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Successful fundraising to modernize science labs sparks effort to upgrade western section of the Suter Science Center

Eastern Mennonite University has exceeded by nearly $600,000 its $7 million goal to modernize the laboratory section of the 1960s-era Suter Science Center, said vice president for advancement Kirk Shisler in an announcement to the campus community on Jan. 17, 2014. Renovation of the 45-year-old science laboratories in the eastern wing of the Suter Science Center will begin by May 1, he a ...More

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Street dedication, community enrichment programs, to highlight MLK Day of Service and Learning

The dedication and renaming of a city street is just one of the highlights of the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Learning, Jan. 15-23. “Events throughout the week will focus on the MLK Jr. way of emphasizing issues of justice, pacifism, Christian faith, activism and service, and relationship building,” said Brian Martin Burkholder, campus pastor at Ea ...More

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EMU VP of Finance recognized in Business Journal’s ’10 Under 40′

Daryl Bert, vice president of finance at Eastern Mennonite University, says he’s looking toward a bright future for the university that means a great deal to him. Not only is EMU his source of employment, it’s also his alma mater. Bert graduated from EMU in 1997 with a degree in accounting, after moving to the area from hi ...More

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EMU trustees recommend six-month “listening process” regarding same-sex relationships and employment at EMU

In its regularly scheduled meeting Nov. 15 and 16, the Eastern Mennonite University board of trustees heard upbeat reports on the status of a multi-year fundraising campaign to renovate the Suter Science Center, a record number of applicants to EMU’s undergraduate programs, the unexpectedly fast growth of its ...More

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EMU nearing completion of Science Campaign; join the final push

Over $6.5 million of the $7 million needed in gifts and pledges to renovate the Suter Science Center is now in place. The Campaign for the Suter Science Center will bring the building’s labs up to standards needed to match the quality programming offered. “A generous donor has pledged $500,000 to the campaign,” explains ...More

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Drafty, old, beloved Martin House yields place for future lovely, traffic-smart entrance to EMU

Facebook lit up with nostalgic comments when Eastern Mennonite University posted a photo of Martin House being torn down in August 2013. Hundreds of students had lived there since the 1960s, when EMU purchased the house. “Gasp!” exclaimed one former student. “Noooo,” said ...More

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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