Inside Athletics:April 5, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

A Parent’s Perspective on Collegiate Athletics–

This week’s special guest is Jim Smucker, a businessman from Pennsylvania who is spending this semester at EMU teaching and doing research for the business department.  Jim has three children who are, or planning to play collegiate sports.  His son Jordy is a Division I baseball player and Jim shares about his experiences in the recruiting process and making a college choice.  As a former coach at a variety of levels, Jim reflects on the differences between the perspective of a coach and that of a parent.  He also talks about the value of the athletic experience in preparing students for the workplace and the qualities he looks for in hiring employees.  Jim provides a very balanced approach to athletics based on his personal experiences.

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.

“The Thursday before…” – Maundy Thursday Chapel Gathering

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

The Maundy Thursday Chapel Gathering in the Seminary centers around the rituals of Footwashing and Communion, followed by the traditional Thursday Lenten Lunch.  In this podcast, Dr. Mark Thiessen Nation offers a meditation related to the experience of footwashing.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts chapel gatherings every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.

CIE Interfaith Forum – Mohammed Ghanem: From Syrian English Teacher to Peacebuilder

& Center for Interfaith Engagement.

“An Invitation for Discrimination! The Covenant of Umar”

The Covenant of Umar is a treaty that was concluded between the Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab and Sophronius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Ghanem has translated this treaty and researched how it can be used as an example of Muslim-Christian relations. He also talks about his pilgrimage from English teacher to peacebuilder.

A Fulbright scholar, Ghanem joined the EMU community from his position as assistant professor in the English Department at Damascus University. He will earn a masters degree in conflict transformation from CJP this summer.

Ghanem earned a bachelors degree in English literature and a diploma in English translation from Damascus University. He is also an English language tutor at Syrian Virtual University.

For more info contact: Center for Interfaith Engagement, 540-432-4674 or email interfaith@emu.edu
www.emu.edu/interfaith

“Stay Awake!” – Shenandoah Valley Biblical Storytellers

& University Chapels.

Consider the focused teaching of Jesus in his final week on earth– after he entered Jerusalem yet before he was arrested.

Matthew 24:1-26:13 is presented as storytelling by members of the Shenandoah Valley Biblical Storytellers.

Biblical storytellers: David Downey, Judy Wilfong, Kathy Thompson, Robert Alley and Barbara Moyer Lehman.

 

“Naming our Lives” – Jean Janzen, poet

& University Chapels.

The act of writing is a kind of naming. When we give name to our lives with honesty and humility, we enter the possibility of discovering connections which could lead us to better imagine the amazing immensities and intimacies of life.

Jean Janzen from Fresno,California claims Harrisonburg as a second home since she taught poetry writing here. She offered a six-week intensive course seven times from 1989 to 2001. She also taught at Fresno Pacific University. Jean received a master’s degree from Fresno State University where she studied with Peter Everwine and Philip Levine. She has six collections of poems, a book of essays based on the Menno Simons lectures given at Bethel College, and a forthcoming book of essays on faith and writing titled “Entering the Wild.” Jean is married to Louis Janzen, a retired pediatrician, and has four children and seven grandchildren. She is on campus as part of the Mennonite/s Writing Conference.

Inside Athletics: March 30, 2012

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, Dave and James chit chat a bit about the weather (actually, rain and rain outs of some of our outdoor events.)  Men’s volleyball gets some attention as the Royals head into their important CVC Weekend at Juniata.  And Dave elaborates on some recent discussions he has had with the Loyal Royals and coaching candidates on big picture topics.

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.

“Ministry as an invitation to failure” – Mark Schloneger

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

As part of EMU’s visiting pastor program, Mark Schloneger is on campus this week to interact with students, faculty and staff. Mark is the pastor of Springdale Mennonite Church, Waynesboro, VA, and he as a 2005 graduate of Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts chapel gatherings every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.

“Relief Work and Pilgrimage in Southern France1938-1948” – Nancy Heisey and M.J. Heisey

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, University Colloquium Series.

Nancy Heisey, PhD and M.J. Heisey, PhD, present on “Mademoiselle Miss Elsie: Relief Work and Pilgrimage in Southern France, 1938-1948.”

Nancy is EMU vice president and undergraduate academic dean and M.J. is an associate professor of history at SUNY Potsdam.

*Note: The powerpoint slideshow can be downloaded by clicking the small icon to the left of the words “Powerpoint Slides” below

Seminary Senior Capstone Presentations – Mar. 28, 2012

& Seminary Senior Capstone, Student Speakers.

James Akerson,
Beldor Mennonite Church: Restoring a History and Building on Strengths

Robert Russo,
Missional Church Planting in Appalachia–focus on gen-x subculture

Phil Showers,
From the Past will come the Future

Students in the seminary’s Master of Divinity program complete Capstone Integration Projects across the two semesters of their senior year. During the fall semester, they negotiate with the professors in the Formation in Missional Leadership class the design of their projects. They then complete their projects in the spring, producing a final paper and making a public presentation. These podcasts are of students’ public presentations.

2012 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest

& Student Speakers.

Seven students participated in the 2012  C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest on March 26. Each speaker applied the Christian peace position to a contemporary concern in a short speech (8-10 min):

Sarah Schoenhals, Justice from Generation to Generation,  Senior Social Work major from Archbold, OH

Joel Nofziger, Confession as a Restorative Practice in the Church, Junior History and Peacebuilding & Development major from Lancaster, PA

Taylor Weidman, Dissimilarity is Hope” Junior Peacebuilding & Develoment, Environmental Sustainability, nad Economics major from Chambersburg, PA

Jamila Witmer, His Dream is our Command: Breaking Stereotypes through Integration, Senior Liberal Arts major from Lancaster, PA

Rose Byler, Living into the Tension: Social Services and Systemic Change, Senior Social Work major from Goshen, IN

Thomas Millary, Pluralistic Realm: Toward a Theology of Peace, First-year Pecaebuilding & Development and Philosophy & Theology major from Dillsburg, PA

Julia Schmidt, Holding Dignity in the Community of Faith, Junior History and Philosophy & Theology major from Pandora, OH