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Thousands throng to new music festival made possible by many folks with ties to EMU

From a headlining act to the bike-powered recycling effort, from a group of staff and volunteers to the tent distributing Menno Tea to hundreds of friends and alumni, EMU and its graduates helped make the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival a success. Close to 3,000 people attended each day of the festival, July 11-13, 2014, at ...More

This is an architectural rendering of Roselawn after all of the planned renovations are completed. In 2014-15, the first floor of Roselawn will continue to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Intensive English Program. The two upper floors will house a large-sized classroom, medium-sized classroom, seminar room, gathering area, and offices.

Building on Solid Footing

EMU’s internal emails this summer were unusual – yet oddly heartening. The combined hubbub of construction projects and thousands of summer guests made for feelings of excitement – and of dislocation. There was this funny message: “History professors Mark Sawin and Mary Sprunger hope students will find them in the ...More

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Lancaster school district and EMU partner for two-week English as a second language program

Adult students in two English as a second language classes at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania partnered with School District of Lancaster to host a two-week summer program at Burrowes Elementary School, which concluded Thursday, July 17, 2014. Lessons taught by the EMU graduate students focused on science topics, such as meteorology, while building students ...More

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EMU alumna’s SALT term gives birth to new career

Twenty-three-year-old Tessa Gerberich from Myerstown, Pa., hoped to have the opportunity to help deliver at least one baby during her year-long service term in Jos, Nigeria. To date, she’s helped to deliver 25. “Helping women deliver their babies leaves me in awe of the simple, yet complex miracle of birth,” said Gerberich, who studied nursing at Eastern Mennonite University in Har ...More

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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