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March 2015

March 2: Online Room Selection:

If you want to go through Online Room Selection and receive a lottery number, you must sign a housing contract by Monday, February 23. All lottery numbers are associated with a time to log into the Online Housing System.

Your lottery number will depend on what type of rooming situation you interested in. Online Room Selection is made up of different processes:

A) HONORS day, Monday, March 2: Only students accepted into the Honors community can pick during this process. Students must be pre-authorized to take part in this process to select a space on the B side of Shenandoah Hall or 2nd floor of Apartments on Grace St.

B) FILL AN APARTMENT days, Tuesday, March 3 – Wednesday, March 4: This is the time when groups of student can select an entire 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom double occupancy unit for 2 or 4 residents. Only students who have had ALL MEMBERS of their roommate group complete the Apartment Interest Form will be eligible to select an Apartment on Grace St. The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members in your roommate group as beds in the apartment. 

  • Tuesday, March 3 is the selection day for 2-bedroom double occupancy units for 4 residents. One representative will pick the apartment for all residents. 
  • Wednesday, March 4 is the selection day for 1-bedroom double occupancy units for 2 residents. One representative will pick the apartment for all residents. 
  

C) FILL A SUITE day, Thursday, March 5: This is the time when groups of students can select an entire 4 or 6 person suite in the Bluestone or Village areas.  One representative will pick the suite for all residents. The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members in your roommate group as beds in the suite.  

D) FILL A ROOM days, Tuesday, March 17 – Wednesday, March 18: This is the time when groups of students can select an entire room. One representative will pick the room or suite for all residents. The Online Housing System will not let you complete the selection process if you do not have the same number of members in your roommate group as beds in the room. 

  • This is also when single rooms will be available for individual students.  There are less than a dozen single rooms available during Online Room Selection.

E) FILL A SPACE days, Thursday, March 19 – Friday, March 20:  Individual students can select from available bedspaces throughout campus.  SINGLE ROOMS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING THIS TIME. THEY ARE A PART OF THE EARLIER FILL A ROOM PROCESS.

From Monday, March 2 - Thursday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 17 – Friday, March 20, the Online Housing System will available from 9 am – noon and 1 pm – 5 pm each business day. The system is not available for room selection during the weekend, but it can be accessed for meal plan selection and roommate searching.

Learn more about Online Room Selection here.

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March 2: Papercuts Exhibition:

Born in Australia, France, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States, the artists (Jaq Belcher, Beatrice Coron, Michelle Forsyth, Reni Gower, Lenka Konopasek, Lauren Scanlon, and Daniella Woolf) bring a broad range of international perspectives to the contemporary art of papercutting. Using all manner of tools and paper, the artists create works that range from narrative commentaries to complex structural abstractions. Their works are bold contemporary statements that celebrate the subtle nuance of the artist’s hand through a process that traces its origins to 6th century China. Light, shadow and color play key roles, transforming this ancient technique into dynamic installations filled with delicate illusions.

Narrative metaphor and transformative time infuse all the works. Whether manifested as silhouettes, romanticized fictions, enigmatic reenactments, cryptic scripts or poetic abstractions, the artists address historical, cultural, and personal identity. By encrypting their content with obsessive labor intensive processes (cutting, rolling, punching, folding, pinning) the artists submerge themselves and their viewers in a meditative and liberating experience.

Please join us for the exhibit, which runs from March 2, 2015 to April 10, 2015 in the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art.

The artist lecture will take place in the Duke Hall Gallery on March 2 from 5-6 pm and is immediately followed by the opening reception from 6-7:30 pm.

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March 2: Multilingual Writers' Community:

Location: SSC 1160

Develop your writer's advantage!

Join us for conversation, writing, and support as we develop our written ideas and make connections to American culture. Bring an assignment to work on or just bring yourself. We'd love to write with you!

Questions? Contact Kristen Shrewsbury at shrewskm@jmu.edu.  

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March 2: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community): Location: Rose Library 5230 CFI Resource Room

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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 cfi@jmu.edu.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following faculty community outcomes:
  • Practicing the integration of writing as aspect of career
  • Advancing writing projects, and
  • Increasing a sense of belonging to a writing community.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.
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March 2: Geology Instrument Demonstration:

Field-Portable Optical Spectrometer Demonstration

David Hatchell
ASD/PANalytical

Monday the 2nd of March David Hatchell from ASD/PANalytical (www.asdi.com) will be demonstrating field-portable optical spectrometers. He will be giving a talk (3:30 in Memorial 7355) on the science behind the spectrometer and its growing application. 

From 2:30-3:20 PM, David will be in Rm. 7355 so that we can come in with a rock/mineral sample for spectral analysis. 

What does the spectrometer do?

Spectral reflectance of rocks, rock surfaces, and soils in the wavelength region 350 nanometers to 2500 nanometers has been shown to be related to minerals in the samples.  The reflectance spectrum of one mineral is often sufficiently different from the reflectance spectrum of another mineral so as to be useful in predicting the minerals in a sample.  Accordingly, maps of minerals predicted by spectral reflectance have been useful in studying exploration sites and sites of other geological importance.  Field spectral reflectance data have also been used in detecting minerals of interest in production studies, such as predicting clays that cause issues with wall stability and flotation and leaching circuits, and predicting minerals that cause waste dump pH fluctuations that could lead to environmental concerns.

2:30-5:00 PM
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March 2: Colloquia: Colloquia speaker: Luis Melara. Roop 103 3:45-4:45PM. More info here. MORE >


March 2: Artist Lectures: Papercuts Exhibition: Please join us for the Papercuts exhibition artist lectures in the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. MORE >


March 2: Papercuts Opening Reception: Pleas join us for the opening reception of Papercuts in the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. MORE >


March 2: An Introduction to Math Biology: From College Algebra to Differential Equations:

Luis Melara, Shippensburg University 

Abstract: Mathematical biology is an active area of research in applied mathematics. Applications of mathematical biology include, but are not limited to, population modeling, physiology and spread of diseases. In this talk, the speaker will present a brief introduction to mathematical biology using concepts from college algebra, single variable calculus and differential equations. Then the speaker will provide an overview of his professional experiences using mathematical biology to engage undergraduates in research. Examples of previous projects will be presented.

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Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in Burruss 31, refreshments at 6:45

For campus map and parking information see:  www.jmu.edu/map/regions/north-campus.shtml

                                   Sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics

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March 2: Men's Program Focus Group:

Men, we want you to be part of a project to create a healthy masculinity marketing campaign on campus, in an effort to increase the number of men who join The Men’s Program, a student organization.  Come share your thoughts with us at any of our focus groups.  Food and beverages will be provided.  Stop in for something to eat and share what you have to say.  The focus groups will run between one and one and a half hours.

3/2/15

SSC 4047

7 pm

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March 2: Common Ground:

March 2 | 8-9pm | Madison Union 203

What do we have in common? More than we think!

Common Ground is a group program for JMU students who want to explore, evaluate, or have questions about the role of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in their life. 

It is a free, confidential, non-judgmental opportunity to connect with and engage in conversations with other students who have similar understanding and experiences with substances.

Common Ground meets Mondays in Madison Union (formerly Warren Hall) Room 203 from 8-9pm. Students can join at any point in the semester, and there is no minimum commitment for attendance.

Please contact the group facilitator Heidi Jordan in the University Health Center with any questions.

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March 3: Classes End - 1st block: Last day of class for first block. MORE >


March 3: VALIC One-On-One Counseling Sessions:

Let VALIC help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 3rd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment in advance call (888) 477-2680 or email sean.lankard@valic.com or email michael.cooley@valic.com or by phone at (800) 892-5558 Ext. 88900

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March 3: Gospel Sensibility: Sacred Music in Christian Fundamentalism (Scholarly Talk) :

Location: Student Success Center room 1075; lunch will be provided.

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This talk examines the history, performance culture and cultural function of southern white gospel music within evangelical Christian experience, focusing particularly on how white fundamentalist and very conservative evangelicals collectively and individually use vernacular sacred song to make sense of their given fields of experience in a post-modern pluralist society. The talk is built on research conducted as part of a John W. Kluge Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Library of Congress and includes discussion of the challenges of conducting ethnographic and archival research into contemporary Christian fundamentalism in the U.S.

Faculty participants will make progress toward:

  • Appreciating the role of sacred music in fundamentalism’s relationship to secular society, 
  • Exploring archival artifacts from the religious music culture of U.S. evangelicalism, and  
  • Gaining perspective on the challenges and opportunities of the secular humanist study of strict religious cultures.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcomes:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education,and
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations.

Facilitator: Douglas Harrison, Ph. D., English and Center for Faculty Innovation 

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March 3: English Conversation Club with Hiroshima University Guests:

Location: SSC 4045 and 4046

One good turn deserves another.

Come talk with us! JMU students are invited to enjoy causal conversation with our Hiroshima University guests in another special English Conversation Club meeting! We'll be talking about how JMU stacks up to life in Hiroshima.

Please join us!

Questions? Contact Adam White, ECC facilitator at whiteaf@dukes.jmu.edu

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March 3: Men's Program Focus Group:

Men, we want you to be part of a project to create a healthy masculinity marketing campaign on campus, in an effort to increase the number of men who join The Men’s Program, a student organization.  Come share your thoughts with us at any of our focus groups.  Food and beverages will be provided.  Stop in for something to eat and share what you have to say.  The focus groups will run between one and one and a half hours.

3/3/15

SSC 1311 (Located inside the University Health Center's The Well)

7 pm

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March 4: Leaders Eat Last (TD1951):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: If you aspire to be one of those leaders whose team works tirelessly to get great results, this course is for you!  By attending this session adapted from Simon Sinek’s book, Leaders Eat Last, you will learn practical leadership behaviors that motivate others and get results. The material is inspired by the practice of Marine Corp officers who intentionally move to the back of the chow line during battle to let the junior soldiers eat first.  You will find the session to be very engaging and mildly interactive.  Join us and fill your leadership toolbox with even more great tools.

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Recall and practice valuable leadership tools
  • List a variety of actions you can take to improve results
  • Describe how our human biology promotes our ability to care for our teams
  • Describe the benefits and practice of developing a circle of safety for your employees

Presented by: Rick Larson, AVP HR Training & Performance

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March 4: Brown Bag Lunch Discussion of Innovation:

Location: Wilson Hall 107 (Cohen Center for the Study of Technological Humanism)

Dr. Larry Burton will initiate discussion at opening statement of "MOOC'S as an educational innovation". He will reference Prof. Winner view on " creartive destruction and destructive creativity". The discussion will follow

Call Larry Burton, Director, Cohen Center (540-568-4090) or email (burtonlw@jmu.edu) if you have questions.

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March 4: "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program:

3 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

Drs. Mary Thompson and Brooks Hefner, both associate professors of English at JMU, join the program. Thompson says that two kinds of books, mommy memoirs and mother-daughter memoirs, are tackling the tough topic of abortion in new ways. And, during the 1910s and 1920s, the question of whether one was “highbrow” or “lowbrow” became a concern in the minds of modernist Americans. Hefner says this “brow anxiety” dominated the career of Willard Huntington Wright, who fancied himself an intellectual aristocrat while secretly writing a series of wildly popular detective stories under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine.

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March 4: Gilliam Center Speaker Series: John Hasnas: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. | Zane Showker Hall, Room 105: The Gilliam Center welcomes guest speaker, John Hasnas from Georgetown University. He will be giving a speech entitled: "The Failure of the Market Failure Argument." MORE >


March 4: TAG Spring Event : Wednesday, March 4, 2015: The Technology Alumni Group is hosting their Spring Event. MORE >


March 4: Body Image and Self-Acceptance Workshop:

February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month ... And the events will keep going in March at JMU!

How do you feel about your body? Are you self-critical or do you accept yourself as you are? Or do you rely on other people to assure you of your physical desirability and worthiness of love?

The Counseling Center presents a workshop on body image and self-acceptance 8pm, March 4, in HHS 1209.

Join us as we support Every "Body."

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March 5: Transition On The Go:

The Hampton Military Affairs Committee and the "Transition & Employment Assistance to the Military" (TEAM) partners invite you to the upcoming "TRANSITION ON THE GO".

This is a FREE EVENT and OPEN to Eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Reservists, Transitioning Military, Veterans, Military Retirees and Spouses. Breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided.

The event will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM. Doors will open at 8:00 AM and seating is limited.

Location: Peninsula Workforce Development Center Conference Center, 600 Butler Farm Road Hampton, VA 23666

RSVP (participants must RSVP through the link below in order to attend:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transition-on-the-go-tickets-15167189472

Topics will include tips on successful networking, a resume workshop, mock interviews, a social media workshop, employers' panel, and resource fair.

TEAM partners include the Hampton Military Affairs Committee, Fleet and Family Support Center, Ft. Eustis Soldier and Family Readiness, Joint Base Langley-Eustis (Army Community Service); Langley Airman & Family Readiness Center, Fort Eustis Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP), Coast Guard Work Life Program, Virginia Employment Commission, Peninsula Worklink, Peninsula Council for Workforce Development, Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Newport News Shipbuilding, and Virginia Values Veterans (V3).

Any questions can be directed to LTaylor@pwlink.org or 757-766-4915.

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March 5: TIAA-CREF One-On-One Counseling Sessions:

Let TIAA-CREF help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 3rd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment call (866) 842-2044 or log on to www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

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March 5: No Excuses: Foundations for Accountability, Ethics and Values (TD1833):

Location: Wine-Price Building, 3rd Floor

Workshop Description: Lack of effective accountability is the number one issue holding back performance in organizations today. Improving accountability at every level has proven to directly impact the positive outcomes of teams in the work place and beyond. Come learn how effective accountability leads to the execution of outcomes, not just talk or apologies, and explore a process that is easily learned and implemented to achieve effective accountability.

Participants in this workshop will learn to:

  • Demonstrate the skills needed to implement accountability with results
  • Develop methods to prepare for the accountability process and discussion
  • Determine what it takes to get “success” for all parties in the outcomes
  • Understand effective accountability versus ineffective accountability

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

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March 6: Graduate Student Seminars: Yul Hea Kim and Dorottya Boisen:

Bioscience 1007

First Year Graduate Student Seminars: Proposed Work


Postural modulation of the nociceptive tail withdrawal reflex in intact, un-anaesthetized rats

Yul Hea Kim


Vertical movement of the endangered James Spinymussel (Pleurobema collina) in response to floods in different temperatures and substrates

Dorottya Boisen
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March 6: Residence Halls Close for Spring Break:

All residence halls will close at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015. Halls will reopen on Sunday, March 15 at 12:00 pm.

Check Out Information

Before leaving for Spring break, please do the following:

  1. Lock windows; close roller shades or blinds.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove trash and recycling to the proper location.
  4. Lock your room door and take your key with you.
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March 6: A.A.:

March 6 | 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).

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March 7: Spring Break: Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Including summer sessions, breaks and holidays.
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March 7: Executive Leadership MBA Information Session:

Do you desire to accelerate your career path?  Aspire to hold a high-level management position?  Want to unleash your leadership potential?
JMU’s College of Business has the perfect program for you.  If you are a mid-level manager with a minimum five years of professional work experience and interested in acquiring skills and abilities necessary for successful transition into C-Suite level positions, the Executive Leadership MBA may be just what you need.
Our program is not a general part-time MBA; nor is it a traditional executive MBA.  Our curriculum has a strong and highly engaging leadership focus while providing technical skills and abilities necessary for successful transition into high-level positions.
What makes us unique?
  • Small cohort sizes ensure high level of interaction with professors and other students
  • Synchronous online instruction paired with Saturday residencies once per month in McLean, VA make us convenient and well suited for busy life-styles
  • Nationally ranked program – U.S. News & World Report  ranked JMU’s online MBA 12th in nation, overall and 3rd in “student engagement” (2015)
  • AACSB Accredited
  • Collaborative and hands-on program that utilizes to top-notch faculty and business leaders
  • No specific bachelor degree required
 If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, plan to join us for an information session in March 2015.
 When:            Saturday, March 7 - 10:45AM Registration, Session begins at 11:00 with lunch provided
 Where:           Marriott Courtyard, Tysons Corner, Chesapeake Room
                                    1906-A Chain Bridge Road
                                    McLean, VA  22102
Registration for Information Session:     Register here
More Information:  Contact Dr. Michael Busing, Director at 540-568-3058 or busingme@jmu.edu
 
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March 7: Executive Leadership MBA Information Session:

Do you desire to accelerate your career path? Aspire to hold a high-level management position? Want to unleash your leadership potential?

JMU’s College of Business has the perfect program for you. If you are a mid-level manager with a minimum of five years of professional work experience and interested in acquiring skills and abilities necessary for successful transition into C-Suite level positions, the Executive Leadership MBA may be just what you need.

Our program is not a general part-time MBA; nor is it a traditional executive MBA. Our curriculum has a strong and highly engaging leadership focus while providing technical skills and abilities necessary for successful transition into high-level positions.

             What makes us unique?

  • Small cohort sizes ensure high level of interaction with professors and other students
  • Synchronous online instruction paired with Saturday residencies once per month in McLean, VA make us convenient and well suited for busy life-styles
  • Nationally ranked program – U.S. News & World Report ranked JMU’s online MBA 12th in nation, overall and 3rd in “student engagement” (2015)
  • AACSB Accredited
  • Collaborative and hands-on program that utilizes a top-notch faculty and business leaders
  • No specific bachelor degree required

If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, plan to join us for an information session in March 2015.

                                    When:             Saturday, March 7

                                                            10:45 AM  - Registration

                                                            11:00 AM - Information Session with lunch provided

                                    Where:           Marriott Courtyard, Tysons Corner, Chesapeake Room

                                                            1906-A Chain Bridge Road

                                                            McLean, VA 22102

Register for the Information Session here: http://jmu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cGQLJDYU49xcZEh&Q_JFE=0

More Information: Contact Dr. Michael Busing, Director at 540-568-3058 or busingme@jmu.edu

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March 7: Winter Children's Art Workshop:

1-3:30 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Artist Jewel Yoder Hertzler leads the workshop. For information check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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March 7: Speaking for Change in Congo:

ICAD is working with the Congolese Community of Harrisonburg to help lead discussions after a panel talk of empowering narratives from Congolese Women. The event is in recognition of International Women's Day. The panel and discussions will be followed by Congolese Food and Music into the evening.

Speaking for Change in Congo: Empowering Narratives of Congolese Women

3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
17 Court Square, Harrisonburg
Supported by: CWS Refugee Resettlement Program, JMU’s Institute of Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue, The Collins Center, The Fairfield Center

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March 9: Spring Break 2015:

Spring Break. Classes do not meet.
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March 9: Spring Break:

Spring break for the students!  We hope you have a great time taking a break from classes!

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March 9: Block 4 Student Teaching: Block 4 Student Teaching Begins MORE >


March 10: Pre-Retirement Planning (TD1372):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Session: 1 of 2

Workshop Description: Do you have questions about retirement? If so, this session will help answer some of those. Although this program is open to anyone, it will be most helpful to those who are 50 years of age or older or are within 5 years of retirement. This program is designed to be a comprehensive introduction to important issues and concepts that every pre-retiree should become familiar with.

Topics include:

  • Understanding retirement income needs
  • Understanding your JMU retirement benefits
  • Selecting appropriate withdrawal rates. Inflation and longevity
  • Estate planning and the transfer of assets
  • Addressing end of life health concerns. And much more

Presented by: Stephan Hess, CFP, Hess Financial

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March 11: Cascade Open Lab Training:

This course is an Open Lab, for those that have been through Cascade Overview Training and have a production login to Cascade, hosted by members of the web development team dealing with questions regarding your specific site in Cascade.

Cascade Open Lab Training will take place at the IT Training Center (JMAC4).

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT578.

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March 11: 5 Choices (TD1699):

Location: All sessions except Session 4 will be held in the Wine Price Building on the 3rd Floor.  Session 4 will meet in JMAC4, IT Training Center

Session: 1 of 5

Workshop Description: The barrage of information coming at us from multiple sources (e.g., texts, email, tweets, blogs, and alerts), coupled with the demands of our careers, are overwhelming and distracting. The sheer volume of information threatens our ability to think clearly and make wise decisions about what’s important. If we react to these stimuli without clear discernment, we fail to accomplish the goals that matter most in our professional and personal lives.

FranklinCovey’s The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity solution inspires participants to apply a process that will dramatically increase their ability to achieve life’s most important outcomes. Supported by science and years of experience, this solution not only produces a measurable increase in productivity, but also provides a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment.

“Extraordinary productivity is not about doing more. In fact, it’s about doing less. Most of us try to do too much, and as a result we give less than our best and finest effort to those few things that really matter.” ~ The 5 Choices to Extraordinary productivity

This Multi-Session workshop will include:

Choice 1: Act on the Important
After this section, participants will use common language and skill-set for determining the difference between important, less important, and unimportant investments of time and energy.

Choice 2: Go for the Extraordinary
After this section, participants will be able to:

  • Redefine their key roles as transformational rather than functional, an essential condition for achieving extraordinary productivity.
  • Set goals to ensure fulfillment of their key roles.

Choice 3: Schedule the Big Rocks

Choice 4: Rule Your Technology
After this section, participants will be able to:

  • Align their technological tools – computer, smartphone, etc. – into one system to serve their productivity needs.
  • Make “3 Master Moves” to prevent information overload that hampers productivity.

Choice 5: Fuel Your Fire

After this section, participants will be able to recharge their physical and mental energy levels continuously to increase their productivity.

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March 11: Tea Time: Tea Time is every Wednesday during semester from 2-2:45PM in Roop 103. Please join faculty and students in social time.  BYO mug if you have one. MORE >


March 12: Advanced Electronic Editing: Using the JMU Identity System and Exploring Bias-Free Language in Editing (TD1556):

Location: JMAC4, IT Training Center

Course Description: In the first part of this session, participants will learn advanced editing tools in MS Word, such as using styles to create tables of content. Participants should be familiar with Word’s Track Changes and Comments functions. They will also edit documents based on the JMU Identity System. The second part of the session will explore bias-free language in social issues such as disability, culture, gender and sexuality.

Presented by: Scott Lunsford, Assistant Professor, The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

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March 12: VetLink meeting:

VetLink is designed to meet the needs of veterans by providing a relaxed environment to share military, post-military, and transitional experiences with other vets. VetLink also facilitates job placement assistance, peer support, fun activities, and location of available veteran resources.

The group meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6:00 PM until 8 PM at 660 South Main St, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801.

For more information, contact Tyler Savage at 540-247-2425 or tsavage@nwcsb.com

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March 13: University Closed:

James Madison University will be closed on March 13.

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

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March 13: Spring Break Holiday:

University closed.

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March 15: Obsidian submissions - deadline:

Seeding the Future of African American Poetry

The editors of Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, in partnership with James Madison University’s Furious Flower Poetry Center, invites you to submit original unpublished essays presented at the 2014 Furious Flower conference and unpublished works of poetry for review. Selected works will appear in Obsidian’s fall 2015 double-issue edited by Meta DuEwa Jones, Keith D. Leonard (essays), and giovanni singleton (poetry). The issue is part of the journal’s yearlong anniversary celebration of more than 40 years of continuous publication.

In anticipation of the forthcoming Furious Flower anthology, this issue will highlight the poetry and scholarship of 2014 conference participants and further commemorate Obsidian’s yearlong anniversary celebration.

To be considered for the fall 40th anniversary double-issue, submit by March 15, 2015.

Please direct inquiries to obsidian@ilstu.edu with “Furious Flower” in the subject line. For more information, visit the Obsidian wesbsite.

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March 16: Second Block Begins: MORE >


March 16: Spring Classes Resume: Classes meet as scheduled. MORE >


March 16: 9th Annual Conference on Diversity:

Engaging Community: Creating Change


Note: This event is located at the Festival Conference Center

Total Workshop Time: This is an all day event.

Pre-requisites: None

Workshop Description:

Geared toward JMU Faculty and Staff, the Diversity Conference is an all-day event located in the Festival Conference and Student Center which allows you to participate in your choice of three informational or workshop sessions.  Morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon refreshments are served.  In the middle of the day, Mr. Scott Horton, the former Director of Diversity and Inclusion at IBM will speak and the IDEA, DEAP, and WOD Awards will be given out to recipients.

TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE PLEASE CLICK HERE. (Do not use myMadison)
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March 16: Diversity Conference 2015:

Geared toward JMU Faculty and Staff, the Diversity Conference is an all-day event located in the Festival Conference and Student Center which allows you to participate in your choice of three informational or workshop sessions.  Morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon refreshments are served.  In the middle of the day, Mr. Scott Horton, the former Director of Diversity and Inclusion at IBM will speak and the IDEA, DEAP, and WOD Awards will be given out to recipients.

Click HERE to view the schedule and session information regarding the conference.
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March 16: Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes:

Noon-1 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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March 16: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community): Location: Rose Library 5230 (CFI Resource Room)

Click to register


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 cfi@jmu.edu.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following faculty community outcomes:

  • Practicing the integration of writing as aspect of career
  • Advancing writing projects, and
  • Increasing a sense of belonging to a writing community.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.
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March 16: Visiting Scholar Carl Lee :

Carl Lee, Professor of Mathematics and Chellgren Professor, University of Kentucky

“The Place of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Place”

Monday, March 16, 3:30 p.m.

404 Madison Union

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March 16: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture:

3:30 p.m.
Room 404, Madison Union (formerly Room 404, Taylor Hall)

Carl Lee, professor of mathematics and Chellgren Professor, University of Kentucky, presents “The Place of Mathematics and the Mathematics of Place.”

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

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March 16: Colloquia: Speaker: Visiting Scholar Carl Lee. Roop 103 3:45-4:45PM. More info here. MORE >


March 16: Special Genomics Seminar: Computational Approaches to Biodiversity Informatics:

Co-Sponsored by the JMU Center for Genome and Metagenome Studies

Bioscience 1007

Keith A. Crandall

Director, Computational Biology Institute, George Washington University

Phylogenetics is an area of research with broad applications across disciplines.  Evolutionary histories are essential tools for quantifying and characterizing biodiversity through the Tree of Life.  We can also use phylogenetic approaches to study population dynamics within species and to identify evidence of natural selection both within and between species.  Here we show some novel methods for estimating phylogenies through tree synthesis with underlying taxonomy.  Then we use the underlying phylogeny to test hypotheses of divergence time and conservation priorities.  We then show how we can use similar approaches to test similar questions (identity, geographic origin, divergence time estimation, migration rate estimation, natural selection) within the context of the evolution of infectious diseases.

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March 16: Economics Speaker Series: Alice Rivlin: Monday, March 16, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Madison Union Ballroom, Warren Campus Center: The College of Business welcomes guest speaker, Alice Rivlin from Brookings Institution. She will be giving a speech entitled: "Health and Health Care: Can We Improve Both at Sustainable Cost?" MORE >


March 16: Long, Long Journey to the Sea Opening Reception: Please join us for the Long, Long Journey to the Sea Opening Reception in New Image Gallery. MORE >


March 16: Common Ground:

March 16 | 8-9pm | Madison Union 203

What do we have in common? More than we think!

Common Ground is a group program for JMU students who want to explore, evaluate, or have questions about the role of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in their life. 

It is a free, confidential, non-judgmental opportunity to connect with and engage in conversations with other students who have similar understanding and experiences with substances.

Common Ground meets Mondays in Madison Union (formerly Warren Hall) Room 203 from 8-9pm. Students can join at any point in the semester, and there is no minimum commitment for attendance.

Please contact the group facilitator Heidi Jordan in the University Health Center with any questions.

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March 17: Cascade Phase 1 and 2 Combined Training:

This training what was formerly a combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 training. 

Cascade Overview Training will go over the philosophy of the new web publishing system, Cascade and also include a basic technical training for Cascade that will train users to enter content via content types (mainly news, events, stories and images) into Cascade and expose them to the basic fundamentals of using Cascade to publish their website.

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT579.

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March 17: Injured at Work-What Next? Understanding Workers Compensation (TD0119):

Location: Wine-Price Building, 3rd Floor

Workshop Description: Are all accidents that occur during work hours covered under Workers Compensation? If I am injured on the job, can I go to my regular doctor, or do I have to use a specific doctor? If I was negligent and as a result was injured on the job, is the accident compensable under Workers Compensation? Plan to attend this session to learn some of the laws and regulations governing Workers Compensation and steps you need to take as an employee to insure that you are following the correct procedures in reporting incidences.

Presented by: Becky Sanford, Workers' Compensation Coordinator, Human Resources

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March 17: Injured at Work-What Next? Understanding Workers Compensation (TD0119):

Course# TD0119

Note: This workshop is capped at 15 participants

Total Workshop Time: 2 Hours

Pre-requisites: None

Workshop Description: Are all accidents that occur during work hours covered under Workers Compensation? If I am injured on the job, can I go to my regular doctor, or do I have to use a specific doctor? If I was negligent and as a result was injured on the job, is the accident compensable under Workers Compensation? Plan to attend this session to learn some of the laws and regulations governing Workers Compensation and steps you need to take as an employee to insure that you are following the correct procedures in reporting incidences.

Presented by: Becky Sanford, Workers' Compensation Coordinator, Human Resources

Part of the JMU Benefits Series

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March 17: Creating mentor and networking programs:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3:00-4:30pm

Taylor 404

Register through MyMadison TD Course 1985

Determining ways to connect students to alumni through meaningful and rewarding interactions can be a challenge. We’ll discuss different ways to make the most of these opportunities and share success stories from departments across campus. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn from others as we tackle the dos and don’t’s of creating a mentor or networking experience for our alumni.

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Carrie Combs, Director of College Engagement and Ashley Privott, Director of Alumni Relations.

Questions? Contact Carrie Combs (teicheca@jmu.edu).

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March 17: Creating Effective Mentoring and Networking Programs (TD1985):

Location: Taylor, Room 404

Workshop Description: Determining ways to connect students to alumni through meaningful and rewarding interactions can be a challenge. We’ll discuss different ways to make the most of these opportunities and share success stories from departments across campus. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn from others as we tackle the dos and don’t’s of creating a mentor or networking experience for our alumni.

Presented by: Carrie Combs, Director of the College of Engagement and Ashley Privott, Director of Alumni Relations

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March 17: Colloquia: Speaker: Visiting Scholar Carl Lee. Roop 103 3:45-4:45PM. More info here. MORE >


March 17: St. Patrick's Live Highland Pipes Concert:

5-5:45 p.m.
Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket and a picnic dinner for a free performance featuring Jenna Marie Dennison on Highland pipes and Katherine Hummel on Celtic fiddle.

Inclement weather cancels this concert.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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March 17: St. Patrick's Day Dinner:

6-8:30 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Dr. Amy Goodall, associate professor of geographic science at JMU, speaks on how citizen science and recent technologies support collecting data for birds and butterflies, which is influencing knowledge and has even led to the discovery of new species. Enjoy fine, genuine Irish cuisine and brew. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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March 18: Meetings, Bloody Meetings (TD1740):

Location: Wine Price Building

Workshop Description: "I've got to go to a meeting" is a phrase that makes most people's hearts sink. It echoes with boredom, frustration and a general waste of time. And yet we all know we need meetings to discuss problems, share ideas and make decisions. Good meetings send everyone off with a sense of purpose and a feeling of accomplishment. Bad meetings leave attendees de-motivated, irritated and alienated.

Now for the really depressing part; people who run meetings badly don't improve with experience. Even worse, people who attend poorly run meetings pick up bad meeting habits. Many people genuinely don't realize they are making a mess of meetings. They aren't even aware that running meetings is a teachable, learnable skill.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn five key meeting elements
  • Identify specific strengths and weaknesses of their own meetings at work
  • Recognize the characteristics of a good meeting
  • Learn how to prepare for, structure and control effective meetings
  • Devise an action plan to improve their ability to run good face to face and online meetings

Presented by: David Vess, Assistant Professor, Digital User Experience Librarian, Libraries and Educational Technology



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March 18: 5 Choices (TD1699):

Location: All sessions except Session 4 will be held in the Wine Price Building on the 3rd Floor.  Session 4 will meet in JMAC4, IT Training Center

Session: 2 of 5

Workshop Description: The barrage of information coming at us from multiple sources (e.g., texts, email, tweets, blogs, and alerts), coupled with the demands of our careers, are overwhelming and distracting. The sheer volume of information threatens our ability to think clearly and make wise decisions about what’s important. If we react to these stimuli without clear discernment, we fail to accomplish the goals that matter most in our professional and personal lives.

FranklinCovey’s The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity solution inspires participants to apply a process that will dramatically increase their ability to achieve life’s most important outcomes. Supported by science and years of experience, this solution not only produces a measurable increase in productivity, but also provides a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment.

“Extraordinary productivity is not about doing more. In fact, it’s about doing less. Most of us try to do too much, and as a result we give less than our best and finest effort to those few things that really matter.” ~ The 5 Choices to Extraordinary productivity

This Multi-Session workshop will include:

Choice 1: Act on the Important
After this section, participants will use common language and skill-set for determining the difference between important, less important, and unimportant investments of time and energy.

Choice 2: Go for the Extraordinary
After this section, participants will be able to:

  • Redefine their key roles as transformational rather than functional, an essential condition for achieving extraordinary productivity.
  • Set goals to ensure fulfillment of their key roles.

Choice 3: Schedule the Big Rocks

Choice 4: Rule Your Technology
After this section, participants will be able to:

  • Align their technological tools – computer, smartphone, etc. – into one system to serve their productivity needs.
  • Make “3 Master Moves” to prevent information overload that hampers productivity.

Choice 5: Fuel Your Fire

After this section, participants will be able to recharge their physical and mental energy levels continuously to increase their productivity.

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March 18: Tea Time: Tea Time is every Wednesday during semester from 2-2:45PM in Roop 103. Please join faculty and students in social time.  BYO mug if you have one. MORE >


March 19: Emerging Leaders (TD1049):

Location: Wine Price Building

Session: 1 of 7

Session Description:

Understanding Leadership

Our first session will help prospective leaders understand the leadership culture at JMU. After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Identify five JMU leadership keys
  • Identify some models for leadership
  • Understand the importance of relationship building in leadership
  • Identify workplace success questions as defined by the Gallup Study

Presented by: Rick Larson, AVP, Human Resources, Training and Performance

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March 19: Working with You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work (TD1965):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: We've all worked with someone who makes work impossible. From chronic complainers to idea-stealers, boundary pushers to just plain jerks, a toxic co-worker can ruin your day - and your life! The amount of time spent worrying, avoiding, raging and obsessing over toxic employees can affect performance on the job and peace at home. But it doesn't have to be that way. This workshop will explore how employees and managers can tame a toxic co-worker by setting boundaries.

In this workshop, participants will:
• Identify the role you may play in contributing to the toxic relationships you encounter
• Learn to identify toxic relationships and boundary busters
• Learn a 4-Step process that helps reduce or eliminate difficult workplace interpersonal situations

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

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March 19: Neatrour Russian Studies Spring Lecture:

Elizabeth B. Neatrour Lecture Series

March 19
Moody 201

“The Rise and Fall of Molodaia Gvardiia or A Story of War and Peace in the Donbass" 

Dr. Juliane Furst. Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Bristol 

Lecture in English and open to the public. 

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March 19: Tax Workshop:


Location: Chandler 134

EVERY international student who was in the US in 2014 needs to file tax forms . 

To help you with this process, stop by at some point during this workshop or on Monday April 8: 10am - 2pm @Forbes 1203

You will need to bring:

  • Passport
  • I-20 or DS2019
  • Forms: W-2 and/or 1042-S (if you worked or earned a scholarship from a U.S. institution)*

> If you do NOT have a W-2 or 1042-S form click here!

Contact informationThomas Lavenir

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March 19: Poetry Reading: Rachel Eliza Griffiths:

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.

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March 19: Rachel Eliza Griffiths - poetry reading:

Furious Flower presents Rachel Eliza Griffiths at Duke Hall Gallery, 3/19/15 at 4pm

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, Griffith presents her reading in the Duke Hall Gallery, which willl help launch her latest book, Lighting the Shadow (2015) and showcase some of her images in the gallery.
 

About the poet: Griffiths received her MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware and her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of  Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015), Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books, 2010), The Requited Distance (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), and a chapbook, Memoria, Memoria (Deadly Chaps, A5, 2012). Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.

This event at JMU’s Duke Hall Gallery is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in lots N4, N5 and N6 (map below) beginning at 3:30pm before the reading. Guests will not need a permit. All parking regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

Parking for reading: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and you may receive a parking citation if parked in restricted lots. Parking is prohibited in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit, or expired meters. Parking is also prohibited in Fire Lanes.

Furious Flower Poetry Center

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March 20: Deadline for W grade or changing course credit options: Deadline for W grade or changing course credit options (Course withdrawals or credit options changes will not be processed after the end of the course adjustment period) MORE >


March 20: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community): Location: Rose Library 5230 CFI Resource Room

Click to register


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 cfi@jmu.edu.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following faculty community outcomes:

  • Practicing the integration of writing as aspect of career
  • Advancing writing projects, and
  • Increasing a sense of belonging to a writing community.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.
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March 20: Fidelity One-On-One Counseling Sessions:

Let Fidelity help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 3rd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment call (508) 284-3109 or log on to www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations
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March 20: Thre Fred Factor (TD1748):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: The original Fred was a mail carrier who passionately loved his job and genuinely cared about the people he served. He went the extra mile and made a difference in the lives of the people he met. We have all encountered “Freds” and anyone can be a “Fred”, someone that uses their passion at work and at home to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Learn how to make a difference every day, become more successful by building strong relationships, create value for others and constantly reinvent yourself.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn the four “Fred Principles”
  • Learn three difference-making strategies
  • Learn seven B’s for relationship building
  • Reinvent themselves and create value for others
  • Develop a Fred Factor Action Plan for improving relationships using what was learned

This workshop is based on the book The Fred Factor: How Passion In Your Work And Life Can Turn The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary by Mark Sanborn and John C. Maxwell.

Presented by: Ashley Privott, Director of Alumni Relations/Executive Director, JMU Alumni Association

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March 20: Professional Book Club: "The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extrodinary" (TD1966):

Location: Wine Price Building

Workshop Description:

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE SUCCESS!

You already know the Starbucks story. Since 1992, its stock has risen a staggering 5,000 percent! The genius of Starbucks success lies in its ability to create personalized customer experiences, stimulate business growth, generate profits, energize employees, and secure customer loyalty-all at the same time.
The Starbucks Experience contains a robust blend of home-brewed ingenuity and people-driven philosophies that have made Starbucks one of the world's “most admired” companies, according to Fortune magazine. With unique access to Starbucks personnel and resources, Joseph Michelli discovered that the success of Starbucks is driven by the people who work there-the “partners”-and the special experience they create for each customer.

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 (carlinle@jmu.edu) via email or phone (8-4104) to borrow the books or request an audio/CD version.

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March 20: Container Gardening (TD1964):

Location: University Services Building, Room 102

Workshop Description: Container gardens aren't just for flowers anymore!  While they can be purely decorative and ornamental, they are also used for produce gardens and for architectural purposes.  Join us as we learn about these topics, as well as plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs most prevalent in our area and discover the most environmentally and cost efficient ways of creating our own.  A "make and take" container garden will be part of this workshop!

Presented by: Gail Turnbull, Assistant Director, JMU Arboretum and Charlie Lucas, Landscaping Manager, JMU Facilities Management

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March 20: Global Connections:

Location: Hoffman Hall Lounge

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Come join the international community to mingle and relax over some free tea and coffee!

This event, which is held every Friday from 3-5pm, is a perfect way to unwind after a stresfful week.

Help us spread the news about this event by downloading our event flyer.

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March 20: Book Discussion: Bully in the Ivory Tower:

Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education

Several studies have examined workplace bullying in the general population or in the K-12 student population. This book examines the manifestation of workplace bullying in American Higher Education Administration. After surveying over 175 four-year colleges and universities in an independent study, Hollis confirms that workplace bullying occurs at alarming rates in higher education. Further, this study calculates the cost of employee disengagement. Staff who have been bullied either seek to separate from an institution or mentally "check out" as a way of enduring a bully. In the midst of souring tuition costs, no organization can afford the millions of dollars lost to employee disengagement due to a bully. After gathering data through surveys and several interviews with administrators in higher education, Hollis develops a model for a healthy workplace specifically for higher education, which is also applicable to the general population. The model offers solutions for the leadership and organizational level, middle managers, and for the bullies who are seeking healthier management strategies. While this book is an academic study, the writing is accessible, reflects on popular culture at times, and considers the urgency of workplace bullying in relationship to cost, potential accreditation issues, and the personal anguish of the target. The findings and solutions are appropriate for executive leadership, middle management or anyone working in higher education.

This book is written by Dr. Leah P. Hollis, the Madison Caucus' 2014 Dominion Lecturer, and is available for purchase here.

This event will take place in the Leeolou Alumni Center Great Room.

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March 20: Japan's Lessons for China:

A lecture presented by Professor Michael J. Smitka
Washington and Lee University
Taylor 405
Refreshments provided

China can learn much from Japan’s economic experience. In China most farmers now receive modest cash subsidies; in Japan subsidies did not stay small, and have proven costly to both consumers and the government yet ineffective in making agriculture sustainable. China has a large, unregulated “shadow” finance sector that undermines monetary stability; in its process of financial deepening Japan successfully transformed that sector into formal financial institutions. The rapid drop in Chinese fertility will lead to an aging population; Japan’s demographic transition began in 1950, and its baby boomers have already hit retirement age. China can learn from that as it develops its own pension and healthcare systems. Finally, Japan’s transition from high to low growth has not gone well. Understanding what took place could help China avoid making the same mistakes as its own growth slows. 

Dr. Michael Smitka is a professor of economics at Washington & Lee University. His specialty is in East Asia, and he has written on the Japanese automobile industry as well as other subjects.

Parking will be available in the C4 Lot and the Grace Street Parking Deck. Please contact Dr. Yongguang Hu (hu2yx@jmu.edu) or Dr. Michael Seth (sethmj@jmu.edu) with any event questions. This event was organized by the Asian Studies Program and sponsored by the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

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March 20: Japan's Lessons for China:

A lecture presented by Professor Michael J. Smitka
Washington and Lee University
Taylor 405
Refreshments provided

China can learn much from Japan’s economic experience. In China most farmers now receive modest cash subsidies; in Japan subsidies did not stay small, and have proven costly to both consumers and the government yet ineffective in making agriculture sustainable. China has a large, unregulated “shadow” finance sector that undermines monetary stability; in its process of financial deepening Japan successfully transformed that sector into formal financial institutions. The rapid drop in Chinese fertility will lead to an aging population; Japan’s demographic transition began in 1950, and its baby boomers have already hit retirement age. China can learn from that as it develops its own pension and healthcare systems. Finally, Japan’s transition from high to low growth has not gone well. Understanding what took place could help China avoid making the same mistakes as its own growth slows. 

Dr. Michael Smitka is a professor of economics at Washington & Lee University. His specialty is in East Asia, and he has written on the Japanese automobile industry as well as other subjects.

Parking will be available in the C4 Lot and the Grace Street Parking Deck. Please contact Dr. Yongguang Hu (hu2yx@jmu.edu) or Dr. Michael Seth (sethmj@jmu.edu) with any event questions. This event was organized by the Asian Studies Program and sponsored by the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Diversity Engagement.

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March 20: OPT session:

Location: Taylor 303

OPT session flyer

Optional Practical Training is available for F-1 students who would like to legally work here in the U.S. in a field related to their major.  This session will give you details on the application process needed to obtain work authorization.

OPT applications can be filed with USCIS 90 days prior to program completion or within the 60 day grace period following program completion.  Our office strongly recommends applying before completing your program because applications can take 60 to 90 days to be approved by USCIS.

Contact Information: Jon Kratz MORE >


March 20: SVIC BizBlitz Weekend:

SVIC BizBlitz 2015 supports new ventures and entrepreneurs in a fast-paced, inspirational, and hands-on weekend where developers, marketers, designers, and dreamers join efforts to generate ideas, build prototypes and launch businesses!

We start with open-to-all pitches on Friday evening. Teams come together around the best ideas and spend the weekend in market research and product development. We end on Sunday evening in front of the judges, but everyone wins the valuable feedback.

BizBlitz is hosted by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition and local partners. BizBlitz 2015 will be facilitated by Nick Such, entrepreneur and engineer.

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March 20: Bowling with your conversation partner!:

Location:  Valley Lanes

It's time to go bowling!  Come out with your conversation partner to try your hand at bowling.  It's sure to be smashing good time with loads of laughs.  Price is $10 which includes shoes and bowling for two hours.

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March 20: A.A.:

March 20 | 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).

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March 21: Expanding Your Horizons 2015:

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a one-day math and science conference for girls in grades 6-10. The girls participate in exciting, hands-on workshops organized by JMU faculty, attend science presentations and demonstrations, and interact with JMU students who are studying math and science. The goals of the conference are to stimulate the participants' interest in math and science through these hands-on activities, to provide them with female scientist role models, and to foster awareness of opportunities in math and science-related careers.

For more information and registration instructions please visit the EYH page.

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March 23: Disability Awareness Week 2015: Mark your calendars!  Disability Awareness Week (DAW) 2015 is coming!  We have many great events planned and can't wait to share them with all of you.  We hope to see you there! MORE >


March 23: End of Add/Drop period for 2nd block: W grade and tuition charges will apply after this date. MORE >


March 23: Summer 2015 Advanced Registration Begins: MORE >


March 23: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community): Location: Rose Library 5230 CFI Resource Room

Click to register


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 cfi@jmu.edu.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following faculty community outcomes:

  • Practicing the integration of writing as aspect of career
  • Advancing writing projects, and
  • Increasing a sense of belonging to a writing community

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.
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March 23: Colloquia: Speaker: Xu Zhang. Roop 103 3:45-4:45PM. More info here. MORE >


March 23: Empowerment be Eradicating Human Trafficking:

From 4-5pm join us in Madison Union (Taylor 305) to hear from a speaker from the new nonprofit in Harrisonburg, New Creations! The topic for the night: Advocacy for the Eradication of Human Trafficking.

Afterwards, join us until 6pm for a letter writing campaign!

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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March 23: Ethics Slam:

Come out to Clementine and watch your colleagues and community friends engage in our second "Ethics Slam," a lively and interactive evening of discussing and debating ethical issues of global, national, and local interest. Teams will present their arguments on two to three different ethical issues and judges will decide the most effective arguments in pursuit of the coveted "philospher's hat."

Emceed by Tim Ruebke from the Fairfield Center, this collaboration between the Madison Collaborative, the Fairfield Center, and the Rotary Club of Harrisonburg will take place on March 23rd at Clementine's Ruby's Lounge in downtown Harrisonburg at 153 South Main Street. Free parking is available in the Water Street parking garage. The event begins at 7:30.

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March 23: Common Ground:

March 23 | 8-9pm | Madison Union 203

What do we have in common? More than we think!

Common Ground is a group program for JMU students who want to explore, evaluate, or have questions about the role of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in their life. 

It is a free, confidential, non-judgmental opportunity to connect with and engage in conversations with other students who have similar understanding and experiences with substances.

Common Ground meets Mondays in Madison Union (formerly Warren Hall) Room 203 from 8-9pm. Students can join at any point in the semester, and there is no minimum commitment for attendance.

Please contact the group facilitator Heidi Jordan in the University Health Center with any questions.

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March 24: Green Office Assistant (TD1516):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Make a difference in your office's environmental impact! Part of the Administrative Assistant Certificate Program, this workshop will focus on "green" best practices for assistants. Bring your ideas, learn from the experience of others, and obtain tools from JMU's Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability to support your efforts.

Presented by: Amanda Bodle, Program Coordinator, Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability

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March 24: Safe Zone Workshop:

Become a Safe Zone member, and help us make a difference on JMU’s campus.

Safe Zone JMU was proposed in the 1996-97 academic year and became operational the following year. It was initially funded by grants from the Commission on Community ($500) and the Shenandoah Valley Gay and Lesbian Alliance ($250). Safe Zone offers:

• Individuals interested in learning more about the Safe Zone program attend a workshop - 2 or 3 are offered every semester. [The session is required if one wishes to participate in the program.]

• Individuals sign a "contract" for confidentiality purposes when they decide to become a participant in Safe Zone and they're given a Safe Zone sticker to place at their work station or on their door.

• Currently there are over 300 participants consisting of faculty, staff, and students.

Three Coordinators in conjunction with a Madison Equality student representative coordinate and supervise the training sessions, events, and the listserv.

• Additional resources, information, updates, and requests are available on the Safe Zone website and are distributed on the closed Safe Zone listserv maintained by one of the coordinators.

Members of the JMU community who participate in the Safe Zone Program: 

  1. Believe that our campus is enriched by the diversity of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people.
  2. Are aware of the presence of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex students and colleagues and are willing to engage them in genuine dialogue and interaction.
  3. Are willing to discuss issues impacting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people's lives in a nonjudgmental manner.
  4. Are willing to assist individuals in accessing support and information resources on campus and in the community.
  5. Pledge to maintain confidentiality.
  6. Comfortably use inclusive language, avoiding stereotyping, and do not assume gender binaries or heterosexuality.

When you're ready to join, check out the membership workshops. The Spring 2015 Workshop Schedule:

  • Monday, Feb 9, 3-5pm – Student Success Center, Conference Room 1311
  • Friday, Feb 27, 3-5pm – Madison Union 304 (Taylor Hall)
  • Tuesday, Mar 24, 10-12pm – Student Success Center, Conference Room 1311
  • Thursday, Apr 16, 3-5pm – Student Success Center, Conference Room 1311

Direct workshop questions to:
Jeremy Hawkins
University Unions
Festival, Suite 1100E - MSC 4206
E-mail: hawkinjl@jmu.edu

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March 24: Pre-Retirement Planning (TD1372):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Session: 2 of 2

Workshop Description: Do you have questions about retirement? If so, this session will help answer some of those. Although this program is open to anyone, it will be most helpful to those who are 50 years of age or older or are within 5 years of retirement. This program is designed to be a comprehensive introduction to important issues and concepts that every pre-retiree should become familiar with.

Topics include:

  • Understanding retirement income needs
  • Understanding your JMU retirement benefits
  • Selecting appropriate withdrawal rates. Inflation and longevity
  • Estate planning and the transfer of assets
  • Addressing end of life health concerns. And much more

Presented by: Stephan Hess, CFP, Hess Financial

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March 24: What's Eating You? - Canceled:

February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month.

JMU Dietetics Professor Virginia Quick, PhD, RD, presents "What's Eating You?"  6pm, March 24, in HHS 1302. In this presentation you will learn the skinny on the current research surrounding body image and disordered eating among young adults. This was rescheduled from Feb 17 due to inclement weather. 

Join us as we support Every "Body."

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March 25: Empowerment Through Careers in Service:

Join Community Service-Learning office in Festival Highlands room for the Careers in Service Fair!

Also, the Peace Corps Cafe Info hours are from 5pm-7pm! So make sure to go out and ask questions!

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

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March 25: Birding Workshop:

Noon-1 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Diane Lepkowski, avifauna notable and photographer of Blue Ridge and Shenandoah Valley avian species, lectures on songbirds to raptors in partnership with the Rockingham Bird Club.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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March 25: 5 Choices (TD1699):

Location: All sessions except Session 4 will be held in the Wine Price Building on the 3rd Floor.  Session 4 will meet in JMAC4, IT Training Center

Session: 3 of 5

Workshop Description: The barrage of information coming at us from multiple sources (e.g., texts, email, tweets, blogs, and alerts), coupled with the demands of our careers, are overwhelming and distracting. The sheer volume of information threatens our ability to think clearly and make wise decisions about what’s important. If we react to these stimuli without clear discernment, we fail to accomplish the goals that matter most in our professional and personal lives.

FranklinCovey’s The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity solution inspires participants to apply a process that will dramatically increase their ability to achieve life’s most important outcomes. Supported by science and years of experience, this solution not only produces a measurable increase in productivity, but also provides a renewed sense of engagement and accomplishment.

“Extraordinary productivity is not about doing more. In fact, it’s about doing less. Most of us try to do too much, and as a result we give less than our best and finest effort to those few things that really matter.” ~ The 5 Choices to Extraordinary productivity

This Multi-Session workshop will include:

Choice 1: Act on the Important
After this section, participants will use common language and skill-set for determining the difference between important, less important, and unimportant investments of time and energy.

Choice 2: Go for the Extraordinary
After this section, participants will be able to:

  • Redefine their key roles as transformational rather than functional, an essential condition for achieving extraordinary productivity.
  • Set goals to ensure fulfillment of their key roles.

Choice 3: Schedule the Big Rocks

Choice 4: Rule Your Technology
After this section, participants will be able to:

  • Align their technological tools – computer, smartphone, etc. – into one system to serve their productivity needs.
  • Make “3 Master Moves” to prevent information overload that hampers productivity.

Choice 5: Fuel Your Fire

After this section, participants will be able to recharge their physical and mental energy levels continuously to increase their productivity.

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March 25: Tea Time: Tea Time is every Wednesday during semester from 2-2:45PM in Roop 103. Please join faculty and students in social time.  BYO mug if you have one. MORE >


March 25: MVS: Riane Eisler:

Madison Union Ballroom

The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU's Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Dr. Riane Eisler. Dr. Eisler is President of the Center for Partnership Studies and internationally known as a systems scientist, attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of groundbreaking books such as The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 26 foreign editions, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. Dr. Eisler has received many honors, including honorary PhDs and peace and human rights awards. 

Dr. Eisler will be this spring's second speaker in the Madison Vision Series.

This event is free and open to the public.

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March 25: Economics Speaker Series: Carol Graham: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. | Godwin Hall, Room 382: The College of Business welcomes guest speaker, Carol Graham from Brookings Institution. Graham will be giving a speech entitled: "The Pursuit of Happiness in the U.S. Compared to Other Countries: Inequality, Agency, Optimism and Life Chances." MORE >


March 25: Special Collections Speaker Series:

4-5 p.m.
Room 301, Carrier Library

Emily Hancock, a poet and letterpress printing at St Brigid Press, presents “A Life in Letters: Traditional Printing in the 21st Century.”

Sponsored by Special Collections of JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies. Free.

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March 25: JMU Society for Technical Communication (JMU STC) Meeting:

JMU Society for Technical Communication 

Adobe Illustrator Workshop with Dr. Jennifer Jacovitch

Harrison Hall, Room 2245

All students interested in expanding their knowledge and skills are welcome to attend this workshop. You do not have to be a declared WRTC major or minor to attend. 

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March 26: Macondo:

LATIN BALLET OF VIRGINIA
March 26-29, 2015
Glen Allen, VA
A homage to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the creator of the magical realism in Spanish literature. Macondo's choreography by Ana Ines King received the award as best national choreography in Colombia, S.A. A performing arts interpretation based on the novel "Cien Años de Soledad" ("One Hundred Years of Solitude").
Please visit www.latinballet.com for location/schedule/tickets.
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March 26: 40th Annual Chemistry & Biochemistry Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium:

Mark your Calendars!

The 40th Annual Chemistry & Biochemistry Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held this year on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27.

The event will include:

  -student oral presentations on Thursday and Friday afternoons

  -a student poster session (tentatively Thursday afternoon)

  -a keynote presentation by JMU alum Dr. Michael Leopold (Dept. of Chemistry, University of Richmond)

Student abstracts will be due on Wednesday, March 4 (the Wednesday before spring break). We will send out another email within the next week with more details and a link to the abstract submission form.  Note that all research-active students are invited to present their work (poster or oral presentation), but they should check with their research advisor before submitting. 

We will also be collecting images (photos, spectra, microscope images, structures, etc.) of your research to be used in the abstract book cover collage.

Get working on those abstracts! Stay tuned for more info...

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March 26: Emerging Leaders (TD1049):

Location: Wine Price Building

Session: 2 of 7

Session Description: When I Grow Up

Session Two will help participants integrate the knowledge they are acquiring with the development needs of those they lead. After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Assist with the development of personal achievement goals
  • Assist with the establishment of individual professional development plans

Presented by: Steve Hedrick, HR Consultant Team Leader, Human Resources

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March 26: Empowering People to Participate (TD1128):

Location: Wine-Price Building, 3rd Floor

Workshop Description: The word “empower” means to give power or authority, to authorize, to enable or permit. Even when the team members are motivated by the team’s goals, they become unmotivated if they cannot participate in important decisions regarding how the team achieves those goals, especially if they are expected to carry out those decisions. A facilitative team leader can facilitate team members to set the team’s goals, lay out plans to achieve those goals, make important decisions along the way, assign roles and responsibilities, solve problems, and evaluate the progress of the team.

In this session participants will:

  • Learn the difference between a facilitator and a presenter.
  • Learn how to facilitate meetings with 100% participation.
  • Learn how to facilitate when you are not the one in charge.
  • Practice brainstorming then clarify, discuss and organize the ideas generated.
  • Practice asking effective questions.
  • Learn about and practice multi-level listening.
  • Learn about and practice using group memory.

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

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March 26: Brave Miss World:

We are co-sponsering an event with Reel Change Film Festival! Come to Court Square Theatre to see the amazing and empowering documentary, Brave Miss World! Bring your friends for a night of inspiration.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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March 26: Film Screening: Brave Miss World:

Court Square Theater
41 Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

This film screening is part of the Reel Change Film Festival.

About the film:

Miss Israel Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed, and raped in Milan, Italy, at age 18. She had to represent her country in the Miss World competition only six weeks later. When to her shock she was crowned the winner, she vowed to do something about rape. The film follows her from the rape, to her crowning and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence. During her travels to speak out and meet with other rape victims, her own trauma begins to resurface. Her serial rapist becomes eligible for parole, and she has to hunt down his previous victims in order to help keep him behind bars. The film explores the trauma of sexual assault through one young woman’s journey from teenage rape victim to Miss World to empowered lawyer and activist.

Watch the trailer here.

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March 26: Empowering at Late Night Breakfast:

Go to Late Night Breakfast for some free food and look for us to learn what it means to be an active citizen while also creating bars of soap for people who cannot afford hygeine products.

Help us "clean the world!"

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU THERE!

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March 27: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community): Location: Rose Library 5230 CFI Resource Room

Click to register


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 cfi@jmu.edu.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following faculty community outcomes:

  • Practicing the integration of writing as aspect of career
  • Advancing writing projects, and
  • Increasing a sense of belonging to a writing community

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.
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March 27: Basic Finance & Budgeting: Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row (TD1373):

Location: Wine Price Building

Session: 3 of 4

Workshop Description: "Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row," this workshop is designed to help you understand and evaluate your values and behaviors as they pertain to spending and budgeting; develop an effective personal budget to assist you in meeting your goals; learn methods to debt reduction; understand investing fundamentals; design effective strategies to meet your investment objectives, take appropriate risks, and understand the financial tools available to you both inside and outside of JMU.

This Multi-Session workshop will include:

  • Session 1: Values and Behaviors Pertaining to Spending and Budgeting
  • Session 2: Savings Part 1 (Goals and basic investing fundamentals)
  • Session 3: Zero-based Budgeting and Debt Reduction
  • Session 4: Savings Part 2

Presented by: Brad Barnett, Senior Associate Director, Financial Aid Office and Stephan Hess, CFP, Hess Financial

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March 27: Graduate Student Seminars: Suzanne Allison and Kevin Libuit:

Bioscience 1007

First Year Graduate Student Seminars: Proposed Work


Variation in female reproductive behavior and success of the damselfly, Calopteryx maculata

Suzanne Allison


The relative utility of second and third generation DNA sequencers for investigating plasmid genomes and the microbiome of the Red-Backed Salamander

Kevin Libuit
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March 27: Conference on Gödel's Theorems:

Logic and Reasoning Institute will host a mini-conference on the work of Kurt Gödel Friday, March 27.  More information can be found here.

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March 27: Innovation Pitch Training - Part 2:

Madison Business Network is delighted to offer a two-part series in developing and delivering proposals for classes, programs, departmental or center plans, and even startups that are innovative and distinctive.  The Friday, January 16 training was so successful that we are repeating the training session by popular demand.  Everyone from both sessions is invited to attend Part II to present their pitches to recruit partners, request resources, or find customers.

Part I Innovation Pitch Training
Friday, March 27, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ice House, Room 117
127 West Bruce Street, Downtown Harrisonburg

Brian Charette is leading the workshop to teach the SRI Innovation Framework that has proven successful worldwide. 

RSVP: cfe@jmu.edu 

Bring a colleague or two to begin designing your next big idea!

Mary Ann Alger, Mary Lou Bourne, Carol Hamilton & Joyce Krech
Madison Business Network

The goal of Madison Business Network is to encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations in entrepreneurship, innovation, business development, job creation and career mentoring across and beyond the campus of James Madison University.

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March 27: International Student Leadership Conference:

islc logo

"Right? Wrong? Ethical?"

This is the theme of the 2015 International Student Leadership Conference where 250 or so participants gather from approximately 65 countries and 23 institutions.

Being an ethical leader sometimes means having to take actions that are inconvenient and unpopular, but an ethical leader is always one who sees the interconnectedness of individuals, cultures, experiences and passions by implementing multidisciplinary solutions to address complex problems. An ethical leader thinks outside of the box, and relies on others to obtain different perspectives and solutions by trusting and empowering them.

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March 27: islc:

ISLC logo Are you interested in leadership issues? Do you want to connect with globally-minded students from around the world who attend other schools? Do you want to learn? Do you to have fun? Go to ISLC’s webpage to learn more about it and make sure to talk to Thomas Lavenir to register and/or to obtain more information.
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March 27: A.A.:

March 27 | 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).

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March 30: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community): Location: Rose Library 5230 CFI Resource Room

Click to register


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 cfi@jmu.edu.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following faculty community outcomes:

  • Practicing the integration of writing as aspect of career
  • Advancing writing projects, and
  • Increasing a sense of belonging to a writing community

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.
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March 30: Colloquia: Speaker: Elizabeth Brown. Roop 103 3:45-4:45PM. More info here. MORE >


March 30: Visiting Scholar Bob Marshall:

Bob Marshall, Journalist, The Lens

“Losing Ground: Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis”

Monday, March 30, 7 p.m.    

2105 Harrison Hall

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March 30: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture:

7 p.m.
Room 2105, Harrison Hall

Journalist Bob Marshall of “The Lens,” presents “Losing Ground: Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis.”

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

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March 30: Common Ground:

March 30 | 8-9pm | Madison Union 203

What do we have in common? More than we think!

Common Ground is a group program for JMU students who want to explore, evaluate, or have questions about the role of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in their life. 

It is a free, confidential, non-judgmental opportunity to connect with and engage in conversations with other students who have similar understanding and experiences with substances.

Common Ground meets Mondays in Madison Union (formerly Warren Hall) Room 203 from 8-9pm. Students can join at any point in the semester, and there is no minimum commitment for attendance.

Please contact the group facilitator Heidi Jordan in the University Health Center with any questions.

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March 31: The JMU Registrar's Office (TD1319):

Workshop Description: Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of the Registrar's Office is like? Or maybe you think you already know? Take this opportunity to raise your level of knowledge about student and faculty communications with the Registrar. In this session participants will gain an understanding of what happens in the Registrar's Office including the varied grade processes, course substitution and waiver, transfer credit permission, and major/minor changes. FERPA, and the Privacy Act.

In this session participants will learn about the:

  • Registrar process for class and teaching schedules
  • Permission and override process
  • Add/drop and course adjustment process
  • Student and faculty e-campus capabilities
  • Graduation application process
  • Degree progress report

Presented by: Kurt Johnson, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar

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March 31: Stop the Crickets: Engaging Your Audience (TD1967):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: “I want to engage my audience,” is what most who have audiences are expressing. Many people in your audience are tired - at least a third of them just don’t get enough sleep. If not tired, they are used to being continuously engaged by modern technologies: smart phones, Netflix, and social media. Part of your job is to help them stay awake, pay attention, participate in the discussion, and think about what you are saying. No longer will training participants accept speakers talking AT them; they want to be part of the conversation.

In this workshop, participants will:
  • Learn how to create a safe learning environment for workshop participants
  • Explore appropriate strategies to keep workshop participants engaged

  • Demonstrate best-practice facilitation and adult learning techniques

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April 2015

April 1: Class of 2019 Gains Access to Housing System MORE >

April 1: Last day to obtain departmental permission to add a class - 2nd Block MORE >

April 1: Ross Gay - poetry reading MORE >

April 1: 5 Choices (TD1699) MORE >

April 1: Tea Time MORE >

April 1: Poetry Reading: Ross Gay MORE >

April 2: TIAA-CREF One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

April 2: Emerging Leaders (TD1049) MORE >

April 2: Showcase of Graduate Scholarship and Creative Activity Poster Session MORE >

April 2: Graduate reception MORE >

April 3: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 3: Field Trip MORE >

April 3: Andy Clark: Nature-Born Cyborgs? Reflections on Bodies, Minds, and Human Enhancement MORE >

April 3: Cohen Center Lecture Series: Andy Clark MORE >

April 3: SMAD Connect: Job Opportunities with Technology Companies MORE >

April 3: Global Connections MORE >

April 3: Philosophy colloquium: "Why Lance Armstrong Didn't Cheat" MORE >

April 3: Easter egg painting MORE >

April 3: A.A. MORE >

April 4: Volunteer to Spruce up Spitzer! MORE >

April 6: Fall Open Enrollment MORE >

April 6: Fall Advanced Registration MORE >

April 6: Post Conflict Recovery Week MORE >

April 6: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 6: Boards, Councils and Volunteers: What now? MORE >

April 6: Boards, Councils, Volunteers: What Now? (TD1986) MORE >

April 6: Colloquia MORE >

April 6: Common Ground MORE >

April 7: VALIC One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

April 7: Pre-Retirement Planning II (TD1604) MORE >

April 7: Student Employment Essentials (TD1462) MORE >

April 8: Hiring @ JMU (TD1002) MORE >

April 8: Hiring @ JMU (TD1002) - Session 1 MORE >

April 8: FLLC Conference: Tolerance MORE >

April 8: Understanding the Virginia Sickness & Disability Program (VSDP) (TD1204) MORE >

April 8: Understanding the Virginia Sickness & Disability Program (TD1204) MORE >

April 8: Tea Time MORE >

April 8: Business Meeting MORE >

April 8: Economics and the Gilliam Center Speaker Series: David Colander MORE >

April 8: Special Collections Speaker Series MORE >

April 8: Deadline to submit Senior Honors Project for May 15 grads MORE >

April 8: Tax Workshop MORE >

April 9: Emerging Leaders (TD1049) MORE >

April 9: Optional Retirement Participants-What to Expect When You Retire (TD1352) MORE >

April 9: Optional Retirement Participants-What to Expect When You Retire (TD1352) MORE >

April 9: Departmental Awards Ceremony MORE >

April 10: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 10: Fidelity One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

April 10: Basic Finance & Budgeting: Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row (TD1373) MORE >

April 10: Board of Visitors Meeting MORE >

April 10: Global Connections MORE >

April 10: A.A. MORE >

April 11: Cherry Blossom MORE >

April 13: Fall Open Enrollment MORE >

April 13: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 13: Cascade Open Lab Training MORE >

April 13: Colloquia MORE >

April 13: MVS: Lawrence Lessig MORE >

April 13: Deadline to submit Senior Honors Project Application and Proposal MORE >

April 13: Visiting Scholar Judith Jellison MORE >

April 13: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture MORE >

April 13: Common Ground MORE >

April 14: Deadline to withdrawald with W for 2nd Block MORE >

April 14: Phase II Training (TD0607) MORE >

April 14: ICMA-RC One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

April 14: Give 'em the Pickle (TD1616) MORE >

April 15: December 2015 Graduation Application deadline MORE >

April 15: Hiring @ JMU (TD1002) MORE >

April 15: Hiring @ JMU (TD1002) - Session 2 MORE >

April 15: 5 Choices (TD1699) MORE >

April 15: Tea Time MORE >

April 15: Life Insurance Overview (TD1350) MORE >

April 15: Life Insurance Overview (TD1350) MORE >

April 16: Visiting Scholars Lecture MORE >

April 16: Biosymposium 2015 MORE >

April 16: Emerging Leaders (TD1049) MORE >

April 16: Workplace Substance Abuse Management for Supervisors (TD1398) MORE >

April 16: Safe Zone Workshop MORE >

April 16: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture, Alice Butler-Smith MORE >

April 16: Visiting Scholar Alice Butler-Smith MORE >

April 16: Sonnets for Teens - workshop MORE >

April 16: Visiting Scholar Elzbieta Gozdziak MORE >

April 16: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture MORE >

April 17: Last Day to complete Incomplete work for Fall semester MORE >

April 17: SMAD Day MORE >

April 17: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 17: Cultura y Comunidad: Teacher Workshop MORE >

April 17: ISAT Senior Capstone Event MORE >

April 17: VALHEN Lecture: Richmond, Tuscon, and Raza Studies: Educational Equity and Culturally Relevant Curriculum in U.S. Public Schools MORE >

April 17: Global Connections MORE >

April 17: Philosophy colloquium: "Should We Study the History of Philosophy?" MORE >

April 17: Economics Speaker Series: Debra Stevens Fitzgerald MORE >

April 17: A.A. MORE >

April 18: MADE xChange MORE >

April 18: Community Service Day MORE >

April 20: Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes MORE >

April 20: MFA Group Show MORE >

April 20: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 20: Colloquia MORE >

April 20: Common Ground MORE >

April 21: Basic Strategic Planning (TD1772) MORE >

April 21: Cohen Center Lecture Series: James and Marcia Day Childress MORE >

April 21: Poet-Tree reading MORE >

April 21: James Childress and Marcia Childress Lecture MORE >

April 22: 2015 Administrative Assistant Day and AACP (TD1998) MORE >

April 22: Tea Time MORE >

April 22: JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band MORE >

April 23: Cascade Overview Training MORE >

April 23: Emerging Leaders (TD1049) MORE >

April 23: JMU JobLink (IT195) MORE >

April 23: Telecom, Facility Coordinators & Building Repairs (TD1048) MORE >

April 23: WRTC Awards Ceremony and Reception MORE >

April 23: CoB Welcomes Alice Rivlin MORE >

April 23: The Exciting Life of Bars in Galaxies MORE >

April 24: WRTC Day and WRTC Faculty Symposium MORE >

April 24: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 24: Art History Alum-Student Luncheon and Art History Forum MORE >

April 24: Honors Symposium MORE >

April 24: Global Connections MORE >

April 24: A.A. MORE >

April 25: Benefit for the Wounded Warriors of Virginia MORE >

April 26: Spring Picnic MORE >

April 27: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown (Faculty Community) MORE >

April 27: Colloquia MORE >

April 27: Common Ground MORE >

April 28: Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence (TD1823) MORE >

April 29: Tea Time MORE >

April 30: Visiting Scholar Philip Davies MORE >

April 30: End of semester and 2nd block classes MORE >

April 30: Emerging Leaders (TD1049) MORE >

April 30: End-of-year Social MORE >

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