Story Author: Lauren Jefferson

Centennial Histories Symposium taps into Mennonite higher ed’s ‘commonality and unity’ to face challenging times

Students and seasoned scholars alike gathered March 24 at Eastern Mennonite University for the Centennial Histories Symposium, a day-long intellectual gathering featuring the authors of five histories of Mennonite higher education institutions. Among the 80 participants were representatives of each of the five schools, all founded in the 30 years between 1887 and 1917. The … More

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee to give commencement address, receive inaugural honorary doctorate of justice

On the occasion of its 100th commencement ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University announces that the 2018 address will be given by alumna and 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee. In recognition of her extraordinary achievement in peacebuilding and social justice work, EMU will award Gbowee its inaugural honorary Doctor of Justice degree. The ceremony is Sunday, May … More

One year after his death, M.J. Sharp’s legacy lives on in growing scholarship fund

Significant progress has been made towards an endowed scholarship at Eastern Mennonite University to honor the memory of peacebuilder Michael Jesse “M.J.” Sharp ’05, who was ambushed and murdered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March 2017. Give now to the M.J. Sharp Peace and Justice Endowed Scholarship Fund. With a major goal … More

Alumni teaching in Harrisonburg City Schools are honored by grateful students

Teachers Allison Eanes and Austin Mumaw were recently honored by two Harrisonburg City Schools students. Both are alumni of Eastern Mennonite University. The 22nd Annual Robert B. and Gladys Hopkins Strickler Honored Teacher Essay Contest is hosted by the Massanutten Regional Library’s Central Library in Harrisonburg. The Stricklers were educators, and the contest was started … More

Nursing alumnae honored by March of Dimes

Two Eastern Mennonite University alumna are among the nurses honored in 2017 by by the Virginia chapter of March of Dimes. Nursing department adjunct instructor Pam Collins ’78, MSN ’13 was honored as 2017 Nurse of the Year in the category of case management. Collins is an integrative care manager at Sentara RMH Medical Center … 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

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

‘Trust in the Lord in your long journey’: Dedicated commuter students make weekly trek for seminary classes

David Gaylor commutes 320 miles round-trip to Eastern Mennonite Seminary each week, traveling from the south-central town of Martinsville and staying Tuesday and Wednesday night. In his second year of studies, Gaylor says he’s been enriched by the experience. “I feel at home and like I have made relationships that I will keep forever,” he … 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

Couple completes 17-year Appalachian Trail odyssey

Since 2001, Lois and Ernie Hess, both 1965 graduates of Eastern Mennonite University, have been chipping away at their goal of hiking all 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail before they each turned 75. With the deadline approaching, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, couple completed 322 miles in 2017. They covered the last 75 miles at the New … 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

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