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Shirley Showalter ’70 shares steps in her journey from conservative Mennonite upbringing to college president

Shirley Showalter is named for the iconic curly-haired child star, but, as a youngster, she wasn’t allowed to watch Ms. Temple’s performances. “I think it might have been on Youtube that I first saw `On the Good Ship Lollipop,’ ” Showalter admitted from the comfort of her Harrisonburg home last week, letting out an infectious chuckle. With an easy smi ...More


Distinguished Service Award: Ezra T. Peachey Devotes Life to Native Peoples in Remote Areas

Ezra T. Peachey ’54 (Seminary ’56) left his home in Belleville, Pa., in 1959 to drive 2½ days to remote northwestern Ontario. His initial mission, along with his wife Nannie and her sister and father, was to organize a two-week summer Bible school for native peoples in the small town of Red Lake at the end of a gravel road. ...More


Alum of the Year: Dr. Tim Leaman Holistically Treats Inner-City Patients in ‘Intense’ Situations

In one typical afternoon at his health clinic, Tim Leaman ’93, MD, treated a 9-year-old with a sexually transmitted disease, examined an HIV patient who was in tears about upcoming cancer surgery, and counseled a colleague who was overwhelmed by the needs around her. Leaman is the site medical director at the Kensington Avenue office of the ...More


Outstanding Young Alum: Castillo Campaigns for Immigration Reform

Still in her 20s, Isabel Castillo ’07 is already a nationally recognized leader of the immigration-law reform movement in the United States. She was the commencement speaker at the University of San Francisco, was called one of “the 21 brave thinkers of 2011” by Atlantic magazine, and wa ...More


Register for Homecoming 2013

Registration is now available for Homecoming 2013 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), October 11-13. Events will include: A festive gathering preceding class reunions on Saturday, October 12 MainStage Theater production of “On The Verge” by Eric Overmy Common G ...More


Homecoming and Family Weekend Photo Galleries Now Online

The Homecoming and Family Weekend 2012 photo galleries are now available on emu.edu and through EMU Facebook. Check out the galleries from alumni gatherings, athletic events and the International Marketplace Buffet. ...More


Homecoming to Celebrate 30 Years of Cross-Cultural Learning

Alumni who have experienced the jarring, exciting sensations of crossing into another culture – namely, almost every student at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) over the last 30 years – will form the bulk of those returning to campus to reconnect with friends, classmates and the community for Homecoming and Family Weekend, Oct. 12-14. ...More


Alumni of the Year: Vic and Christina Buckwalter

Two idealistic young people meet at EMU, earn their degrees in pre-med and education, and spend their entire careers serving others – without fanfare – at home and abroad. Now they get some fanfare from a university that values service and promotes the helping professions. Vic Buckwalter ’73, originally from Cochranville, Pa., went on to medical school at Temple University in Phila ...More


Distinguished Service Award: David Boshart

Some people dream of a denomination that grows by embracing diverse groups of people. David Boshart ’86, MA ’87 (religion), is facilitating such growth in his corner of the Mennonite Church USA. Boshart, who is executive conference minister for the denomination’s Central Plains Conference, has wor ...More


Registration Open for Homecoming 2012

Registration is now available for Homecoming 2012 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Oct. 12-14. Celebrations will include recognition of EMU’s 30th anniversary of the cross-cultural programs. All cross-cultural programs will be recognized including the early days of EMU’s study abroad program. Other ...More