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Concerts, sports, arts and reunions on tap for 2015 Homecoming and Family Weekend

Eastern Mennonite University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend “Celebrating People, Places, and Programs” on Oct. 9-11 has something for every Royal, future Royal or Royals fan. Highlights include musical performances, sporting events to spectate or participate in, departmental breakfasts and intellectual events, and the traditional community seasonal dinner on Saturday night followe ...More


Ten Chinese scholars join EMU community to learn teaching techniques and immerse themselves in the English language

For the Chinese scholars at Eastern Mennonite University this semester, witnessing the difference between Chinese and American educational systems has been enlightening. “In China, students are willing to listen to professors lecture,” says Yan Wang. “Here, there are a lot of group discussions. It is good for creative thinking. Every student has their own idea.” ...More

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Poetry of and from the heart: cardiologist Joseph Gascho ’68 brings new perspectives of medicine, healing to Homecoming

Contract, pump, relax, fill. The heart takes blood in, then pumps it back out through the body, with life in each heartbeat. Joseph Gascho notices these patterns in his work as a cardiologist at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. He also notices them in his passion for art, weaving the two fie ...More

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Scholars in Washington D.C. this fall semester land prestigious internships

Eastern Mennonite University’s home away from home in Washington D.C. — the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) — is just that to three diverse groups of students this semester. Living and working in the nation’s capital and in the multicultural Brookland neighborhood is always a cross- ...More


Bioethicist Sigrid Fry-Revere, who investigated Iran’s kidney donor system, advocates for living donors

Iran’s waiting list of organ donors is in stark contrast to the donor shortage in the United States, where, on average, one American dies every hour for lack of a transplant. This startling fact was shared by Sigrid Fry-Revere, a bioethicist and living donor advocate, at a recent Suter Science Seminar at Eastern Mennonite University. Fry-Revere has recently helped found a non-profit ca ...More

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Author Todd Wynward shares a wild way of discipleship, more ‘earth-honoring, empire-resisting, despair-erasing’

Wilderness lovers, sustainability advocates, farmers, writers, educators and seminarians – Todd Wynward’s message, shared during a series of events from Oct. 1-7 at Eastern Mennonite University, will appeal to anyone striving to live intentionally, lightly and joyfully on this earth. Wynward, who lives in Taos, New Mexico, is author of ...More


Conservation photographer and professor Steven David Johnson advocates for environment

Some environmentalists hold rallies. Some file lawsuits. Steven David Johnson takes photographs — then puts them to work. Johnson practices conservation photography, creating images with an aim of affecting environmental change. “It’s combining, or marrying, nature photograp ...More


EMU sets record enrollment with the largest first-year class in decades, while graduate programs show significant growth

Eastern Mennonite University’s traditional undergraduate first-year enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year was its highest in several decades, while graduate programs recorded a 26.4 percent increase in enrollment. The data represents enrollment figures from fall 2014 to fall 2015. The 2015-16 figures were released by the reg ...More

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Given secret ingredient and instruments, EMU’s own ‘Iron Composer’ Ryan Keebaugh goes to work

Five hours, three instruments, unfamiliar musicians and a board game – these were the components of the 2015 Iron Composer competition in Berea, Ohio on Sept. 4. This year, Eastern Mennonite University assistant professor of music Ryan Keebaugh was one of five finalists selected from 3,000 g ...More


Emeritus professor Calvin Shenk, who led Bible department and championed cross-cultural program, lived a life of Christian witness

Calvin E. Shenk, professor emeritus of religion who taught at Eastern Mennonite University from 1976-2001, has died. He resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His wife Marie passed away in 2010. The couple, both 1959 graduates of Eastern Mennonite College, returned after 14 years of missionary work in Africa to make an indelible mark on the vision and goals of the institution. Shapin ...More