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‘Interfaith Discussion on Poverty’ brings together national public policy advocates and local social services providers

Cheryl Cooper drives 45 miles to work each morning. Along the way, she pictures the nearly 114,000 people, standing shoulder to shoulder, who are served by the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank each month. This startling image characterizing the depth of poverty in the Shenandoah Valley was one of many shared during the recent Interfaith Discussion on Poverty ...More


$2.2 million renovation of Roselawn now complete, offering pleasant office, class and interaction spaces

After more than six months of intensive construction work and a $2.2 million investment, the Roselawn renovation project at Eastern Mennonite University is complete. The former residence hall now houses departmental offices and several more classrooms on the revamped second and third floor. Its first floor, remodeled in 2012, continues to house the Intensive English Program. “We’ve b ...More

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Distinguished Service Award: From Vietnam, to NYC, to Lancaster to home, Sensenig serves

Donald Sensenig’s journey of service as a missionary, pastor, refugee advocate, interpreter and restorative justice volunteer has taken him to the Bronx streets of New York City and the heart of Saigon in Vietnam, from Los Angeles barrios to refugee camps in Thailand and Honduras. Yet when Sensenig tells one of his favorite stories of victim-offender reconciliation, the setting is only ...More


EMU’s 10 new faculty members come with outstanding credentials in seven fields

Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University – the most in-demand field of study at this university – leads the way in welcoming three new faculty members out of 11 teachers in eight specialties joining EMU for 2014-15. Music is gaining two assistant professors. The other newcomers are in political science, chemistry, social work, psychology, history and the seminary. ...More


“Bridge of Hope” serves single mothers and their children

Ann Yoder, class of 1961, has tapped her real-estate career experience to locate housing for the single mothers and their children assisted by Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham. For those families, “housing comes first,” said Yoder, one of several alumni who have served on the program’s board. “Then, the heart of the program is surrounding a single mother wh ...More


Collins Center: In support of abused children

The way things used to work here went something like this: A child might mention something suggesting sexual abuse to a parent or a teacher. The child might be asked to talk about it with their guidance counselor, and then a social worker. A police officer would come ask questions about what happened. An investigator – yet another strange adult – might come, ask the same questions all over ...More


Be a Peacebuilder With Two Degrees in Just Five Years

A new program through Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and applied social sciences department is designed to give students both a bachelor’s and master’s ...More


Castillo Sees Movement Toward Easing Immigrants’ Plight

After a June 2012 announcement by President Obama to grant “deferred action” to undocumented youth, Isabel Castillo ‘07 applied for authorization to work and live legally in the United States for the first time in her life. She also began assisting many others with similar applications. Nevertheless, Castillo, a national leader in advocating for immigration-law reform, says “defe ...More

New School Year Offers Kids (and Parents) A Lesson in Independence

Each year, as a new school year starts and parents throughout the Valley kiss their children goodbye as they send them on the bus, parents are once again faced with a pointed reminder that the baby they’ve been raising is growing up fast. And, for most parents, that can be difficult. Just ask Kristina Catterton, a mother of two, who also has two stepchildren. “I just t ...More


Couple Competes Separately, Wins Together

What do you do with old research papers? If you are Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduates Kaitlin Heatwole and Nathan Hershberger, you submit it to a competition and win $500 each. Heatwole and Hershberger tied for top honors in the Anabaptist research paper contest, sponsored by the ...More