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Bridging the COVID-19 Study-Gap: CMU’s volunteer tutoring collective goes online to help students finish strong

Posted in Stories  •  Thursday, April 2, 2020 @ 2:18 PM

PAL, or Peer Assisted Learning, is a peer-tutoring program run each year at CMU by a collective of student volunteers. Normally, PAL holds drop-in hours on campus throughout the week, offering fellow students help with homework, essay writing, test prep, study skills, and more. This year, with courses moved suddenly online, students are grappling with new challenges, and PAL is offering new solutions.

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Nathan Dyck (baritone) is winner of the 2020 Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition, held on March 17

Baritone Nathan Dyck winner of 15th annual Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition

Posted in Stories  •  Thursday, March 26, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

Despite uncertainty and the changing circumstances of campus life under COVID-19, competitors in this year's Verna Mae Janzen Music Competition kept their focus.

Singing to a closed auditorium of adjudicators only instead of the usual community audience, seven finalists gave it their all: Michelle Fast (soprano), Georgeanne Van Helden (piano), Katy Unruh (soprano), Anna Schwartz (piano), Nathan Dyck (baritone), Anna Kelm (piano), and Johanna Klassen (soprano).

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Nathan Dueck at Dirk Willems' Pond

Pilgrimage to Dirk Willems’ Pond: Student visits famed site during Reading Week abroad

Posted in Stories  •  Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 9:51 AM

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance, and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us." Hebrews 12:1

Nathan Dueck is finishing his third year of a four-year interdisciplinary BA, majoring in History of Western Thought. Nathan hopes to attend law school after graduation next year. This February, Nathan spent his Reading Week exploring the Netherlands and UK by bicycle, with his friend and roommate Noah Curle. Dueck says for him, the highlight of the week was a day-pilgrimage to Dirk Willems' Pond, near Utrecht:

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CMU's recently acquired 1685 edition of <em>Martyrs Mirror</em>

Rare book celebration: CMU acquires 1685 edition, Martyrs Mirror

Posted in Stories  •  Monday, March 9, 2020 @ 10:59 AM

The CMU library is delighted to announce that it has recently acquired a 1685 edition of Martyrs Mirror. The book will be housed in CMU's special collections rare book room and made accessible to students and faculty forthwith. Formal protocols for handling the book will be posted at the library soon.

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Face2Face community conversation unpacks the complexities of polarization

Posted in Stories  •  Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 1:10 PM

How do we respond to the strong rhetoric of polarization that is gripping our world? How can we listen and talk to people that are different from us, and why does it matter if we do?

More than 180 people gathered in Canadian Mennonite University's (CMU) Marpeck Commons on February 10 to discuss these questions. The Face2Face event, hosted by CMU, was titled, "Us and Them: How did we become so polarized?"

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