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EMU leaders offer appreciation and wise words regarding the increased diversity of incoming students

In their kick-off convocation remarks for the 2014-15 school year, two of Eastern Mennonite University’s leaders highlighted the increasing diversity among EMU’s student population. “The class of 2018 is the most racially, ethnically, and nationally diverse incoming class in the history of EMU,” provost Fred Kniss told a capacity crowd of ...More

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EMU’s link to the president of Somalia traced to the efforts of one female graduate student, now holding a PhD

The trail of the president of Somalia to Eastern Mennonite University goes back 14 years to Khadija Ossoble Ali. In 2000, when Ali was a graduate student in conflict transformation at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, she encouraged a family friend, now-president ...More

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‘Reading the same book brings people closer together as a community by creating common ground for discussion’

Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More

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Biomedicine grad students deepen compassion through cross-cultural stints

Graduate students in the medical field do not usually study abroad as part of their collegiate experience. But the two-year-old MA in biomedicine program at Eastern Mennonite University is designed to teach its students to look at biomedicine from a broad, multi-faceted perspective. “Our philosophy is very different,” said biology professor ...More

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New online seminary courses focus on thought-provoking topics

Eastern Mennonite Seminary is offering three unique online courses on thought-provoking topics this school year: (1) Dietrich Bonhoeffer; (2) psychology and religion; and (3) the intersection of race and religion. The first two topics will be offered in the fall, beginning the week of August 25, and the third in the spring, beginning in January. ...More

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President of Somalia welcomed “home” as alumnus of EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute

Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud topped off attendance at the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit hosted by President Obama with a visit to Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Aug. 7, where he renewed 13-year-old ties with Eastern Mennonite Uni ...More

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Biomedicine graduate program names first ‘scholar-in-residence’ – Joseph Longacher, MD

The graduate program in biomedicine at Eastern Mennonite University has appointed its first “scholar-in-residence.” He is Joseph Longacher, a physician who spent most of his career in Richmond, Virginia. Since the majority of the students in the two-year-old program are headed to careers in healthcare, it makes sense that the first scholar- ...More

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New Collaborative MBA program opens with intellectually provocative author

A one-week residency featuring a nationally-known author-speaker will kick off the new Collaborative Master of Business Administration program started by three Mennonite colleges. The first cohort of about a dozen students will gather for their start-of-the-semester residency at Bluffton University in Ohio, ...More

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MA in biomedicine: A good thing in a small package, just right for this Californian from a huge state school

Kristie Nguyen knew that Eastern Mennonite University would be smaller than the University of California-Los Angeles, where she’d studied as an undergraduate, and figured that life in Harrisonburg, Virginia, would be considerably different from Orange County in Southern California, where she’d grown up. “[But] I didn’t realize how small it was until I got here,” she said, laugh ...More

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Our man in Mexico – Howard Zehr – gets mistaken for a famous Mexican poet, so they decide to meet …

Settling in before a major public appearance in Mexico, restorative justice expert Howard Zehr was strolling through the market in Victoria, Tamaulipas. It was July 2, a day before he was to be the keynote speaker at the First National Conference of Alternative Dispute Resoluti ...More