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EMU professors help design grant-funded restorative justice pilot project in Mississippi schools

After recently becoming the first university in the country to offer a graduate certificate in restorative justice in education,  Eastern Mennonite University will soon begin working with school and community leaders in Jackson, Mississippi, to introduce restorative practices to the city’s public school system. ...More

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Third Culture Kids find a home at Eastern Mennonite University

In the best of cases, a college career is often a time of tumult and transition, a succession of new faces, a million conversations that begin with: “Where are you from?” For students like Nika Hoefle, whose family had moved from Minnesota to a small city in northern Thailand when she was 14, that question doesn’t quite work like the simple ice-breaker it’s supposed to be. Tellin ...More

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Two-time editor continues The Phoenix’s legacy, since 1958, of showcasing EMU community’s creative works

Eastern Mennonite University senior Naomi Scoville says it’s an honor to be entrusted with people’s “babies”— their literary and artistic offspring, in this case. As a two-time editor of EMU’s literary and visual arts journal, The Phoenix, Scoville collects poetry, short fiction pieces, photographs and illust ...More


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


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 University Commons, 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