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Local cross-cultural course leads students through rich diversity of Shenandoah Valley cultures

Doris Harper Allen, 88, greeted a group of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) students in the parking lot of Rose’s in Harrisonburg, the former heart of Newtown. She quickly passed out laminated maps of what is now known as the Northeast neighborhood. And then Allen flashed a vibrant smile from beneath her bright red sunglasses. “You can ask me questions later,” she called as she c ...More

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Lack of expert healthcare may increase self-responsibility, says hospital leader Jim Krauss in Suter Science lecture

If you had no access to a clinic or hospital of any kind, would you live your life differently than you do now? Would you try to maintain a healthier lifestyle, or learn more about how to take care of your own health? Jim Krauss, president of Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center, wishes Americans would take more respons ...More

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For these healthcare alumni, Christmas Day means a shift (or two) serving the hospital community

Few people would choose to spend Christmas Day in a hospital, but healthcare professionals working on Dec. 25 say there is a sense of community, an intimacy, that the special day permits. “We try to make it a good day for everyone, since everyone [patients and staff] would really rather be home,” said Briana Miller, a 2011 nursing alumna of Eastern Mennonite University. She ...More

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Hostetter to chair steering committee for EMU’s 100th anniversary celebration

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EMU mourns tragic death of incoming student

The EMU community was deeply saddened by the sudden death of incoming student Doyeon Ki on Wednesday, January 1, in a tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends in South Korea and here in the United States. The story was reported by local media outlets as the broader community shared in this loss. The pedestrian who was struck and killed late Wedne ...More

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One Alum Passes the Torch to Another as CEO for Large Retirement Community

A hospital administrator and community leader will be the new president and chief executive officer of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va., starting in April. Judith (Reitz) Trumbo ’82 succeeds Ron Yoder ’68, who is retiring. VMRC, neighboring Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on the northeast, has a $20 million annual budg ...More

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RMH Recognizes EMU Nursing Alum

RMH has named three nurses the first recipients of the Excellence in Nursing Practice awards—Eliza Burkholder, RN, 5 West; Eileen Phillips, RN, Pre-/Post-Surgical Care; and Gina Yost, RN, Information Systems. The RMH Nursing Division created the new Excellence in Nursing Practice Awards to recognize outstanding nurses. RMH nurses are nominated for the awards by their peers and s ...More

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Yoders Named “Philanthropists of the Year”

Carol and Paul R. Yoder Jr. trace their charitable impulses to their respective sets of parents. “My parents always tithed, plus,” says Paul, referring to giving more than the biblical standard of 10 percent of one’s income. “They were farmers when I was growing up… I remember them borrowing money to support the missionaries until their wheat check came in.” After Pa ...More

EMU ‘Prayer Basket’ Heading to Russia

Brenda Fairweather wanted to respond in some way to a hostage crisis in Russia in which more than 300 civilians eventually lost their lives. On Sept. 1, 2004, terrorists linked to the Chechen independence struggle took more than 1,200 people hostage in a school in the town of Beslan. Shootings and bombings on the fina ...More

Long-Time EMU Biology Prof Dies

Robert D. YoderPhoto by Jim Bishop Robert D. Yoder, 76, professor emeritus of biology at Eastern Mennonite University, died Aug. 27, 2005 at his home. He had been ill for the past year. Yoder taught human biology, microbiology and immunolog ...More