Category: 2007

Daughters for Life Gala Dinner to honor Leymah Gbowee ’07 and others, and raise funds for Middle East women scholars to attend CJP’s graduate program

Three women working in peacebuilding will be honored during a special Daughters for Life Foundation Gala Dinner in Washington D.C. The Sept. 16 event at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. is co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. The honorees are Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner and EMU graduate; Ronit Avni, a Peabody Award-winning social entrepreneur and … More

Those famous Mennonite harmonies

Do They Have a Future? What makes the same hymn inspire one individual to heroism and lead another to boredom cannot be calculated. It has to do with the mysterious way in which song connects us to our past, our soul, our future, our Savior. And because God intended us to be different, our uniqueness … More

Sojourners honors DACA advocate Isabel Castillo ’07, MA ’17, for ‘exceptional efforts’ towards equity and peace

When Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduate Isabel Castillo was recognized as a “Movement Honoree” by Sojourners at its June 2017 Healing and Resistance Summit at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C., she called on advocates to raise up voices like her own — one that is typically marginalized. Castillo, who was brought into the United States from Mexico … More

Grad School Q & A: Malerie Plank ’07, pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at University of Iowa

How did your academic studies and professors at EMU prepare you for your graduate studies/current work? I distinctly remember [nursing professor] Dr. Ann Hershberger told me that after I spent my years abroad to Honduras with Virginia Mennonite Missions, I would come back and decide to go to graduate school. At the time I was … More

Singing to Ken J. Nafziger: faculty and former students gather for a retirement send-off

“We can’t have a reception honoring Ken without music,” said Professor Joan Griffing at a May event marking the retirement of her music department colleague Ken J. Nafziger. Nafziger stepped to the front of the crowded room and, as he has for countless times over the last 40 years, asked his Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) … More

Educator and DREAMer Claudette Monroy ’10 featured in Washington Post

Alumna Claudette Monroy ‘10 made Washington Post front-page news on Feb. 9, sharing her story among the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are waiting and watching as President Donald Trump acts upon campaign promises of stiffening immigration policies. A photo of Monroy walking on a street past a “Si se puede” [Yes, we can] sign … More

Alumna helps to win record-setting settlement in age discrimination case

Emily Derstine Friesen ’07, an attorney with Console Mattiacci Law LLC, and her co-counsel secured the largest verdict ever obtained by an individual plaintiff in an age discrimination suit. On Jan. 26, the U.S. District Court in Camden, New Jersey, awarded Robert Braden $520,000 in losses and $520,000 in liquidated damages. Braden, 66, was laid … More

Planetarium on Vesper Heights and in Suter Science Center exposes generations to starry skies

The planetarium at Eastern Mennonite University – for many of those whose history with the school predates 2007, the words bring up many emotions and fond memories, whether those memories are of the original building on Vesper Heights (also known as “The Hill”) or the M.T. Brackbill Planetarium in the Suter Science Center. In the … 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

‘Welcome Your Neighbor’ sign continues to spread around the nation, to the delight of its creators at Immanuel Mennonite Church

From Washington D.C. to Colorado, demand for Immanuel Mennonite Church’s “Welcome Your Neighbor” sign has skyrocketed. The sign, with a distinctive tri-color banding, reads in three languages: No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor. Since first posted in front of the Harrisonburg, Virginia, church in September 2015, a flood of attention from … More

Alumni help build Assets

With holiday demand on the upswing, The Stroopie Company went to two shifts in early November, allowing them to churn out up to 6,000 Dutch stroopwafels (cinnamon-y, carmel-y goodies best enjoyed with a hot beverage) a week. All six workers running the show at the company’s small production facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are refugees: three … More

Dirk and Maria Holsopple

Dirk ’10 and Maria Hoover ’07 Holsopple talk about their cross-cultural experiences as well as how they met. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “Fierce Raged The Tempest,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com