Sending - January 12 Convocation
The two cross-cultural teams leaving this semester were invited to participate
in a time of prayer and sending during spring convocation on January 12. President
Loren Swartzendruber commented on the importance of EMU's cross-cultural program
as a way to extend our community. "At EMU, we remind ourselves frequently
that we are part of a global community," Swartzendruber said. "We
put flesh on that community by our cross-cultural experiences," in recognizing
two student groups who will leave campus Thursday, Jan. 13, for semester-long
cross-cultural study programs. They came forward for a commissioning and a prayer
of blessing to close the convocation service.
Twenty one students, led by Douglas Hertzler, assistant professor of anthropology
and sociology and assistant director of EMU's Washington Community Scholars
Center (WCSC) and his wife, Jodi-Beth, will spend the semester in Guatemala
Vernon E. Janzti, professor of sociology, and his wife, Dorothy, will lead
a group of 33 students in a semester-long study program to New Zealand and Fiji.
EMU requires all students to participate in a cross-cultural experience as
a graduation requirement as part of its "Global Village" curriculum.