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EMU signs memorandum with Kosovo to aid in graduate teacher training and promote cross-cultural exchanges

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) may soon be hosting a cohort of teachers from Kosovo in the master’s of education program. The university is now engaged in a 10-year agreement with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Kosovo to “explore collaborative educational initiatives in Kosovo, the Balkans region and the United ...More

Sigrid Fry-Revere

Bioethicist and living donor advocate Sigrid Fry-Revere challenges the current organ donor system with questions about why Iran’s system is more responsible and ethical

When bioethicist and living donor advocate Sigrid Fry-Revere learned in 2007 that Iran was the only country in the world that had solved the need for organ donors in a responsible and ethical way, she was surprised. The fact drove her to ask why, and to spend two months in Iran secretly interviewing as many people as she could find involved in the transplant process. She shares her exper ...More


Chilean-American writer Marjorie Agosín helps to inaugurate Latino Heritage Month, brings poetry and art to campus

Many on the Eastern Mennonite University campus are anticipating the Sept. 17-18 visit of Chilean-American writer Majorie Agosín. A professor of Latin American studies and Spanish language at Wellesley College, Agosín will share poetry, art, conversation and personal history with the campus community and with select groups of faculty and students, including graduate students from ...More


New director, a Colombian native and EMU alumnus, now at the helm of popular Harrisonburg International Festival

Boris Ozuna, the new director of Harrisonburg’s International Festival, got his first taste of community organizing as a child in Sincelejo, Colombia. His mother was involved in justice work with the group that would become Sembrandopaz, a regional peacebuilding and human developmen ...More


‘Bound together by love': Convocation opens new academic year with music, prayer and words to inspire

The 2015 convocation to dedicate the new academic year at Eastern Mennonite University began and ended yesterday [Sept. 2] with music: first the triumphal tones of the Lehman Auditorium organ played by John Fast, and then the sound of bluegrass music as new students processed into the sunny fall morning. ...More

(8/29/15) - (Harrisonburg)
Eastern Mennonite University freshman, William Ewart, of Palaski, NY, unloads his belongings as he moves into Eastern Mennonite’s Maplewood dormitory with help from his mother Dawn Ewart on Saturday, August 29.
(Austin Bachand/Daily News-Record)

EMU welcomes new students: fall term has begun!

Kessa Hawkins is no stranger to Eastern Mennonite University. Her mother, Shannon, 45, completed her degree at EMU in 2010, and her father completed his coursework this past spring. So, it was fitting that Saturday morning, Kessa took part in a new student resource fair as a member of EMU’s class of 2019. “I’m really excited,” said the 18-year-old nursing m ...More


Smithsonian Folklife Festival media internship brings Indonesian student to the Mall to help celebrate Peru

Eastern Mennonite University senior Victoria Gunawan, a native of Indonesia, spent her summer among Peruvians on the National Mall in Washington D.C. As a media intern at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, she recorded the painstaking creation of a replica of the famous “Q’eswachaka” swinging brid ...More


Eastern Mennonite University welcomes twelve new faculty members for 2015-2016 academic year

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) welcomes 12 new faculty to the ranks for the 2015-16 academic year. The new faculty, announced by Fred Kniss, provost; Michael King, vice president and seminary dean; Deirdre Sme ...More


Not quite the ‘Green Monster’ but close: new irrigation on baseball field improves playing surface, water usage

This fall, the Eastern Mennonite University baseball field should be a little greener — and in more than one sense of the word. A new irrigation system uses sustainable technology to grow and support higher quality playing surfaces. Weaver Irrigation is currently installing a system that will use non-potable sto ...More

tim and johonna

Restorative justice, peacebuilding and development programs gain new faculty

New faculty members Johonna Turner and Tim Seidel bring strong ties to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), and to Mennonite peacebuilding organizations, as well as a variety of practice, theory, teaching and research experience. Turner, an assistant professor of re ...More