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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 she casual ...More

For 20 years, the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir has been dazzling audiences. Here some of them join Jose-Luis Orozco at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg on Sept. 27. (File photo by Jon Styer)

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir opens season with famed Jose-Luis Orozco at international festival

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir (SVCC) will be performing with renowned bilingual educator and musician Jose-Luis Orozco at Harrisonburg’s International Festival on Sept. 27 at 2:15 pm. Orozco, who ...More

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Week of multi-faith events sparks interfaith dialogue and intercultural awareness

“Religious Life” is the kind of topic one would expect Eastern Mennonite University to pick as its 2014 theme for International Education Week. It may surprise some, though, that this Christian university used the words “religious life” to refer to more faith perspectives than Christianity exclusively. Then, again, this is a Christian university that says it is “like no other. ...More

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Student wins award for speech that questions sponsor’s policy

In a 2014 bi-national peace oratorical contest, Eastern Mennonite University student Seth Stauffer won second place in a speech that questioned one of the policies of the contest’s sponsor, Mennonite Central Committee. The policy has to do with how people working with MCC talk about t ...More

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EMU grows in depth and breadth, setting records for enrollment and diversity while adding grad programs

Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University this fall set new records, including a record-high number of students who are ethnic minorities or come from other countries. The 2014-15 figures were released by the registrar’s office on Sept. 10. A total of 1,870 students registered for class at the beginning of the fall semester – a 4.4 percent increase over last fall’s 1,789. The numb ...More

EMU Explore Club Paddles Amidst Rain on the Shenandoah

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. EMU provides many opportunities for students to have fun on the weekends. For those who are adventurous and creative, the Shenandoah Valley holds a number of often over-looked opportunities to experience nature up-close and personal. ...More

Latino Student Alliance Begins Annual Festivities

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. The Latino Student Alliance marked the start of their annual Latino Heritage Month on Monday, Sept. 15. The ideal guiding this year’s heritage month is “Marcando Nuestra Huella,” or “Leaving Our Footprint.” ...More

Students Serve Ethnic Foods at International Dinner

This article was published in the EMU WeatherVane, a student newspaper. The International Food Festival was part of the International Education Week and occurred for the student body and community to experience foods and cultures from different parts of the world. It was a way for people to get to know e ...More

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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

Science Seminar: Sam Showalter

Disease of alcoholism responds to proper treatment, says Dr. Sam Showalter in kick-off Suter Science talk

Alcoholism is not just a bad habit, weakness, or sin, but a disease with distinct physical symptoms, said local physician Sam Showalter ’65 in the kick-off talk for the 2014-15 Suter Science Seminar series. Showalter was a medical director of an inpatient facility in the 1980s that detoxed and educated more than 1,000 people addicted t ...More