Lasting ties: bonnets overboard

Vesta Zook Slagel On Driveway

The day of March 29, 1921 found Vesta Zook (Slagel), a 1915 graduate, and Vinora Weaver (Salzman), a 1918 graduate, in the New York City harbor boarding the SS Regina d’Italia ship for a 19-day voyage to Constantinople. Three months earlier they had gotten the call to become the first “lady workers” with the fledgling relief organization Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

Hannah Sommers ’96 innovates for NPR

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It all started when Hannah Sommers ’96, of Washington, D.C., landed an internship at National Public Radio (NPR) in 2001. A few years later, Sommers was hired by the organization as an audio archivist. Today, as program manager, she leads a team that develops digital toolsets and workflows.

Amya Miller ’98 advocates for Japanese tsunami victims

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Just weeks after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami devastated 300 miles of Japan’s coastline on March 11, 2011, Amya Miller ’98 returned to the country, where she was born and spent her childhood, in order to volunteer as an interpreter for a relief organization. More than two years later, Miller is still working to ensure that the needs of disaster victims are not forgotten.

Robert Brunk ’63 bidding farewell to the auction house

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How does an activist become an auctioneer? For Robert Brunk ’63, who gave up the gavel and retired this year, the journey from being a community organizer to an auctioneer has taken many twists and turns. After Brunk graduated from Goshen College, he attended the University of Michigan and became aware of a need for social […]

Khadar Bashir-Ali ’85 providing education in Somalia

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Khadar Bashir-Ali ’85 is bringing education back to Somalia. Conflict and civil war have plagued Somalia for decades. In recent years, drought and famine have added to the crisis, ultimately leaving much of the country, and the education system, in disarray. In November, a new government was formed, and Bashir-Ali was appointed to the Education […]

Ron Kraybill ’76 making peace in Africa

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Ron Kraybill ’76 can finally cross off meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu from his bucket list. Kraybill, who is a peace and development adviser for the United Nations, has been working to negotiate peaceful elections in Lesotho since November 2009. Last year, Kraybill assisted in a mediation process led by the Lesotho Heads of Churches, working […]