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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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Two-time editor continues The Phoenix’s legacy, since 1958, of showcasing EMU community’s creative works

Eastern Mennonite University senior Naomi Scoville says it’s an honor to be entrusted with people’s “babies”— their literary and artistic offspring, in this case. As a two-time editor of EMU’s literary and visual arts journal, The Phoenix, Scoville collects poetry, short fiction pieces, photographs and illust ...More


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

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Susan Schultz Huxman named as candidate of choice to be Eastern Mennonite University’s ninth president

At an all-campus meeting April 13 for Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) faculty, staff and students, the institution’s Presidential Search Committee announced Susan Schultz Huxman, Ph.D., as candidate of choice for EMU’s ninth president. “I am keenly attracted to the many innovative ways in which EMU has blazed the trail for what a ...More


Softball sweeps Randolph-Macon

In Coach JD McCurdy’s words, “Now we really know the true story about our offense.” And the story is that EMU’s softball women, from the top of the order to the bottom, can hit any pitcher. The Royals proved that true by taking a pair of walk-off victories from Randolph-Macon Tuesday in Harrisonburg, each time knocking around one of the ODAC’s top pit ...More

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Portrait of fictional president unveiled while student-historian interns at American Art and Portrait Gallery library

In the National Portrait Gallery hangs a portrait of every president of the United States. Elsa Miller was recently present for the latest addition, which was, strangely enough, the portrait of a fictional one. “Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood,” a six-foot by six-foot painting by Jonathan Yeo, ...More


Celebrating Service: Don Clymer will blog, write and teach for the next year in Switzerland

This year, several Eastern Mennonite University faculty and staff, among them Professor Don Clymer, 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 ...More


Royals baseball sweeps Guilford

The Royals earned a much-needed ODAC sweep Saturday afternoon at Guilford, both times using late-inning heroics to improve to 6-9 in the conference. Eastern Mennonite sits just behind Randolph-Macon and Roanoke, who are tied for fifth in the ODAC standings at 7-5. Hampden-Sydney is seventh at 6-6. (EMU and Guilford were the only conference teams to play on Saturday, with poor weather mov ...More

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Undergraduate presents computer science research at prestigious SIGSCE conference

Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) senior Alex Bender presented in the Student Research Competition at this year’s Association for Computing Machinery’s Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, popularly known as SIGCSE. The annual event, held this year in Memphis March 2-5, draws many of the top scientists in the field. Bender, a senior ...More