Category: Alumni Awards

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee to give commencement address, receive inaugural honorary doctorate of justice

On the occasion of its 100th commencement ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University announces that the 2018 address will be given by alumna and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee. In recognition of her extraordinary achievement in peacebuilding and social justice work, EMU will award Gbowee its inaugural honorary Doctor of Justice degree. The ceremony is Sunday, May … More

‘Our Second Century’: Find inspiration and vision in EMU’s fall/winter Crossroads magazine

The Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Crossroads, in mailboxes this month, is the second of two issues celebrating our Centennial year, 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University was founded 100 years ago, opening for the first classes in October 1917. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles by clicking on the links below: New president Susan Schultz Huxman … More

Centennial Award recipients Chester and Sara Jane Wenger honored for ‘rich lives of service, leadership and faith’

When Chester Wenger ’36 became acquainted with Sara Jane Weaver ’42, he found her “so beautiful and lovable I couldn’t resist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Something else beguiled Chester. “It impressed me to see a young woman stand up there teaching the Bible to a whole roomful of children,” holding their rapt attention. A … More

Leonard Dow ’87 to be honored with EMU’s Distinguished Service Award

On a fall morning in 1978, Leonard Dow left his home in working class Philadelphia and arrived at the expansive, picturesque campus of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pa. He was one of 30 black freshmen and sophomores recruited by Lancaster Mennonite Conference to integrate the 400-member mostly white student body. Dow, a ninth-grader, traveled … More

Alumnus of the Year 1989: Luis Gonzalez

In 1968, he became EMU’s first Puerto Rican graduate. In 2009, he became the first Puerto Rican to serve as presiding justice of the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department with jurisdiction over Manhattan and the Bronx. In the intervening decades, Luis A. Gonzalez racked up a string of other firsts for a Puerto Rican migrant … More

Dr. Laura Rosenberger ’03 is EMU’s 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Laura Rosenberger was either 4 or 5 when she bounced out of her pediatrician’s office one day exclaiming, “I want to be just like Dr. Kopp when I grow up.” Rosenberger didn’t recall the incident but it became family lore as the years passed and Rosenberger didn’t waver in her desire to become a physician. Learn … More

Anxo Perez ’97 is EMU’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year

In his native Spain and beyond, Anxo Perez  ’97 has become an inspirational speaker and author. His message: “Don’t admire success, admire effort.” Eastern Mennonite University has named Perez its 2017 Alumnus of the Year for accomplishments in his profession. He graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with minors in music … More

Hubert R. Pellman, emeritus professor of English and accomplished historian, was devoted to family, teaching and faith

Hubert R. Pellman, professor emeritus of English at Eastern Mennonite University, passed away March 16, 2017, at Oaklea Nursing Home, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He devoted his life to his family, to his teaching, and to service in the Mennonite church. Pellman taught at Eastern Mennonite College from 1941 to 1983, with … More

Red Cross disaster program manager earns excellence award for promoting fire safety in at-risk communities

Patrick Campbell ’12, MA ’14 (conflict transformation) was honored with the Governor’s Fire Services Award for Civilian Excellence in Virginia Fire Service Support. He accepted the award Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Virginia Fire and Rescue Conference in Virginia Beach. As senior disaster program manager for the American Red Cross Virginia Region, Campbell helped launch … More

Burundi peace activist Jean Claude Nkundwa to receive the CJP Peacebuilder of the Year Award

Jean Claude Nkundwa, a 2014 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), has been selected for the center’s Peacebuilder of the Year Award. Nkundwa has devoted himself to peace processes in his native Burundi. Since May 2015, he has been living in exile in Rwanda while advocating for sustainable peace and … More

Hans Harman ’02, president of Momentum Earthworks, earns Entrepreneur of the Year from local chamber of commerce

“There’s no secret sauce” to owning a successful business, says Hans Harman ’02. “Just surrounding yourself with the right people, working hard and getting your hands dirty.” Harman, president of Momentum Earthworks, was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year at the Jan. 4 Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. “Receiving recognition like this is exciting … More

Homecoming worship service lifts up words of Micah to honor alumni award winners and retiring professor

The honorees at Eastern Mennonite University’s Oct. 13 Homecoming and Family Weekend worship service included a pastor and social justice activist, a couple who has devoted themselves to a community of healing for those in mental health distress, a woman who lives among the poor of Asia, and a well-loved music professor, who has, among … More