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Your gift to James Madison can make a difference in the lives of students. View video

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The Madison Project, one of JMU's finest a cappella groups, sings thanks to JMU's gracious donors. View video.

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It's more than a building - watch three students thank Forbes Center donors for their support of the arts at JMU. View video.

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Assistant Dean of the College of Education Maggie Kyger discusses the importance of private giving. View video.

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Daniel Morgan ('10) turned a class assignment into a project that changed lives in Uganda. View video.

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Dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts George Sparks shares his thanks to donors. View video.

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Click here to view the 2010 Stewardship Luncheon (formerly the Scholarship & Endowment Luncheon).

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2008-09 Scholarship & Endowment Luncheon (Page 2)

Donor Story 1: "Dairy"-ing to Be the Change



Everyday, students and faculty demonstrate with their daily actions what it means to Be the Change, to look at the challenges in neighborhoods and communities and do something. And yet, the great work that they are accomplishing at James Madison University would not be possible without the support of donors, whose contributions set in motion a chain of events. A chain like the one that connects cows in Reading, Pa to cows in Kenya...

Hear Dr. Carr tell the whole story here: Part 3/7 | Part 4/7


Clover Farms Dairy is a 71-year-old dairy farm in Reading, Pennsylvania. It's where John Rothenberger ('88), whose family owns the farm, got his first experience running a business.

Clover Farms Dairy to John Rothenberger ('88)...

Now a successful entrepreneur, Rothenberger has remained an important friend of JMU. In 2007, he became the College of Business’s first Entrepreneur in Residence, devoting one full day each week to working with students.

...John Rothenberger to the Entrepreneur in Residence...

The Center for Entrepreneurship was started by a gift from the late Zane Showker, the namesake of the building that houses the College of Business, Showker Hall.

...Entrepreneur in Residence to Zane Showker to Showker Hall...

Working in Showker Hall everyday is Carol Hamilton (MBA '97). Hamilton is the Assistant Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, and has been vital in shaping a class for seniors on venture creation.

...Showker Hall to Carol Hamilton to Venture Creation Class...

The venture creation class pairs students with mentors who are successful entrepreneurs, most often CoB alumni – and the class is open to all students from any department, not just business majors. The students form interdisciplinary teams who create business plans for new venture projects and one is selected each year as the "winner."

...Venture Creation Class to Dennis Tracz ('78)...

Dan Levitt and Dr. Joanne Carr at the 2009 Scholarship Luncheon

Last year, one of the mentors was Dennis Tracz ('78), CEO and founder of Barista on Demand, a sustainable coffee company. The venture creation team that Dennis mentored came up with a plan to generate energy in a cooperative farm in Kenya run mostly by women.

...Venture Creation Project to...

Now here’s where it really gets interesting.  What kind of farm is it?

...a Dairy Farm in Kenya...

And who was on hand to award first place trophy to the winning team?

...back to John Rothenberger!

Dan Levitt, a senior Integrated Science and Technology major, is part of that student team and spoke with Dr. Joanne Carr about the project. A few weeks after the luncheon, the team gained the attention of President Barack Obama when Dennis Tracz mentioned the project at a recent event focused on clean energy. Read about it here.


Keep reading to find out how one professor inspired his students to give 30 years after graduating from Madison

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