Category: 2013

A-one and a-two … memories of EMU JAZZ and SWING SISTERS

Dr. Stephen Sachs led the Eastern Mennonite University Jazz Band from 1982 through 2004, when he left EMU to become chair of the music department at Belhaven University, a position he still holds. Dr. Sachs was pleased to hear of the jazz band’s revitalization in 2017 and shared some memories of his time at EMU. … More

EMU’s oldest and influential student organization YPCA, now Y-serve, brings ministry into communities

If asked to identify the most influential student organization in Eastern Mennonite University’s 100-year history, the answer is easy: the Young People’s Christian Association, known popularly as YPCA or the Y. For many years, the student body and YPCA were one and the same: if you were a student at what was then called Eastern … 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

Bekah Enns

Rebekah Enns ’13 reflects on her experiences at EMU’s Washington Community Scholars’ Center in an excerpt from a 2012 chapel. Music: The Walking Roots Band, “I Have Decided,” www.thewalkingrootsband.com

Centennial Stories: Park Woods Cabin has long offered fellowship, retreat in the midst of nature

Wander into Park Woods just east of the Eastern Mennonite University campus and you’ll come across a rustic cabin in a clearing. If you want to know how that cabin landed there and what university revels took place in the past, read on… But more likely, you know and remember… Built as a gift by … More

Alumna’s ‘Creation’ series of six vibrant, colorful paintings hangs in renovated Suter Science Center

Alumna Katherine Burling’s six-piece “Creation” painting series was stashed carefully in storage while Suter Science Center renovations were completed. In the ensuing months, much has changed in Burling’s life. She’s now in her first year in the master of fine arts program at James Madison University. But this month, the paintings which began as an … More

Nine ‘SALTers’ head into communities around the world for a year of service with Mennonite Central Committee

They are individuals willing to get their hands dirty, be flexible, make mistakes, be challenged, and to live simply in communities around the world. They do not come as experts, but as people who have a desire to learn from others, value building relationships, and are passionate about working for peace and social justice. This … More

Alumnus of the Year 2013: Tim Leaman

In one typical afternoon at his health clinic, Tim Leaman ’93, MD, treated a 9-year-old with a sexually transmitted disease, examined an HIV patient who was in tears about upcoming cancer surgery, and counseled a colleague who was overwhelmed by the needs around her. Leaman is the site medical director at the Kensington Avenue office … More

Distinguished Service Award 2013: Ezra T. Peachey

Ezra T. Peachey ’54 (Seminary ’56) left his home in Belleville, Pa., in 1959 to drive 2½ days to remote northwestern Ontario. His initial mission, along with his wife Nannie and her sister and father, was to organize a two-week summer Bible school for native peoples in the small town of Red Lake at the … More