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Intensive English Program proves to be Huimin Yu’s bridge from old life in China to new life as tutor and future teacher

For Huimin “Winifred” Yu, the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University served as a bridge between life in China and as a massage therapist and life as a budding English-language teacher. Yu, a native of Canton in the south of China, holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Shenzhen University. In 2012, Yu came to ...More

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Final Writers Read event hosts poet David Clark, winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Poet David Clark brings what one fellow poet has called “a postmodern sense of the sacred” to the Eastern Mennonite University campus during the final installment of the Writers Read Program. He’ll read from his award-winning collection of poems at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the President’s Reception Room in the Universit ...More

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25 years of Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony to be celebrated on March 22

For many attending the upcoming celebration of the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony’s 25 years at Eastern Mennonite University, the event will bring back memories. The concert, which is Sunday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in Lehman Auditorium, includes music composed by alumnus Anthony VanPelt, a local musician, composer and teac ...More

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During her internship, senior Sara Ritchie mingles with political leaders at Selma march

The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, was so packed with people that Eastern Mennonite University senior Sara Ritchie could not see asphalt when she looked back toward the crowd. Ritchie had traveled to Selma as an intern with The Faith & Politics Institute (FPI) and as a student at EMU’s Washington ...More

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Lack of expert healthcare may increase self-responsibility, says hospital leader Jim Krauss in Suter Science lecture

If you had no access to a clinic or hospital of any kind, would you live your life differently than you do now? Would you try to maintain a healthier lifestyle, or learn more about how to take care of your own health? Jim Krauss, president of Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center, wishes Americans would take more respons ...More

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Mortal clocks ticking in EMU’S “Hickorydickory”

In the play “Hickorydickory,” normal people have mortal clocks behind their hearts. But others have clocks in their heads and they can hear the maddening ticking. Worse yet, they know when death will come knocking. But don’t despair! Owners of a Chicago watch repair shop know how to easily extract those maddening head clocks. That is, if people don’t attempt to prolong life by tr ...More

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Music teacher uses music-mixing technology to engage young DJs in STEM learning

Before classes begin at Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg each morning, beeps, beats and bass can be heard from Perry Shank’s music room. His students are learning the art of sound engineering with the help of music-mixing technology and scientific toys. Shank [EMU BA ’99 in music] teaches his classes and the school’s DJ club how to make electronic music by layering ...More

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Novelist and short fiction writer Vic Sizemore comes to campus for Writers Read, Mar. 12

Novelist and short story writer Vic Sizemore creates characters who grapple with issues of faith, engage in deep soul-searching journeys, and try to reconcile the rock-solid tenets learned in childhood with the flint-edged and sometimes scarring questions of adulthood. He’s in the middle of working on “The Pinewood Cycle,” four novels linked by their setting at Pinewood University, a cons ...More

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‘Chef Oz’ Blackaller creates multiethnic culinary delights at San Diego-area ‘fusion’ tapas bar

In the summer of 2000, Osvaldo Blackaller `07, a native of Monclova, Mexico, found himself in Harrisonburg married to the love of his life, Joanna. Oz – as everyone calls him – began working full time at Cargill, but felt a nagging urge to finish his degree. Getting into schools proved more difficult than expected with lots of hoops to jump through as an international student and cla ...More

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‘Where are my keys?’ Cognitive psychologist discusses reliability and memory models in Suter Science Seminar

Memory is an amazing power. Humans can relive past events by simply willing them to come to mind. But as vivid and fascinating as memory can be, how precise is it? Intuition might say that memory is very precise. Humans rely on memory for everyday habits, driving directions, performing tasks at work, and academic tasks. However, numerous studies in psychology indicate that memories can b ...More