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April 2015

April 25: Benefit for the Wounded Warriors of Virginia:

Come out to the Spotsylvania Towne Centre on April 25th for a Benefit for the Wounded Warriors of Virginia. The event will feature a motorcycle rodeo, live music and information regarding veteran services throughout Virginia. It is sponsored by the Spotsylvania Sherri's Office.

Questions? Contact Major Don Thodos at (540) 507-7196 or via email:


April 25: Day of the Child Festival:

Keister Elementary School hosts its second annual Day of the Child Festival at 100 Maryland Ave, Harrisonburg, Va. Local organizations share information about programs and services for local families. Keister families will provide a potluck lunch including flavors from around the world as they celebrate diverse heritages. There will be games for children and musical entertainment for all.

Furious Flower staff will be there to talk with you about the annual Children’s Poetry Camp, which takes place on the JMU campus this summer, Aug. 3-7, 2015.


April 25: Dukettes Tryout Schedule Announced:

Please visit the Dukettes Tryout page for more details about this event.


April 25: Special Collections Oral History Reception:

2-3:30 p.m.
Room 5211, Rose Library

The event is the opening reception for the first collection of the Shenandoah Living Archive, a new Libraries and Educational Technologies initiative curating life in the Valley. “Ang Buhay sa Nayon – Oral Histories of Filipino Americans in the Shenandoah Valley” is the initial collection.

The reception, which features an array of Filipino food, is hosted by the JMU History Department, Special Collection and Libraries and Educational Technologies via the Burruss Foundation.

For information, contact Dr. Mark E. Peterson of Special Collections at


April 26: Spring Picnic:

You are invited to enjoy the company of students and faculty at the Math & Stat. department spring picnic.

We ask that faculty bring a dish (side or dessert) to share. 

Location: Shelter 2 in Purcell Park.Shelter 2 is closest to the kid’s castle.  Directions can be found here.


April 27: 12th International Symposium and Equipment Exhibition "Mine Action 2015": The Symposium will consist of plenary sessions and a field demonstration with IARP, TIRAMISU and RACVIAC workshops and meetings. MORE >

April 27: Children's Spring Nature Art Camp:

April 27, 29 and 30

10 a.m.-noon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Jewel Yoder Hertzler leads the three-session workshop for children ages 7 to 12. The spring-themed workshop is part of an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children’s art instruction that will allow young artists to produce their own botanical journal that they will treasure for a lifetime.

The $35 fee includes sketch journal and pencil.

Visit to register online or call (540) 568-3194.


April 27: Colloquia: Speaker: Will Traves. Title: Geometry: Old and New. Roop 103 3:45-4:45PM. More info here. MORE >

April 27: Film screening: The Hunting Ground:

Grafton-Stovall Theater

From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. View the trailer here.


April 27: Common Ground:

Apr. 27 | 8-9pm | Madison Union 203

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

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

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

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

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


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

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: As leaders, our emotions are contagious in our organization. Whether we are a supervisor with leadership responsibilities or a non-supervisor who leads without a formal leadership role, we can all contribute to creating a positive, energized and collaborative working environment. This session will allow us to explore how a person in tune with him or herself and the people they work with can create a sense of resonance in the workplace that leads to increased productivity and job satisfaction.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the meaning of “resonant leadership” and its importance in a fostering a productive work environment
  • Learn about the four domains of emotional intelligence leadership competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management
  • Understand why employees who are emotionally engaged accomplish more
  • Identify ways that the development of emotional intelligence skills leads to greater movement towards positive change and growth

This workshop is based on the book Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis and Annie McKee.

Presented by: Jennifer Campfield, Director of Training and Development


April 29: Tea Time: Tea Time is every Wednesday during semester from 2-2:45PM in Roop 103. Please join faculty and students in social time.  BYO mug if you have one. MORE >

April 29: Dolley Madison Event:

Celebrating the “SEA”

The Staff Emeriti Association invites you to our Premier event!

Wednesday, April 29 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

In the Alleghany Room, first floor of JMU’s Festival Center.

Please join fellow Staff Emeriti for refreshments, networking and planning

Followed by an exclusive viewing of the exhibition “Dolley Madison: The First, First Lady” led by Dr. Kate Stevens, Director of the Madison Art Collection, in the Lisanby Gallery.

Plan to be a part of the exciting Premier event!

RSVP your attendance by April 17th:


April 29: American Women at War Project Presentations:

5-7 p.m.
Room 306, Taylor Hall

JMU Honors program students enrolled in the American Women at War course present their multimedia productions based on their archival research projects of American women who served in the military during World War I and II. Over the course of the spring 2015 semester, these students conducted research at the Army Women’s Museum archives located at Fort Lee, Va. These student projects will be used as future exhibits housed at the museum and will serve as valuable tools for researchers on American women’s contributions to the military during the 20th century.

RSVP is requested, but not required, to Amelia Underwood at Free.


April 30: Visiting Scholar Philip Davies:

Philip Davies, Director, Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, Brunel University, UK

“Intelligence, Politics and Government: National Intelligence Cultures and National Intelligence Systems”

Time and location TBA


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

April 30: Travel Signature Day:

The ISSS office will be open from 8 am to 5 pm today, to have your immigration document signed for summer travel.  If you plan to travel outside the United States during the summer and plan to return to JMU, you will need a signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.   NOTE:  IF YOUR I-20 WAS SIGNED ANY TIME DURING THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE IT SIGNED NOW.

More information about traveling while on your student status.

April 30: Emerging Leaders (TD1049):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Session: 7 of 7

Session Description: The Cherry Tree Approach

This professional development course will help participants recognize the importance of integrity and honesty in a leadership role. After completing this module you will be able to:

  • Define ethics
  • Define integrity
  • Develop strategies for making ethical decisions
  • Identify the importance of integrity in the workplace

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


April 30: Graduate Community Picnic:

Join us to celebrate the end of another wonderful year at JMU! All are welcome to enjoy a great time together with free food, swag bags, and good music!

When: Thursday, April 30th

Time: 4:30pm

Where: Grace Street House Lawn

We will also announce the recipients of the Impact Awards and GSA Scholarships, as well as recognize the 2015-2016 GSA Executive Council!

So grab a roommate, your classmates, and friends and don’t miss this celebratory event of graduate community connection!


April 30: End-of-year Social: Details coming soon! MORE >

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May 2015

May 1: Final Examinations MORE >

May 1: Travel Signature Day MORE >

May 1: Valley Scholars Envision Exhibit MORE >

May 1: Open Enrollment for Health Insurance and Flex Accounts MORE >

May 1: TIAA-CREF One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

May 1: Exercise is Medicine (TD1860) MORE >

May 1: Closing Event MORE >

May 1: A.A. MORE >

May 2: End of Year Poster Presentations MORE >

May 2: NENA Spring Festival MORE >

May 3: Poetry Reading: Sarah Golibart MORE >

May 4: Travel Signature Day MORE >

May 5: VALIC One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

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May 6: Travel Signature Day MORE >

May 7: Residence Halls Close for Summer Break MORE >

May 7: Graduate/Doctoral Commencement MORE >

May 7: Completion of graduation requirements deadline MORE >

May 7: Travel Signature Day MORE >

May 7: Graduate School Graduation Ceremony MORE >

May 7: The Graduate School Commencement MORE >

May 7: Graduate School Ceremony MORE >

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May 8: Undergraduate Commencement MORE >

May 8: Graduate and Main Commencement Ceremony MORE >

May 8: Lavender Graduation MORE >

May 8: Parking Services Closed MORE >

May 8: Commencement Crew MORE >

May 8: 2015 University Ceremony MORE >

May 8: Travel Signature Day MORE >

May 8: 2015 University Graduation Ceremony MORE >

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May 8: 2015 Godwin Field Celebration MORE >

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May 8: College of Business Graduation Ceremony MORE >

May 8: SHSRM Commencement MORE >

May 8: College of Business Undergraduate Ceremony MORE >

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May 8: A.A. MORE >

May 9: Undergraduate Commencement MORE >

May 9: College Commencement Ceremonies MORE >

May 9: Commencement Crew MORE >

May 9: College of Integrated Science and Engineering Ceremony MORE >

May 9: Undergraduate College Ceremonies MORE >

May 9: 2015 College of Science and Mathematics Commencement Ceremony MORE >

May 9: College of Visual and Performing Arts Ceremony MORE >

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May 9: College of Health and Behavioral Studies Ceremony MORE >

May 9: College of Education and University Studies Ceremony MORE >

May 9: College of Arts and Letters Ceremony MORE >

May 10: Mother's Day Carriage Rides MORE >

May 11: Summer Office Hours Start MORE >

May 11: Scholarly Writers' Bootcamps (May Symposium) MORE >

May 11: Integrating Service Learning Experiences into Your Course (Institute) MORE >

May 11: Logic and Reasoning (Institute) MORE >

May 11: Critical Thinking and Test Item Writing (Workshop) MORE >

May 11: Workshop on the Foundations of Mathematics MORE >

May 11: Monarch Butterfly Talk MORE >

May 11: The Engaged Learning Collaboratory MORE >

May 11: Mixing Generations in the Workplace (TD1968) MORE >

May 12: Parking Services Closed MORE >

May 12: Administration and Finance Division Meeting MORE >

May 12: May Symposium Conference Day Tuesday MORE >

May 12: Core Introduction to the Eight Key Questions (Workshop) MORE >

May 12: Core Introduction to the Eight Key Questions Workshop MORE >

May 12: Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212) MORE >

May 12: Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212) MORE >

May 12: Ethical Reasoning Scholarship - Plans and Results MORE >

May 13: Grant Writing Institute (May Symposium) MORE >

May 13: May Symposium Conference Day Wednesday MORE >

May 13: Ethical Reasoning Pedagogy - What's Working? MORE >

May 13: Time Challenged (TD1608) MORE >

May 13: Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others through Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion (TD1824) MORE >

May 14: Assessing Ethical Reasoning Skills (Workshop) MORE >

May 14: Assessing Ethical Reasoning Skills Workshop MORE >

May 14: Building Signature Assignments (Workshop) MORE >

May 14: Digital Humanities and You: Join the Conversation (Roundtable) MORE >

May 15: First Year Housing Contract Deadline MORE >

May 15: 15_Bike_Work MORE >

May 15: Spring Celebration Plant Sale MORE >

May 15: The Platinum Rule (TD1485) MORE >

May 16: Cascade Overview Training MORE >

May 16: Computer Based Praxis Test MORE >

May 16: City of Harrisonburg Bluestone Trail Night Bike Ride MORE >

May 18: Summer Sessions Continuing Education MORE >

May 18: Summer Sessions Start MORE >

May 18: Virginia Watercolor Society Statewide Exhibition and Workshops MORE >

May 18: Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes MORE >

May 19: Keeping the Good Ones (TD1703) MORE >

May 19: Business Writing & Proofreading (TD1021) MORE >

May 19: Cascade Open Lab Training MORE >

May 19: Recognizing and Managing 5 Modes of Conflict (TD1526) MORE >

May 19: City of Harrisonburg's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Workshop MORE >

May 20: Add/Drop Deadline MORE >

May 20: Project Management for Non-Project Managers (TD1775) MORE >

May 20: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Temperaments (TD1259) MORE >

May 21: Add/Drop Deadline MORE >

May 21: It's Okay to Be the Boss (TD1742) MORE >

May 21: Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) and Conflict (TD1498) MORE >

May 22: Add/Drop Deadline MORE >

May 22: Add with Department Permission Deadline MORE >

May 22: Fidelity One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

May 22: Arboretum Guest Speaker MORE >

May 25: Memorial Day MORE >

May 25: Add with Department Permission Deadline MORE >

May 25: University Closed MORE >

May 26: Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure (TD1151) MORE >

May 26: Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure (TD1151) MORE >

May 27: Add with Department Permission Deadline MORE >

May 27: Project Management for Non-Project Managers (TD1775) MORE >

May 28: Leading While Speaking (TD1999) MORE >

May 28: Change and Innovation through Brainstorming (TD1969) MORE >

May 29: Give Peace a Chance MORE >

May 29: Course Withdrawal Deadline MORE >

May 29: Add with Department Permission Deadline MORE >

May 30: Kids Book Festival needs volunteers MORE >

May 30: WVPT Kids' Book Festival MORE >