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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

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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