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Four alumni named to The Mennonite’s ’20 Under 40′ committed to faith

Four alumni are among The Mennonite’s “20 Under 40” honorees, selected for their commitment to “following Jesus” and finding “value in the Christian faith and community.” The honorees were selected from 120 nominations of nearly 90 individuals. Sarah Hooley, 28, lives and ...More


Outreach chamber quartet brings together biology, religion, education majors and yes, one future professional musician, to give the gift of music in unusual venues

Isaac Dahl is a religious and intercultural studies major. Quinn Kathrineberg plans on a career as an English teacher. Maria Yoder wants to be a doctor. Among the members of this string quartet, only Jacinda Stahly is a music major. That was a point that Richi Yowell, program director at Gemeinschaft Home ...More

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Twenty Winchester Medical Center nurses graduate from on-site RN-BSN program with more cohorts on the way

Year after year, Keith McNeely watched his fellow nurses at Winchester Medical Center make the weekly 65-plus mile drive to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) as they worked towards their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. McNeely, a nurse in the cardiovascular surgical intensive care unit, enrolled twice but, as he says, “life got in the way. ...More


Harrisonburg native and internationally renowned countertenor headlines 24th annual Bach Festival

Nathan Medley, a Harrisonburg High School graduate who has earned international recognition, will headline this year’s Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The June 12-19 festival will include three major festival concerts, a Sunday morning “Leipzig Service,” a week-long chamber music series, a Baroque workshop, prog ...More

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Working with the urban poor, Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo earns 2016 Outstanding Young Alum recognition

Why would Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo ’10, Eastern Mennonite University Young Alumnus of the Year for 2016, choose to live, indefinitely, half a world away from her family of origin, in a slum community built on a city trash pile? “I think my parents are mostly to blame,” Prasetyo says, laughing. Prasetyo, was born in Honduras to Luke ’82 and ...More

burkhart feature

Mental health advocates and Gould Farm community members Wayne and Donna Burkhart earn Distinguished Service Award

Wayne ’67 and Donna Beachy ’69 Burkhart were both just days out of graduate school when the couple spotted a Mennonite Weekly Review ad for a “Gardens and Grounds Work Leader.” Wayne’s advisor at Michigan State University told him it looked like a “dead-end job.” Wayne still applied. Thirty-two years later, both he and Donna continue to find their work at ...More


Veterans’ needs are an area of rising concern, and an opportunity for learning and ministry, at Eastern Mennonite Seminary

A conversation about the needs and issues facing military veterans has been arising in an unexpected place this year: the halls of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). The dialogue has grown as several graduate students recently focused their culminating research projects for their ...More

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Counselor, pastor and social justice advocate Harvey Yoder named 2016 Alumnus of the Year

Harvey Yoder ’64, SEM ’99, is guided by a steadfast vision of God’s future in which the “wolf lies down with the lamb, people study war no more, and prisoners are released.” In the half-century since his 1964 graduation, Yoder has quietly encouraged efforts to bring about God’s shalom. While he prefaces mention of his accomplishments with “they didn’t set the world on fir ...More

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Crossroads alumni magazine spring/summer 2016 issue now available

The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Crossroads is now available online in a digital version (and in your mailbox if you are an alumnus with a current U.S. address on file). While all of our magazines are the result of many hours of work and much thoughtful collaboration, this one has perha ...More

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‘Street Sense’ editorial intern helps provide a voice for the homeless in Washington D.C.

Homelessness wasn’t something Abby Hershberger was familiar with while growing up in Millersburg, Ohio, a town of about 3,500 residents. “It didn’t happen to people I knew,” she says. “It didn’t happen to my friends or family. I just wasn’t exposed to it.” During a spring semester at Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More