Category: 2007

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

Jay Landis

Jay Landis ’54 tells stories of his involvement with EMU over more than 50 years. Music by alum Grace Delp.

Alumnus of the Year 2007: Ingida Asfaw

When Ingida Asfaw ’62 first arrived at what was then Eastern Mennonite College, his English skills were limited and he had almost no money. He was late for the start of classes, after a slow journey by cargo ship from his native Ethiopia. This fall, nearly 50 years later, he will return to Eastern Mennonite … More

Encore, EMU’s music alumni group, brings together faculty, students and alumni for fundraising recital

Encore, an alumni group dedicated to supporting the work of Eastern Mennonite University’s music department, will host a recital Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Martin Chapel, located in the Seminary building. Performers include faculty, students and alumni. The concert is dedicated to President Loren Swartzendruber, who is retiring June 30. The concert is free, … More

Outstanding Young Alum 2013: Isabel Castillo

Still in her 20s, Isabel Castillo ’07 is already a nationally recognized leader of the immigration-law reform movement in the United States. She was the commencement speaker at the University of San Francisco, was called one of “the 21 brave thinkers of 2011” by Atlantic magazine, and was featured prominently in the New York Times. … More