“We would like to debut a major theater or music production – or both – for our centennial celebration,” said Louise Otto Hostetter ’79, chair of the planning committee.
Homecoming and Family Weekend, October 17-19, 2017, will be a pivotal point for the celebration, but commemorative activities will be held throughout the 2017-18 academic year.
Other artistic ideas are also welcomed, Hostetter said, such as wall murals, fresh art for EMU’s gallery spaces, photo-journalism projects, and film productions.
“Ideally, we’d like to commission a member of our alumni base to serve as the centennial playwright or composer,” said Hostetter. “But we are open to proposals from any sources.”
Submissions are due January 1, 2015. The centennial committee’s selections will be announced on August 1, 2015.
The centennial committee is encouraging alumni to upload photos from the history of EMC/EMU for possible centennial-celebration usage. This can be done via the “celebration ideas submission form” mentioned earlier.
Eastern Mennonite School K-12 shared its first 50 years of history with EMU. The weekend of October 13-15, 2017, will be a joint celebration. In addition, the school and the university will host their own anniversary events during the year.
Article by Bonnie Price Lofton. Image by Jon Styer