Centennial Histories Symposium taps into Mennonite higher ed’s ‘commonality and unity’ to face challenging times

Students and seasoned scholars alike gathered March 24 at Eastern Mennonite University for the Centennial Histories Symposium, a day-long intellectual gathering featuring the authors of five histories of Mennonite higher education institutions. Among the 80 participants were representatives of each of the five schools, all founded in the 30 years between 1887 and 1917. The … More

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee to give commencement address, receive inaugural honorary doctorate of justice

On the occasion of its 100th commencement ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University announces that the 2018 address will be given by alumna and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee. In recognition of her extraordinary achievement in peacebuilding and social justice work, EMU will award Gbowee its inaugural honorary Doctor of Justice degree. The ceremony is Sunday, May … More

One year after his death, M.J. Sharp’s legacy lives on in growing scholarship fund

Significant progress has been made towards an endowed scholarship at Eastern Mennonite University to honor the memory of peacebuilder Michael Jesse “M.J.” Sharp ’05, who was ambushed and murdered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March 2017. Give now to the M.J. Sharp Peace and Justice Endowed Scholarship Fund. With a major goal … More

Retiring seminary professor Dorothy Jean Weaver on ‘I Always Knew That I Would Be a Teacher’

Dorothy Jean Weaver, professor of New Testament, concludes three-plus decades of teaching at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in May. The senior faculty member also owns the distinction of having been the first woman to hold a full-time position at the seminary. She was named an instructor in 1984. Three years later, after receiving her doctorate in … More

Initial EMU crowdfunding campaigns to fund solar boost, MJ Sharp scholarship

An Eastern Mennonite University crowdfunding campaign is closing in on covering the cost of a student-initiated solar project that will boost the university’s solar output by 40 percent. The Student Solar Panel Project (SSPP) is one of two campaigns featured with the new EMU Crowdfunding venture, a joint effort by students and the EMU development … More

Alumni teaching in Harrisonburg City Schools are honored by grateful students

Teachers Allison Eanes and Austin Mumaw were recently honored by two Harrisonburg City Schools students. Both are alumni of Eastern Mennonite University. The 22nd Annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teacher Essay Contest is hosted by the Massanutten Regional Library’s Central Library in Harrisonburg. The Stricklers were educators, and the contest was started … More

New website curated by Swarthmore archivist Anne Yoder ’81 features World War I conscientious objectors

A collection of over 700 historic documents curated by an Eastern Mennonite University graduate working at Swarthmore (Pennsylvania) College sheds light on a broader spectrum of conscientious objectors (C.O.s) during World War I. Anne Yoder grew up Mennonite, and knew the stories of C.O.s from the historic peace churches. But in 2003 when a boxful … More

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