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Catcher Erik Kratz, now with the San Diego Padres, reflects on the blessings of a baseball life

Inside Goshen College’s athletics building, metal­lic “pings” pricked the air as bat-wielding kids hit — and missed — balls thrown by Goshen baseball players. Murmurs of conversation gurgled in the background. Then Erik Kratz stepped to the plate. His bat met the first pitch he saw, producing a thunderous crash that reverberated throughout the room. All other sounds seemingly ...More

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With presidential search on schedule, educator and administrator Lee Snyder will serve in an interim role

Respected educator and administrator Lee Snyder, PhD., will serve as interim president of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) beginning July 1, 2016. Her appointment comes as President Loren Swartzendruber retires after a 13-year tenure and more than 35 years in Mennonite higher education. With the announcement of the appointment, the ...More

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Fall internship in Yosemite National Park helps sustainability graduate gain more fieldwork experience

Here’s just of few of Bryce Yoder’s highlights from his first “semester” out of college working as a vegetation and ecological restoration intern in Yosemite National Park in California: uprooting and transplanting fragile Great Sequoia saplings; solo-backpacking for two days and 13 miles up Half Dome; learning how to rock climb; traveling 50 minu ...More

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Doreen Ruto, alumna and peacebuilding partner in Africa, is remembered warmly for her many gifts

Doreen Ruto Jemutai, MA ’06, an integral supporter and partner of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Doreen’s peacebuilding work, anchored in her native Kenya, spanned multiple countries in Africa, as well as the United S ...More

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Supporting scientists, graduate spends memorable season at frigid McMurdo Station in Antarctica

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Spring convocation invokes spirit of community, with blessings for the new semester and two cross-cultural groups

“Life is difficult,” Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) President Loren Swartzendruber said as he began his final  convocation address Wednesday. Swartzendruber acknowledged the deep challenges facing the world, the nation, and the EMU community over the past year and in recent days. “The threads that hold our community toget ...More

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Congolese lawyer and CJP graduate appointed to government post as country preps for elections

When the academic year began, Zihindula Mulegwa, MA ’05 (conflict transformation), was in Topeka, Kansas, working on a Master of Laws degree in corporate and business law at Washburn University. A practicing lawyer from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mulegwa was planning to spend the year working on this spec ...More

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Top Ten most read news articles and editor’s picks of 2015

As Eastern Mennonite University faculty, staff and students move into the first semester of 2016, we look back at some of the top news items from 2015.  There was plenty to cover in the news this year, from the arrival of EMU Lancaster’s first ...More

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‘Seagoing cowboy’ Ralph Witmer returns to Poland with son and grandson 69 years after making the post-war voyage

Over Christmas dinner in Ohio this year, Jon Styer ‘07 heard his grandfather Ralph Witmer tell about being a “seagoing cowboy,” one of the hundreds of young farmworkers accompanying shiploads of livestock from the United States to aid the rebuilding of post-World War II Europe. The “cowboys” were part of a joint effort between the ...More

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In ’18 Stories of War,’ filmmakers trace community’s pervasive and deeply personal conceptions of war

When you think of war, what war comes to your mind? How far removed are you from that war? How has war impacted your work? These simple questions are the substance of “18 Stories of War,” a film project with an international cast: members of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) community at Eastern Mennonite University (EM ...More