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New director, a Colombian native and EMU alumnus, now at the helm of popular Harrisonburg International Festival

Boris Ozuna, the new director of Harrisonburg’s International Festival, got his first taste of community organizing as a child in Sincelejo, Colombia. His mother was involved in justice work with the group that would become Sembrandopaz, a regional peacebuilding and human developmen ...More


‘Bound together by love': Convocation opens new academic year with music, prayer and words to inspire

The 2015 convocation to dedicate the new academic year at Eastern Mennonite University began and ended yesterday [Sept. 2] with music: first the triumphal tones of the Lehman Auditorium organ played by John Fast, and then the sound of bluegrass music as new students processed into the sunny fall morning. ...More

(8/29/15) - (Harrisonburg)
Eastern Mennonite University freshman, William Ewart, of Palaski, NY, unloads his belongings as he moves into Eastern Mennonite’s Maplewood dormitory with help from his mother Dawn Ewart on Saturday, August 29.
(Austin Bachand/Daily News-Record)

EMU welcomes new students: fall term has begun!

Kessa Hawkins is no stranger to Eastern Mennonite University. Her mother, Shannon, 45, completed her degree at EMU in 2010, and her father completed his coursework this past spring. So, it was fitting that Saturday morning, Kessa took part in a new student resource fair as a member of EMU’s class of 2019. “I’m really excited,” said the 18-year-old nursing m ...More


Smithsonian Folklife Festival media internship brings Indonesian student to the Mall to help celebrate Peru

Eastern Mennonite University senior Victoria Gunawan, a native of Indonesia, spent her summer among Peruvians on the National Mall in Washington D.C. As a media intern at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, she recorded the painstaking creation of a replica of the famous “Q’eswachaka” swinging brid ...More


Eastern Mennonite University welcomes twelve new faculty members for 2015-2016 academic year

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty to the ranks for the 2015-16 academic year. The new faculty, announced by Fred Kniss, provost; Michael King, vice president and seminary dean; Deirdre Sme ...More


Not quite the ‘Green Monster’ but close: new irrigation on baseball field improves playing surface, water usage

This fall, the Eastern Mennonite University baseball field should be a little greener — and in more than one sense of the word. A new irrigation system uses sustainable technology to grow and support higher quality playing surfaces. Weaver Irrigation is currently installing a system that will use non-potable sto ...More

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Restorative justice, peacebuilding and development programs gain new faculty

New faculty members Johonna Turner and Tim Seidel bring strong ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), and to Mennonite peacebuilding organizations, as well as a variety of practice, theory, teaching and research experience. Turner, an assistant professor of re ...More


Graphic designer and marketing expert Kristen Opalinski turns her expertise to explorations of faith and social justice

Kristen Opalinski is a woman on the go. Even as she hustled to complete a multimedia project during an intensive two-week media course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, the graphic designer was in between international travels and media relations work on behalf of Peace Islands Institute (PII), a peacebuil ...More


Returning to Nepal, professor joins father and brother to offer aid, labor and counseling

Nate Koser spent two years of his adolescence in Nepal with his missionary parents. That’s why the professor of counseling at Eastern Mennonite University traveled back in June and why, when he speaks of the traumas the Nepali people have suffered since t ...More


Jordan Hollinger, now working in the solar industry, sees his undergraduate research published in SolarToday magazine

Recent graduate Jordan Hollinger landed his dream job in energy and environmental policy, after an undergraduate internship that included professor-mentored research on the local economic impacts of Eastern Mennonite University’s solar energy installation. Hollinger actually got his job before he graduated, moving to the Washington D.C. area in t ...More