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Kratz a Royal once again after trade to Kansas City

For the second time in less than eight months Erik Kratz has been traded, this time to the Kansas City Royals.  The former Eastern Mennonite University baseball player figures to be the backup catcher in Kansas City, as the team released backup ...More

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Listening process ends, waiting period continues

After a six-month listening process that engaged a broad range of stakeholders, including Mennonite Church USA, the board of trustees of EMU postponed formal action regarding its hiring policy pertaining to individuals in covenanted same-sex relationships. The November 2013 board decision to suspend personnel actions related to the cur ...More

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Mercy works, to house those without homes

Soon after graduating from Eastern Mennonite College in 1970 Roy Early opened a photography studio in the Park View area of Harrisonburg. In the late 1970s he moved the business downtown. It was a time of growth for the then-small community, and the people who were being left behind by the changing times were visible in the area around Early’s ...More

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Thousands throng to new music festival made possible by many folks with ties to EMU

From a headlining act to the bike-powered recycling effort, from a group of staff and volunteers to the tent distributing Menno Tea to hundreds of friends and alumni, EMU and its graduates helped make the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival a success. Close to 3,000 people attended each day of the festival, July 11-13, 2014, at ...More

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All-time top U.S. runner, Jim Ryun embraces EMU as annual camp site

One of the all-time top athletes in the United States, mile-record-setter Jim Ryun, has settled into making EMU the site of one of his three annual running camps. Ryun tried EMU for the first time in the summer of 2013, moving his training camp from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He returned in 2014 and says he’ll be back with h ...More

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It’s summertime and the living is…not easy, for sure – it’s busy here

From August to April, students are the life blood of EMU. After that, the faces on campus may be less familiar, but EMU’s heart keeps beating strong with summertime institutes and programs, sports camps, renovation and maintenance work, and groups who rent campus facilities. Groundskeeping staff  – including up to six full-time wo ...More

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Extra innings needed to fix Suter Center for all purposes

When editor-in-chief Bonnie Price Lofton invited me to comment on the status of the Suter Science Campaign exactly one year ago, I opted for the venerable baseball metaphor – “we are rounding third base and heading for home!” At that time, we needed to raise $1.6 million in new commitments to reach our goal of $7 million. ...More

This is an architectural rendering of Roselawn after all of the planned renovations are completed. In 2014-15, the first floor of Roselawn will continue to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Intensive English Program. The two upper floors will house a large-sized classroom, medium-sized classroom, seminar room, gathering area, and offices.

Building on Solid Footing

EMU’s internal emails this summer were unusual – yet oddly heartening. The combined hubbub of construction projects and thousands of summer guests made for feelings of excitement – and of dislocation. There was this funny message: “History professors Mark Sawin and Mary Sprunger hope students will find them in the ...More

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Thousands throng to new music festival made possible by many folks with close ties to EMU

From a headlining act to the bike-powered recycling effort, from a group of staff and volunteers to the tent distributing Menno Tea to hundreds of friends and alumni, Eastern Mennonite University and its graduates helped make the second annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival a success. ...More

Catherine R. Mumaw – alumna, former faculty member, daughter of former EMU president – dies after active life filled with accomplishments and contributions

Catherine Ruth Mumaw of Harrisonburg, Virginia, died July 17, 2014, at her home. She was born July 22, 1932, in Harrisonburg, the daughter of John R. and Esther Mosemann Mumaw. She grew up in the Park View area, and attended Park School and Eastern Mennonite School and College. She earned a Bachelor of Science de ...More