Events and Announcements

1)           JMU's Graduation Fair will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 4-9pm, and Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 9am to 1pm, in E Hall (Montpelier Room). Information is here.          


2)           Furious Flower Poetry Center 2015 Spring Reading Series

          On Feb. 9, Mar. 19, and Apr. 1, 2015 Furious Flower presents three poets on the JMU campus. For more than 20 years, this academic center has been bringing established and emerging poets to Harrisonburg to provide students and the local community with opportunities to experience live readings. All of the readings are free and open to the public.

          Feb. 9 at 4pm in Festival’s Highlands Room | A Pushcart Prize winner, Kamilah Aisha Moon will feature poems from She Has a Name (2013), which tells the story of a young woman with autism from multiple points of view. The speakers in these poems—sisters, mother, father, teacher—pursue answers to questions science can’t yet answer: “Autism, the one-drop rule for minds / we strain to understand, the catch-all…” While seeking to understand, the speakers yearn to protect the young woman—“The last thing / I ever wanted was to let her / down,” says the Father. Whether protector or questioner, each voice strives to understand their own feelings of love, awe, and guilt toward this remarkable young woman with autism. - See more at

          Mar. 19 at 4pm at the Duke Hall Gallery | Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ full-length collection, Mule & Pear (2011), was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus American Library Association. In it, the speakers echo and respond to some of the most important black women characters in the literature of the past 100 years. Both a poet and photographer, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Fittingly, her reading takes place in the Duke Hall Gallery and will help launch her latest book, Lighting the Shadow (2015) and showcase some of her images in the gallery. - See more at

          Apr. 1 at 4pm in Taylor 405 | As a founding board member of the Community Orchard of Bloomington, IN, Ross Gay is deeply dedicated to sustainability—something that comes through in his abundant and ecstatic poetry. His third collection of poetry A Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (2015) focuses on the themes of planting and gardening. “This is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard,” he says, “those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.” - See more at


3)           Summer Scholarship opportunity for English majors
In August 2015, a week-long international seminar will take place at Hiroshima University in Japan. Hiroshima University, JMU’s Office of International Programs, and JMU’s Honors Program will fully support the participation of three outstanding JMU undergraduates in this seminar.

          JMU is the current president of an organization called the International Network of Universities (INU). The INU’s members include institutions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. The annual INU summer seminar brings together students from INU universities to consider global citizenship and peace and to investigate a certain theme. This year’s theme is “Gender, Peace, and Security."

          The one-week seminar involves a series of lectures, workshops, and role-plays led by professors from INU member universities. The summer school also involves special visits to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum and the annual Peace Memorial Service (which takes place on the morning of August 6, the day that an American airplane dropped the atomic bomb over central Hiroshima). Please see this flyer for more information on the seminar, and for application information.

          Hiroshima University, the Office of International Programs, and the Honors Program will support three students’ participation in the 2015 summer seminar; at least one of these students will be an honors student. Round-trip transportation from a Washington airport, accommodation in Hiroshima, and all program fees (including admission to the museum and the memorial service) will be covered. Students should budget approximately $300 of their own money for meals and other incidental expenses.

          The academic program of the summer seminar will begin on August 5, 2015 and conclude on the evening of August 11, 2015. Students wishing to apply to the seminar should be available from August 1, 2015 through August 12, 2015. Previous participants have found the Hiroshima seminar to be an extremely rewarding academic and life experience.

          Any student who will return to JMU for studies in Fall 2015 may apply to the 2015 seminar. If you meet the conditions listed above and would like to apply, please (a) make sure that you can available from August 1, 2015 – August 12, 2015, and (b) take the following three steps: (1) Complete the application form. (2) Write a 2-3 page, double-spaced essay that presents a cogent response to the following prompt:

                    “Individuals experience twenty-first century conflict differently on the basis of gender. States,
                    intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental actors have done a rather poor job of recognizing                     this fact and could do more to integrate gender concerns into post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation                     efforts. In your essay, discuss the gendered effects of contemporary conflicts, and lay out three specific policy                     steps that would promote inclusive and comprehensive post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.”

(3) Send the application document and the essay (as two separate MS Word files) to Dr. Vesna Hart ( in JMU’s Office of International Programs. All materials must be received by FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of JMU faculty members. Questions about the seminar and the application process may be addressed to Dr. Hart or Dr. John Scherpereel (


4)           Graduate School opportunity in Antwerp, Belgium

          In the Spring 2014 semester, JMU announced a new partnership with the autonomous graduate business school of the University of Antwerp, Antwerp Management School (AMS). This agreement gives up to 20 JMU alumni an opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in one of the five one-year Master's programs at hat Antwerp Management School. More information on this program is here.

          JMU has established close relations with the University of Antwerp over 12 years as study abroad partners. The business schools of the two universities have been looking for opportunities to expand their partnership. Last Spring, JMU signed a 5 year agreement for AMS to provide JMU students with up to 20 spots a year in these Master's degree programs:

                    Master of Global Management
                    Master of Global Management: China-Europe Business Studies
                    Master of Global Supply Chain Management
                    Master of Management: Innovation and Entrepreneurship
                    Master of Finance

The cost of these programs is 10,750 Euros (in tuition) per year, except for the China-Europe Business Studies program, which costs 12,000 Euros. The programs include 9 months of in-class lecture and field trips and a 2 month-long internship with an international firm. Internships involve completion of a consulting project and strong possibility of job placement at the end of the internship period. AMS holds AACSB International accreditation, so your graduate degree will be valid in the United States. Financial Times has been ranking AMS in the top 50 of all graduate business schools in Europe for the last three years. (See its report here.)

          Antwerp is home to the 2nd largest port in Europe and hosts offices of hundreds of international logistics firms. Because JMU already has a presence in Antwerp through its study abroad program, assistance in finding apartments or studios and roommates can be provided to those who are admitted in one of these programs. JMU and AMS will jointly be involved in the selection and admission of the students for the programs.

          If you would like to learn more about this opportunity for Fall 2016 academic year and/or have questions regarding the application process, please come to the Information Session on Monday, March 30th in Showker 105 at 6:30 pm. Two representatives from AMS will be on campus. Please RSVP to










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