New history of EMU
- Donald Kraybill, the nation’s best-known writer on Amish and Mennonite culture, will be the principal author of a fresh history of EMU.
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EMU Centennial 1917-2017
EMU will celebrate its centennial with special events throughout the academic year 2017-18. Homecoming and Family Weekend in Oct. 2017 will focus on the milestone through a special theater production, music, reunions, speakers and other festivities.
Planning task force
A task force has been meeting since fall of 2008 to begin thinking about how to mark the centennial year. Members of the task force include:
- Brian Martin Burkholder, campus ministries
- Jerry Holsopple, professor, visual and communication arts
- Jay B. Landis, professor emeritus, language and literature
- Douglas Nyce, director, alumni and parent relations
- Shannon Roth, government and social studies teacher, Eastern Mennonite School representative
- Cindy Smoker, development office
- Mary Sprunger, professor, history department and Mark Sawin, professor, history department
- Andrea Schrock Wenger (chair), director, marketing and communications
- Nathan Yoder, professor of church history and archivist
- Twila Yoder, assistant to the president
Kraybill to author history
Donald Kraybill, the nation’s best-known writer on Amish and Mennonite culture, will be the principal author of a fresh history of EMU. Its publication will coincide with EMU’s centennial celebrations in the fall of 2017. Read more…
Leading up to the centennial history, EMU produced a special edition of Crossroads in EMU’s 90th year that featured photos and stories from days gone by.
Campus community invited to share stories, ideas and photos
The task force is seeking input now as it begins planning for centennial celebrations. Faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to submit stories to share and ideas for the task force to consider as they plan the celebration.
Upload photos from days gone by that you’d like to make available to centennial planners. All stories, ideas and photographs will be reviewed and organized in the coming months and years. Updates and further information will be posted on this page. Look through photos of milestone moments from our first 100 years.
You may also submit comments, stories and ideas by simply emailing
The Mennonite Archives of Virginia is a digital repository about Mennonites in and around Virginia, USA. Those interested in EMU’s centennial will find the growing collection of images there of interest, and may want to contribute personal photos.
Eastern Mennonite School
Eastern Mennonite School K-12 shared its first 50 years of history with EMU. The two organizations are in close contact as EMU centennial planning begins. Eastern Mennonite School will have its own centennial celebrations as well in 2017-18. A joint homecoming weekend will be planned for mid October, 2017.