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.

See a term that is incorrect? Know a common “EMU-ism” that isn’t here? , and let us know so we can include them.

Be sure to check out the Third Way Cafe glossary for additional terms and definitions.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ACRS

Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society

ADCP

Adult Degree Completion Program

ASC

Academic Support Center

B and R

Bible and religion department

Black Box

The small theater behind Main Stage in the University Commons

BSU

Black Student Union

CA

Community Advisor for a residence hall

CAC

Campus Activities Council

CD

Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, Pa.

Celebration

Weekly gathering in Martin Chapel consisting of praise and worship music played live and usually including prayer and scripture readings.

The Circle

Traffic circle between Lehman Auditorium and Hartzler Library. Cross-cultural groups often depart from here.

CG

Commongrounds Coffeehouse, located in the lower level of the University Commons

CJP

Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

CLC

Community Lifestyle Commitment

CoPE

Committee on Peer Education

CRaM

Culture, religion and mission — a major

CROM

Camping recreation and outdoor ministry — a major

Crossroads

EMU’s alumni magazine

“The Den”

The Royals Den Snack Shop within University Commons

Earthkeepers

Student group devoted to environmental sustainability

EMC

Eastern Mennonite College, the prior name for EMU

EMHS

Eastern Mennonite High School, in Harrisonburg, independent from EMU, though with a shared history

EMM

Eastern Mennonite Missions

EMS

Eastern Mennonite Seminary, a division of EMU

“The Fountain”

Fountain in the center of campus, formerly known as “The fishpond”

“The Great Lounge”

The main student lounge on the first floor of Northlawn.

Herm

His Royal Majesty, the royal blue lion mascot for EMU Royals athletics

“The Hill”

Large hill behind the upper parking lots that reaches from Seminary to West Dogwood Drive

HMC

Harrisonburg Mennonite Church

IEP

Intensive English Program

Inklings

Student group that meets to write, share, and discuss personal literary works.

IO

Information Office, located on the first floor of the Campus Center

IR

Institutional Research

IS

Information Systems

ISO

International Student Organization

JMU

James Madison University

“The Lawn”

Grassy area out front of Northlawn.

LMH

Lancaster Mennonite High School in Lancaster, Pa.

Loyal Royals

Group that supports EMU athletics and student athletes

LR

Learning Resources, part of EMU Helpdesk services

LSA

Latino Student Alliance

LTC

Library technology classroom

MA

Ministry Assistant for a residence hall

MainStage

Main stage for the EMU theater department located in the University Commons

MCC

Mennonite Central Committee, the relief, service and development agency of North American and Brethren in Christ churches

MDS

Mennonite Disaster Service

MEA

Mennonite Education Agency, a division of Mennonite Church USA

MEDA

Mennonite Economic Development Associates

MMN

Mennonite Mission Network

OTM

Other than Mennonite (for lack of a better term for identifying people from various traditions who are part of the EMU community)

PA

Pastoral Assistant for a group of MAs (Ministry Assistants), or abbreviation for the state of Pennsylvania

Phoenix

Language and literature department’s student magazine

PIM

Partners In Mission, the short term missions branch of Virginia Mennonite Missions

PPHS

Pre-professional Health Sciences

PVMC

Park View Mennonite Church

RD

Resident director of a residence hall

Royals Society

Student ambassador group coordinated by undergraduate admissions to host visitors and do other special projects.

SASS

Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society

SEA

Student Education Association

SGA

Student Government Association

SiFE

Students in Free Enterprise

SLT

School for Leadership Training, an annual event hosted by Eastern Mennonite Seminary

SOAR

Summer Orientation and Registration (for undergraduate admissions)

SPI

Summer Peacebuilding Institute, an annual program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

STAR

Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience, a training program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding

SVCC

Shenandoah Valley Children’s Choir

SWIP

Social Work is People

TESL

Teaching English as a Second Language

TOEFL

Test of English as a Foreign Language

UC

University Commons (usually referred to as “the commons”)

VACA

Visual and communication arts undergraduate program

VMM

Virginia Mennonite Missions, the Virginia branch of Mennonite Mission Network

VMRC

Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, located between EMU and Harmony Square

WCSC

Washington Community Scholars Center

WEMC

EMU’s radio station, hosted by JMU’s WMRA, located at 91.7 FM

“The Woods”

Area between and consisting of Elmwood, Maplewood, and Oakwood; sometimes called “The Woods Quad” or simply “The Quad.”

YPCA

Young People’s Christian Association

Y-Trip

Spring break trips through YPCA that conduct community service in areas of need.