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Presidential portrait artist, from Belarus, savors new season at EMU

EMU President Loren Swartzendruber smiles slightly, standing near the Campus Center entrance. Portrait artist Natalia Dubina painted pink- and white-blooming trees in the sunny landscape surrounding him. Dubina, who has studied part-time since 2011 in EMU’s Intensive English Program (IEP), laughs ruefully ...More

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People of all types are welcome, indeed belong, at EMU’s table, say university leaders at convocation 2013

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Swartzendruber and Higher-Ed Peers Emphasize Community at Chamber Breakfast

“We’re with you” was the main message college and university presidents had for Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce members during an annual breakfast Wednesday [Aug. 7, 2013]. From tailoring or creating programs to meet workforce needs, offering continuing education opportunities or partnering with businesses on projects or to provid ...More

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EMU President Honored by National Multiple Sclerosis Society

An annual dinner benefiting efforts to cure and treat multiple sclerosis raised more than $100,000 by Tuesday evening with money still on the way. The Blue Ridge Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society held its annual Harrisonburg Dinner of Champions at the James Madison University Festival Conference and S ...More

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Mark Shriver: On Being a ‘Pencil in God’s Hand’

Commencement speaker Mark Shriver said he had to battle his own ego to address the 2013 graduating class of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) about what really counts: “To perform acts of hope and love… [This] is what matters.” “I initially accepted the invitation to speak here because it is such an honor and it felt good for my ego,” he said during the ...More

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EMU Plans $7 Million Science Center Upgrade

Eastern Mennonite University is seeking to raise about $2 million to complete a $7 million renovation to the university’s Suter Science Center. Kirk Shisler, EMU’s vice president for advancement, said that while the 45-year-old building has undergone various upgrades over the y ...More

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New Vice President To Set Competitive Pace in Fast-Growing Grad Programs

The next vice-president joining the presidential cabinet of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) will bring a skill-set rare in the leadership of academic institutions: decades of success as a business leader and owner. Jim Smucker, president and major shareholder of the Bird-in-Hand Corporation in Pennsylvania, will be the first full-time graduate dean of EMU, announced ...More

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EMU President Swartzendruber Backs U.S. Education Secretary at D.C. Event for Gun Safety

Congress needs to be forced by Americans outside Washington, D.C., to take steps to curb gun violence, said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan at a Capitol Hill press conference on Feb. 4, 2013, where he shared the stage with Loren Swartzendruber, president of Eastern Mennonite University, and ...More

Swartzendruber Joins In Call For Tighter Controls On Firearms

Eastern Mennonite University President Loren Swartzendruber is among more than 300 college presidents asking for tighter gun controls in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. An open letter addressed to “our nation’s policy leaders” and endorsed by the educators asks legislators to enact “rational gun safety measures,” including a ban on military-style semiautomatic as ...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