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Undergrad gets hands-on STEM teaching experience through NASA camp, following Kenya stint

Abby Pennington, a biology and education major, was exposed to a highly privileged educational experience and a highly deprived one – all in the summer before her senior year. Going from a three week cross-cultural in Kenya to a ten-day educators’ camp funded by NASA, Pennington emerged hungry t ...More

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EMU administration and students join forces to recycle, compost and otherwise aim for sustainability

On any given day at Eastern Mennonite University, you may see a young person riding a bicycle with an attached trailer piled with recyclables. The job represents a broad value woven through the fabric of university life: a commitment to sustainability. EMU was among 173 schools nationwide named ...More

Science Seminar: Sam Showalter

Disease of alcoholism responds to proper treatment, says Dr. Sam Showalter in kick-off Suter Science talk

Alcoholism is not just a bad habit, weakness, or sin, but a disease with distinct physical symptoms, said local physician Sam Showalter ’65 in the kick-off talk for the 2014-15 Suter Science Seminar series. Showalter was a medical director of an inpatient facility in the 1980s that detoxed and educated more than 1,000 people addicted t ...More

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Alumnus receives national award for educating rural healthcare professionals

Randall Longenecker, M.D., FAAFP, assistant dean for rural and underserved programs at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, has received a national award for his role in helping prepare medical students and residents for practice in rural areas. [Randall Longenecker majored in biology at EMU; he is a 1975 graduate who went on to earn his medical deg ...More

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EMU earns “Silver” in STARS ranking of sustainability efforts by universities around the world

Ask any student to locate the most tangible indicators of Eastern Mennonite’s commitment to sustainability and they might point towards the three LEED gold-certified residential halls, the massive solar array on the Hartzler Library, and the omnipresent green recycling bins. But now the university has b ...More

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Graduating as h.s. valedictorian at 16, Slashcheva ’11 racks up accomplishments on way to being public-service dentist

Lyubov Slashcheva has an awfully long resume of accomplishments for a 21-year-old. Add to this her start in life—in a small mining town in a remote corner of the former Russian Empire. Slashcheva emigrated from Kazakhstan to the United States with her family at age 5. She started kindergarten in Harrisonburg, Va., with no knowledge of English. Thanks to an English-as-a-Second-Language ...More

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‘Why EMU is a Christian university like no other’

Senior Blake Rogers spoke the following words regarding his scholarly and personal transformation at a donor appreciation banquet on Oct. 11, 2013. He is a 2010 graduate of Turner Ashby High School and native of Hinton, Va. Tonight, I want to reinforce that EMU is truly a Christian University like no other. Three and a half years ago, I was poised with making a life-altering dec ...More

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Alum Myron Blosser awarded as top biology teacher in Virginia

“Don’t know much about history . . . don’t know much biology . . .” The late Sam Cooke may not have made such a declaration in his song, “Wonderful World,” had Myron E. Blosser of Harrisonburg, Va., been his teacher. Blosser, who teaches biology at Eastern Mennonite High School (EMHS), has received national recognition for his ability ...More

EMU alum, local doctor makes lifetime commitment to health

Bergton local Dr. Linford Gehman graduated from high school in the early 1950s. Much like many recent high school graduates today, the then 18-year-old Gehman was unsure about what to study in college. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” he admits. Gehman decided to take a break before pursing a degree, and spent the next two years working at a porcelain plant in Pennsylvan ...More

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Alum of the Year: Dr. Tim Leaman Holistically Treats Inner-City Patients in ‘Intense’ Situations

In one typical afternoon at his health clinic, Tim Leaman ’93, MD, treated a 9-year-old with a sexually transmitted disease, examined an HIV patient who was in tears about upcoming cancer surgery, and counseled a colleague who was overwhelmed by the needs around her. Leaman is the site medical director at the Kensington Avenue office of the ...More