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Helping newcomers find home: Codi Guenther (BA ’08, Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies) and Diana Epp-Fransen (BA ’03, Biblical and Theological Studies)

CMU alumni guide Canadian newcomers in the search for affordable housing

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

CMU alumni Codi Guenther (BA '08, Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies) and Diana Epp-Fransen (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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A message from the president: Fall 2021 plans  

A message from the president: Fall 2021 plans  

Posted in News Releases  •  Friday, April 9, 2021 @ 1:45 PM

The CMU learning community has been amazing all year in collectively honouring one another's health, safety, and well-being. I'm deeply grateful to all CMU students, staff, and faculty for sharing so much good learning, laughter, care, and generosity in the midst of all that's been awkward and hard.

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Katie Doke Sawatzky won NYC Midnights' second annual 250-word Microfiction Challenge with her short story, "The bundle".

CMU alumna wins international writing competition with short story

Posted in Alumni Profiles  •  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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The 2021 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition winners (clockwise from top-left): Johanna Klassen (voice), Georgeanne Van Helden (piano), Michelle Fast (voice), and Georg Neuhofer (piano)

Dual winners mark the 16th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Posted in News Releases  •  Tuesday, April 6, 2021 @ 2:47 PM

For the past 16 years, the CMU School of Music hosts the Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition for music students capable of performing at a high skill level. It is a time, as adjudicator Henrietta Schellenberg puts it, "of comradery and competition for music students, a chance to bring their art to the public, a jewel in the life of the musical calendar at CMU."

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Sunday@CMU

Sunday@CMU: April 2021

Posted in Audio  •  Sunday, April 4, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Theme: Voices of our 2021 Graduates

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are celebrating the accomplishments of CMU's class of 2021 by featuring interviews with three students graduating this year. I recently sat down with them to ask about their journeys at CMU, what it was like finishing their degrees in a pandemic, and what's next. But first, we are broadcasting an Easter meditation by Sheila Klassen-Wiebe, Associate Professor of New Testament at CMU.

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