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Inspired by their peacebuilding mothers, two undergrads come alone from Kenya and meet each other at EMU

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Fearing that the kids are not all right with high-stakes testing

The kids are not all right. Another high-stakes testing season is winding down, and the school year is finishing with a clap of silence and emptied boxes of No. 2 pencils or, more likely, flickering computer screens. Some kids will seem fine with the testing. Some will even think the tests are fun. Others will worry to the point of nausea and visits to the nurse. Some will label themselves smar ...More

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Two education grads find years at Hopi reservation school to be rewarding, though distant from their own family roots

As an elementary education graduate from Eastern Mennonite University, Rebecca A. Yoder ’10 knew that she wanted to teach, but she never imagined that four years after graduation she would be living and working in an Arizona desert, 90 miles from the nearest shopping center. Now, she cannot imagine being anywhere else. Yoder and Joilyn Zimmerly ’07 both teach at a school on a Hopi re ...More

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An EMU history grad has become the preeminent four square player of our time

This is a storyline you’ve heard before: after countless hours of practice on the playground, an athlete reaches the glorious pinnacle of his or her sport. Except this is a variation you’ve probably never heard before: the sport is four square, and it does indeed have a competitive pinnacle – the World Championships contested each February in, of all places, Bridgton, Maine, and won for t ...More

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Desire to address, heal, traumatic legacy of U.S. slavery sparks growth in Coming to the Table group

Sessions at Coming to the Table are rarely easy. Despite the time separating current Americans from the era of legal slavery in the United States, the wounds of racial injustice remain fresh for the descendants of slaves, especially in the face of ignorance or denial of these wounds. At the 2014 annual meeting of Coming to the Tab ...More

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Volunteers discover power of playback theater to shift painful stories toward path of healing

When volunteers were solicited, nobody immediately stepped forward. It was a tough request: tell a painful personal story before an audience of maybe 40, many of them strangers to each other, and watch seven people trained in playback theater re-tell it through an impromptu performance. Yet Muhammad Afdillah—a visiting scholar with Eastern Mennonite University’s ...More

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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

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EMU mourns death of Vincent Harding, a Mennonite compatriot of MLK, a friend to all oppressed peoples

Eastern Mennonite University joins millions of people worldwide in grieving the passing of Vincent Harding, sorrowing that we will no longer hear his prophetic voice in person – reminding us that the dream for “true democracy and justice” of Harding’s friend, Martin Luther King Jr., has yet to be realized. Harding died yesterday [May 19, 2014] at the University of Pennsylvania Ho ...More

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Accounting alums selected from 80 grad students to receive awards at James Madison University

When it came time to recognize high-achieving students at James Madison University’s College of Business this spring, JMU named Jonathan Leaman and Darian Harnish – both 2013 graduates of Eastern Mennonite University – as two of four award recipients from a class of 80 students earning a master of science in accounting. Leaman was one of three ...More

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Computer science students take first and third in national contest against 47 other teams

Teams comprised of Eastern Mennonite University computer science and math students beat 47 teams across the nation in a contest that required code-breaking under time pressure. The EMU teams took first and third place at this year’s Kryptos competition sponsored by Central Washington University. The first-place team was made up of freshman Aron Harder and seniors Stephen Quenzer and Jo ...More