Story Author: Christopher Clymer Kurtz

Initial EMU crowdfunding campaigns to fund solar boost, MJ Sharp scholarship

An Eastern Mennonite University crowdfunding campaign is closing in on covering the cost of a student-initiated solar project that will boost the university’s solar output by 40 percent. The Student Solar Panel Project (SSPP) is one of two campaigns featured with the new EMU Crowdfunding venture, a joint effort by students and the EMU development … More

New website curated by Swarthmore archivist Anne Yoder ’81 features World War I conscientious objectors

A collection of over 700 historic documents curated by an Eastern Mennonite University graduate working at Swarthmore (Pennsylvania) College sheds light on a broader spectrum of conscientious objectors (C.O.s) during World War I. Anne Yoder grew up Mennonite, and knew the stories of C.O.s from the historic peace churches. But in 2003 when a boxful … More

Cardiologist seeks new ways of seeing people – in photography

As a cardiologist, Joseph Gascho’s considerations at work go beyond the exterior of the human body – and the same is true in another of his pursuits: portrait photography. “In hospitals, I want people to see that people are more than they appear to be on the surface,” Gascho said in a January article posted … More

‘The right person to solve this problem’: EMU grad’s tech startup JobSnap helps youth find jobs

In the eleven short years since graduating from Eastern Mennonite University, he has had some pretty sweet jobs: business coordinator for O, The Oprah Magazine, recruiter for Dreamworks, head of companies for Intern Sushi, and now co-founder and CEO of a tech startup. It’s in this last role that Jeff Boodie really feels he’s solving a … More

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

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

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

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

EMU grad at Yale earns scholarship for recyclable materials research

An Eastern Mennonite University alumnus studying at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has been awarded a scholarship to support his research on automated systems to reduce the waste of recyclable materials. James Souder received the 2017 Ice River Springs Master’s Scholarship for Sustainability from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), a … 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

FIT4MOM franchise owner and ‘40 Under Forty’ honoree helps moms find their voices, community

An Eastern Mennonite University graduate is one of this year’s “40 Under Forty” honorees recognized by the Tacoma, Washington-based Business Examiner. Kristy King, who owns a FIT4MOM franchise in Olympia, Washington, was named to the list of business and community leaders under age 40 who “have made great accomplishments and significant contributions to their businesses, industries … 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