October 12 2017                                                                                                            Eastern Mennonite University Celebrates 100 Years                                       Monica Casey                                                                                                            whsv.com

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Eastern Mennonite University is marking its centennial celebration this week. The school has eighty-six events and activities for the community and alumni through the weekend.

The week kicked off with a "teaser" from the centennial play called "What We Bring, What We Leave, What We Take."

Thursday includes a golf classic, and Friday the centennial art show opens at 4 p.m. Saturday is the big day, with a festival including a concert from the Steel Wheels.

Louise Hostetter has been planning this event for three years. She graduated from EMU in 1979. Hostetter was president of the EMU Alumni Council, and from 1999 until 2012, she was an intensive individualized instructor at EMU.

Hostetter accepted the role as centennial steering committee chair in the spring of 2014. She currently serves on the advisory boards for the RMH Medical Center Foundation and JMU's Forbes Center, as well as the Arts Council of the Valley.

She says her passion comes from her own memories attending EMU. She met her husband there, and all three of their adult sons attend the university.

"The preparation for life after college is important, with the opportunities to travel globally with the cross-cultural and, not only off campus, but on campus," said Hostetter.

Jeff Shank is also an involved alum. He gets together with friends from college at least once a year.

Shank is the Director of Alumni and Parent Engagment. He reminded us that EMU is up and coming, with a new engineering program and doctorate nursing program. He says it's not just a school for Mennonites.

"The university welcomes people from all over the country, all over the world actually. It's an extremely special place. Professors care about the students, the education is top notch," said Shank.

For the full schedule and list of events, visit www.emu.edu/centennial.