Aracena to Oversee, Strengthen Global Curriculum

Beth K. Aracena

A current faculty member, Beth K. Aracena, has accepted a new position at Eastern Mennonite University as cross-cultural/Global Village curriculum director.

The appointment was announced June 13 by Marie S. Morris, vice president and undergraduate academic dean at EMU.

Aracena is currently associate professor of music at EMU. She joined the faculty in 2000 and later took on the additional role of Bach Festival coordinator. In addition, she has served on the teaching team for a course in the Global Village curriculum on “cities.”

Donald Clymer, who served as cross-cultural program director at EMU, is returning to his “first love,” teaching in the language and literature deparment. Ann G. Hershberger, who gave oversight to the general education curriclum as core curriculum coordinator, is returning to full-time teaching in the nursing department.

“Both positions being vacated at the same time provided an opportunity to bring both areas together in an effort to strengthen the university’s Global Village curriclum through enhanced integration and connections,” Dr. Morris said.

“We believe that Dr. Aracena not only brings vision, academic quality and scholarship to the position but also demonstrated administrative skills,” Morris said.

“I feel honored to have been invited to work collaboratively in strengthening EMU