Alumni Awards

Each year the Alumni Association Board selects alumni to honor at Homecoming Weekend each fall. Awards provide an opportunity for the school and classmates to celebrate lives of service, professional contributions and personal engagement. They also provide an opportunity to inspire each other, particularly for our students to hear about and from people who share their alma mater.

Award categories are: Lifetime Service Award (recognizes contributions to the broader community, church, world), Alumnus of the Year (celebrates professional and personal accomplishments and contributions), Community Engagement Award (recognizes unique contribution to community building) and Young Alumnus (under age 40).

Nominate a classmate!

Nominate an alumnus for the Association to consider any time of year. Complete the online nomination form, email alumni@easternmennonite.org, write a letter or phone Andrea Wenger, director of advancement, 801 Parkwood Drive, Harrisonburg, Va., 22801 or 540-236-6026.

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

Lifetime Service awardees
2019 -- Richard Shue '69
2017 -- Dr. Robert Eshleman '52
2016 -- Miriam Mumaw '56
2015 -- Ron Brown '70
2013 -- Edward Stoltzfus '48
2012 -- Sam '52 &Sarah '52 Weaver
2011 -- Steve '66 and Elsie Weaver '66
2010 -- Eugene Diener '60
2009 -- Willard "Bill" Helmuth '58
2008 -- Milton '53 & 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

2019 -- Lori Snyder '79 Garrett
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 & Phillip Guengerich ‘66
2000 -- Don Jacobs ‘45 & Eugene Souder ‘45
1999 -- Dwight ’39 & Ellen ‘43 Hartman
1998 -- Eugene Stoltzfus ‘58
1997 -- John A. Lapp ‘50
1996 -- J. Lester Brubaker ‘42
1995 -- George ’30 & Margaret ‘29 Brunk
1994 -- Nate Miller ‘60
1993 -- Harold ‘29 & Arlene Heatwole  ‘26 Eshleman
1992 -- J. Daryl Byler ‘74
Community Engagement Award
2019 -- Kirsten Nafziger '89 Moore

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