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Mental health advocates and Gould Farm community members Wayne and Donna Burkhart earn Distinguished Service Award

Wayne ’67 and Donna Beachy ’69 Burkhart were both just days out of graduate school when the couple spotted a Mennonite Weekly Review ad for a “Gardens and Grounds Work Leader.” Wayne’s advisor at Michigan State University told him it looked like a “dead-end job.” Wayne still applied. Thirty-two years later, both he and Donna continue to find their work at ...More

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Sharing their stories: CJP alumni filmmakers commissioned to highlight the changing faces of the Shenandoah Valley

Tess Cortes, a native of the Philippines, was ripped from her home in war-torn Liberia when she was 30 years old. “We were advised to leave the country,” Cortes said. “I left with my two kids, my ex-husband stayed behind. He was living with his uncle.” ...More

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Counselor, pastor and social justice advocate Harvey Yoder named 2016 Alumnus of the Year

Harvey Yoder ’64, SEM ’99, is guided by a steadfast vision of God’s future in which the “wolf lies down with the lamb, people study war no more, and prisoners are released.” In the half-century since his 1964 graduation, Yoder has quietly encouraged efforts to bring about God’s shalom. While he prefaces mention of his accomplishments with “they didn’t set the world on fir ...More

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Crossroads alumni magazine spring/summer 2016 issue now available

The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of Crossroads is now available online in a digital version (and in your mailbox if you are an alumnus with a current U.S. address on file). While all of our magazines are the result of many hours of work and much thoughtful collaboration, this one has perha ...More

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Groundbreaking research shows sustainably produced foods are a big factor in maintaining EMU’s low nitrogen footprint

Thanks to an alumna scientist, Eastern Mennonite University was among the first schools involved in groundbreaking work that is raising awareness about institutional nitrogen footprints. Laura Cattell Noll ’09, a graduate student in environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, works with Professor James Galloway and project manager Elizabeth Castner on the “N-Print” projec ...More

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Calling all artists! Apply now to help celebrate Eastern Mennonite University’s Centennial with the ’10x10x100 Project’

Eastern Mennonite University is calling artists with any connection to Eastern Mennonite School or Eastern Mennonite University – current or former graduate or undergraduate student, faculty or staff – to submit proposals for consideration for a special art installation for the institution’s 2017-18 Centennial Celebration. In September 2 ...More

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After 41 years handling campus mail at Eastern Mennonite University, postal supervisor Betty Hertzler retires

Betty Hertzler has done a lot of laughing at human nature over the years. Postal supervisor at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) since 1974, Hertzler has fielded scores of questions showing a lack of common sense: “Do you have any stamps?” “Do you have any Christian stamps?” “How do I address a letter?” “Do I need to pay to send this packag ...More

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Lyubov Slashcheva ’11 graduates from VCU dental school, earns excellence award

[Reprinted with permission from VCU] Lyubov Slashcheva arrived in the United States when she was 5 years old not knowing a word of English, but already determined to make an impact in her new country. The youngest of three children, she emigrated with her family from a small mining town in a remote corner of Kazakhstan to the Shenandoah Valley shortly before enrolling in kinderg ...More

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Center for Justice and Peacebuilding publishes first of e-journals series on peacebuilding origins and values

At the heart of the first e-journal published by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding is an invitation. Readers are welcomed, in this issue and the next three to come, to reflect along with co-authors Professor Jayne Docherty and Mikhala Lantz-Simmons MA ’16 on ...More

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In Reunion’s ‘Freedom Circles,’ peacebuilding major facilitates life changes and his own learning

Nathan McKnight recognized a quality of reciprocity in his spring semester internship. The people who come through the “freedom circles” hosted by the organization Reunion, he says, “are improving me, at the same time that I’m doing my best to improve them.” McKnight, a recent graduate of the peacebuilding ...More