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CMU alumni collaborate on book featuring women in music

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 @ 8:21 AM

A vibrant children's book featuring 26 women in music will soon be hitting bookstore shelves, and it was created by two CMU alumni. Anneli Loepp Thiessen (CMU '18) first wrote The ABCs of Women in Music in fall 2020 as a creative project for a feminist theories class at the University of Ottawa, where she is a PhD student in interdisciplinary music research.

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Polar bear research connects CMU alumna to the natural world

Monday, December 20, 2021 @ 1:02 PM

For Sara Wolowich Brown (CMU' 19, Environmental Studies), going to the zoo is more than just entertainment. It's become a passion.

Every year, she takes a pilgrimage to Assiniboine Park Zoo on her birthday. It's an almost ritualistic experience that connects her to the disorder of nature. "I always [been] very interested in science, and the natural world was always super fascinating to me. I always loved going to the zoo," says the alumna who graduated with Environmental Studies major.

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Impactful work-integrated learning experience leads alumna to pursue decolonization efforts and Indigenous solidarity work

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 9:24 AM

Ask any Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) graduate the most impactful learning experience during their undergrad, and they will most likely say their practicum placement.

As the only university in Canada that includes a work-integrated learning placement for all undergraduates, CMU's Practicum Program gives students practical, hands-on opportunities to work in their desired fields of study. Most students look at their practicum placement as a turning point in their education; they get a fully realized vision of the types of impacts they can make in the world and can be inspired to reach further heights in their academics or career.

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A community of hope, life, and vibrancy inspires CMU alumna at COP26

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 @ 3:58 PM

With floods decimating major highways, forest fires pillaging towns and countries, and a global average temperature steadily increasing, there is without a doubt a climate emergency on our hands.

Canadian Mennonite University alumna Kari Miller (CMU '21) has seen the atrocities of climate change and has made it her life's work to mitigate the shifting world. Miller's role as the Environmental Education Coordinator for A Rocha Manitoba gave her the opportunity to attend the 26th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations (UN) climate summit in Glasgow, known more famously as COP26.

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Fall 2021 alumni updates

Friday, November 5, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Readers of CMU's The Blazer magazine often say they flip right to the Alumni News section before reading anything else.

Unfortunately, the past several issues of The Blazer in its digest format were not able to include alumni news. Below is a compilation of updates provided by a few of our alumni (including the most adorable baby photos).

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Sunday@CMU: October 2021

Sunday, October 3, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Theme: "Who do I say that I am?" Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are hearing from Marnie Klassen. She is a CMU alumna who graduated in 2021 with an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Theology. Throughout this series of meditations, Marnie explores what we can learn about Jesus from his many I AM statements in the Gospel of John.

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Summer 2021 alumni updates

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 8:55 AM

Readers of CMU's The Blazer magazine often say they flip right to the Alumni News section before reading anything else.

Unfortunately, the past several issues of The Blazer were not able to include alumni news. Below is a compilation of news from a few of our alumni (including the most adorable baby photos).

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Germinating Conversations: CMU alumna harvests a decade of content to produce book

Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 10:21 AM

The spring of 2021 saw the release of Germinating Conversations: Stories from Sustained Rural-Urban Dialogue on Food, Faith, Farming, and the Land. Edited by Marta Bunnett Wiebe, a recent graduate of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and current Peace and Advocacy Coordinator at MCC Manitoba, and collaboratively published by CMU, A Rocha, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba, the book emerged out of over a 10-year-long period of class discussions, listening events, and public dialogues between urban and rural farmers in Manitoba. The book surfaces out of these various initiatives producing germinating conversations centred around reconciliation, food production, and ecological crisis. With over 30 participants of both rural and urban contexts, the book attempts to mirror the kind of dialogue, and most importantly, the kind of listening that is required for real conversations to take place.

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CMU alumni guide Canadian newcomers in the search for affordable housing

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

CMU alumni Codi Guenther (BA '08, Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies) and River Woods (BA '03, Biblical and Theological Studies) are aiding newcomers to Canada by guiding them in the search for affordable housing.

Having worked as executive director for New Journey Housing for nearly 12 years, Guenther describes the work as broad ranging, involving everything from filing income tax so that newcomers have access to child benefit taxes, GST cheques, and subsidized housing, to teaching workshops on home rental and home purchasing, financing, budgeting, and investing.

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CMU alumna wins international writing competition with short story

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ 3:36 PM

With only 24 hours to write a short story from concept to completion, some writers might buckle under the pressure. But not Katie Doke Sawatzky (CMU '10). The CMU alumna won NYC Midnight's second annual 250-word Microfiction Challenge, chosen for first place out of more than 5,400 other contestants from around the world.

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