LEAP leads the way to EMU

Jeff Boodie, a native of the Bronx, New York City, experienced firsthand the difficulties of transitioning to a small university nestled in the Shenandoah Valley.

Boodie, who has completed his freshman year at EMU, was among four first-year EMU students who participated in LEAP (Learning, Exploring and Participating), a year-old seminary-born program aimed at helping create a “culture of call” across Mennonite Church USA.

LEAP engages both the seminary community and high school student leaders in a partnership of learning and leadership and is accepting nominations until May 28 for the Summer 2004 program, during which students will study on-campus with seminary professors and others from July 15-26 and then take field excursions to Indonesia, Nicaragua, Trinidad or New York City from July 26 to Aug. 7. Upon return to campus, students will reconnect with new friends and the entire group, share experiences, reflect on God