Day: August 2, 2016

Outstanding Young Alum 2013: Isabel Castillo

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 was featured prominently in the New York Times. … More

Outstanding Young Alum 2014: Elizabeth Good

Elizabeth Good ’01, is seldom far from the wise counsel of an Eastern Mennonite University professor, though separated by many miles and years since graduation. “Ann Hershberger was, and still is, a tremendous influence on my life and career as a nurse,” says Good. “I still email her with questions and we sometimes talk on … More

Outstanding Young Alum 2015: Martin Histand

  When he was young, Martin Histand ’05 may have been the only kid in America who didn’t like peanut butter. Who would have thought that someday he would be part of an effort to save Africa’s malnourished children through peanut butter? Histand, 31, is the operations manager for Project Peanut Butter (PPB), an 11-year-old … More

Outstanding Young Alum 2016: Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo

Why would Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo ’10, Eastern Mennonite University Young Alumnus of the Year for 2016, choose to live, indefinitely, half a world away from her family of origin, in a slum community built on a city trash pile? “I think my parents are mostly to blame,” Prasetyo says, laughing. Prasetyo, was born in Honduras … More

Distinguished Service Award 2012: 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 worked at better relationships with Hispanic-Mennonite churches. When told that … More

Distinguished Service Award 2010: Nadene Brunk

A good cause. Passion. Compassion. High motivation. Extremely motivating. Delicate negotiator. Put all of these into a lady who is already vivacious, likable, and mild-mannered and out comes Nadene Brunk ’75. In 2000, I was on the medical mission team that introduced Nadene to Haiti. Granted, as a Certified Nurse Midwife, she was already primed … More

Distinguished Service Award 2009: J. Robert Eshleman

When Dr. J. Robert Eshleman entered dental school at MCV, he said he felt “very insecure among all these guys with degrees from large universities. I asked Rosalie (Hartman) if she would still marry me if I flunked out of dental school. She said, ‘Yes, but you won’t flunk out.’” Eshleman worked so hard that … More

Alumnus of the Year 2013: Tim Leaman

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 … More

Alumna of the Year 2006: Catherine R. Mumaw

When Catherine R . Mumaw ’54 realized participants from her maternal and child nutrition course in Jamaica were doing development work in every parish in that island nation – not to mention Africa, Asia, and South America – she thought, “This is the most important thing I’ve ever done.” She developed the course, taught mostly … More

Alumnus of the Year 2009: Anthony Pratkanis

Anthony Pratkanis, 52, a 1979 EMU graduate with majors in psychology, sociology and social work, received EMU’s 2009 “alumnus of the year” award during the Sunday morning worship service of homecoming and family weekend. The award is presented annually to a graduate who has been recognized for significant achievement in their profession, community or church. … More

Alumnus of the Year 2005: Myron Blosser

Eastern Mennonite High School has some lovely brand-new science classrooms, and Myron Blosser ’83, MA ’98 does everything he can to get his students out of them. Blosser, the 2005 Alumnus of the Year, could lecture from his own experience and judgments, but he’d rather let the students find out for themselves. “Experience is the … More

Alumnus of the Year 2004: Willard Swartley

Willard Swartley ’59 combines courageous academic inquiry with faithful commitment to Jesus Christ. One of the foremost Anabaptist interpreters of Scripture and EMU’s 2004 alumnus of the year, Willard was the first of his family to graduate from high school and college. One summer more than fifty years ago, Willard Swartley’s father faced a tough … More