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We welcome your phone calls and emails regarding event planning or past and present events.

To submit an RSVP or for general questions, please call 540-568-RSVP (7787)
or email University Events.

Ramona Messenger serving with style.Kris Hensley and Tammy Steele

Ramona Messenger, Director

Ramona Messenger

Ms. Messenger has over 25 years experience in event management and marketing compiled of non-profit, higher education, corporate and sponsorship agency work. She came to James Madison University 15 years ago to work on the inauguration of the new president and stayed to manage events for the office of the president.  Eight years ago she became director of the University Events department, which is responsible for events hosted by the president of the university and others hosted by the university advancement department, academic affairs and others.  

Kris Hensley, Associate Director

Kris Hensley

Kris first joined the University Events team in October of 2012 to assist with planning the events for President Alger’s Inauguration in March of 2013.  She manages donor events with JMU’s advancement division, presidential events, holiday events, and the current Madison Vision Series.

Tammy Steele, Event Manager

Tammy Steele, Event Manager

Tammy recently returned to JMU as Event Manager after working for ten years with the American Cancer Society and Sunnyside Retirement Community.  In university events, she runs the Commencement volunteer and transportation programs, presidential events on campus, dedications and openings, student-related events and manages our website and social media efforts.


Dana Eyer, Event Intern ('19)

Laura Quinones, Event Intern ('18)

Bree Riddick, Graduate Assistant Intern ('18)

Kiersten Schierenbeck, Event Intern ('17)

Paytience Shaffer, Event Intern ('17)

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