EMU Talk – A Glossary of Terms
New to EMU or the Mennonite world? You might find yourself in need of a list of frequently used abbreviations and terms. Here are some you’re bound to hear sooner or later as you settle into life on campus.
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Be sure to check out the Third Way Cafe glossary for additional terms and definitions.
Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society
Adult Degree Completion Program
Academic Support Center
B and R
Bible and religion department
The small theater behind Main Stage in the University Commons
Black Student Union
Community Advisor for a residence hall
Campus Activities Council
Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pa.
Weekly gathering in Martin Chapel consisting of praise and worship music played live and usually including prayer and scripture readings.
Traffic circle between Lehman Auditorium and Hartzler Library. Cross-cultural groups often depart from here.
Commongrounds Coffeehouse, located in the lower level of the University Commons
Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
Community Lifestyle Commitment
Committee on Peer Education
Culture, religion and mission — a major
Camping recreation and outdoor ministry — a major
EMU’s alumni magazine
The Royals Den Snack Shop within University Commons
Student group devoted to environmental sustainability
Eastern Mennonite College, the prior name for EMU
Eastern Mennonite High School, in Harrisonburg, independent from EMU, though with a shared history
Eastern Mennonite Missions
Eastern Mennonite Seminary, a division of EMU
Fountain in the center of campus, formerly known as “The fishpond”
“The Great Lounge”
The main student lounge on the first floor of Northlawn.
His Royal Majesty, the royal blue lion mascot for EMU Royals athletics
Large hill behind the upper parking lots that reaches from Seminary to West Dogwood Drive
Harrisonburg Mennonite Church
Intensive English Program
Student group that meets to write, share, and discuss personal literary works.
Information Office, located on the first floor of the Campus Center
International Student Organization
James Madison University
Grassy area out front of Northlawn.
Lancaster Mennonite High School in Lancaster, Pa.
Group that supports EMU athletics and student athletes
Learning Resources, part of EMU Helpdesk services
Latino Student Alliance
Library technology classroom
Ministry Assistant for a residence hall
Main stage for the EMU theater department located in the University Commons
Mennonite Central Committee, the relief, service and development agency of North American and Brethren in Christ churches
Mennonite Education Agency, a division of Mennonite Church USA
Other than Mennonite (for lack of a better term for identifying people from various traditions who are part of the EMU community)
Pastoral Assistant for a group of MAs (Ministry Assistants), or abbreviation for the state of Pennsylvania
Language and literature department’s student magazine
Partners In Mission, the short term missions branch of Virginia Mennonite Missions
Pre-professional Health Sciences
Park View Mennonite Church
Resident director of a residence hall
Student ambassador group coordinated by undergraduate admissions to host visitors and do other special projects.
Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society
Student Education Association
Student Government Association
Students in Free Enterprise
School for Leadership Training, an annual event hosted by Eastern Mennonite Seminary
Summer Orientation and Registration (for undergraduate admissions)
Summer Peacebuilding Institute, an annual program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, a training program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding
Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir
Social Work is People
Teaching English as a Second Language
Test of English as a Foreign Language
University Commons (usually referred to as “the commons”)
Visual and communication arts undergraduate program
Virginia Mennonite Missions, the Virginia branch of Mennonite Mission Network
Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, located between EMU and Harmony Square
Washington Community Scholars Center
EMU’s radio station, hosted by JMU’s WMRA, located at 91.7 FM
Area between and consisting of Elmwood, Maplewood, and Oakwood; sometimes called “The Woods Quad” or simply “The Quad.”
Young People’s Christian Association
Spring break trips through YPCA that conduct community service in areas of need.