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AFP Local News Blog – Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

– News: Bridgewater College president to lead commemoration of Lincoln’s birth, Tuesday, 9:17 a.m.
– News: Israeli peace activist to speak at EMU, Tuesday, 9:17 a.m.
– News: Shenandoah U. professor to speak on sensory processing disorders, Tuesday, 9:17 a.m.



News: Bridgewater College president to lead commemoration of Lincoln’s birth, Tuesday, 9:17 a.m.

Bridgewater College President Phillip C. Stone will help commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth on Thursday, Feb. 12, with presentations at Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg and at the Lincoln Cemetery on U.S. 42 six miles north of Harrisonburg.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Stone, a noted Lincoln scholar, will speak on “Why Lincoln Is Important” in the EMHS auditorium at 11:15 a.m. His presentation, which is part of a day-long series of Lincoln-related events at EMHS, will conclude at 11:45 a.m.

At 2 p.m., Stone will conduct the 34th annual Lincoln Day Ceremony at the Lincoln Cemetery, an event that has been endorsed by the Virginia Lincoln Bicentennial Committee of the Martin Luther King Commission as part of its official program to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

The Lincoln Day Ceremony, in which Bridgewater College President Phillip C. Stone is the keynote speaker, has become a tradition in the area, and is held regardless of weather. The topic of Stone’s address will be “Lincoln, Obama and the American Presidency.”

“Lincoln and Obama are providing each other a helping hand,” Stone said. “Citing Lincoln as a role model and attempting to develop the same personal attributes will certainly make President Obama a stronger president. His strong endorsement of Lincoln as a personal hero helps restore Lincoln’s image among those who have lost regard for him because of revisionist history or political correctness. They make a good team.”

Stone also is founder of The Lincoln Society of Virginia and serves on the board of advisers for The Lincoln Forum, an assembly of people who share a deep interest in the life and times of Lincoln and the Civil War era.

The event is free and open to the public.


News: Israeli peace activist to speak at EMU, Tuesday, 9:17 a.m.

Gila Svirsky, veteran Israeli peace and human rights activist, will take part in several activities at Eastern Mennonite University Wednesday, Feb. 11, aimed at bringing fresh perspective on the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

She will participate in a Peace Vigil noon-1 p.m. on Harrisonburg’s Court Square. Anyone is welcome to participate.

She will lead a seminar 5-6:30 p.m. in Martin Chapel of the seminary building on “Issues and Opportunities for Peace in the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict” and present “Strategies for Peace Activism” in a dessert reception and dialog 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Discipleship Center.

Svirsky is currently chair of B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. She was co-founder of the Coalition of Women for Peace and is an ongoing member of Women in Black, two of Israel’s foremost peace organizations. She continues to work closely with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel as well as Women in Black.

Asked how she wants to be remembered, she says: “As a writer and an Israeli Jew deeply involved in peace and human rights activism.”

Her visit is co-hosted by EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and the EMU Peace Fellowship.

For more information, contact, 317.509.6397 or David Kreider,


News: Shenandoah U. professor to speak on sensory processing disorders, Tuesday, 9:17 a.m.

Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD’s) – what are they? how do they affect people and how are they treated?

Deborah Marr, associate professor and director of the division of occupational therapy at Shenandoah University in Winchester, will address this topic at the next Suter Science Seminar 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in room 104 of the Suter Science Center at Eastern Mennonite University.

Sensory Processing Disorders are disabling responses to sensory input that can have negative effects on the lives of many people. While commonly found in persons with autism and learning disabilities, they can be present in almost anyone.

Marr will define and describe the various types of SPD’s and give an overview of how they are treated clinically. She will also report on Sensory Stories, a new treatment approach to the most common type of SPD along with outcomes on recent research on their effectiveness.

Marr received a BS degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University, an MS in community services from Michigan State University, and a ScD in therapeutic studies from Boston University. Her primary field of expertise is children, especially those with sensory processing issues. She has also conducted research related to handwriting and time use in young children.

Refreshments will be served 15 minutes prior to the presentation, which is open to everyone free of charge.

For more information, contact Dr. Roman J. Miller, Suter Endowed Professor of Biology, at 540-432-4412; email

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