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EMU Alumni Among County Teachers of the Year

Karen Komara, a 1994 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) alumna, was named the Lucy F. Simms Educator of the Year in June 2012. Seven other alumni were recognized at an end-of year appreciation dinner by Rockingham County Public Schools. In an interview with Bob Corso of WHSV-TV3, Komara, a fifth-grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary, said she was honored to be chosen for the award. ...More

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EMU Boasts Teachers of Promise

Six students were selected to represent Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) at the Teachers of Promise Institute, Mar. 24-25, in Richmond, Va. The Teachers of Promise Foundation, which sponsored the event, seeks to recognize and support the best prospective public school teachers in the United States, accor ...More

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Pastor Pairs Love of Church, People with Disabilities

Courtesy Bluffton University Having an adopted brother with tubular meningitis has made a huge mark on the Rev. Paula Snyder Belousek’s life. “Early on, I became interested in what role people with disabilities play in the church setting,” she said last week at Bluffton University. While majoring in special education ...More

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Teacher Awarded for Creative Web Use

Jennie Carr, a master in education student at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and fourth-grade teacher at Elkton Elementary School, was chosen as one of two recipients of the 2011 Virginia “Thinkfinity” Teacher of the Year award. Carr joins Mary Johnson, a first-grade ...More

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Serve and Lead Goes Global

A chance to serve and lead on a global scale has led three 2011 spring graduates of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) far from the comfort and familiarity of Harrisonburg to a newly opened academic center in the Adriatic Sea town of Lezhe, Albania. The Lezha Academic Center (LAC) op ...More

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Early Learning Center Hosts Open House

The early learning center at Eastern Mennonite University will host an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 12 – 4 p.m. The center is a child-focused, developmentally appropriate preschool program for children ages 2 to 5. The pre-kindergarten program runs September through mid-May each school year. Drop in to experience the environ ...More

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Former EMU Education Prof Dies

Kathryn F. (Kass) Seitz, a former member of the Eastern Mennonite University teaching faculty, died Sunday, June 5, at Oak Lea Nursing Home in Harrisonburg. She was 73. Seitz was a member of EMU’s education department faculty from 1979 to 1986. Her teaching specialty was elementary education. Her spouse, Kenneth L. Seitz, Jr., who survives, taught in the department of Bible ...More

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From Brazil to EMU, Sisters Keep Family Bond

HARRISONBURG, Va. – One sister is about to graduate from Eastern Mennonite University, the other is completing her sophomore year after transferring from another school. Each decided independently of the other to attend EMU, but both believe it was one of “the best decisions” they’ve ever made. Luciana Beatriz Stoltzfus – who goes by “Bia” – is finishing up the ...More

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EMU Students Named ‘Teachers of Promise’

Ten Eastern Mennonite University seniors have been named “Teachers of Promise” based on their academic credentials, their commitment to the teaching profession and their exemplary character. The students were among those recognized at the 8th annual Teachers of Promise (TOP) Institute held Mar. 25-26 at James Madison University. More than 200 education majors from the Commonw ...More

Education grad gets national teaching award

Jolene Kratz, 2008 EMU grad Jolene Kratz, who has completed her first year of teaching in the Rockingham County Public School System, has been selected to attend the 2009 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a five-day professional development program for third- through fifth-grade e ...More