Category: Serving and Leading

LD&B’s Jonathan Coddington ’02 named to “10 Under 40” by Shenandoah Valley Business Journal

An Eastern Mennonite University graduate is among 10 up-and-coming, young business leaders in the Shenandoah Valley. Jonathan Coddington, of LD&B Insurance and Financial Services in Harrisonburg, was featured in the November 2017 “10 Under 40” issue of the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal. Coddington came to LD&B by way of connections he made as a business student on an EMU-sponsored trip to … More

Seminary conference gives space to brokenness, ‘kintsugi clergy’ and ministry in a polarized society

The Reverend Meredith McNabb is director of the United Methodist Church Virginia Conference’s Center for Clergy Excellence, and she isn’t afraid to poke a little fun at the grandiose-ness of that title. This she did, gently and to knowing laughter, during her keynote address last week at Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s annual School for Leadership Training. … 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

EMU to host memorial service in May for CJP founding donor James Payne

James Payne, a founding donor of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University who also was involved in the center’s initial curriculum development, died Dec. 21, 2017. He passed away in his Richmond, Virginia, home just months after losing his wife of 60 years, Marian Yoder Payne, on Aug. 6, 2017. A … More

Versatile violin performance graduate Jacinda Stahly gains experience in teaching, arts administration

Jacinda Stahly is a newly graduated violin performance major, and among her options for what’s next is pursuing a master’s degree in performance. Yet she prefers behind-the-scenes work over “being out front,” she said. That may sound paradoxical, but at Eastern Mennonite University the Alabama-raised teacher’s daughter was able to tailor that performance degree to … 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

Alumna, Kumamoto University professor talks about post-Fukushima restorative justice

Akiko Ishihara MA ’11 returned to Eastern Mennonite University in late fall to talk about her research with graduate students and faculty at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Ishihara is an associate professor at Kumamoto University’s Graduate School of Social and Cultural Sciences in the southernmost prefecture of Japan, teaches peacebuilding and conflict resolution. … 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

Twila Yoder retires after 19 years as assistant to EMU’s presidents

For 19 of the past 21 years, Twila King Yoder has served at Eastern Mennonite University as assistant to the president, including most recently, to the university’s newest one. Yoder helped Dr. Susan Schultz Huxman, who started in January 2017, navigate her first year on the job. At a retirement reception in December, Yoder’s long service and insightful … 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

Inside Out playback theater group awarded Catalyst Initiative, Justpax grants

Eastern Mennonite University’s Inside Out playback theater group is the recent recipient of two grants to expand their work with racial healing and marginalized populations. The six-year-old troupe, co-founded by theater professor Heidi Winters Vogel and applied social sciences adjunct professor Roger Foster, includes current undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. It specializes in improvisational theater that includes the audience … More

Civil rights activist, pastor and social work professor Titus Bender was a catalyst for social change

When African American civil rights activist Vincent Harding and his wife visited Meridian, Mississippi, in the early 1960s, they met Titus Bender for the first time. Bender, then a Mennonite pastor, activist and social worker, arranged to rendezvous with the Hardings at a local gas station to guide them into town. When the two men … More