“Tribute to Tamar: Lamenting Sexual Violence”

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

“Tribute to Tamar: Lamenting Sexual Violence” – A Take Back the Night awareness chapel gathering in the Seminary.

 

Wondering and Wandering… Questions, Doubts, Fears, Living in Unsettledness

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Spiritual Life Week, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

In this first chapel of Spiritual Life Week, Vanessa Sandoval (senior), Kristina Showalter (Custodian with physical plant and student), Ron Shultz (professor in Education Department), and Maddie List (sophomore), share about times they experienced questions, doubt, transitions, fears and unsettledness in life. They will share more on Friday as well.

“Parable of the Unmerciful Servant” – Judy Mullet

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Parables, University Chapels.

Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join Judy Mullet, Professor of Psychology, MA in Education and MA in Biomedicine, in diving into the Parable of the unmerciful servant (Matt. 18: 23-34) in search of meaning for us and our context. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

“Swept Away: An Adventure Tale for Millennials” – Dr. Mary Helen Washington

& University Chapels.

Mary Helen Washington was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1975, when she was appointed Director of Black Studies at the University of Detroit, she has studied, taught, and written about African American literature. In addition to the University of Detroit, she has taught at St. John College of Cleveland, Harvard Divinity School, Wellesley College, Mills College, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. from University of Detroit, 1976.

Her recent publications include The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s (Columbia University Press, 2014). With this book, Washington explores the impact of the Left, the Communist Party, and the U.S. government spying operations on African American literature and culture during the Cold War. Focused on six major African American writers and artists of the 1950s, this study shows how their Left affiliations enabled them to shape an aesthetic that maintained traditions of race radicalism and literary experimentation.

“The Other Blacklist” – public lecture by Mary Helen Washington

& Other Speaking Events.

Mary Helen Washington was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. From 1975, when she was appointed Director of Black Studies at the University of Detroit, she has studied, taught, and written about African American literature. In addition to the University of Detroit, she has taught at St. John College of Cleveland, Harvard Divinity School, Wellesley College, Mills College, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and is currently Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her Ph.D. from University of Detroit, 1976.

Her recent publications include The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s (Columbia University Press, 2014). With this book, Washington explores the impact of the Left, the Communist Party, and the U.S. government spying operations on African American literature and culture during the Cold War. Focused on six major African American writers and artists of the 1950s, this study shows how their Left affiliations enabled them to shape an aesthetic that maintained traditions of race radicalism and literary experimentation.

“Regional and Age-Dependent Variability in Calcium Channels in the Striatum” – Greta Ann Herin

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

For the October University Colloquium address, Dr. Greta Ann Herin presents on “Regional and Age-dependent Variability in Calcium Dependent Inactivation of Calcium Channels in the Striatum.”

Parable of Two Men Praying – Dr. Myron Augsburger

& Parables, University Chapels.


Parables – everyday stories that invite us to confront our worldview, sense of self and God, without providing easy answers. Join President Emeritas Myron Augsburger in diving into the parable of two men who went to the temple to pray in search of meaning for us and our context. Parables is the campus ministry theme for the year.

“Off the Lampstand and Into the World” – Charlie Tinsley

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Seminary, Student Speakers.

Charlie Tinsley, a Methodist student at EMS, brings the message to Chapel Gathering.  His message, based on the gospel passage from John 1:5, 9-13, is entitled, “Off the Lampstand and Into the World: Taking the Light into Areas of Darkness.”

“Suter Science Seminar” – Emeriti Panel Discussion

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Other Speaking Events.

Six Professors Emeriti share history and perspective from their own experiences in their teaching careers at EMU.

Panel discussion with Drs. Kenton Brubaker, Glenn M. Kauffman, Galen Lehman, Joseph W. Mast,Clair Mellinger, and Millard Showalter

Dr. Kenton Brubaker graduated from EMU (then EMC) in 1954 after three years as a biology major there and a senior year as an agronomy major at Cornell University. He then earned a masters and doctorate in horticulture at Ohio State University. He began teaching at EMC in 1959, branching out in many areas of biology: biochemistry, genetics, ecology, and agriculture. One of his primary interests was international agriculture, fostered by a three year teaching term with Mennonite Central Committee in the Congo (1962-65).

Dr. Glenn M. Kauffman attended EMU (then EMC) in 1956-60, and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Goshen College in 1961. At the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1960’s, he served as Teaching Assistant, Busch Fellow, and National NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow. He earned his PhD in physical organic chemistry in 1966. Dr. Kauffman served as Professor of Chemistry and Department Head at EMU from 1965-2003. Various committee involvements at EMU included the Academic Council, the Pre-professional Health Science Advisory Committee, and the EMU research Review Board. He also served as the Chemical Hygiene Officer and was the co-principal investigator on several grant proposals. Over the years he taught at EMU, Dr. Kauffman also engaged in research and served as a research professor at the University of Florida, The University of Toronto, and James Madison University.

Dr. Galen Lehman earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from EMU (then EMC) in 1973, a master’s in General Experimental Psychology from Hollins College in 1980, and a doctorate in Applied Experimental Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1988. He retired from EMU in 2014 after serving 39 years as Professor of Psychology. (For several years prior to his retirement, he had been the longest-serving professor at EMU.) During his tenure at EMU, he served on “almost every committee” (including the Strategic Planning Council) and chaired a number of task forces (including co-chairing the EMU Structure task-force). He has served as a researcher and consultant to many large corporations including Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Association, Dominos Pizza, and USAID. Galen also served as Caribbean Regional Director for Virginia Mennonite Missions for 18 years, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Park View Federal Credit Union for 12 years.

Dr. Joseph Mast received a B.S. degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education from EMU (then EMC). He also received a Masters and PhD in Astronomy, and later a Master of Computer Science degree, from the University of Virginia. Dr. Mast taught at EMU for 37 years, beginning in the Physics department and later the Mathematical Sciences department. He was involved in the M. T. Brackbill planetarium program from its beginning and served as Director for twenty years. He was one of the charter members of the Park View Federal Credit Union. Joe enjoys reading and solving Sudoku puzzles.

Dr. Clair Mellinger taught in the EMU Biology Department for 37 years. A graduate of EMC, he earned a PhD in Plant Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On his return to EMC as the non-pre-professional-health professor in the department, he taught, at one time or another, almost every other course not having human anatomy or physiology in its title. When D. Ralph Hostetter retired he inherited many of his courses, including the ornithology course. Subsequently Clair spent much of his summer and sabbatical time on ornithological projects. This interest led to his serving as the President, Murray Research Award Committee Chair, and Board member in the Virginia Society of Ornithology. At EMU, he served for many years as the Biology Department Chair and the Director of the Suter Science Center. From 1980-2005 he was the Curator of the D. Ralph Hostetter Museum of Natural History. He served on the Dean’s Committee, COTE, Assessment Committee, and other committees during his tenure. Since retirement, he has more time to spend with his family, as well as indulging in reading, travel, and more bird watching.

Dr. Millard Showalter earned his bachelor’s degree from EMU (then EMC) in 1962. He later earned master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina (MM, 1966) and Vanderbilt University (MA, 1971), as well as a doctorate from the University of Virginia (EdD, 1981). Dr. Showalter served in EMU’s mathematical sciences department for 32 years (1966 – 1998). During his tenure at EMU, he advised the math education majors and served on various committees including Academic Council, Dean’s Committee, Honor’s Program Committee, and the General Education Curriculum Committee. For a number of years he served as department chair, and as building coordinator of the Suter Science Center. Millard was known for his presentations of memorized scriptural passages in chapel.

Homecoming Chapel – “And the Two Shall Become One” – Dr. Donald Oswald ’75

& University Chapels.

Viewing work and spiritual formation as two distinct activities, we try with little success to make them consistent. If we can recognize that they are not two things but that they are already one, that they rise from one common impetus, we may find that both are enhanced.

Donald Oswald, director of diagnostics and research at Commonwealth Autism Service in Richmond, Virginia, is EMU’s Alumnus of the Year for 2014. Under Oswald’s leadership, the clinic has become a model in the Mid-Atlantic as a training site for interdisciplinary teams that wish to provide an assessment for children who might be diagnosed with autism.