Cardiologist seeks new ways of seeing people – in photography

As a cardiologist, Joseph Gascho’s considerations at work go beyond the exterior of the human body – and the same is true in another of his pursuits: portrait photography. “In hospitals, I want people to see that people are more than they appear to be on the surface,” Gascho said in a January article posted … More

‘The right person to solve this problem’: EMU grad’s tech startup JobSnap helps youth find jobs

In the eleven short years since graduating from Eastern Mennonite University, he has had some pretty sweet jobs: business coordinator for O, The Oprah Magazine, recruiter for Dreamworks, head of companies for Intern Sushi, and now co-founder and CEO of a tech startup. It’s in this last role that Jeff Boodie really feels he’s solving a … More

Alumna a ‘top new teacher,’ receives Kansas Horizon Award

 A 2016 alumna of Eastern Mennonite University has been named a winner of the Kansas Horizon Award for top new teachers by the Kansas Commissioner of Education. Courtney Unruh is in her second year as a sixth-grade teacher at Hutchinson STEM Magnet School at Allen, where she “pairs high expectations with calmness, consistency and patience,” … More

The Lehman family piano and a shared love of music that transcended rules

In the President’s Reception Room at Eastern Mennonite University stands an old upright piano, dark woodwork with a decorative molded vine pattern across the front. A brass plaque on it reads (in part) “Gifted to Eastern Mennonite University by the family of Chester K. Lehman.” The piano stands off to the side, not immediately noticeable … More

Nursing alumnae honored by March of Dimes

Two Eastern Mennonite University alumna are among the nurses honored in 2017 by by the Virginia chapter of March of Dimes. Nursing department adjunct instructor Pam Collins ’78, MSN ’13 was honored as 2017 Nurse of the Year in the category of case management. Collins is an integrative care manager at Sentara RMH Medical Center … More

Kim Blosser ’91, MA ’98 named president of Lord Fairfax Community College

Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges announced December 19 that Dr. Kim Blosser is the next president of Lord Fairfax Community College. Blosser’s selection follows a nationwide search that took six months, and attracted more than 100 candidates. Blosser, who currently works as LFCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs, will become … More

LD&B’s Jonathan Coddington ’02 named to “10 Under 40” by Shenandoah Valley Business Journal

An Eastern Mennonite University graduate is among 10 up-and-coming, young business leaders in the Shenandoah Valley. Jonathan Coddington, of LD&B Insurance and Financial Services in Harrisonburg, was featured in the November 2017 “10 Under 40” issue of the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal. Coddington came to LD&B by way of connections he made as a business student on an EMU-sponsored trip to … More

Seminary conference gives space to brokenness, ‘kintsugi clergy’ and ministry in a polarized society

The Reverend Meredith McNabb is director of the United Methodist Church Virginia Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, and she isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at the grandiose-ness of that title. This she did, gently and to knowing laughter, during her keynote address last week at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s annual School for Leadership Training. … More

Biochemistry degree, theater involvement and liberal arts education prepared this Ebola researcher for challenging work

Imagine a scientist working in a lab, and you might envision gleaming, sterile equipment in a strictly controlled environment. For one Eastern Mennonite University graduate now studying effects of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia, keeping samples in a four-degree window for days on end while navigating obstacles like electrical fires and limited infrastructure requires … More

EMU to host memorial service in May for CJP founding donor James Payne

James Payne, a founding donor of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University who also was involved in the center’s initial curriculum development, died Dec. 21, 2017. He passed away in his Richmond, Virginia, home just months after losing his wife of 60 years, Marian Yoder Payne, on Aug. 6, 2017. A … More

Versatile violin performance graduate Jacinda Stahly gains experience in teaching, arts administration

Jacinda Stahly is a newly graduated violin performance major, and among her options for what’s next is pursuing a master’s degree in performance. Yet she prefers behind-the-scenes work over “being out front,” she said. That may sound paradoxical, but at Eastern Mennonite University the Alabama-raised teacher’s daughter was able to tailor that performance degree to … More

‘Trust in the Lord in your long journey’: Dedicated commuter students make weekly trek for seminary classes

David Gaylor commutes 320 miles round-trip to Eastern Mennonite Seminary each week, traveling from the south-central town of Martinsville and staying Tuesday and Wednesday night. In his second year of studies, Gaylor says he’s been enriched by the experience. “I feel at home and like I have made relationships that I will keep forever,” he … More