Day: July 8, 2016

Bilingual grad enlivens elementary Spanish classes

Fifteen kindergarteners file into Camila Pandolfi’s classroom at Waterman Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Va., and take seats in the illustrated rows they recognize by such names as triángulo, corazón, estrella (triangle, heart, star). They enthusiastically repeat descriptions of storybook creatures Pandolfi displays: caballo azul (blue horse), rana verde (green frog), gato morado (purple cat). English … More

Kelley Shradley-Horst named Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the Year

Kelley Shradley-Horst, an art teacher at Harrisonburg High School and 2006 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, didn’t get her hopes up. Even after scoring one of five regional nominations on her way to becoming the Virginia Secondary Art Educator of the Year, she was skeptical about actually winning the honor. “I kind of had a … More

EMU grad works with Nobel laureate on getting sustainability into schools

Preparing teachers to weave sustainability concepts into their elementary, middle and high school classrooms has led Jared Stoltzfus to combine his doctoral studies at Arizona State University (ASU) with part-time work developing curriculum at two high schools. Stoltzfus is one of six ASU students who co-created “Sustainability Science Education for Teachers.” It’s a new course … More

Alumnus remains leading researcher into bipolar disorder

The link between genetics and mental illness continues to engage Abram Hostetter, a psychiatrist who is in his fourth decade of world-recognized research into why Old Order Amish are more susceptible to bipolar disorder than the general population. Hostetter, an alumnus of two Mennonite colleges, is part of a University of Miami team that has … More

Family, EMU seek To establish endowment in honor Of ‘05 grad

Matt Styer’s obsession growing up was National Geographic. He not only wanted to read the magazine, he “had” to, said his mother, Grace. “His goal was to work for them,” she said. Leukemia cut short the 30-year-old’s life pursuit on Dec. 19, 2011. But not before Styer “created his own” version of the magazine, his … More

CJP grad awarded Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite” for 2012

Messy disputes in divorces can have lasting impacts on spouses and their children. Sometimes, litigation in a courtroom is the best way to go, says Harrisonburg attorney P. Marshall Yoder, a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and adjunct professor at EMU. But more and more couples are finding the … More

Linda Heatwole Bland was early leader in English as a Second Language education

The focus on teaching English to non-native speakers in Harrisonburg, Va., began when a ’64 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) was tapped to address the needs of the city’s growing group of students who were fluent in other languages, but not English. This assignment put Linda Heatwole Bland “on the fastest learning curve in … More

Succumbing to EMU’s magnetism, Joelle Hackney earns three degrees

If Joelle Hackney had had her way when she was 18, she would have started college 2,400 miles from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), at Humboldt State in Arcata, California. But by the summer after her 2001 graduation from Stuart’s Draft High School in Augusta County, Va., Humboldt’s steep tuition and other logistical considerations forced her … More

Primavera Foundation garden coordinator grows hope in the Arizona desert

Emma Stahl-Wert is growing hope, one vegetable at a time. As garden coordinator for the Primavera Foundation, Stahl-Wert plans and manages community gardens at transitional housing properties in Tucson, Ariz., where she is in the middle of a two-year term with Mennonite Voluntary Service, a Mennonite Mission Network program. Each week, Stahl-Wert, 22, works alongside residents, many … More

Seminary students provide ministry at Dulles International Airport

Preaching from a pulpit on Sundays is not the aspiration of seminary students Eugene and Christina Kraybill. Eugene, in fact, is often in the sky Sunday mornings, piloting his United Airlines CRJ-700 from Dulles International Airport – a job he enjoys and plans to continue indefinitely. Ministry, for him, is “not ‘a calling’; it’s life.” … More

Atypical Anabaptist: Alumnus Leonard Dow brings ‘Mennocostal’ preaching To EMU

Leonard Dow is making a name for himself. Around Philadelphia and throughout Mennonite Church USA, the 47-year-old is turning heads and people are listening. It’s hard not to. Beads of sweat bubble all over Dow’s forehead as he delivers energetic, poignant sermons. The 47-year-old black preacher isn’t your cookie cutter Mennonite. Some in the “City … More

From Brazil to EMU, sisters keep family bond

One sister is about to graduate from Eastern Mennonite University, the other is completing her sophomore year after transferring from another school. Each decided independently of the other to attend EMU, but both believe it was one of “the best decisions” they’ve ever made. Luciana Beatriz Stoltzfus – who goes by “Bia” – is finishing … More