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EMU leaders offer appreciation and wise words regarding the increased diversity of incoming students

In their kick-off convocation remarks for the 2014-15 school year, two of Eastern Mennonite University’s leaders highlighted the increasing diversity among EMU’s student population. “The class of 2018 is the most racially, ethnically, and nationally diverse incoming class in the history of EMU,” provost Fred Kniss told a capacity crowd of ...More

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‘Reading the same book brings people closer together as a community by creating common ground for discussion’

Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More

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Biomedicine graduate program names first ‘scholar-in-residence’ – Joseph Longacher, MD

The graduate program in biomedicine at Eastern Mennonite University has appointed its first “scholar-in-residence.” He is Joseph Longacher, a physician who spent most of his career in Richmond, Virginia. Since the majority of the students in the two-year-old program are headed to careers in healthcare, it makes sense that the first scholar- ...More

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It’s summertime and the living is . . . (well, not easy) – it’s really, really busy on campus

From August to April, students are the life blood of Eastern Mennonite University. After that, the faces on campus may be less familiar, but EMU’s heart keeps beating strong with summertime institutes and programs, sports camps, renovation and maintenance work, and groups who rent campus facilities. ...More

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From Solferino to peacebuilding – Lisa Schirch’s family tradition of humanitarianism

This essay by EMU research professor Lisa Schirch, PhD, was first published on the website of the International Committee of the Red Cross on June 23, 2014. As background context, June 24 marks the 1 ...More

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EMU historical library sees leadership transition – Simone Horst succeeds Lois Bowman

On July 1, Simone Horst became the special collections librarian of the Menno Simons Historical Library at Eastern Mennonite University. If her leadership tenure lasts as long as her two predecessors, she will serve for nearly three decades. Retiring librarian Lois Bowman is ...More

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County needs to ask more questions regarding alternatives to jail before building another facility

Restorative justice expert Howard Zehr is the author of the following op-ed piece on the need to examine alternatives to constantly building more space in EMU’s home region to incarcerate more and more people. Having worked with justice and correctional issues for almost 40 years, I am pleased that county officials are looking at alternatives to building a new ja ...More

Fearing that the kids are not all right with high-stakes testing

The kids are not all right. Another high-stakes testing season is winding down, and the school year is finishing with a clap of silence and emptied boxes of No. 2 pencils or, more likely, flickering computer screens. Some kids will seem fine with the testing. Some will even think the tests are fun. Others will worry to the point of nausea and visits to the nurse. Some will label themselves smar ...More

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EMU delays formal action on hiring policy after listening process

After a six-month listening process that engaged a broad range of stakeholders, including Mennonite Church USA, the board of trustees of Eastern Mennonite University has delayed formal action regarding the hiring policy and individuals in covenanted same-sex relationships. The November 2013 board decision ...More

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Mediations guided by Hizkias Assefa yield comprehensive peace accord for a broad swath of South Sudan

Professor Hizkias Assefa responds here to questions about his successful efforts as a mediator to bring peace in early May 2014 to one large swath of South Sudan. Assefa’s key role in ending a conflict that had displaced over 100,000 persons and killed unknown numbers of civilians was h ...More