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New humanitarian action leadership programs at EMU meet changing needs of increasingly professionalized field

Reflecting the Mennonite church’s commitment to development and disaster relief, Eastern Mennonite University has long offered degrees that prepare students to work in those fields. As the priorities, needs and philosophies of international service agencies have changed over the years, EMU’s programs have also evolved, with earlier majors in development, nutrition and international agricult ...More

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Seminary’s annual School for Leadership Training focuses on resilience in a time of division and contention

Spiritual practices and tools for developing resilience are the focus of the annual School for Leadership Training at Eastern Mennonite Seminary Jan. 18-20, 2016. “When we spoke to church leaders about what they really needed at this moment, many talked about being overwhelmed,” said ...More

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Master’s in biomedicine candidates defend research in e-cigs, health policy, athlete injury rates, ADHD, breast cancer education

Jared Fernandez didn’t have to go far to find a research topic for his master’s in biomedicine thesis. Not only is “vaping” with E-cigarettes, or E-cigs, a growing trend among young people, but Fernandez knew just about everyone, including scientists in the biotechnology industry, wanted to know more about the health claims of electronic cigarettes and the liquid that is burned to creat ...More

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PAX service program, predecessor to the Peace Corps, recognized by Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence

In 1951, Jay “Junior” Lehman, then a 21-year-old farm boy from Ohio, sailed by freighter to Antwerp, Belgium. He was among the first wave of conscientious objectors to participate in a new alternative service program called Pax. Reaching their eventual destination in Germany, Lehman and about 20 draft-age men labored to turn Nazi poison-gas bunkers into housing for World War II refugees. ...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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Outstanding Young Alum: Elizabeth Good leads in hospital, community, church

Elizabeth Good ’01, is seldom far from the wise counsel of an Eastern Mennonite University professor, though separated by many miles and years since graduation. “Ann Hershberger was, and still is, a tremendous influence on my life and career as a nurse,” says Good. “I still email her with questions and we s ...More

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Biomedicine grad students deepen compassion through cross-cultural stints

Graduate students in the medical field do not usually study abroad as part of their collegiate experience. But the two-year-old MA in biomedicine program at Eastern Mennonite University is designed to teach its students to look at biomedicine from a broad, multi-faceted perspective. “Our philosophy is very different,” said biology professor ...More

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EMU, MCC leaders nurture warm relationship with Islamic scholars in Iran

J. Daryl Byler’s 11th trip to Iran marks the culmination of nearly a quarter-century of bridge-building efforts between North American Mennonites and Iranians. Byler, who is executive director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University, la ...More

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A highlight on Ann Hershberger

Thirty years have passed since her days as a nurse in a war zone, but Ann Hershberger ’76 still has a sense of impending violence when she hears a helicopter over her head. “I still can’t stand to have a helicopter go over me,” she says. “I remember looking up at them and not feeling scared, but angry. I hated the violence I saw there.” When ...More

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Albert Keim: cross-cultural visionary

The world is a laboratory for study. It provides alternatives, new possibilities and challenges…it is learning for life. –Al Keim EMU’s cross-cultural program may never have come to be, had it not been for the efforts of Albert Keim ’63, dean of students from 1977 to 1984. Keim had a passion for education, service and travel, which he lived out f ...More