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New director, a Colombian native and EMU alumnus, now at the helm of popular Harrisonburg International Festival

Boris Ozuna, the new director of Harrisonburg’s International Festival, got his first taste of community organizing as a child in Sincelejo, Colombia. His mother was involved in justice work with the group that would become Sembrandopaz, a regional peacebuilding and human developmen ...More

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EMU Online Education Design Specialist Brian Gumm poses for a photo utilizing some of the distance learning technology available in select classrooms at Eastern Mennonite University.
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Future is now for distance learning: increasingly, students finding degree opportunities online

Students from around Virginia are getting veterinary technician associate degrees from Blue Ridge Community College though they rarely set foot on campus. Moms and dads stifled temporally by their work schedules and parenting duties “attend” class at home, at night or on the weekend. Some Eastern Mennonite University students will earn a degree in a field even though the schoo ...More


VCU gastroenterologist is the first of many experts to present at 2015-2016 Suter Science Seminar series

Scott Matherly, MD, an expert on cirrhosis, liver transplantation and liver cancer, will be the first speaker in the 2015-2016 Suter Science Seminar series at Eastern Mennonite University. Matherly will present a case study of a patient’s journey from cirrhosis to liver failure and finally liver transplantation. He speaks Friday, Sept. ...More

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Eastern Mennonite University freshman, William Ewart, of Palaski, NY, unloads his belongings as he moves into Eastern Mennonite’s Maplewood dormitory with help from his mother Dawn Ewart on Saturday, August 29.
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EMU welcomes new students: fall term has begun!

Kessa Hawkins is no stranger to Eastern Mennonite University. Her mother, Shannon, 45, completed her degree at EMU in 2010, and her father completed his coursework this past spring. So, it was fitting that Saturday morning, Kessa took part in a new student resource fair as a member of EMU’s class of 2019. “I’m really excited,” said the 18-year-old nursing m ...More


Smithsonian Folklife Festival media internship brings Indonesian student to the Mall to help celebrate Peru

Eastern Mennonite University senior Victoria Gunawan, a native of Indonesia, spent her summer among Peruvians on the National Mall in Washington D.C. As a media intern at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, she recorded the painstaking creation of a replica of the famous “Q’eswachaka” swinging brid ...More


Eastern Mennonite University welcomes twelve new faculty members for 2015-2016 academic year

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty to the ranks for the 2015-16 academic year. The new faculty, announced by Fred Kniss, provost; Michael King, vice president and seminary dean; Deirdre Sme ...More

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Artist and recent graduate student exhibits seven icons interpreting Mennonite theology

When Kathryn Fenton ‘09, MAR ’15, looked for a place to exhibit her artwork, she didn’t have to go far. A Harrisonburg native and long-time attendee of Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, the artist found a familiar local space to debut her seven sacred images that she had created to meet Eastern Mennonite Seminary ...More

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Restorative justice, peacebuilding and development programs gain new faculty

New faculty members Johonna Turner and Tim Seidel bring strong ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), and to Mennonite peacebuilding organizations, as well as a variety of practice, theory, teaching and research experience. Turner, an assistant professor of re ...More


At Vatican summit, consultant Michael Shank works with media to tell the story of climate change

One of the reasons most of the world has heard about July’s climate change summit at the Vatican is because Eastern Mennonite University alumnus Michael Shank, MA ’05 (conflict transformation), was the media consultant for the event. Shank managed press releases, acted as a liaison between the pontifical and media ou ...More


Washington Community Scholars’ Center celebrates 10 years at the Nelson Good House in Brookland

The Brookland neighborhood in Washington D.C. got a little noisier — at least for a few minutes — this week when Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) director Kimberly Schmidt gathered with assistant director of communications ...More