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Local cross-cultural course leads students through rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley cultures

Doris Harper Allen, 88, greeted a group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students in the parking lot of Rose’s in Harrisonburg, the former heart of Newtown. She quickly passed out laminated maps of what is now known as the Northeast neighborhood. And then Allen flashed a vibrant smile from beneath her bright red sunglasses. “You can ask me questions later,” she called as she c ...More

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Counseling professor explains how alopecia areata led to her baldness and, more importantly, to embracing impermanence

Four years ago, Chereè Hammond joined the faculty in the master’s in counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University. Shortly after beginning the semester – it was a Wednesday, she remembers – she shaved her head. She was tired of combing out clumps, of seeing precious strands between her fingers when s ...More

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Adult-onset blindness has not stopped Shirley Steward-Jones from pursuing a master’s in counseling

Shirley Steward-Jones walks up the driveway outside of her college residence, accompanied by the tapping of her cane, her writing tutor Anna Maria Johnson, and her own hearty laughter. Steward-Jones is in the middle of a story, when she is interrupted by Johnson, who alerts her to the presence of a truck in the driveway. Steward-Jones shakes her head, steps into the grass, and expertly maneuver ...More

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Four cyclists cross Virginia with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride

After 300 miles, 10 days and several flat tires, a group of 30 college students, including four from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), has crossed Virginia on bike, sparking dialogue and voicing concerns about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The event, officially called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resistance Ride, was organized by t ...More

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Counselor and STAR trainer from Uganda teaches positivity and resilience through experiential learning

Trauma is not just something one experiences during a war or conflict, but can occur in a job, relationship or everyday interaction, says 2015 Summer Peacebuilding Institute participant Shiphrah Mutungi, who is pursuing a graduate certificate in conflict transformation at Eastern Mennonite Universi ...More

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EMU hosts solar conference and tour, as Virginia private colleges move forward with plans for campus installations

Virginia’s private colleges are taking the lead in growing the capacity of solar energy in the state. That was the message during last week’s Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) Solar Pathways Briefing, hosted by Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The briefing marked the early stages of a three-year plan to double Virginia’s solar c ...More

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In Lancaster, ‘Concrete Steel & Paint’ film showing and panel to prompt discussion of restorative justice practices

The 2009 documentary “Concrete Steel & Paint,” a film produced and directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza, chronicles the discussions, dialogue, conflict and art of men and women – victims and offenders alike – involved in the Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program at ...More

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Former NFL center and founder of First Fruits Farm led to life of service through agriculture

When former star NFL center Jason Brown left the St. Louis Rams in 2012 to become a farmer in North Carolina, he admittedly had no idea what he was doing. “I don’t know anything about farming,” Brown said, during last week’s “Frontier Luncheon” at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute. ...More

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Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More

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EMU places in the top ten of Campus Conservation Nationals competition to reduce electricity consumption

In its rookie debut, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) was a top finisher in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), landing within the top ten schools among 125 campus participants in North America that achieved the most reduction in electricity consumption over a three-week period. As a Top Ten finisher, EMU was awarded the grand prize of ...More