Author Archives: Danny Yoder

Web Designer and Social Media Coordinator at Eastern Mennonite University

Academics In the Field of Numbers

“When I first began working at Eastern Mennonite College,” recalls professor emeritus Wilmer Lehman ’57, “teaching at EMC was seen as a kind of mission of the church.” Back in the era of Sputnik, math education was a carefully calculated national priority, and teachers of mathematics were in high demand. This small private school struggled to […]

From Deloitte to an NGO supporting democracies

On the National Democratic Institute ’s website (ndi.org), you’ll find all sorts of stories about NDI’s work abroad on behalf of citizen participation in open and accountable governments. Town hall meetings in Yemen, leadership academies for candidates in Kenyan elections, grants to a women’s leadership organization in Mexico – that sort of thing. Making this […]

Federal Auditing Means 80-Hour Workweeks Around September

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven; for those who go into auditing, there’s going to be a time to work, and a time to work so much you can hardly do anything else. “If you’re going to be an auditor, you’re going to work long hours. You just […]

Best-Kept Secret in D.C.?

Dr. Kimberly Schmidt, long-time director of EMU’s Washington Community Scholars’ Center, has often expressed the thought that WCSC is one of EMU’s best-kept secrets. As I perused the photographs and stories in this issue of Crossroads prior to press time, I couldn’t help but feel that Kim might be right. WCSC students garner a wealth […]

They Don’t Come Back the Same

Washington Community Scholars’ Center In the fall of 1976, Phil Baker-Shenk arrived in Washington D.C., intending to advance the causes of international human rights and nuclear disarmament through an internship with the Friends Committee on National Legislation. However, as an 18-year-old college undergrad at the bottom of the organization’s rungs, he found himself shuffled to its […]

In the ‘Real World’ of DC Students Wrestle With Values and Career

Photos by Jon Styer. Shoulder–to-Shoulder, a Washington D.C.-based interfaith coalition that works to end anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, has its work cut out for it. Political campaigns throughout the 2012 election season made use of xenophobic language, and vandalism of mosques made headlines repeatedly over the past year, including an incident at a mosque […]

Springboard to Future Work

“This program is for any EMU student,” says former WCSC associate director Doug Hertzler ’88. “You can position yourself to do anything you want after college through this program.” Hertzler himself is a case in point: he interned with Washington Inner City Self-Help while a student in the then-named WSSY program during the 1986-87 school year, […]

Life-Shaping Cross-Culturals

Tim Swartzendruber ’95, one of Pat’s and my four children, recently recalled his cross-cultural with these words: When I compare my seven semesters on EMU’s campus to my cross-cultural semester in France and Ivory Coast, it’s like comparing coffee to espresso – both are fantastic, but the latter is doubly intense and stimulating. The intellectual, […]

EMU Leads Way In Requiring Cross-Cultural Study

Cross-cultural study. It began as a professor’s dream for undergraduates 30 years ago and has become one of the best parts about being an EMU alumnus. “It seems pretty odd to me to think that you could prepare someone to serve and lead in a global context without having some kind of international or other […]

Web Exclusive: Embracing the Holy Land the EMU Way

EMU began sending groups of students on study-semesters in the Middle East in 1984 and has never stopped sending groups on a near-annual basis, regardless of the prevailing socio-political situation. We know of no university in North America that rivals EMU for sustained number of years in the Middle East and number of students dispatched […]