Story Author: Paul Souder

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

Alumna of the Year 2001: Marilyn Metzler

She knew, even at age eight. Her quick young mind had already counted the cost. Perhaps the lesson is more obvious when your grandparents move from their Pennsylvania farm in the 1940s to help start a mission church in the deep south. When missionary letters from your aunts and uncles arrive in your mailbox from … More

Distinguished Service Award 2014: Donald Sensenig

Donald Sensenig’s journey of service as a missionary, pastor, refugee advocate, interpreter and restorative justice volunteer has taken him to the Bronx streets of New York City and the heart of Saigon in Vietnam, from Los Angeles barrios to refugee camps in Thailand and Honduras. Yet when Sensenig tells one of his favorite stories of … More

Alumnus of the Year 2014: Donald Oswald

When Donald Oswald ’75 accepted his first teaching job after graduating from college, he also discovered a field of study that defines his academic and professional career. “The opportunity to work with children with autism was not the result of a deliberate plan or any previous experience with autism,” says Oswald. “Grafton School in Berryville, … More

Simin Wahdat: From enduring bombs in search of food in Kabul to joining Laura Bush in D.C.

For the first eight years of her life, Simin Wahdat, 31, was oblivious to the deep fault lines of history that ran through her childhood city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Kabul, praised in the ancient sacred texts of the Rigveda as “a vision of paradise set in the mountains.” On the Silk Road linking east and west … More

Counseling program celebrates its 20th anniversary

Turning 20 is a life milepost worth celebrating. What’s true for an individual is equally true for Eastern Mennonite University’s MA in counseling program. Since 1995 when the inaugural cohort of ten future counselors and therapists completed their rigorous two years of professional studies, a total of 227 graduates have earned masters degrees here. Only … More

Much pain, one big gain, from being an African American student at EMU in 1962-63

One foggy morning in late summer of 1962, a 17-year-old native of Washington D.C. arrived on the campus of what was then Eastern Mennonite College not knowing a soul. Grandison Hills’ parents had told him it was a clean school with no drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no TV, but with lots of fresh air … More