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‘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


Graphic designer and marketing expert Kristen Opalinski turns her expertise to explorations of faith and social justice

Kristen Opalinski is a woman on the go. Even as she hustled to complete a multimedia project during an intensive two-week media course at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute, the graphic designer was in between international travels and media relations work on behalf of Peace Islands Institute (PII), a peacebuil ...More


In choosing EMU, Ygarza sisters share a friendship of on-court memories and off-court successes

In the semi-finals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball tournament, junior Alicia Ygarza and her teammates had an extra special fan in the stands among friends and family. Her sister Bianca, a 2014 graduate and a former Royals teammate, was in the Salem (Va.) Civic Center to cheer them on – and support them through a f ...More


Art auction aims to benefit EMU, campus community through hosting visiting artists

Painting, collages, and photography will be offered at a silent art auction hosted by the visual and communication arts department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The three-week fundraiser will help bring professional artists to campus to interact with the campus community and to exhibit their work. Past visiting artists at EMU have included New York City-based filmmaker and cinem ...More


MCC’s relief sale continues successful annual run

If engaged in a bidding war for a bag of kettle corn at the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, Jalyn Sneary knows how high she would go. “Probably $10,” the 11-year-old Harrisonburg resident said. Meanwhile, if it’s Laotian egg rolls on the ...More

Kara Kishbaugh with book

‘Reading the same book brings people closer together as a community by creating common ground for discussion’

Senior Kara Lofton ponders the university’s Common Read program, now in Year 2, after reading the assigned book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. I’m big on reading books (no TV at home when growing up) and consider myself decently informed about the university that I’ll be getting a degree from in December, but I had never heard of the Common ...More


Animated “EMU Experience” Showcases VACA Department

A class in the science center, a chapel service, cheering on a Royals sports team and a cross-cultural to the Middle East all figure in a new 45-second animated video created by Chris Stauffer, a 2012 December graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). The video follows a student from the end of high school through grad ...More


‘Weaving Life’ Documentary Wins Award

Weaving Life, a documentary on the life and death of peacemaker Dan Terry in Afghanistan, has received a gold “Pixie” award for innovation in the use of motion graphics, effects and animation. The 4th Annual Pixie Awards, sponsored by the American Pixel Academy (encompassing th ...More

Seminary baccalaureate

Gathering Explores Anabaptist Message in Visual Age

Was it Mother Nature’s idea of improvisation? Participants in the Anabaptist Communicator’s annual conference sat around tables in Martin Chapel at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, mesmerized by actor-playwright Ted Swartz’s reflections on what he believes makes a “good Mennonite actor,” while outside, snow began to cover the ...More


Holsopple, Swartz Highlight Anabaptist Communicators Conference

HARRISONBURG, Va. – How do Anabaptists communicate about their values in a visual age? Jerry Holsopple, PhD, will explore this question as plenary speaker at the 2011 Anabaptist Communicators Conference, Oct. 28-29, 2011, on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University ...More