EMU Stories

Teacher Education Grads Excel in Classroom

EMU education graduates Camila Pandolfi and Steven Rittenhouse What makes EMU education grads exceptional? For many, like Camila and Steven, it’s a focus on “reflective practice” and early experience in local classrooms observing and putting lessons into practice.

Those key characteristics of the EMU teacher education program are part of why 100% of program graduates pass the state licensure exams, and nearly all are employed as teachers within six months of graduation. read more

Linking Kids to the Bay

EMU grad Laura Cattell Noll and her work on Chesapeake Bay Conservation for the National Aquarium “It’s really rewarding when a student or community volunteer has an ‘aha’ moment about the environment,” says environmental science grad Laura Cattell Noll.

The conservation technician at the National Aquarium in Baltimore implements community-based wetland restoration projects for the Chesapeake Bay watershed. read more

Peace Institute Perks

For the second year in a row, college senior James Souder has a summer job that wins him friends from dozens of countries.

They are men and women aged 20 to 90 who do things on behalf of peace and justice like mediate between warring soldiers and live among suffering refugees in camps. Souder is one of four 1990-born undergraduates at EMU who are “community assistants” in the main dormitory building occupied by participants in EMU’s 2012 Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI). read more

Following Jesus’ Trail

EMU grad Anna Dintaman Landis hiking the Jesus Trail Like the Good Samaritan, like Zacchaeus in the tree, unexpected lessons from unlikely characters were a major theme of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Two millennia later, the two EMU graduates behind the Jesus Trail are giving others the opportunity for cross-cultural lessons of their own while walking, literally, where Jesus did. read more

An MBA with Heart

MBA student Deb King learned that the EMU program offers much more than the nuts and bolts needed to run a business. At the heart of this program are people who believe that business is a way to make a positive difference in the world. She says EMU inspired her family to follow in Christ’s path in their everyday lives and vocations. read more

Liza Heavener – Going ‘Off the Grid’

EMU grad Liza Heavener in Borneo Living with the Dayak tribe in the jungle of Borneo, restoring habitat for orangutans, and fishing for her own food is 2007 EMU grad Liza Heavener’s idea of one of the best adventures she could have.

Liza was one of 15 people chosen from nine countries to embark on a 100-day mission, DeforestACTION – Borneo. Their goal is to film a 3D documentary that looks at illegal deforestation in the jungles of Borneo and the impact it has on the local tribes and endangered orangutans. read more

A Global Classroom

India cross-cultural trip Imagine reading the Bible from a site where Jesus may have preached. Or studying art and history in locations where the events you’re discussing actually took place. On cross-cultural, a requirement at EMU long before it became trendy, you’ll travel to live with another culture and journal, reflect, and process the experience as a group along the way, led by experienced professors who have lived and worked internationally. read more

A Green “Gold” Standard

Cedarwood dorm EMU’s newest dorm Cedarwood is the first dorm in Virginia to receive “gold” certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), one of the highest environmental standards for construction. It’s one of just 33 dorms nationwide to achieve gold. With U.S. buildings responsible for 39 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption and 13 percent of water consumption in our country, Cedarwood is helping to reverse those statistics. read more

Alumni in Action: Nicholas Detweiler-Stoddard

EMU alumni in action Long before Nicholas Detweiler-Stoddard graduated from EMU in 2009, most folks on campus knew he would be a leader in peacemaking, creation care, and sustainability. They didn’t know exactly what he would do – he could have been successful in almost any profession – but we knew he had changed the face of EMU and would likely do the same wherever he went. read more

Nobel Peace Laureate

leymah Gbowee EMU alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize in October 2011.1 She shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and women’s rights activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. Leymah received the Nobel Prize for her work in organizing a peace movement to end the Second Liberian Civil War. She has become famous across the globe for mobilizing women. Her journey from being a destitute and depressed mother of four to being an assertive peacebuilder began in the late 1990s when she received training in trauma healing and reconciliation from Lutheran church workers in Liberia during that country’s civil war. read more