Category: 2016

From the Atlantic to the Pacific: Summer bike ride both ‘grueling’ and ‘exhilarating’

The trip began with the traditional dipping of back tires in the Atlantic Ocean at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. It ended 59 days later in the Pacific at Lincoln City, Oregon, after 3,492 miles across 14 states and through Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Goshen, Indiana; Yellowstone National Park, and Portland, Oregon. The summer of 2017 was a … More

Alumni trio finds their groove with Peace, Love and Little Donuts

“You can say a lot with a donut,” says Judy Miller, waiting at the counter of Peace, Love and Little Donuts in Harrisonburg. Co-owners Matt Hershey ’15 and Cody Troyer ’13 watch while Kaitlyn Troyer ’15, the most artistically inclined of the trio, decorates a dozen fresh donuts with various glazes and toppings. “I put my heart into it,” she says sincerely, … More

TenTalks, featuring accomplished alumni, returns to amaze and inspire at Homecoming and Family Weekend

The second annual EMUTenTalks during Eastern Mennonite University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend this fall will showcase restorative justice practitioner and slam poet Jodie Geddes MA ‘16, entrepreneur Anxo Pérez ‘97 and musician Trent Wagler ‘02. Each will give a 10-minute talk and then answer questions, a format based on the popular TED Talks. EMUTenTalks will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, … More

Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace with support of CJP, alumni and Iraqi al-Amani Association

In an Iraqi mall on Valentine’s Day, shoppers were treated to a unique sight. Twenty-eight young people wearing traditional dress from the many cultures in the country congregated to sing, dance, and hand out flowers and balloons with messages of love and co-existence. The event, one of 42 created and implemented by Iraqi youth across … More

Maria Swartzentruber ’11, MA ’16 wins Virginia math educator of the year award

Maria Swartzentruber, a fifth-grade teacher at Linville-Edom Elementary School, has made it her mission to get students excited about math. [Swartzentruber graduated in 2011 with a degree in education and completed her master’s degree in education in 2016.] Since she began working at Linville-Edom six years ago, the Harrisonburg resident has created various activities for … More

100 Years of Sustainability in Park View, from farm-grown food to LEED buildings

With thanks to Kenton Brubaker, Beryl and Mark Brubaker, Clair Mellinger, Eldon Kurtz, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Ed Lehman and LeRoy Troyer.   1917 The school opens in Assembly Park. 1920 The school adds the 103-acre Whitmore farm to the west. Farmer D. Stoner Krady, paid $80/month (as much as a faculty member), is employed to work … More

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

A timeline of YPCA/Y-Serve’s Christian ministry and service at EMU from 1922 to the present

 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

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

2016 Commencement

Relive the best moments of Eastern Mennonite University’s 2016 Commencement ceremony.  Retiring President Loren E.  Swartzendruber presided over EMU’s 98th commencement, conferring 556 degrees. Due to the threat of bad weather, the ceremony was held in Yoder Arena in EMU’s University Commons.   However, the sun shone down on graduates and their families afterwards during gatherings … More

Love of neighbor: Center for Interfaith Engagement continues to grow

Within hours of her arrival from Indonesia to Eastern Mennonite University, Fulbright Scholar Dr.Syafaatun Almirzanah had a new friend. At the faculty/staff picnic, five-year-old Julian Nussbaum tugged on her shalwar kameez, whispered in her ear and made sure she had enough food.  Their budding friendship was a small symbol of the work of his mother, … More

Multiple CJP alumni and faculty collaborate on UNDP-funded project in Iraq

Ahmed Tarik was 15 and barely out of ninth grade when his family fled Baghdad for Syria. It was 2006, and no longer safe to remain in the city where he’d been born and raised. After finishing high school in Syria, Tarik went on to Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, where he majored peace studies … More