Inside Athletics: June 14, 2013

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This week, Dave’s guest is Justin King, a 2012 EMU graduate and a four year member of the baseball team. This past year, Justin was the JV baseball coach at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater and recently was offered a teaching job in the Rockingham County School system and is being contacted about other coaching opportunities.  While Justin’s baseball experience at EMU wasn’t what he had hoped for or maybe expected, he used every experience and opportunity to prepare him for life after college.  And as he reflects on the growth he experienced, he realizes how important it was for shaping his life.  Justin also reflects on his first year of coaching at the high school level and is able to articulate how his EMU baseball experiences prepared him for coaching.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: June3, 2013

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This week, Dave reviews the recent ODAC board meetings that he and Sue Kolb attended.  He reports on some of the actions taken by the board regarding specific issues related to specific sports.  ODAC Board meetings include discussion items and Dave focuses on one that was prevalent throughout the meetings – finances.  There was generous and lengthy discussions, both in and out of sessions about finances and how each of us can reduce our costs.  Ideas included reduction of contests, reduction of size of conference tournaments, teams(from same school) traveling together and joint purchasing ideas.  However, it appeared that no one was willing to make those kind of reductions to help their own budgets due to the potential negative impact on the “student athlete experience”, which is a pillar of the DIII Philosophy. It seems that none of us are willing to “cut” because it will put us at a disadvantage in recruiting students to our university.  And the deeper question is how much can enrollment-driven schools adhere to the DIII philosophy when we have to develop successful athletic programs to attract quality athletes and students.  No answers, just discussion.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: May 24, 2013

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After a break of several weeks, Dave returns with the Inside Athletics podcast.  Dave’s special guest is Mike Downey, Head Athletic Trainer as they discuss the issue of concussions.  This is part one of a two part series looking at an issue that seems to have “exploded” in the past several years on all levels of sports, including the professional level.   The potential for an “accumulation effect” with concussions as evidenced by increased cases of dimentia among retired professional athletes has caused the medical community to pay closer attention to every blow to the head or body.  Mike describes a concussion, talks about the baseline testing done on EMU athletes, how he goes about diagnosing a concussion and the early steps of treament.  Part II will look at the relationship between the baseline testing and the treatment and recovery as well as some of the work done by local medical groups regarding education and prevention programs.  Mike is serving on a task force that is working on programs for the local high schools and youth programs.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

Inside Athletics: April 29, 2013

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This week Dave updates the activities of the post season for the spring teams and talks about the plans for staff during the summer months. While not specifically related to athletics, Dave give a brief overview of the commencement address by Mark Shriver and encourages listeners to listen to the podcast of the graduation exercises.  Plans are underway for renovations on the baseball field that includes new in-ground dugouts, a brick wall backstop, safety netting and new seating options.  Design plans will be completed soon and fundraising will begin with the anticipation of starting the work by fall and completing it by the start of the 2013-2014 season.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

 

2013 Commencement

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EMU celebrates the University’s 95th Annual Commencement. Mark Shriver offers the Commencement address, “Faith, Hope, and Love in Action”.  Graduate perspectives are shared by Hannah Schrock, Ryan Eshleman, Ericka Kovacevic, and Sylvia Hooley Myer.

2013 Baccalaureate

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EMU celebrates the University’s 95th Annual Commencement in this Baccalaureate Service. Dr. Ken J. Nafziger, Professor of Music, addresses the graduates with his speech titled “Fifty Shades of Menno”.  Senior class co-presidents Laci Gautsche and James Souder offer Senior Class Salutations.

“Cords of Distinction” Ceremony 2013

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The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society.

The Blue cord represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas.

The Gold cord represents love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement.

This years recipients of the Cords of Distinction are:

-Nels Åkerson, major in Biology, from Harrisonburg, VA

-Michael Allen, major in Liberal Arts, from Fork Union, VA

-Jossimar Diaz-Castro, major in Philosophy & Theology, from Harrisonburg, VA

-Ryan Eshleman, majors in Philosophy & Theology and Biology, from Harrisonburg, Va.

-Darian Harnish, majors in Accounting and Economics, from Lancaster, PA

-Josh Kanagy, major in Psychology, from Harrisonburg, VA.

-Julia Schmidt, major in History, from Pandora, Oh.

-Hannah Schrock, major in Biology, from Iowa City, IA.

-Kelley Schroder, major in Music, Education Licensure, from Leesburg, Va.

-James Souder, major in Environmental Sustainability, from Harrisonburg, VA

2013 Nurses’ Pinning

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The Spring semester nursing graduates celebrate the completion of their Nursing degrees in this traditional pinning ceremony.  Several Nursing Faculty offer words of encouragement to the graduates.

2013 Seminary Commencement

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Eastern Mennonite Seminary celebrates the 64th Annual Commencement with an address by Dr. Lee Snyder, President Emeritus at Bluffton University, titled, “Reclaiming the Story.”

2013 Seminary Baccalaureate

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Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s 2013 Baccalaureate service includes reflections by three of the graduates on the theme, “In Christ, no longer strangers.”