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Twila Yoder, assistant to the president, talks about her long career at EMU and her role in the presidential transition

Over the past 16 years, Twila Yoder has been assistant to three Eastern Mennonite University presidents: Joseph Lapp (1987-1995), Beryl Brubaker (interim, May 2003-December 2003), and current president Loren Swartzendruber (2004-). Several months after Swartzendruber’s ...More


‘Bound together by love': Convocation opens new academic year with music, prayer and words to inspire

The 2015 convocation to dedicate the new academic year at Eastern Mennonite University began and ended yesterday [Sept. 2] with music: first the triumphal tones of the Lehman Auditorium organ played by John Fast, and then the sound of bluegrass music as new students processed into the sunny fall morning. ...More


After 44 years at EMU, former provost and current library director Beryl Brubaker heads into her second ‘retirement’

Beryl Brubaker knows what it’s like to retire – and to be called back to serve with her gifts once more. In 2008, Brubaker “retired” as provost. That year marked her 37th at Eastern Mennonite University, leading from a variety of positions in the nursing department to higher-level administration: from vice president ...More


New Hartzler Library director comes with administrative and teaching experience from Illinois and Canada

G. Marcille “Marci” Frederick, a Chicago-area college library director, will be Eastern Mennonite University’s new director of the Sadie A. Hartzler Library. She will start July 1, succeeding Beryl Brubaker, who is retiring. Frederick is currently library director at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois ...More


Jack Rutt’s journey to EMU

After graduating in 1972 as a psychology major from EMU, Jack Rutt got his first job in the business world at Goodville Mutual Casualty Company in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Rutt initially earned $1.85 per hour as a trainee in underwriting. Three years later – at age 25 – he was named head of the automobile underwriting department, succe ...More


EMU historical library sees leadership transition – Simone Horst succeeds Lois Bowman

On July 1, Simone Horst became the special collections librarian of the Menno Simons Historical Library at Eastern Mennonite University. If her leadership tenure lasts as long as her two predecessors, she will serve for nearly three decades. Retiring librarian Lois Bowman is ...More


Former president Mumaw was “father” of Pleasant View

In the late 1960s, not long after John R. Mumaw had completed nearly two decades as EMU’s fourth president (1948-1965), he began to devote more attention to his concern for people with intellectual disabilities. This had been close to his heart since his great-nephew, Chester, was born with Down syndrome. Then moderator of the Virginia Mennonite Conference, Mumaw convened a committee t ...More


When I was sick, you cared for me: alumni work in mental healthcare

More than 700 alumni living in the City of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County work in the healthcare field, according to EMU’s alumni database. This represents a larger concentration of alumni than in any other field of local employment. Sentara RMH Medical Center and its affiliated offices of healthcare providers, plus a plethora of private offices offering medical, rehabilitation and ...More

Celebration Banquet Honors Former President

John R. Mumaw (1904-1993) was not a large man, but he was a "big" person. On Nov. 14, 190 people gathered at the Eastern Mennonite High School dining hall for a program and dinner to remember and to honor the godly legacy of John R., Esther M. and Evelyn K. Mumaw. ...More

Lancaster Program Holds Second Commencement

Dr. Beryl Brubaker STEP graduation speaker EMU’s Study and Training in Effective Pastoral Ministry (STEP) program will hold its second annual graduation at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the West Bet ...More