Remembering Homecoming 2008

October 10-12 brought thousands of alumni and family to campus to “Celebrate the Vision” and connect to the past while renewing friendships and building for the future. Be sure to review the photo galleries and read the weekend’s full schedule!

Featured events included…

Ted and Trent"What Would Lloyd Do?" with Ted & Trent

For those who’ve asked, “What Would Lloyd Do?”, Ted Swartz, Trent Wagler, and director Ingrid De Sanctis delivered a play about a struggling inner-city church’s new pastor and music director from different generations. The cast included special guest artist Jay Lapp from Goshen, Ind., and Wagler’s band, The Steel Wheels, along with local acappella groups Shekinah and Sons of the Day. Read more on the play…

All-Time Oakwood Reunion

The (in)famous Oakwood residence hall, demolished in August 2008, lives on in the hearts and minds of its many former residents. Men who once lived in Oakwood came together to pay tribute and keep the memory of Oakwood strong.

WeatherVane Staff ReunionWeatherVane Reunion

Alumni who were once a part of the WeatherVane staff attended a reception hosted by the language and literature department. Former editors reminisced about their experiences at this fun get-together.

Symposium on “Forgiveness in the Face of Tragedy: The Amish of Nickel Mines”

Featured speakers were Alumnus of the Year Donald Kraybill ’67 and Distinguished Service honoree Herman Bontrager ’72, both of whom spoke on behalf of the Nickel Mines Amish community following the tragic shootings in Oct. 2006. Question and answer session followed. Read more here or listen to the podcast of the event.

EMU at 90: Celebrate the Vision

Special showing of the video featuring historical photos and audio from the last 90 years, excerpts from Jay B. Landis’ baccalaureate address from 2006, beautiful hymns, and interviews with Hubert Pellman, Margaret Gehman, Donella Clemmens, Evelyn Maust and Justus Holsinger.

Schedule

Friday, October 10

Conference: “Optimal Aging”

Seminary Building, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Third Annual Conference on Family Solutions with the Eastern Mennonite Seminary Clinical Pastoral Education Program as supporting sponsor will feature Priscilla Friesen, LICSW, speaking on Optimal Aging. Ms. Friesen is the founder of The Learning Space in Washington, D.C. She has been an associate of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family since 1978 and has been on the faculty since 1987. For more information and registration visit www.shenfamilysystems.org.

Symposium: “Forgiveness in the Face of Tragedy: The Amish of Nickel Mines”

Lehman Auditorium, 10 – 11:30 a.m

Featured speakers will be Alumnus of the Year Donald Kraybill ’67 and Distinguished Service honoree Herman Bontrager ’72, both of whom spoke on behalf of the Nickel Mines Amish community following the tragic shootings in Oct. 2006. Question and answer session will follow.

Art exhibit: Hartzler Library Gallery, open during library hours

EMU professors Barbara Fast, Cyndi Gusler, Jerry Holsopple, and Steve Johnson will exhibit work in mixed media, photography and digital imaging. A gallery talk and reception will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hartzler Library Gallery.

The Paul R. Yoder Sr. Memorial Golf Classic, sponsored by Loyal Royals

Spotswood Country Club, 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

shotgun starts with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Four-person captains’ choice with flighted scoring and great prizes.
Cost is $100 per person, with many sponsorship opportunities.Contact the EMU athletics office at (540) 432-4440 or [an error occurred while processing this directive] to register.

Welcome center and registration desk

University Commons, 3 – 8 p.m.

Evening meal

Dining Hall, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Donor appreciation banquet (by invitation only)

University Commons lower level,
reception, 4:45 p.m.; banquet, 5:30 p.m.

“What Would Lloyd Do?” with Ted & Trent

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.

For those who’ve asked, “What Would Lloyd Do?”, answers are provided in a new play with music written by and starring Ted Swartz and Trent Wagler, and directed by EMU alumnus Ingrid De Sanctis. In the two-act, 90-minute play, a struggling inner-city church recruits a new pastor, Mike (Swartz), and music director, Jeff (Wagler). Coming from different generations, the two discover conflict and commonality. The cast includes special guest artist Jay Lapp from Goshen, Ind., and Wagler’s band, The Steel Wheels, along with local acappella groups Shekinah and Sons of the Day.

Saturday, October 11

Welcome center and registration desk

University Commons, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fun run

Meet at the track, 7:30 a.m.

5K run/walk. All welcome. No entry fee; premiums for all.

Science center annual breakfast and program

Suter Science Center, 8 a.m.

Session I: Annual breakfast
Advance reservations required. Dr. Madhur Solanki of Winchester Medical Center will speak on osteopathic vs. allopathic medicine at 9 a.m.
Session II: Mini Science Summit, 10 a.m.
Tour stations hosted by science faculty and students (environmental science and green design class members). Learn about student research, nursing, physics, biochemistry and chemistry, and preprofessional health sciences. Hear updates on EMU’s plans for new science laboratories and renovating Suter Science Center for nursing and other programs.

Haverim breakfast and program

Seminary fellowship area, 8 a.m.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Donald Kraybill ’67, noted author, speaker, sociologist, and currently senior fellow/distinguished professor at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Advance reservations required.

Business and economics breakfast and program

Discipleship Center, 8 a.m.

Judith Trumbo ’82, recently appointed as Transition Planning Director for Rockingham Memorial Hospital, oversees the coordination and operation of the organization’s move to its new location. She will speak on the intricacies of this task, and “answer” the question, “How do you move a hospital?” Advance reservations required.

Nurses’ breakfast and presentation

Campus Center 3rd floor,
Lisa Haverstick Nursing Lab, 8 a.m.

Breakfast will be served in the classroom section of the lab. Following breakfast, the group will walk to the Science Center to take in the presentation there beginning at 8:45. Nursing alumni may also wish to remain and take part in the “Mini Science Summit,” described above under Science Center Breakfast. Advance reservations required.

Hall of Honor breakfast and awards

University Commons Court C, 9 a.m.

Sponsored by Loyal Royals and EMU athletics department.
Jen Kooker Peifer ’96 and Krista Ebersole Sensenig ’98 will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. Advance reservations required.

For Weather Vane staffers: Language & Lit. Dept. Reception

Campus Center, Room 201, 9 – 10 a.m.

A reunion for all former students associated with the Weather Vane. See a list of former editors.

Jesse T. Byler Lecture Series

Seminary Building, Room 123, 9 a.m.

J. Eric Bishop ’78, Ph.D, will present “The teacher you choose to be.” Eric currently teaches English at Christopher Dock High School, Lansdale, Pa. The lecture is open to everyone.

Parents perspective

Campus Center, room 226, 10:30 a.m.

This seminar is led by the EMU cross-cultural program office and is especially intended for parents (or prospective parents) of EMU students. Come hear stories from past cross-cultural journeys, learn about future opportunities, and bring your questions.

All-time Oakwood reunion

On the quad, between the “woods” residence halls, 11 a.m.

All former Oakwood residents are invited to gather near the former site of the “once-beloved dormitory” for a time of swapping stories, jogging memories, and light refreshments. Advance reservations recommended; no charge.
To share ideas or suggestions for this event, please contact Doug Nyce at .

Jubilee alumni reunion luncheon and program

Campus Center, Irene Martin Greeting Hall, 11:30 a.m.

This event is for alumni who attended EMU 50 years ago or more. The class of 1958 will be honored and inducted into the Jubilee Alumni Association. There will be designated tables for classes of 1958, 1953, 1948, 1943, and 1938. General seating is available for other Jubilee Alumni guests. Advance registration required.

Encore! Lunch and student/faculty music recital

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Martin Chapel, 12 noon

Sponsored jointly by EMU’s music department and the “Encore!” alumni support group, this luncheon is open to everyone. Following the meal, enjoy a variety of student and faculty musical talents and styles, instrumental and vocal. Advance registration required.

Lunch

Dining Hall, 12 – 1 p.m.

Noon meal served in the dining hall. Pay at the door.

Intercollegiate athletic events

Women’s Volleyball vs. Southern Virginia, 12 Noon
Men’s Soccer vs. Roanoke, 1 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 7 p.m.

Youth activities

Grades 6-12, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Come explore EMU. From academics to social life, from the Shenandoah Valley to Delhi, India, EMU students and admissions counselors will lead the way. Meet at the registration area in the University Commons for fun activities, including free pizza dinner.
Please pre-register.

Children’s activities

Pre-school (ages 0-5)
Child care is available during class reunions. Please pre-register.
Information will be at the welcome center registration desk.

Grades 1- 5

Meet in the Campus Center greeting hall for fun-filled youth activities organized and led by the EMU Student Education Association. These action-packed activities go far beyond child care.
Registration includes free dinner and supplies.

Class reunions

Beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Reunions will be held for the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 at various locations on campus. Check at the welcome center in the University Commons for reunion locations. There is no charge to attend your reunion, but please register. If you wish to join your classmates for dinner following the reunion, please pre-register on the registration form.

Artists’ reception and gallery talk

Hartzler Library Gallery, 4 p.m.

Join the EMU faculty artists for light refreshments and gallery talk.
Further description of this event under “Friday” on the previous page.

Family and reunion dinner

Dining Hall, Northlawn (by reservation) 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a dinner buffet with classmates, family and friends. There will be designated tables for reunion classes.

“What Would Lloyd Do?” with Ted & Trent

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.

For those who’ve asked, “What Would Lloyd Do?”, answers are provided in a new play with music written by and starring Ted Swartz and Trent Wagler, and directed by EMU alumnus Ingrid De Sanctis. In the two-act, 90-minute play, a struggling inner-city church recruits a new pastor, Mike (Swartz), and music director, Jeff (Wagler). Coming from different generations, the two discover conflict and commonality. The cast includes special guest artist Jay Lapp from Goshen, Ind., and Wagler’s band, The Steel Wheels, along with local acappella groups Shekinah and Sons of the Day.

Sunday, October 12

Homecoming worship service

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Worship celebration of song and scripture led by Ken J. Nafziger. Alumnus of the Year Donald Kraybill ’67, Distinguished Service Award recipient Herman Bontrager ’72, and Lifetime of Service Award recipient Donald Jacobs ’48 will participate and be recognized in the service. Child care available.

Lunch

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

Award recipient dinner (by invitation only)
Various locations, 12 noon

Monday, October 13

Alumni Association annual council meeting