Young alumnus award winners have Middle East connections in common
The Awards Committee of the Alumni Association has named Terrance (Terry) Rempel, Bethlehem, West Bank, and Alain Epp Weaver and Sonia Weaver, Amman, Jordan, as the recipients of Young Alumnus Awards for 2006.
Terry is one of the founders of the BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in Bethlehem. From 1998-2004, he was coordinator of research and information for BADIL, and from 2004-05, he was senior researcher with the organization. He is now an independent consultant for BADIL.
Terry graduated from Bethel in 1990 with a history major. He also has an M.A. in Middle East politics from Exeter (United Kingdom) University and is a Ph.D. candidate in politics at Exeter University. His dissertation is titled “The politics of refugee participation: Palestinian refugees in comparative context.” He has authored, co-authored and edited numerous articles and publications, including the forthcoming book “The Refugees the World Forgot,” written with Susan M. Akram.
Alain Epp Weaver and Sonia Weaver became co-country representatives for Palestine, Jordan and Iraq for Mennonite Central Committee in July 2004. They were previously MCC country representatives for Palestine (since 2000), worked in the Gaza Strip as MCC project coordinators in 1996 and 1999, and taught English in the West Bank from 1992-95.
Alain and Sonia are 1991 graduates of Bethel, Alain with majors in Bible and religion, English, German and philosophy, and Sonia with majors in Bible and religion and German and a minor in international development. They spent their junior year at Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany.
Alain has a master of divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Sonia has an M.A. in religious studies from the same institution. They spent the 1991-92 school year studying at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind.
Alain and Sonia are co-authors of “Salt and Sign: Mennonite Central Committee in Palestine, 1949-1999,” and have written and edited a number of other articles, books and publications.
Terry, Alain and Sonia will receive their awards and present a special convocation program on Monday, March 27, at 11 a.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.