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Alumnus of the Year: Donald Oswald, pioneer in helping children with autism

When Donald Oswald ’75 accepted his first teaching job after graduating from college, he also discovered a field of study that defines his academic and professional career. “The opportunity to work with children with autism was not the result of a deliberate plan or any previous experience with autism,” says Oswald. “Grafton School in Berryville, Virginia, was just beginning the ...More


EMU’s 10 new faculty members come with outstanding credentials in seven fields

Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University – the most in-demand field of study at this university – leads the way in welcoming three new faculty members out of 11 teachers in eight specialties joining EMU for 2014-15. Music is gaining two assistant professors. The other newcomers are in political science, chemistry, social work, psychology, history and the seminary. ...More

Kara Kishbaugh with book

‘Reading the same book brings people closer together as a community by creating common ground for discussion’

Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More


Pioneer in Autism care

When Donald Oswald graduated with a major in psychology in 1975, he got a job working at the Grafton School in Berryville, Virginia, which was then (and remains) an organization known nationally for serving children and adults with disabilities and significant emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Oswald had been there a year before he saw hi ...More


From missionary doctor to mother of five to psychiatrist

Every inch of tabletop space in Dorcas Stoltzfus Morrow’s apartment is covered with loose papers and three-ring binders, spillover from the crammed bookshelves that surround her living room at Landis Homes in Lititz, Pa. One of the first women to complete a full pre-med program at EMC, Morrow enrolled in the fall of 1956 at The Women’s M ...More


Mennonite healthcare institutions search for a better way

Since the very beginning, the conviction that “there has to be a better way” has been a guiding principle for the Mennonite mental healthcare institutions that were established as a response to the experience of conscientious objectors (COs) during World War II. Mennonite mental healthcare institutions have demonstrated ingenuity and leadership in the face of changing circumstances w ...More


EMU Welcomes 12 Faculty Members for 2013-14

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. The new faculty, announced by provost Fred Kniss, are: Amy Gillespie, EdD, assistant professor of the practice of nursing ...More


Liberian Med Student Honored in Africa

Samfee Kamayanoh Doe ’11 has been selected as one of 28 Milead Fellows from among 2,120 candidates from 44 countries. For this highly prestigious award conferred on African women, Doe was chosen as the sole representative of Liberia, her home country. She is the daughter of Felicia Politee and Sam Gbaydee Doe. Her father, emp ...More

EMU PTSD Lecture

PTSD Not Just From Combat, Researcher Says

Courtesy Daily News Record, April 3, 2012 Nearly 100 students, faculty and sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder gathered at Eastern Mennonite University on Friday to hear an alumnus discuss his federally funded research on the illness. Christopher Reist, an associate professor at the University of California at Irvine and director of medical research for the Long B ...More


Pastor Pairs Love of Church, People with Disabilities

Courtesy Bluffton University Having an adopted brother with tubular meningitis has made a huge mark on the Rev. Paula Snyder Belousek’s life. “Early on, I became interested in what role people with disabilities play in the church setting,” she said last week at Bluffton University. While majoring in special education ...More