“Cords of Distinction” Ceremony 2013

& 2013 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

The Cords of Distinction award honors the efforts of graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the university, community or society.

The Blue cord represents strength of conviction that one person can help to create a better institution; also willingness and openness to share thoughts and ideas.

The Gold cord represents love of spirit and yearning towards creating a better university community in which all can take part; gold is also the color of achievement.

This years recipients of the Cords of Distinction are:

Nels Åkerson, major in Biology, from Harrisonburg, VA

Michael Allen, major in Liberal Arts, from Fork Union, VA

Jossimar Diaz-Castro, major in Philosophy & Theology, from Harrisonburg, VA

Ryan Eshleman, majors in Philosophy & Theology and Biology, from Harrisonburg, Va.

Darian Harnish, majors in Accounting and Economics, from Lancaster, PA

Josh Kanagy, major in Psychology, from Harrisonburg, VA.

Julia Schmidt, major in History, from Pandora, Oh.

Hannah Schrock, major in Biology, from Iowa City, IA.

Kelley Schroder, major in Music, Education Licensure, from Leesburg, Va.

James Souder, major in Environmental Sustainability, from Harrisonburg, VA

2013 Nurses’ Pinning

& 2013 Commencement, Commencement, Faculty/Staff Speakers, Student Speakers.

The Spring semester nursing graduates celebrate the completion of their Nursing degrees in this traditional pinning ceremony.  Several Nursing Faculty offer words of encouragement to the graduates.

2013 Seminary Commencement

& 2013 Commencement, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary celebrates the 64th Annual Commencement with an address by Dr. Lee Snyder, President Emeritus at Bluffton University, titled, “Reclaiming the Story.”

2013 Seminary Baccalaureate

& 2013 Commencement, Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Commencement, Student Speakers.

Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s 2013 Baccalaureate service includes reflections by three of the graduates on the theme, “In Christ, no longer strangers.”

Cross-cultural Chapel: Middle East (Israel/Palestine/Turkey)

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

The returning Spring 2013 Middle East Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in the Middle East this semester.

Cross-cultural Chapel: Guatemala & Colombia

& Cross-Cultural Groups, Student Speakers, University Chapels.

The returning Spring 2013 Guatemala & Colombia Cross-cultural group shares reflections and adventures from their experiences in Guatemala and Colombia this semester.

“Just One, One, One” – Lana Miller

& University Chapels.

As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, Lana Miller has shaped a chapel service around her message entitled, “Just One, One, One.


Lana Miller is an EMS graduate who served as interim campus pastor at EMU in 2007-08. Lana and her husband Andy recently served with MCC in Cambodia with oversight of programs in Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos. Prior to seminary, Lana was the associate director of convention planning for Mennonite Church USA with primary responsibility for the youth convention and denominational youth ministry. She has taught Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation at EMS in addition to teaching high school chemistry before beginning youth and young adult ministry at Clinton Frame Mennonite (IN). She and Andy continue their passion for service to internationals by hosting Chinese scholars in their home.

Lana holds a Master of Divinity with a concentration in spiritual formation and certificate in youth ministry from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Goshen College, Goshen, IN.

“Parents Just Don’t Understand” – James Ellis III

& University Chapels.

As a finalist for the position of undergraduate campus pastor, James Ellis III has shaped a chapel service with a message entitled, “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” taken from Genesis 27:12-13


James Ellis, III is an ordained Baptist minister who describes himself as “Christian by conviction, Baptist by tradition, and ecumenical in spirit.” James has served as a youth pastor and an assistant pastor in two United Methodist churches, and recently served a one-year, Lilly-funded campus pastorate at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He is currently a Lewis Fellow at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Lewis Center for Church Leadership, an ecumenical leadership development program for outstanding young clergy. Prior to ministry, James was a multimedia producer and competitive “spoken word” poet. He and his wife Renata have a passion for doing service work in multi-racial settings such as New Orleans (LA).

At the close of chapel, there is a time of sending and blessing for students and faculty going on summer cross-cultural seminars to these locations:

Bolivia & The Galápagos Islands – Doug & Cristina Graber Neufeld
Honduras – Jason Good & Eric Trinka
South Korea – Gloria Rhodes
Quebec – Nancy Heisey & Jen Ulrich
Local Context cross-cultural – Deanna Durham

Inside Athletics: April 19, 2013

& Faculty/Staff Speakers, Inside Athletics.

In this week’s “Inside Athletics” podcast, James gives a quick summary of the end of the regular season for our spring sports, plus what to look for in the upcoming ODAC Tournaments.  Then Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Jason Lewkowicz joins for an in-depth look at the flow of the entire year for his program, but especially a scan of some of his athletes hoping to challenge for top spots at this weekend’s ODAC Championships in Lexington.

Inside Athletics is a weekly podcast hosted by Director of Athletics, Dave King. The podcast offers a synopsis of what is happening in EMU athletics, but also delves deeper into how athletics at EMU shapes lives and enhances college educations by positively impacting an athlete’s understanding of self, others, and God. Sports Information Director James De Boer is a regular guest with EMU coaches and athletes making appearances as well.

“This and That: Stuff from an Aged OT Teacher” – Jim R. Engle

& Chapel Gathering in the Seminary, Faculty/Staff Speakers.

This Chapel Gathering in the Seminary celebrates the service of Dr. Jim R. Engle, retiring professor of Old Testament.  The worship, songs, and scriptures were all chosen by Jim, who delivers a “sermonette” he titled, “This and That: Stuff from an Aged OT Teacher.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

Mark 12: 28-34

John 13:34-35

The entire campus community is invited to every chapel worship service on campus. Eastern Mennonite Seminary hosts chapel gatherings in Martin Chapel every Tuesday and Thursday; EMU Campus Ministries hosts chapel gatherings every Wednesday and Friday in Lehman Auditorium. Specifics and occasional changes are noted in individual chapel listings.