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August 2014

August 4 ( 3:00 PM - $eventendtime )   - "Virginia Insight" Public Radio Program

3 p.m.
WMRA 90.7 FM

People who teach: Might their efforts be helped by what scientists have been discovering about the human brain? Dr. David B. Daniel, professor of psychology at JMU, thinks that is possible. But he believes it is at least as important for scientists to consider how they could benefit by listening to teachers.

Daniel, a research psychologist, is managing editor of the academic journal Mind, Brain, and Education.

August 11 ( 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM ) - Peace Camp

Aug. 11-15

8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Warren Hall

The theme for Peace Camp is “Peace and Diversity.”

Children ages 6-13 are encouraged to register. Children 14 or older are encouraged to apply to be a junior counselor.

The cost is $60 per child but scholarships are available.

Sponsored by the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence. For more information check or call (540) 568-7249.

August 12 ( 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ) - 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.

For information, check or call (540) 568-3194. No advance registration is needed. Free.

August 12 ( 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM ) - Beginning Botanical Illustration Student Art Exhibit

Aug. 12-22

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

Lynda Chandler, the arboretum’s artist in residence, led a five-session art workshop for adults who wanted to learn to capture the details of a plant to enjoy long after seeing it in real time in its real world. The workshop taught basics of plant morphology and how to create realistic pencil drawings of plants. Come see the students’ work.

For information, check or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

August 22 ( 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM ) - Fall 2014 Assessment Day is Friday, August 22

Fall 2014 Assessment Day will be held on Friday, August 22. All first year students are required to participate.

Assessments begin promptly at 9:15 a.m. (Session A), 12:15 p.m. (Session B), and 3 p.m. (Session C), so you should arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time. You have been assigned to a testing location based on the last three digits of your JMU student ID number. To determine the time and location at which you will be completing your assessments, visit 

IMPORTANT! Use of any electronic device, such as a cell phone, laptop or tablet, is strictly prohibited. Unless you have been otherwise instructed by a proctor, please turn off your electronic devices and place them out of sight for the duration of the testing session. If you use your cell phone, laptop or tablet at any point during the testing session, you will be dismissed and required to attend a make-up session. Any student found to be in possession of content from the assessment session, which is the property of JMU and the Center for Assessment and Research Studies, may be referred to the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices for violations of the code of student conduct.

If you have additional questions about Assessment Day, please visit or contact

August 25 ( 12:00 AM - 6:00 PM ) - Fall semester begins
Classes meet as scheduled.

August 29 ( 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM ) - Wine and Cheese Lecture

5 p.m.
Ernst Terrace, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Mark Thompson from Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet, Va., speaks about artisanal craft brewing.

The evening’s schedule is a reception beginning at 5 p.m., a demonstration by the JMU director of catering at 5:30 p.m. and guest speakers at 6 p.m.

The cost is $15 per person. Online pre-registration is needed by 5 p.m. Aug. 26. Visit


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