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Kara Kishbaugh with book

‘Reading the same book brings people closer together as a community by creating common ground for discussion’

Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More

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Death of incoming softball player saddens campus community

The Eastern Mennonite University community was saddened to learn of the death of incoming student Kaitlin Aylor on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time. Several cousins and a close friend are current or incoming students at EMU. —————————R ...More

EMU cross-cultural program to China

Seven fantastic reasons to go on an EMU cross-cultural

As one of the top “study abroad” colleges in the U.S, EMU is well-known for its emphasis on cross-cultural understanding and real-world experience. Students in our program travel with veteran faculty who are more than experts – they’re men ...More

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Listening process ends, waiting period continues

After a six-month listening process that engaged a broad range of stakeholders, including Mennonite Church USA, the board of trustees of EMU postponed formal action regarding its hiring policy pertaining to individuals in covenanted same-sex relationships. The November 2013 board decision to suspend personnel actions related to the cur ...More

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All-time top U.S. runner, Jim Ryun embraces EMU as annual camp site

One of the all-time top athletes in the United States, mile-record-setter Jim Ryun, has settled into making EMU the site of one of his three annual running camps. Ryun tried EMU for the first time in the summer of 2013, moving his training camp from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He returned in 2014 and says he’ll be back with h ...More

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It’s summertime and the living is…not easy, for sure – it’s busy here

From August to April, students are the life blood of EMU. After that, the faces on campus may be less familiar, but EMU’s heart keeps beating strong with summertime institutes and programs, sports camps, renovation and maintenance work, and groups who rent campus facilities. Groundskeeping staff  – including up to six full-time wo ...More

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EMU delays formal action on hiring policy after listening process

After a six-month listening process that engaged a broad range of stakeholders, including Mennonite Church USA, the board of trustees of Eastern Mennonite University has delayed formal action regarding the hiring policy and individuals in covenanted same-sex relationships. The November 2013 board decision ...More

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After leaving a large state school as a Division I athlete, Dan Nafziger found his niche athletically and academically at EMU

A decade ago, Dan Nafziger never imagined he would be trying to convince anybody to come to Eastern Mennonite University as an enthusiastic admissions counselor. When Nafziger graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 2009, the track standout had othe ...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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WCSC intern wins applause, and Europe trip, from The Faith & Politics Institute

In less than four months as an intern at The Faith & Politics Institute (FPI), sophomore Dominika “Nika” Hoefle earned the respect of FPI president Liz McCloskey. “Nika was what we would call our ‘uber’ intern,” McCloskey told EMU News Service. She described Hoefle’s performance as “superb” in that she took initiative on pr ...More