Category: Education

Alumna a ‘top new teacher,’ receives Kansas Horizon Award

 A 2016 alumna of Eastern Mennonite University has been named a winner of the Kansas Horizon Award for top new teachers by the Kansas Commissioner of Education. Courtney Unruh is in her second year as a sixth-grade teacher at Hutchinson STEM Magnet School at Allen, where she “pairs high expectations with calmness, consistency and patience,” … More

Kim Blosser ’91, MA ’98 named president of Lord Fairfax Community College

Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges announced December 19 that Dr. Kim Blosser is the next president of Lord Fairfax Community College. Blosser’s selection follows a nationwide search that took six months, and attracted more than 100 candidates. Blosser, who currently works as LFCC’s vice president of academic and student affairs, will become … 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

Bibliophiles Delight: 100 Years of EMU Library History

From one book (Virgil’s Aeneid) to more than 500,000 items today, the library has always been a source of knowledge, wisdom and social life at first Eastern Mennonite School, then Eastern Mennonite College and now Eastern Mennonite University. Sadie A. Hartzler Library Director Marci Frederick combed carefully through the reports of previous directors to find … More

African American history at EMU: a timeline

“Diversify” is a one of four key goals of EMU’s strategic plan and a committee on diversity and inclusion plays a key role in campus life and decision making. However, the broader culture, country and our small community have much work to do to welcome all. This timeline shows the painful realities of exclusion that is part of the … More

Alumna earns outstanding teacher award at Allegany College of Maryland

Sharon Yoder, associate professor of English, has been recognized as Allegany College of Maryland’s outstanding faculty member for 2017. She is a 1975 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University. Yoder received the Sanner Award for Outstanding Teaching, which is based on teaching excellence, guidance to advisees in pursuit of their goals and demonstrated human relationship skills. … More

‘An Amazing Craftsman’: lack of vision hasn’t stopped Dan Bowman ’65 with interests in mechanics, woodworking and piano tuning

Dan Bowman, featured in this July 1, 2017 Daily News-Record article, earned a social work degree from Eastern Mennonite University in 1965. His wife, Ferne Lapp Bowman, is a 1964 graduate with a degree in education. Dan Bowman is the subject of a documentary by James Madison University professor Mike Grundmann and Shaun Wright. “As a blind person, … 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

Crossroads Spring/Summer 2017 issue honors EMU’s 100 years of countercultural education

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Crossroads is the first 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. A photographic timeline of the first 100 years is featured in this issue. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles … More

Grad School Q & A: Blair Wilner ’13, on studying theology at Duke Divinity School and UVa.

Addison Blair Wilner, a 2013 Bible and religion graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in religious studies at the University of Virginia. He received a Master of Theological Studies in 2015 at Duke Divinity School. Describe your field of study and research at the University of Virginia and … 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

Environmental engineer Kaye Brubaker ’79 presents on precipitation, probability and climate change

Kaye Brubaker, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), visits Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Wednesday, March 15 to present a colloquium titled “That was never a hundred years! Precipitation, probability, and climate change.” The colloquium begins at 4 p.m. in Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Brubaker, who … More