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Setting the Stage: Service & Song

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2006

Thousands of alumni, families of EMU students and friends came to campus on October 13-15, 2006 to celebrate the special weekend. It was a weekend for everyone! Click here to see the photo galleries...


Friday, October 13

Homecoming Chapel Assembly

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Everyone is invited to hear special guest EMU alumnus David Augsburger (C '60), noted author and speaker, reflecting on the YPCA story at EMU. Worship will be lead by current Y-church team members. Coffee and conversation will follow in Common Grounds Coffeehouse.

Art Exhibit Hartzler

Library Gallery, open during library hours.

Artist Barb Gautcher will exhibit her work. A gallery talk and reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Blue-White Baseball World Series

Baseball field, Game one: 4 p.m.; Game two and three: Saturday Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Watch and support the EMU baseball team as they compete in a series of intra-squad games Friday and Saturday.

The Paul R. Yoder, Sr. Memorial Golf Classic, sponsored by Loyal Royals

Spotswood Country Club, 7:30 a.m. (includes 2-man captain's choice option) and 12:30 p.m.
starting times with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $100. Contact EMU athletics at (540) 432-4440
or schlable@emu.edu to register.

Welcome Center and Registration Desk

University Commons, 3-10 p.m.

Evening Meal

Dinning Hall, 5-6:30 p.m.

Donor Appreciation Banquet (by invitation only)

University Commons – reception, 4:45 p.m.; banquet, 5:30 p.m.

EMU on Stage! Homecoming Concert

Lehman Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Enjoy musical performances by students, faculty and alumni, interspersed with light humor by students from the theater department. An evening of delightful entertainment and fun displaying some fine EMU talent. No admission charge; donations accepted.

Late night Mennofolk concerts

Downtown Harrisonburg, starting at 9 p.m.

Various venues; see www.mennofolk.org or check in at registration desk for details on shows and location or click here for info on ordering tickets.

Saturday, October 14

Welcome Center and Registration Desk

University Commons
Registration desk, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Mennofolk Table, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Mennofolk Festival and/or “Over the Rhine” tickets available for purchase throughout the day.

Fun Run

Meet at the track, 7:15 a.m.

All runners/walkers welcome. No entry fee, premiums for all finishers.

Encore! Breakfast and Program

Recital Hall, Lehman Auditorium, 8:30 a.m.

Program will feature student performances. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Science Center Annual Breakfast and Program

Suter Science Center, 8 a.m.

The program will start at 8:45 a.m. Philip E. Zapanta, M.D. (C 96) will speak on "Hymn Hoarseness - the Role of the Otolaryngologist." In the first half of this seminar the audience will be given a quick tour of the anatomy and physiology of the voice. The second half will consist of a discussion of the presentation and management (surgical and non-surgical) of specific laryngeal diseases. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.


Haverim Breakfast and Program

Seminary Foyer, 8 a.m.

John L. Ruth, noted author will be keynote speaker on "Stories of Calling Mennonite Leaders". Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Business and Economics Breakfast and Program

University Commons, north court, 8 a.m.

A Life of Significance" by David Batstone. David is senior editor of "Worthwhile" magazine and the executive editor of "Sojourners" magazine. He is a professor of social ethics at the University of San Francisco. Gifted as an entrepreneur, Batstone has played an executive role in a niche investment bank operating internationally in the entertainment and technology industries. During the 1980s he founded and directed a non-governmental agency dedicated to economic development and human rights in Latin America. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk..

Nurses Breakfast and Presentation

Campus Center, Brunk Maust Lounge, 8 a.m.

"Where Best to Find Servanthood?" Norma Martin and Linda Johnson Campbell will speak about their experiences in providing nursing care since graduation from EMC. Norma (class of 1961) has worked in home health in remote western North Carolina. Linda (class of 1976) works in community/ worksite health in Augusta County, Va. Advance reservations required. Proceeds for the breakfast will benefit the Flynn Endowment, which provides funds for unique learning opportunities for students. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Hall of Honor Breakfast and Awards

University Commons, Royals' Den, 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Loyal Royals and EMU athletics department. Jill Basinger and Tim Cressman will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Language and Literature Department Reception

Anna Frey Garden (weather permitting), 9-10 a.m.

The garden is located on the south side of the Campus Center. In case of inclement weather, the alternate location is the language and literature department suite 340-348, Campus Center. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Jesse T. Byler Lecture Series

Seminary Building, room 123, 9 a.m.

"Authorship: We Make the Road by Walking" by accomplished authors, Eunice Smith and Elwood Yoder.

D. Ralph Hostetter Museum of Natural History

Suter Science Center, open 10 a.m. - 12 noon

All welcome, no charge.

Children's Activities

10-1:30 p.m.

Pre-school (ages 0-5) child care available during class reunions. Please pre-register. Meet in the basement of Lehman Auditorium. Grades 1-5 Meet in the campus Center Greeting Hall for fun-filled youth activities organized and led by the EMU Student Education Association. These action-packed activities go far beyond child care. A special feature this year is a workshop led by Steve Parks in which the children will make and learn to play simple instruments. Registration includes free lunch and supplies.

Youth Activities

11 am-1 pm

Grades 6-9 meet at the Welcome Center in the University Commons for fun activities which include a free lunch. Grades 10-12 Meet at the Welcome Center in the University Commons for "EMU & You!" Fun-filled activities include a free pizza lunch.

Class Reunions and Luncheons

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Reunions will be held for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001 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 lunch following the reunion, please pre-register -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Jubilee Alumni Luncheon

Eastern Mennonite High School Dining Room, 11:30 a.m.

This event is for alumni who attended EMU 50 years ago or more. The class of 1956 will be honored and will become members of Jubilee Alumni. Various Jubilee Alumni class reunions will follow the luncheon. John L. Ruth will also be honored with the presentation of a Letter of Commendation. Various Jubilee Alumni class reunions will follow the luncheon. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Book Signing

University Bookstore, 11:30a.m -2p.m.

The following authors will be at the bookstore:
Linford Stutzman, Sailing Acts
Norman Kraus; Using Scripture in a Global Age
Ted Grimsrud (co-edited with Ray Gingerich); Transforming the Powers
Herb and Margaret Swartz; Stories Our Mothers Told

History Alumni/Pre-Law and Res Judicata Luncheon

Martin Chapel, 12p.m. -2:30p.m.

History major and pre-law minor alumni, students, interested parents, and Res Judicata members are invited to "Engaging the Vocation of Law," a catered luncheon, speaker panel, and music. This is the third of several special functions featuring the vision and foci of EMU's new pre-law minor within the history department. Two guest speakers will address vocational, ethical, and theological themes within a law-related course of study and career. Res Judicata is the new student-led law society on campus. These distinguished speakers, Res Judicata leaders and talented musicians will augment a catered meal and stimulating conversation as we invite alumni to support this new venture in EMU undergraduate education. See www.emu.edu/homecoming for more information. Cover charge is $12.00. Advance reservations required -there will be a limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Intercollegiate Games

Women's Volleyball vs. Averett, 12 noon, University Commons

Women's Soccer vs. Lynchburg, 1 p.m., South Field
Blue-White Baseball World Series, Baseball Field, games 2 and 3

Field Hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 4 p.m., Turf Field

Men's Soccer vs. Guilford, 7 p.m., Turf Field

Parents Perspective

University Commons, room 124, 3 p.m.

This seminar is led by the EMU cross-cultural program office and is especially for parents of EMU students. Come hear stories, learn about future opportunities and bring your questions.

Young Peoples Christian Association (YPCA) Reunion Banquet

University Commons, dinner begins at 5 p.m.

To celebrate 85 years of ministry, service and outreach of active student involvement by alumni and current students in the YPCA, the banquet will be followed by a program with guest speaker Dr. David Augsburger, YPCA singing groups and retrospective photo displays. Guests are welcome and registration is required! Limited number of tickets available at the registration desk.

Evening Meal

Dinning Hall, 5-6:30 p.m. Pay at door.

Food will be available to purchase at various venues on campus throughout the evening. Purchase your meal at the door or on site; no advance sales for Saturday evening meals. Additional confirmed locations for food vendors are in the Royals’ Den, provided by the Little Grill, and in the Martin Chapel (Seminary building) foyer, provided by Shanks’ Bakery.

Athletes/Families' Picnic

5 -7 p.m., by invitation only. East of Turf Field, under the tent

Mennofolk Festival

The featured entertainment for Homecoming ’06 will include 15 musicians or groups performing in 3 different on-campus venues. Musical styles range widely, so there will be something for everyone and for all ages. Spend as much time as you like in one location, or visit the various sites to see more performers. A veritable extravaganza of musical talent. Light fare will be available to purchase at or near some of the Mennofolk venues, so that you can enjoy dining with friends or family while listening. Advance tickets can be ordered from the EMU online Box Office by calling (540) 432-4582 (but not on the Homecoming registration form). Tickets will also be available at the Welcome Center on Friday afternoon from the box office table, and on Friday evening and throughout the day Saturday from the Mennofolk table (also located at the Welcome Center ). Mennofolk festival tickets are $12 each (plus service fee) or $35 for a family pass. More information, including a list of scheduled performers, is available online at www.mennofolk.org.

Sunday, October 15

Homecoming Worship Service

Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.

Worship celebration of song and scripture. Alumna of the Year Catherine Mumaw and Distinguished Service Award recipient Claude Good will be recognized and will participate in the service. Child care is available if pre-registered by Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.) at the registration desk.


Dining Hall, 11:30-1 p.m.

Pay at the door

Award Recipient Dinner (by invitation only)

East and West Dining Rooms, 12 noon