alumni council

EMU Alumni CouncilPictured above is the 2014-15 EMU alumni council.

other alumni groups

Jubilee Alumni

The EMU Jubilee Alumni are made up of alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago.

Loyal Royals is a group of alumni, parents and friends who support athletics at EMU. Since 1978, Loyal Royals has contributed over $200,000 to EMU sports!

Haverim (hah-vehr-eem) is the alumni group of EMU’s Bible & Religion department, with graduates serving as teachers, pastors, counselors, mission-service workers the world over.

Encore is an alumni network of support for the music department, providing financial assistance to students, support for music department projects, etc.

Alumni Groups and Associations

EMU’s alumni council involves alumni directly in the life of the university. Council members advise and work with the alumni office to develop effective programs that support EMU’s mission and continued development.

Membership in the alumni association is conferred on all graduates and on persons who have completed one year of undergraduate studies or one semester of graduate studies.

Executive Committee of the Alumni Council

  • President : Sarah A. Bixler (C ’02)
  • Vice President : Lenora Bell (C ’79)
  • Secretary : James Rush (C ’64)
  • Jubilee Grads President: Kenton Brubaker (C ’54)
  • Director of Alumni Relations: Jeff A. Shank (C ’94)

Alumni Council

  • Board of Trustees: Andrew Dula (C ’91)
  • Faculty: Linford Stutzman (C ’84)
  • Encore: Ruel Burkholder (C ’79)
  • Haverim: Rebekah Good Charles (C ’07)
  • Loyal Royals: Gina Campbell Troyer (C ’93)
  • Methodist Seminary Alumni Network: Peggy Packard (S ‘09)

Other Members:

  • Cedric Moore (C ’97)
  • Steve Hunsberger (C ’91)
  • Jewel Harman Shenk (C ’65)
  • Randall Bowman (C ’78)
  • Jodi Beller (C ’07)
  • Todd Lilley (C ’96)
  • Mary Reitz (C ’56)
  • Elizabeth Heavener (C ’07)

alumni, parents and friends who support athletics at EMU

Since its beginning in 1978, Loyal Royals has contributed over $200,000 to athletics at EMU. With the generous support from members, the endowment fund continues to grow. This makes it possible to provide items like a steam pack hydroculator for the training room, a new squat rack and seated calf machine for the student fitness center, awards at the athletic banquet and special receptions for the athletes. Contact our office to request a brochure!

Word of Appreciation from Dave King, EMU Athletic Director
While the focus of athletics is often on the players and coaches during a contest, the impact of intercollegiate athletics extends well beyond that to the institution, parents, alumni and local community. The African proverb that says “It takes a whole village to raise a child” has direct application to EMU athletics. It is the efforts of many people that creates the opportunities for growth and development of young people through athletics.

For 26 years, the Loyal Royals have provided creative support to EMU athletics. Many members are themselves former athletes and know how much their athletic experience added to their education. Others are parents of current student athletes who are witnessing the value of the athletic experience in adding to what they began teaching in their homes years ago. And others are members of the community who believe in our mission of developing young people through athletics.
There are numerous ways Loyal Royal members provide support. I welcome their counsel as I give leadership to the athletic program. Their prayers on behalf of coaches and student athletes is greatly appreciated. They attend games lending support and encouragement to players and coaches. And they provide significant financial support for many activities that help us provide a quality athletic program that represents EMU in positive ways. I am deeply grateful for the Loyal Royals and invite you to become a member and add your support to a very valuable part of the EMU mission.
-Dave King, Athletic Director

Steering Committee

Beth Bergman
Jonas Borntrager
Ted Erickson
Troy Gerber
Charlene Yutzy Jacob, Secretary
David King, Athletic Director
Neal Lewis
Doug Nyce, director, alumni&parent relations
Lisa Ehst Shank
Eric Swartley
Gina Campbell Troyer, president


Bible & Religion department alumni

Haverim (hah-vehr-eem) translated from the Hebrew root havar, means to convey the fellowship, partnership and mutual respect between friends.Haverim gives alumni an opportunity to extend their hands of friendship by facilitating student internship and sponsor conferences and lectureships; by providing for scholarship endowments and finance special department projects; and by recruiting new Haverim members and encourage young people to major in Bible & Religion at EMU.

More than 700 persons have graduated from the Bible & Religion department. They have accepted God’s call to serve as teachers, pastors, counselors, mission-service workers and church administrators. Others have chosen vocations not directly related to their major, but apply their learning to serve the church in various ways. We rejoice to see how graduates have helped form and lead the church over the last eight decades. Contact our office to request a brochure!

Steering Committee

Kirsten Beachy
Rebekah Charles
Michael Derstine
Sam Thomas, Chair
Richard Mininger,
Jason Gerlach
Doug Nyce., director -EMU alumni & parent relations
Peter Dula, bible & religion department chair

Encore! Music Department Alumni

Encore provides a network of support for the music department; serves as a link between alumni and the music department; provides financial assistance to students for private music lessons; and supports music department special projects such as CD purchases. Contact our office to request a brochure!

Board Members

Judy Keener Bomberger
Ruel Burkholder, president
Katie Derstine
James Richardson, assistant professor of Music, EMU
Dorothy Hartman
Karen Moshier Shenk,
Doug Nyce, director -EMU alumni & parent relations