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From defying death to get bread to advocating for Afghan women in Washington D.C.

For the first eight years of her life, Simin Wahdat, 31, was oblivious to the deep fault lines of history that ran through her childhood city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul, praised in the ancient sacred texts of the Rigveda as “a vision of paradise set in the mountains.” On the Silk Road linking east and west […]

President’s letter: ‘Courage is not the absence of fear’

I recently read Mandela’s Way by Richard Stengel and was impressed again by the legacy of Nelson Mandela, who impacted not only South Africa but the whole world. The first of “15 lessons” from Mandela’s leadership principles outlined by Stengel is, “Courage is not the absence of fear.” Mandela had plenty of reasons to be […]

Ten CJP-educated Afghan peacebuilders

  Simin Wahdat is the tenth Afghan-born person – four being women – to enroll as a graduate student in EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). Five of these 10 Afghans belong to an extended family that believes strongly in education and public service, for both women and men. Simin is the cousin of two sisters […]

Doug Hostetter: No one loses in peace work

The United Nations system contains about two dozen graduates of Eastern Mennonite University – most of them alumni of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) featured in the current issue of Peacebuilder magazine – but a handful have emerged from our undergraduate ranks, including Doug Hostetter ’66. Hostetter is not on the payroll of […]

The president’s cabinet is ready, willing and able as 2014 begins

 Loren Swartzendruber and his cabinet of nine are at the helm of Eastern Mennonite University‘s ship on a daily basis, guiding students’ study and employees’ work in a myriad of direct and indirect ways. In the autumn of 2013 these 10 navigators experienced favorable conditions. They attended inspiring, or at least thought-provoking, chapels on diverse topics […]

$1.1 million more sought to begin renovation of Suter Science Center

A favorite baseball metaphor captures the tremendous momentum of the Suter Science Campaign as we publish the summer 2013 Crossroads: With 84% of our $7 million goal achieved, we are rounding third base and heading for home! While we offer our deepest thanks to the 277 donors and foundations that have already supported this campaign, […]

The Solanki sisters, born in India but living in Harrisonburg since 1988, both majored in biology at EMU. Elizabeth Solanki ’91 (left) is a physical therapist; Susmita Missy Solanki ’92 is a pharmacist. Both have contributed to support the renovation of the Suter Science Center, the location of many of their studies as undergraduates. They […]

Science Center has proud past, but needs upgrading for continued success

The Suter Science Center has served EMU admirably for most of its 45 years, but we can no longer make that claim. Yes, EMU continues to produce stellar graduates – more than 90% of the students completing our pre-med program have been accepted to medical school over the last 10 years – but they and […]

Odd, interesting, tales from decades past in Suter Science Center

Long ago, when the grounds of the Suter Science Center were just a cornfield on the east side of campus, and John Spicher ’58 was a biology major taking science classes in the basement of the old “Ad” building – since burned down and replaced by the Campus Center – some forgotten person procured some chemicals […]

Array of contributors to improving the Suter Science Center

Over many years, seminar professor Nate Yoder has devotedly deducted money from his not-large salary to return as a contribution to Eastern Mennonite University. Now Nate has added a pledge to the Suter Science Center campaign. Nate has been affected physically in recent years by Parkinson’s Disease, but this has not diminished the enthusiasm he […]