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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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Artistic productions desired for EMU’s huge centennial party

For Eastern Mennonite University’s 100th anniversary in 2017, EMU’s centennial planning committee is soliciting ideas and proposals for special productions of music, theater and the visual arts. “We would like to debut a major theater or music production – or b ...More

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Distinguished Service Award: From Vietnam, to NYC, to Lancaster to home, Sensenig serves

Donald Sensenig’s journey of service as a missionary, pastor, refugee advocate, interpreter and restorative justice volunteer has taken him to the Bronx streets of New York City and the heart of Saigon in Vietnam, from Los Angeles barrios to refugee camps in Thailand and Honduras. Yet when Sensenig tells one of his favorite stories of victim-offender reconciliation, the setting is only ...More

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EMU filmmakers contribute to grassroots struggle to preserve environment in northwestern Wisconsin

Major news media such as Al-Jazeera America and the New York Times are paying attention to an environmental and political crisis developing in northwestern Wisconsin, and Easte ...More

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Outstanding Young Alum: Elizabeth Good leads in hospital, community, church

Elizabeth Good ’01, is seldom far from the wise counsel of an Eastern Mennonite University professor, though separated by many miles and years since graduation. “Ann Hershberger was, and still is, a tremendous influence on my life and career as a nurse,” says Good. “I still email her with questions and we s ...More

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Washington Community Scholars’ Center opens door to D.C. employment

Stephen Quenzer was always intrigued by the idea of living in a “big city.” So right after earning his bachelor’s degree in computer science in May, the Visalia, California native spent the summer on his cross-cultural experience at the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC). What he discovered in those 10 weeks as an intern surpri ...More

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Faculty dismayed by Israel’s bulldozing of trees on West Bank farm owned by Palestinian graduate’s family

A large boulder rests beside the dirt road at the entrance to the Nassar family farm southwest of Bethlehem. On it the following phrase is written, in English, German and Arabic: “We refuse to be enemies.” It is a motto that has been put to the test over and over, most recently in May when Israeli bulldozers destroyed orchards on the farm, some with trees planted by Eastern Mennonite ...More

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EMU leaders offer appreciation and wise words regarding the increased diversity of incoming students

In their kick-off convocation remarks for the 2014-15 school year, two of Eastern Mennonite University’s leaders highlighted the increasing diversity among EMU’s student population. “The class of 2018 is the most racially, ethnically, and nationally diverse incoming class in the history of EMU,” provost Fred Kniss told a capacity crowd of ...More

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EMU’s link to the president of Somalia traced to the efforts of one female graduate student, now holding a PhD

The trail of the president of Somalia to Eastern Mennonite University goes back 14 years to Khadija Ossoble Ali. In 2000, when Ali was a graduate student in conflict transformation at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, she encouraged a family friend, now-president ...More