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Centennial Stories: WEMC, Virginia’s first noncommercial radio station, was founded on campus in 1954

When student G. Irvin Lehman wrote an English paper in the 1930s suggesting that Eastern Mennonite College would start a radio station in the future, opposition to the idea was so strong that he was reprimanded for his idea. A little more than twenty years later, broadcasting equipment was installed into the balcony of the chapel-auditorium, and WEMC became Virginia’s first noncommercial publ ...More

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CJP graduate Emmanuel Bombande, founder of WANEP, appointed to key United Nations post in West Africa

A Center for Justice and Peacebuilding graduate from Ghana who co-founded an influential peacebuilding network in West Africa will continue his leadership in the region through a new position with the United Nations. In October, Emmanuel Bombande, who earned a master’s in conf ...More

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Pediatrician to share research on therapeutic foods and childhood malnutrition

Alumnus Thaddeus May returns to campus Monday, Nov. 23, to present a Suter Science Seminar about research on childhood nutrition and an especially lethal variant of protein energy malnutrition called kwashiorkor. The event will be at 4 p.m. in Suter Science Center 106. May will speak in reference to research conducted with Project Peanut B ...More

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Royals men’s basketball team meets D-I James Madison University for the first time since 1975

Keith Phillips was the head men’s basketball coach at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in the 1970s when Mike Fratello, an assistant coach under Lou Campanelli at nearby Madison College, wandered into the old – and very small – gymnasium in Park View to scout the Royals. “He walked in and said, ‘Where is the place for scouts and the press?’ I told him to take his pick of se ...More

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Ex-Isaac’s chief and EMU alumnus Phil Wenger excited to lead Lancaster County Conservancy

When Phil Wenger stepped down nearly two years ago as head of Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches, the restaurant chain he built, he made it clear he wasn’t retiring. He had just tired of the rat race of the for-profit world and was, as he put it, looking for the next mountain to climb. “The nature imagery is apt given that he’ll become Lancaster County Conservancy’s c ...More

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Matt Ruth named new director of admissions

Few things could capture Matt Ruth’s heart more than his hometown Philadelphia Phillies, but Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has managed to do it. And as EMU’s new director of admissions, he’s helping the institution capture others’ hearts, too. “I love working at EMU,” Ruth says. “It certainly has b ...More

(11/2/15) - (Timberville)Andrea and Aaron Yutzy hold their 13-month-old son, Levi, in front of one of their dairy barns outfitted with solar panels. Their farm, Windcrest Holsteins, has the largest privnelry-owned solar instillation in Virginia, a $1.5 million project. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record)

Family-owned dairy works towards eliminating electricity bill with largest private solar power installation in Virginia

For more than five decades, the Yutzy family has produced milk, corn and small grains at Windcrest Holsteins. Next week, the dairy farm will start producing a new commodity — electricity. The south-facing roofs of the farm’s free-stall barn and milking parlor have been covered with 1,798 solar panels expected to generate 707,139 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. Thanks lar ...More

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‘No better place’: Nepali judges explore restorative justice with EMU experts and Harrisonburg community practitioners

Six experts who are developing curriculum to train Nepali judges and law enforcement officials in restorative justice practices came to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on a week-long trip to the United States. During a three-day visit to Harrisonburg, the judges and officials of Nepal’s National Judicial Academy (NJA) in Kathmandu engaged with communit ...More

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Why I Give: veteran physical education professor joins Giving Tuesday movement

Long-time professor of physical education Sandy Brownscombe is joining the Giving Tuesday movement, a national anti-consumer movement that answers to Black Friday. She’ll donate on that day (read more about her reasons for support below) to ...More

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Mel Lee and Jan Hill, longtime WEMC and WMRA broadcasters, set to retire this week

The final broadcast for Mel Lee’s Songbag and Jan Hill’s Jan’s Jamboree on Harrisonburg public radio station WEMC-91.7 FM will be Saturday, Nov. 7. Listeners and fans  ...More