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Successful fundraising to modernize science labs sparks effort to upgrade western section of the Suter Science Center

Eastern Mennonite University has exceeded by nearly $600,000 its $7 million goal to modernize the laboratory section of the 1960s-era Suter Science Center, said vice president for advancement Kirk Shisler in an announcement to the campus community on Jan. 17, 2014. Renovation of the 45-year-old science laboratories in the eastern wing of the Suter Science Center will begin by May 1, he a ...More

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Accounting alumnus, head of InterChange Inc., named local Business Person of the Year

When Devon C. Anders ’88 was finishing his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Mennonite University and heading into a career as a certified public account with a well-established firm, he probably would have looked bemused, or at least quizzical, if anyone had suggested that one day he would be named Business Person of the Year by the Harrisonbu ...More

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Former Fulbright fellow, nationally known leader in human security, to speak at intercollegiate peace forum

Lisa Schirch, PhD, director of human security at the Alliance for Peacebuilding and a former Fulbright fellow in East and West Africa, will give the keynote speech at the 2014 Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 2 ...More

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Street dedication, community enrichment programs, to highlight MLK Day of Service and Learning

The dedication and renaming of a city street is just one of the highlights of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Learning, Jan. 15-23. “Events throughout the week will focus on the MLK Jr. way of emphasizing issues of justice, pacifism, Christian faith, activism and service, and relationship building,” said Brian Martin Burkholder, campus pastor at Ea ...More

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JMU, EMU partner for Rembrandt exhibition

James Madison University is partnering with Eastern Mennonite University to present an exhibition of Rembrandt van Rijn’s etchings and Dutch 17th-century rare books. Although Rembrandt did not officially belong to the Mennonite Church, he had close family connections and many patrons among Mennonites, who made up 20 percent of the population in Amsterdam during his lifetime. Rembrandt ...More

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Preparatory music program offers traditional and Suzuki lessons

The Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music Program at Eastern Mennonite University will begin music lessons for individuals hoping to learn a new instrument, or improve skills, starting Jan. 13. A given lesson will range from 30 minutes to an hour in length, once a week, at a time that best suits the individual’s schedule. In ...More

Forum scheduled on proposed Park View water tank

The city will hold a public information session Tuesday, Jan. 7 on a new water tank proposed for the Park View area. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at Park View Mennonite Church, 1600 College Ave., and include visual displays and basic background information. Harrisonburg staff also will be available to answer questions until 8 p.m. Park ...More

Veterans Remembrance Project

Student project brings attention to veterans’ suicides

A breeze rustled the blank silver tags hanging on the tree’s wiry branches, causing a soft jangling noise to ring in the ears of a group of silent onlookers. Some closed their eyes and others gazed at the dog tags hanging from the maple tree at Eastern Mennonite University. The group was there for Thursday’s closing ceremony of a project known as the “ ...More

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EMU VP of Finance recognized in Business Journal’s ’10 Under 40′

Daryl Bert, vice president of finance at Eastern Mennonite University, says he’s looking toward a bright future for the university that means a great deal to him. Not only is EMU his source of employment, it’s also his alma mater. Bert graduated from EMU in 1997 with a degree in accounting, after moving to the area from hi ...More

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Faith-grounded book on the science of love hits market in time for Christmas

Just in time for Christmas gift-giving, a book titled Integrating the New Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace: Becoming Human Again has been published by Cascade Books. It draws together presentations given at a hugely popular conference on “attachment” ...More