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Local writer and environmental activist shares love of Appalachian forests

Chris Bolgiano is a self-described “mildly amusing nature writer” and a retired special collections librarian who resides in Fulks Run, Virginia. These authentic identities – citizen scientist, wide-ranging chronicler, and Appalachian mountain woman – converge in her literary works. From books to essays and nature and ...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


Author-scholar to talk on repressive impact of Red Scare on Black artistic community

Students of Cold War history know of McCarthyism, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Red Scare. But what were the effects of such government repression on African American artists and authors, many of whom challenged the conventional conservative views of race, racism and integration during the 1950s? Author and cultural historian Mary Helen Washington focuses on this decade of marginalized Africa ...More


Student wins award for speech that questions sponsor’s policy

In a 2014 bi-national peace oratorical contest, Eastern Mennonite University student Seth Stauffer won second place in a speech that questioned one of the policies of the contest’s sponsor, Mennonite Central Committee. The policy has to do with how people working with MCC talk about t ...More


Award-winning poet opens 2014-15 Writers Read series with performance of the new black poems and others

Evie Shockley, an award-winning poet who embraces both free-verse and traditional styles of writing, will open up the 2014-15 Writers Read series on Wednesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium. “Shockley brings excitement as she goes beyond reading to performing her work,” said Michael Medley, chair of language and literatur ...More

Kara Kishbaugh with book

‘Reading the same book brings people closer together as a community by creating common ground for discussion’

Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More


Alumna Kate Baer’s blog on motherhood goes viral, garnering 216,000 likes on Facebook

One late night in early August, Kate Baer ’07 received the email that every writer hopes for. This one was from an editor at the Huffington Post, asking for permission to share Baer’s recent blog post, “When You Are Tightly Wound.” The attention from one of the m ...More


From touring rock musician to Teacher of the Year in Valley school system

After earning a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006, Harrisonburg native John Hostetter ’11 moved to Tucson, Arizona. He spent two years playing guitar in a bluegrass band, then joined a rock band called Harlem, moved to Austin, Texas, and started to get recognized nationally. “I lived [in Austin] for a summer, and a bunch of things happened all at o ...More

Holy Week Reflection from EMU professor Don Clymer

A new creation: a Holy Week reflection from Don Clymer

A lesson on not judging someone based on outward appearances by Don Clymer, EMU professor of Spanish and humanities “I love Americans,” Pedro announced to the small group gathered for the Wednesday evening Bible study. “I love your music, your language, your people.” ...More


First-year student paper selected for publication in nationally used composition textbook

Future students in the “College Writing for Transitions” class at Eastern Mennonite University may recognize a familiar name and face when they thumb through the required handbook. Among the nearly two dozen exemplary student texts featured in forthcoming sixth edition (2015) of The Everyday Writer will be Martha Bell’s essay “The Mystery of Chronic Lyme Disease.” Her essay wil ...More