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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

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In Rotary talk, Swartzendruber explains why EMU began sending its students on ‘cross-culturals’ decades ago

For more than 30 years, undergraduates at Eastern Mennonite University have been required to immerse themselves in a culture different from their own before graduation. This unusual requirement was the focus of a luncheon address by EMU President Loren Swartzendruber on September 8. Speaking to about 100 members of the ...More

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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