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Graduating as h.s. valedictorian at 16, Slashcheva ’11 racks up accomplishments on way to being public-service dentist

Lyubov Slashcheva has an awfully long resume of accomplishments for a 21-year-old. Add to this her start in life—in a small mining town in a remote corner of the former Russian Empire. Slashcheva emigrated from Kazakhstan to the United States with her family at age 5. She started kindergarten in Harrisonburg, Va., with no knowledge of English. Thanks to an English-as-a-Second-Language ...More

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‘Why EMU is a Christian university like no other’

Senior Blake Rogers spoke the following words regarding his scholarly and personal transformation at a donor appreciation banquet on Oct. 11, 2013. He is a 2010 graduate of Turner Ashby High School and native of Hinton, Va. Tonight, I want to reinforce that EMU is truly a Christian University like no other. Three and a half years ago, I was poised with making a life-altering dec ...More

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Alum Myron Blosser awarded as top biology teacher in Virginia

“Don’t know much about history . . . don’t know much biology . . .” The late Sam Cooke may not have made such a declaration in his song, “Wonderful World,” had Myron E. Blosser of Harrisonburg, Va., been his teacher. Blosser, who teaches biology at Eastern Mennonite High School (EMHS), has received national recognition for his ability ...More

EMU alum, local doctor makes lifetime commitment to health

Bergton local Dr. Linford Gehman graduated from high school in the early 1950s. Much like many recent high school graduates today, the then 18-year-old Gehman was unsure about what to study in college. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he admits. Gehman decided to take a break before pursing a degree, and spent the next two years working at a porcelain plant in Pennsylvan ...More

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Alum of the Year: Dr. Tim Leaman Holistically Treats Inner-City Patients in ‘Intense’ Situations

In one typical afternoon at his health clinic, Tim Leaman ’93, MD, treated a 9-year-old with a sexually transmitted disease, examined an HIV patient who was in tears about upcoming cancer surgery, and counseled a colleague who was overwhelmed by the needs around her. Leaman is the site medical director at the Kensington Avenue office of the ...More

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Liberian Med Student Honored in Africa

Samfee Kamayanoh Doe ’11 has been selected as one of 28 Milead Fellows from among 2,120 candidates from 44 countries. For this highly prestigious award conferred on African women, Doe was chosen as the sole representative of Liberia, her home country. She is the daughter of Felicia Politee and Sam Gbaydee Doe. Her father, emp ...More

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2012 Grad Pursuing Medical-Mission Dream at Med School for International Health

Enrolled in the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) in Beer-Sheva, Israel, Bethany Johnson  is exactly where she wanted to be after graduating from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2012 with a degree in biology: well on her way to a career in medical missions. Johnson traces her interest in practicing medicine overseas all the wa ...More

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Dr. Chris Taylor Explores Advances in Treating Aneurysms

The science of treating brain aneurysms, a key component of neurosurgery, has developed in the last 70 years, says Chris Taylor ’91, a neurosurgeon on the medical school faculty of the University of New Mexico. Attempts to treat aneurysms before 1937 often led to the patient’s death, Taylor explained in a lecture at the Suter Science Center of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) durin ...More

Cadaver dissection gives EMU pre-med and biology students big advantages in medical school

EMU’s Cadaver Dissection Gives Pre-Med Students Big Advantage

After some preliminary classroom lectures and PowerPoints, it was time for Jason Hostetter ’07 and a handful of other upper-level EMU biology students to get down to business in a laboratory in the bottom floor of the science center. Studying human anatomy with colorful charts is one thing. Using a scalpel and an actual, recently living person is an entirely dif ...More

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Grad Earns Scholarship To Give Dental Care to Underserved

Just a few short weeks and 6.5 credits of gross anatomy into her dentistry studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, Lyubov Slashcheva ’11 has already identified one of the things she misses most about her Shenandoah Valley home: its topography. “I have an affinity for a mountainous landscape, so I’ll likely not venture too far away from the Appalachians if I ca ...More