Category: 2005

‘A tale of two Margarets’: Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman welcomes ‘Crossing the Line’ Anabaptist women’s history conference to EMU

Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, president of Eastern Mennonite University, offered the following welcome and introductory remarks at an opening session Thursday, June 22, 2017, for a three-day conference, “Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Barriers.” In March 2017, Huxman was inaugurated as EMU’s first female president — thus, a fitting representative to welcome … More

Grad School Q & A: Matt Gnagey ’05, professor at Weber State

Matt Gnagey, now an assistant professor at Weber State (Ogden, Utah), graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2005, majoring in economics and justice, peace and conflict studies. He received his doctorate in agricultural, environmental and development economics in 2014 from The Ohio State University. Describe your research and professorship at Weber State. I am in … 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

MCC shares Michael J. Sharp’s journey toward peace in DR Congo

Four months after Michael J. Sharp moved to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2012, he joined a small delegation that for six hours climbed a mountain in South Kivu Province to meet a leader of a major armed group. The meeting was set up specifically for Sharp, a new Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) … More

In this powerful sermon, Kevin Ressler ’07 remembers his friend Michael J. Sharp ’05

Kevin Ressler’s visit to his alma mater, Eastern Mennonite University, was planned weeks ago. So too was his scripture choice of Ezekiel 37:1-14, about Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. But the day he arrived on campus to meet with classes and to speak in chapel was the day after he heard of … More

Peace worker Michael J. “M.J.” Sharp remembered by grieving EMU community

The Eastern Mennonite University community is grieving for Michael J. Sharp, the alumnus who was reported dead in the Democratic Republic of the Congo yesterday. In a chapel sermon today [Wednesday, March 29], fellow alumnus Kevin Ressler memorialized his friend as “a man who chose to go into dangerous places without a weapon to make … More

Midwife Misty Ward ’05 has brought more than 500 babies into the world

Misty Ward said she’s helped bring babies into the world under some interesting circumstances. She recalled a local doctor who chose to have her baby outside on her farm, by a bonfire, “with ducks and chickens walking through the yard.” She remembered the birth in a “teeny tiny little camper” in Crozet with nine people … More

Love of neighbor: Center for Interfaith Engagement continues to grow

Within hours of her arrival from Indonesia to Eastern Mennonite University, Fulbright Scholar Dr.Syafaatun Almirzanah had a new friend. At the faculty/staff picnic, five-year-old Julian Nussbaum tugged on her shalwar kameez, whispered in her ear and made sure she had enough food.  Their budding friendship was a small symbol of the work of his mother, … More

Homecoming and Family Weekend draws a crowd to reunions, arts and athletic events, food and fun

In 1966, eight women, all elementary education majors at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), started a circle letter after graduation. Nearly 50 years later — after moves, weddings, births and other significant life happenings — six of those women traveled from four states to reunite at EMU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 14-16. The six friends … More

Linda Alley plans to move ‘more fully’ into callings as spiritual director, retreat leader and writer

“The very best thing about working at EMU is the people with whom I’ve worked,” says Linda Alley, who concludes 27 years of service with EMU in June. “Some have mentored me; some have called me mentor. Some have taught me important life lessons or listened/laughed with me. It is always a good day when … More

A mentor to future doctors and health professionals, biology professor Roman Miller retires after 31 years at EMU

All those years ago, the trajectory of Roman Miller’s young career had seemed so clear. He’d finished undergraduate and master’s degrees in biology and earned a PhD from Kent State University, specializing in male rats’ reproductive biology before landing a research position at the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology. There, in … More

At Vatican summit, consultant Michael Shank works with media to tell the story of climate change

One of the reasons most of the world has heard about July’s climate change summit at the Vatican is because Eastern Mennonite University alumnus Michael Shank, MA ’05 (conflict transformation), was the media consultant for the event. Shank managed press releases, acted as a liaison between the pontifical and media outlets, and developed media content. … More