Peacebuilding Events and Honors
EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding hosted alumni and friends for several special events:
- An alumni reunion
- A faculty and alumni symposium on societies in transition from instability to peace
- A book signing with Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, and EMU alum ’07. (Eager readers began forming the book signing line hours before the event began!)
On Friday, the Harrisonburg community packed out Yoder Arena for a viewing of the award-winning film “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” featuring Leymah, who was honored with the EMU “Alumna of the Year” award. The documentary was followed by stirring remarks from Leymah, who was celebrated throughout the weekend as the “EMU Alumna of the Year” for her work in peacebuilding.
Alumni award for service
Glen Lapp was honored posthumously with the “Distinguished Service Award” for his years of service work in the Middle East. Glen graduated from EMU as a math major, but four years later, in 1995, he earned a BS in nursing at Johns Hopkins University in the school’s second degree accelerated program.
His life was cut short on August 5, 2010, when he and other aid workers with International Assistance Mission, a Christian charity, were gunned down in northern Afghanistan. Glen was a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee, which assigned him to IAM.
Glen’s parents Mary and Marvin Lapp ’72 of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, accepted the award on his behalf.
The two were celebrated during a historic celebration during the Sunday worship service, showcasing EMU’s mission to serve and lead in a global context.