Homecoming 2013: Healthy Roots, Thriving Branches

Check out photo galleries from the fun weekend!

Here are some highlights that participants enjoyed:

  • A festive gathering preceding class reunions on Saturday, October 12
  • MainStage Theater production of “On The Verge” by Eric Overmyer
  • Common Grounds Coffeehouse 10th anniversary
  • Loyal Royals Fun Run
  • Class reunions for years ending in “3” and “8”
  • A Jubilee Alumni event and program for alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago
  • Special interest reunions and departmental breakfasts
  • Programs for youth and children
  • Award recognitions for Hall of Honor, Alum of the Year, Distinguished Service Award, and the new Outstanding Young Alum Award
  • Sporting events: soccer, field hockey, and volleyball
  • Saturday evening harvest dinner, including food from our edible campus
  • Sunday worship service with alumni award recipients

The full schedule for 2013 Homecoming and Family Weekend appears below.

Friday, October 11

The Paul R. Yoder Sr. Golf Classic
Shotgun starts at 8 a.m and 1 p.m.
A golf outing at Heritage Oaks Golf Course sponsored by the Loyal Royals to benefit the EMU athletic program. For information about playing or sponsoring contact Dave King, Director of Athletics, at 540-432-4646.

Homecoming chapel assembly
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m
Still in her 20s, Isabel Castillo ’07 is already a nationally recognized leader of the immigration-law reform movement in the United States. She was the commencement speaker at the University of San Francisco, was called one of “the 21 brave thinkers of 2011” by Atlantic magazine, and was featured prominently in the New York Times.

Registration and welcome center
Campus Center Greeting Hall, 3-8:30 p.m.

Evening meal
Dining Hall, 5-6:30 p.m., pay at the door

Donor appreciation banquet
University Commons lower level, 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by President Loren Swartzendruber for members of EMU’s giving societies and Jubilee Friends. By separate invitation.

EMU theater: On the Verge by Eric Overmyer
University Commons, MainStage Theater, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 12

Registration and welcome center
Campus Center Greeting Hall, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Business and economics breakfast and program
Campus Center, Strite Auditorium, 8 a.m.
“Portrait of an MCC Thrift Shop: A Culture of Innovation” by Debra Glick King ’77, MBA ’12, general manager of Harrisonburg Gift & Thrift, Inc. since 2004. Reservations necessary.

Science Center annual breakfast and program
Suter Science Center, 8 a.m.
Guest speaker: Dr. John Wenger ’85. John is a Harrisonburg-area family practice physician; he also practiced for many years in and around West Liberty, Ohio. Architectural renderings and information will be available about the upcoming renovation planned for the Suter Science Center. Reservations necessary.

Haverim breakfast and program
Discipleship Center, 8 a.m.
Keynote speaker: Carmen Schrock-Hurst ’81, instructor in EMU’s Bible & religion department. Reservations necessary.

Nurses’ breakfast
Campus Center, 3rd floor nursing department, 7:45 a.m.
A continental breakfast will be served in the classroom section of the lab. Reservations necessary.

Hall of Honor breakfast and awards
University Commons, Court C, 8:30 a.m.
Emily Mullet Parker, Laura Rosenberger, Adam Starks, and Andrea Good Leaman, all from the class of 2003, will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Honor. Sponsored by the Loyal Royals and athletics department. Reservations necessary.

EMU Fitness Center University Commons
Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The alumni office will pay the fee for homecoming guests to use the Fitness Center during weekend open hours. (5k Run/Walk – TBA)

Center for Interfaith Engagement presentation
University Commons 211 and 212, 9 a.m.
Russell James Pyle ’03, psychotherapist and PhD student in counselor education at the University of New Mexico, will present on Buddhist psychology.

Language and literature department reception and program
Common Grounds, University Commons, 9-10 a.m.
Author Valerie Weaver-Zercher ’94 will speak on her book Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. Reservations necessary.

Jesse T. Byler Lecture Series
Seminary Building, Room 123, 9 a.m.
“Many hands make light work: empowering teacher leaders in K-12 education” by Dr. Doug Alderfer ’92, assistant superintendent for Rockingham County Public Schools. And “Meeting the Educational Challenges for the 21st Century” by Dr. Robin Felty, assistant superintendent, Warwick School District, Lancaster, Pa.

D. Ralph Hostetter Museum of Natural History
Suter Science Center
Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon and 1-5 p.m.

Festive gathering and opening program
Homecoming festive gathering will be on the lawn adjacent to Lehman Auditorium. All are welcome! 10:30-11 a.m.

Homecoming program and class reunions
Lehman Auditorium, 11-11:30 a.m.
Celebrate the alumni award recipients, view a homecoming video, and enjoy music by alumni group The Walking Roots Band. Afterwards, reunion classes (class years ending in 3 and 8) will meet in their own groups for photos, reunions and lunch.

Class of ’63 50-year reunion
Campus Center, Strite Conference Room, immediately following reunion opening program. Reservations necessary.

Children’s activities
Campus Center room 226, 10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (age 4 to grade 5)
Hands-on activities and adventures on campus. Harvest picnic with vegetable and fruit tastings. Donations accepted. Reservations necessary.

Campus Center room 201, 10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (ages 0-3)
Donations accepted. Reservations necessary.

Youth activities and lunch
Meet at homecoming registration desk in Campus Center, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (grades 6-12)
Join EMU admissions counselors and current students for a time of fall fun, including a trip to a corn maze, lunch downtown, and pumpkin carving. Reservations necessary.

Intercollegiate games

  • Field hockey vs. Sweet Briar, noon
  • Men’s soccer vs. Hampden-Sydney, 4 p.m.
  • Women’s soccer vs. Sweet Briar, 7 p.m.

Book signing
University Commons, main concourse just outside of bookstore, 1-2 p.m.
Guests will have opportunity to acquire the works of recent alumni authors:

Jay B. Landis ’54, “Verse Assignments”
Peggy Landis ’61, “Kitchenary”
Shirley H. Showalter ’70, “Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World
Valerie Weaver-Zercher ’94, “Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels

All will be available for signing.

“So many books, so little time”
Language & Literature Suite, Campus Center 3rd floor, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
A round-table discussion with English- and Spanish-teaching alumni about the joys and challenges of teaching language, reading, writing and literature.

Encore! dessert reception and program
Lehman Auditorium, Recital Hall, 2 p.m. Sponsored by EMU’s music department and Encore! alumni group. Featuring student and faculty talent. Open to all. Reservations necessary.

Dedication of J.B. Smith/Truman Brunk bookcases
Campus Center, Administrative Suite & rooms 301-302, 2-3 p.m. Visit the suite on a drop-in basis during the hour to see the newly-installed bookcases dating to the period of our university’s first president, 1917-1922. Brief program at 2:30 p.m.

Common Grounds staff reunion
University Commons 1st floor, Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 2-3 p.m.
Baristas, managers, and all current and past staff are invited to gather and compare stories from the past decade. Reservations encouraged.

History department gathering
Campus Center, room 350, 3 p.m.
Department alumni are invited to join us following the dedication of the bookcases in the administrative suite.

Sustainability tour of campus and gardens
Tour begins at the Campus Center balcony, 3 p.m.
Professor of biology Jim Yoder, sustainability coordinator Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, and students will lead us in learning about the various venues and settings on campus in which “green” initiatives are happening, with tour concluding in quad of the “Woods” residence halls, newly recognized as “LEED-gold” certified.

Jubilee alumni reception and program featuring Holy City sing
Seminary building, Martin Chapel, 3 p.m.
A reception especially for Jubilee Alumni begins at 3 p.m. in the Martin Chapel fellowship area. The Holy City sing and program (open to all) begins at 3:30 p.m. in Martin Chapel. The program will commemorate the former Homecoming tradition of singing Gaul’s “The Holy City” oratorio. Guest conductor David Seitz ’66 will lead the group in selections. Seitz conducted the final annual performance in 1970. Bring your own music scores. The program will honor the class of 1963 and induct them into the Jubilee Alumni Association. Reservations are necessary for attending the reception.

Common Grounds 10th anniversary celebration
University Commons, 1st floor, Common Grounds Coffeehouse, 3:30-5 p.m.
Join in celebrating the good times and revel in the progress and improvements of this campus gathering place, as we gather to share memories from the past 10 years.

Art exhibit opening – The Return – Alumni Art Exhibit
University Commons 1st floor, Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery, 4 p.m.
Featuring artwork by: Mark and Kathryn Fenton, Cyndi Gusler, Jerry Holsopple, Chelsea Eason Kight, Steve Kniss, Katie Landis, Justin Roth, Michael Spory, Steven Stauffer, Frank Ameka, Rebecca Souder Gish, and other alumni with a special piece hanging in memoriam of Matt Styer.

Harvest dinner, featuring local foods
University Commons 1st floor, Courts B & C, 5-6:30 p.m.
A savory buffet featuring some local foods.

Matt Garber Scholarship Benefit Concert, featuring The Walking Roots Band
Martin Chapel, 7-8:30 p.m.
Come out for a night of music, laughter, and fellowship as we gather together with The Walking Roots Band to celebrate the life and continued legacy of Matt Garber ’08. Donations accepted. All proceeds benefit the Matt Garber Endowed Scholarship, which provides need-based financial aid to at least one EMU nursing or music student a year.

EMU theater: On the Verge by Eric Overmyer
University Commons, MainStage Theater, 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 13

Homecoming worship service
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Worship celebration of song and scripture. Alum of the Year Timothy Leaman, Distinguished Service Award recipient Ezra Peachey, and Outstanding Young Alum Isabel Castillo will be recognized and will participate in this service led by professor of music Ken J. Nafziger and featuring EMU’s Chamber Singers.

Main dining room, Northlawn lower level,
11:30 a.m -1 p.m. Pay at the door.

Award recipient luncheon event (by invitation only)
Martin Chapel, noon

EMU theater: On the Verge by Eric Overmyer
University Commons, MainStage Theater, 3 p.m.

Monday, October 14

Alumni Association annual council meeting
8 a.m.