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In winning history essay, junior Elisabeth Wilder connects conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly to transgender rights

For the first time, an Eastern Mennonite University student has won the Francis J. Ryan Undergraduate American Studies Paper Award. Junior Elisabeth Wilder of Hesston, Kansas, earned the honor at the April 1-2 Eastern American Studies Association annual conference with her paper, “Caitlyn Jenner, Phyllis Schlafly, and Other Transgender Rights Crusaders.” Francis J. Ryan himself, the ...More

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Susan Schultz Huxman, Ph.D., appointed as Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president

Susan Schultz Huxman, PhD, has been appointed as Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president by unanimous vote from both the university’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Mennonite Education Agency. Huxman is currently president of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She will officially assume office on Jan. 1, 2017. Her selection follows a 10-m ...More

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Spring STEM Celebration showcases forty individual and group research projects

Senior Derek Harnish and sophomore Braden Herman were upperclass and underclass division winners, respectively, at last week’s Spring STEM Celebration poster show. Harnish, who performed research under the supervision of Professor Jeffrey Copeland, studied the “Neuronal Basis for Aging in Drosophila me ...More

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Earthkeepers sustainability mini-grant competition rewards grassroots innovation on campus

Not all sustainability initiatives come from the top down at Eastern Mennonite University. Earthkeepers’ annual mini-grant competition fosters grass-roots innovation and ingenuity among the entire campus community, says club president Harrison Horst. The student-run group, whi ...More

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Third Culture Kids find a home at Eastern Mennonite University

In the best of cases, a college career is often a time of tumult and transition, a succession of new faces, a million conversations that begin with: “Where are you from?” For students like Nika Hoefle, whose family had moved from Minnesota to a small city in northern Thailand when she was 14, that question doesn’t quite work like the simple ice-breaker it’s supposed to be. Tellin ...More

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Celebrating Service: Special projects manager Jack Rutt keeps his finger on EMU’s pulse, but with a bit more time off

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Jack Rutt, are moving into retirement after many years of service. To acknowledge their service and deep commitment to our community, we’ve offered the opportunity for them to share favorite memories of their time here, as well as advice for those of us still laboring onwards. Please stay tuned ...More

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Spring recognition chapel celebrates student leadership and achievement

A variety of student accomplishments were celebrated at Eastern Mennonite University’s annual spring student recognition chapel service today [April 15, 2016]. Rachel Roth Sawatsky, director of student programs, opened the service: “Every day on this campus, there are great people doing great things, big and small ...More

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Winning C. Henry Smith orator examines conflict in the Mennonite church; other winners explore gun violence, race

“My speech wrote itself,” said Bethany Chupp, winner of the C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The winning speech, titled “Standing At the Door,” came so easily because of some long-term deep thinking about two different experiences: traveling through the Middle East during her c ...More

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Retiring president Loren Swartzendruber to speak at 2016 Commencement

As graduates make their way across the stage at Eastern Mennonite University’s 2016 Commencement ceremonies, one other person on the stage will also be celebrating both student and personal accomplishments and transition. President Loren Swartzendruber has presided over 13 commencement ceremonies at EMU and 10 prior to that at Hes ...More

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Three-day conference focuses on Anabaptists and leadership for the common good

What does leadership mean in the Anabaptist tradition today? More than 230 people gathered at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, April 7-9 to explore that question at “Leading into the Common Good: An Anabaptist Perspective.” The conference, sponsored by a spectrum of Mennonite-related organizations and higher education institutions, brought together viewpoints f ...More