Homecoming 2010

Enjoy photo galleries from 2010 and read about Distinguished Service Award recipient Nadene Brunk or Alumnus of the Year Dwight Gingerich! Below is the schedule of events from 2010.

Friday, October 8

Homecoming chapel assembly

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m
Featured speaker will be Nadene S. Brunk ’75, founder and director of Midwives for Haiti. She will share about her organization and its efforts to bring about improved health conditions for women and babies in Haiti.

Art exhibit

HeArt/Soul – reSeeing the Familiar
by EMU Visual and Communication Arts (VaCA) faculty
Hartzler Library Gallery, open during library hours.

The Paul R. Yoder, Sr., Memorial Golf Classic

Sponsored by the Loyal Royals
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, morning and afternoon shotgun starts; lunch included. 4-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 schlable@emu.edu to register.

Welcome center and registration desk

University Commons, 3-9 p.m.

Blue vs. White World Series. Game 4. 4 p.m.

Evening meal

Dining Hall, 5-6:30 p.m.; pay at the door.

Donor appreciation banquet (by invitation)

U. Commons lower level, banquet, 5:30 p.m.

Field Hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan

Turf Field, 7 p.m.
Lady Royals’ intercollegiate athletic contest, and jersey retirement ceremony for former field hockey player & Athletic Hall of Honor member Jeane Horning Hershey ’94.

EMU Theater: “The Triumph of Love”

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Directed by EMU Theater’s Thomas P. Joyner, the play is a musical comedy suitable for all ages, a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, musical adaptation of the classic French comedy by Marivaux.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Visit the box office online or call the EMU box office at (540) 432-4582 Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. beginning September 1.

Saturday, October 9

Welcome center and registration desk

University Commons, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Science center annual breakfast and program

Suter Science Center
8 a.m., Breakfast, reservations necessary.
9 a.m., Suter Science Seminar. Guest speaker Dr. David Leaman ’60 of Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa., speaking on common problems in cardiology and on the health care bill relative to our current health care system. Room #106
10 a.m., Update on Science Center campaign plans by Kirk Shisler ’81, vice president for advancement.
10:30 a.m., Open house for the departments of biology, chemistry, psychology, and math sciences.

Haverim and seminary alumni breakfast and program

Seminary foyer, 8 a.m.
Dr. Michael A. King ’76, vice president and seminary dean, will speak on the topic, “Toward a Fierce Love for the Church.” Alumni and friends of the Bible and religion department come together for a joint event with alumni and friends of the Seminary to welcome and hear from our new seminary dean.

Business and economics breakfast and program

Discipleship Center, 8 a.m.
Roger Bairstow of Broetje Orchards will be the speaker. Broetje Orchards is one of the largest family-owned apple and cherry orchards in the U.S., encompassing nearly a million trees. “Putting people before profits” is its operating mission. Reservations necessary.

Nurses’ breakfast and presentation

West Dining Room, 1st floor of Northlawn, 8 a.m. Special guest speaker will be Nadene S. Brunk ’75, nursing department graduate, founder and director of Midwives for Haiti, and 2010 EMU Distinguished Service Award recipient. Reservations necessary.

Hall of Honor breakfast and awards

University Commons Court C, 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Loyal Royals and EMU Athletics Department. Terry Koppenhaver ’69, Kirsten Brubaker Fuhr ’99, and Ryan Brenneman ’00 will be inducted into the Hall of Honor (Terry posthumously). Reservations necessary.

Jesse T. Byler lecture series

Seminary Building, room 123, 9 a.m.
Stanley Swartz ’87 will present “Overcoming Evil with Good; Making Connections in the Classroom.” Stanley teaches drama and English at Harrisonburg High School. The lecture is open to all. Please register.

Language and literature department reunion

Campus Center, room 226 9-10 a.m.
All are welcome to hear alumni share stories about the language program including the International Volunteer Exchange Program language partners. The panel will include Gloria Figueroa, Emily Benner, Tomasa Castaneda, Jeff Eshleman, and Rachel Whitmer.

Parents & the president

Campus Center 105, Strite Conference Room, 10-10:30 a.m.
You are invited to have coffee and hear from EMU president Loren Swartzendruber and others on a variety of matters of interest to parents of EMU students. Alumni and others are welcome. This will be an informal time of questions and answers, bringing you up-to-date on recent campus developments and plans for the future.

Alumni baseball game, 10 a.m.

Alumni Royals vs. 2010 Royals.
Meet the current team and fellowship with former teammates over a noon meal of burgers and dogs at the field.

Fun run

Meet at the track, 10:30 a.m.
5K run/walk. All welcome. No entry fee.

Class reunions

Festive Gathering
11 a.m. Lehman Auditorium lawn
Mingle with fellow alumni, friends, university faculty and EMU administration. Refreshments, music and entertainment.

Opening Welcome Program
11:20 a.m. in Lehman Auditorium
Gather with your classmates as you sit together in this familiar landmark. The short program will include a presidential welcomeand introduction of alumni award recipients.

Class Reunions and Luncheons
Immediately after the opening program, reunion classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005 will convene into their own groups for photos, reunions and lunch.

Jubilee Alumni & class reunion luncheon and program

Seminary building; Martin Chapel, 12:30 p.m.
This event is for alumni who attended EMU 50 years ago or more. The class of 1960 will be honored and inducted into the Jubilee Alumni Association. There will be designated tables for reunion year classes. General seating is available for other Jubilee Alumni guests. Reservations necessary.

Youth activities

Grades 6-12, 11 a.m.-2 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 welcome center in the University Commons for activities, including free pizza lunch. Activities end at 2 p.m. Pick up at the welcome center. Please pre-register.

Children’s activities

Grades 1-5
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Campus Center, Greeting hall
Fun-filled activities organized and led by the EMU Student Education Association (SEA), including free pizza and supplies – to ensure appropriate amounts of both, pre-registration is requested.

Ages 0-5
11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Campus Center greeting hall
EMU SEA provides child care during class reunions.

Intercollegiate athletic contests

Women’s volleyball vs. Mary Baldwin, 1 p.m.
Blue vs. White World Series. Game 5. 1 p.m.
Men’s soccer vs. Guilford, 4 p.m.
Women’s soccer vs. Roanoke, 7 p.m.

Wilderness seminar reunion

University Commons, climbing wall area, court C, 1-3 p.m.
All members of past wilderness seminar groups, as well as their families, are welcome to drop in for a time of fellowship, and perhaps to once again meet the challenge of a climb!

Climbing wall open

University Commons, climbing wall area, court C, 1-3 p.m.
Alumni, parents, children, and students are welcome to come test their agility and determination at the climbing wall. There is an appropriate
climb for all levels. Permission forms required; may be filled out on location prior to climbing.

Art Exhibit Reception: “HeArt/Soul – reSeeing the Familiar”

by EMU VaCA faculty
Hartzler Library Gallery 4 p.m.

1986 China cross-cultural reunion

University Commons, room 211- 212, 2-4 p.m.

EMU at 90: Celebrate the Vision

Seminary building, Room 123, 2:30 p.m.
A 30-minute video, originally produced and viewed at homecoming 2007, features interviews and historical photos. This is expected to be its final public showing.

Reception for Hall of Honor and jersey retirement inductees

University Commons, 1st floor lounge,
(adjacent to Athletic Hall of Honor), 2:30 p.m.
All are invited to join the athletic department and Loyal Royals in recognition of this year’s honorees.

1995 Germany cross-cultural reunion & dinner

Discipleship Center, 4 p.m.
Reservations necessary.


Dining hall open 5-6 p.m.

Encore! dinner

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Martin Chapel, 6 p.m.
Sponsored jointly by EMU’s music department and the “Encore!” alumni support group, this dinner is open to everyone. Reservations necessary.

EMU Theater: “The Triumph of Love”

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Directed by EMU Theater’s Thomas P. Joyner, the play is a musical comedy suitable for all ages, a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, musical adaptation of the classic French comedy by Marivaux.

Sunday, October 10

Homecoming worship service

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Worship celebration of song and scripture. Alumnus of the Year Dwight Gingerich and Distinguished Service Award recipient Nadene Brunk will be recognized and participate in the service. Child care available if pre-registered.


Main dining room, Northlawn lower level, 11:30-1 p.m.

Award recipient dinner (by invitation)

Martin Chapel, 12 p.m.

EMU Theater: “The Triumph of Love”

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Directed by EMU Theater’s Thomas P. Joyner, the play is a musical comedy suitable for all ages, a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, musical adaptation of the classic French comedy by Marivaux.