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Former Virginia attorney general, now against the death penalty, to speak on the issue of mass incarceration

Mark Earley, former state senator and attorney general of Virginia, has changed his mind about incarceration and the ultimate punishment within the United States’ current criminal justice system. While he was attorney general, the state executed 36 people. Now Earley is speaking out about mass incarceration and the death penalty. He currently serves as co-chair of ...More


Counseling Center hosts seminar on the communicative expressions and languages of loss and grief

Based on the success of a similar 2013 seminar, Eastern Mennonite University’s Counseling Center is again hosting a grief, loss and trauma-oriented seminar. “Gathering: The Language of Loss and Grief” will be Friday, Oct. 23, from 8:30-4:30 p.m. at Martin Chapel in the seminary. “Understanding our voice, music, silence, wor ...More

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Centennial Stories: Park Woods Cabin has long offered fellowship, retreat in the midst of nature

Wander into Park Woods just east of the Eastern Mennonite University campus and you’ll come across a rustic cabin in a clearing. If you want to know how that cabin landed there and what university revels took place in the past, read on… But more likely, you know and remember… Built as a gift by the classes of 1946 and 1950, Park Woods Cabin was the central hub of socializati ...More


Junior transfer Juan Luna makes his mark, helping the Royals to a win over conference powerhouse Roanoke

“Whatever is going on in school, it doesn’t matter. Personal stuff just doesn’t matter as soon as I step on the field.  For those 90 minutes, I’m free and nobody can say anything to me.” Juan Luna (Mount Jackson, Va./Stonewall Jackson) is a junior transfer who has pro ...More

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Twila Yoder, assistant to the president, talks about her long career at EMU and her role in the presidential transition

Over the past 16 years, Twila Yoder has been assistant to three Eastern Mennonite University presidents: Joseph Lapp (1987-1995), Beryl Brubaker (interim, May 2003-December 2003), and current president Loren Swartzendruber (2004-). Several months after Swartzendruber’s ...More


Join international students in celebrating women around the world at the third annual International Education Week

October 12-16 marks a time of education and celebration at Eastern Mennonite University of “how women around the world have influenced us in one way or another,” says International Education Week coordinator Wael Gamtessa. This is the third year Multicultural and International Student Services has hosted the series of events, which i ...More

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Contingent of EMU educators to present at annual Peace and Justice Studies Conference in Harrisonburg

As peace and justice studies educators from around the country converge on James Madison University for the Oct. 15-17 Peace and Justice Studies Conference, a large contingent of faculty and alumni of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) are in final preparations. Professor Catherine Barn ...More

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Concerts, sports, arts and reunions on tap for 2015 Homecoming and Family Weekend

Eastern Mennonite University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend “Celebrating People, Places, and Programs” on Oct. 9-11 has something for every Royal, future Royal or Royals fan. Highlights include musical performances, sporting events to spectate or participate in, departmental breakfasts and intellectual events, and the traditional community seasonal dinner on Saturday night followe ...More


Ten Chinese scholars join EMU community to learn teaching techniques and immerse themselves in the English language

For the Chinese scholars at Eastern Mennonite University this semester, witnessing the difference between Chinese and American educational systems has been enlightening. “In China, students are willing to listen to professors lecture,” says Yan Wang. “Here, there are a lot of group discussions. It is good for creative thinking. Every student has their own idea.” ...More

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Poetry of and from the heart: cardiologist Joseph Gascho ’68 brings new perspectives of medicine, healing to Homecoming

Contract, pump, relax, fill. The heart takes blood in, then pumps it back out through the body, with life in each heartbeat. Joseph Gascho notices these patterns in his work as a cardiologist at Penn State University’s Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. He also notices them in his passion for art, weaving the two fie ...More