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Given secret ingredient and instruments, EMU’s own ‘Iron Composer’ Ryan Keebaugh goes to work

Five hours, three instruments, unfamiliar musicians and a board game – these were the components of the 2015 Iron Composer competition in Berea, Ohio on Sept. 4. This year, Eastern Mennonite University assistant professor of music Ryan Keebaugh was one of five finalists selected from 3,000 g ...More


Emeritus professor Calvin Shenk, who led Bible department and championed cross-cultural program, lived a life of Christian witness

Calvin E. Shenk, professor emeritus of religion who taught at Eastern Mennonite University from 1976-2001, has died. He resided in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His wife Marie passed away in 2010. The couple, both 1959 graduates of Eastern Mennonite College, returned after 14 years of missionary work in Africa to make an indelible mark on the vision and goals of the institution. Shapin ...More


New field hockey coach announces recruit camps, highlights strengths of legacy program

New Eastern Mennonite University field hockey Coach Ellen-Ashton (E.A.) Jackson likes players who hustle. The theme for her team this year is “small but mighty,” and that thought gets its legs in the way Jackson describes what the Royals’ biggest strength will be this fall. “Hustle,” she said.  ...More


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

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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

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Two CJP alumni invited to present at first restorative justice conference in Bangladesh

With more than 70 percent of prisoners in Bangladesh’s overcrowded prisons awaiting trial, a variety of constituents are advocating for restorative justice initiatives to help lessen the court dockets and return many innocent people to their families. M. Asadullah (Asad), MA ’11, and ...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


VCU gastroenterologist is the first of many experts to present at 2015-2016 Suter Science Seminar series

Scott Matherly, MD, an expert on cirrhosis, liver transplantation and liver cancer, will be the first speaker in the 2015-2016 Suter Science Seminar series at Eastern Mennonite University. Matherly will present a case study of a patient’s journey from cirrhosis to liver failure and finally liver transplantation. He speaks Friday, Sept. ...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