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Larger space, word-of-mouth spur EMU program’s popularity

In just five years, new classroom space and growing interest has more than doubled the number of students enrolling in an Eastern Mennonite University program serving learners with limited English skills. The Intensive English Program, begun in 1989 to support international students wishing to study in America, now has 85 students, a marked increase ...More

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Presidential portrait artist, from Belarus, savors new season at EMU

EMU President Loren Swartzendruber smiles slightly, standing near the Campus Center entrance. Portrait artist Natalia Dubina painted pink- and white-blooming trees in the sunny landscape surrounding him. Dubina, who has studied part-time since 2011 in EMU’s Intensive English Program (IEP), laughs ruefully ...More

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Speakers of other languages flood into EMU’s English-language program, often preparing for college

A program to rapidly enable speakers of other languages to master English has reached record enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University. With 85 students this fall, EMU’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is fully utilizing its newly renovated space on the ground level of Roselawn, a former dormitory into which IEP moved in 2012. “Our long-t ...More

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Language Barriers Falling in EMU’s Intensive English Program

When Fanty Polanco immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic five years ago, she spoke no English. But three years in Eastern Mennonite University’s Intensive English Program has made the 31-year-old fluent in the language and ready to take the next step in securing a career. “Now, I have a big plan to become a dental hyg ...More

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Mennonite Colleges Collaborate for IEP Students

Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) announced a new three-year agreement among all five colleges/universities of Mennonite Church USA that will facilitate the success of undergraduate international students. Bethel (Kan.) College, ...More

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EMU Student Keeps Up With Family In Japan, Avoids News

Since last week’s magnitude-9.0 earthquake and the tsunami that followed in its wake ravaged Japan’s Honshu Island, EMU student Satoyo Yoshida has been eager to return to her native country to see her family in person. But without the opportunity to visit, Yoshida, 19, has kept in touch through the Internet video-chat program Skype. While all her family members who live in Hi ...More

EMU, Korean School Sign Exchange Agreement

Two schools with a strong commitment to global learning have signed an agreement that encourages student exchanges and other efforts to strengthen relational ties. Representatives of Bell International School (BIS), Nonsan City, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea, and EMU gathered May 27 at EMU to get better acquainted and to formalize an agreement between the two institutions. ...More

Profs to Reflect on Pakistani Elections

Dr. Mike Medley, director of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at EMU An EMU and a James Madison University professor will offer their views on Pakistan-US relations after the elections in a presentation, "A Mil ...More

Senior Receives Unexpected Scholarship

Jonathan Keener gets some pointers from his principal professor, Dr. Paulo Steinberg. Photo by Jim Bishop Whatever the undertaking, it pays to do it well. Just ask Eastern Men ...More

Fall Enrollment, Undergraduates Up

The number of full-time undergraduate students has increased slightly for fall semester 2006 at Eastern Mennonite University. Traditional undergraduate enrollment totals 916 students, compared to 902 last year. Of that total, 878 are full-time students, up 11 over last fall. Stephanie C. Shafer, director of undergraduate admissions, s ...More