Story Author: Andrea Schrock Wenger

‘DoveTale’ benefit show marks 20-year anniversary, honors Lee Eshleman and adds to centennial celebrations

Twenty years after it debuted, DoveTale will be performed at Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium Dec. 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. All ages are invited to this family-friendly show which brings a humorous and poignant look into the hearts and minds of Joseph, Mary, and the Angel Gabriel as they confront the gritty realities of … More

Centennial Homecoming draws record crowd for a ‘magical weekend’

Community members new to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) joined those with ties three and four generations back to its beginning in 1917 to celebrate the university’s Centennial Oct. 12-15 during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2017. While “homecoming” often conjures images of happily engaged older alumni in circles of chairs reminiscing, this weekend provided that and … More

EMS alumna leads clergy protest in Charlottesville; EMU community members join activism

As news of the Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally reverberated out of Charlottesville, Eastern Mennonite University — located 60 miles over Afton Mountain in the Shenandoah Valley — and its widespread community watched in dismay and anger. Because of the close proximity and many connections, numerous EMU community members were part of events that … More

Mennonite Church USA convention draws many to Orlando

With love in action as the guiding theme of the 2017 Mennonite Church USA annual convention, several Eastern Mennonite University and Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty and staff are sharing their research and wisdom at the Orlando, Florida, event. Among the featured speakers to address youth is Assistant Professor of Social Work Melody Pannell, who wrote in a pre-conference … More

The Snack Shoppe Part II: Longtime manager Helen Ours talks about the favorite campus gathering place

Part I recalls the first snack shop, thanks to information provided by Janet Weaver Yoder whose father launched the enterprise. Now Helen Ours takes up the story.  Say “snack shop “and you’ll conjure a lot of warm memories for alumni of Eastern Mennonite College—and yes, we’ll say EMC because that was the institution’s name when … More

Alumnus of the Year 2002: J. Harold Zook

Honored with his school’s “Spirit of the Eagle” award, J. Harold Zook ‘59 has soared beyond expectations. Zook, the 2002 EMU Alumnus of the Year, has used his gifts and positive spirit during a 36-year career in education to influence hundreds o f young lives, despite a major disability. Former students, parents, staff and administrators … More

Osteopathic medical school in Blacksburg, Va., ‘perfect fit’ for EMU grads

Since elementary school she had wanted to be a doctor, but Margaret “Maggie” Parker didn’t know that that dream would merge with a later dream – marrying a good man – during her academic journey through Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and on to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), linked to Virginia Tech … More