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Orientation 2015: Matriculation

EMU administrator and Black Lives Matter advocate knows South Carolina deputy, voices his own struggle to understand

When a person you know well makes a regrettable choice, how do you reconcile what you know about that person with his or her actions? And how do you share what you know about this person without seeming to excuse the action? These questions immediately confronted Luke Hartman, vice president of enrollment at Ea ...More

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Matt Ruth named new director of admissions

Few things could capture Matt Ruth’s heart more than his hometown Philadelphia Phillies, but Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) has managed to do it. And as EMU’s new director of admissions, he’s helping the institution capture others’ hearts, too. “I love working at EMU,” Ruth says. “It certainly has b ...More

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EMU sets record enrollment with the largest first-year class in decades, while graduate programs show significant growth

Eastern Mennonite University’s traditional undergraduate first-year enrollment for the 2015-16 academic year was its highest in several decades, while graduate programs recorded a 26.4 percent increase in enrollment. The data represents enrollment figures from fall 2014 to fall 2015. The 2015-16 figures were released by the reg ...More

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A ‘Royals’ following: Siblings find EMU the right place to thrive and grow

Dig a bit into the student population of this “Christian university like no other” and you’ll find about 100 who are sharing their campus experience with siblings. Basketball players, religious studies majors, Iraqi STEM students, and missionary kids are among the siblings who have chosen to attend Eastern Mennonite University together. Some commute from nearby homes; some crossed ...More

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Black students and faculty produce, tweet, #DontShoot photo in solidarity with national protests

“Unarmed Black Man Shot Dead by Police” The black-man-killed headline (above) could appear in any newspaper, in any city in the United States, where “land of the free” appears to not extend to an African American male’s freedom to keep his life. Motivated by this realization, 27 faculty, staff and students of Eastern Mennonite University gathered on the steps of Northl ...More

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EMU leaders offer appreciation and wise words regarding the increased diversity of incoming students

In their kick-off convocation remarks for the 2014-15 school year, two of Eastern Mennonite University’s leaders highlighted the increasing diversity among EMU’s student population. “The class of 2018 is the most racially, ethnically, and nationally diverse incoming class in the history of EMU,” provost Fred Kniss told a capacity crowd of ...More

This is an architectural rendering of Roselawn after all of the planned renovations are completed. In 2014-15, the first floor of Roselawn will continue to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Intensive English Program. The two upper floors will house a large-sized classroom, medium-sized classroom, seminar room, gathering area, and offices.

Building on Solid Footing

EMU’s internal emails this summer were unusual – yet oddly heartening. The combined hubbub of construction projects and thousands of summer guests made for feelings of excitement – and of dislocation. There was this funny message: “History professors Mark Sawin and Mary Sprunger hope students will find them in the ...More

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After leaving a large state school as a Division I athlete, Dan Nafziger found his niche athletically and academically at EMU

A decade ago, Dan Nafziger never imagined he would be trying to convince anybody to come to Eastern Mennonite University as an enthusiastic admissions counselor. When Nafziger graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 2009, the track standout had othe ...More

Luke Hartman: Faithful living as a Christian responsibility, part III

Luke A. Hartman is Vice President for Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University, and a member of the Communities of Hope Team for Mennonite Church USA. In August 2012 he presented ...More

Luke Hartman: Down with diversity or diversity as gift? Part II

Luke A. Hartman is vice president for enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University, and a member of the Communities of Hope Team for Mennonite Church USA. In August 2012 he presented ...More