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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

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EMU Business and Professional Club Highlights Importance of Digital Marketing

Content of your website is king for potential clients. That was the mantra of Barry Click, co-owner of Green Solutions Carpet and Upholstery, during a social media panel discussion that anchored EMU’s annual appreciation luncheon for the 100 members of its Harrisonburg- ...More

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Gehman Speeding Beyond 90

Margaret Martin Gehman continues to be a pacesetter as she embarks on her ninth decade as one of Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) leading philanthropists and a beloved professor emerita. Affectionately known as “Speedy” for her decades of fast-paced walking in and around EMU’s campus, Gehman celebrated her 90th birthday on May 24, 2012, among friends and former co-wor ...More

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Disney Urges Larger Role for Women in Peacebuilding

Commencement speaker Abigail Disney asked the graduates of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) to support a greater role for women in the political arena, particularly in peace negotiations. If more women were at the negotiating tables, suggested Disney, wars would likely end sooner and on terms that permit faster healing. She cited a United Nations study that found that less than 3 perce ...More

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Donald B. Kraybill to Pen EMU History

Donald B. Kraybill, the nation’s best-known writer on Amish and Mennonite culture, will be the principal author of a fresh history of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Its publication will coincide with EMU’s centennial celebrations in the fall of 2017. “We couldn’t imagine a better person to undertake this project,” said Provost ...More

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EMU President Calls Students to Build Peace

Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) graduates are “called to peacebuilding, at the personal, family, community and global levels,” university president Loren Swarztzendruber told hundreds packed into the ...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