Day: June 27, 2017

Called to nursing as his second career, Michael Sumner ’15 earns awards for compassionate care and research

Michael Sumner, an emergency room (ER) nurse at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg, Va., earned an award for compassionate care in May, and days later, a second award for a research project. He is a 2015 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s nursing program. The timing was coincidental, but both the awards are “a small glimpse into … More

Anxo Perez ’97 is EMU’s 2017 Alumnus of the Year

In his native Spain and beyond, Anxo Perez  ’97 has become an inspirational speaker and author. His message: “Don’t admire success, admire effort.” Eastern Mennonite University has named Perez its 2017 Alumnus of the Year for accomplishments in his profession. He graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with minors in music … More

The Steel Wheels — with deep EMU roots — to headline Centennial festivities

The Steel Wheels, the nationally recognized Shenandoah Valley-based roots music band consisting of Eastern Mennonite University alumni Trent Wagler ’02, Eric Brubaker ’01, and Brian Dickel ’98, as well as bandmate Jay Lapp, will join headline the celebration of the university’s centennial at Homecoming and Family Weekend this October. On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m., the … More

Crossroads Spring/Summer 2017 issue honors EMU’s 100 years of countercultural education

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Crossroads is the first of two issues celebrating our Centennial year, 2017-18. Eastern Mennonite University was founded 100 years ago, opening for the first classes in October 1917. A photographic timeline of the first 100 years is featured in this issue. Click here to view the digital issue. View individual articles … More

Practicum helps CJP alumnus Lydell Steiner to found Ohio mediation center

Lydell Steiner’s vocation came calling in the form of a persistent acquaintance who recognized his skills might fit a community need. The Ohio native was a team pastor at Kidron Mennonite Church when a community member repeatedly asked if he’d consider developing local mediation resources. At the time, Steiner was enrolled in Eastern Mennonite Seminary, … More

Grad School Q & A: Larisa Zehr ’11 heads to law school after six years of peacebuilding work in Colombia

Larisa Zehr is a 2011 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, where she majored in peacebuilding and development, and minored in pre-law, history and social sciences, and political studies. Since graduation, she has worked for the non-government organization (NGO) Sembrandopaz in Colombia – first with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), then directly as a staff member. She … More

Grad School Q & A: Doug Wrenn ’02, professor at Penn State

Doug Wrenn, a 2002 Eastern Mennonite University graduate, majored in business administration and economics. He is now an assistant professor of environmental and resource economics at Penn State University. He earned at MA in economics in 2008 and a doctorate in agricultural, development and environmental economics in 2012, both from Ohio State University. Describe your … More

Grad School Q & A: Natalie Bonilla Romero ’09, family nurse practitioner

Natalie Bonilla Romero, a 2009 graduate of the nursing program, is a Family Nurse Practitioner in a Georgia practice serving the local Hispanic community. She received a Master of Science in Nursing in 2016 from the University of South Alabama. Describe your studies at the University of South Alabama. I studied a dual degree in … More

Grad School Q & A: Matt Gnagey ’05, professor at Weber State

Matt Gnagey, now an assistant professor at Weber State (Ogden, Utah), graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2005, majoring in economics and justice, peace and conflict studies. He received his doctorate in agricultural, environmental and development economics in 2014 from The Ohio State University. Describe your research and professorship at Weber State. I am in … More

Grad School Q & A: Karla Martin ’13, pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at Duke University

Karla Martin graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-physical therapy and a minor in psychology. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Duke University. Describe your field of study and research at Duke and work during clinical rotations. My clinical interests remain widespread, … More

Grad School Q & A: Blair Wilner ’13, on studying theology at Duke Divinity School and UVa.

Addison Blair Wilner, a 2013 Bible and religion graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in religious studies at the University of Virginia. He received a Master of Theological Studies in 2015 at Duke Divinity School. Describe your field of study and research at the University of Virginia and … More

Grad School Q & A: James Souder ’13, studying at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

James Souder graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2013. He majored in environmental and social sustainability, with minors in photography, biology, economics and international development. He is now pursuing a Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Describe your field of study and research at Yale. My concentration is in “Industrial Ecology and Green … More