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Alumna’s ‘Creation’ series of six vibrant, colorful paintings hangs in renovated Suter Science Center

Alumna Katherine Burling’s six-piece “Creation” painting series was stashed carefully in storage while Suter Science Center renovations were completed. In the ensuing months, much has changed in Burling’s life. She’s now in her first year in the master of fine arts program at James Madison University. But this month, the paintings which began as an undergraduate class assig ...More


Presidential search committee holds second meeting on campus, calls for nominations and applications

The Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) presidential search committee continues to make progress on the search for the institution’s ninth president. The committee convened Oct. 2-3, 2015 on campus for its second meeting. Current President Loren Swartzendruber announced in April 2015 his ...More


‘This generation’s cigarette': media and religion professors team up to analyze selfie culture

Cell-phones are this generation’s cigarette. That was one analysis provided by Jerry Holsopple and Linford Stutzman to students participating in an October Living and Learning Forum at Eastern Mennonite University. Holsopple, a visual and communication arts profess ...More

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Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program announces more than $900,000 in new grant funding

Two recent grant awards will support continued growth of the Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program (WPLP) at Eastern Mennonite University. A nearly $900,000 grant was received from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya and East Africa will allow 16 participants to enroll ...More


Former attorney general says ‘tough on crime’ failed: now he’s working to reduce incarceration rates

Mark Earley regrets some of his criminal justice decisions from his time as a state senator and attorney general of Virginia. “I feel like I’m spending the second half of my life making up for the first half,” Earley told more than 120 people gathered Tuesday at Eastern Mennonite Seminary for a presentation on mass incarceration. ...More


When the Ebola outbreak limited travel, this environmental sustainability major made new internship plans

Sometimes, the best-made plans fall apart. That’s what happened last summer to senior Gee M. Paegar, Jr., currently in his last semester of environmental sustainability and history studies at Eastern Mennonite University. Paegar, a native of Monrovia, Liberia ...More


Howard Zehr awarded Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking leadership in the restorative justice field

Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, has been awarded the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award in Peace and Justice Studies by the Peace and Justice Studies Ass ...More

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Environmental educator Blake Rogers helps residents learn and practice stewardship of Shenandoah Valley resources

Blake Rogers has been involved with the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) since his days representing Turner Ashby High School in Envirothon, an academic contest focused on environmental sciences. Now the 2014 Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) graduate runs the programs he once participated in. As a double-major in ...More

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‘Searching for Zion’ author visits campus to kick off 2015-16 Common Read focus on race, identity and culture

Of all the possible suggestions that came to Common Read committee chair Tara Kishbaugh from the Eastern Mennonite University community, one topic bubbled to the surface. “Race,” said Kishbaugh, a chemistry professor who heads the Intellectual Life Committee. “Cros ...More

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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