring along your photo album, or laptop, or just yourself and gather to share memories, photos, and meet alumni of the trip from eras other than your own. Hosted by Janet and Linford Stutzman.

All-Time Latin America Cross-Cultural Reunion
University Commons 211/212, 4 p.m.

International Marketplace Buffet
University Commons, Courts B & C, 5–7:30 p.m.
Enjoy this buffet as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the cross-cultural program with an evening of international cuisine, performers, musicians, and storytellers. Singing, dancing, and other talents from some of the regions visited by EMU cross-cultural groups will provide entertainment and bring back memories as we mingle and dine. An opportunity for alumni and students to meet and share common or similar experiences with others who have traveled, or
will travel, to the same parts of the world. Meal is included for students with an EMU meal plan. All are welcome. Reservations highly encouraged. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. To ensure your admittance, please register in advance.

EMU Theater: No Roosters in the Desert
University Commons, Mainstage Theater, 8 p.m.
This riveting play is written by an award-winning playwright and immigrant rights lawyer, EMU alumnus Kara Hartzler ’94. Based on interviews by Anna Ochoa O’Leary, PhD, four women trek through the desert towards the American dream. On their way, they push the limits of their physical and emotional endurance, as they establish profound connections with each other through the storytelling of the youngest of them, an indigenous woman from Chiapas.

For ticket information, visit www.emu.edu/box-office or call the EMU box office at 540-432-4582, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., beginning September 1.

Sunday, October 14

Homecoming worship service
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Video stream available
Worship celebration of song and scripture. Alumni of the Year Vic and Christina Buckwalter and Distinguished Service Award recipient David Boshart will be recognized and will participate in the service. For child care, please register.

Lunch
Main dining room, Northlawn lower level, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pay at the door.

Award recipient dinner (by invitation only)
Martin Chapel, 12 p.m.

EMU Theater: No Roosters in the Desert
University Commons, Mainstage Theater, 3 p.m.
This riveting play is written by an award-winning playwright and immigrant rights lawyer, EMU alumnus Kara Hartzler ’94. Based on interviews by Anna Ochoa O’Leary, PhD, four women trek through the desert towards the American dream. On their way, they push the limits of their physical and emotional endurance, as they establish profound connections with each other through the storytelling of the youngest of them, an indigenous woman from Chiapas.

For ticket information, visit www.emu.edu/box-office or call the EMU box office at 540-432-4582, Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., beginning September 1.

Monday, October 15

Alumni Association annual council meeting
8 a.m.