Homecoming 2014: Celebrating People, Places and Programs
- Outstanding Young Alum – Elizabeth Good
- Alumni of the Year – Dr. Donald Oswald
- Distinguished Service Award – Donald Sensenig
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Schedule of Events
Friday, October 10, 2014
Paul R. Yoder Golf Classic
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Loyal Royals to benefit EMU Athletics program. Cost: $100. Lunch served at noon. For information contact Dave King 540-432-4646.
Homecoming chapel assembly
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Dr. Donald Oswald ’75, 2014 Alumnus of the Year will be the guest speaker.
Registration and welcome center
Campus Center Greeting Hall, 3- 8:30 p.m.
Dining Hall, 5-6:30 p.m., pay at the door.
Cross Country Relay Challenge. 5:00 p.m. at Elkton Community Center, Elkton, Va.
Donor appreciation banquet
University Commons lower level, 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by President Swartzendruber for members of EMU’s giving societies and Jubilee Friends.
By separate invitation.
Homecoming concert featuring John Fast, organ
Seminary Building, Martin Chapel, 8 p.m.
An informal evening of organ music planned by John Fast, recently retired music department faculty member. The program will include organ music by Bach, hymn tune preludes by a variety of composers, and audience participation in singing.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Registration and welcome center
Campus Center Greeting Hall, 7:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Business and economics breakfast and program
Campus Center, Strite Conference Room, 8 a.m.
Rachel Miller,’04, will be the featured speaker. She is currently a Disaster Operations Specialist with the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Rachel works in areas characterized by prolonged disaster and conflict, and will speak about her work in South Sudan.
Science center annual breakfast and program
Suter Science Center, 8 a.m.
Focusing on the “people” of the Suter Science Center, a panel of professors emeriti will speak on their memories & highlights from their years of service: Kenton Brubaker, Clair Mellinger, Glenn Kauffman, Joseph Mast, Millard Showalter, and Galen Lehman. Following the program, brief updates will be offered from various departments.
Haverim breakfast and program
Discipleship Center, 8 a.m.
Jonathan Bowman ’98, MDiv ’08, pastor of Landisville Mennonite Church, Landisville, Pa. will present on, “Learning at EMU: encountering Jesus and other strange people.”
Nurses’ breakfast and presentation
West Dining Room, 1st floor Northlawn at 8 a.m
Special guest speaker is Elizabeth Good ’01 Nursing department graduate and 2014 Outstanding Young Alum Award recipient.
Hall of Honor breakfast and awards
University Commons, Court C, 8:30 a.m.
Ellie Lind ’04 Holsopple and Kristin Moyer ’04 Vasey will be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Honor. Sponsored by the Loyal Royals and the athletics department.
Language and literature department reception and program
Common Grounds, University Commons, 9 – 10 a.m.
Elaine Shenk ’94, language professor at St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa., will present on, “¡Wáchale! Language Contact en Nuestros Estados Unidos.”
Jesse T. Byler Lecture Series
Seminary Building, Room 123, 9 a.m.
Professor emeritus Dr. Donovan D. Steiner will speak on “The Soul of Anabaptist Mennonite Education.” Reception for alumni of the Education department, in honor of Dr. Steiner’s recent retirement, immediately following.
Cross-Cultural reflections – perspective for Parents
Campus Center, Room 229, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
A panel of former cross-cultural participants and family members will reflect on their personal growth that resulted from the cross-cultural program and has continued to shape their relationships with each other and with their local and global communities. Come and bring your questions. Everyone welcome.
Homecoming festive gathering
On the lawn adjacent to Lehman Auditorium. All are welcome! 10:30 – 11a.m.
Reunion opening program
Lehman Auditorium, 11 – 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited.
Reunite with your class members as you sit together in this familiar campus landmark. Celebrate the alumni award recipients, view a homecoming video, and enjoy music by an alumni group, The Clymer Kurtz Band. After the program, reunion classes will meet in their own groups for photos, reunions, and lunch.
(for class years ending in 4 and 9)
Reunions will be held at various locations on campus immediately following the opening program in Lehman Auditorium. Visit registration desk for more information
Childcare and activities for pre-school aged children
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
For children ages 2 – 5, we offer expert care at EMU’s Early Learning Center. Located within Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Avenue, the ELC program is a child-centered preschool. Founded in 1977, the ELC has provided a high-quality preschool experience for hundreds of families and EMU students. Visit
www.emu.edu/education/elc for more information. Lunch is included at no charge (donations accepted).
Campus Center room 226, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (age 6 to grade 5)
Hands – on activities and adventures on campus. Led by the EMU Student Education Association. Lunch included.
Donations accepted. Registration necessary.
Youth activities and lunch
Grades 6-12, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., meet in the Admissions Office, located in the Campus Center
Come explore EMU! Current students and admissions counselors will lead activities and games and share about their unique experiences at EMU. Lunch will be provided.
Women’s soccer vs. Hollins, noon
Women’s volleyball vs. Notre Dame-Maryland, 2:00 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Virginia Wesleyan, 4:00 p.m.
Men’s soccer vs. Guilford, 7:00 p.m.
Renovated Suter Science Center Tour
Suter Science Center Main Entrance, 1:30 p.m.
History department open house
Roselawn, Room 315, 2-3 p.m.
Drop in to see history faculty, alumni, and the new History Department offices and classrooms in newly renovated Roselawn.
Center for justice and peacebuilding afternoon tea
JAMAR Conference Room, Library (entrance from east side of building, facing Suter Science Center), 2:30 p.m.
Interested in incorporating peacebuilding tools in your line of work or starting a new career path? You are invited to an informal conversation with CJP executive director J. Daryl Byler and students who have made similar mid-career transitions.
Renovated Roselawn Tour
Roselawn Main Entrance, 3 p.m.
Jubilee alumni reception and program
Seminary building, Martin Chapel, 3 p.m.
Intended for alumni who attended EMU 50 years ago or more, this event will begin with a reception at 3 p.m. followed by a program at 3:30. Group singing, reflections by members of the class of 1964 and others, and informal fellowship. The class of 1964 will be honored and inducted into the Jubilee Alumni Association.
1994 France/Ivory Coast cross-cultural group 20th anniversary reunion
The home of Joel Yoder ’97 and Judy Chen Yoder ’98, 1320 Greystone St., Harrisonburg, 3 p.m.
All members invited; leaders Dr. Carroll and Nancy Yoder will be in attendance. Contact Tim Swartzendruber at email@example.com for details.
Art exhibit opening
University Commons 1st floor, Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery, 4 p.m.
“The Shallows” exhibit will engage the idea of what the internet is doing to our brains.
University Commons 1st floor, Courts B & C, 5-6:30 p.m.
A savory buffet featuring some local foods. We believe in using locally grown, sustainable harvest produce when possible. Our efforts will include several dishes incorporating produce donated from local alumni and from our own campus garden. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
C. S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce presented by Anthony Lawton
Lehman Auditorium, 8:15 p.m.
Sponsored by EMU’s theater department and Alumni Relations. Cost: $5.00, students free. Tickets will be sold from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and in the Lehman Auditorium Lobby starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday October 11. Registration necessary.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Homecoming worship service
Lehman Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Worship celebration of song and scripture. Alumnus of the Year Dr. Donald Oswald ‘75, Distinguished Service Award recipient Donald Sensenig ’60, Sem ‘61, and Outstanding Young Alum Elizabeth Good ’01 will be recognized and will participate in this service.
Main dining room, Northlawn lower level, 11:30a.m -1 p.m.
Pay at the door.
Award recipient dinner (by invitation only)
Martin Chapel, 12 p.m.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Alumni Association annual council meeting
Campus Center, Lehman boardroom 301-302, 8 a.m.