Category: Development

The Lehman family piano and a shared love of music that transcended rules

In the President’s Reception Room at Eastern Mennonite University stands an old upright piano, dark woodwork with a decorative molded vine pattern across the front. A brass plaque on it reads (in part) “Gifted to Eastern Mennonite University by the family of Chester K. Lehman.” The piano stands off to the side, not immediately noticeable … More

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

‘Whatever you ask, Lord’: Regina Horst Chacha featured in Vanity Fair’s Hall of Fame for international ministry

Vanity Fair – a glossy magazine touting coverage of celebrities, culture and politics – might be one of the last places you’d expect to find Regina Horst Chacha. Thanks to a providential connection, though – in Tanzania, at that – Vanity Fair is just where this Eastern Mennonite University graduate and daughter of a Virginia … 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

Presidents’ joint letter in ‘The Mennonite’ affirms Mennonite higher education institutions in ‘turbulent times’

Eastern Mennonite University President Susan Schultz Huxman has joined the four other leaders of Mennonite colleges and universities to address current challenges, highlight collaborative efforts, and affirm the role of Mennonite higher education in a joint letter published Dec. 21, 2017, in The Mennonite. The letter is among several features of the magazine’s January issue devoted to the status and … More

CJP mourns the loss of UN specialist Kumar Anuraj Jha MA ’07

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Kumar Anuraj Jha, MA ’07. Jha died in a car accident on November 30, 2017, in Kartoum, Sudan, where he was working with the United Nations (UN). His wife, Jill Landis Jha MA ’10, and … More

EMU Alumni and Friends Tour to Israel and Palestine will have ‘lifelong impact’

Before her recent Eastern Mennonite University Alumni and Friends Tour to Israel and Palestine, Betty Holsinger Shenk ’75 “knew it would be great.” It turned out, though, to be more than that. “This was a trip of a lifetime,” she said. “Its impact will be lifelong.” During two weeks from Oct. 20 – Nov. 3, … More

Centennial history now on sale

Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education was released by Penn State Press in time for EMU’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend Oct. 13-15, 2017. In this unique educational history, Donald B. Kraybill ‘67 traces the sociocultural transformation of EMU from a fledgling separatist school founded by white, rural, Germanic Mennonites into a world-engaged … More

Auction of mint condition Hudson Hornet to benefit University Fund

Any takers for a meticulously maintained 1954 Hudson Hornet four-door sedan – a production model of the sleek, smooth-handling automobile that inspired the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” of Disney/Pixar’s blockbuster film Cars? The car was put up for auction on eBay by a couple with close ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), with proceeds from its … More

Annual donor banquet thanks ‘mission-makers’ and ‘third-way kingdom-builders’

A record crowd of nearly 450 attended the donor banquet Friday evening at Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial Homecoming and Family Weekend. Vice President for Advancement Kirk Shisler said the event is one small way to thank the many alumni and EMU community members for their philanthropic support. “It is especially gratifying to know that more … More

Spanning nearly 50 years of institutional leadership, EMC/EMU presidents emeriti reminisce

Friday afternoon’s Presidential Forum at Eastern Mennonite University’s MainStage Theater offered a rare opportunity to hear from four leaders: three who have led the institution through major cultural and curricular change, and a fourth whose current leadership symbolizes a new beginning and new challenges. “This is one of the events I’ve been looking forward to … More

10x10x100 Centennial artists offer 500 new perspectives on EMU

The five artists who contributed to Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial art installation offered new perspectives — 500 of them — on the theme “Serving, Leading, Transforming.” Exhibited in the Margaret Martin Gehman Gallery during Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 13-15, 2017, “10x10x100” featured five artists and their 100 new works, each measuring 10 by 10 … More