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‘Chef Oz’ Blackaller creates multiethnic culinary delights at San Diego-area ‘fusion’ tapas bar

In the summer of 2000, Osvaldo Blackaller `07, a native of Monclova, Mexico, found himself in Harrisonburg married to the love of his life, Joanna. Oz – as everyone calls him – began working full time at Cargill, but felt a nagging urge to finish his degree. Getting into schools proved more difficult than expected with lots of hoops to jump through as an international student and cla ...More


35-year-old alum named president of Blue Ridge Bank

A 35-year-old alumnus of Eastern Mennonite University started 2015 as a new bank president. Brian Plum became president and chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Bank of Luray, Va., on Dec. 17. Blue Ridge, founded in 1893, is a locally owned and community-based bank with 46 employees and branches in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Luray, McGaheysville and She ...More


For fight against Ebola, international students plan fundraising event with Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously from afar as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she returned to the Eastern Mennonite University campus. She never imagined that desire, born from hours of long-distance conversation with her family members and prayer over the sufferings of ...More

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Accounting alums selected from 80 grad students to receive awards at James Madison University

When it came time to recognize high-achieving students at James Madison University’s College of Business this spring, JMU named Jonathan Leaman and Darian Harnish – both 2013 graduates of Eastern Mennonite University – as two of four award recipients from a class of 80 students earning a master of science in accounting. Leaman was one of three ...More

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The BruCrew: EMU junior spins demand for odd jobs into business employing his classmates

The average junior in college is better known for ridiculous behavior or pulling all-nighters to finish a paper put off until the last minute, not running a successful business that employs fellow students. Everett Brubaker, though, is getting ready for the third summer of operating “BruCrew,” a self-proclaimed “community-driven workf ...More


Alumni bankers emphasize community service and stewardship

You’re probably familiar with the rich subgenre of editorial cartoon art lampooning “fat-cat” bankers, whose status as public punching bags has only grown over the past several years as “mortgage-backed securities” entered the national vocabulary and the economy sputtered. But bankers come in all shapes and sizes, and the fat-catting that goes on at a multinational bank ...More


Everence takes values of the church into the marketplace

Everence is a rarity in the financial world. It is the only full-service financial institution founded by one of the historic peace churches, and it continues to be a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and kindred churches. Founded nearly 70 years ago as Mennonite Mutual Aid, the company initially offered loans to conscientious objectors who worked as Civilian Publi ...More


Lightening someone’s load through insurance

After Hurricane Sandy tore along the East Coast in the fall of 2012, employees at Lacher & Associates in Souderton, Pennsylvania, went into overdrive to assist clients whose homes and property were damaged by the destructive storm. “People want to feel heard and valued, especially navigating insurance in times of loss,” says Erin Price ’05, a personal insuranc ...More


Insurance and the Mennonite church

A century or more ago, “insurance” was something of a bad word for Mennonites. Buying an insurance policy implied value on worldly treasure and represented departure from the traditional practice of “mutual aid,” by which the church used its pooled resources to rebuild and restore losses suffered by individual members through accident or other misfortune. Attitudes and circumstan ...More


Six grads contribute to SNL financial’s data-collection work

You know how Americans picture the CIA combing the world to collect data, keeping careful tabs on which political faction is rising or falling in what country, and which dealer is funneling arms to what rebel movement? Now shift to the private sector and picture a corporation that combs the world as intensively, or more, than the CIA. Its mission: to collect and sell financial and ...More