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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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After leaving a large state school as a Division I athlete, Dan Nafziger found his niche athletically and academically at EMU

A decade ago, Dan Nafziger never imagined he would be trying to convince anybody to come to Eastern Mennonite University as an enthusiastic admissions counselor. When Nafziger graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 2009, the track standout had othe ...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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One of first to graduate with MA in biomedicine: ‘everything and more’ than expected

Two years ago, after earning an undergraduate biology degree from the University of Mary Washington, Qaiser Ahmed was looking for a graduate program that could give him extra preparation before pursuing his ambition to become a dentist. At the same time, Eastern Mennonite University was preparing to launch a new MA in biomedicine program designed prec ...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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Alumnus receives national award for educating rural healthcare professionals

Randall Longenecker, M.D., FAAFP, assistant dean for rural and underserved programs at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, has received a national award for his role in helping prepare medical students and residents for practice in rural areas. [Randall Longenecker majored in biology at EMU; he is a 1975 graduate who went on to earn his medical deg ...More

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Hostetter to chair steering committee for EMU’s 100th anniversary celebration

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10 students receive top honors for contributions to EMU and community

Ten seniors from three states and two countries ceremonially received “Cords of Distinction” on April 26, the highest honor conferred by Eastern Mennonite University on traditional undergraduate. The next day, they wore their blue and gold cords across their shoulders as they graduated. ...More

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Be a risk-taker and a change-maker, Nobel Peace Prize winner tells class of 2014

Courtesy of Caleb Soptelean, Daily News Record, April 28, 2014 “Dare to be laughed at, mocked and scorned.” A Nobel Peace Prize winner gave those words of advice to Eastern Mennonite University’s graduates Sunday afternoon. ...More

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Nobel Laureate Gbowee helps EMU graduates to appreciate taking action – and dancing – in the present

Under a postcard-perfect blue sky at Eastern Mennonite University, 467 members of the graduating class of 2014 heard Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee call them to “take action in the present” rather than be paralyzed by uncertainty about what their future holds. “Begin with what you have,” she said, using “your lit ...More