James Madison University

NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.


JMU Destination Imagination Wins Gold at the 2007 DI Globals Competition

Two James Madison University Destination Imagination teams recently traveled to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to represent the State of Virginia at the 2007 Destination Imagination Global competition.  Participating at this event were over 990 K-12 and university teams from the United States and 13 other countries.  Both JMU DI teams performed exceptionally well bringing back a FIRST PLACE and FOURTH PLACE finish in their respective challenges. 

Please join us in congratulating the members of these teams for their enthusiasm and hard work as they put their all into representing our school and state in this international competition!

1st Place – UL “CSI: DI”

DI Winners - First Place

  • Jen Bishop
  • Maggie Guy
  • Ralph Herman
  • Brian Sostak
  • Laura Theobald      

4th place – UL “Car-DI-ology”

DI Winners - Second Place

  • Justin “JC” Cantrell
  • Sarah Herhold
  • Robert “Chipper” Stark
  • Thomas “T” Fortune, Jr
  • Sydney Ryan
  • Cassie Summer

JMU DI Team Managers:

  • Jonathan Spindel (CISAT)
  • Elizabeth Armstrong (CAL)

Destination Imagination (DI) is a competitive, team program that requires students from around the world to use creativity and innovation to solve a variety of “challenges.”  These challenges cross a wide range of areas including technical, mechanical, structural and architectural design, theatrical, literary and fine arts, scientific exploration and improvisation.  Teams work together over an extended period of time to develop their creative problem solving skills, research problem solutions and develop imaginative methods to present their independently developed problem solutions to an audience and panel of judges.

JMU DI team members ranged from sophomores to seniors coming together from a wide range of university programs that included students from Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) to Accounting and Finance and Media Arts and Design to English.  Each student brought their own unique abilities to bear on the challenge solutions that included technical, visual and theatrical components.  Students worked throughout the year within the context of an experimental class (ISAT 280) to research their respective problems, develop creative and entertaining presentations for their challenge solutions and learn aspects of teamwork and creative problem solving.  Throughout the year, these students also trained as appraisers and volunteers, serving in varying capacities at regional, state and Global DI K-12 competitions. 

For more information contact:  Jonathan Spindel, (540) 568-3149, jmudi@cisat.jmu.edu

You can find the Global DI press releases at: http://www.globalfinals.org/press/index.htm