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From touring rock musician to Teacher of the Year in Valley school system

After earning a degree in songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2006, Harrisonburg native John Hostetter ’11 moved to Tucson, Arizona. He spent two years playing guitar in a bluegrass band, then joined a rock band called Harlem, moved to Austin, Texas, and started to get recognized nationally. “I lived [in Austin] for a summer, and a bunch of things happened all at o ...More

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Amish “bonnet rippers” examined in alumna’s book, published by Johns Hopkins University Press

Amish “bonnet rippers” have become massively popular in the past decade, Valerie Weaver-Zercher told an audience of fellow-alumni and faculty during Homecoming 2013 at Eastern Mennonite University, Oct. 11-13. A new Amish romance is published about every four days, with at least 86 released in 2012, said Weaver-Zercher at a Saturday ...More

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Writers Read Author To Take Participants “Back Home”

Joy Jordan-Lake, a national Christy Award recipient for first novel, Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel, (David C. Cook, 2008), will read from her works during the second event in the “Writers Read Dinner and Author series,” Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m., in the west dining room in Northlawn at Eastern Mennonite University. Reserve tickets online at ...More

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Cross-Cultural Sparks Doctorate on Former Gang Members in Guatemala

Bob Brenneman believes in the power of story. His own story moves from growing up in a rural church in southern Michigan to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Va., to Guatemala to Notre Dame (Ind.) University, where he completed a doctoral program in the sociology of religion. His dissertation has been published by Oxford University Press as the book Homies and Hermano ...More

W.Va. Poet to Read Works at EMU

Poet Cheryl Denise Miller The language and literature department at EMU will feature the narrative poetry of Cheryl Denise Miller at its next Writers Read program, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in ...More