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Inauguration: Celebrating Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members and friends were invited to join the Inaugural Ceremony of Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman as EMU’s ninth president, Friday, April 7, 1 p.m. in the University Commons, followed by a reception.

Special activities took place April 3 through 8, 2017, as part of the week-long celebration.

Watch the video of the ceremony.

Inauguration Week Flickr Album

Inauguration Events - President Huxman

Week-Long Activities: April 3-8, 2017

Monday, April 3

Reception for EMU retirees with Dr. Huxman

3-5 p.m., 1919 Park Rd. Harrisonburg, VA (President’s house)
Invitation only.

Student-led hymn sing

9:30 p.m., Martin Chapel (Seminary Building)
This monthly event will feature some of Dr. Huxman’s favorite hymns in honor of her inauguration. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 4

LovEMU Giving Day

All day
Campus community, alumni and friends are invited to show their love by giving a gift to EMU on this special day. Dr. Huxman will contribute $10 for every gift of $10 or more given by an alumnus. Did you love an athletic team, cross-cultural study, or a special professor? Do you want to commemorate a special person or your own journey of self-discovery? Are you grateful for career preparation, vocational exploration or lifelong friendships? Make that possible for others through your gifts on LovEMU Giving Day.

Tuesday Trivia with the President

8-10 p.m., Common Grounds Coffeehouse (University Commons)
Tuesday Trivia, a regular student event planned by the Campus Activities Council, is hosted by Dr. Huxman. Beverages are half price. Form a group of six to test your trivia skills! 
Susan Schultz Huxman

Wednesday, April 5

Business and Professional Club Breakfast with Dr. Huxman

7:30 – 9:30 am, Martin Chapel (Seminary Building)
By invitation only.

University Chapel: Celebrating Student-Centered Leadership

10 a.m., Lehman Auditorium 
Gather for student leader perspectives on being a “student-centered leader” and offering a blessing for Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman during this week of inauguration activities. Several student musical groups will enhance this time of worship, celebration and blessing.

EMU Authors Reception

1:30 to 4 p.m., Campus Center greeting hall
The provost office hosts the 8th annual EMU Authors Reception. This annual event is to recognize and celebrate EMU faculty who have published a book, peer-reviewed article, chapter, performance or exhibit in the past two years. Come view the materials and chat with faculty members as they are available. Open to all.

TGIW gathering with EMU history author Donald A. Kraybill

4 p.m., Common Grounds Coffeehouse (University Commons)
Sociologist, professor, prolific writer and EMU alum Donald B. Kraybill will join the TGIW to talk about the research and outcome of his book for EMU’s Centennial, Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education, published by Penn State Press University Press. Release date is scheduled for October 2017. Come for coffee, refreshments, input and Q&A with Don Kraybill. All are welcome.

Thursday, April 6

CAC Noon Music Series with Jazz

12 p.m., Royals Den (University Commons)
Join the Campus Activities Council’s bi-weekly music series featuring the Jazz Ensemble. Enjoy jazz standards and some remixes of old favorites at this casual “pop-up concert” event. Bring your lunch, purchase from the Den or be one of 30 lucky students with an EMU ID to claim a free bagged lunch!

Leadership Donor dinner with Dr. Huxman

6 p.m., Spotswood Country Club 1980 Country Club Rd., Harrisonburg, VA
By invitation only.

Theater production The 39 Steps

7:30 p.m., MainStage Theater (University Commons)
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theater! This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning is packed with laughs featuring more than 150 zany characters played by a small cast. Tickets are available through EMU’s box office by calling 540-432-4582 between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. weekdays, or via the EMU box office. Additional details

Friday, April 7

There is an adjusted undergrad class schedule on this day so all students, faculty and staff can attend inauguration events.

Presidential Brunch

10:45 a.m., Martin Chapel (Seminary Building)
By invitation only.

Inaugural ceremony

1 p.m., Yoder Arena (University Commons)
All are welcome to join in the ceremony. The service will include piano prelude by Clement Acevedo, instructor of music, choral selections by Emulate Chamber Ensemble, congregational singing, and a litany of investiture written by Vi Dutcher, PhD, language and literature department.

Dr. Harold J. Schultz, father of Dr. Huxman, and former long-time president of Bethel College, North Newton Kansas, among other accomplishments, will bring reflections.

Also offering reflections will be Dr. Wendy L. Fletcher, president and vice-chancellor of Renison University college, affiliated with the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Huxman will bring the main address.

Special guests from peer institutions as well as EMU faculty will be part of the formal ceremony.

Inauguration livestream

Those from a distance participated by joining through Inauguration live stream online.

Inauguration reception

Following ceremony, Hall of Nations (University Commons)
Come celebrate in a relaxed atmosphere with beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Open to the public.

Gala Celebration

8 p.m., University Commons, Gymnasium courts B and C black tie event for faculty, staff, and students. Spouses/significant others are warmly welcome.
Purchase tickets online
Purchase tickets by cash and check in the EMU Business Office, located in the Campus Center

Saturday, April 8

Community service: 20th Annual Blacks Run Clean Up

9 a.m., 217 Liberty St., Harrisonburg
Blacks Run Clean-up With Dr. Huxman, The EMU community is invited to join Dr. Huxman at the 20th annual Black’s Run Clean-Up event. Let’s get 100 EMU community members involved in honor of our centennial celebrations and to show our deep commitment to the local community and environment as Dr. Huxman begins her tenure. Wear an EMU tshirt if you participate! You can still sign up, or just arrive at 9 a.m. for on site registration.

Coming from out of town for the inauguration?

Check out our list of accommodations available in the area.

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