Class Year: 2015

‘Trust in the Lord in your long journey’: Dedicated commuter students make weekly trek for seminary classes

David Gaylor commutes 320 miles round-trip to Eastern Mennonite Seminary each week, traveling from the south-central town of Martinsville and staying Tuesday and Wednesday night. In his second year of studies, Gaylor says he’s been enriched by the experience. “I feel at home and like I have made relationships that I will keep forever,” he … More

Basketball coach Kirby Dean to step down after season

Eastern Mennonite University has announced that head men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean will resign at the end of the current season. He has accepted a position as the director of parks and recreation for Rockingham County. In his 15th season at his alma mater, Dean is the all-time winningest coach in program history and has successfully changed … More

EMU preps multi-talented Chilean alumni for doctoral religious studies, peacebuilding dialogue in the Jewish community

When Channah Fonseca-Quezada and David Quezada talk about their personal journeys that have merged and taken them from their native Chile to the United States and now to Canada, one thing is clear: Eastern Mennonite University is integral in their stories. [Since attending EMU, the couple, formerly known as Anita and Cristian, have begun using … More

Bibliophiles Delight: 100 Years of EMU Library History

From one book (Virgil’s Aeneid) to more than 500,000 items today, the library has always been a source of knowledge, wisdom and social life at first Eastern Mennonite School, then Eastern Mennonite College and now Eastern Mennonite University. Sadie A. Hartzler Library Director Marci Frederick combed carefully through the reports of previous directors to find … More

EMU grads among finalists for Women Peacebuilders for Water Award

Two graduates of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University are finalists for an award honoring women working to resolve water-related conflicts. Amina Abdulkadir and Naema “Nimo” Somo both earned graduate certificates in peacebuilding as participants in the 2013-15 cohort of Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program, and are among nine finalists for the … More

Alumni trio finds their groove with Peace, Love and Little Donuts

“You can say a lot with a donut,” says Judy Miller, waiting at the counter of Peace, Love and Little Donuts in Harrisonburg. Co-owners Matt Hershey ’15 and Cody Troyer ’13 watch while Kaitlyn Troyer ’15, the most artistically inclined of the trio, decorates a dozen fresh donuts with various glazes and toppings. “I put my heart into it,” she says sincerely, … More

Iraqi youth work to build culture of peace with support of CJP, alumni and Iraqi al-Amani Association

In an Iraqi mall on Valentine’s Day, shoppers were treated to a unique sight. Twenty-eight young people wearing traditional dress from the many cultures in the country congregated to sing, dance, and hand out flowers and balloons with messages of love and co-existence. The event, one of 42 created and implemented by Iraqi youth across … More

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

Recent CJP grad produces documentary humanizing Syrian refugees, returns to campus as teaching fellow

By the time Myriam Aziz arrived from Lebanon to start her master’s degree at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) in the fall of 2015, the U.S. presidential primary season was already underway. The resettlement of Syrian refugees had become one of its many political footballs, and Aziz was dismayed to hear … More

100 Years of Sustainability in Park View, from farm-grown food to LEED buildings

With thanks to Kenton Brubaker, Beryl and Mark Brubaker, Clair Mellinger, Eldon Kurtz, Jonathan Lantz-Trissel, Ed Lehman and LeRoy Troyer.   1917 The school opens in Assembly Park. 1920 The school adds the 103-acre Whitmore farm to the west. Farmer D. Stoner Krady, paid $80/month (as much as a faculty member), is employed to work … More

As national interest in racial healing work grows, CJP alumni join Coming To The Table leadership

Fabrice Guerrier and Jodie Geddes, alumni of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, have been elected to two-year terms on the board of managers with affiliate organization Coming To The Table (CTTT). Guerrier, who works in the U.S. State Department in Washington D.C., and Geddes, a community organizing coordinator with Restorative Justice for … More

‘Welcome Your Neighbor’ sign continues to spread around the nation, to the delight of its creators at Immanuel Mennonite Church

From Washington D.C. to Colorado, demand for Immanuel Mennonite Church’s “Welcome Your Neighbor” sign has skyrocketed. The sign, with a distinctive tri-color banding, reads in three languages: No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor. Since first posted in front of the Harrisonburg, Virginia, church in September 2015, a flood of attention from … More