Category: 2002

Rev George R. “George R. II” Brunk was evangelist, dean

George R. Brunk II, 90, widely-known evangelist, church leader and former dean of Eastern Mennonite Seminary, died Apr. 21, 2002, at his home in Park Village at the age of 90. Dr. Brunk served more than 65 years in pastoral ministry and was active in churchwide crusades, writing and Bible conference work. He was born … More

Former Ghanaian deputy foreign minister Emmanuel Bombande ’02 gets UN appointment

Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana Emmanuel Bombande has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as its senior mediation advisor in the Central African Republic. Bombande earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in 2002. He will assume duties on Aug. 1. Before becoming deputy … More

Centennial Award recipients Chester and Sara Jane Wenger honored for ‘rich lives of service, leadership and faith’

When Chester Wenger ’36 became acquainted with Sara Jane Weaver ’42, he found her “so beautiful and lovable I couldn’t resist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Something else beguiled Chester. “It impressed me to see a young woman stand up there teaching the Bible to a whole roomful of children,” holding their rapt attention. A … More

TenTalks, featuring accomplished alumni, returns to amaze and inspire at Homecoming and Family Weekend

The second annual EMUTenTalks during Eastern Mennonite University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall will showcase restorative justice practitioner and slam poet Jodie Geddes MA ‘16, entrepreneur Anxo Pérez ‘97 and musician Trent Wagler ‘02. Each will give a 10-minute talk and then answer questions, a format based on the popular TED Talks. EMUTenTalks will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, … More

The Steel Wheels — with deep EMU roots — to headline Centennial festivities

The Steel Wheels, the nationally recognized Shenandoah Valley-based roots music band consisting of Eastern Mennonite University alumni Trent Wagler ’02, Eric Brubaker ’01, and Brian Dickel ’98, as well as bandmate Jay Lapp, will join headline the celebration of the university’s centennial at Homecoming and Family Weekend this October. On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., the … More

Grad School Q & A: Doug Wrenn ’02, professor at Penn State

Doug Wrenn, a 2002 Eastern Mennonite University graduate, majored in business administration and economics. He is now an assistant professor of environmental and resource economics at Penn State University. He earned at MA in economics in 2008 and a doctorate in agricultural, development and environmental economics in 2012, both from Ohio State University. Describe your … More

Ken J. Nafziger conducts final Chamber Singers concert featuring alumni guests

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Chamber Singers, a select student choir, will present “Communities of Song,” its spring concert, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, in Lehman Auditorium. The concert will be the choir’s last under the baton of Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger, who retires this spring after 39 years as a member of … More

Ten a cappella groups to compete at April 8 Shenandoah Valley Sing-Off

Ten a cappella groups will compete for cash prizes during The Shenandoah Valley Sing-Off, an amateur contest hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC). The event is 7 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at Harrisonburg High School. During the evening, the groups will perform an up-tempo song of no more than four minutes. Up to … More

Burundi peace activist Jean Claude Nkundwa to receive the CJP Peacebuilder of the Year Award

Jean Claude Nkundwa, a 2014 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), has been selected for the center’s Peacebuilder of the Year Award. Nkundwa has devoted himself to peace processes in his native Burundi. Since May 2015, he has been living in exile in Rwanda while advocating for sustainable peace and … More

Hans Harman ’02, president of Momentum Earthworks, earns Entrepreneur of the Year from local chamber of commerce

“There’s no secret sauce” to owning a successful business, says Hans Harman ’02. “Just surrounding yourself with the right people, working hard and getting your hands dirty.” Harman, president of Momentum Earthworks, was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year at the Jan. 4 Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. “Receiving recognition like this is exciting … More

Two languages, one love

While Miriam Charles, 89, quilts over a frame in the basement of Habecker Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, six fellow congregants make steady progress on simple drawstring bags that will be Mennonite Central Committee school supply and hygiene kits. Say Li works at a nearby sewing machine. Ler Lah, a widower and father to seven children, … More

Musician Russell James Pyle ’03 spends November as artist-in-residence at Big Bend National Park

Editor’s note: The somewhat unorthodox narrative of the following article deserves explanation. Staff writer Randi B. Hagi was regrettably unable to travel 1,750 miles for an in-person interview with New Mexico resident and professional musician Russell James Pyle ‘03. She had to settle for a phone interview, which Pyle obliged to while hiking with his … More