Author: Holden Byler

Working with the urban poor, Grace Schrock-Hurst Prasetyo earns 2016 Outstanding Young Alum recognition

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

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 … More

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 2016, five selected artists will join project curator … More

In Reunion’s ‘Freedom Circles,’ peacebuilding graduate 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 and development program at Eastern Mennonite … More

After bonding over shared ‘third-culture kid’ experience, psychology professor and student collaborate on research

When she started her sophomore year of high school, Kim Brenneman suddenly wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Her family had moved to northern India, and Brenneman – now a professor and chair of the EMU Psychology Department – spent the next two years attending the Woodstock School. It wasn’t a terribly long period to spend abroad, … More

Deana Moren Baker ’86, All-ODAC and All-American player, is inducted in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

When Deana Moren Baker ’86 was in middle school in Bremen, Indiana, her basketball team held practice in the school cafeteria because the boys were using the gym. They took layups using the Peter Pan mascot’s head on the wall as a stand-in for a basket. When she was in high school, wearing polyester uniforms … More

Celebrating Service: Special projects manager Jack Rutt keeps his finger on EMU’s pulse, but with a bit more time off

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Jack Rutt, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here, as well as advice for those of us still … More

Celebrating Service: Pamela Rutt heads back to the classroom, fulfilling a dream as a sign language interpretor

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Pamela Rutt, former assistant director of the graduate teacher education program in Lancaster, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their … More

Celebrating Service: Counseling program co-founder David Glanzer looks to sailing and the West for restoration and rejuvenation

This spring, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them David Glanzer, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here. Please stay tuned as we feature retiring faculty and staff (at … More

Celebrating Service: Linda Alley plans to move ‘more fully’ into callings as spiritual director, retreat leader and writer

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Linda Lefever Alley, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here, as well as advice for those of us … More

Lenten Reflections: Carmen Schrock-Hurst reflects on her journey with glaucoma and on walking ‘by faith, not by sight’

In the fall of 1977, I was preparing to be a resident assistant in Northlawn residence hall. I needed to pick a Bible verse to be a theme for our hall. Thus it was that taped to each door were two construction paper foot prints and a name tag for each student, and the bulletin … More

Rheinheimer named D-III Academic All-American of the Year and nominated again for Jostens Trophy

Jess Rheinheimer (Manheim, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), a senior student-athlete at Eastern Mennonite University, was recently named the Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She was on the five-member First Team as a junior before being named the top scholar in all of Division III women’s basketball this year. A … More