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September 2014

September 1: Professional Development Conference: The School of Psychology and Graduate Psychology are sponsoring a professional development conference. Professionals, faculty and students are welcome to attend! MORE >


September 1: Art in the Arboretum:

Sept. 1-Oct. 31

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Artist and educator Jewel Yoder Hertzler, who recently retired from teaching at Broadway High School, exhibits encaustic and oil paintings that reveal the play of light on color-rich tress and rocks, mountains and valleys.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

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September 1: Wole Lagunju Exhibition:

Wole Lagunju hails from Nigeria and now lives in North Carolina. His works are in the collection of institutions such as the World Bank and the Denver Art Museum as well as the image bank of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

Lagunju, a lavish user of paint, uses acrylic liberally to fuse on canvas tradition and modernity, Yoruba icons unite with Euro-American iconic images, and modernity is defined by his Afro-diasporic sensibilities. Time collapses as Lagunju merges images from the Victorian era with Yoruba Gelede to create intriguing paintings, and as pop-culture becomes bedfellows with archetypal imagery in his kaleidoscopic works. Such genre-bending works speak to the notions of identity, gender, power, and difference. They also generate conversations about multiculturalism, globalization and transcultural ethos.

Please join us for the exhibit, which runs from September 1, 2014 to October 10, 2014 in the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art.

Artist Lecture will take place in Duke Hall Gallery on September 22 from 5-6pm, immediately followed by the Exhibition Reception from 6-7:30pm.

lagunju

Wole Lagunju, Gelede II-Satire and Parody

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September 1: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

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


September 1: Business - Finance: Learn about the Finance and Quantitative Finance majors and the related tracks. 6:30 PM  Room G6 ZSH. Attire: Casual MORE >


September 2: Last Day to Add/Drop a Class: This is the last day a student can add or drop a class. MORE >


September 2: Add/drop deadline: Deadline to add and/or drop classes for the Fall 2014 semester. A "W" grade and corresponding tuition charges will apply after this date. See Fall 2014 Dates & Deadlines for more information. MORE >


September 2: Last day to Add Drop fall classes: You may go to the Registrar's Dates & Deadlines page for more information. MORE >


September 2: Multilingual Writers' Community Meeting:

Location: Suite 1152 of the Learning Centers in the new Student Success Center (1st floor).

Writing is like running, only practice will help you improve.

Weekly writing practice gives you a chance to consistently develop your skills.

  • We meet in a small group.
  • You don’t need to bring an assignment to work on, but you can if you want.
  • Please bring a laptop or notebook with you.
  • Each week, you decide what aspect of writing to work on.
  • If you choose, you may publish your work on the blog to document your progress, show friends and family at home, and to share with other writers.
  • There are no grades.
  • There is a professional, Kristen Shrewsbury, at every meeting to offer guidance if you want it.
  • People typically make friends here.
  • You do not need to commit to attend every week, though regular practice will show the greatest results.
  • We welcome all English proficiency levels, all native languages, and all writing abilities.
  • We would love for you to join us!
MORE >


September 3: Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Summit (COVITS):

Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. The Commonwealth of Virginia Information Technology Summit (COVITS) is designed to do just that. The summit has an advisory board that gathers public- and private-sector leaders to create an agenda designed to make that passion relevant and actionable to the state and local government organizations attending the summit. Participants tell us they use the inspirational keynotes, leadership discussions, networking breaks, and the timely topics discussed in the numerous breakout sessions to help advance the goals of their organizations.

If you influence or participate in technology decisions or implementations at any level, you will want to attend.  Don't miss this opportunity to see the latest in digital government solutions, keep abreast of current policy issues, and network with key government executives, technologists and industry specialists.

This year's Topics include:

  • Virginia’s Leadership in Cyber Security
  • Cloud Therapy
  • Innovative Technologies in the Workplace
  • Turning Data into Actionable Information
  • A Legislative View of Technology and Public Policy
  • Transformative Technologies for Citizen Engagement
  • Farewell to the Desktop!
  • Open Data, Transparency and Mitigating Information Requests
  • Generational Attitudes in the Workplace
  • Collaboration in Virginia – It’s Alive!
  • Hot Trends and Cool Devices
  • Datathon Showcase

More Information

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September 3: Funding for 4-VA: Success Stories and Lessons Learned: Location: Rose Library 5211; refreshments will be provided.

Register Here


Looking for scholarly funding opportunities at JMU? Attend this roundtable to learn about the 4-VA program and hear the success stories (and pitfalls) of faculty who have been awarded 4-VA grants for a broad range of initiatives. The 4-VA program fosters collaboration among four distinguished universities (James Madison University, George Mason University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia). 4-VA collaborative efforts center around four key initiatives: shared courses, course redesign, collaborative research, and degree completion. Come to learn about the program, funding levels and deadlines, tips on establishing collaborations across 4-VA institutions, utilizing 4-VA facilities, writing tips for 4-VA proposals, and so much more. The upcoming deadline for 4-VA grants is at the end of October.

This roundtable is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Learn about the 4-VA program from grant submission to grant evaluation;
  • Explore benefits and challenges to collaborations with colleagues at other 4-VA institutions;
  • Engage with past awardee recipients to ask questions related to pitfalls and successful application components; and
  • Receive tips for 4-VA proposal writing and review process.

Facilitator: Nick Swayne, Ph.D., College of Education

Faciltator: Lori Britt, Ph.D., Communication Studies

Faciltator: Anne Henriksen, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Authentic Partner: 4-VA Program

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September 3: ASB Domestic Leader Info Session: Interested in being an Alternative Spring Break leader for a domestic trip? Come to our info session on Wednesday, September 3rd from 5-6PM in Allegheny Room, Festival! MORE >


September 3: Alternative Spring Break Domestic Leader Info Session: Interested in leading a Domestic Spring Break trip? Find out more at one of our two info sessions in the Festival Allegheny room. MORE >


September 4: Sparking Active Engagement with Interactive Learning:

Location: Rose Library 5211; coffee & refreshments will be provided.
This event is also offered on FRI, 05 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


Lecture can be an effective tool for conveying information in a short period of time, and it remains a dominant pedagogical method in the University classroom.  However, research persuasively demonstrates that information retention is best when students are active learners, not passive listeners.  This workshop will investigate interactive lecture, which enhances and punctuates lectures to create an interactive classroom experience while maintaining lecture as the primary content delivery mechanism.  Beginning with a reflection on participants’ experiences as lecturers, we will explore the principles of interactive lecture and learn engagement triggers and activities that allow students to work in class with the material being.  We’ll practice several interactive techniques, evaluate their inclusion in the lecture setting, and consider their role in informal assessment of student learning.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Examine lecture as a standard teaching practice;
  • Identify engagement triggers and interactive lecture techniques to enhance lecture; and
  • Evaluate interactive lecture as informal assessment.

Facilitator: Carole Nash, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Faciltator: Michael Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Computer Science

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September 4: Learning Centers Open House: The Communication Center is taking part in the Learning Centers Open House on Thursday September 4, 2014 from 11am-1pm on the first floor of the Student Success Center. The Learning Centers, where the Communication Center is housed, will be providing tours of our facilities, hosting conversations about our services and light food.  MORE >


September 4: Learning Center Open House: Come learn what the Learning Center has to offer in its new expansive space on the first floor of the Student Success Center.  We look forward to seeing you there! MORE >


September 4: 3rd Floor Open House:

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come explore the 3rd Floor of the Student Success Center and see what services you can find there.

Departments taking part include:

  • Career and Academic Planning
  • The Counseling Center
  • Student Success Center Administrative Offices
  • Student Affairs Technical Services

We look forward to seeing you there!

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September 4: Conversation Partner Program Kickoff Event:

Location:  Highlands, Festival

The Conversation Partner Program is an exciting opportunity for mutual cultural exchange between the domestic student and international student. Partners will meet one on one for at least one hour per week. Monthly activities will be hosted for the conversation partners.  Join us for our kickoff event to learn more about the program and meet other interested individuals.  Applications are currently being accepted.

Conversation Partner Program Collage

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September 5: Honors option forms due: 5pm deadline to submit forms for Honors options for the Fall 2014 semester. Visit Honors options for more information. MORE >


September 5: Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute:

Location: Student Success Center (EPIC) 4041
Dates: Fridays Sept 5 - Oct 10, 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Lunch will be provided on the first and last days of the institute (9/5 & 10/10).

Apply by Thursday, August 21 at 5pm.


How might we use digital technologies to spark innovation in our classrooms and at the same time build upon the core skills and pedagogies within our disciplines?  This six-week institute explores this question by introducing instructors in the humanities and social sciences to an array of theories, methods, and technologies associated with the digital humanities.  

Through readings, discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops, participants will:

  • Become conversant with digital humanities methodologies and pedagogies;
  • Gain working knowledge of popular digital tools such as online publishing, social media, and cloud-based collaboration technologies; and
  • Collaborate with fellow institute members, instructors, CIT and CFI staff  to design a fully-realized class-based assignment using digital humanities tools and methodologies.

With the help of the instructors, CIT staff and CFI faculty, and fellow institute members, participants will mobilize digital humanities tools and methodologies to design a fully realized assignment for one of their classes.  Participants will receive a $400 stipend, contingent on full participation in the institute (attending all sessions, completing assignments, and participating in discussion).  One of the guiding principles of the Digital Humanities is that the knowledge we produce needs to be freely accessible.  Accordingly, the work completed by participants will be made publicly available on the institute website.

Facilitator: Seán McCarthy, Ph.D., School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Facilitator: Andrew Witmer, Ph.D., Department of History

The institute is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Letters, Center for Faculty Innovation, and the Center for Instructional Technology.

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September 5: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

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


September 5: POD:

Location: Godwin Hall 356
Dates: Fri 9/5, 10/3, 10/31, 12/5
Times: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Register


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:

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September 5: Sparking Active Engagement with Interactive Learning:

Location: Student Success Center 1075; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on THURS, 04 Sept 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Register Here


Lecture can be an effective tool for conveying information in a short period of time, and it remains a dominant pedagogical method in the University classroom.  However, research persuasively demonstrates that information retention is best when students are active learners, not passive listeners.  This workshop will investigate interactive lecture, which enhances and punctuates lectures to create an interactive classroom experience while maintaining lecture as the primary content delivery mechanism.  Beginning with a reflection on participants’ experiences as lecturers, we will explore the principles of interactive lecture and learn engagement triggers and activities that allow students to work in class with the material being.  We’ll practice several interactive techniques, evaluate their inclusion in the lecture setting, and consider their role in informal assessment of student learning.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Examine lecture as a standard teaching practice;
  • Identify engagement triggers and interactive lecture techniques to enhance lecture; and
  • Evaluate interactive lecture as informal assessment.

Facilitator: Carole Nash, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Faciltator: Michael Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Computer Science

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September 5: Christopher K. Morgan Contemporary Master Class:

JMU Dance Program Master Class 2014
Where: Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre - 1270
All theatre and dance majors welcome, especially non-contemporary classes!
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September 5: 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 stressful week.

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

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September 5: SVGLA First Friday Potluck:

Sept. 5 | 6:30-9pm | Ice House

The monthly Shenandoah Valley Gay and Lesbian Association's First Friday Potluck will be hosted by the JMU LGBTQ Faculty & Staff Group September 5, 6:30-9:00 p.m., in the Ice House at 127 W Bruce Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. 

This is a family-friendly event open to both new and existing members and allies of the local LGBTQ community. Individuals, friends and family from both JMU and surrounding communities are warmly welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Please bring a favorite dish to share if you can, but no alcoholic beverages.

For more information, contact JoAnn Benjamin or check out the Facebook Event.

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September 5: Christopher K. Morgan & Artists:

Christopher K. Morgan founded his professional contemporary dance company in 2011, the same year Dance Magazine named him “one of the six breakout choreographers in the United States.” This year’s festival features new works by Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/05-christopher-morgan.shtml

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September 5: A.A.:

Sept. 5 | 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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September 6: One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure: One World One Sky Returns to the JMU Planetarium!

Follow Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from Zhima Jie, the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. 


Following each full-dome film presentation on Saturdays at 11am & 1pm in September, we will raise our incredible Goto Chronos starball and highlight the Valley sky! We will show you the stars, planets and constellations you can see in your backyard sky later that night! If it is sunny, we will also have our solar telescopes set-up outside! See the Sun as the active, dynamic star that it is instead of the pale yellow dot drawn by kids! Don't miss out on seeing our STAR in a safe way that will leave you mesmerized! ALL FREE! MORE >


September 6: In Search of Our Cosmic Origins: In Search of Our Cosmic Origins at the JMU Planetarium

About 400 years ago, in Padua, Italy, Galileo observed the sky with a new instrument, the telescope, and our view of the world was transformed. Now, follow the young astronomer Ariane in the show "In Search of Our Cosmic Origins" to discover how astronomers are continuing Galileo's quest to understand the Universe. Ari
ane takes us on a journey from ALMA's unique site high in Chile's Atacama region, through our Milky Way and onward to some of the most distant galaxies, seen as they were in the early Universe. Closer to home, we learn about the formation of stars and planets, and how ALMA will help us answer questions about our origins. ALMA is the leading telescope for observing the cool Universe, the relic radiation of the Big Bang, and the molecular gas and dust that constitute the building blocks of stars, planetary systems, galaxies, and life itself. ALMA is managed right here in Virginia by National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO)!

Following each full-dome film presentation on Saturdays at 2:15pm & 3:30pm in September, we will raise our incredible Goto Chronos starball and highlight the Valley sky! We will show you the stars, planets and constellations you can see in your backyard sky later that night! If it is sunny, we will also have our solar telescopes set-up outside! See the Sun as the active, dynamic star that it is instead of the pale yellow dot drawn by kids! Don't miss out on seeing our STAR in a safe way that will leave you mesmerized! ALL FREE!
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September 7: Assassins Auditions:

James Madison University Theatre
AUDITIONS

Play:Assassins
Audition Dates & Times: Sunday, September 7th, 6-10 PM, callbacks on Tuesday, September 9th from 6-8:30pm



Place: Forbes Center, 1220 ACTING STUDIO
Performance Dates: November 14th-18th

Notes
If you have questions please email Stage Manager, Molly Weaver weavermb@dukes.jmu.edu
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September 8: Martyr of Dixie Exhibition:

New Image Gallery Presents: Martyr of Dixie Exhibition featuring Artist Pat Jarrett

A religious zealot who lead an inferior army to victory against the United States, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson did not live to lose the Civil War. He was martyred by friendly fire while on patrol during the battle of Chancellorsville. Because he died at the height of his career he is remembered more fondly than almost any figure in the Civil War in the South. From the myth that he enjoyed sucking on lemons in battle to the headstone for his amputated left arm Jackson's legacy lives on today. The Stonewall Brigade Band still plays at the bandstand of the same name in Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park and hundreds still march to honor the man during Lee-Jackson Day festivities in Lexington every year.

Pat Jarrett is a photographer and digital media specialist with the Virginia Folklife Program, so he typically shoots with one eye toward the past. He uses digital photography and printing to create the photographs. His project about Stonewall Jackson is still in progress.  For more information on the artist, visit his website.

The exhibition runs from September 8, 2014 until October 10, 2014 in the New Image Gallery.  The opening reception is in New Image on September 8, 2014 from 5-7pm.

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September 8: Communication Center Fall 2014 Opening: The Communication Center opens for the first day of tutoring, Monday September 8, 2014 from 12pm-7pm on the first floor of the Student Success Center in office 1155. Drop by or make an appointment to meet with our tutors for any of your communication needs. MORE >


September 8: Benefits, Pitfalls and Strategies for Team Teaching:

Location: Student Success Center 1075; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on FRI, 12 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


On the surface, team teaching may seem like a no-brainer for sharing workloads and delivering more complete and balanced content to students.  In reality, though, successful team teaching requires shared goals, open communication about roles and responsibilities, careful planning, respect for the contributions of all team members, and a consistent approach in the classroom.  In this workshop, facilitators will present strategies for making the most of the team teaching experience in order to reap its benefits: peer support and mentoring, expansion of content and pedagogical expertise, and development of new viewpoints, among others.  Participants are encouraged to attend with their potential teaching colleagues and explore best practices through short case studies and exercises.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Identify the factors that lead to successful team teaching;
  • Explore the challenges that undermine successful team teaching; and
  • Formulate goals for team teaching experiences.

Facilitator: Amanda Biesecker, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Facilitator: Stephanie Stockwell, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

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September 8: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

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


September 8: Stuart Pimsler Movement Theatre Master Class:

JMU Dance Program Master Class 2014
Where: Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre - 1270
All theatre and dance majors welcome, especially non-contemporary classes!
MORE >


September 8: Martyr of Dixie Opening Reception: Please join us for the Martyr of Dixie Opening Reception in New Image Gallery. MORE >


September 8: Usher Training:

Usher training will be held on September 8th and 9th @ 5pm in the mainstage theatre. Students only need to attend one of the available sessions. 

If you've been trained in prior years you DO NOT need to attend training again.  More training sessions will be offered Spring 2015.

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September 8: Information Literacy MREST Workshop: The Communication Center is offering a workshop for JMU students to improve information literacy skills and prepare for the Madison Research Essential Skills Test (MREST). Monday September 8, 2014 at 6pm in the Assembly Room of the Student Success Center, students will work with faculty and tutors to define, apply and practice essential information literacy skills in preparation for the MREST. MORE >


September 8: Business - Finance: Learn about what should be on your resume (and what should not), and learn about the recruiting process at JMU.  Bring copies of your resume to be critiqued by Finance and Business Law faculty. 6:30 PM, Room G6 ZSH.  Attire: casual.  MORE >


September 9: Storytime in the Understory:

11 a.m.-noon
Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (rain location: Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum)

Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket and picnic lunch for after story time and plan to explore miles of arboretum trails. No advance registration is needed.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

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September 9: The Art of the Puppet:

This exhibition explores the art of both puppet making and performance. Visitors will see a range of puppets including marionettes and shadow puppets, and have the chance to create their own.

Opening Reception will be held on September 9, 2014 at 11am at Institute for Visual Studies in Roop 208.

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September 9: Relaxation Station:

Is the start of the semester stressing you out? Stop by to take a load off at the Relaxation Station.

This Counseling Center event will be held on the 1st floor of the Student Success Center.

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September 9: Learning Partner Info Session: Interested in becoming a Learning Partner on an Alternative Break?  Learn more at our info session in the Festival Allegheny room! MORE >


September 9: Alternative Spring Break Domestic Leader Info Session: Interested in leading a Domestic Spring Break trip? Find out more at our second info session in Taylor 402. MORE >


September 9: Multilingual Writers' Community Meeting:

Location: Suite 1152 of the Learning Centers in the new Student Success Center (1st floor).

Writing is like running, only practice will help you improve.

Weekly writing practice gives you a chance to consistently develop your skills.

  • We meet in a small group.
  • You don’t need to bring an assignment to work on, but you can if you want.
  • Please bring a laptop or notebook with you.
  • Each week, you decide what aspect of writing to work on.
  • If you choose, you may publish your work on the blog to document your progress, show friends and family at home, and to share with other writers.
  • There are no grades.
  • There is a professional, Kristen Shrewsbury, at every meeting to offer guidance if you want it.
  • People typically make friends here.
  • You do not need to commit to attend every week, though regular practice will show the greatest results.
  • We welcome all English proficiency levels, all native languages, and all writing abilities.
  • We would love for you to join us!
MORE >


September 9: Usher Training:

Usher training will be held at 5pm in the mainstage theatre on September 8th and 9th. Students only need to attend one of the available sessions. 

If you've been trained in prior years you DO NOT need to attend training again.  More training sessions will be offered Spring 2015.

MORE >


September 9: English Conversation Club meeting:

Location: Suite 1160 in the Student Success Center (Enter the Learning Centers on the 1st floor)

Gain confidence speaking English.

Join fellow JMU students for conversation in a small group and a low pressure, fun environment. In English Conversation Club you can:

  • Learn vocabulary
  • Try out new language
  • Talk with new people
  • Speak without pressure
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September 10: REACH Open House:

Come learn about suicide prevention and things you can do to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening.

This Counseling Center event will be held on the 1st floor of the Student Success Center.

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September 10: University Health Center Open House:

Sept. 10 | 11:30am-1:30pm | University Health Center

Join us for a grand opening celebration of your new University Health Center, located in the new Student Success Center, with an open house 11:30am-1:30pm, Sept. 10.

There will be free food, a special giveaway, and tours from the first floor entrance inside the Student Success Center atrium.

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September 10: POD Group 2:

Location: Rose Library 5230
Dates: Wed 9/10, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3
Times: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Register


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:

MORE >


September 10: POD Group 3:

Location: Rose Library 5230
Dates: Wed 9/10, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3
Times: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Register


Peer Orientation and Development Groups (PODS) are populated by first year part-time and full-time faculty who meet once a month, but may also get together for other, more informal networking opportunities. Each POD group is co-facilitated by experienced JMU faculty members, and is designed to give participating faculty the opportunity to learn about academic culture at JMU, get to know faculty across the University, and begin formulating focused, targeted goals for professional development and career milestones. Three groups are available:

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September 10: Meet the Firms:

Meet the Firms Night is a career fair for accounting, finance and CIS majors, sponsored by Beta Alpha Psi.  The 2014 event will be on September 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Festival Ballroom.  Students should bring resumes.  Firms interested in participating may contact Molly Brown at brownmg@jmu.edu.  Dress: professional.

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September 10: Red Flag Campaign:

Sept. 10 | 8-9pm | Student Success Center 3202

The Red Flag Campaign is a campaign aimed at addressing intimate partner violence and how to prevent it on college campuses.

The University Health Center is preparing for the Red Flag Campaign in October and we need your help!

If youre interested in:

  • Helping to make your peers more aware
  • Learning more about intimate partner violence and sexual assault and how to prevent it
  • Getting more involved at JMU
  • Volunteer hours
  • Resume builder
  • Join us for the first meeting Sept. 10 in the new Student Success Center 3202 from 8-9pm

Please contact Charity O'Connor or Dan Kelly for more information!

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September 11: Last day to add class with departmental permission: Visit the Fall 2014 Dates & Deadlines page for more information. MORE >


September 11: Last day to Add/Drop with Dept. Permission: MORE >


September 11: Telling Your Story: How to Document Effective Faculty Performance: Location: Rose Library 5211; bagels and coffee will be provided.

This event is also offered on FRI, 12 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


The ever-growing emphasis in higher education on performance accountability means faculty must both strive for excellence in their careers and be able to provide solid evidence of the quality of their teaching, research, and service. This workshop introduces faculty to an evidence-based portfolio model for documenting the effectiveness of faculty performance. Participants will leave with a framework to help guide the collection of key data documenting progress in professional development.
This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Explore conceptual framework of evidence-based portfolio model for documenting effective faculty performance;
  • Identify relevant forms of evidence to document faculty performance and effectiveness; and
  • Discuss various approaches to faculty performance documentation with colleagues.

Facilitator: Douglas Harrison, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation & Department of English

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September 11: Cascade Phase 1 and 2 Combined Training:

This training is a combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 training. 

Phase I will go over the philosophy of the new web publishing system, Cascade. Phase 1 training is required to progress to Phase 2 technical training.

Phase II is 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. Phase II is recommended for Content Publishers who will actually be doing publishing of content into Cascade.

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT579.

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September 12: Last Day to withdraw from University for refund: Student must be withdrawing from ALL classes via this form to be eligible for refund. MORE >


September 12: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.
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September 12: Benefits, Pitfalls and Strategies for Team Teaching:

Location: Rose Library 5211; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on FRI, 12 Sept 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Register Here


On the surface, team teaching may seem like a no-brainer for sharing workloads and delivering more complete and balanced content to students.  In reality, though, successful team teaching requires shared goals, open communication about roles and responsibilities, careful planning, respect for the contributions of all team members, and a consistent approach in the classroom.  In this workshop, facilitators will present strategies for making the most of the team teaching experience in order to reap its benefits: peer support and mentoring, expansion of content and pedagogical expertise, and development of new viewpoints, among others.  Participants are encouraged to attend with their potential teaching colleagues and explore best practices through short case studies and exercises.

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Identify the factors that lead to successful team teaching;
  • Explore the challenges that undermine successful team teaching; and
  • Formulate goals for team teaching experiences.

Facilitator: Amanda Biesecker, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

Facilitator: Stephanie Stockwell, Ph.D., Integrated Science and Technology

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September 12: Telling Your Story: How to Document Effective Faculty Performance:

Location: Student Success Center 1075; lunch will be provided at 12.
This event is also offered on THURS, 11 Sept 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM.

Register Here


The ever-growing emphasis in higher education on performance accountability means faculty must both strive for excellence in their careers and be able to provide solid evidence of the quality of their teaching, research, and service. This workshop introduces faculty to an evidence-based portfolio model for documenting the effectiveness of faculty performance. Participants will leave with a framework to help guide the collection of key data documenting progress in professional development.
This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Explore conceptual framework of evidence-based portfolio model for documenting effective faculty performance;
  • Identify relevant forms of evidence to document faculty performance and effectiveness; and
  • Discuss various approaches to faculty performance documentation with colleagues.

Facilitator: Douglas Harrison, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation & Department of English

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September 12: Emily Cargill Contemporary Master Class:

JMU Dance Program Master Class 2014
Where: Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre - 1270
All theatre and dance majors welcome, especially non-contemporary classes!
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September 12: global connections:

Location: Hoffman Hall Lounge

global connections icon

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 stressful week.

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

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September 12: Meet your Conversation Partner!:

Location:  Hoffman Hall Lounge

Your Conversation partner will be announced and you can sign up for upcoming CPP events.  Come meet your partner while enjoying a cup of coffee/tea.

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September 12: ICCE Event: Start the conversation! Join us on Friday, Sept. 12, at the Festival Conference and Student Center for a high energy evening celebrating JMU Entrepreneurs and featuring: JMU Student Pitch Competition, ICCE Talks, Networking with Alumni, Faculty, and Students, Great Food and More! Click here for more information and to register. MORE >


September 12: EMERGENCY written and performed by Daniel Beaty:

"The most important new American drama since Angels in America - NYTHEATRE.COM

A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty sending New York City into a whirlwind of emotion in Daniel Beaty’s explosive, solo tour-de-force featuring slam poetry, multi-character transformation, and song. One of the most acclaimed, new playwrights and performers of our time, Beaty portrays a cast of 40 characters who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. Through the characters’ individual responses to this surreal happening and their varied testimonies on identity and personal freedom, EMERGENCY weaves a stirring commentary on what it is to be human and the longing to be free. Adult content and language.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/12-daniel-beaty-emergency.shtml.

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September 12: A.A.:

Sept. 12 | 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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September 13: Remarkable Trees Field Trip:

7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Meeting in the parking lot at the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Enjoy a tour with destinations including viewing the Remarkable White Oak of the Oak Ridge Estate in Nelson County, a tree known to be about 400 years old. Then see the Lesesne State Forest where American chestnut restoration research in under way with the Virginia Department of Forestry.

A $10 fee per person includes transportation and tour. To register by Sept. 10, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

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September 13: SVA Day of Service & Remembrance 5k:

JMU Festival Lawn

Service 5K Logo

Just $11 includes race t-shirt. All proceeds benefit student veterans at JMU, creating a "military supportive" community on campus and in the community.

You can register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/911-day-of-service-5k-jmu-tickets-12254448385

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September 13: Children's Monarch Migration Tagging Workshop:

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

A workshop program with Linda Marchman, owner of Social Butterflies, teaches tagging for migratory monarch butterflies that emerged from their pupae. The program includes a lecture, a tagging demonstration and the release of butterflies to start migration from the arboretum.

Beginning at noon, registrants also enjoy a butterfly craft activity with Gail Napora, creative activity facilitator, to create a memento of their released butterfly.

Cost is $25. To register, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

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September 13: tailgate:

Location: oIP Parking Lot

Tailgate Party flyer

Enjoy food, drinks, music and get your faces painted purple and gold in preparation for the Dukes to take on the Saint Francis!

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

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September 15: Celebrating Furious Flower Exhibit:

Celebrating Furious Flower and the Art of Malaika Favorite Exhibit

Opens 9/15/14 in the Lisanby Museum

Curated by Dr. Maureen Shanahan

For more information, visit Madison Art Collection.

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September 15: Ball Pit:

Come have fun like you did when you were a kid by enjoying some time bouncing around in our Ball Pit!

This Counseling Center event will be held on the 1st floor of the Student Success Center and will be held again on September 16.

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September 15: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

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


September 15: Assessment: Before and Beyond Examinations:

Location: Student Success Center 1075; refreshments will be provided.
This event is also offered on FRI, 19 Sept 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM.

Register Here


Faculty sometimes wonder what their students are thinking when they give an off-the-mark answer.  What led them down that path? Why are they not doing well on exams when the instructor has so artfully conveyed information to them?  If these questions sound familiar, then it might be time to learn about what assessment can do.  Examinations are just one way…but wouldn't it be nice to figure out what students know before they take that test? This workshop will be a hands-on exploration of different assessment techniques, including Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) that are simple and fast. Participants will focus on choosing the correct assessments for assignments and will also explore alternative forms of assessment. 

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Develop a plan to use a Classroom Assessment Technique;
  • Initiate the process of aligning objectives with assessments; and
  • Learn how to explain the difference between assessment and tests to a colleague. 

Facilitator: Patrice Ludwig, Ph.D., Departent of Biology

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September 15: Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers: The Information Meeting For 2015 -16 Student Teachers will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium MORE >


September 15: Business - Finance: Learn about different career paths from finance professionals.  7PM, Room G6 ZSH.  Attire: casual. MORE >


September 16: Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers: The Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium MORE >


September 16: Ball Pit:

Come have fun like you did when you were a kid by enjoying some time bouncing around in our Ball Pit!

This Counseling Center event will be held on the 1st floor of the Student Success Center.

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September 16: Multilingual Writers' Community Meeting:

Location: Suite 1152 of the Learning Centers in the new Student Success Center (1st floor).

Writing is like running, only practice will help you improve.

Weekly writing practice gives you a chance to consistently develop your skills.

  • We meet in a small group.
  • You don’t need to bring an assignment to work on, but you can if you want.
  • Please bring a laptop or notebook with you.
  • Each week, you decide what aspect of writing to work on.
  • If you choose, you may publish your work on the blog to document your progress, show friends and family at home, and to share with other writers.
  • There are no grades.
  • There is a professional, Kristen Shrewsbury, at every meeting to offer guidance if you want it.
  • People typically make friends here.
  • You do not need to commit to attend every week, though regular practice will show the greatest results.
  • We welcome all English proficiency levels, all native languages, and all writing abilities.
  • We would love for you to join us!
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September 16: Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers: The Information Meeting For 2015 -16 Student Teachers will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium MORE >


September 16: English Conversation Club meeting:

Location: Suite 1160 in the Student Success Center (Enter the Learning Centers on the 1st floor)

Gain confidence speaking English.

Join fellow JMU students for conversation in a small group and a low pressure, fun environment. In English Conversation Club you can:

  • Learn vocabulary
  • Try out new language
  • Talk with new people
  • Speak without pressure
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September 17: The $100,000 Classroom:

A Special Education Program Improvement (SEPI) Institute on Co-Teaching

Hosted by Virginia Department of Education Region 5 Training/Technical Assistance Center 

The Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center, Staunton VA

Register Online

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September 17: Cohen Center Grand Opening:

James Madison University will hold a grand opening for the Cohen Center for the Study of Technological Humanism.  President Jonathan Alger will give remarks followed by a keynote address to be given by Professor Jerome McGann from the University of Virginia.  The event begins at 11 am in the Montpelier Room, East Campus Dining Hall. 

The Cohen Center was created by a gift from JMU's first Provost's Distinguished Professor, Ralph Cohen, and his late wife, Libby Okun Cohen.  The center will be housed in Wilson 107.  It will host internationally acclaimed speakers, support graduate student and graduate faculty research projects, offer experimental courses combining multiple disciplines, and support inquiries into transforming graduate education.  

Contact Dr. Larry Burton, Director of the Cohen Center, at burtonlwjmu.edu if you have any questions. 

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September 17: Jerome McGann Keynote Address:

 

UVa professor Jerome McGann will deliver the keynote address for the grand opening of the Cohen Center for the Study of Technological Humanism, September 17, 2014, in the Montpelier Room, East Campus Dining Facility. This event is by invitation only. 

Jerome McGann image

Jerome McGann is University Professor and the John Stewart Bryan University Professor in the Department of English at University of Virginia, and a founding fellow of UVA's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.  He is founder and former director of NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship), a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first.  Since 2000 he has held a Senior Research Fellowship at University College, London. He is a leading scholar in fields ranging from 18th century to contemporary literature to the theory of textuality.  His influential works include The Romantic Ideology (1983), A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (1983), The Textual Condition (1991), Black Riders: The Visible Language of Modernism (1993), Radiant Textuality: Literature Since the World Wide Web (2001). Professor McGann is a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences and is the recipient of several awards including the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Byron Society of America, the Wilbur Cross Medal, the James Russell Lowell Award, and the Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award. He has been a Fulbright Fellow, an American Philosophical Society Fellow, and Guggenheim Fellow. He was recently elected to the American Philosophical Society, only the 8th scholar from the University of Virginia to be elected to the society whose members include Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Robert Frost.

Contact Larry Burton, Director, Cohen Center (cohencenter@jmu.edu) if you have any questions.  

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September 17: Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers: The Information Meeting For 2015 -16 Student Teachers will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium MORE >


September 17: MVS: William Mims:

Forbes Center Concert Hall

The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Justice William C. Mims. Justice Mims became a member of the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2010. He previously served as Attorney General of Virginia and Chief Deputy Attorney General. He also served in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

Justice Mims will serve as the Constitution Day speaker in the Madison Vision Series. He will deliver a lecture titled, Be It Ever So Humble: Justice as a Virtue.

This event is free and open to the public.

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September 17: Madison Vision Series: Justice William Mims:

Forbes Center Concert Hall

The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Justice William C. Mims. Justice Mims became a member of the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2010. He previously served as Attorney General of Virginia and Chief Deputy Attorney General. He also served in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

Justice Mims will serve as the Constitution Day speaker in the Madison Vision Series. He will deliver a lecture titled, Be It Ever So Humble: Justice as a Virtue.

This event is free and open to the public.

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September 17: Legislative Dinner in the Valley: Legislative Dinner in the Valley, September 17, 2014. Registration begins at 5:30pm at August Community Health. MORE >


September 18: Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices Open House:

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come visit the Office of Student Accountability & Restorative Practices, formerly the Office of Judicial Affairs.  Explore our new space on the 2nd floor of the Student Success Center, discover what led to our new name, and learn how we encourage student success.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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September 18: 5th Floor Open House:

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come explore the 5th Floor of the Student Success Center and see what services you can find there.

Departments taking part include:

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
    • Student Employment
  • Office of the Registrar
  • University Business Office

We look forward to seeing you there!

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September 18: Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers: The Information Meeting For 2015 -16 Student Teachers will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium MORE >


September 19: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

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


September 19: Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers: The Information Meeting For 2015-16 Student Teachers will be held in the Memorial Hall Auditorium MORE >


September 19: Karen Reedy Contemporary Master Class:

JMU Dance Program Master Class 2014
Where: Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre - 1270
All theatre and dance majors welcome, especially non-contemporary classes!
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September 19: Assessment: Before and Beyond Examinations:

Location: Rose Library 5211; refreshments will be provided.
This event is also offered on MON, 15 Sept 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

Register Here


Faculty sometimes wonder what their students are thinking when they give an off-the-mark answer.  What led them down that path? Why are they not doing well on exams when the instructor has so artfully conveyed information to them?  If these questions sound familiar, then it might be time to learn about what assessment can do.  Examinations are just one way…but wouldn't it be nice to figure out what students know before they take that test? This workshop will be a hands-on exploration of different assessment techniques, including Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) that are simple and fast. Participants will focus on choosing the correct assessments for assignments and will also explore alternative forms of assessment. 

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Develop a plan to use a Classroom Assessment Technique;
  • Initiate the process of aligning objectives with assessments; and
  • Learn how to explain the difference between assessment and tests to a colleague. 

Facilitator: Patrice Ludwig, Ph.D., Departent of Biology

MORE >


September 19: global connections:

Location: Hoffman Hall Lounge

global connections icon

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 stressful week.

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

MORE >


September 19: Student Success Center Grand Opening:

Come join us as we celebrate the official opening of the James Madison University Student Success Center.  This is an exciting time as we hope to improve partnerships and collaborations with various parties across the campus to grow and develop classes, programs, and services that will make us the national model of student success.  We look forward to seeing you here!

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September 19: A.A.:

Sept. 19 | 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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September 22: iweek:

Location: JMU campus

General IWeek flyer

The JMU 2014 International Week theme is: “One World, Many Stories.” and is meant to create space for sharing our many stories and experiences to reflect our global community.

This series of events throughout the week are free and open to anyone.

Go to International Week's website to obtain more information.

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September 22: Behavior: School-wide to the Individual:

Hosted by Virginia Department of Education Region 5 Training/Technical Assistance Center

Do not miss the chance to register for our upcoming conference, Behavior:
School-wide to the Individual, in Charlottesville, Virginia, this September 22,
2014. There is limited seating capacity so be sure to register ASAP!
There is no cost for registration. A continental breakfast and lunch are also
included.
Date: SEPTEMBER 22, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: NONE (includes conference materials, breakfast and lunch)
Location: Doubletree Hotel, 990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA -

Register Online

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September 22: International Bazaar:

Location:  The Commons

The International Bazaar is a free event that will feature vendors, music, and displays in the heart of campus. Vendors and student groups, bringing merchandise from around the world, will be there. Don't forget to bring some cash - this will be a great place to pick up gifts for your friends and family, or splurge on something for yourself! 

At noon, a drum circle will be held.  All are encouraged to participate.

The Community Service-Learning office is looking for volunteers for the International Festival on Saturday, September 27th.  If you are interested in volunteering at the International Festival, sign up at the CSL table during the International Bazaar or online at volunteerspot.  

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September 22: Drumming Circle:

Location:  The Commons

Individual narratives in any formats are very valuable to our collaborative understanding and perception of the world and of our neighbors, but coming together in unison to create a world where no one is treated like a stranger is even more valuable. Come join the globally-minded community... join our drumming circle (whether you are an experienced drummer or not) which will be facilitated by Drumming Circle Facilitator Mike Deaton.

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September 22: Discussion with Geoff Dabelko - environment, health and development research and policy efforts:

HHS 2117

Interested in new research on climate change, environment, peace and security links?  Are you thinking about a graduate degree in Environmental Studies?  How about the challenging conversation between research and policy?  Come chat about these and other topics with Dr. Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University and Senior Advisor at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center.  Dr. Dabelko is on campus as a Visiting Scholar talking about conducting research and policy efforts across diverse but interconnected topics in environment, health and development. At this lunch meeting he is interested in speaking with students, faculty, and staff over pizza about potential topics of mutual interest such as his recent experience with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, environmental security research, or the Master’s Program he directs in the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.

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September 22: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

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


September 22: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Geoff Dabelko:

Geoff Dabelko4 p.m.
Room 405, Taylor Hall

Geoff Dabelko, professor and director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University, presents “The Periphery Isn’t Peripheral: Acting on the Integration Imperative for Sustainability.”

http://www.wilsoncenter.org/staff/geoffrey-d-dabelko

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

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September 22: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Geoff Dabelko:

4-5:30pm, Taylor 405

Lecturer: Geoffrey Dabelko, Professor and Director of Environmental Studies at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University in Athens, OH. Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland and an AB in political science from Duke University.

Lecture: The Periphery Isn’t Peripheral: Acting on the Integration Imperative for Sustainability
Environmental and human security issues are fundamentally interconnected — consider, for example, climate change, food shortages, fresh water access, and global health threats. Recognizing how each affects the other offers a number of benefits in practice as well as research but too often our focus and understanding remains within each topical or disciplinary silo. Unfortunately, efforts to address development and environmental issues as interconnected are too often crippled by four “tyrannies”: 1) tyranny of the inbox; 2) tyranny of immediate results; 3) tyranny of the single sector; and 4) tyranny of one dimensional measures of success.  These tyrannies, in policy and scholarship, often force us to dismiss issues on the so-called periphery of our efforts.  But the periphery isn’t peripheral and the integration imperative, while challenging to execute in analysis and practice, is showing signs of success.  Ohio University’s Dr. Geoff Dabelko, director of Environmental Studies will share his insights from 20 plus years working on breaking down barriers and collaborating across sectors in international environmental and development policy settings.  This event is part of International Week and the Visiting Scholars program at JMU.

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September 22: The Periphery Isn¿t Peripheral: Acting on the Integration Imperative for Sustainability:

Location: Taylor 405

Title: The Periphery Isn’t Peripheral: Acting on the Integration Imperative for Sustainability

Who: Visiting Scholar Geoffrey Dabelko, Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University

Description: Environmental and human security issues are fundamentally interconnected — consider, for example, climate change, food shortages, fresh water access, and global health threats. Recognizing how each affects the other offers a number of benefits in practice as well as research but too often our focus and understanding remain within each topical or disciplinary silo. Unfortunately, efforts to address development and environmental issues as interconnected are too often crippled by four “tyrannies”: 1) tyranny of the inbox; 2) tyranny of immediate results; 3) tyranny of the single sector; and 4) tyranny of one-dimensional measures of success.  These tyrannies, in policy and scholarship, often force us to dismiss issues on the so-called periphery of our efforts.  But the periphery isn’t peripheral, and the integration imperative, while challenging to execute in analysis and practice, is showing signs of success.  Ohio University’s Dr. Geoff Dabelko, director of Environmental Studies, will share his insights from 20 plus years working on breaking down barriers and collaborating across sectors in international environmental and development policy settings. 

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September 22: Artist Lecture: Wole Lagunju: Please join us for Artist Wole Lagunju's Lecture in the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. MORE >


September 22: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Gary Packard:

5:30 p.m.
Gary PackardRoom 2105, Harrison Hall

Col. Gary Packard, professor and head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy, presents “Gays in the Military: Why the All-Volunteer Force Didn’t ‘Break’ with the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don't Tell.’”

http://www.usafa.edu/df/dfbl/faculty.cfm

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

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September 22: Wole Lagunju Exhibition Reception: Please join us for Wole Lagunju's Exhibition Reception in the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. MORE >


September 22: Business - Finance: Sign up for a mock interview with a finance professional.  Check the Department's Canvas site for more information and sign-up. Attire: Business. MORE >


September 22: Dominion Lecture Series:

Portrait of Dr. Leah P. Hollis
Dr. Leah P. Hollis

7-8 p.m.
Transitions, Warren Hall

“Changing Agents: Inclusive Excellence as Path to Innovation” presented by Dr. Leah P. Hollis, diversity trainer and consultant. With shifting demographics in staff, students and community, any university needs inclusive practices in leadership. Such inclusive leadership practices that embrace diversity and civility assist in maintaining a healthy environment. The keynote speech will reflect on the diversity and innovation that emerge from a culture of inclusion.

The lecture will be introduced by Mrs. Mary Ann Alger and a reception will follow the lecture in the same location. For information, contact Kristi McDonnell at (540) 568-7998.

Free admission.

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September 22: Dominion Lecture:

Leah Hollis"Changing Agents: Inclusive Excellence as Path to Innovation"
Presented by Dr. Leah Hollis
Transitions, Warren Hall

With shifting demographics in staff, students and community, any university needs inclusive practices in leadership. Such inclusive leadership practices that embrace diversity and civility maintain a healthy environment. The keynote speech will reflect on diversity and innovation that emerge from a culture of inclusion.

Dr. Leah P. Hollis is the Founder and President of Patricia Berkly, LLC, a diversity training and consulting group. Dr. Hollis is a noted trainer, educator, and researcher. She has an exemplary career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. She received her Doctorate of Education in Administration, Training and Policy Studies from Boston University as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow and earned certifications in EEO Law/Affirmative Action and Conflict Resolution and Investigation from the American Association for Affirmative Action. She has served as a diversity trainer for Northeastern University and speaks regionally and nationally as a diversity trainer and consultant on topics such as race, gender, ethinicity, equality and access. She has authored two books: Unequal Opportunity: Fired without cause? Filing with the EEOC... and Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education.

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September 22: Dominion Lecture:

Leah Hollis"Changing Agents: Inclusive Excellence as Path to Innovation"
Presented by Dr. Leah Hollis
Transitions, Warren Hall

With shifting demographics in staff, students and community, any university needs inclusive practices in leadership. Such inclusive leadership practices that embrace diversity and civility maintain a healthy environment. The keynote speech will reflect on diversity and innovation that emerge from a culture of inclusion.

Dr. Leah P. Hollis is the Founder and President of Patricia Berkly, LLC, a diversity training and consulting group. Dr. Hollis is a noted trainer, educator, and researcher. She has an exemplary career in higher education administration where she has held senior leadership and faculty posts. Dr. Hollis has taught at Northeastern University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. She received her Doctorate of Education in Administration, Training and Policy Studies from Boston University as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow and earned certifications in EEO Law/Affirmative Action and Conflict Resolution and Investigation from the American Association for Affirmative Action. She has served as a diversity trainer for Northeastern University and speaks regionally and nationally as a diversity trainer and consultant on topics such as race, gender, ethinicity, equality and access. She has authored two books: Unequal Opportunity: Fired without cause? Filing with the EEOC... and Bully in the Ivory Tower: How Aggression and Incivility Erode American Higher Education.

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September 23: Business - Finance: Sign-up for the FIN& QFIN Mock Interviews with finance professionals. Go to the Department Canvas site to sign up. Attire: Business. MORE >


September 23: Cascade Phase 3 Training:

This course is an Open Lab, for those that have been through Cascade Phase II 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 Phase III Training will take place at the IT Training Center (JMAC4).

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT578.

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September 23: EPIC Center and Information Technology Tours:

Stop by the 4th floor of the Student Success Center to explore the new and innovative classroom spaces of the EPIC Center and to learn more about the services and people of the Help Desk, the IT department that takes care of figuring out your computer problems!

Tours will start at Noon, 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm, so if you miss one you can always catch a later one.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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September 23: Multilingual Writers' Community Meeting:

Location: Suite 1152 of the Learning Centers in the new Student Success Center (1st floor).

Writing is like running, only practice will help you improve.

Weekly writing practice gives you a chance to consistently develop your skills.

  • We meet in a small group.
  • You don’t need to bring an assignment to work on, but you can if you want.
  • Please bring a laptop or notebook with you.
  • Each week, you decide what aspect of writing to work on.
  • If you choose, you may publish your work on the blog to document your progress, show friends and family at home, and to share with other writers.
  • There are no grades.
  • There is a professional, Kristen Shrewsbury, at every meeting to offer guidance if you want it.
  • People typically make friends here.
  • You do not need to commit to attend every week, though regular practice will show the greatest results.
  • We welcome all English proficiency levels, all native languages, and all writing abilities.
  • We would love for you to join us!
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September 23: Graduate and Professional School Fair:

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Graduate and Professional School Fair happens Tuesday, September 23, 4 to 7 pm, in the Festival Ballroom. 

Recruiters from many different graduate and professional schools will be available to answer your questions and provide information about applying and attending graduate school. 

Visit http://www.jmu.edu/cap/fair/grad.shtml for more details. 

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September 23: Graduate and Professional School Fair:

Location: Festival Conference & Student Center

More than 100 graduate schools, medical schools, and law schools will be recruiting and providing information on their graduate programs.

Sponsored by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional consortium: Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, James Madison University, and Mary Baldwin College. Students from all 4 universities will be in attendance.

For more information visit: http://www.jmu.edu/cap/fair/grad-students.shtml
Contact: Laura Ryman, rymanle@jmu.edu, 540-568-7065


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September 23: Digital Story Telling: Documenting a Community in Urbino, Italy:

Location:  Taylor 405

Students in the "Summer in Urbino, Italy" program engage in independent interactions with residents of a small community in the Marche Region of Italy. The experiential program involves a digital storytelling project in which each student conducts field research and produces a web-ready multimedia journalism story on a person, place or event in the area. The web package has to include text, photos/photo-essays, and in most cases video.

The intensive program utilizes University of Urbino foreign language students, who serve as interpreters/translators. Working with both academic and professional faculty (including a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist), JMU students are joined by a group of students who come from other universities in the United States, Canada and Turkey.

The presentation will include a presentation of student work. We'll show the text, photos and videos created, but also discuss learning outcomes and cultural benefits of such a program. Program faculty and students will present.

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September 23: English Conversation Club meeting:

Location: Suite 1160 in the Student Success Center (Enter the Learning Centers on the 1st floor)

Gain confidence speaking English.

Join fellow JMU students for conversation in a small group and a low pressure, fun environment. In English Conversation Club you can:

  • Learn vocabulary
  • Try out new language
  • Talk with new people
  • Speak without pressure
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September 23: Student Debate:

Location:  Grafton Stovall

The James Madison University Debate Society and Office of International Programs are excited to announce the fourth annual International Week Public Debate.  The public debate follows the long-table format used in the JMU Madison Cup public debate tournament held every spring in Harrisonburg. The debate will feature three two-person teams affirming and three two-person teams negating the resolution. Following the debate, a discussion will take place and audience participation is encouraged. A prize will be awarded to the audience member with the best question or speech from the floor. The resolution for this year's debate and the schools participating in the event will be announced soon.

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September 23: Thanksgiving and January Breaks Info Session: Learn more about our two Alternative Thanksgiving Breaks and our Alternative January Break at our info session in Taylor 402! MORE >


September 23: How I Learned To Drive:

Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
By Paula Vogel

Hold onto the wheel for “a most compelling ride” through one woman’s memories of her harrowing childhood in rural Maryland in the 1960s. Through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards, Li’l Bit shares her story of survival through an inappropriate sexual relationship initiated by her Uncle Peck during her first driving lesson. Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance.

Contains sexual content. Parental discretion advised. 

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/23-learned-to-drive.shtml

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September 23: Concert: Musically Speaking:

Location:  Forbes Center Concert Hall

The Staunton Music Festival will bring to the Forbes Center Concert Hall a musical take on “One World, Many Stories,” offering an eclectic mix of musical traditions. The program features JMU music department faculty and students and includes a world premiere jazz composition by Chuck Dotas.  Join us for an hour or so of musical adventure.

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September 24: Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry: The Furious Flower Poetry Center invites you to save the date for our third decade-defining conference. The three-day conference will examine the significance and development of black poetic expression over the last century, assess the current conversations and controversies in the field, and suggest new avenues for inquiry for the next twenty-five years. International in scope, the conference will examine the impact of African American poetry on poets and scholars around the world, with an emphasis on emerging voices. Marking the twentieth year since our historic 1994 conference, this conference asks, “what’s next” for black poetic expression.
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September 24: Fleet Learning Expo and Efficient Technology Symposium: The NAFA Old Dominion Chapter and Virginia Clean Cities are hosting the 2014 FLEET Learning Expo and Efficient Technology Symposium (FLEET).  The two-day event will attract fleet managers, technicians, and future customers from across the region to learn about vehicle technologies and products.  Multiple sponsorship opportunities have been developed to best suit your organizations needs. More MORE >


September 24: Furious Flower Poetry Conference:

Seeding the Future of African American Poetry: Sept. 24-27, 2014Held only once a decade, this much-anticipated gathering of poets and scholars features readings by many of the best established and emerging African American poets writing today—and all of these readings are free and open to the public.

For more information and to reserve your place at the Furious Flower Poetry Conference, please visit FuriousFlower2014.com, or call us at (540) 568-8883.

James Madison University and the Furious Flower Poetry Center are committed to creating events that are accessible to all. If you need an accommodation related to a disability or condition please contact us at least two weeks in advance to ensure that we are able to best meet your needs. You can email or call Elizabeth Hoover: hoovered@jmu.edu or 540-568-2694.


Schedule of Events

The following is subject to change as we get closer to the conference. Last updated August 29, 2014. Most of the events are free and open to the public. Those *with asterisks* require registration or tickets.

If you intend to drive onto the JMU campus, please consult our parking guide.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

1 – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center (upper level)

6 – 7:30 Gallery opening and reception, Duke Hall Gallery

Time collapses as Nigerian artist Wole Lagunju merges images from the Victorian era with Yoruba Gelede to create intriguing paintings, and pop culture becomes bedfellows with archetypal imagery in his kaleidoscopic works. Such genre-bending speaks to the notions of identity, gender, power, and difference. It also generates conversations about multiculturalism, globalization and transcultural ethos.

8 p.m. *Opening concert,* Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Fusion: Poetry Voiced in Choral Song: featuring Aurelia Williams (soloist), Morgan State University Choir directed by Eric Conway), and JMU Chorale (directed by Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy) with original music composed by Randy Klein and based on the poetry of Margaret Walker, Michael Harper, and Yusef Komunyakaa

(Your ticket for this concert is included with conference registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase here.)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

8 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Opening session, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

Documentary: Furious Flower I and II

Occasion by Joanne Gabbin, Executive Director of Furious Flower Poetry Center, JMU

Welcome by Jonathan Alger, President of James Madison University

Remarks by Jerry Benson, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, JMU

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Critics’ roundtable, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

The Black Avant-Garde: Formal Poetic Innovation by Black Artists in America, moderated by Lauri Ramey, California State University, Los Angeles; with Aldon Lynn Nielson, Mendi Lewis Obadike, C. S. Giscombe, Douglas Kearney, Mark McMorris, giovanni singleton, Tyrone Williams, Meta DuEwa Jones

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Special session, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

S.O.S. Calling All Black People: Honoring the Memory of Amiri Baraka, a panel discussion with John H. Bracey, Jr., Sonia Sanchez, and James Smethurst; poetry readings by Tony Medina, jessica Care moore, Evie Shockley, Quincy Troupe, Eugene Redmond, Haki Madhubuti

4 – 5:15 p.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall 

Black Aesthetics (Taylor 302)
Moderator: Arlette Miller Smith, John Fisher College

Panther Teacher: Sarah Webster Fabio and the Black Arts Movement    
Michael New, Keene State College

Sonia Sanchez: Inviting Ancestors to Chandelier Sound   
Becky Thompson, Simmons College

We Are Cowboys in the Boat of Ra: Sonny Rollins and Ishmael Reed’s Black Cowboy   
Brian Flota, James Madison University

Carrying On: Jayne Cortez, Wanda Coleman, and Amiri Baraka 
M. Nzadi Keita, Ursinus College; Jacqueline Jones LaMon, Adelphi University

Chain-Chain-Change Your Mind: The Rhetorical Successes of the Black Arts Movement
Sarah RudeWalker, Penn State University

Black Poetry = Black Pedagogy? (Taylor 405)

We Poets Too: The Dynamics and Consequence of Rap as an Area of Concentration for the MFA in Creative Writing 
Dennis Winston, Howard University

Don’t Deny My Voice: Seeding Poetry and the Poetics of Effective Instruction and Learning 
Jeffrey D. Mack, Albany (GA) State University (moderator); Zanice Bond, Tuskeegee University; Deborah Ford, Mississippi Valley State University

Craft Focus: Metaphor (Taylor 305)

Metaphor beyond Hermeneutics in the Book of Isaiah
Valerie Sweeney Prince, Allegheny College

Navigating the Binary and the Redefinition of Blackness 
Hoke (Bro Yao) Glover, Bowie State University

Recapitulation, Prophecy, and Power: Metaphor, Mullen, and Muse Drudge
Monifa A. Love Asante, Bowie State University

In the Tradition (Taylor 309)

Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of a Seminal Anthology of Young Black Writers  
Kimberly A. Collins, Spalding University (moderator); Artress Bethany White, Carson-Newman University; Esther Iverem, Washington, D.C.; Tony Medina, Howard University; Thomas Sayers Ellis, Lesley University

Poets of Place: Margaret Walker and Brenda Marie Osbey (Taylor 306)
Moderator: Deborah McDowell, University of Virginia 

For Her People: A Tribute to Margaret Walker
Page Laws, Norfolk State University

Summoning Our Saints: The Poetry of Brenda Marie Osbey 
Thadious Davis, University of Pennsylvania; John Wharton Lowe, University of Georgia; Reggie Scott Young, University of Louisiana, Lafayette; Malin Pereira, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Poetry of the Black Diaspora: Transgressing Borders (Taylor 402)

The Metic Experience of the Black British Writer: Challenging the Margins 
Malika Booker, London, England; Roger Robinson, London, England; Nick Makoha, London, England

Talking Trethewey, Talking Truth, Talking Time (Taylor 400)
Moderator: Opal Moore, Spelman College

Ruthless Memory in Thrall and Native Guard
Keith Leonard, American University

Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall: History, Truth, and Resonance
Annette Debo, Western Carolina University

The Poetics of Time and Place in Natasha Trethewey 
Meta DuEwa Jones, Howard University

History, Memory, and Nostalgia in the Works of Natasha Trethewey 
Nagueyalti Warren, Emory University

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Dinner break

8 – 10:30 p.m. Poetry reading, Wilson Hall Auditorium

Nikki Giovanni, Thomas Sayers Ellis (with James Brandon Lewis and Luke Stewart), Brenda Marie Osbey, Marilyn Nelson, Aracelis Girmay, Afaa Michael Weaver, Patricia Smith, Major Jackson

Friday, September 26, 2014

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Taylor Hall (307)

8 – 9:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall

Blues across Borders (Taylor 302)
Moderator: J. Indigo Eriksen, Northern Virginia Community College

The Evolving Imagination in Two Pan-African Poetic Forms
Anthony Kellman, Georgia Regents University

The Diasporic Crux: The Sculpted Ocean in “Requiem for Aunt May” by Ishion Hutchinson and “Griot or Keeper of Begots” by Erica Hunt  
Mildred R. Mickle, Penn State University

The Landscape of Exile in the Poetry of Dennis Brutus and Arthur Nortje 
Stan Galloway, Bridgewater College

Jayne Cortez and Circum-Atlantic Dialogue
Renee M. Kingan, College of William and Mary

“For a Single, Beautiful Word”: The Construction of Blackness in the Parsley Massacre
J. Indigo Eriksen, Northern Virginia Community College

The Crucible of Affrilachia (Taylor 400)

The Affrilachian States of America: Making a Space for Black Regional Poetry  
Keith S. Wilson, Covington, Kentucky 

“Scratch Out a New Picture”: Seven Years of pluck! Magazine
Mitchell L. H. Douglas (moderator), Indiana University; Phillip B. Williams, Washington University, St. Louis; Aziza D. Barnes, New York; Nate Marshall, University of Michigan; Ama Codjoe, Bronx, New York

Form as Resistance: Performance and Composition Strategies in the Avant-Garde (Taylor 305)
Moderator: Hilary Holladay, University of Virginia 

“Who Stole the Soul?”: An Avant-Garde History of the Dark Room Collective 
Keith D. Leonard, American University

“Soundtrack for a Generational Shift”: The Visual Representation of Music in Evie Shockley’s The New Black 
Laura E. Vrana, Penn State University

Loud and Queer: Spoken Word Poetics and Sexual Politics  
McKinley Melton, Gettysburg College

Sex as Resistance in the Poetry of Melvin Dixon
Christopher Rose, Portland Community College

Green Is the New Black (Taylor 404)

Black and Green and Read All Over: African American Nature Poetics 
Camille T. Dungy, Colorado State University (moderator); Douglas Kearney, CalArts; Gregory Pardlo, Columbia University; Kendra Hamilton, Presbyterian College

Keeping the Torch Lit (Taylor 405)

The Furious Flower Poetry Summer Seminars on Lucille Clifton (2009) and
Sonia Sanchez (2011)
DaMaris Hill, University of Kentucky (moderator); Becky Thompson, Simmons College; Antoinette Brim, Capital Community College; Sandra Staton-Taiwo, Alabama State University; Patricia Biela, Hampton, Virginia; Colena Corbett, University of South Carolina

The Power of Collectives (Taylor 402)

Carolina African American Writers Collective: A Critical Fellowship 
Lenard D. Moore, University of Mount Olive (moderator); L. Teresa Church, Durham, North Carolina; Raina J. Leon, St. Mary’s College; Grace C. Ocasio, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Watering Hole: A Space that Sustains Black Poetry and Community 
Candace G. Wiley, University of South Carolina (moderator) and Monifa Lemons (moderator), Columbia, South Carolina; members of The Watering Hole community

Publishing Visionaries (Taylor 306)

Willow Books and the Future of African American Poetry 
Reginald Flood, Eastern Connecticut State University; Derrick Harriell, University of Mississippi; Randall Horton, University of New Haven; featuring readings by Kelly Norman Ellis, Chicago State University; Curtis L. Crisler, Indiana University, Perdue University Fort Wayne

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Critics’ roundtable, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

Diaspora Poetry: Black Poetry Crossing, Expanding, and Challenging Borders, moderated by Daryl Cumber Dance, University of Richmond; with Kwame Dawes, Brenda Marie Osbey, Lorna Goodison

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch break

*Laureate’s luncheon,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom (tickets required)

Introduction by Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech

Keynote by Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor at University of Virginia

2:15 – 4:45 p.m. Poetry reading, Wilson Hall Auditorium

Rita Dove, Frank X Walker, Ekere Mariahadessa Tallie, Elizabeth Alexander, Cornelius Eady, Toi Derricotte, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ishmael Reed

6:30 – 7 p.m. Gallery reception, Festival Conference Center's Lisanby Museum

For the 2004 Furious Flower Poetry Conference, Malaika Favorite was commissioned to paint a 24-portrait museum piece to serve as the major attraction, and it is featured here. Favorite layered the portraits of famous black poets with fragments of the poets’ writing and images to create, as art historian Maureen Shanahan writes in the International Journal of Art & Design Education (June 2010), “an interactive visual-textual body of poets and poetry.”

7:30 – 10 p.m. *Lifetime Achievement awards gala,* Festival Conference Center Ballroom

Rita Dove presented by Elizabeth Alexander

Toi Derricotte presented by Cornelius Eady

Michael Harper presented by Anthony Walton

Yusef Komunyakaa presented by Hermine Pinson

Marilyn Nelson presented by Opal Moore

Quincy Troupe presented by Keith Gilyard

Ishmael Reed presented by Mursalata Muhammad

Special performance by Orchesis Dance Ensemble, Bethune-Cookman University (Carla Lester, director) 

10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Poetry jam, Festival Conference Center Ballroom

Tyehimba Jess, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Dawn Lundy Martin, Douglas Kearney, Mendi Lewis Obadike, Tennessee Reed, Duriel Harris; with music by DJ Phaze

Saturday, September 27, 2014

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Registration, Festival Conference Center Lobby

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. *Continental breakfast,* Taylor Hall (307)

8 – 9:15 a.m. Concurrent sessions, Taylor Hall 

Archaeologies and Archives: Uncovering the Silenced Voices of Women (Taylor 302)
Moderator: Patricia Lespinasse, Binghamton University

“It Is Dangerous to Defy the Gods”: The Poetics and Politics of Silence in Women’s Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance
Michelle J. Pinkard, Tennessee State University

Recognizably (new) Black: Reading Evie Shockley’s “mesostics”
Sequoia Maner, University of Texas at Austin

Archaeologies of Black Women’s Memory: Grace Nichols’s I is a long memoried woman and Nagueyalti Warren’s Margaret
Shirley Toland- Dix, UNCF/Mellon Programs

Beast Inside: The Trope of the Animal in African American Poetry (Taylor 306)

Writing as Metamorphosis in Thylias Moss’s Slave Moth
Jeffery Westover, Boise State University

Everything Is Animal
Aracelis Girmay, Hampshire College; Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Sarah Lawrence College; Kamilah Aisha Moon, Medgar Evers College; Samantha Thornhill, Juilliard School

Interrogating the Avant-Garde (Taylor 400)

What Is African American about the Black Avant-Garde? 
Erica Hunt, New York (moderator); Tonya Foster, City University of New York; Dawn Lundy Martin, University of Pittsburgh; John Keene, Rutgers University; Tyrone Williams, Xavier University; Evie Shockley, Rutgers University

Reimagining Tropes (Taylor 305)
Moderator: Dana Williams, Howard University

Landscape, Love, and the Likeness of Black Women in the Poetry of Frank X Walker
Shauna Morgan Kirlew, Howard University

“Shut Your Rhetorics in a Box”: Social Commentary in Gwendolyn Brooks’s The Anniad 
Bryan Duncan, Bridgewater College

“Live in the Along”: Temporal Vocabularies in Gwendolyn Brooks’s Poems of Childhood  
Rachel Conrad, Hampshire College

In between the Sacred and the Violated: Understanding Rita Dove’s Mother Love
Althea Tait, University of Arizona

Technology-Driven Composition (Taylor 402)

Visual Poetry
Reginald O. Johns, Hampton, Virginia

Electronic Corpse: The Role of Social Media in Collaborative Poetry-Making
M. Ayodele Heath, Atlanta, Georgia; Christina Springer, Santa Clara, California; Joel Dias-Porter, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Golden Shovel Anthology Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks
Peter Kahn, Chicago, Illinois; Patricia Smith, College of Staten Island, CUNY

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Critics’ roundtable, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

Going Too Far: The Queer Poetics Distraction from Issues of Race and Class, moderated by Jericho Brown, Emory University; with Mendi Lewis Obadike, Roger Reeves, L. Lamar Wilson

12 – 1:15 p.m. Lunch break

12:30 – 3 p.m. Special session for K – 12 teachers, Taylor Hall (405)

Presented by University of Virginia’s Center for Liberal Arts: an introductory panel on teaching African American poetry (confers professional development credits and requires separate registration; email rla@virginia.edu or register onsite)

1:30 – 3 p.m. Open mic, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

Emcee: Tim Seibles, Old Dominion University

Special performance by dance students, JMU School of Theatre and Dance (Cynthia Thompson, director)

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Poetry reading, Grafton-Stovall Theatre

Remica Bingham-Risher, Jericho Brown, Camille Dungy, Patricia Spears Jones, Duriel Harris, Samantha Thornhill, A. Van Jordan, Michael Harper

5:45 – 7:45 p.m. Dinner break

8 – 10:30 p.m. *Conference finale,* Wilson Hall Auditorium

Praised for his music’s “elusive beauty” (DownBeat), and for his “style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it” (Philadelphia City Paper), saxophonist Ravi Coltrane brings his quartet to JMU for the close of the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference. 

(Your ticket for this concert is included with conference registration. Additional tickets are available for purchase here.)

Ongoing Exhibits

Visit any of these installations and exhibits throughout the conference.

Art of Wole Lagunju at Duke Hall Gallery; see description above for the opening on Wednesday, 9/24, at 6 p.m.

The Growing Exhibit at Carrier Library: C. B. Claiborne captures the spontaneous, impulsive, reflective, and unexpected moments of the 2014 Furious Flower Poetry Conference on film. Photographs are added to the digital exhibit each day, culminating in a conference vignette.

Standing Among Poets in Warren Hall (Transitions): Photos captured and selected by Lynda Koolish feature Lucille Clifton among her poet friends. Other photographs made by C. B. Claiborne show the spirit of artistic community that formed during previous Furious Flower poetry conferences.

Beyond Mountains in the Festival Conference Center lobby (near registration tables): Photos by students in the fall 2013 “Performance for the Lens” class taught by JMU’s Professor of Art, Corinne Diop, are based on Nadine Pinede’s chapbook, An Invisible Geography.

Art of Malaika Favorite at Festival's Lisanby Museum; see description above for the reception on 9/26 at 6:30 p.m.

Furious Flower Conference Exhibit in Warren Hall (Transitions): The JMU Bookstore features the books of poets and critics participating in the conference. More than 100 titles are available. In addition, select items from the Furious Flower catalog are on display and available for purchase.

Artifacts at Warren Hall patio: Vendors are on hand throughout the conference with fabrics, clothing, jewelry, perfumes, art, and artifacts. In case of rain, the vendor exhibits will be housed inside Warren Hall (Transitions).

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September 24: Office of Disability Services' Open House in the New Student Success Center:

Where: Student Success Center, Suite 1202

Come celebrate the Office of Disability Services' move to the new Student Success Center!  We'll be holding tours to show off our new space and food will be stationed in a variety of places, so you'll never be far from a snack.  There will be giveaways, doorprizes, and games!  Come join us for a great time!

Photograph of a paper sign that says Open House This Way.

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September 24: Study Abroad Fair:

Location:  Festival Grand Ballroom

Interested in going abroad? Come and learn about different study abroad programs that await – India, Ireland, Jordan, Japan, Scotland, and Spain… The JMU list of programs goes on to include over 65 different programs in 30 different countries. JMU semester, short-term, and graduate program directors and representatives will be available to share their experience and to answer your questions. In addition, you will have the opportunity to speak and learn about programs from other universities and providers. 

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September 24: Free Hugs:

If politics, classes, money troubles, or life in general has you feeling down, a FREE HUG might be just what you need to turn that frown upside-down.  Conversely, if you feel like a million bucks and everything is going your way, come share the love and positive energy!

This Counseling Center event will be held on the 1st floor of the Student Success Center.

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September 24: I-Week Photo Contest Reception:

Location:  Prism Gallery

Each year since its beginning in 2000, International Week has brought with it the bonus of wondrous images from the cameras of students, faculty and staff and their journeys abroad.  View the best from I-Week 2014 as you enjoy refreshments and congratulate the contest winners, who present a visual slant on “One World, Many Stories.”

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September 24: I'd Like to Buy an Enemy:

Location:  Court Square Theater, Downtown Harrisonburg

A hilarious and poignant satire that explores peace, justice, and the American way…

Starring Ted Swartz and Tim Ruebke, this thought-provoking show allows us to laugh at ourselves, while engaging us to think about the place of the U.S. in the world, to confront the fear that is such a large part of our culture, and to consider how we can work for peace and justice in this country and in the world.

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September 24: Fusion: Poetry Voiced in Choral Song:

A Collaborative Project with JMU's Furious Flower Poetry Center

This uplifting choral celebration features Broadway sensation Aurelia Williams, the Morgan State University Choir directed by Eric Conway, and the JMU Madison Singers and Chorale, with original music composed by Randy Klein and based on the poetry of Margaret Walker, Michael Harper and Yusef Komunyakaa.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/24-fusion.shtml

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September 25: The Principles and Practices of Effective Classroom Discussions:

Location: Student Success Center 1075; light breakfast will be provided.

Register Here


The best classroom discussions involve the exchange of ideas and a process of discovery that, when they work, can seem effortless and natural to students. But for effective classroom discussions to happen, they almost always require careful planning and thoughtful reflection. What role does discussion play in the learning process? What are the component parts of a discussion and how do faculty members balance the need for order and freedom in creating a discussive space for learning? This workshop explores the conceptual anatomy of classroom discussions, examines the best practices in designing and deploying discussions in lesson plans, and provides participants the opportunity to work together to find practical responses to the common pitfalls of discussions in the classroom. 

This workshop is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Explore the cognitive and operational phases of classroom discussions;
  • Examine best practices in creating and cultivating discussions with students; and
  • Identify effective responses to common challenges of classroom discussions

Facilitator: Douglas Harrison, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation & Department of English

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September 25: Military MOJO:

The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City

1250 South Hayes St.

Alexandria, VA

Military MOJO is a premier veteran hiring event hosted nationally. Their candidates are exclusively Officers (including Warrant Officers) and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers. There are no fees for hires at MOJO and they encourage companies to bring additional staff so they may interview on-site at the career fair. Each candidate receives a resume review and is prepped for the face to face with employers. This ensures ROI for both the candidates and the companies attending their events. They offer corporate sponsorships, veteran outreach opportunities and pricing for small businesses.

REGISTER: www.militarymojo.org

Online registration for the Washington, DC event will close Friday, September 12th so your resume can be given to the companies to review before the event!

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September 25: Marriage Dilemmas of Urban Indian Women: Location: Rose Library 5211; lunch will be provided at 12.

Register Here


Young educated urban women in contemporary India are caught between growing aspirations and opportunities offered by the globalizing world and the traditional cultural expectations related to marriage. Join visiting scholar Dr. Shagufa Kapadia who will present findings from in-depth qualitative research with emergent adult women in Baroda-India. This scholarly talk will explore how Indian women negotiate marriage related personal wishes with family expectations in a landscape that fluctuates between cultural continuity and discontinuity.

This scholarly talk is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:
  • Gain perspective on the Indian cultural worldview and gender issues in the contemporary context of flux;
  • Be motivated to explore non-Western perspectives in social sciences; and
  • Appreciate an academic presentation based on in-depth qualitative research.

Facilitator: Shagufa Kapadia, Ph. D., Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies Research Center, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India

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September 25: Middle Eastern Connection:

Location:  Highlands Room, Festival

This program will give students an opportunity to meet staff at JMU from the Middle East and to learn about their native countries, including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine. The program will include a PowerPoint presentation, displays from each country, a sampling of authentic Middle Eastern food, and a belly dance performance. 

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September 25: Poetry Reading - One World, Many Poems:

Location:  Larkin Arts, 61 Court Square, Downtown Harrisonburg

The poetry reading at Larkin Arts will explore the International Week theme of “One World, Many Stories” through the medium of poetry. Students and community members will share original poetry inspired by their cultural and travel experiences. A set list of poets will begin the reading, with open mic time at the end for other participants to share their own poems that relate to the “One World, Many Stories” theme.    

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September 25: I-Week Trivia Night!:

Location:  Beyond, 50 West Water Street, Downtown Harrisonburg

Come join us for I-Week Trivia Night - a fun opportunity to engage new people while testing your knowledge.  Our very own Delo Blough will be asking the questions, following the I-Week theme of "One World, Many Stories."  Come with your team of 6 or fewer participants, or join/create a team when you arrive at Beyond.  Prizes will be awarded and appetizers will be provided.  Space is limited, so join us early.  



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September 26: Virginia Nurses Association Fall Leadership Symposium: Virginia Nurses Association Fall Leadership Symposium, September 26 and 27, Richmond, Virginia. MORE >


September 26: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.
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September 26: Fall Plant and Bulb Sale:

Sept. 26-27

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Perennials, shrubs and tress planted in the fall establish to be ready for a spring bloom that will burst into enviable color.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

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September 26: Yoga Day:

Location:  UREC - MAC Gym

Even within the world of Yoga, there are many stories.  Yoga has many different styles.  Some focus more on the physical form, while others emphasize on meditation.  Regardless, this ancient art has become a more common practice in the West, creating more understanding of Eastern philosophy and culture in our society.  By becoming more peaceful on the inside, we're able to be more calm with situations that come up in life.  This creates a more peaceful world.  Delight in a class where you can let go of judgment, competition, and expectation.  Enjoy the experience.

Time

Instructor

Format

9:00-10:00 AM

GF Staff

Yoga Fit:

This class combines traditional yoga postures and modern fitness for an incredible mind/body workout that will increase strength, endurance, and flexibility. Expect basic to intermediate poses. All fitness levels welcome.

10:15-11:30 AM

Keala

Upside Down & Inside Out:

Explorations of inversions and arm balances.

11:45-12:30 PM

Keala

Bind Workshop:

Bind (verb): to tie or fasten something; to wrap around with something as to enclose.

 Cultivate knowledge necessary to (safely) warm up for, progress into and relax throughout a series of several yoga binds.  Binding requires finding a balance between ease & effort—these asanas (poses) are not so much an “advanced” practice as they are a continuous journey to physically deepen and add variation into your yoga practice.  Most of all—binds are a way to unite the mind and body!

1:00-1:45 PM

Meredith

Power Yoga Fusion:

This is not your mother’s yoga class. Bring a water bottle and prepare to sweat through this high-intensity power yoga class where you will build strength, regain focus, enhance flexibility, and leave feeling more refreshed than a run through campus.

2:00-2:45 PM

GF Staff

Restorative Yoga:

Celebrate National Yoga Day.  Enjoy this class where you truly get to relax and renew.  Restorative Yoga utilizes props to assist your body into a state of full relaxation.

3:00-4:00 PM

Veronica

The More the Merrier:

Spice up your yoga practice by adding in some partner and group work to your poses in this all-levels class.

4:15-5:00 PM

Donovan

Yoga for Rock Climbing:

This class will focus on strengthening grip muscles and increasing flexibility for climbing.

5:30-7:00 PM

GF Staff

Yoga Rave:

Happy National Yoga Day! Come celebrate with our only Happy Hour of the week:  a Yoga Rave! A party on your mat.  This music-driven Yoga concert allows you to explore and express your yoga in a fun way. 

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September 26: Closing Ceremony:

Location:  The Commons

Celebrate the ending of international Week by observing the many talents and performances provided by JMU's very own cultural organizations as you enjoy some international finger foods and refreshments.

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September 26: Board of Visitors Meeting:

Unless otherwise announced, meetings will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Festival Conference and Student Center at JMU. Public comment will not be received.

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September 26: Eluza Santos Brazilian Dance Forms Master Class:

JMU Dance Program Master Class 2014
Where: Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre - 1270
All theatre and dance majors welcome, especially non-contemporary classes!
 
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September 26: 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 stressful week.

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

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September 26: JMU World Cup Soccer Tournament:

Location:  University Park

The Office of International Programs (oIP) is hosting a World Cup Soccer Tournament, part of the festivities of International Week.  The 6 v 6 tournament will be held on Friday, September 26 at University Park.  This event is open to the JMU community. 

The tournament structure will depend on the number of teams that participate, however teams will likely play at least three 25-minute, games with a chance to advance to a playoff round.  To register for the tournament, submit a team roster to Jonathan Kratz (kratzjx@jmu.edu). Individuals can register without a team, but there is no guarantee they will be able to participant.  If more than 6 individual registrations are received, they will be placed on the same team.  Please read the details below before submitting your roster. 

Details:

  • Roster will include first and last names, eIDs, team name and team captain (main contact person).
  • Rosters should include a minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 11 players.
  • Co-Ed (male and female) teams are encouraged.
  • Members of the JMU Men’s and Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer teams and Men’s and Women’s Club soccer teams are not eligible to play. 
  • JMU Intramural rules will apply.
  • The first 10 teams will be accepted into the tournament; additional teams will be considered depending on the tournament structure.
  • Deadline to submit your team is Sunday, September 21.
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September 26: Martha Nussbaum Lecture:

Martha Nussbaum

Martha Nussbaum is the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, appointed in the Philosophy Department, Law School, and Divinity School. She is an Associate in the Classics Department and the Political Science Department, a Member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a Board Member of the Human Rights Program. She is the founder and Coordinator of the Center for Comparative Constitutionalism. Her publications include Aristotle's De Motu Animalium (1978), The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986, updated edition 2000), Love's Knowledge (1990), The Therapy of Desire (1994), Poetic Justice (1996), For Love of Country (1996), Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997), Sex and Social Justice (1998), Women and Human Development (2000), Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001), Hiding From Humanity: Disgust, Shame, and the Law (2004), Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future (2007), Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America's Tradition of Religious Equality (2008), From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law (2010), Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (2010), and Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach (2011). She has also edited fourteen books. Her Supreme Court Foreword, "Constitutions and Capabilities," appeared in 2007 and will ultimately become a book to be published by Harvard.

This event is open to the public. 

Contact Larry Burton, Director, Cohen Center (cohencenter@jmu.edu) if you have questions. 

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September 26: Transgender singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet:

Sept. 26 | 5:30-7pm | Festival Lawn

Mad4U presents transgender singer/songwriter Namoli Brennet as part of the GetDown at SunDown series, 5:30-7pm on Sept. 26.

Namoli Brennet has been touring with her own brand of moody and inspiring folk since 2002. She's a breathtaking and moving performer, and her sweet, road-weary voice is as quick to deliver her wit and humor as it is a turn of phrase.

She's a top-notch songwriter who's known for her insightful lyrics and poetic language, but it's her live performances that set her apart from the conventional label of singer/songwriter. On stage she reveals deft acoustic guitar chops, often incorporating foot percussion, loops, vocoder and Kaki-King style tapping to create a broad, layered soundscape.

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September 26: A.A.:

Sept. 26 | 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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September 27: International Festival:

17th International Festival

Celebrate our CommUNITY of Cultures
September 27, 2014

at Harrisonburg, Virginia’s beautiful Hillandale Park

For Harrisonburg Festival Website, click here!

TO VOLUNTEER CLICK HERE!

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Celebrating our community’s rich intercultural diversity, the Harrisonburg International Festival invites you to join us for our 17th Annual event Saturday, September 27 2014 from 12:00PM – 6:00PM at Hillandale Park. This event is free, with plenty of food and crafts available for purchase.

As we have since its inception in 1995, this unusual event brings together an extravaganza of performing, visual, and culinary arts and a world of beautiful people offering a remarkable smorgasbord of mouth-watering delicacies, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities, a World Bazaar of exquisite hand-made and imported art and souvenirs, and a world of stories waiting to be shared!

You will find friends from all over the world, foods from Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Thailand, Europe, Puerto Rico, and Central America, talent in music and dance from Aztec, Filipino, Irish, Chinese, and Kurdish artists, storytelling from our Native American heritage, a parade of cultural fashion and dress, and dedicated partners for a better world working for environmental sustainability, green energy, and peace.

For details see http://www.harrisonburg-international-festival.org/online/

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September 27: Harrisonburg International Festival:

Location:  Hillandale Park

Celebrating our community’s rich intercultural diversity since 1997, the Harrisonburg International Festival proudly invites you to our 17th Annual event.  Bringing together an extravaganza of performing, visual, and culinary arts this microcosm of the world offers a smorgasbord of mouth-watering delicacies, an array of musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and educational learning opportunities, a World Bazaar of unique hand-made and imported art and souvenirs for all ages, and opportunities to share your thoughts for enhancing our intercultural community and engaging global concerns with like-minded people. 

Check out the Harrisonburg International Festival website for more details. 

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September 29: JMU Fall Career Fair:

Career Internship Fair

September 29th & 30th, 2014 from 11am-3pm

Festival Conference & Student Center

Student Contact: Chad Gensel, genselca@jmu.edu 
Employer Contact: Chris Campbell, campbecm@jmu.edu 

This career fair will provide full-time and internship opportunities to a variety of majors. Current JMU students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni are welcome to attend.

Information for Students 

Information for Employers 

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September 29: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown: Location: Rose Library 3311

Register Here


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

Note: Consultations must be requested in advance by emailing cfi@jmu.edu

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

  • Practice the integration of writing as aspect of career; and
  • Increase a sense of belonging to a writing community.
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September 29: Common Ground:

Sept. 29 | 8-9pm | Warren Hall 403

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 will meet weekly in Warren Hall Room 403 from 8-9pm, beginning Monday, Sept. 29. 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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September 30: 30-first-city-council-candidates-forum: Location to be announced. This is the first of two opportunities to listen to and ask questions of Harrisonburg City Council candidates. It is a great way to be an informed and engaged voter. MORE >


September 30: JMU Wind Symphony:

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Stephen P. Bolstad, is the premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble at JMU. The Wind Symphony is committed to performing the great works of the wind-band’s core repertoire while also exploring the best of contemporary composition.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2014/09/30-wind-symphony.shtml

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Current Month

October 2014

October 1: Latino Film Festival MORE >

October 1: Alternative Thanksgiving and January Break Lottery MORE >

October 2: Reflect, Refine, Plan: Comprehensive Career Mapping, Part I MORE >

October 2: JMU Brass Band MORE >

October 3: Speaker: Nobel Prize Winner Oliver Williamson MORE >

October 3: Reflect, Refine, Plan: Comprehensive Career Mapping, Part I MORE >

October 3: Gale McNeeley Movement Theatre Masterclass MORE >

October 3: opt MORE >

October 3: global connections MORE >

October 3: A.A. MORE >

October 3: Gale McNeeley presents "Archy and Mehitabel" MORE >

October 4: Jazz 4 Justice MORE >

October 6: Conference Presentations Workshop MORE >

October 6: Conference Presentations Workshop MORE >

October 6: Common Ground MORE >

October 7: Gone Missing MORE >

October 8: Finish Your Writing Project MORE >

October 8: Community Service-Learning MORE >

October 8: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Andrew Morris-Singer MORE >

October 10: JMU Family Weekend MORE >

October 10: 10-harrisonburg-and-rockingham-bike-walk-summit MORE >

October 10: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group MORE >

October 10: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) II MORE >

October 10: Emily Oleson Rhythmic Dance Master Class MORE >

October 10: global connections MORE >

October 10: A.A. MORE >

October 11: paintball MORE >

October 11: JMU Pops! Music from Stage and Screen MORE >

October 13: Beyond the 300: The Classical World and You MORE >

October 13: Flu Vaccine Clinic MORE >

October 13: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Ed Sarath MORE >

October 13: Common Ground MORE >

October 14: Flu Vaccine Clinic MORE >

October 14: Alexi Sherrill Dance Conditioning Master Class MORE >

October 14: Marianne Gedigian MORE >

October 15: Senior Honors Project Info Session MORE >

October 15: Senior Honors Project Info Session MORE >

October 15: 15-second-city-council-candidates-forum MORE >

October 16: Reflect, Refine, Plan: Comprehensive Career Mapping, Part II MORE >

October 16: MVS: Jeff Rosen MORE >

October 17: Fall 2014 Student Teacher's Conference MORE >

October 17: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) II MORE >

October 17: Reflect, Refine, Plan: Comprehensive Career Mapping, Part II MORE >

October 17: Ingrid De Sanctis Text & Movement Master Class MORE >

October 17: global connections MORE >

October 17: A.A. MORE >

October 18: Madison International Service Project MORE >

October 18: Pumpkin patch and carving MORE >

October 20: Block 2 Student Teaching MORE >

October 20: Rebecca Kamen Exhibit MORE >

October 20: Rothstein's First Assignment Exhibition MORE >

October 20: Artist Lecture: Rebecca Kamen MORE >

October 20: Rothstein's First Assignment Opening Reception MORE >

October 20: Rebecca Kamen Opening Reception MORE >

October 20: Common Ground MORE >

October 21: JMU Symphonic Band MORE >

October 23: Barbara Hernandez Lecture MORE >

October 23: Speaker Scott Beaulier MORE >

October 23: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Caty Borum Chattoo MORE >

October 24: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) II MORE >

October 24: Christopher K. Morgan Contemporary Master Class MORE >

October 24: global connections MORE >

October 24: JMU Madison Singers and Chorale MORE >

October 24: A.A. MORE >

October 25: Harrisonburg Walk to End Alzheimer's MORE >

October 27: Spring registration begins MORE >

October 27: Decade Days: 1960s MORE >

October 27: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Alice Honig MORE >

October 27: Purple Out MORE >

October 27: JMU Percussion Ensemble MORE >

October 27: Common Ground MORE >

October 28: Home Visiting: Investing from the Start — Building for the Future MORE >

October 28: Pep My Ride MORE >

October 28: Decade Days: 1970s MORE >

October 28: Machinal MORE >

October 29: Decade Days: 1980s MORE >

October 29: CAA Blood Drive MORE >

October 29: ASB Driving Info Session MORE >

October 29: Men's Soccer vs. William and Mary MORE >

October 30: Decade Days: 1990s MORE >

October 30: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Charles Morgan MORE >

October 30: JMU Wind Symphony MORE >

October 30: Late Night Breakfast MORE >

October 31: Decade Days: 2000s MORE >

October 31: Class of 1979 35th Reunion MORE >

October 31: Alpha Gamma Delta Reunion MORE >

October 31: Class of 1989 25th Reunion MORE >

October 31: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) II MORE >

October 31: Fight Song T-shirt Day MORE >

October 31: Homecoming Alumni Golf Tournament MORE >

October 31: Class of 1984 30th reunion MORE >

October 31: Sigma Gamma Rho 25th Anniversary Reunion MORE >

October 31: Sig Ep Homecoming Reunion MORE >

October 31: Ryan Corriston Spooky Modern Master Class MORE >

October 31: global connections MORE >

October 31: Deadline to submit 2015-2016 Student Teaching Applications MORE >

October 31: Friday Night in Downtown Harrisonburg MORE >

October 31: Centennial Scholars 10th Anniversary MORE >

October 31: A.A. MORE >

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