These individuals will be recognized for their accomplishments and service to others as part of Homecoming Weekend, Oct. 18-20. Read full coverage of each recipient at easternmennonite.org/news.
Alumna of the Year: Lori Snyder ’79 Garrett
A passion for racial reconciliation and mentoring young female professionals shapes Lori Garrett’s work as Senior Principal and Director of the Higher Education Studio at Richmond-based Glavé & Holmes Architecture.
A high school field trip to New York City under the care of art teacher, Esther Augsburger ’49, helped her to launch her career. Her touch is on many universities across the Commonwealth and beyond, including the 2005 EMHS Fine Arts addition.
In 2018, Lori submitted a proposal for a national contest to revise Richmond’s Monument Avenue. The competition’s goal was to “facilitate constructive dialogue around the historic street, Confederate history, urban planning, and public art.” Lori’s submission is among the final 20 out of 200 under consideration.
Lori will share reflections at Homecoming Sunday worship.
Lifetime Service Award: Richard Shue ’69
Richard Shue prefers to work hands on, behind the scenes, something his parents modeled and he’s done all his life. Skilled with his hands and in relating to people of all backgrounds, Richard – often joined by his wife Jolene – has used his gifts in the local community and around the world, often in the areas of construction in camp and education settings.
“Rich always puts others before himself,” says Diana Suter ’70 Berkshire, who nominated him for the award. “He is generous with his time and resources and is always kind. He loves God and serves others because of this. A group of rare and unique character traits in this day and age.”
“When you give back,” he summarizes, “you get back more than you give.”
Richard will share reflections at Homecoming Sunday worship.
Community Engagement Award: Kirsten Nafziger ’89 Moore
Not even a surprise downpour on an outdoor dinner party can dampen the enthusiasm of Kirsten Moore to bring people together over good food.
Kirsten is the recipient of the new Community Engagement Award this year in recognition of her gifts for creating space for people to connect. Her touch has spawned multiple businesses and helped launch the local food movement in Harrisonburg.
Her newest project is a revitalization of the former Big L Tire flatiron building, called Magpie. The lower level will house a breakfast and lunch “modern interpretation of the corner diner” along with an in-house bakery making artisanal bread, pastries and pies. The second floor will house The Perch at Magpie, a new location and brand for The Hub Coworking, which Moore launched in 2015.
Kirsten’s touch will be on the menu for Sat. breakfast during Homecoming Weekend.