Category: Development

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding mourns the passing of founding donor Marian Payne

Marian Yoder Payne, a founding donor of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. She and husband James, residents of Richmond, Virginia, helped to start the center and offered strategic gifts during the past 23 years. James is an alumnus of EMU, graduating in 1958 with a degree in education, while Marian … More

Former Ghanaian deputy foreign minister Emmanuel Bombande ’02 gets UN appointment

Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana Emmanuel Bombande has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as its senior mediation advisor in the Central African Republic. Bombande earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in 2002. He will assume duties on Aug. 1. Before becoming deputy … More

EMU graduate Georgia Clarinda Tako Molia ’14 named first female chief peace and reconciliation officer of Solomon Islands province

At a crucial time in the history of her country, a Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) graduate has been named the first female Chief Peace and Reconciliation Officer for the Western Provincial Government of Solomon Islands. Georgia Clarinda Tako Molia-Hanna, based in Gizo, earned a graduate certificate in peacebuilding leadership from Eastern Mennonite University in 2014. 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

Grad School Q & A: Doug Wrenn ’02, professor at Penn State

Doug Wrenn, a 2002 Eastern Mennonite University graduate, majored in business administration and economics. He is now an assistant professor of environmental and resource economics at Penn State University. He earned at MA in economics in 2008 and a doctorate in agricultural, development and environmental economics in 2012, both from Ohio State University. Describe your … More

Grad School Q & A: Matt Gnagey ’05, professor at Weber State

Matt Gnagey, now an assistant professor at Weber State (Ogden, Utah), graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2005, majoring in economics and justice, peace and conflict studies. He received his doctorate in agricultural, environmental and development economics in 2014 from The Ohio State University. Describe your research and professorship at Weber State. I am in … More

Bluffton-hosted Collaborative MBA cohorts off and running

Missy Kauffman Schrock always knew she wanted a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Having worked business-related jobs on the side through high school and college, Schrock switched gears and got her undergraduate degree in ministry from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. After a short stint pastoring in Syracuse, Indiana, Schrock began to feel called in … 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

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

Bell comes from Ohio to EMU, continuing long life of ‘gathering, sending, remembering’

In 2012, Fred E. and Carolyn Augsburger donated the bell that now resides in front of Lehman Auditorium. The story of that bell, which first rang at West Camelback School near Elida, Ohio, and how it came to the Harrisonburg campus, is shared below by Fred Augsburger, and then by his friend, Bruce Stambaugh. The … More

Students unite for the Hartzler Library ‘miracle fund drive,’ an essay by Ruth Hoover Seitz ’62

“Student Power for a Library” was first published in The Way We Are (1992). It is rare for news from a small liberal arts college to make the national wire services. In 1969, positive news from a campus was even more phenomenal. Across the country, campus disruptions protesting President Nixon’s continued involvement in Vietnam blazed in … More

Jonathan Swartz named first director of residence life, student accountability and restorative justice

When Jonathan Swartz thinks of residence life at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), he thinks of the idea behind home, a space from which and in which students learn, grow and transform. But he also thinks of neighbors. “In order for homes—our residence halls— here at EMU to become communities, we have to have neighbors,” he … More