Alumni Awards

Each year the Alumni Association Board selects alumni to honor at the annual fall homecoming celebration.  The three categories are Alumnus of the Year, Lifetime Service, and Young Alumnus of the Year are awarded.

The award recognitions provide an opportunity for the school and classmates to celebrate lives of service, professional contributions and personal engagement. It is also an opportunity to inspire each other, particularly for our students to hear about and from people who share their alma mater. The stories of all of these award winners are shared leading up to homecoming weekend.

The Young Alumnus is invited to campus to share in chapel on the Friday of homecoming weekend.

The Alumnus of the Year and Lifetime Service award recipients are honored at a Sunday breakfast with their guests, and share during Sunday morning worship.

Nominate a classmate!

Nominate an alumnus for the Association to consider any time of year. Email alumni@easternmennonite.org or phone Andrea Wenger, director of advancement, to share your nomination at 540-2336-6026.

In making their selection, Association members consider how the nominee presents or supports the mission of EMS.

Young Alumnus awardees

2017 -- Matt Weaver '92
2016 -- Obe Hostetter '96
2015 -- Allison Yoder '00 Seabeck
2014 -- Laura Bomberger '04
2013 -- Rev. Alexander MacPhail '93
2012 -- Jan Emswiler '92
2011 -- Alicia Horst '96
2010 -- Amy Glick '90
2009 -- Emily Troyer Mellet '99
2008 -- Timothy Heatwole Shenk '03
Lifetime Service awardees
2017 -- Dr. Robert Eshleman '52
2016 -- Miriam Mumaw '56
2015 -- Ron Brown '70
2013 -- Edward Stoltzfus '48
2012 -- Sam '52 and Sarah '52 Weaver
2011 -- Steve '66 and Elsie Weaver '66
2010 -- Eugene Diener '60
2009 -- Willard "Bill" Helmuth '58
2008 -- Milton '53 and Mary Ethel '55 Heatwole
2007 -- George R. Brunk III '52
2006 -- Willard Heatwole '51
2005 -- John Lederach '50
2004 -- Glendon L. Blosser '47
2003 -- Mary Katherine Deputy '32 Brubaker
2002 -- J. Alton Horst '42

Alumnus of the Year Recipients

2017 -- Beryl Jantzi '77
2016 -- Tim Brenneman '76
2015 -- Joseph Longacher '55
2014 -- Earl Burkholder '64
2013 -- Harry Kraus, Jr. '78
2012 -- Titus Peachey '67
2011 -- LuAnn Miller ’81 Bender
2010  -- Aletha Stahl '85
2009 -- Becky Stoltzfus '79
2008 -- Carol Schrock ’73 Jordan
2007 -- Lawrence E. Ressler ‘72
2006 -- Ken '56 and Kass Seitz ‘56
2005 -- John W. Miller ‘45
2004 -- Esther Kniss ’49 Augsburger
2003 -- Harry Kraus, Sr., MD  ‘43
2002 -- Paul D. ‘59 and Carol D. ‘59 Yoder
2001 -- D. Rohrer Eshleman ‘41 and Phillip Guengerich ‘66
2000 -- Don Jacobs ‘45 and Eugene Souder ‘45
1999 -- Dwight ’39 and Ellen ‘43 Hartman
1998 -- Eugene Stoltzfus ‘58
1997 -- John A. Lapp ‘50
1996 -- J. Lester Brubaker ‘42
1995 -- George ’30 and Margaret ‘29 Brunk
1994 -- Nate Miller ‘60
1993 -- Harold ‘29 and Arlene Heatwole  ‘26 Eshleman
1992 -- J. Daryl Byler ‘74