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JMU Receives the Campus Compact Campus in Action Badge

Congratulations to all who contributed to the JMU Civic Action Plan! Visit Campus Compact for more information on action statements and action plans.

JMU Receives the AASCU Excellence and Innovation Award for Civic Learning and Community Engagement

The James Madison Civic Engagement Initiative was selected by the AASCU Awards Committee as an exemplary initiative that can serve as a model for other institutions and help to advance practices in the field. The Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award honors institutions that demonstrate a strategic commitment to prioritizing, institutionalizing and advancing student civic learning and community engagement in regional, state and/or national communities.

James Madison Center for Civic Engagement

Abe Goldberg has started at JMU as the Executive Director of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement. Learn more here.

Campus Compact Chapter for Virginia to be Housed at JMU

Rollin Johnson has accepted the post as the director of the new Campus Compact chapter for Virginia, which will be housed at JMU. Rollin comes to us from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he has worked on community and civic engagement initiatives.

Governor’s Task Force on Millennial Civic Engagement

JMU President Jon Alger and Student Government Association President Jewel Hurt will both be representing JMU as members of the Task Force. The Executive Order signed by the Governor indicates that the Task Force “shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing statewide civic engagement initiatives and fostering the development and growth of a culture of civic engagement among millennials at Virginia’s colleges and universities.” The Task Force has already begun meeting. See the press release here

Engagement Advisory Group Annual Report

This summary report presents the EAG’s key accomplishments for the 2016-2017 year and lays out some of the important objectives for 2017-2018. View the report.

JMU Student Receives U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Miranda Walls, a undergraduate student from James Madison University has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Ibri, Oman during the summer of 2017. Read more here.

Model for Service Programs

A nationwide program to encourage service years at nonprofits as an alternative to military service should use Virginia as a model, writes the Indiana-based Lumina Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to encouraging education beyond high school.

The foundation cites programs for service work at William & Mary, the University of Virginia, James Madison University, George Mason University, Blue Ridge Community College, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth University, Averett University, Shenandoah University and Virginia Wesleyan University.

Madison Vision Teaching Awards

The Madison Vision Teaching Award is jointly sponsored by the Faculty Senate and the Student Government Association.  The award recognizes a commitment to excellence in teaching while displaying JMU’s principles of Vision and Engagement by “developing deep, purposeful and reflective learning, while uniting campus and community in the pursuit, creation, application and dissemination of knowledge.”  Recipients are chosen by the SGA and were recognized by the SGA at a ceremony on April 25th.

Charles Richard Bolyard, Philosophy and Religion

David Jones, Political Science/Washington Semester

Karen McDonnell, Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

JMU Designated Voter Friendly Campus

JMU has been designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus.”  We are part of a select group of campuses from around the country that participated in the inaugural class and received the designation. For more information on the Voter Friendly Campus initiative, see 

James Madison University Among Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

James Madison University ranked No. 17 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 41 Dukes currently volunteering worldwide. Read more:

JMU School of Nursing Engagement Highlights

The School of Nursing highlighted engagement in a recent recruiting video. Watch it here:

On Being an Engaged and Enlightened Citizen

How do we make sure our college graduates are engaged and enlightened citizens? Listen in as President Alger discusses JMU's approach to fulfill Madison's vision of an educated, engaged and enlightended citizen. 

JMU Student Awarded Civic Fellowship

Fellowship programs award students around the country that exemplify outstanding civic engagement. JMU Junior, Margaret “Magi” Linscott, was recognized as one of the 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship winners for her advocacy work on campus.

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