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Students share ‘life-changing’ experiences from cross-cultural journeys

The phrase, “life-changing” kept recurring as Eastern Mennonite University students reflected on semester-long cross-cultural programs they took to India or Central America in university chapel services held Monday (Apr. 21) and Wednesday (Apr. 23). Ann Graber Hershberger, professor of nursing ...More

President Drops in On Cross-cultural Group in Guatemala

It was a crash course in cross-cultural learning and a long-time dream come true. EMU President Loren Swarzendruber and his wife, Pat, (pictured second row, at right) paid a whirlwind visit Feb. 6-10 to the 22-member EMU student group that is spending sp ...More

Convocation Message, ‘Love the World,’ God’s Creation

What does it mean to love God’s created world? And, what impossible, or even possible things, are you dreaming of and what obstacles are looming for you in this world at the beginning of 2009? Lee F. Snyder, EMU interim provost, asked these questions of the campus community at a convocation service Wednesday, Jan. 7, the op ...More

Global Cyclists Putting Mettle to the Pedal

Jonathan Spicher (l.) and Lars Akerson moments before beginning their arduous journey from Harrisonburg, Va., to Asuncion, Paraguay, that will take six months and cover 8,500 miles. Photo by Lindsey Roeschley Lars Akerson and Jonathan Spicher are ...More

Students Reflect on Semester in Spain/Morocco

“Adjustment,” “family relationships,” “frustration,” and “siesta” were some of the words students used to describe their cross-cultural semester in Spain and Morocco. The group shared the joys and struggles of their life-changing experience in a chapel service Wednesday, Dec. 10. Nineteen EMU students wh ...More

Cross-cultural Group in China Safe

Sixteen students, a faculty member and a staff person from EMU are safe in China following the devastating May 12 earthquake there. Their travel and study plans are being modified, but the group will complete their scheduled term. Part of the EMU group had arrived in Beijing May 12 just before the earthquake struck. The city of Chengdu, located in southwest province of Sichuan and epic ...More

Students Report on ‘Life-Changing’ Cross-culturals

“May I see your photo ID, please?” Everyone entering Lehman Auditorium Wednesday morning, Apr. 23, for the final chapel of spring semester was asked to produce a personal identification or “please step aside.” Students in EMU’s semester-long Middle East program acted as border guards as people convened f ...More

Student Baptized in Jordan on Easter

EMU student John A. Tyson said he “had thought about it for some time and felt that the time and place were right.” And so, early on Easter Sunday, 2008, the EMU junior biblical studies and philosophy major from Lansdale, Pa., was baptized in the Jordan River into the community of faith. ...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

Second EMU Group Leaves on Cross-Cultural

Thirty EMU students were commissioned during a chapel service Friday, Jan. 11 for a semester of study and learning in the Middle East and embarked later the same day. It is the fifth time for ...More