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Bike advocate, by accident

When she woke up on May 1, 2008, Denise Martin ’08 was one of the many cyclists who “just kind of rode” without giving much thought to the complicated politics of bicycle advocacy. Things changed later that day when, as she just kind of rode through Harrisonburg, Martin’s wheel was yanked sideways by a skewed railroad crossing on South Main Street. It sent her immediate ...More

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When I was sick, you cared for me: alumni work in mental healthcare

More than 700 alumni living in the City of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County work in the healthcare field, according to EMU’s alumni database. This represents a larger concentration of alumni than in any other field of local employment. Sentara RMH Medical Center and its affiliated offices of healthcare providers, plus a plethora of private offices offering medical, rehabilitation and ...More

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The value of telling and hearing stories

  One of the  healthiest things we can do is simply listen to someone’s story and tell our own, says Joan Kenerson King. People with mental health issues need to have a chance to express their hopes and dreams for the future, King told Crossroads. “They have the same hurts, longings and dreams as anyone, but have more challenges in how to get to where they want to be.” ...More

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And Next? LPN earns RN from HACC, and after BSN at ADCP, then CRNA*

Nick Ngumo ’10 and his brother emigrated from Kenya to the United States in 1998 to join their mother, who’d arrived several years earlier. Ngumo entered Lancaster Mennonite High School in southeast Pennsylvania, graduating in 2000 with dreams of becoming an engineer. But his mother, a nurse herself, encouraged him to enter nursing. In 2002, Ngumo was certified as an LPN and bega ...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

EMU professor, MCC representative fast for reform

Each morning, before heading to work at Eastern Mennonite University, nursing professor Ann Graber Hershberger chows down on breakfast. When she goes home, her angry stomach demands dinner, and she obliges. Her lack of lunch isn’t an oversight or a necessary negligence d ...More

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Award-winning nurse in Oregon inspires daughters to follow her path

Some people go far beyond what is required in order to raise the standards and bar of achievement in their workplaces. Cheeri Barnhart (’77 BSN and ’12 MSN) – the  nurse manager of the Cardiovascular Care Unit (CVCU) at Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore. – is one of those people. ...More

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EMU Welcomes 12 Faculty Members for 2013-14

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. The new faculty, announced by provost Fred Kniss, are: Amy Gillespie, EdD, assistant professor of the practice of nursing ...More

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EMU Alum Chosen “School Nurse of the Year” for Michigan

Phyllis Yoder wasn’t born in Huron County, but she has been a big hit in this area for the past 25-30 years. Yoder is a registered nurse who works for the Huron Intermediate School District. She was honored with the title of Michigan School Nurse of the Year this past week. The nurse is originally from Virginia. She moved to the area when she married Dale Yoder. Together they ha ...More

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This Nurse Hopes to Work Herself Out of a Job in Guatemala

Even though Jeanette Nisly fell in love with Guatemala on a cross-cultural with Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), she never would have dreamed that she would return four months after she graduated, marry a Guatemalan, have two children, and remain for 17 years. Nisly, who majored in nursing at EMU, is the in-country coordinator for the Guatemal ...More