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New Hartzler Library director comes with administrative and teaching experience from Illinois and Canada

G. Marcille “Marci” Frederick, a Chicago-area college library director, will be Eastern Mennonite University’s new director of the Sadie A. Hartzler Library. She will start July 1, succeeding Beryl Brubaker, who is retiring. Frederick is currently library director at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois ...More

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When snow keeps most inside, physical plant people go forth and clear, no matter the hours

The heavy snowfalls that hit Eastern Mennonite University in mid-February and promise to hit again this weekend may be welcomed by students sledding down the EMU hill, but they usually spell long hours with shovels and machines, sometimes overnight, for physical plant personnel to make paths and roadways safe for the rest of campus. “Whe ...More

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EMU centennial theme to celebrate “past, present and future” of university and Eastern Mennonite School

From an inaugural graduating class of seven students to 467 for the class of 2014, Eastern Mennonite University is not the same school it was a century ago. Plans for the school’s centennial celebration, which begins in fall 2017, are already in motion. After some delay, EMU’s centennial steering committee met last week to choose a theme for the celebrations, which will last ...More

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98-year-old Amish teacher pays first visit to alma mater 61 years after graduating

When retired church ministry professor John R. Martin welcomed his former classmate to the Eastern Mennonite University campus last week, he offered warm regards. “It is an honor that you’ve come to visit us,” Martin said, clasping the hands of 98-year-old Amos J. Yoder. “Oh, don’t make too much of it,” said Yoder with a grin. Much was made of Yoder’s visit, t ...More

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Longtime educator Sarah Armstrong named director of MA in Education program

Sarah Armstrong, a longtime public-school educator, will help teachers earn master’s degrees in her new role as director of the MA in Education program at Eastern Mennonite University. Most of the teachers continue full time in the classroom while studying on weekends and during summer vacatio ...More

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy celebrated with solidarity march, music, chapel and service opportunities

What creates systems of discrimination and oppression? What power and motivation do people have to resist these systems? Where do they take comfort when hatred acts? These questions were asked during the Jan. 15-20 Martin Luther King Jr. celebration hosted by Eastern Mennonite University. Activities included lectures, chapel meetings and talkbacks; reading ...More

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EMU and Sichuan University of China sign cooperation agreement

Eastern Mennonite University and Sichuan University of Arts and Science, located in central China, signed an agreement on Jan. 13, 2015, to “promote academic exchanges, scientific research cooperation, and communication between teachers and students.” The signing occurred during a one-day visit to the EMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia, ...More

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EMU community helps make Christmas cheerier for those who don’t have enough

For Sandra: Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo, small photo album, purple gloves, JMU scarf, Christmas CDs, candy, 2015 calendar. This is one of the six ornaments hanging on a miniature Christmas tree in the Eastern Mennonite University human resources department before it was claimed. Part of the “Be a Santa to a Senior” project, the ornament r ...More

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Vigil held to protest killing of a black person every 28 hours in America, ‘whether innocent or guilty’

About 60 people held a vigil in the heart of Eastern Mennonite University’s campus in early December for black people killed by police in America. Participants attracted by the Black Student Union’s “#StandForFerguson” appeal gathered quietly in the gray mist at Thomas Plaza as club advisor Celeste Thomas invited them to “speak in silence,” showing their solidarity with presence ...More

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EMU faculty, staff and students sing “Joy to the World!” to celebrate advent

[Editor's note: An updated version of the EMU advent greeting was posted Dec. 12.  After further consideration we eliminated one section of the video in order to be sensitive to what was considered to be unintended stereotyping. ] We sing “Joy to the World!” to celebrate th ...More