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Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir joins Staunton Academy of Ballet for annual Christmas concert

The Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir presents “Angels Sing,” a Christmas concert with the Staunton Academy of Ballet at 4 p.m., Dec. 6 at Lehman Auditorium at Eastern Mennonite University. All three choirs will perform a variety of seasonal music and Christmas carols, followed by an audience sing-along. Among the combined selections are “A ...More

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Taylor Mortensen’s experiences with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis provide motivation to pursue pediatric nursing

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is not a part of our everyday vocabulary and especially not heard on a college campus. But it’s a familiar disease to Eastern Mennonite University sophomore Taylor Mortensen, who lives with it every day. In fact, Mortensen, 19, calls the disease “a blessing in disguise.” “If I wasn’t in and out of hospitals so often as a child, I would have ...More

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Prayer, discussion, fellowship, fun: weekly Worship Nights benefit from leadership of pastoral, ministry assistants

Making s’mores over a campfire, going out for milkshakes, praying for each other, reading scripture, or conversing about the complexities of life: students in Eastern Mennonite University’s residence halls are often ministering in relationship. These relationships are formalized in Worship Nights, a weekly event in each of the residence halls on campus. The four groups meet on differ ...More

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Grad student — at EMU to study restorative justice and civic engagement — wins humanitarian award for recent activism

Darsheel Kaur, a first-year graduate student at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), has been awarded a Youth Humanitarian Award by the Greater Dayton, Ohio chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice. She was among ...More

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Poverty simulation, set up by Virginia Cooperative Extension, challenges students with ‘real-life’ choices

“We started out in a bad situation, and nothing got better … I tried to go to work,” said the unmarried father of a one-year-old. Despite working full-time, he was unable to pay the mortgage and utilities, leading to eviction. Suddenly the father found himself, his girlfriend, and his child in a homeless shelter. He had no money for transportation to seek help from social services. ...More

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Youth symphony, children’s choir to share the stage Nov. 22

Valley music aficionados will have a rare opportunity Sunday, Nov. 22, as the Shenandoah Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Shenandoah Valley Children’s Chorus (SVCC) perform together for just the second time. The concert is 4 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Audi ...More

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Runner, leader, speaker, writer: senior Jolee Paden considers the future

Whether you’re playing soccer, cross-country, tennis or golf, a strong core is key. There’s no avoiding it: athletes of all kinds have to work their abs. ABS is a convenient acronym, then, for the weekly Athlete Bible Study that’s begun meeting over lunch on the Eastern Mennonite University campus this semester – and just one manifestation of senior cross-country runner Jolee Pad ...More

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Black Student Union fundraiser game pits the (victorious) Streetball Kingz against the hometown Wreckin’ Royals

The Wreckin’ Royals were expected to lose, and lose big they did, during an Oct. 30 fundraising basketball game against the Richmond-based Streetball Kingz at Eastern Mennonite University’s Yoder Arena. The final score was 109-78. A crowd of about 200 enjoyed the game, cheering on both the Kingz and their opponents, a team made up of faculty, staff, alumni and students. The ev ...More

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Matt Ruth named new director of admissions

Few things could capture Matt Ruth’s heart more than his hometown Philadelphia Phillies, but Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has managed to do it. And as EMU’s new director of admissions, he’s helping the institution capture others’ hearts, too. “I love working at EMU,” Ruth says. “It certainly has b ...More

(11/2/15) - (Timberville)Andrea and Aaron Yutzy hold their 13-month-old son, Levi, in front of one of their dairy barns outfitted with solar panels. Their farm, Windcrest Holsteins, has the largest privnelry-owned solar instillation in Virginia, a $1.5 million project. (Nikki Fox/Daily News-Record)

Family-owned dairy works towards eliminating electricity bill with largest private solar power installation in Virginia

For more than five decades, the Yutzy family has produced milk, corn and small grains at Windcrest Holsteins. Next week, the dairy farm will start producing a new commodity — electricity. The south-facing roofs of the farm’s free-stall barn and milking parlor have been covered with 1,798 solar panels expected to generate 707,139 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. Thanks lar ...More