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Couple to facilitate women’s healing workshops in Harrisonburg

Helping others find peace. That’s the shared goal of Cristian Quezada and Anita Fonseca-Quezada, Chilean immigrants who were drawn to Eastern Mennonite University because of its emphasis on conflict resolution. Before coming to the U.S., the married couple called Santiago, Chile, home. The two were living on the 20th of a 21-floor apartment ...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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Congolese, Rwandan groups work together for peaceful homecoming

In spite of tense relationships between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and neighboring Rwanda, two Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partner organizations, one on each side of the border, are working together to support the peaceful return of Rwandan refugees to their home country. [Michael J. Sharp, a 2005 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, ...More

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The First and the Foremost: Summer Peacebuilding Institute

In the summer of 1994, about 40 peace and development workers gathered on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University for a one-week seminar called “Frontiers in International Peacebuilding.” It was the first official event held by what is now known as the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, or CJP, which was then so fledgling ...More

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EMU delays formal action on hiring policy after listening process

After a six-month listening process that engaged a broad range of stakeholders, including Mennonite Church USA, the board of trustees of Eastern Mennonite University has delayed formal action regarding the hiring policy and individuals in covenanted same-sex relationships. The November 2013 board decision ...More

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CJP grad helps pilot restorative justice program in nation’s second-largest school system

Joseph Luciani, MA ’13, has spent the last year leading a restorative justice pilot program in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school system in the United States. Strong interest in such a program, and in its results, lends support to a decision by Eastern Mennonite University to launch the first graduate-level ...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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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