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Encore, EMU’s music alumni group, brings together faculty, students and alumni for fundraising recital

Encore, an alumni group dedicated to supporting the work of Eastern Mennonite University’s music department, will host a recital Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in Martin Chapel, located in the Seminary building. Performers include faculty, students and alumni. The concert is dedicated to President Loren Swartzendruber, ...More

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Artist-activist connects communities in and out of prison with bold public art projects

As an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, Mark Strandquist began the “Windows from Prison” project that continues today. He asks incarcerated men, women, and teens to respond to the following question: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” ...More

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EMU theater experience has been ‘soul-snatching’ for this history-major-turned-award-winning-dramaturg

Senior Derrick Turner believes in letting theater speak for itself. His position as a dramaturg facilitates exactly that – providing a design team, cast, and audience with the information necessary for a play’s message to be conveyed.  Turner’s intensive research and insight for Eastern Mennonite University’s fall 2015 production of the musical “ ...More

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Photography class photos helped efforts to block Atlantic Coast Pipeline on sensitive sections of national forestland

Striking photos taken by an Eastern Mennonite University professor and his students of a rarely seen, endangered salamander supported citizen lobbying that may have influenced a U.S. Forest Service decision to reject a proposed gas pipeline across the salamanders’ fragile, limited habitat. “My students and I were very involved in the public awareness campaign about the Cow Knob Salam ...More

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Catch the new Royals pep band — loud, proud and sassy in the stands

E-M-U! E-M-U! If Eastern Mennonite University’s Yoder Arena seems a bit peppier this winter, look no further than the northeast corner of the basketball court floor. EMU’s new pep band is loud, they’re proud and they’re here to stay. ...More

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NPR personality, author and raconteur Martha Woodroof shares humor, life experiences at Writer’s Read event

On her Facebook page, Martha Woodroof offers the following whirlwind summary of her career journey: “NPR freelancer, WMRA public radio person, restaurateur, essayist, country music jock, college dropout, TV talk show host, newspaper dogsbody, constant gardener, railroad crew hotelier, grad school dropout, fai ...More

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Commissioned theatrical work with live music retells the Gospels in ‘challenging’ and ‘surprising’ ways

Justin Poole, assistant professor of theater at Eastern Mennonite University, and professional composer and musician Jim Clemens present “The Gospel Project: A Theatrical Journey through the Life of Jesus Christ.” The performances will be Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 ...More

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Top Ten most read news articles and editor’s picks of 2015

As Eastern Mennonite University faculty, staff and students move into the first semester of 2016, we look back at some of the top news items from 2015.  There was plenty to cover in the news this year, from the arrival of EMU Lancaster’s first ...More

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EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement presents free film series featuring social justice leaders from around the world

The Center for Interfaith Engagement (CIE) at Eastern Mennonite University presents the film series “Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience,” featuring 12 films of various genres, including fiction and documentaries, about human rights, environmental and social justice leaders. The series is moderated by Dr. Bob Bersson, visit ...More

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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir joins Staunton Academy of Ballet for annual Christmas concert

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir presents “Angels Sing,” a Christmas concert with the Staunton Academy of Ballet at 4 p.m., Dec. 6 at Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University. All three choirs will perform a variety of seasonal music and Christmas carols, followed by an audience sing-along. Among the combined selections are “A ...More