Tag Archives: centennial

President’s Letter: Enter the Story

One hundred years ago, Mennonites in the East had a bold, faith-inspired dream to start a school in Virginia. What a dream! What an act of faithfulness. It all began in 1917, when a timely advertisement was placed in the Gospel Herald with the high hopes of creating great interest among Mennonite students: Announcement is ...More

An Experiment Like No Other: Centennial Historian’s Reflections

Centennial historian Donald B. Kraybill ’67 reflects on six years of research for his book Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education to be released by Penn State University Press in September 2017. How does the length of time spent on this project compare to your many other published works? Each project has its own quirks. ...More

Centennial Award: Chester and Sara Jane Wenger

When Chester Wenger ’36 became acquainted with Sara Jane Weaver ’42, he found her “so beautiful and loveable I couldn’t resist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Something else beguiled Chester. “It impressed me to see a young woman stand up there teaching the Bible to a whole roomful of children,” holding their ...More

Centennial celebration committee is off and running to 2017-18

Louise Otto Hostetter, a 1979 graduate who has served on many boards in Harrisonburg, assumed the lead for EMU’s centennial planning steering committee in July. EMU will celebrate its 100th anniversary during 2017-18. As committee chair, Hostetter will work with those giving leadership to various aspects of the year’s celebrations, including large-venue events involving music, ...More