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EMU President Loren E. Swartzendruber announces plans for retirement

Loren E. Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), announced to the university community today that he plans to retire next year, on June 30, 2016, marking 13 years of leadership as the university’s eighth president and 33 years in Mennonite higher education roles. “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to have served the cause of Christian higher educati ...More

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For fight against Ebola, international students plan fundraising event with Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously from afar as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she returned to the Eastern Mennonite University campus. She never imagined that desire, born from hours of long-distance conversation with her family members and prayer over the sufferings of ...More

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EMU Opens Convocation “Like No Other”

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) President Loren Swartzendruber called students, faculty and staff to be “like no other,” as a Christian university and as servant leaders, to the standing-room only crowd in Lehman Auditorium during opening convocation Wednesday, Aug. 29. “The story of the Good Samaritan reminds us that those ...More

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Gbowee Carries Olympic Flag at Ceremony

Leymah Gbowee, one of three recipients jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, carried in the Olympic flag with seven other humanitarians during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. “It was an amazing experience and honor to join ath ...More

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Doubling Down On Success

Being twins, Justin and Joel Rittenhouse learned to share growing up: toys, birthdays, even, in one sense, each other’s face. Now, the 21-year-olds  share another distinction — Eastern Mennonite University graduate. The brothers were among the more than 400 Royals who received diplomas on Sunday during commencement exercises at the liberal arts school. ...More

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Gbowee Opens Up on Life after Nobel Prize

Leymah Gbowee, one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and Eastern Mennonite University Alumnus of the Year, spoke with the Daily Observer about life after the peace prize and her foundation, “Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.” Gbowee earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation from EMU’s ...More

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Be ‘Your Own Mandela …’

Courtesy Daily News Record, Mar. 19, 2012 Leymah Gbowee’s journey to becoming a Nobel Peace laureate began, ironically enough, because she was angry. Angry about the way women’s roles were reduced to little more than cooking, cleaning and taking care of the children. Angry about rampant rape and domestic ab ...More

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Disney Heir to Speak at Commencement

Her ties to the first family of entertainment are strong but this Disney focuses on brave women in peacebuilding rather than cartoons and children’s films. Abigail Disney, a philanthropist, scholar and award-winning filmmaker, will give the annual commencement address at Eastern Mennon ...More

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Nobel Laureate Helps Spark Women’s Program at EMU

In her Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on Dec. 10, 2011, Leymah Gbowee called on women around the world “to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph, our despair into determination and our fear into fortitude.” Gb ...More

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EMU President Makes Nobel Trip

Eastern Mennonite University alumna Leymah Gbowee will be joined by family, friends and university President Loren Swartzendruber in Oslo this weekend as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee created the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement, working to end the rape and other violence that erupted during the second Liberian civil war in 2003. She is sharing this year’s pe ...More