Eastern Mennonite University

Homecoming 2010

Mark your calendar for Oct. 8-10. Return to campus and reconnect during these and other events:

Remembering Homecoming 2009

It was wall-to-wall people at every event. From Friday’s donor appreciation banquet to Saturday morning breakfast department gatherings, sold out theater performances and rowdy athletic events, full dinner tables and reverberating walls at concert halls, the crowds were large and loud at Homecoming and Family Weekend 2009. (Homecoming 2010 will be held October 8-10, and the 2011 celebration is scheduled for October 7-9.)

“There was certainly an upbeat mood and a lot of energy this year,” reflected Doug Nyce, alumni and parent relations director. “We were thrilled with attendance, the level of enthusiasm and the spirit of the weekend.” More than 650 people were registered to participate.

Library Reunion Rings a Bell

A number of persons who were part of a singular moment in school history, the first week of December, 1969, returned for a 40th anniversary celebration of the “student miracle drive” that raised $111,000 in four days and rescued a threatened library project. An overflow crowd gathered in the Hartzler Library entryway to view a newly-created “Unity Bell” exhibit and the story of the library drive of 40 years ago that included the showing of a video featuring “Together,” performed by the EMU student group “Rebirth” at groundbreaking ceremonies for what became Hartzler Library.

Following a brief ceremony that included a litany written by Steve C. Shenk ’73, former and present library employees, work-study students and alumni shared stories and memories of the 40 years of Hartzler Library. Read more about the library events...

Reunion Vocal Band

The tight harmonies of Reunion Vocal Band – sung a capella and accompanied by pedal steel guitar, mandolin, and piano – kept a nearly full house in Lehman Auditorium engaged for more than two and a half hours Saturday night. “It was a great experience to be together like this in front of such a fabulous audience,” enthused band member and EMU alumnus Dennis Maust.

The particular group of 19 vocalists and instrumentalists had never performed together, though various combinations of them had performed and spent weekends jamming together annually over the past 20 years. “Nineteen people on stage is a bit unwieldy,” band coordinator James Krabill admitted during the show,” but it seemed to work most of the time.”

Clearly it worked for the crowd, many of whom were contemporaries of the band, alumni from the early 1970s. Audience members of all ages, however, tapped their feet, clapped and nodded their heads to familiar gospel favorites and engaging songs from other genres, such as “Java Jive” and “Long Tall Texan.” Read more about the group...

The Women of Lockerbie

Sold out crowds gathered for EMU’s mainstage theater production “The Women of Lockerbie.” The one-act play played to quiet crowds, reflecting on the topic of grief as experienced by family members of victims of the Pan Am Flight 103 crash and the people of Lockerbie, Scotland.

“It was profoundly moving,” said one local alumnus. “I went home and encouraged the hospice volunteers that I work with to see the play if at all possible.” Read more about the production...

Athletic events

The Loyal Royals honored Dick and Helen Ours with the Royal Service Award for their support of EMU athletics over 35 years. The Ours, who were recognized at each game over Homecoming and Family Weekend, have attended more than 2,000 home games (nearly 90% of home events each year) over the last three decades, building meaningful relationships with hundreds of EMU student-athletes, particularly those whose families could not attend many games because of distance.
The Loyal Royals also inducted three graduates into the Hall of Honor during the Saturday morning breakfast. New Hall of Honor members are:

Homecoming sports breakdown: