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Newest Yoder Scholars bring artistic, athletic and academic talent to EMU

Each year, a new group of highly motivated and gifted scholars is invited to join the Eastern Mennonite University Honors Program. From this group, two prospective students are selected to receive the annual full-tuition Yoder Scholarship. Nicole Litwiller of Sarasota, Flo ...More

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Author and political commentator E.J. Dionne to speak at 2015 Commencement

Best-selling author and political commentator E.J. Dionne will give Eastern Mennonite University’s 2015 Commencement address on Sunday, April 26, at 1 p.m. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution ...More

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Eastern Mennonite Missions president discusses challenges of global mission engagement in Augsburger Lecture series

To explain the dramatic changes in missions engagement over the last half-century, Nelson Okanya, MDiv ’03, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions, utilizes a stark image: a sturdy bridge, spanning a flat plain of dirt while the river courses hundreds of feet away. This bridge actually exists in Honduras: it was built in the 1930s by the Army Corps of Eng ...More

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Veteran Mennonite educator Jeffrey Shank is named the new director of alumni and parent relations and annual giving

Jeffrey A. Shank ‘94 has been announced as the new director of alumni and parent relations and annual giving at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Shank brings a wealth of fundraising and administrative experience to the position. Currently superintendent of Sarasota Christian School in Sarasota, Florida, Shank previously served as executive director of development/alumni relations at Lancas ...More

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Professor Carl Stauffer joins former MA students at restorative justice symposium at Harvard Law School

A recent symposium on restorative justice at Harvard University gave Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) professor Carl Stauffer an opportunity to speak on lessons learned from the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission and call attention to Sierra Leone for an accomplishment beyond the latest Ebola update. Stauffer spoke about ...More

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Harrisonburg police and community members join hands in offering restorative justice option

If one particular young man in Harrisonburg had stolen from his employer a few months earlier, he might have found himself standing before a judge, facing a possible jail sentence. Thanks to a new restorative justice program with the Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD), however, this young thief instead found himself facing his employer to tal ...More

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Music teacher uses music-mixing technology to engage young DJs in STEM learning

Before classes begin at Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg each morning, beeps, beats and bass can be heard from Perry Shank’s music room. His students are learning the art of sound engineering with the help of music-mixing technology and scientific toys. Shank [EMU BA '99 in music] teaches his classes and the school’s DJ club how to make electronic music by layering sound. ...More

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Ali Gohar of Pakistan is first to receive CJP award for outstanding service

Marking its 20th anniversary year during 2014-15, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) will be conferring its first Alumni Award for Outstanding Service on Ali Gohar, a Pakistani national who earned a CJP master’s degree in 2002 on a Fulbright scholarship. “This award will be given annually for CJP alumni who have demonstrated exceptiona ...More

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‘Chef Oz’ Blackaller creates multiethnic culinary delights at San Diego-area ‘fusion’ tapas bar

In the summer of 2000, Osvaldo Blackaller `07, a native of Monclova, Mexico, found himself in Harrisonburg married to the love of his life, Joanna. Oz – as everyone calls him – began working full time at Cargill, but felt a nagging urge to finish his degree. Getting into schools proved more difficult than expected with lots of hoops to jump through as an international student and cla ...More

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New edition of classic ‘Mennonite Community Cookbook’ continues legacy of Mary Emma Showalter Eby

It was the first Menno­nite cookbook ever published by anything more than a  local congregation or a small regional printer. People have referred to this cookbook as the “mother” or “grandmother” of all Mennonite cookbooks. When one person heard the cookbook was about to be published in a new edition, s ...More