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November 2014

November 21: Last Day for Scheduling Finals with ODS:

Don't forget to turn in your completed Testing and Exam Accommodation Arrangement form if you'd like to take your final at ODS!  November the 21st is the last day we are accepting reservations for proctoring exams for Finals Week.  This is to ensure we have enough space to proctor everyone who wishes to take their final with us.

Please note that we will be open from 8 AM to 12 PM on December 6th, to accommodate students who have exams that Saturday, in addition to our normal proctoring hours.

If you turn in your completed form after November 21st, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to accommodate you for Finals Week.  If you have any questions or concerns, please either stop by our office, call us at (540) 568-6705, or send us an email.


November 21: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here

Writers' Lockdowns encourage faculty writers to dive into projects with concentrated time and effort. Held on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings, these mini-lockdowns will help create a regular writing pattern during the academic year. Peace of mind provided -- faculty writers provide the words.  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks.

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing

This lockdown is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.

November 21: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) II (TD1834):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Series: 2 of 2

Session: 7 of 8

Series Description: In the level II CERT Training participants will build on their basic training with classes such as search and rescue, animal response modules, flood response for CERT and more. There is more opportunity to interact with firefighters, police and emergency communications. This class is a must for all who want a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

Presented by: Captain Arthur Miller; Lieutenant Wanda Willis and Paul Helmuth of the Harrisonburg Fire Department; Jetta Earhart, Harrisonburg Police Animal Control Officer; Lieutenant Karen Will of the Rockingham County Department of Fire and Rescue; Tony Brown, Fire/Safety Engineer at JMU; and Kevin Lanoue, Crime Analyst/Emergency Management Specialist at JMU MORE >

November 21: Professional Book Club: "If It Wasn't for the Customers I'd Really Like This Job" (TD1855):

One Friday of each month is dedicated to the Professional Book Club. The Training and Development Department hosts an informal discussion led by guest facilitators from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on a variety of professional development topics.

JMU employees are welcome to join in the conversation and can sign up through MyMadison for topics that interest them. The series is offered "a la carte." Attend all the sessions or only the discussions that most interest you.

Participants are encouraged to read the monthly selection before attending the discussion. A limited number of books are available to be checked out of the Training and Development Professional Resource Collection for a two week period. Some books are also available on audio/CD.

Please contact Lindsay Carlin ( via email or phone (8-4104) to borrow the books or request an audio/CD version.

2014 Selections by Month



November 21: Seminar: Are Forests a Climate Superpower? Why forest conservation is a double-barreled solution to climate change:

Bioscience 1007

Are Forests a Climate Superpower? Why forest conservation is a double-barreled solution to climate change

Bronson W. Griscom, Ph.D.
Director of Forest Carbon Science

The Nature Conservancy

Fossil fuels are the number one villain of climate change, so it is no surprise that fossil fuels are the primary topic in addressing climate change.  Yet fossil fuel emissions explain only a tiny portion of the global greenhouse gas story – few are aware that natural processes account for 96% of greenhouse gas fluxes.  Natural ecosystems are already absorbing half of human-caused emissions, even though half of our planet’s land is no longer natural.  Among natural land ecosystems, forests play the largest role.  I will explain why I believe forest conservation and restoration offers one of the largest solutions to climate change, and how forest carbon science is central to that solution.  Leveraging the power of forests to absorb carbon has the knock-off benefit of addressing the original reason for forest conservation: ending the biodiversity crisis.


November 21: Partner Benefits Information Session: Please join us in the Leeolou Great Room for a Partner Benefits Information Session led by Diane Yerian, Director of Human Resources. This event is co-sponsored by the LGBT Faculty & Staff Group. MORE >

November 21: Public Star Party Friday November 21:

Public Star Party October 24 at Astronomy Park

Our monthly star parties is the public's opportunity to come on campus, look through our telescopes, and perhaps see our Moon, Jupiter and its 4 Galilean moons, Saturn and its majestic rings, binary stars and oh so much more!

John C. Wells Planetarium Director and staff will be on hand to answer your cosmic questions and provide impromptu live, star talks highlighting the Valley sky! While our skies are light-polluted, we will show you objects through our telescope that you cannot see with the unaided eye.

Star parties will be held the last Friday of every month, unless otherwise noted below, during the JMU academic year, from September thru to the end of April, at JMU's Astronomy Park located in the meadow behind the physics and astronomy building on the JMU campus east of Interstate 81. Saturdays will serve as inclement weather make-up days. Telescopes will be set-up and available for visitors to use 1 hour after sunset.

Upcoming Dates 2014 -- 2015

  • Friday, October 24 (note date!)
  • Friday, November 21 (note date!)
  • NO star party in December
  • Friday, January 30
  • Friday, February 27
  • Friday, March 27
  • Friday, April 24
  • NO star parties in May/June/July/August (late sunset times)

Notice of Postponements

If an event must be postponed due to weather, a notice will be posted by 4 p.m. the day of the event on the planetarium homepage, on Facebook and on Twitter. Saturdays will serve as back-up dates.

Map of astronomy park location

Physics and Chemistry Building Address:

901 Carrier Drive
Harrisonburg, Va. 22807

LEARN more at:


November 21: A.A.:

Nov. 21 | 8-9pm | Burruss Hall 232

Alcoholics Anonymous open, young persons' meeting is Friday nights, 8pm, Burruss Hall, room 232.

There is a bus stop across Mason Street at Miller Hall and parking is available that evening at JMU in the regular, "lined" parking spaces (no metered spaces, no reserved spaces, no fire lanes).


November 22: Fall Break Begins: Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Including summer sessions, breaks and holidays. MORE >

November 22: Home Football Game:

When the university hosts a home football game, parking is restricted in the lots
surrounding Bridgeforth Stadium. Refer to posted signs. Home football game dates and
times are available on the JMU Sports website at

Beginning at 4:00 PM on the Friday before each home football game, C3, G Lot, P Lot, C4
Lot, R1 Lot, R6 Lot, Convo F and the Champions Drive Deck are reserved and access is
restricted through the conclusion of the football game on Saturday. Only those vehicles
displaying a valid football parking permit or authorized permit issued by Athletic Facilities
and Events will be granted access.

On game day, all vehicles parked in reserved areas that are not displaying a valid football
parking permit or authorized permit issued by Athletic Facilities and Events are subject to
towing and a $100 fine.


November 22: Thanksgiving Break:

Nov. 22-30

Classes do not meet.


November 22: Residence Halls Closed for Thanksgiving Break:

ALL residence halls will close at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Check Out Information

Before leaving for Thanksgiving break, please do the following:

  1. Lock windows; lower roller shades or blinds.
  2. Turn heat on to lowest setting.
  3. Unplug electrical appliances, including radios, TVs, clocks and computers. Refrigerators and aquariums can remain plugged in. However, please be aware that power may go off in halls due to maintenance work or unplanned outages.
  4. Remove trash and recycling to the proper location.
  5. Turn off room lights and lock room and suite doors. 


Residence Halls will reopen on Saturday, November 29, at 4:00 pm. Dining Services reopens at 4:30 pm. 

Read more at:


November 22: Fall Break: Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Including summer sessions, breaks and holidays.

November 24: Thanksgiving Break:

Thanksgiving break for the students!  We hope you come back feeling refreshed and ready for finals!


November 24: Thanksgiving Break: MORE >

November 25: Study Abroad Acceptance Notification:

Thanks for Applying! We are currently processing and reviewing applications for our 70+ programs.

To give you a timeline of what to expect, we have provided you with some key dates:

  • Novemeber 25: Acceptence Notifcation
  • December 5: Participation Deadline (oIP Forms and UBO Deposit are required)

In the meantime, please do the following to prepare yourself to make the decision:

1. Talk with your family and anyone who will directly influence your decision to study abroad. Make sure you are all well-informed about your chosen program

2. Discuss and explore the financial implications of your study abroad program.

3. Passport! If you have not already done so, please apply for a passport now. For passport application procedures, you can consult the following website:  It is currently taking 4-6 weeks to get a passport.


November 26: University Closed:

James Madison University will be closed November 26-28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Please see the Official University Closings and Holiday Schedule for additional dates and frequently asked questions.


November 26: JMU closed: MORE >

November 26: Thanksgiving Holiday:

Nov. 26-28

University closed.


November 27: Thanksgiving Holiday:

The Office of Disability Services will be closed from November 27th to the 28th for Thanksgiving.  Our office will reopen on December 1 at 8 a.m.


Current Month

December 2014

December 1: Fall Classes Resume MORE >

December 1: Classes resume MORE >

December 1: Leadership Academy MORE >

December 1: Service Community Engagement Career Development Roundtable MORE >

December 1: Common Ground MORE >

December 2: VALIC One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

December 2: Eat, Drink and Be Mindful (TD1919) MORE >

December 2: Getting Naked (TD1704) MORE >

December 2: JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band MORE >

December 3: Ending Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct: What You Need to Know About Discrimination, Harassment, and Title IX MORE >

December 3: AFLAC On-Campus Counseling Session MORE >

December 3: Deadline to submit Senior Honors Project for Dec. 14 grads MORE >

December 3: Alternative Thanksgiving Break Community Celebration MORE >

December 3: Ending Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct: What You Need to Know about Discrimination, Harassment, and Title IX (TD1901) MORE >

December 4: JMU Health Policy Summit MORE >

December 4: Deadline to submit Senior Honors Project Application and Proposal MORE >

December 4: Koch Foundation Speaker: Neera Badhwar MORE >

December 4: JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band MORE >

December 4: Dancescapes MORE >

December 5: Last class day MORE >

December 5: Children's Poetry Contest MORE >

December 5: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) II (TD1834) MORE >

December 5: TIAA-CREF One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

December 5: Closing Event MORE >

December 5: graduation MORE >

December 5: Mystery of the Christmas Star Returns MORE >

December 5: A.A. MORE >

December 5: End of Classes - Semester/Second Block MORE >

December 6: Finals Week for Fall Semester MORE >

December 6: Valley Scholars partner with the College of Health and Behavioral Studies MORE >

December 6: Mindful Experience MORE >

December 6: Holidayfest MORE >

December 6: Holidayfest MORE >

December 8: Final examinations MORE >

December 8: Cascade Phase 1 and 2 Combined Training MORE >

December 9: ICMA-RC One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

December 10: Annual Festive Greens Workshop MORE >

December 10: Grants and Foundation Accounts (TD1101) MORE >

December 11: Holiday Social MORE >

December 11: Robin & Linda Williams MORE >

December 12: Professional Book Club: "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" (TD1856) MORE >

December 12: Residence Halls Closed for Winter Break MORE >

December 12: A.A. MORE >

December 13: Winter Break MORE >

December 13: December Commencement MORE >

December 13: Winter Break MORE >

December 13: Winter Break MORE >

December 13: December Commencement MORE >

December 13: December Commencement MORE >

December 13: Commencement MORE >

December 13: 2014 December Commencement MORE >

December 13: Moonlight Holiday and Winter Commencement Carriage Rides MORE >

December 15: Cascade Phase 3 Training MORE >

December 17: Veteran and Military Family Support Group MORE >

December 18: Furious Flower Poetry Contest 2010 MORE >

December 22: JMU Closed MORE >

December 22: University Closed MORE >

December 22: Holidays MORE >

December 24: Christmas Holiday MORE >