EASTERN The Magazine of Eastern University
Pressing fo the upward
rward into call Dear Alumni and Friends,
Following a season of reflection and reset, a burning question remains – what now? As a community we have wrestled this past year with injustice, a pandemic, political divisions, and changes to our everyday lives and routines. Throughout this season, we have committed ourselves to stretch our roots deeper into our foundation of Faith, Reason, and Justice. But the test of our roots is not just their depth, but the fruit produced from our branches.
The Apostle Paul reflects on “what now?” in his letter to the Philippians. Acknowledging that he has not yet arrived, he strains forward to what lies ahead, that which is the prize, the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
What does it look like for us to press forward in pursuit of Christ together? What does it look like for Eastern, our churches, schools, businesses, communities, and our world? What will be the resulting fruit of our labor? Our prayer is that this edition of EASTERN magazine will encourage and embolden you to press forward with us as we seek to become all that God has called us to be.
With you on the journey,
Ronald A. Matthews, President
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O6 STUDENT CORNER Eastern students reflect on their experiences with COVID-19 and share advice and encouragement for moving forward when things don’t always go as planned.
F O R WA R D 6
F E AT U R E 16
ACA D E M I C S 22
AT H L E T I C S 24
CELEBRATING THE FUTURE
FORWARD-MOVING FEMALE PROGRESS
20 REMAINING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY DURING THE IN-BETWEEN We currently find ourselves existing in what has been known throughout church history as “the confusing in-between.” Palmer alum Pete Scazzerro, DMin ’05, offers helpful theological insights for transitions like the one we find ourselves in today.
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08 MOVING FORWARD IN YOUR CAREER Feeling stuck? Sarah Todd, MEd ’13, Director of the Center for Career Development, presents four practical and achievable goals to spur your momentum and ignite your confidence to make the career changes you need.
10 FEATURE: WOMEN IN STEM Women in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology fields have been shattering glass ceilings and creating space for themselves at the table throughout history. Several of Eastern’s own women in STEM reflect on their personal experiences.
ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT / MICHAEL THOMAS, MBA ’18, PSYD Editor IN Chief / KELLY GODDARD Editor & Content Producer / ALLY (HOLMES) ROSARIO '14 , MEd ’21 Creative Director & Lead Designer / DANIEL PEIRCE Photographer & Cover Photography / ELYSE GARNER ’13 Designer / ALAINA MOSSO ILLUSTRATION / JASON JAMES (32)
22 ATHLETIC UPDATE COVID-19 had a dramatic impact on athletics in 2020 and 2021. A sit-down conversation with Eastern’s Athletic Director, Eric McNelley, reveals the current climate of Eastern Athletics and goals for the program’s future.
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BY DANIEL PEIRCE
Instead of chasing fast times and accolades, I realized the most important thing is the memories you leave collegiate athletics with and the friendships you have formed.” Doug Kramer ’21, Men's Cross Country
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When a running injury nearly ended Doug’s collegiate running career, his outlook on life gave him courage to move forward.
WITH THE SMELL OF EARTH UNDERFOOT AND THE REFRESHING WOODSY AIR in his lungs, Doug Kramer ’21 is in his element distance running outdoors. The predictable cadence of his running routine requires dedication. Each time he laces up his shoes for a run, his passion for life comes into focus while his stress fades away. In stark contrast, a painful injury three years ago disrupted Doug’s collegiate running career, making it impossible to compete. The searing pain from his hip was jarring, leaving his mind reeling with uncertainty. “I felt very demoralized at first. A year earlier, I actually had surgery on the opposite hip to correct the same hip problem. I had worked extremely hard to return from the first surgery after my sophomore year, and when I got word that my other labrum was torn it was crushing.” In a race, focus and determination are essential to winning, but the making of an athlete happens in the preparation. Doug’s daily routine shifted from daily training to daily rehab. When you are forced to slow down “and enjoy the little moments rather than focusing solely on trying to achieve success on the course” — you realize winning in life takes more than strength — it takes gratitude. The road to victory is often costly, but Doug appreciates that he’s not alone. Support from his teammates and coaches, medical workers, and friends has given Doug the courage to persevere in spite of his setbacks. Keeping his eye on the prize looks a little different now. Doug believes that through these trials God is renewing his perspective. As Doug reflects, “Instead of chasing fast times and accolades, I realized the most important thing is the memories you leave collegiate athletics with and the friendships you have formed.” 5
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S T U D E N T M U S I N G S O N M O V I N G F O R WA R D P O S T- PA N D E M I C
Whether it’s sprinting, leaping, or crawling forward, our Eastern Eagles have been digging deep and pushing through uncharted territory with strength and resiliency in this season of unknowns. What’s their secret to moving forward? We surveyed our current student body to hear what they’ve been learning, what they’re looking forward to, and their advice and encouragement for moving forward when things don’t always go as planned.
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WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO WHEN THE PANDEMIC ENDS? “I am looking forward to hosting gatherings at our home and greeting friends with a hug. I definitely miss the physical connection and time together.” – Elisa Pulliam ’24, MA Clinical Counseling with Trauma Studies “I’m looking forward to going to events and concerts in person again!” – Regina Miller ’23, Psychology “As a future educator, I look forward to seeing students again in person. Nothing compares to the light and energy students bring when they are in the classroom together.” – Samantha Walbert ’21, Education
WHAT BROUGHT YOU JOY THIS SEMESTER IN THE MIDST OF COVID -19?
WHAT 'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE RECEIVED (OR GIVEN) ON PUSHING FORWARD? “My dad sometimes quotes Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds: ‘Don't worry about a thing, Cause every little thing is gonna
“Seeing God in the midst of the pandemic has brought
be all right.’ Whenever school stress starts to take over, he
me joy. God is not going to put us through something
reminds me that everything will be okay, as long as I don't
that is so difficult that we cannot get through it. Nothing
stop moving forward. Now when I'm stressed, I hear that
is going to stop what God has planned for us.”
verse in my head.” – Ilaria Marone ’24, Nursing
– Angelo Soto ’22, Political Science and Business “‘Look for the helpers,’ as Mister Rogers always said. There are “Before the pandemic, life was so rushed. Having space
always helpers. Recognize who your supports and resources
to reflect on what really matters has brought me joy in
are and don’t be afraid to ask for or accept help. Take courage.
the midst of the pandemic. I found joy in knowing that
Celebrate yourself. Look for ways to become a helper to
there is so much more to life than just school and work.”
others.” – Maggie Rafidi ’22, Social Work
– Lizbeth Ramos ’22, Health Sciences “Communicate with the near and dear constantly. You “The pandemic helped motivate me to push forward
don't have to have a reason to call up and talk to family and
to get my degree! The professors have been so
friends. You are not alone in this situation, and hearing from
understanding and very valuable to me.”
your dear ones will keep your heart and mind at peace.”
– Domanic Mason ’21, Early Childhood Studies
– Arvind Jagini ’23, MS Data Science
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How to Move Forward When You Feel Stuck in Your Career By Sarah Todd, MEd ’13
DURING MY LAST year of college, I bought a used car held together with optimism and rust. I lodged it in a snowbank that winter, and no matter how hard I hit the gas or tried to reverse, I was trapped. Whether you’re starting out in your field or if you’ve been in the profession for a while, the feeling of being “stuck” might resonate with you. In our current reality, any of the following could apply: • You took a position you might not have under other circumstances • You’ve taken on more or different work in your current role • You still really enjoy your work, but you imagine yourself doing something else • You’re currently looking for work
Feeling “stuck” might manifest as boredom, frustration, anxiety, or fear. New professionals might worry they’ve lost their way, while seasoned individuals may dream of greener grass. If you need a push forward — as I did to get out of the snow — on the next page are four ideas to spur your momentum. Of course, not all “sticky” moments can be resolved with one Zoom chat or one journaling session. Recognize that you may be entering a larger process of vocational discernment for direction or change.
Moving forward starts with your mindset, so if you’re feeling stuck, consider a
Whether you’re facing a snowbank or a mountain however moving forward starts with your mindset. So if you’re feeling stuck, consider a small, achievable goal you can set into motion.
small, achievable goal you can set into motion.”
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4 Brilliant Ideas to Spur Your Career Momentum
Jump onto LinkedIn (or
Make a list of moments that
Tend Your Network your phone) and review your contacts. Who’s working for organizations you aspire to or using skills you’d love to grow? Are there mentors or peers you should catch up with? Set up a Zoom coffee chat or an information interview.
Do a “Skills Audit” frustrated you recently. Does it reveal skills you could cultivate or deepen? Consider technology, software, certifications, emotional intelligence, cultural competencies, etc. Lower-cost and/or free training may be available and can boost your resume (or make you stronger in your current role).
Ponder “Unstuck” Journal about what has you feeling most stuck; get your complaints/
worries out. Then, try freewriting for
Feed Your Curiosity
10 minutes; what would “unstuck”
What’s one topic you’ve been meaning
look like? Review your notes and see
to read up on? When’s the last time you read outside your typical genre? Look through podcasts, documentaries, or
if you can identify 2-3 items that are actionable, and 2-3 potential steps for each.
blogs and seek something that sparks your interest, work-related or not. (One favorite: Askamanager.org).
Sarah Todd, MEd ’13, is the Director of the Center for Career Development at Eastern University
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Celebrating forward-moving female progress in the fields of science, technology, engineering, & mathematics. B y A l ly ( H o l m e s ) R o s a r i o ’ 1 4 , M E d ’ 2 1
THROUGHOUT HISTORY, women in the fields of science,
In 1980, Radia Perlman, dubbed “Mother of the Internet,”
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have
designed important organizational infrastructure and protocols
shattered glass ceilings and triumphantly created a place for
that helped transform the internet into the efficient and user-
themselves at the table.
friendly resource that it is today.
In 1903, Polish physicist, chemist, and first female Nobel
These women and countless others have made leaps and bounds
Prize winner Marie Curie conducted profound research on
forward in the world of STEM. In an effort to celebrate forward
radioactivity. In 1962, Katherine Johnson, one of the first African
progress and change, we’ve asked several of Eastern’s own
American female NASA mathematicians provided critical
women in STEM to share their experiences in their field and
calculations and codes that launched NASA’s first American
advice for other women advancing in the world of STEM.
orbital flight crew around the earth.
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There are a lot of open doors
Eastern University prepared
out there if you kick them open.
me to work hard in my field.
STEM is not the easiest field to be a
Currently, I provide technical and
woman in, especially a woman of color.
process oversight and IT leadership
My mentor once said, ‘In this field, you
in my department at the University of
will come up against a lot of people who
Penn. I enjoy creating partnerships with
will want to put you in a box. It's your
technical and non-technical users and
job to not let them.’
using data analysis to support executive decision-making that is accurate and
The most rewarding part of being in STEM is imagining what opportunities
I could be making easier for someone
AREA OF ST UDY
younger than me. The work of
BS in chemistry, minor in Mathematics
conservation is incredibly complex and difficult, but if I can open doors for a more diverse workforce, I can
Nicole is pursuing her PhD in Applied Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines with a focus in nuclear energy.
useful, full of integrity, and security compliant. One of the things that inspires me to keep moving forward is the thought of encouraging other women to join STEM fields and to speak up. If my presence
help make things better for the next
in the information technology field
generation. Also, it doesn't hurt that
encourages even one young lady to
I get to see cool exotic animals every
Eastern’s small class sizes
enroll in a STEM program, then all my
day in my ‘office.’”
allowed me to develop strong
hard work has paid off.”
shannon farmer '17
relationships with my professors.
karen barnes '05
Dr. Bundens assisted me in finding a summer internship that introduced me to nuclear chemistry, a field that I might not have otherwise pursued. My passion for nuclear forensics and nuclear energy grew, and my eyes were opened to a field that I never even thought could be a potential career path. I have learned that you should pursue what excites you in life; you never know where God will lead you. NAME
AREA OF ST UDY
BS Environmental Science, Minor in Biology As an Education Instructor at Walt Disney World, FL, Shannon educates visitors on Disney’s conservation efforts and the various wildlife that call the park home.
I am currently working on a project that will impact the next generation of nuclear power. I hope that my research will be able to inform nuclear fuel cycle technology and will help catalyze nuclear power advancement." nicole hege '19
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Ba management of information systems Karen is working as a Senior Systems Analyst at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Organizational Management with a focus in Information Systems.
F E A T U R E Like my Eastern experience, I
Something I have always loved about STEM is that there is no finite
believe that my work is authentic.
box of things to learn. You can't go through
As a high school Chemistry teacher, I am
a checklist and say, ‘I've learned everything
able to impact high school students by
there is to learn!’ In a world where women are
teaching them to apply their knowledge
still put in conscious and subconscious boxes
to real world problems and develop not
meant to define what jobs we are ‘supposed’
only hard skills, but important soft skills
to have, it is fun to work in STEM, where
like communication, perseverance, critical
boxes and limits do not exist (except for in
thinking, and open-mindedness.
At times, it can be discouraging to work in an industry where the stereotypical image
AREA OF ST UDY
BS biochemistry, minor in astronomy
and confidence in order to succeed. I had
Foundation in their Research Experience for Teachers Program. This program connects
of a software engineer is most often male, but it’s pushed me to develop persistence
I also work for the National Science
Katelyn is completing her second year of residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of North Carolina.
high school level STEM teachers with university professors, researchers, and
phenomenal professors who encouraged me in
various other players in the STEM world,
my STEM pursuits, pushed me to ask all of my
such as government, commercial, and community scientists, engineers, and
questions, and instilled in me the confidence to admit when I know the answer and also the
I am privileged each and
mathematicians, to assist in creating STEM
confidence to admit when I don't.”
every day to develop intimate
lessons based on current research.”
Megan (smith) hoffman '16
relationships with patients as I care for them in their most vulnerable states.
Marjorie (hill) langston '98
I am fortunate to leverage my skills and training to improve the health and wellbeing of others – I cannot think of a more fulfilling career. I entered medical school with a passion for global health and had the privilege of completing a one-year global health fellowship in maternal and child health in Lusaka, Zambia. This experience solidified my desire to pursue a career NAME
Megan (smith) Hoffman
in global women’s health. My fiancé
and I hope to move to a similar setting
AREA OF ST UDY
when we finish our medical training
BS mathematics and pre-med, minors in biology and chemistry
to help improve standards of care and
Megan is currently working as a Full Stack Software Engineer at Force Therapeutics in New York, NY.
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ultimately health outcomes.” katelyn rittenhouse '12
Marjorie (Hill) Langston
AREA OF ST UDY
BS chemistry Marjorie currently teaches high school Chemistry in Columbus, OH, in addition to working for the National Science Foundation in the Research Experience for Teachers Program.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being in STEM is seeing how my training and experiences allow me to intervene at a vulnerable point in a patient's life and impact them positively. As a surgeon, I have a courtside seat to God's faithfulness and healing power on a daily basis. That is an honor and a privilege. NAME
AREA OF ST UDY
BS mathematics and pre-engineering, minors in astronomy and data science Amber is finishing her Masters in Cybersecurity at Villanova as part of EU's 4+1 Engineering partnership. She is also working at SAP as a Secure Services Technical Consultant in Newtown Square, PA.
Eastern gave me an incredible exposure to and foundation of science and medicine. I was supported in my
AREA OF ST UDY
research and even was able to travel to present some research and publish it. I was blessed to have full integration of my faith in Jesus Christ with the science
Michelie currently works as a civil engineer at Tetra Tech, a consulting and engineering company providing innovative solutions focused on water, the environment, and other sectors in Southern CA.
that He created. I walked in the doors knowing that I was going to be a surgeon, and Eastern helped me get there.”
Not only did the Math/Data
dr. talitha brown '07
Science department at Eastern
As a little girl, I never dreamed that one day I would be a Civil Designer Engineer in the Water Industry.
provide me with knowledge and skill in
But my passion for Mathematics,
math and coding, but they also taught
education at Eastern, and Master’s in
me how to approach problems and how
Water Resources and Environmental
to work hard for creative solutions.
Engineering has stirred up a passion inside me to help serve our world and
Eastern as a whole (with the Templeton
provide clean water for communities
Honors College) expanded my view of
that don’t have it.
what it means to be a Christian and how that should affect the entirety of my
Do I currently have the answers to
being. My time at Eastern has instilled
how I am going to provide clean water
in me the idea that being a woman in STEM isn’t the most fundamental part of my identity, so I can contribute meaningfully to the field through more than just my gender.” amber huddell '20
for everyone? Nope. But I am starting NAME
initiatives like the World Water 100-Day
BS biology, minors in chemistry and dance
going to keep trying until I figure it out!”
Dr. talitha Brown AREA OF ST UDY
Dr. Brown is currently a Board certified General Surgeon practicing in Henderson, North Carolina. She also completed her MBA through Eastern this spring.
campaign with Charity Water, and I’m
michelie little '17
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By Harper Sellers ’21
3 Master's in Counseling Alumni Come Together to Create an Innovative Clinical Practice
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“What do an artist, a prevention specialist, and a former NFL player all have in common?”
Tim Massaquoi, Emily Jubeck, and TJ Walsh (l-r)
its work among teens and young adults, artists
the face of adversity. The practice was forced
and other creatives, athletes, and the LGBTQ+
to switch to telehealth in order to adapt to
What do an artist, a prevention specialist, and
community. The artist of the group, TJ, explains,
the sudden changes of 2020. “It has helped us
a former NFL player all have in common? All
“Knowing that we’re all cut from the same cloth
reach even more clients,” explains Emily. “In
three have received their Master’s in Clinical
as Eastern counseling psychology graduates, I
some ways, it’s more convenient for people to
Counseling from Eastern University! In the midst
can rest assured that the care our clients receive
sign on to a therapy session from home, and
of the pandemic, TJ Walsh ’16, MA, LPC, NCC,
is the very best.”
outcomes show that it’s just as effective as
CCTP, CMHIMP, Emily Jubeck ’16, MA, LPC, and Tim Massaquoi ’15, MA, LPC have joined together to further the reach of their practice, TJ Walsh Counseling, to support individuals in need of clinical counseling.
Tim, former NFL tight end, claims, “the biggest benefit to working with two other alumni from the same program is the foundation of knowledge that we each received from Eastern: a foundation rooted in faith, reason, and
in-person therapy.” Tim elaborates, “telehealth allows both the therapist and the client to be comfortable in session. When I see my clients, they are in their own element – there’s a sense of safety I can sense even via the internet.” After this experience, TJ is confident that the practice
TJ, the founder and executive director of TJ
justice.” Emily shares equal appreciation for
Walsh Counseling, made his dream a reality by
Eastern’s counseling program, stating that the
opening his own private counseling practice.
invaluable experiences prepared her well for
Though the hope is to return to a new and
Inspired by the arts and the unique expressions
her roles as a counselor and school prevention
hopeful sense of “normal” in the future, the
of the human experience, TJ’s hope was to
specialist. The solid foundation fostered by
team has learned that there will always be a
create a therapeutic space for individuals
Eastern’s counseling program has helped the trio
level of uncertainty to life. TJ Walsh Counseling
that would be different from other counseling
stand strong in the midst of the unprecedented
is a testament to the importance of always being
experiences. Catching on to this vision, Emily
circumstances of this past year and has helped
ready to adapt and keep moving forward.
and Tim joined TJ in September of 2020.
others do the same.
TJ Walsh Counseling (TJWC) strives to cater
Despite the obvious setbacks that come with a
to a range of unique clientele, concentrating
global pandemic, the group has been thriving in
will always maintain a telehealth component.
visit eastern.edu/samecloth to watch a video about TJ, Emily, and Tim. To learn more about TJWC, visit the practice's website at tjwalshcounseling.com.
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Collaborative Care Eastern’s School of Nursing and Social Work department launch interprofessional experience simulation, creating collaborative opportunities for students to practice holistic patient care in the midst of COVID-19. B y A l ly ( H o l m e s ) R o s a r i o ’ 1 4 , M E d ’ 2 1
IN A WORLD THAT IS CONSTANTLY MORPHING and
“This is the very first interprofessional simulation collaboration
changing, healthcare and technology must evolve and adapt
at Eastern, and ironically, it was created as a direct result of
in order to meet the demands of the times. In 2020, our world
COVID-19,” shares Professor Kristin Shaub, Director of Eastern’s
was forced to innovate in order to accommodate a world-
Nursing Resource and Simulation Lab. “COVID-19 is so often
wide pandemic that not only affected our personal lives, but
associated with missed opportunities, but for Nursing and
our entire society, culture, and healthcare system as a whole.
Social Work, it has provided us with new opportunities for growth and collaborative learning between professions that will
Struggling to secure necessary clinical placements in the
extend beyond graduation. To be cliche, necessity is indeed the
fall semester, Eastern’s Nursing department connected with
mother of invention.”
the Social Work department in an effort to collaborate and provide a meaningful educational experience for both groups
The interprofessional experience simulation (IPE simulation)
of students. Together, the nursing and social work faculty
is an interactive experience mimicking a post-hospital patient
developed an interactive, interprofessional simulation-based
follow-up featuring two live-actor patients. In this simulation,
experience that provided valuable clinical experiences for
nursing and social work students collaborate to provide
both nursing and social work students, while also helping to
follow-up care for the patients by incorporating physical,
meet each program's accreditation requirements.
medical, social, and emotional interventions as they relate to their field of study. After the simulation, students receive feedback from the patient and debrief with a facilitator.
I was grateful to have my social work partner focusing on psychosocial needs and resources while I focused on all medical aspects – we were really able to provide more holistic and effective care for the patient.
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natalie Pabon ’20 and Lindsay aucamp ’21 (l-r)
“I learned that there are so many resources for patients that
Leslie Gregory. “It has helped us all to break free from
I had never heard of,” reflects nursing student Natalie Pabon
our professional bubbles and learn from one another. IPE
’20. “I was grateful to have my social work partner focusing
simulation is an invaluable experience for our students’
on psychosocial needs and resources while I focused on all
professional growth and learning.”
medical aspects – we were really able to provide more holistic and effective care for the patient. The experience taught me
“It is evident that our future will never completely revert
just how important it is to utilize my interprofessional team.”
back to the way it was before,” shares Lindsey Aukamp ’21, senior Social Work major. “Before this experience, I was not
The IPE Simulation team is grateful for the unique and
aware that nurses and other medical professionals could be
applicable telehealth experiences that they were able
so complementary in engaging, assessing, intervening, and
to provide for their students during this pandemic. “This
evaluating the needs of clients. I learned that partnering with
simulation experience has built relationships between
other professionals provides more appropriate, informed,
nursing and social work students and faculty alike,” shares
and effective assessments and interventions that serve our
Social Work professor and Director of Field Placement
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Eastern’s New MEd in Educational Leadership Makes 8! B y A l ly ( H o l m e s ) R o s a r i o ’ 1 4 , M E d ’ 2 1
WE ALL LONG FOR CHANGE in our homes,
behaviors that promote culturally responsive and
schools, communities, and our world. But change
inclusive school settings.”
isn’t passive – it always requires a catalyst, a
The MEd in
change agent. Meaningful and transformative
Eastern’s curriculum is taught by experienced professionals who have practical experience as
change doesn’t skim the surface, but dives deep
way for healing, growth, and innovation.
Changes in our education system start with
national and international exemplars, and inspires
to become leaders
transformative change agents in leadership. This
students to think critically about the role of
is why Eastern University is thrilled to launch
educational leaders today.
into the heart of affected systems, paving the
and change agents in their schools and districts.
its latest and 8 Master of Education offering, a 100% online MEd in Educational Leadership.
current practices, compares them to leading
“We train leaders who support professional development and life-long learning who are ready
The MEd in Educational Leadership prepares
to engage students and families in their diverse
teachers to become leaders and change agents in
communities,” Dr. Edgar-Smith shares. “These are
their schools and districts. This 18-month, 100%
programs where diverse voices matter and help
online program allows students to earn their MEd
build capacity for those voices to be heard."
internship) applicable toward a Principal or Single Area Supervisory Certification. “We are so thrilled to offer this innovative and flexible program for aspiring school district leaders,” shares Dr. Susan Edgar-Smith, Dean of the College of Education. “I am especially proud of our program’s critical reflection of leadership
The dynamic and collaborative curriculum covers
while completing all coursework (including an
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principals and educational leaders in the field.
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Eastern’s vision is to create transformative change for individuals, communities, and our world. We’re pleased to offer a program that ignites the fire of change in the next generation of leadership.
Learn More about eastern's Med in educational leadership, as well as our other 7 meds and 25 teaching certs, at eastern.edu/ed.
How Esperanza College Used Technology to Keep Moving Forward During the Pandemic B y D r . D av i d H u r ta d o DEEP FROM WITHIN the extreme pressure
equipment remotely, professors came up with
Cloud, CHEM 101, and other software that
brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic
solutions to teach Studio Production online in
helped transfer learning in the labs online.
lockdown are rising-up new innovative ways
the Spring semester with only minimal faculty or
While this is a complex process that involves
to prepare students to move forward in the
talent presence in the TV studio or control room.
continued fine-tuning, the silver lining is that
new world, thanks to technology.
Media field production courses were taught
this opens up a world of new opportunities
online in a similar fashion. Internships were a
moving forward both for education and career
mix of on-location and online.
preparation. Fields that were seemingly
As the pandemic got worse, more restrictive guidelines were issued November of 2020, requiring college courses in Philadelphia
One significant tool we utilized was technology
be taught only online. For the Media &
that enables faculty to access a student’s
Technology program at Eastern’s Esperanza
computer remotely. This allowed faculty to
College Campus (ECEU), this created difficult
teach audio and video post-production, web
challenges — how do you teach a class like
design, and mobile app development online!
Studio Production online?
The technology provides similar interaction
However, ECEU faculty were determined to innovate. Using software that enables professors and students to control the
and learning experiences as in the labs. The
impossible to teach online can now be taught online or in a blended format. Special speakers can be brought in to speak in class from anywhere in the world. The possibilities grow even more when augmented reality, virtual reality, and other technologies begin to be incorporated in education.
online experience also helps prepare students
With technology in their hands and Faith,
for the reality that careers in video production,
Reason, and Justice in their hearts, the path
web design, mobile app development, and social
forward for Esperanza and Eastern students is
media frequently involve collaboration with
colleagues working all around the world. ECEU’s Health Sciences students are also using
David Hurtado is the Interim Executive Dean at Esperanza College.
technologies and simulations like Anatomage
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REMAINING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY
DURING THE IN-BETWEEN
By Pete Scazzero, DMin ’05
OVID-19 has thrust the world, and the church, into an in-between season on a scale that has been compared to World War I and World War II. Life as we knew it has ended. The new has not yet emerged. We find ourselves in what has been known throughout church history as “the confusing in-between.” Scripture offers us a clear biblical theology for transitions like the one we find ourselves in today: Embrace the endings, wait on God in the confusing in-between, and let the old birth the new. The question is how to position ourselves to receive what God is doing. The following are three spiritual practices that I believe are indispensable – relax, detach, and listen.
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3 Healthy Spiritual Practices 1. RELAX
Meister Eckhart, a Dominican monk and theologian,
The day after Jesus feeds the five thousand, the crowds come looking for him. When they find him, they ask, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: To believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28–29)
uses the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to teach the practice of detachment. Faced with the loss of reputation, security, and her dreams, Mary emptied herself of her will for her life to radically surrender herself to the birth of Jesus in her. In the same way, we must be emptied of all created things to be full of God and what he wants to
When the people ask about the “works” God requires,
birth in us. We must be open to God’s orchestration of
they have in mind things such as prayer, acts of mercy,
events in our lives for his glory. We release attachment to
giving, or Bible study. Surprisingly, Jesus says there is
outcomes we anticipate, and we remain prayerful as we
only one work. This phrase "believe in him" means to
surrender our will to God’s will.
trust in him—it is an ongoing, moment-by-moment, and day-by-day kind of way.
Theologian Frederick Dale Bruner captures the richness
Even the best of Jesus’ disciples—Peter, James, and
of this kind of trust when he writes, “‘Relaxing in’ is a good
John—were not good listeners. We see this clearly
modern translation of ‘trusting in’ or ‘believing in.’” We
when Jesus invites them to a high mountain where he is
relax by allowing ourselves to be held by him, regardless
transfigured and they see the heavenly glory of Jesus,
of the storms and circumstances in which we find
along with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:2).
ourselves. Jesus says that if we get this right—if we make it our work to relax in him—he will take care of the rest.
Instead of waiting and listening, however, Peter interrupts with a plan of his own. But he doesn’t get very far before God himself interrupts Peter, saying, “Listen to him
[Jesus]!” (Matthew 17:5). Why? Because the direction
The key to sharing this rich life of oneness with God is
Jesus is going appears counterproductive and doesn’t
found in a practice called detachment. Unlike the cold
make sense to Peter.
detachment that some might expect from a judge or a tax accountant, our motive for this kind of detachment is being with Jesus. Jesus speaks of detachment as losing our lives that we might find them (see Mark 8:35–36).
We all want a spiritual life, but we prefer to be in charge of it and have it unfold according to our schedule and in our way. But following Jesus is not first doing things for him; it is first listening to him speak and then doing what he says.
Pete Scazzero, a 2005 Doctor of Ministry graduate of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), is a best-selling author. Part of this article is an excerpt from his recently released book – Emotionally Healthy Discipleship (Zondervan, 2021). For more information, visit: emotionallyhealthy.org
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sitting down with athletic director Eric Mcnelley By dan mouw
IT’S NO SECRET THAT COVID-19 HAD A DRAMATIC IMPACT ON ATHLETICS IN 2020 AND 2021. In March of 2020, the NCAA canceled the Division I Men’s Basketball Championships as COVID cases increased, and the rest of college athletics followed suit. Athletic activities in the summer, fall, and early spring seasons were extremely limited. As a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference, Eastern students finally returned to action with limited Basketball schedules in February of 2021, followed by spring sports and a limited fall sports schedule in April. So what has this unusual year been like for our athletes and coaches? I sat down with Eastern’s Athletic Director, Eric McNelley, to find out.
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By dan mouw
DAN: What are the next steps? ERIC: To get where we need to go, we still need to develop our infrastructure. We want to see a Track and Field competition space and locker rooms that are large and well-
equipped enough for us to host multiple events at the same time or to host NCAA events. Beyond physical infrastructure, we
DAN: You picked a pretty crazy time to be
ensures accountability. Simultaneously, we
an AD. How has this moment confirmed
have also been focused on providing the
your commitment to Athletics as a driver of
best possible experience for our student
growth for the University?
athletes. We always need to balance that
ERIC: We see the importance of connection. This has been a tough year to be a college student (or really anyone). The college experience is made much more complete by connections. As we have started back into competition this spring semester, we can see how important that
government, and the conference, but I think
Guffin hill packed full of students, parents,
we’ve done a good job of maintaining our
and alumni. I am really looking forward
focus and serving the student-athletes well.
to having my kids here for games as well. Additionally, I think our newly renovated gym
DAN: How is recruitment changing?
on Zoom and in virtual classrooms has young
have some situations where they are recruiting
people craving the kind of experience they can
athletes who are not playing or are playing
get in a community like ours.
very limited schedules. Many of our coaches are embracing the technology to reach out
DAN: How have some of these challenges
to recruits and families, while also building
sharpened the focus of the athletic
connections with high school and club coaches
for the future. We brought in a record number
of COVID tests, and kept tons of records. I think that discipline is good for us and
DAN: What are you looking forward to most? ERIC: I think it's probably seeing the Kea-
ERIC: Our coaches are still out there, but you
protocols, given what seems like millions
each other and for our student-athletes.
against guidelines from the University, the
interaction is in the lives of our students. A year
ERIC: To ensure safety, we have followed
also want to build our staff to better care for
of incoming athletes this past fall, even in a pandemic. I want to see our teams built with depth and competitiveness that creates excitement for the whole department.
is going to have an amazing atmosphere for games next year. Times are hard right now, but we are getting through it together.
ERIC MCNELLEY HAS BEEN THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AT EASTERN UNIVERSITY SINCE 2018. PRIOR TO THAT, HE SERVED AS THE ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH FROM 2014-2015 AND THEN AS THE HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH FROM 2015-2018. DAN MOUW HAS SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS AT EASTERN SINCE 2005. PRIOR TO THAT, HE WAS THE HEAD WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH AND SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR.
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Lamplight Society Inductee heather norcini '89
A Legacy Inspired by Love b y k e l ly g o d d a r d E XC E L L E N T. T H O U G H T F U L . D E D I CAT E D. K I N D.
multiskilled, faithful, pleasant, and sacrificially dedicated to Jesus Christ,
These are but a few of the many laudations used by people to describe
her family, her church, and Eastern University. My service has been
Heather Norcini ’89, Executive Assistant to the President and this year’s
graced, enhanced, and stewarded more effectively because of Heather. I
Lamplight Society Inductee.
praise God for the honor to work with her.”
The Lamplight Society honors a member of our alumni, faculty, staff, or
Fellow alum Mark Kern ’90 recounts, “Heather loves Eastern with all of her
administration who has left a legacy of light on the Eastern University
heart. Anyone who has ever talked to her about Eastern knows that well.
community. As a key member of the Eastern community for decades, first
Her dedication for her work for Eastern is and has been a shining light of
as a student and then as a staff member, Heather has made a bright and
Christian love to the Eastern Community, past and present.”
enduring impact on the University. For Heather, love for the Eastern community is core to her joy in serving After graduating from Eastern in 1989, Heather returned in 2008 to work for
it. “Eastern is my happy place,” she explains. “My husband, Bill Norcini ’88
Plant Operations as Secretary. In early 2010, she transitioned to what was
and I met here. Our youngest daughter, Emily ’21 graduated from Eastern
then known as the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies as
this May.” She continues, “I hope that any impact that I have had and will
Office Assistant, where she was able to use her gifts by extending hospitality
continue to have, has been consistent, responsible, excellent, dedicated,
at the front desk. Finally, in August of 2010, she was invited to become the
and steady in service to God and the university that I love.”
Executive Assistant to the President, assisting former Presidents Dr. Black and Dr. Duffett, and currently assisting President Matthews.
All of us who have been blessed to serve alongside Heather can testify to the bright light she shines, and together we express our gratitude for her
When asked to describe Heather, President Matthews enthusiastically shares, “Heather is kind, comprehensively thoughtful, amazingly
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The Gift of Hope By Daniel Peirce I S T H E R E A N Y H O P E ? Again and again, this harrowing question
from Esperanza College with his associate degree and then Eastern
echoed in Anthony’s young mind. By age 16, growing up in the barrios
University with a bachelor’s in Social Work, Anthony Ramos '16 serves
of North Philadelphia, his level of expectation for the future became
as the Project Director at Nueva Esperanza (“New Hope”). In his work,
clouded by despair. Already bearing the weight of addiction to drugs
he helps youth ministry leaders and pastors across Eastern Pennsylvania
and alcohol, dropping out of high school, and feeling devalued by the
avoid burn-out by building a supportive community around them.
downward pull of negative influences, he had to make a decision. After hours, Anthony invests his time teaching as an adjunct When Anthony surrendered his life to Jesus, everything around him
professor at Esperanza College. He also enjoys mentoring young
looked different. The dark cloud that seemed to hover over his life
men aged 13-18 in the Timoteo Flag Football league. In 2018, a young
and cloak his dreams with depression began to recede. Words from
man with uncontrollable anger joined the team. “At first, I thought,
Scripture started to sound like the voice of God. He actually began
it was going to be nearly impossible for his outlook to turn around.
believing the promise, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to
It was difficult to lead him; and his background of violence created
prosper you…” (Jer. 29:11).
avenues of at-risk behavior,” Anthony confesses. “Today, I can say he is a completely different person, and a young man who I consider to
The force of this new joy propelled him to share his hope with
be family. I can see how love really invaded his life and situation and
whoever would listen. In a moment, he went from not seeing a way
shifted his outlook.”
forward for himself to showing others the enlightening gift of the gospel. “I unashamedly shared with youth in my neighborhood who
Whatever the conversation, you can find Anthony actively listening
knew me pre-conversion and witnessed the change in my life. I invited
to the stories of others (a skill he attributes to his time at Eastern)
them to a youth service, and I can still vividly remember more than 30
and looking for ways to help others see beyond their “dead-ends''
youth walking with me over two miles to get there,” Anthony recounts.
into the expansive horizons that await them. A hopeful perspective is contagious, and Anthony’s commitment to spreading that gift with
Helping others to dream again and see the possibility of a better
his neighbors is causing them to flourish.
future has been the focus of his life ever since. After graduating
2021 Distinguished Young Alumnus of the Year
anthony ramos ’16
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Trouble Don’t Last Always By Harper Sellers ’21
THERE’S AN OLD SONG in the African
ultimate plan and purpose—I have very little
Pastor Khalil’s work of helping those that
American faith tradition that says “I’m so glad
time for it.” Pastor Khalil has helped bring many
may feel lost or hopeless in their current
trouble don’t last always… When storm clouds
people to Christ through his ministry pastoring
circumstances is a reflection of the
rise in your life, He'll be there… Weeping may
what he lovingly calls the “greatest church
circumstances that he has experienced in the
endure for a night, keep the faith it will be
on God’s green earth” and mentoring young
past. The feeling of hopelessness, not knowing
alright.” Acknowledging the hope that flows
men through the BrothaHood Foundation.
what tomorrow will bring, or even knowing if
through these lyrics, Pastor Khalil Rogers
The BrothaHood, a non-profit, is a foundation
you are going to make it to see tomorrow, is a
pushes forward in uncertain times with the
committed to developing brothers who
feeling Khalil knows all too well. But he never let
understanding that “trouble don’t last always.”
are “Helping Others Overcome Defeat” by
that feeling keep him in a place of despair.
Khalil Rogers was born and raised in
The reverend is constantly reminded
the Philadelphia area. After graduating
and inspired by what he considers
from Penn Wood High School, he found his way to Eastern University and graduated in 2001 with a BS in Business Management. After a few years, Khalil returned to Eastern, receiving his MBA
to be the most important words in the Bible, “But God.” These words most often accompany a message
Alumnus of the Year
of intervention because of God’s grace and compassion. All seems lost,
in 2012. Currently, he serves as Senior Pastor at Peniel Baptist Church located in the heart of North Philly. Pastor Khalil
but God rescues us. Khalil remains
Khalil Rogers ’01, MbA ’12
hopeful, even among the hardship and trials he has faced due to the
also makes a significant impact through
pandemic. Some days have been difficult,
his work mentoring at-risk youth with the BrothaHood Foundation.
but he pushes forward with confidence mentoring at-risk males (including currently
that there is an expiration date.
incarcerated youthful offenders) between the As a pastor, mentor, and community leader, in
ages of 14-25 years in the Philadelphia area.
“None of us know for certain when that time is,
addition to being a husband and father, Khalil
“Sometimes, it feels like my labor is in vain, but
but we have hope.” Khalil encourages others
has very little time to waste with meaningless
when I see a young man change his life for the
to keep going, knowing that “trouble don’t last
endeavours. According to the pastor, “If it’s not
better and become a productive member of
always.” Pastor Khalil continues to look forward
rooted in the Kingdom’s agenda—God’s
society, those special moments remind me that
to what the future holds for him and his family,
what I do is worth it.”
having faith that “normal” will once again exist.
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A Bridge Over Troubled Water B y S a n o v i a G a r r e t t, M A ' 1 8
“... Oh when darkness comes
was halted.” Dr. Agang believes that the
And pain is all around
government was inspired to build the
Like a bridge over troubled water
bridge because of "GAWON foundation
I will lay me down Like a bridge …” — Paul Simon
2021 Palmer Alum Pioneer in Service and Ministry
Dr. Sunday bobai agang, MDiv ’01
going out of its comfort zone" and setting an example in caring for both Christians and Muslims. The addition of a bridge catapulted this area forward into a time of rapid economic development, also aligning
RAISED IN A FAMILY OF NINE with
with the purpose of IFEE which has “trained
a father experiencing chronic backache
over three thousand students to write a
and a mother working to provide for her
business plan and become job creators
family, Sunday Bobai Agang, MDiv ’01 did
instead of job seekers.”
not attend school until he was 18 years of age. Today, he serves as the Associate
Dr. Agang has consistently made strides
Professor of Ethics, Theology, and Public
in his home country of Nigeria to foster
Policy at ECWA Theological Seminary in
connections that center on values of Faith,
Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria, holding
Reason, and Justice. “I was particularly
an MDiv from Palmer Seminary (2001) and
helped by the class on theological
a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.
foundations of ministry taught by Dr. Ron
He is an author, ordained minister, and
Sider. His love for the poor helped me to
founder of the International Foundation for
deeply grasp Jesus’ mission to the world
Entrepreneurial Education (IFEE), as well as
and calling upon my life.” Both Sider
the co-founder of Gantys Aid to Widows,
and Glen Harold Stassen were noted as
Orphans and Needy (GAWON).
figures who “broadened my perspective for ministry in a broken and decaying
Dr. Agang has worked to create sustainable
world.” Agang acknowledges the hope
change through his work with Christian
they instilled in the work he has been doing
and Muslim widows and orphans, recalling
since returning home in 2007.
times when the survival of the community meant walking across a river to the market
In the future, Dr. Agang is looking forward
during the rainy season. “The river used
to research in mental health/bioethics,
to claim the lives of people from the
Christian socioeconomic ethics and
community who were trying to cross,
morality, and sociocultural political ethics
but with the bridge built the drowning
Alumni Class Notes
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1950 S After sixty years of blessed marriage, Judy (Pepper) Everitt is writing this as Will Everitt's ’57,
MDiv ’60 widow. Will was born May 24, 1929, in Baptistown, New Jersey. He passed away January 9, 2021, at The Commons on St. Anthony, Auburn, New York. He was married to Judith Pepper on June 25, 1960. Their marriage ceremony was performed by an Eastern graduate, the bride's father, Rev. Amos V. ’52, who was pastor of the Baptistown Baptist Church, where Will and Judy met. Will and Judy were blessed with three children. Will served churches in PA, NJ, and NY, as a full-time pastor. He served others part-time, while teaching elementary school in New Jersey. In 2009, Will was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, and in 2018 was admitted to The Commons, a long-term care facility. In addition, he suffered from cancer. In late December 2020, he contracted the Coronavirus and died within days. Our last visit was ten months earlier on March 9.
1990 S Dr. B. Lee Manns, MDiv ’91 had a successful
Rev. Dr. Trisha Miller Manarin, MDiv ’97 was
kidney transplant last July and retired from
named the first woman to serve as Executive
hospital chaplaincy in time to avoid the first
Director/Minister of the DC Baptist Convention.
surge of COVID-19. She prays for everyone's health and wishes her fellow alumni to be safe and well!
Will was a faithful servant of the Lord, and he lived
Jennifer Sanborn ’94 has been working with the
what he preached.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies since
Bill Webster ’59 has recently moved back to Pennsylvania!
August 2019, leading a Lilly Endowment-funded project to provide financial education and debt relief grants to clergy. She loves extending the invitation to look at money through personal,
pastoral, and prophetic lenses. While Jennifer
After 35 years of full time Pastoral Ministry,
home in Connecticut, she returns often to the
Rev. Ned Flexer ’66, MDiv ’69 served 4 churches
Leadership and Mission Building in King of
over 12 years in New Jersey as Interim Pastor,
Prussia. On many visits, she drives to Eastern's
during which he and his wife facilitated a Divorce
campus to take a walk to remember and
Care Support Group for 15 years at their home
celebrate the people and place. Rebecca Irwin-
church, Seaview Baptist. They are parents of 3,
Diehl ’95, MTS ’99 is also at ABHMS, so Eastern
grandparents of 8, and great grandparents of 4.
weaves through her work life in many ways!
is a "remote staff member," working from her
Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, MDiv ’98 published “A History of the Black Baptist Church: I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired.” Rev. Dr. Albert Reddick, DMin ’98 co-founded the Becoming One Community Enrichment and Diversity Center. The Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of understanding that our nation is rapidly transforming, appreciating that our mixed cultures in America actually endow us with strength, and respecting the rights of all our people regardless of whether they agree or disagree with our particular point of view.
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Chief Pastor of Bethany African Methodist Episcopal church in Philadelphia. They have an
awesome food ministry every first and fourth
Anita Ambrose ’53 / January 30, 2021
Rachel Massey, MDiv ’06 / October 26, 2020
Tuesday of each month.
Willard Everitt ’57, MDiv ’60 / January 9, 2021
Elizabeth (Beth) Dyson ’06 is excited to be
Barbara Carpenter ’59 / February 17, 2015
Beverly Roberts ’58 / September 20, 2020
joining the team (again) at Belmont Charter 1960s
for several years, Beth took a few career
Robert Bouder, MDiv ’61 / November 3, 2020
corporate programming which made it all the more exciting to be back helping support an organization serving the community in
Edward Thomas ’65, MA ’69 / October 6, 2020 James Seyfried, Sr ’66 / April 22, 2020
2020s Ronan Antonio De Mendonca, MTS LMin ’20 / January 2021 FA C U LT Y / S TA F F
Bruce Brown / December 18, 2020
Stan Murray, MDiv ’79 / January 12, 2021
Malcolm Chandler / February 10, 2020
W. Gasque / December 29, 2020
CFRE International has named Heidi S. Rixman, MS ’08 (Nonprofit Management) as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Heidi S. Rixman, Director of Development for Lutheran Services
1980s Carmine Colasante, MDiv ’80 / August 7, 2020 John Sholl, DMin ’83 / July 11, 2020 Linda Hendrian, MDiv ’87 / July 23, 2020 Philip Kachersky, MDiv ’89 / April 22, 2020
Carolinas, joins over 7,200 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation. Rebekah Miller ’09 married Michael Viall on September 5, 2020.
1990s Mark Keller ’90 / December 14, 2020 Maurice Randolph, Sr., MATS ’92 / August 8, 2020 Linda Sterling ’94 Lawrence Williams, Jr., MA ’97 / November 17, 2016
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Dequincy Hentz, DA ’18 / December 25, 2020 Wilfredo Morales, MTS LMin ’19 / May 17, 2020
Network. After teaching with the network jumps to build out different nonprofit and
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Catherine Godboldte, MA ’83, PhD / June 7, 2020 Alvera Mickelsen / July 12, 2016 F. Herbert Skeefe, DDiv ’86 h.c. / February 11, 2021 Daniel Weiss / August 22, 2020
2010 S Sarah Hostetter ’11, MDiv ’18 and Andrew Hostetter ’09, MDiv ’18 welcomed a daughter. Andrew was also ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and installed as pastor of Centre Presbyterian Church in Loysville, PA. Justin Thomas, MDiv ’13 welcomed a daughter. Clint Rosario ’14 has been happily married for 5 years to his lovely bride and EASTERN magazine editor Alexandra (Holmes) Rosario ’14, MEd ’21. Clint says that he cannot imagine life without her charming wit and endearing humor - he is a blessed man indeed!
Nanyemba Hamahuya ’17 is here to share
knowledge gained in Organizational Leadership
what God has been doing in her life since she
which enables her to be an ambassador of faith,
graduated from Eastern University in May 2017.
reason, and justice.
Nanyemba got married to her best friend, Gomezgani Jackson Chirwa, MA ’16, whom she met at Eastern University. Additionally, Nanyemba has been saving her country and community through CoLaborers International by offering drug and alcohol training to various organizations and saving children struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. In addition to that, they have been offering relief food since
Elisa Medina Fuentes ’18 is sharing her radio program "Jesus, The Women, and Me." It is broadcasted by Radio Anglicana from Spain (you can download the application from Playstore to listen to the radio station). It is broadcasted to 17 countries on different continents. It is a program of biblical reflection with the eyes and woman's voice.
November 2019 to families that were affected
Greg Impink, MDiv ’18 was ordained as an
by droughts and floods in different places in
Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2020.
Zambia. Through their combined efforts with CoLaborers International, they have managed
Crystal (Johnson-Goree) Jennings, MDiv ’14
to put food on the table for many families.
was married and also named the first African-
Nanyemba thanks Eastern University for
Shayla Johnson, MDiv ’18 was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2020.
American senior Pastor of Second Baptist Church in Germantown, PA. Zachary Wheeler, MDiv ’14 was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2020. Courtney Ellis' ’15 debut novel, At Summer’s End, is set to release August 10, 2021 from Berkley/Penguin Random House. Dr. Bridgette Brawner, MDiv ’17 was appointed Chair of the Minority Fellowship Program of the American Nurses Association, National Advisory Council Committee. Joshua Carson ’13, MDiv ’17 and Lindsay (Martin) Carson ’12 welcomed a daughter. Since graduating from Eastern University, Megan King ’17 has had the opportunity to work for Pottstown Dance Theatre as a teacher and choreographer and has become a Health Coach. As a Health Coach, Megan is helping others achieve health in three areas: body, mind, and finances.
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