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Preparatory music department’s adult piano classes, supported by National Piano Foundation grant, finding fans, cultivating talent

A new piano class at Eastern Mennonite University is not only educational, but therapeutic. Chi Nguyen is in the vanguard of the adult group piano class, which started its first seven-week session in August 2014. A graduate of James Madison University and Florida State University, Nguyen began teaching private lessons at EMU in August 2013. When the preparatory music department wanted to ...More

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Lois Bowman belies stereotyping as she wraps up 50 years of service to EMU

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Long-time Administrative Staff Member Dies

Fern I. Erb, a former long-time administrative staff member at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), died Thursday, May 2, 2013 at age 92. She was a resident of Park Place at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Va. Erb worked at EMU for 23 years, serving in a variety of administrative roles – secretary of institutional research, 1978- ...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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EMU Grad Remembered For Adventurous Spirit

Right around 2 one morning in 1951, Cal Redekop felt somebody kick his sleeping bag. It was odd. Especially considering the makeshift campsite that Redekop and friends Richard Wagner and the late Paul Peachey had chosen was isolated atop a hill in Athens, Greece. They had settled in the evening before and ate a modest dinner as they marveled at what Redekop said was the perfect ca ...More

Sisters Stitch for Virginia Relief Sale

Brownie and Gladys Driver of Harrisonburg say they feel “twice blessed” for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the 41st annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale held Friday evening and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. ...More

EMU Participates in Archbishop Tutu Visit

Visiting Harrisonburg, Va., Sept. 21, Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu received a quilt made by two Mennonite sisters, literature on peace and justice by EMU and news about the role of EMU students and alumni in promoting peace and reconciliation around the world. R ...More

Prof’s Artwork Gets Top Award

"Madonna of the Great Wave: Import/Export," by Barbara Fast of EMU, won the "best in show" award at VMRC’s annual juried art exhibit. The "best in show" awa ...More