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Peacebuilding graduate students join Friends Committee on National Legislation for ‘lobby weekend’

If true peace is to be achieved, peacebuilders must step beyond theory and into tangible arenas of injustice or conflict. That belief is why Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding graduate program offers both short- and long-term practice opportunities for students. One recent opportunity was attendance at a three-day lob ...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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Safe at home: Royals baseball coach Ben Spotts makes local recruiting a key contributor to success

Eastern Mennonite University head baseball coach Ben Spotts has a simple recruiting philosophy: Do not lose local athletes to other Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) schools. That’s a tough goal, considering the proximity of three recruiting rivals in the Valley: Shenandoah University, ranked 11th in Division III ...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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Liberty University immunologist says a passion for discovery guides his life’s work in research and education

The human body has an amazing ability to recover from and prevent infection. When viruses and bacteria attack, a variety of infection-fighting cells, or immune cells, defend the body. These cells also try to prevent future infections. How can immune cells do this? Biologists only know part of the answer. Scientists like Joseph W. Brewer, who recently spoke at a ...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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In choosing EMU, Ygarza sisters share a friendship of on-court memories and off-court successes

In the semi-finals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball tournament, junior Alicia Ygarza and her teammates had an extra special fan in the stands among friends and family. Her sister Bianca, a 2014 graduate and a former Royals teammate, was in the Salem (Va.) Civic Center to cheer them on – and support them through a f ...More

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Comedian and mental health activist Kevin Breel highlights fourth annual Walk for Hope, March 28

Participants in the fourth annual Walk for Hope on Saturday, March 28, will wear, for the first time, the same t-shirt. For the past three years, walkers who joined the trek to raise awareness about depression and suicide among college students donned t-shirts in colors that marked their affiliation to one of four area colleges ...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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Everyone invited to celebrate Howard Zehr by attending his May 23 “roast”

Eastern Mennonite University is spotlighting restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr on May 23, 2015, a date chosen to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking work, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice ...More