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Engineers for a Sustainable World, a club tackling problem-solving projects

Reprinted with slight edits from the student-produced Weather Vane, Oct. 2, 2014. Written by first-year student Harrison Horst. Engineers for a Sustainable World, referred to by its members as ESW, is only a year old, and though it has already achieved significant results, still has not been heard of by the majority ...More

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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

Gonzo Opens with Gusto

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. The Black Box filled with students anticipating the first Gonzo theater of the year Inside the University Commons, past Common Grounds and the Art Gallery last Thursday. Gonzo Theater, known as Gonzo, is a student run theater group w ...More

New, Energetic Professor in the Music Department

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. Waking up at 3 a.m. every day is part of normal life for the new professor in the music department. Between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. is the only time during his day that Ryan Keebaugh — husband, father to a 9-month-old little girl, and new professor here at EM ...More

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Undergrad gets hands-on STEM teaching experience through NASA camp, following Kenya stint

Abby Pennington, a biology and education major, was exposed to a highly privileged educational experience and a highly deprived one – all in the summer before her senior year. Going from a three week cross-cultural in Kenya to a ten-day educators’ camp funded by NASA, Pennington emerged hungry t ...More

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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

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EMU grows in depth and breadth, setting records for enrollment and diversity while adding grad programs

Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University this fall set new records, including a record-high number of students who are ethnic minorities or come from other countries. The 2014-15 figures were released by the registrar’s office on Sept. 10. A total of 1,870 students registered for class at the beginning of the fall semester – a 4.4 percent increase over last fall’s 1,789. The numb ...More

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Alumnus of the Year: Donald Oswald, pioneer in helping children with autism

When Donald Oswald ’75 accepted his first teaching job after graduating from college, he also discovered a field of study that defines his academic and professional career. “The opportunity to work with children with autism was not the result of a deliberate plan or any previous experience with autism,” says Oswald. “Grafton School in Berryville, Virginia, was just beginning the ...More

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EMU administration and students join forces to recycle, compost and otherwise aim for sustainability

On any given day at Eastern Mennonite University, you may see a young person riding a bicycle with an attached trailer piled with recyclables. The job represents a broad value woven through the fabric of university life: a commitment to sustainability. EMU was among 173 schools nationwide named ...More

Science Seminar: Sam Showalter

Disease of alcoholism responds to proper treatment, says Dr. Sam Showalter in kick-off Suter Science talk

Alcoholism is not just a bad habit, weakness, or sin, but a disease with distinct physical symptoms, said local physician Sam Showalter ’65 in the kick-off talk for the 2014-15 Suter Science Seminar series. Showalter was a medical director of an inpatient facility in the 1980s that detoxed and educated more than 1,000 people addicted t ...More