Story Author: Randi B. Hagi

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generations, this institution offered one music option: Singing, usually in four-part harmony, a cappella hymns only. For arts more broadly, until the late 20th century, many North American Mennonites limited the arts to purposes of functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … More

African American history at EMU: a timeline

“Diversify” is a one of four key goals of EMU’s strategic plan and a committee on diversity and inclusion plays a key role in campus life and decision making. However, the broader culture, country and our small community have much work to do to welcome all. This timeline shows the painful realities of exclusion that is part of the … More

100 Years of the Arts at EMU

Students entering Eastern Mennonite University today may not realize that in their grandparents’ generation, this institution offered one option in terms of music. Singing. Usually in four-part harmony. A cappella only. Hymns. Until the late 20th century, Mennonites in this country tended to limit the arts to: (1) functionality, as in hand-crafted quilts for beds … 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

Grad School Q & A: Corrie Swartzendruber ’09, earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at University of Iowa

Corrie Swartzendruber is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in the University of Iowa’s department of anesthesia and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a 2009 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), where she studied nursing and minored in business and Spanish. She then received a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2016 from the University of … More