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Spring recognition chapel celebrates student leadership and achievement

A variety of student accomplishments were celebrated at Eastern Mennonite University’s annual spring student recognition chapel service today [April 15, 2016]. Rachel Roth Sawatsky, director of student programs, opened the service: “Every day on this campus, there are great people doing great things, big and small ...More

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Winning C. Henry Smith orator examines conflict in the Mennonite church; other winners explore gun violence, race

“My speech wrote itself,” said Bethany Chupp, winner of the C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The winning speech, titled “Standing At the Door,” came so easily because of some long-term deep thinking about two different experiences: traveling through the Middle East during her c ...More

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Retiring president Loren Swartzendruber to speak at 2016 Commencement

As graduates make their way across the stage at Eastern Mennonite University’s 2016 Commencement ceremonies, one other person on the stage will also be celebrating both student and personal accomplishments and transition. President Loren Swartzendruber has presided over 13 commencement ceremonies at EMU and 10 prior to that at Hes ...More

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Three-day conference focuses on Anabaptists and leadership for the common good

What does leadership mean in the Anabaptist tradition today? More than 230 people gathered at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, April 7-9 to explore that question at “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective.” The conference, sponsored by a spectrum of Mennonite-related organizations and higher education institutions, brought together viewpoints f ...More

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Susan Schultz Huxman named as candidate of choice to be Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president

At an all-campus meeting April 13 for Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) faculty, staff and students, the institution’s Presidential Search Committee announced Susan Schultz Huxman, Ph.D., as candidate of choice for EMU’s ninth president. “I am keenly attracted to the many innovative ways in which EMU has blazed the trail for what a ...More

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Portrait of fictional president unveiled while student-historian interns at American Art and Portrait Gallery library

In the National Portrait Gallery hangs a portrait of every president of the United States. Elsa Miller was recently present for the latest addition, which was, strangely enough, the portrait of a fictional one. “Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood,” a six-foot by six-foot painting by Jonathan Yeo, ...More

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International flags fly in the campus center, as chapel service dedicates The Orie O. Miller Hall of Nations

The flags of 55 countries now hang in “The Orie O. Miller Hall of Nations,” dedicated during a chapel service at the University Commons at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on April 8, 2016. Among the countries represented are those where EMU has sent cross-cultural groups; where alumni, faculty, and staff live; and where students come from. The concept of the hall was devel ...More

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Celebrating Service: Don Clymer will blog, write and teach for the next year in Switzerland

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Professor Don Clymer, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here, as well as advice for those of us still laboring onwards. Please ...More

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Undergraduate presents computer science research at prestigious SIGSCE conference

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) senior Alex Bender presented in the Student Research Competition at this year’s Association for Computing Machinery’s Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, popularly known as SIGCSE. The annual event, held this year in Memphis March 2-5, draws many of the top scientists in the field. Bender, a senior ...More

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Veterans Administration psychologist and chaplain program director presents ‘Reevaluating the Invisible Wounds of War’

Clinical psychologist Jason Nieuwsma presents a Suter Science Seminar on the invisible wounds of war at 4 p.m., Friday, April 8, in Suter Science 106 at Eastern Mennonite University. Nieuwsma is the associate director for the Veterans Administration Mental Health and Chaplaincy Program and is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke Univ ...More