Homecoming 2013: Healthy Roots, Thriving Branches

(l-r) Andrea Good Leaman, Emily Mullet Parker, Laura Rosenberger, and Adam Starks will be inducted into the Hall of Honor.
(l-r) Andrea Good Leaman, Emily Mullet Parker, Laura Rosenberger, and Adam Starks will be inducted into the Hall of Honor.

Homecoming 2013 is this coming weekend, Oct. 11-13, and EMU’s campus will surely be busy.  The Athletic Department is contributing its fair share to the activities, including a number of sporting events, four Hall of Honor inductees and the annual Paul R. Yoder, Sr., Golf Classic.

Paul R. Yoder, Sr., Golf Classic
Friday is the 21st annual Yoder Golf Classic, a fundraiser hosted by the Loyal Royals, Eastern Mennonite’s athletic fundraiser club.  Heritage Oaks Golf Course, the home course of the Royals’ golf teams, will host the event.  The format is four-person captain’s choice, with shotgun starts at both 8:00am and 1:00pm.  There is $10,000 hole-in-one prize, plus other prizes on all par three holes.

The annual golf outing is named for the late Paul R. Yoder Sr., a longtime Mennonite pastor and avid EMU sports fan.

Click here to see the official brochure of the Paul R. Yoder, Sr., Golf Classic.

Hall of Honor Induction
Saturday will be a busy day on campus, starting with the Hall of Honor Induction in the morning.  Four former student-athletes will be inducted at a breakfast ceremony in Yoder Arena, and each brought national recognition to EMU Athletics.  All four graduated in 2003.

Andrea Good Leaman went to the NCAA national meet twice as a senior, in the fall in cross country and then in the spring in the 5000m run.  She was twice named the ODAC Runner of the Year in cross country, won nine different ODAC distance events in track & field, and set six EMU records.

Women’s basketball player Emily Mullet Parker was twice named a Preseason All-American, while also being named the 2001 D-III National Scoring Champion and National Three-Point Champion.  That same year, USA Today selected her as one of the Top Ten D-III Players in the Nation.  She was a three-time All-ODAC honoree and finished second in EMU history in scoring and fourth in assists.

Laura Rosenberger graduated from Eastern Mennonite as one of the most highly-decorated Royals athletes ever.  The pole vaulter went to the NCAA National Championships in all six indoor and outdoor seasons she participated in, and four times earned the title of National Champion.  She won the ODAC event all six times, and she still owns the EMU and ODAC records in the pole vault.

Adam Starks also knew his way around the National Championships, as he participated in both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles in 2003.  He claimed eight different ODAC golds during his four seasons, and left EMU with five program records.

The four inductees bring the membership in EMU’s Hall of Honor to a total of 89 former players and coaches.

Athletic Events
Along with the three intercollegiate games on campus on Saturday, there is also a baseball alumni game, starting at 11:00am.  The yearly tradition continues to grow in popularity, showcasing the up-and-coming Royals baseball team against some of the familiar faces from the past.

There are three games on the Turf Field, allowing many of EMU’s alumni their first look at the new 1,000-seat bleachers.

  • Field hockey vs. Sweet Briar, 12:00pm
  • Men’s soccer vs. Hampden-Sydney, 4:00pm
  • Women’s soccer vs. Sweet Briar, 7:00pm

For more information on campus-wide events, click here to see the EMU homepage for Homecoming Weekend 2013.