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Planned Phase II of campus solar array captures attention of statewide environmental campaign

Four years after a 104-kilowatt solar panel array on the roof of Eastern Mennonite University’s Hartzler Library came online, the university has announced plans to significantly expand its commitment to renewable energy with more solar panels on and beside the University Commons. The new installation, expected to be in operation by the summer of ...More

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EMU grows in depth and breadth, setting records for enrollment and diversity while adding grad programs

Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University this fall set new records, including a record-high number of students who are ethnic minorities or come from other countries. The 2014-15 figures were released by the registrar’s office on Sept. 10. A total of 1,870 students registered for class at the beginning of the fall semester – a 4.4 percent increase over last fall’s 1,789. The numb ...More

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Seminary pioneers link between business, non-profit leadership, and ministry with dual degree program

Seminary is not just for pastors any more. Eastern Mennonite Seminary has recently added a new master of divinity and master of business administration dual degree for those who feel called to ministry that may involve business or ...More

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Everence takes values of the church into the marketplace

Everence is a rarity in the financial world. It is the only full-service financial institution founded by one of the historic peace churches, and it continues to be a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and kindred churches. Founded nearly 70 years ago as Mennonite Mutual Aid, the company initially offered loans to conscientious objectors who worked as Civilian Publi ...More

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Graduates and their comittment to integrity as an individual financial expert

Among the 150 alumni contacted for this Crossroads, this note was struck often: the importance of the integrity of the individual financial expert and, by extension, the company represented by that person. Most interviewees seemed to feel they had secured the right work situation for their skill set and ethical values. But they didn’t always arrive at this point immediately upon ...More

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Doing business for charities: regional alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises support service work worldwide

Hundreds of volunteers, many of them EMU alumni, are the backbone of four alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises in Harrisonburg that funnel funds toward worldwide poverty alleviation, relief and development efforts. Gift Thrift, and its used-book enterprise, Booksavers of Virginia, and adjacent Artisans’ Hope gift shop (all three in a small shopping strip an eas ...More

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Goes around, comes around: EMU and Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

In the first decades of the 20th century, simultaneous efforts arose with the Virginia Mennonite Conference to establish institutions that might sit like bookends at either end of our lives: a school and home for the elderly. The first bit came together relatively quickly, with the school we now know as EMU admitting its first students in 1917. Progress was considerably slower on the ret ...More

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Doing business for charities

Hundreds of volunteers, many of them EMU alumni, are the backbone of four alumni-run, nonprofit charitable enterprises in Harrisonburg that funnel funds toward worldwide poverty alleviation, relief and development efforts. Gift & Thrift, and its used-book enterprise, Booksavers of Virginia, and adjacent Artisans’ Hope gift shop (all three in a small shopping strip an easy walk from ...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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Join EMU MBA Open House Online or On Site

People in Harrisonburg and around the world are invited to an MBA “open house” on Tuesday, May 8, from 6-7 p.m. People in the area are invited to the EMU Campus Center Lehman board room, 301, to meet co-directors, Ron Stoltzfus and Tony Smith, current students ...More