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98-year-old Amish teacher pays first visit to alma mater 61 years after graduating

When retired church ministry professor John R. Martin welcomed his former classmate to the Eastern Mennonite University campus last week, he offered warm regards. “It is an honor that you’ve come to visit us,” Martin said, clasping the hands of 98-year-old Amos J. Yoder. “Oh, don’t make too much of it,” said Yoder with a grin. Much was made of Yoder’s visit, t ...More

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Restorative justice alum Joseph Luciani garners national attention by dramatically reducing suspensions in LA schools

One Los Angeles school has experienced a “tectonic” decrease in suspensions, with more L.A. schools preparing to follow suit, as a result of the restorative disciplinary efforts of Joseph Luciani, a 2013 master’s graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. Luciani’ ...More

At a known sanctuary where several migrant trails intersect on their way towards Tucson and beyond, migrants have constructed a shrine to commemorate loved ones lost along the way. This photo was taken by senior nursing student Zach Coverdale during one of his trips into the desert to provide food, water and care to those in need.

Arizona Samaritans help life-threatened migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border

Since 2003, over 2,000 desperate people have died trying to cross the harsh Sonoran Desert between Mexico and the southwest United States. This continuous death toll prompted the foundation of Tucson Samaritans, a humanitarian group which has drawn in Isabel Allen, an alumnus of EMU’s STAR program, and s ...More

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Peace-trained alumni in Liberia and Sierra Leone tap local resilience and resourcefulness in curbing Ebola

Ebola is frightening – terrifying even – but bowing to the fear that Ebola can produce invites additional unrest and cultural destruction in societies already reeling from recent civil wars. Instead, a lasting solution will emerge from tapping the resilience and resourcefulness of the people themselves. These are the messages being spread by alumni of the ...More

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After Vietnam and Nigeria, Dr. Linford Gehman ’59 chooses to serve rural and homebound patients for almost a half century

The image of an experienced country doctor making house calls with a big black bag full of basic medical equipment has not completely disappeared. Even in a culture of increasing skepticism for physicians and of increasing medical costs, rural health care providers seem to be retaining their respected positions in society. Linford Gehman ’59, a doctor serving a rural population in nort ...More

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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

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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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Konrad Wert, a.k.a. Possessed by Paul James, draws spotlight from Billboard charts, NPR and NY Times before returning (yet again) to EMU

It was 1994 when Konrad Wert ’01 arrived at Eastern Mennonite University for the first time, and he didn’t stay long. Iffy about college from the start, he left after his freshman year for a voluntary service term in Washington D.C. Once that ended, he returned to EMU, stayed a bit, then departed again to volunteer in California. A yo-yo pattern was developing. “I just didn ...More

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Nova Scotia group awards $17,000 to agency operated by EMU social work alumni

Paula Weaver had to take a moment to let a substantial blessing sink in. The 1988 social work graduate of Eastern Mennonite University had just heard that her agency was the winner of the top award from a local organization called 100 Women Who Care. Weaver’s non-profit org ...More

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Married alumni couple spends spare time saving lives

On any given Saturday night, when most married couples are relaxing in front of their TVs or maybe eating out, this couple is more likely to be found at an accident scene or a strange home – “seeing things no one else will see.” Jackson and Katrina (Lehman) Maust have been rescue squad members since they were Eastern Mennonite University undergraduates six years ago. The pag ...More