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BEYOND WEATHERIZING: Environmentally Friendly Homes

Alex Ivanitsky ’02 and A. Neal Lewis, class of ’01, started a construction company in Harrisonburg, Virginia, soon after their college years. A few years later, after Lewis took coursework in sustainable design at EMU, the pair renamed the company Sustainable Solutions of Virginia and refocused their business on sustainable construction p ...More

CIVILIZED WAY TO LIVE

At the Landis Homes community in Lititz, Pennsylvania, Dr. Richard ’60 and Ruth Slabaugh ’63 Weaver were the first couple to move into one of nearly two dozen cottage homes built with a number of simple green features. These include rain barrels, tubes to let sunlight into dark areas of the house, geothermal heat pumps, and solar-powered attic fans. ...More

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Lester ’71 and Mary Beth ’72 Lind were undergraduates at EMU when the environmental movement was taking off. They were on campus when the first Earth Day was celebrated. They took part when the college offered a January term focused on environmental issues. And they drew inspiration from a popular saying of the time – “live simply so others can simply live.” “We decided to ta ...More

Designing for Health

After being exposed to a variety of toxic substances while renovating his home in 1980, Clint Good, class of ’77, developed hypersensitivities to compounds in paints, adhesives and other building materials. He was just 27 years old. Good visited numerous doctors as he struggled to regain his health. He began paying close attention to the environment he lived in. He moved out of the cit ...More

IT LOOKS A LITTLE UNUSUAL…

The house isn’t technically round, but with 20 sides, it’s close. And it looks unusual enough that strangers sometimes drop in just to ask about the place Elmer ’64 and Marianne Kennel built in 2007 a few miles outside of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Built with 20 prefabricated panels made by a company in North Carolina, the house includes a number of green features, beginning with the ...More

Books Show the Way How to Live Simply, with Pleasure

Eating locally and in season wasn’t a fad during Mary Beth Lind’s childhood in rural West Virginia. It was just the way things worked. Her mother grew a large garden, and her father, a doctor, sometimes accepted vegetables as payment from his patients. “You just learned to live with what you have,” says Lind, who graduated from EMU in 1972 with a degree in ...More

Lifelong Missionary Receives EMU’s Distinguished Service Award

Though Claude and his wife and college classmate, Alice Longenecker Good (C 54) lived among the Triqui Indians in Mexico for 25 years while translating the New Testament into their language, he believed there was more work to do. Read more… ...More

Jonalyn Denlinger: Outstanding On and Off the Field

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Crossroads – Winter 2005

Read the latest edition of Crossroads, the official magazine of Eastern Mennonite University. Articles include the story of SailingActs, profiles of alumni like Kirk Shisler and Erik Kratz, news, events and much more. Read more… ...More

EMU Names Marketing Services Director

Kirsten L. Parmer An Eastern Mennonite University alumna with more than 12 years experience in design, writing, editing and project management has been named director of marketin ...More