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35-year-old alum named president of Blue Ridge Bank

A 35-year-old alumnus of Eastern Mennonite University started 2015 as a new bank president. Brian Plum became president and chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Bank of Luray, Va., on Dec. 17. Blue Ridge, founded in 1893, is a locally owned and community-based bank with 46 employees and branches in Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Luray, McGaheysville and She ...More

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For fight against Ebola, international students plan fundraising event with Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee

After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously from afar as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she returned to the Eastern Mennonite University campus. She never imagined that desire, born from hours of long-distance conversation with her family members and prayer over the sufferings of ...More

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EMU and Sichuan University of China sign cooperation agreement

Eastern Mennonite University and Sichuan University of Arts and Science, located in central China, signed an agreement on Jan. 13, 2015, to “promote academic exchanges, scientific research cooperation, and communication between teachers and students.” The signing occurred during a one-day visit to the EMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia, ...More

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Konrad Wert, a.k.a. Possessed by Paul James, draws spotlight from Billboard charts, NPR and NY Times before returning (yet again) to EMU

It was 1994 when Konrad Wert ’01 arrived at Eastern Mennonite University for the first time, and he didn’t stay long. Iffy about college from the start, he left after his freshman year for a voluntary service term in Washington D.C. Once that ended, he returned to EMU, stayed a bit, then departed again to volunteer in California. A yo-yo pattern was developing. “I just didn ...More

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Nova Scotia group awards $17,000 to agency operated by EMU social work alumni

Paula Weaver had to take a moment to let a substantial blessing sink in. The 1988 social work graduate of Eastern Mennonite University had just heard that her agency was the winner of the top award from a local organization called 100 Women Who Care. Weaver’s non-profit org ...More

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Married alumni couple spends spare time saving lives

On any given Saturday night, when most married couples are relaxing in front of their TVs or maybe eating out, this couple is more likely to be found at an accident scene or a strange home – “seeing things no one else will see.” Jackson and Katrina (Lehman) Maust have been rescue squad members since they were Eastern Mennonite University undergraduates six years ago. The pag ...More

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Classes begin in modernized wing of Science Center following first phase of renovation

Still smelling of fresh paint, new additions and renovations to Eastern Mennonite University’s Suter Science Center are due to open for the spring semester today. The $7.3 million project’s first and second phases are complete, and the third stage will begin this month, according ...More

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Jack Rutt’s journey to EMU

After graduating in 1972 as a psychology major from EMU, Jack Rutt got his first job in the business world at Goodville Mutual Casualty Company in New Holland, Pennsylvania. Rutt initially earned $1.85 per hour as a trainee in underwriting. Three years later – at age 25 – he was named head of the automobile underwriting department, succe ...More

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The one and only John Fairfield

This is a man who spent much of 1970-71 in Belgium’s national library absorbing British computer research. He was learning French too in Brussels, so that he could use French to teach math, physics and economics at a Congolese mission school. This is a man who lived with his wife in a mud hut for two years – so remote in the eastern Con ...More

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From local threesome to national Jenzabar 

It all started in a corner of EMU’s old administration building in 1980. Two employees began tinkering – on their own time − with ways for colleges and universities to manage their administrative affairs with a new technology called computers. The employees – Dwight Wyse ‘68, the school’s director of business affairs, ...More