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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 4)

Donor Story 3: The Hero on the Hudson



The lesson about our connectedness and dependence on one another is one that the passengers aboard U.S. Airways flight 1549 were reminded of on the afternoon of January 15 when, less than seven minutes into the flight, pilot Sully Sullenberger began his now famous emergency landing into the icy waters of the Hudson River. 

Dave SandersonHis quick actions and the actions of others saved the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. The story is familiar to many by now, but a lessor known story is that of one of the last passengers to leave the plane. His name is Dave Sanderson - and every member of the JMU Nation has a special connection to him:

Sanderson and his wife Terri are JMU alums. JMU scholarship/endowment donors and their recipients have an additional connection to the Sandersons - they are also proud donors of a JMU endowment.

Dave Sanderson was asked to make a few remarks about his experiences and how his life has changed in the aftermath.

See Dave Sanderson's speech in its entirety: Part 5/7 (Sanderson appears near the end of the video) | Part 6/7

You can also read more about his inspirational tale here.

Next, JMU President Dr. Linwood Rose addresses the audience

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