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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


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


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


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


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


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


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 celebr ...More


Research on the struggles of teenage girls – and the gifts they can offer the church – garners significant national award for Methodist seminary instructor

In her doctoral research, Emily Peck-McClain gathered thoughts from 24 girls from New York area Methodist churches that were both profound and disturbing. “There was a lot of silence from the church about the things that mattered most to them and they felt as though there were conditions for the church’s acceptance of the ...More


As renovations proceed, Suter Science Center throws some curveballs

The third time was indeed the charm when construction crews dug down to find the water main outside the Suter Science Center. The first time, they’d turned up what appeared to be a small, abandoned gas line. The second excavation also missed the 6-inch water main that feeds the sprinkler system in the renovated building. The next time, finall ...More


Art auction aims to benefit EMU, campus community through hosting visiting artists

Painting, collages, and photography will be offered at a silent art auction hosted by the visual and communication arts department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The three-week fundraiser will help bring professional artists to campus to interact with the campus community and to exhibit their work. Past visiting artists at EMU have included New York City-based filmmaker and cinem ...More