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February 2014


February 9 ( 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM )   - Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

2-4 p.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Romantic horse-drawn carriages leave from the Frances Plecker Education Center.

Advance reservations recommended online at http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.



February 10 ( 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - ArtWorks Gallery Exhibition

Feb. 10-21

Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
131 Grace St.

The exhibition features work by JMU students Casey Wagner, Kelly Sheridan, Julia Kron and Sarah Phillips.

Opening reception, Feb. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.



February 11 ( 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ) - Student Assessment/Faculty Assistance Day

Spring 2014 Assessment Day will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11.  All students who have earned 45-70 credits are required to participate.

Assessments begin promptly at 9 a.m. (morning session) and 1 p.m. (afternoon session), so you should arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time.  You have been assigned to a testing location based on the last two digits of your JMU student ID number.  To determine the time and location at which you will be completing your assessments, visit http://www.jmu.edu/assessment/JMUAssess/Aday_Upcoming.htm

IMPORTANT!  Do not bring cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, photographic or other electronic devices (e.g. mp3 players, cameras, calculators, hand-held gaming systems) to the assessment room.  Use of such devices is strictly prohibited. Students who bring such devices will be dismissed from the assessment session and referred to Judicial Affairs.  Students dismissed from the session will have a hold placed on their record and will be required to attend a make-up assessment session at a later date.

If you have additional questions about Assessment Day, please visit http://www.jmu.edu/assessment/JMUAssess/Aday_Upcoming.htm or contact assessment@jmu.edu.



February 12 ( 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ) - Terrarium Workshop

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

Miniature landscape expert Pam Shank demonstrates and guides through the process of creating a succulents terrarium. Create a wee world to use as home or business decor.

Pre-registration required online at http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.


February 12 ( 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Guest Speaker Jodi Meadows

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

Local author Jodi Meadows presents “Writing for Young Adult Readers.”

Sponsored by JMU Libraries Special Collections. Free.



February 13 ( 5:30 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholar Wendy Newstetter

Canceled (May be rescheduled)

5:30 p.m.
Room 1301, Health and Human Services Building

Wendy Newstetter, director of educational research and innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology, presents “The Future of U: The possibilities and the pitfalls of technology-enabled learning.”

The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.


February 13 ( 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ) - Guest Speaker Gao Fal

3:30-4:45 p.m.
Room 302, Taylor Hall

Professor Gao Fal of China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing presents “China’s Diplomacy v.3.0.”

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Office of International Programs. Free.

If inclement weather forces JMU to close during the time scheduled for this lecture, the lecture will not be held.



February 14 ( 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM ) - Valentine's Day Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

5-8 p.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Romantic horse-drawn carriages leave from the Frances Plecker Education Center. Advance reservations recommended online at http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Walk up rides may be available day of.

If Friday evening rides sell out, additional rides will be offered Saturday, Feb. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. Call (540) 568-3194.


February 14 ( 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ) - Second JMU Undergraduate Conference on Asian Studies

8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Highlands Room, Festival Conference and Student Center

The conference provides a platform for students to examine both contemporary and historical issues in East and South Asia. Through their interdisciplinary research, students have gained a better understanding of how this highly complex region with profound cultural traditions struggled to survive and created new paths for themselves in the last century.

The themes covered by the conference include global colonial connections, wartime experiences, postwar recovery, contemporary societies and Asian culture in the West. Morning and afternoon refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Johnathan Walker at (540) 568-1742 or Yongguang Hu at (540) 568-3607. Free admission.



February 18 ( 4:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholar Keith Clark

4 p.m.
Room 402, Taylor Hall

Keith Clark, associate professor of English and African American Studies at George Mason University, presents “The Fire This Time: The Radical Visions of James Baldwin and Ann Petry.”

The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.



February 19 ( 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

3 p.m.
WMRA-FM, 90.7

“Brow Anxiety” features JMU’s Dr. Brooks Hefner, assistant professor of English. During the 1910s and 1920s, the question of whether one was “highbrow” or “lowbrow” became a concern in the minds of modernist Americans. Hefner says this “brow anxiety” dominated the career of Willard Huntington Wright, who fancied himself an intellectual aristocrat while secretly writing a series of wildly popular detective stories under the pseudonym S.S. Van Dine.



February 24 ( 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - ArtWorks Gallery Exhibition

Feb. 24-March 7

Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
131 Grace St.

The exhibition features work by JMU students Derek Niver, Jeremiah Morris, Paige Ramsey and Jacqueline Guerrier.

Opening reception, Feb. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.

For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.



February 25 ( 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM ) - Frances Litten Botanical Lecture by Bryce Lane

7-8:30 p.m.
Festival Conference and Student Center Ballroom A

Bryce Lane, host of “In the Garden with Bryce Lane,” a twice Emmy Award-winning program offered on UNC-TV, speaks at the eighth annual Frances Litten Botanical Lecture. Lane presents “Inspirations from the Edge: Latest Trends in Gardening.”

Book sales and signing after the lecture from 8:30 to 9 p.m.

Free admission to lecture. For information, check the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum website at http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.



February 26 ( 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Guest Speaker Katharine Brown

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

Local author Katharine Brown of Lot's Wife Press presents “The History of Moonshine Production in the Shenandoah Valley.”

Sponsored by JMU Libraries Special Collections. Free.



February 27 ( 7:30 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Public Star Party

7:30 p.m.
JMU Astronomy Park

Star Parties are free and open to the public. The Astronomy Park is located behind the Physics & Chemistry Building on the JMU campus east of Interstate 81.

More information about free parking in Lot D2 and how to get to the astronomy park is available at http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/StarGaze.shtml.



February 28 ( 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM ) - Engineering and Engineering Technology Workshop

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Festival Conference and Student Center

Explore the variety of engineering fields and career pathways available to your students through interactions with representatives from two- and four-year colleges and universities and the engineering workforce.

The workshop is hosted by JMU and sponsored by JMU Outreach & Engagement, American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia Community College System, Virginia School Counselors Association and Virginia STEAM Academy.

VSCA will provide a voucher for recertification credit eligibility. Lunch and refreshments are included. Free admission.

Register online at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=tg7ccjpab&oeidk=a07e8omypo97905b696.

JMU contact is Katie Lapira, lapirakm@jmu.edu.


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