Homecoming and Family Weekend 2009 Schedule
We have planned activities for alumni, families, and friends. Please register now, and look forward to a weekend of sharing wonderful memories from the past, renewing friendships, and building new ones as “Unity Rings Again.”
Note: all event tickets may be picked up by individuals who have pre-registered at the registration table on Friday, Oct. 9, from 3-8 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets will not be mailed.
Friday, October 9
Conference: "Parenting in a Chaotic World"
Seminary Building , Room 123, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The EMS Clinical Pastoral Education Program will serve as a supporting sponsor for the Fourth Annual Conference on Family Solutions of the Shenandoah Family Systems Network. Dr. Roberta Gilbert will speak on the theme: Parenting in a Chaotic World. Dr. Gilbert is the author of Connecting with Our Children: Guiding Principles for Parents in a Troubled World. Dr. Gilbert's practical application of systems thinking to the dilemmas of family life has made her books an important resource for many. Dr. Gilbert has studied with Dr. Murray Bowen and has served on the Faculty of the Georgetown Center for over twenty years. She also conducts the Extraordinary Leadership Seminars, a training process for pastors. Separate registration is required through www.shenfamilysystems.org.
Homecoming Chapel: Music, Culture, Faith & Worship
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m
Campus ministries interviews members of the Reunion Vocal Band, including James Krabill, Jim Croegaert, Mark Hartman and others, on their journeys with music, culture, faith and worship.
Hartzler Library Gallery, open during library hours
Alumni Invitational Art show featuring artwork by EMU alumni: Melinda Steffy, Carrie Keagy, Aaron Eichorst, and Joanna Heatwole.
The Paul R. Yoder, Sr. Memorial Golf Classic, sponsored by Loyal Royals
Spotswood Country Club, 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. shotgun starts with lunch at 11:30 a.m. 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 – 8 p.m.
Dining Hall, 5-6:30 p.m.
Donor appreciation banquet (by invitation only)
University Commons lower level, banquet, 5:30 p.m.
Concert featuring Jim Croegaert
Seminary Building , Martin Chapel, 7:45 p.m.
Jim Croegaert’s songs have been recorded by established artists such as Sandi Patti, Noel Paul Stookey, Steve Bell and others. Jim (also a Reunion vocal Band member) and his wife Janalee will be performing his “Was It a Morning Like This?” “Here By the Water” and many others, songs that touch the heart and spirit. Admission to this concert is free.
EMU Theatre: "The Women of Lockerbie"
University Commons , Mainstage Theatre, 8:00 p.m.
A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie Scotland, looking for her son's remains which were lost in the crash of Pan Am 103. She meets the Women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the US Government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families. The “Women of Lockerbie” is fictional, although loosely inspired by a true story. Tickets available on Homecoming weekend, but only while they last. Learn more about the production...
Saturday, October 10
Welcome center and registration desk
University Commons, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Science center annual breakfast and program
Suter Science Center, 8 a.m
Annual breakfast with fellow alumni, science faculty, and Dr. Joseph B. Martin '59, Professor of Neurobiology & Clinical Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School. Advance reservations required.
Room SC 106, 9:00 a.m. Lecture by Dr. Martin on Advances in Brain Research.
10 a.m. Tour of Suter Science Center with brief program reports by EMU's distinguished science faculty. Room SC 106, 11:00 a.m. Report on plans to construct new labs and renovate Suter Science Center.
Haverim breakfast and program
Seminary foyer, 8 a.m.
Assistant Professor Heidi Miller Yoder, who is also director of the Ministry Inquiry Program at EMU, will speak on "A Sustaining Practice of the Lord's Supper: Insights from Early Anabaptist Pilgram Marpeck." Advance reservations required.
Business and economics breakfast and program
Discipleship Center , 8 a.m.
Joyce Bontrager Lehman '65, speaker. Joyce is a program officer for microfinance within the Financial Services for the Poor initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and was EMU's 2009 Commencement speaker. Advance reservations required.
Nurses’ breakfast and presentation
Campus Center 3rd floor, Room 350, 8 a.m.
Breakfast will be held in the classroom next to the Lisa Haverstick Nursing Lab. Following breakfast, the group will walk to the Science Center to take in the presentation there beginning at 9. Nursing alumni may also wish to remain and take part in the additional events to be held in Suter Science Center throughout the morning, described above under Science Center Breakfast. Advance reservations required.
Hall of Honor breakfast and awards
University Commons Court C, 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Loyal Royals and EMU Athletics Department. Karla Alderfer Tierney '98, Becky Miller Lyda '92, and Jeana Driver '92 will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. Advance reservations required.
Campus Center , room 226, 9-10 a.m.
Are you a parent wanting to learn more about EMU's cross-cultural program? Join seasoned faculty leaders Linford and Janet Stutzman and Crosscultural Programs Director Beth Aracena as we share stories from past cross-cultural journeys, learn about future opportunities, and address your questions. Refreshments served.
Jesse T. Byler Lecture Series
Seminary Building , Room 123, 9 a.m.
Barbara Brenneman Lehman '74, 2009 recipient of the International Reading Association's Arbuthnot Award, will speak on the topic, "Children's Literature in Testing Time". Advance registration recommended; no charge.
Language and literature department brunch
Campus Center 1st floor, Room 105 (Strite Conference Room), 10-11 a.m.
Alice Wisler '83, writer, will be featured as the judge of our campuswide writing contest and will announce the winning entries during a presentation of awards to selected writers. The writing contest is sponsored by the Cross-cultural Program and the Writing Program. Students at the undergraduate, graduate, and seminary levels are invited to submit writing on topics related to EMU's mission that "educates students to serve and lead in a global context." EMU's "Christian community challenges students to pursue their life calling through scholarly inquiry, artistic creation, guided practice, and life-changing cross-cultural encounter." Advance reservations required.
Meet at the track, 10:30 a.m.
5K run/walk. All welcome. No entry fee.
All-Time Library Reunion & Unity Bell exhibit opening
Hartzler Library, 10:30 a.m.
Everyone is invited to the Hartzler Library front entryway to view the newly created display that chronicles the history of what came to be known as the "Unity Bell", as well as the story of the 1969 "Library Drive." In the library, there will also be displays of artifacts and items used in days gone by.
Immediately following the Unity Bell exhibit opening, at 11a.m., all former and current library employees, work-study students, and family are invited to participate in an exceptional gathering to share stories and memories of the 40 years of Hartzler Library. Refreshments will be served at the reunion. Learn more about the library's 40th anniversary and the celebration events...
Euroterm '74 Reunion
Reunion events begin at 11 a.m. with lunch (scheduled until 1 p.m.) in the dining hall's East Dining Room. At 1:30 p.m. there will be a slideshow and special time for sharing in University Commons 211/212, and at 3 p.m. a web conference with Clair Hochstetler (Australia) in the same location. For more information, contact Gloria Shenk Kniss at or Barbra Graber at .
Jubilee alumni reunion luncheon and program
Campus Center , Irene Martin Greeting Hall, 12 p.m.
This event is for alumni who attended EMU 50 years ago or more. The class of 1959 will be honored and inducted into the Jubilee Alumni Association. There will be designated tables for classes of 1959, 1954, 1949, 1944, and 1939. General seating is available for other Jubilee Alumni guests. Advance registration required.
Dining Hall, 12- 1 p.m.
Noon meal served in the dining hall. Pay at the door.
Encore! Lunch and Student/Faculty Music Recital
Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Martin Chapel, 12:30 p.m.
Sponsored jointly by EMU's Music Department and the "Encore!" alumni support group, this luncheon is open to everyone. Following the meal, enjoy a variety of student and faculty musical talents and styles, instrumental and vocal alike. Advance registration required.
Intercollegiate Athletic Contests
Field Hockey vs. Sweetbriar College, 11:30 a.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Southern Virginia, 1 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Hampden-Sydney, 7 p.m.
Intensive English Program 20th anniversary tea
IEP House, 1110 Smith Avenue, 2-3:15 p.m.
Join in the celebration of this milestone of 20 years of English language and American cultural education to international students and recent immigrants by coming to the IEP house for tea and to meet the program's dedicated teachers.
Cedarwood Residence Hall Open House
Cedarwood Residence Hall, Dedication service from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Open house from 3-4:30 p.m.
Join President Loren Swartzendruber, Student Life Vice President Ken L. Nafziger, other EMU personnel, and alumni and friends for a brief dedication ceremony of EMU's brand-new residence hall. The building will be open for visitors after the ceremony.
Alumni Women's Volleyball match
University Commons, 3 p.m.
Odd years of graduation vs. even years.
Grades 6-12, 3:30-6:30 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 fun activities, including free pizza dinner. Please pre-register.
Pre-school (ages 0-5) 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Child care is available during class reunions. Please pre-register. Information will be at the welcome center registration desk. Fun-filled activities organized and led by the EMU Student Education Association go far beyond child care. Registration includes free dinner and supplies. Information will be at the welcome center desk.
Grades 1-5, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Fun-filled activities organized and led by the EMU Student Education Association that go far beyond child care. Registration includes free dinner and supplies. Information will be at the welcome center desk.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Reunions will be held for the classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 at various locations on campus. Check at the welcome center in the University Commons for reunion locations. There is no charge to attend your reunion, but please register. If you wish to join your classmates for dinner following the reunion, please pre-register.
Art Opening of the Alumni Invitational Show
Hartzler Library Gallery, 4 p.m.
Featurig art work by EMU alumni Melinda Steffy, Carrie Keagy, Aaron Eichorst, and Joanna Heatwole
Family and reunion dinner
University Commons, Courts B & C (by reservation) 5-6:30 p.m.
Enjoy this dinner buffet with classmates, family and friends. There will be designated tables for reunion classes.
EMU Theatre: "The Women of Lockerbie"
University Commons Mainstage Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
See description for Friday evening event. Learn more about this mainstage production...
Reunion Vocal Band Concerts
Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Live on stage performing a concert 20 years in the making, Reunion Vocal Band will fill Lehman Auditorium on Saturday night with tight vocal harmony and a blend of folk, folk-rock, gospel, country, and a bit of jazz. Formed in 1989, Reunion Vocal Band brings together a talented collection of Mennonite musicians, singers, and song writers hailing from several states and a Canadian province. Homecoming and Family Weekend is delighted to host the 2009 gathering of this dynamic group. Come enjoy an eclectic musical buffet served with a dash of humor and tall order of camaraderie--truly an evening you will long remember. Read more about the band's reunion. Ticket information: purchase tickets in advance at the RVB ticket table (adjacent to the main Homecoming registration table) Friday 3 - 8 p.m. or Saturday 7:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. or buy at the door before the concert. (Adult tickets are $10; EMU students with an ID are free, thanks to Campus Activities Council (CAC), which is sponsoring the concert.)
Sunday, October 11
Homecoming worship service
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Worship celebration of song and scripture. Musical selections by members of Reunion Vocal Band. Alumnus of the Year Anthony Pratkanis and Distinguished Service Award recipient J. Robert Eshleman will be recognized and participate in this service, in which there will be opportunity for sharing together through various expressions of experiencing Christ in our lives. Child care available if pre-registered.
Main dining room-Northlawn lower level, 11:30-1 p.m.
Pay at the door.
Award recipient dinner (by invitation only)
West and East Dining Rooms, 12 noon
EMU Theatre: "The Women of Lockerbie"
University Commons Mainstage Theatre, 2 p.m.
See description for Friday evening event.
Monday, October 12
Alumni Association annual council meeting, 8 a.m.