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Supporting scientists, graduate spends memorable season at frigid McMurdo Station in Antarctica

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Spring convocation invokes spirit of community, with blessings for the new semester and two cross-cultural groups

“Life is difficult,” Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) President Loren Swartzendruber said as he began his final  convocation address Wednesday. Swartzendruber acknowledged the deep challenges facing the world, the nation, and the EMU community over the past year and in recent days. “The threads that hold our community toget ...More

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Congolese lawyer and CJP graduate appointed to government post as country preps for elections

When the academic year began, Zihindula Mulegwa, MA ’05 (conflict transformation), was in Topeka, Kansas, working on a Master of Laws degree in corporate and business law at Washburn University. A practicing lawyer from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mulegwa was planning to spend the year working on this spec ...More

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Top Ten most read news articles and editor’s picks of 2015

As Eastern Mennonite University faculty, staff and students move into the first semester of 2016, we look back at some of the top news items from 2015.  There was plenty to cover in the news this year, from the arrival of EMU Lancaster’s first ...More

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‘Seagoing cowboy’ Ralph Witmer returns to Poland with son and grandson 69 years after making the post-war voyage

Over Christmas dinner in Ohio this year, Jon Styer ‘07 heard his grandfather Ralph Witmer tell about being a “seagoing cowboy,” one of the hundreds of young farmworkers accompanying shiploads of livestock from the United States to aid the rebuilding of post-World War II Europe. The “cowboys” were part of a joint effort between the ...More

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In ’18 Stories of War,’ filmmakers trace community’s pervasive and deeply personal conceptions of war

When you think of war, what war comes to your mind? How far removed are you from that war? How has war impacted your work? These simple questions are the substance of “18 Stories of War,” a film project with an international cast: members of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) community at Eastern Mennonite University (EM ...More

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Join the ‘Suter West’ campaign: Phase II renovations will host lab spaces, new engineering program and updated museum

If a building could have a motto, Suter Science Center, named after longtime professor Dr. Daniel B. Suter, might have “Science, service, success” as its memorable catchphrase. Since its opening in 1968, hundreds of students have toiled and muddled through chemistry and biology labs, calculus problems and physics equations – then gone on to successful careers in a rich diversity of profes ...More

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Blogging on ‘The Gray Boxwood,’ alumni duo cook, craft and video their way into co-hosting gig with Rachael Ray

What is the secret to a superb apple pie, worthy of featuring on “The Rachael Ray Show”? Two tablespoons of French apple brandy, homemade caramel sauce, and a blog enterprise run by two Eastern Mennonite University accounting alumni. The virtual brainchild of 2010 graduates Kaleb Wyse and Joel Kratzer, “The Gray Boxwood” is an ...More

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Dr. Abraham Davis, first director of multi-cultural services at EMU, honored for his groundbreaking work

As befits a scholar of language and oral interpretation, Dr. Abraham Davis Jr. began a late November chapel service held in his honor at Eastern Mennonite University with a few re-written stanzas of a favorite hymn. “Jesus loves me, this I know, though my hair is white as snow,” he began. “And my eyes are going dim, I’ve had cataract surgery. Still He bids m ...More

Ben Bailey and Deb King co-founded the (L)earn-a-Bike program, which teaches young offenders about bike mechanics. (Photo by Cody XX)

‘Restorative justice on two wheels’: young bike mechanics learn and grow through Gift & Thrift program

Witness this office meeting space turn into something different, a bit like Bruce Wayne’s Bat Cave: The wide boardroom table slides out of the way, the wall tapestries roll up to reveal pegboards filled with bicycle repair tools. Suddenly, a bike shop is born. But this isn’t just any bike shop. It’s a bike shop with a mission, as befits the people and their values who use the administrati ...More