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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

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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