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Nurse, communications strategist with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to speak on transformative power of listening

Nurse and communications strategist Beth Toner, of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, presents the first Suter Science Seminar of the spring semester on Friday, Jan. 15, with “Health Care Narrative: How Stories Can Help Transform Health Care.” The seminar will be at 4 p.m. in Suter Scien ...More

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Taylor Mortensen’s experiences with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis provide motivation to pursue pediatric nursing

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is not a part of our everyday vocabulary and especially not heard on a college campus. But it’s a familiar disease to Eastern Mennonite University sophomore Taylor Mortensen, who lives with it every day. In fact, Mortensen, 19, calls the disease “a blessing in disguise.” “If I wasn’t in and out of hospitals so often as a child, I would have ...More

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Poverty simulation, set up by Virginia Cooperative Extension, challenges students with ‘real-life’ choices

“We started out in a bad situation, and nothing got better … I tried to go to work,” said the unmarried father of a one-year-old. Despite working full-time, he was unable to pay the mortgage and utilities, leading to eviction. Suddenly the father found himself, his girlfriend, and his child in a homeless shelter. He had no money for transportation to seek help from social services. ...More

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Scholars in Washington D.C. this fall semester land prestigious internships

Eastern Mennonite University’s home away from home in Washington D.C. — the Washington Community Scholars’ Center (WCSC) — is just that to three diverse groups of students this semester. Living and working in the nation’s capital and in the multicultural Brookland neighborhood is always a cross- ...More

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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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Nursing major finds that semester cross-cultural in Washington D.C. provides positive pre-clinical experience

Nancy Wharton, who comes from the small town of Strasburg, Virginia, “definitely” wanted to spend her cross-cultural semester in a different country. But the nursing student at Eastern Mennonite University spent some time looking at the “big workload” she was getting herself into, and also wondered if going abroad for a semester late in her college career was a good move. The res ...More

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Transdisciplinary seminar on adverse childhood experiences teaches future health professionals unique diagnostic tools

What if a traumatic childhood event could be contributing to health problems? Wouldn’t listening and learning from a patient about that experience be as valuable for diagnostic purposes to a health care professional as evaluating a high temperature, sore glands or a skin condition? A two-day transdisciplinary seminar melding theater and narrative arts and the health sciences in April a ...More

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Experienced administrators provide leadership in new associate provost and director of operations positions at EMU Lancaster

Counselor, professor and administrator Mary Jensen was recently named associate provost of Eastern Mennonite University’s Lancaster site, which serves approximately 1,000 students in nursing, pastoral studies and graduate education programs. The first to fill this new position, Jensen will focus on organizational leadership and program develo ...More

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In choosing EMU, Ygarza sisters share a friendship of on-court memories and off-court successes

In the semi-finals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball tournament, junior Alicia Ygarza and her teammates had an extra special fan in the stands among friends and family. Her sister Bianca, a 2014 graduate and a former Royals teammate, was in the Salem (Va.) Civic Center to cheer them on – and support them through a f ...More

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Intensive English Program proves to be Huimin Yu’s bridge from old life in China to new life as tutor and future teacher

For Huimin “Winifred” Yu, the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University served as a bridge between life in China and as a massage therapist and life as a budding English-language teacher. Yu, a native of Canton in the south of China, holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Shenzhen University. In 2012, Yu came to ...More