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March 2014

March 3 ( 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM )   - Art in the Arboretum

March 3-April 30

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

The exhibition features paintings of the natural world by Sarah Phillips. Free.

March 5 ( 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM )   - "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

3 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

Dr. Alan Levinovitz, assistant professor of religion, joins colleagues from other universities on “Good Sport.”

Nobody knows their exact price tag, but the Sochi Olympics have been widely hailed as the most expensive Olympic Games ever. And the real question: is it worth the cost? Political science professor Patrick Rhamey of Virginia Military Institute says hosting the games doesn’t actually give countries a political advantage, but winning the medal count can.

Plus: The United States is the only country that attaches big-time sports to universities. Levinovitz says it’s time to get big sports out of schools. And: Any proposal to end college athletics would get a big pushback from fans. Kiran Karande’s MBA class at Old Dominion University recently completed a study looking at exactly who the football fans are at their university—and what keeps them coming back.

Later in the show: Sports Illustrated recently published an astounding statistic: one out of every 14 players in top college footballs programs has a criminal record. Many of these crimes involved violence toward women. Chris Kilmartin of the University of Mary Washington believes a new kind of motivation is needed on the field. Kilmartin says anti-feminine taunts—like “let’s go ladies; take off your skirts and play like a man”—reinforce a fiction that men are sexually indiscriminate.

Also featured: We tend to associate hazing with the humiliating, sometimes violent, initiation rituals of sororities and fraternities. Tod Burke and Stephen Owen, both of Radford University, say the phenomenon occurs elsewhere, too—even workplaces. They also say that people who have experienced hazing often view it positively.

March 10 ( 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM ) - Spring Break

March 10-14

Classes do not meet.

March 14 ( 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM ) - University holiday

Additional hours of holiday leave time granted by the Governor.

March 16 ( 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ) - "Air Play" Public Radio Program

7-8 p.m.
WEMC 91.7 FM

“Air Play” features all JMU ensembles. The JMU Symphony Orchestra plays Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor, directed by Robert McCashin. The JMU Chorale and Chamber Orchestra perform a section from Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, directed by Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy. The Madison Singers sing Ola Gjiello's "Unicornis Captivatur,” directed by Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy.

March 17 ( 1:00 AM - 8:00 PM ) - Classes resume

Classes resume today after Spring Break.

March 17 ( 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM ) - St. Patrick's Day Live Highland Pipes

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

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic dinner for a free public live performance of Highland Pipes and Celtic Fiddle, featuring JMU students and music performance majors Jenna Dennison (bagpipes) and Katherine Hummel (Celtic fiddle).

For information, check

March 17 ( 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM ) - St. Patrick's Day Dinner Lecture

6-9 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Enjoy Irish cuisine and brew with a virtual botanical tour to a new region of the globe with a guest lecturer each year. This year's speaker is Dr. Jonathan Monroe, professor of biology at JMU, who shares his scientific experiences of bicycling through the Burren in County Clare, Ireland, a vast area of exposed limestone, botanical diversity, wind and rain.

A per person cost covers a three-course dinner, tax, tip, beverages and a libation of choice.

Advanced reservations required by March 12. Call (540) 568-3194 or check

March 17 ( 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - ArtWorks Gallery Exhibition

March 17-28

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

The exhibition features work by JMU students Bailey Steele, Braxton Congove, Kevin Sabo and Sarah Florjancic.

Opening reception, March 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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

March 18 ( 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM ) - Madison Vision Series: Kat Imhoff

3:30 p.m.
Grafton-Stovall Theatre

The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Kat Imhoff, president of James Madison’s Montpelier, for the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society.

This Madison Week event is free and open to the public.

March 18 ( 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ) - "Air Play" Public Radio Program

7-8 p.m.
WMRA 90.7 FM

“Air Play” features all JMU ensembles. The JMU Symphony Orchestra plays Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor, directed by Robert McCashin. The JMU Chorale and Chamber Orchestra perform a section from Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, directed by Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy. The Madison Singers sing Ola Gjiello's "Unicornis Captivatur,” directed by Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy.

March 19 ( 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ) - War to Peace conference

March 19-20

JMU hosts Intelligence and the Transition from War to Peace, A Multidisciplinary Assessment, a conference examining the CIA documents on intelligence support to U.S. decision-making on Bosnia, 1992-1996. The conference will include scholars from the United States and abroad presenting papers exploring the role of intelligence in war and peace, and the multidimensional nature of conflict resolution, as well as eyewitness accounts from individuals who actively participated in the Bosnian War and Dayton Peace Accords. Visit the conference website for details.

March 19 ( 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

3 p.m.
WMRA-FM, 90.7

Dr. Maria deValpine, associate professor of nursing at JMU, is a guest on "Extreme Nursing in Bush Alaska." There is an extreme shortage of nurses in "bush" Alaska, where groceries are only delivered in the summer, and alcoholism, sexual assault, diabetes and preventable injury plague the Native Alaskan population in Bristol Bay. deValpine has spent the last three years trying to understand nurses who elect to stay in such a beautiful but harsh environment on the edge of the earth.

Later in the show, Dr. Michael Gubser, associate professor of history at JMU, talks about the importance of history in international development. He says solutions that work in one country often get airlifted to another country that has a very different social and cultural history.

March 20 ( 7:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholar Jonathan Haynes

7 p.m.
Room 2105, Harrison Hall

Jonathan Haynes, professor of English at Long Island University, Brooklyn, presents “Introducing Nollywood: The rise of the Nigerian film industry from a failing economy and a brutal dictatorship.”

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

March 22 ( 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

March 22 ( 9:30 AM - 3:15 PM ) - Expanding Your Horizons Conference

9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Memorial Hall

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

Parents and teachers are invited to attend EYH with their students. This year, we will offer two adult workshops: a parent workshop and a college admissions and financial aid presentation. Parents and teachers are also welcome to accompany their students to all of their activities.

All participants will receive breakfast and lunch. There is no registration fee, but all students and accompanying adults and teachers must pre-register. We thank our generous sponsors for enabling us to offer EYH to participants free of charge again this year.

Registration will close no later than Monday, March 17, and may close earlier if the conference reaches capacity.

Register at

March 22 ( 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM ) - Women in Leadership Conference

9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Zane Showker Hall

The conference is open to all students, and is intended to help with the transition from college to career.

An impressive lineup of speakers and topics is planned, including keynote speaker Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Western Carolina University; Mary Anne Mason, Esq., partner, Crowell and Moring, Washington, D.C.; and Mary Ann Alger, business development consultant and JMU first lady.

Topics include entrepreneurship, successful negotiations and building credibility.

To register for this free conference, email Patricia May at  Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21.

March 24 ( 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ) - Panel of American Women Combat Veterans

6-8 p.m.
Room 1301, Health and Human Services Building

In honor of Women’s History Month, the JMU Department of Military Science sponsors a distinguished panel of American women combat veterans who lead a discussion, “Called to Duty: Experiences of American Women in Combat.” Panel guest speakers include:

Captain Rebecca Lloyd, 2004 graduate of the United States Military Academy and Military Intelligence officer with multiple deployments to Afghanistan. During her most recent deployment, she served as a gender analyst involved in State and Military programs focusing on gender integration for the Afghan National Security Forces. She also worked with the strategic liaison team and met with several female members of the Afghan Parliament and discussed how they could help ISAF help the Afghan government be a better government. 

Major Mary Tobin, 2003 graduate of the United States Military Academy, who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004 and 2008. She is a communications officer with a wide array of experiences throughout the Army, including working with aviation quick response teams responsible for rescuing soldiers injured in downed aircraft incidents.

Captain Katey Geary van Dam, a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a United States Marine Corps Light Attack Helicopter Pilot who conducted combat operations in Afghanistan and counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa/Gulf of Aden.

Lieutenant Kristen Laraway, a 2009 graduate of the United States Naval Academy who deployed to the Arabian Gulf aboard the USS CLEVELAND and also competed on the  Armed Forces Women’s Soccer Team at the 8th World Military Women’s Football Championship in Warendorf, Germany.

CW2 Laurie E. Atherholt, a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and U.S. Army Helicopter Pilot who deployed to Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan in 2013. She served as an aircraft Commander of the MH-53H Sea Dragon and is qualified as a Maintenance Test Pilot. She is currently assigned as an Army Aviator in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Captain Jennifer Kukla, a 2004 graduate of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership and a United States Marine Corps Electronic Countermeasures Officer. She has served in multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar 2008-2010 and is an instructor and Executive Officer at The Basic School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

Captain Mabel Annuziata, a United States Marine Corps Adjutant Officer who deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. She currently serves as the Adjutant for The Basic School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

For more information, contact event coordinator Amelia Underwood,, 540-421-5650. Free.

March 25 ( 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM ) - Children's Nature Camp

March 25-27

4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Lenna Frances Keefer, artist and facilitator, leads the spring-themed workshop in an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children’s art instruction. The workshop allows children ages 7 to 12 to produce their own botanical journals they will treasure for their lifetime. The sessions focus on spring seasonal woodland wildflowers found within the arboretum, teaching plant identification, interdisciplinary historical plant lore, Native American plant culture and basic science skills alongside botanical drawing technique.

Space is limited to 10 children each session time. Parents are welcome to stay with their children during workshop sessions.

To register, check Cost is $35 per student and includes sketch journal and pencil.

March 25 ( 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM ) - Visiting Writer Series: Jonathan Coleman

4-6 p.m.
Room 305, Taylor Hall

Jonathan Coleman is the author of four critically acclaimed works of nonfiction, “At Mother’s Request: A True Story of Money, Murder and Betrayal,” “Exit the Rainmaker,” “Long Way to Go: Black and White in America” and “West by West: My Charmed Tormented Life” with basketball icon Jerry West. Coleman presents “The Art and Responsibility of Creative Nonfiction Writing” from 4 to 4:45 p.m. and a reading from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Laurie Kutchins, coordinator of the creative writing minor, at Free.

March 26 ( 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ) - Guest Speaker Diane Lepkowski

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

Diane Lepkowski of the Rockingham Bird Club presents “Birds of the Arboretum,” an informative review and slide show.

Register for the free program at

March 26 ( 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ) - JMuse Cafe: Shaping Spaces

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Harrisonburg City Council Chambers, 409 S. Main St.

The JMuse Café is partnering with the Institute for Visual Studies and local civic groups and campus organizations to continue this year’s program on “Space, Place, and Community,” the highly successful series of community conversations and events, which started last fall. While previous events focused on Harrisonburg’s past, the spring events will offer a thoughtful public dialogue about how we can create successful public spaces and places that build community. These discussions will help us to learn from the past as we shape our future.

“Shaping Spaces”
 explores the question “How can we create successful public spaces?” Panelists are Melissa Fisher, former chief operating officer, Highline Park, New York City; Cecil Gilkerson, former director, Harrisonburg Department of Parks and Recreation, Charles King, vice president of administration and finance, JMU, and Henry Way, Harrisonburg Planning Commission member and a JMU professor.

For more information, check or send email to

March 26 ( 6:30 PM - 8:45 PM ) - Think and Eat Outside of the Box with Rain Pryor

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
7-8 p.m. presentation, followed by a 30- to 45-minute question-and-answer period
Memorial Hall Auditorium

Join Rain Pryor, a woman who does it all, as she envisages diversity. Pryor wears many hats: stand-up comedienne, singer, author, award-winning actress, Multiple Sclerosis activist and educator, director and producer. Growing up in a biracial home, daughter of a Jewish mother and a famous African American comedian father, she couldn’t help but develop a sense of humor.

Like fusion cuisine, diversity can entice the palate while it nourishes the hearts, minds and souls of all those sitting at the table. While diversity is held up as an ideal for society, moving toward that goal can be challenging. There isn’t one tried and true recipe for “cooking it up” and effectively blending ingredients calls for the ability to simultaneously hold and monitor “insider” and “outsider” perspectives. 

Join us for the evening as Rain Pryor blends her exceptional talents with her unique perspectives on race, culture, spirituality and ability status to enrich our abilities to approach an increasingly diverse world with resilience as we attempt to think and eat outside of the box.

Sponsored by the Department of Health Sciences. Free.

March 28 ( 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM ) - Madison Scholar Presentation: Suzanne Baker

1:30-3 p.m.
Room 302, Taylor Hall

Dr. Suzanne Baker, the College of Health and Behavioral Studies Madison Scholar for 2013, presents at 2 p.m., following a reception in her honor. Baker is assistant department head and professor of psychology.

March 31 ( 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - ArtWorks Gallery Exhibition

March 31-April 11

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

The exhibition features work by JMU students Jeffrey Thelin, Rebekah Hall, Natalia Wozniak and a variety of works from JMU’s Book Design class.

Opening reception, March 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

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


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