Category: 2011

Biochemistry degree, theater involvement and liberal arts education prepared this Ebola researcher for challenging work

Imagine a scientist working in a lab, and you might envision gleaming, sterile equipment in a strictly controlled environment. For one Eastern Mennonite University graduate now studying effects of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia, keeping samples in a four-degree window for days on end while navigating obstacles like electrical fires and limited infrastructure requires … More

‘Trust in the Lord in your long journey’: Dedicated commuter students make weekly trek for seminary classes

David Gaylor commutes 320 miles round-trip to Eastern Mennonite Seminary each week, traveling from the south-central town of Martinsville and staying Tuesday and Wednesday night. In his second year of studies, Gaylor says he’s been enriched by the experience. “I feel at home and like I have made relationships that I will keep forever,” he … More

Alumna, Kumamoto University professor talks about post-Fukushima restorative justice

Akiko Ishihara MA ’11 returned to Eastern Mennonite University in late fall to talk about her research with graduate students and faculty at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Ishihara is an associate professor at Kumamoto University’s Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences in the southernmost prefecture of Japan, teaches peacebuilding and conflict resolution. … 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

‘DoveTale’ benefit show marks 20-year anniversary, honors Lee Eshleman and adds to centennial celebrations

Twenty years after it debuted, DoveTale will be performed at Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium Dec. 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. All ages are invited to this family-friendly show which brings a humorous and poignant look into the hearts and minds of Joseph, Mary, and the Angel Gabriel as they confront the gritty realities of … More

Centennial worship offers thanks for 100 years of blessings and a call to listen

October 15, 1917, was the first day of classes at the new Eastern Mennonite School located in a rented hotel near Harrisonburg, Virginia. One hundred years later to the day, the school — now known as Eastern Mennonite University — concluded a special Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend with worship  in a near-capacity Lehman Auditorium. … More

Centennial play by Swartz and DeSanctis, with troupe of alumni actors, delivers reflection and affirmation

They’d wanted audiences to laugh, reflect, feel goosebumps, pause, celebrate and sing — and that’s exactly what happened at the two performances of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. in Lehman Auditorium during Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 13-15, 2017. The production, commissioned by EMU’s Centennial Committee and … 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

‘What we bring. What we take. What we leave.’ Centennial theatrics to feature EMU alumni cast and playwrights Ted Swartz and Ingrid De Sanctis

When Ingrid De Sanctis ‘88 and Ted Swartz ‘89, MACL ‘92, debut their theatrical celebration for Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial in Lehman Auditorium during Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall, they hope it will give audience members the same goosebumps they have felt while working on the production. The 90-minute performance of What we bring. What we take. What we leave. — slated for … 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

Grad School Q & A: Larisa Zehr ’11 heads to law school after six years of peacebuilding work in Colombia

Larisa Zehr is a 2011 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where she majored in peacebuilding and development, and minored in pre-law, history and social sciences, and political studies. Since graduation, she has worked for the non-government organization (NGO) Sembrandopaz in Colombia – first with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), then directly as a staff member. She … More

Grad School Q & A: Larisa Zehr ’11 heads to law school after six years of peacebuilding work in Colombia

Larisa Zehr is a 2011 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where she majored in peacebuilding and development, and minored in pre-law, history and social sciences, and political studies. Since graduation, she has worked for the non-government organization (NGO) Sembrandopaz in Colombia – first with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), then directly as a staff member. She … More