Story Author: Emily Wade Will

Centennial Award recipients Chester and Sara Jane Wenger honored for ‘rich lives of service, leadership and faith’

When Chester Wenger ’36 became acquainted with Sara Jane Weaver ’42, he found her “so beautiful and lovable I couldn’t resist,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Something else beguiled Chester. “It impressed me to see a young woman stand up there teaching the Bible to a whole roomful of children,” holding their rapt attention. A … More

Leonard Dow ’87 to be honored with EMU’s Distinguished Service Award

On a fall morning in 1978, Leonard Dow left his home in working class Philadelphia and arrived at the expansive, picturesque campus of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pa. He was one of 30 black freshmen and sophomores recruited by Lancaster Mennonite Conference to integrate the 400-member mostly white student body. Dow, a ninth-grader, traveled … More

Dr. Laura Rosenberger ’03 is EMU’s 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Laura Rosenberger was either 4 or 5 when she bounced out of her pediatrician’s office one day exclaiming, “I want to be just like Dr. Kopp when I grow up.” Rosenberger didn’t recall the incident but it became family lore as the years passed and Rosenberger didn’t waver in her desire to become a physician. Learn … 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

Distinguished Service Award 2016: Wayne and Donna Burkhart

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

Alumnus of the Year 2016: Harvey Yoder

Harvey Yoder ’64, SEM ’99, is guided by a steadfast vision of God’s future in which the “wolf lies down with the lamb, people study war no more, and prisoners are released.” In the half-century since his 1964 graduation, Yoder has quietly encouraged efforts to bring about God’s shalom. While he prefaces mention of his … 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