Category: 2007

‘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

Basketball coach Kirby Dean to step down after season

Eastern Mennonite University has announced that head men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean will resign at the end of the current season. He has accepted a position as the director of parks and recreation for Rockingham County. In his 15th season at his alma mater, Dean is the all-time winningest coach in program history and has successfully changed … More

CJP mourns the loss of UN specialist Kumar Anuraj Jha MA ’07

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kumar Anuraj Jha, MA ’07. Jha died in a car accident on November 30, 2017, in Kartoum, Sudan, where he was working with the United Nations (UN). His wife, Jill Landis Jha MA ’10, and … More

Centennial history now on sale

Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education was released by Penn State Press in time for EMU’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 13-15, 2017. In this unique educational history, Donald B. Kraybill ‘67 traces the sociocultural transformation of EMU from a fledgling separatist school founded by white, rural, Germanic Mennonites into a world-engaged … More

Bibliophiles Delight: 100 Years of EMU Library History

From one book (Virgil’s Aeneid) to more than 500,000 items today, the library has always been a source of knowledge, wisdom and social life at first Eastern Mennonite School, then Eastern Mennonite College and now Eastern Mennonite University. Sadie A. Hartzler Library Director Marci Frederick combed carefully through the reports of previous directors to find … More

Environmental statistician Mark Risser ’07 talks climate change and modeling at Suter Science Seminar

In the second of seven Suter Science Seminars this fall at Eastern Mennonite University, Mark Risser, a postdoctoral research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California, will discuss Statistical Methods for Characterizing Changes in Extreme Precipitation Over the Continental United States. The seminar, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11 in Science Center 106, … More

Women peacebuilders and ‘a true hero’ honored at gala to support future scholars

Three women working in peacebuilding were honored during a special Daughters for Life Foundation gala dinner on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. to support scholarships for Middle East women to study at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. The awardees were Leymah Gbowee MA’07, Nobel Peace … More

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