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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.

Maggie Kyger

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).

Stewardship Luncheon 2011

The Stewardship Luncheon is an annual tradition that gives James Madison University the  opportunity to honor donors who create the "Madison Experience" for so many students.  Attendees to this year's luncheon included student and faculty scholarship recipients, members of the JMU  administration, volunteer boards and, of course, donors.                   

JMU String Ensemble  Students and donors mingling







The JMU string ensemble welcomed guests into the Festival Ballroom for the 2011 Stewardship Luncheon on a beautiful Friday, March 18, 2011. The event began with time for donors and students to meet and mingle.

                   Contemporary Gospel SingersDr. Joanne Carr








The luncheon started off with a pleasant performance by a few members of the Contemporary Gospel Singers.


See the Ceremony for Yourself! Click on the arrows to view the five videos below.


  1. Video of welcoming


    Senior Vice President of University Advancement Joanne Carr welcomes guests to the annual celebration of donors. This year, JMU also celebrated the Madison Founders Society’s 30-year milestone. Dr. Carr then introduced newcomer Susan Fersner, Director of the Office of Gift Planning as the master of ceremonies.

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  2. Video of Josh Kelaher (’11), Dingledine Scholar.

    Dingledine Scholar Josh Kelaher (’11)

    We had the pleasure of hearing from Dingledine Scholar Josh Kelaher (’11). Josh currently lives in Freedom House, an alternative energy house. He recently completed a study abroad program in Costa Rica where he got a close look at renewable energy projects.

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  3. First course, Tina Updike (’73) speaks

    Christina Updike (’73)

    Mrs. Fersner introduced alumna Christina “Tina” Updike ('73), visual resources curator in the School of Art and Art History. She and her husband Phillip (’73) were two of the earliest members of the Madison Founders Society and have set up the first Professorship in Art and Art History.

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  4. Alumni Shirley McKinley (’58) and Mary Sue Nelson (’56)

    Shirley McKinley (’58) and Mary Sue Nelson (’56)

    Long time friends and Madison Founders Society members, Shirley McKinley ('58) and Mary Sue Nelson ('56), took the stage and reminisced about their time at Madison College.

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  5. President Linwood Rose

    President Rose

    President Rose spoke about the improvements and changes that have been made at James Madison during his tenure as university president. He stressed that the most important accomplishment was not the material improvements, but the 54,000 graduates JMU has produced in the last 13 years.

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    Check out more pictures from the 2011 Stewardship Luncheon at the JMU Photography Flickr site

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