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Lois Bowman belies stereotyping as she wraps up 50 years of service to EMU

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Zehr covered by major media in United Kingdom

The BBC World News Service turned to a world-renowned expert on restorative justice, Dr. Howard Zehr of Eastern Mennonite University, in asking, “How are people able to forgive a crime like the murder of a loved one?” For an article published on Aug. 19, 2013, BBC re ...More

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EMU Welcomes 12 Faculty Members for 2013-14

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. The new faculty, announced by provost Fred Kniss, are: Amy Gillespie, EdD, assistant professor of the practice of nursing ...More

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Swartzendruber and Higher-Ed Peers Emphasize Community at Chamber Breakfast

“We’re with you” was the main message college and university presidents had for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce members during an annual breakfast Wednesday [Aug. 7, 2013]. From tailoring or creating programs to meet workforce needs, offering continuing education opportunities or partnering with businesses on projects or to provid ...More

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Provost Argues for Valuing “Tributaries” Beyond the Religious Mainstream

Provost Fred Kniss ’79 encouraged an international cross-section of academics hearing his keynote address to the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) to consider the religious “tributaries, eddies and crosscurrents” that inform the so-called “mainstream” faiths. Kniss’s spee ...More

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EMU Recognized for Fundraising Excellence as Giving Tops $6 Million

In late May, near the end of what turned out to be one of Eastern Mennonite University’s best fundraising years, the Council for Advancement and Support of Higher Education (CASE) named EMU a winner of an Overall Performance Award for fundraising excellence. Total giving to EMU for the 2012-13 fiscal year was $6,277,000, a 24 percent increase from the ...More

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EMU President Honored by National Multiple Sclerosis Society

An annual dinner benefiting efforts to cure and treat multiple sclerosis raised more than $100,000 by Tuesday evening with money still on the way. The Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society held its annual Harrisonburg Dinner of Champions at the James Madison University Festival Conference and S ...More

Long-time Administrative Staff Member Dies

Fern I. Erb, a former long-time administrative staff member at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), died Thursday, May 2, 2013 at age 92. She was a resident of Park Place at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Va. Erb worked at EMU for 23 years, serving in a variety of administrative roles – secretary of institutional research, 1978- ...More

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Mark Shriver: On Being a ‘Pencil in God’s Hand’

Commencement speaker Mark Shriver said he had to battle his own ego to address the 2013 graduating class of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) about what really counts: “To perform acts of hope and love… [This] is what matters.” “I initially accepted the invitation to speak here because it is such an honor and it felt good for my ego,” he said during the ...More

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Deirdre Smeltzer Named V-P and Undergrad Dean

Mathematics professor Deirdre L. Smeltzer, PhD, has been named vice president and undergraduate dean of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), beginning July 1, 2013. “Deirdre brings a wealth of experience as an outstanding teacher, scholar, and department chair,” said Provost Fred Knis ...More