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October 2014

October 8 ( 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM )   - Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Andrew Morris-Singer&

6:30 p.m.
Andrew Morris-SingerRoom 2301, Health and Human Services Building

Andrew Morris-Singer, physician; instructor, Harvard Medical School; president and principal founder, Primary Care Progress, presents “Revitalizing Primary Care: All Hands on Deck.”

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

October 9 ( 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM )   - Blood Drive

12:30-5 p.m.
Room 2018, Health and Human Services Building

Students in the master’s degree in physician assistant studies program sponsor a blood drive for Virginia Blood Services as part of National Physician Assistant Week.

October 10 ( 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM ) - General Education Student Conference

1:30-5:30 p.m.
Rose Library

The 10th annual conference is designed to recognize the exceptional academic learning experiences JMU undergraduates have in their general education courses. Participants, nominated by their professors, are grouped into panels to present their outstanding work.

Check for a complete schedule of panel presentations.

October 12 ( 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Fall Color Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

2-5 p.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Celebrate the 2014 fall tree color in the arboretum in a memorable way. The beauty of the woods in fall color can be enjoyed in a carriage drawn by beautiful Percheron horses.

For reservations and prices, check or call (540) 568-3194.

October 13 ( 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Ed Sarath

7 p.m.
Room 2105, Harrison Hall

Ed SarathEd Sarath, professor of music and director of the program in creativity and consciousness studies at the University of Michigan, presents “Creativity, Consciousness and the Future of Education: Jazz as Change in the 21st Century Academy.”

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

October 15 ( 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ) - "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

3 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

The most celebrated African American poets in America pay homage to the life’s work of former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove of the University of Virginia. The occasion was the inspiration of Dr. Joanne Gabbin, director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU. “With Good Reason” interviews Rita Dove and features readings from Dove, as well as readings by renowned poets Elizabeth Alexander, Ishmael Reed, Frank X Walker and Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie.

October 17 ( 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ) - Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Bessie House-Soremekun

9 a.m.
Allegheny Room, Festival Conference and Student Center

Bessie House-Soremekun, public scholar of African American Studies, Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship and director of Africana Studies at Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis, presents “Rethinking Africana Studies for the 21st Century.”

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

October 17 ( 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM ) - 5th Annual Wind Energy Open House

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Small Wind Training and Testing Facility across from Rose Library

Breeze by the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility for a tour and to learn how the Virginia Center for Wind Energy is engaging communities at JMU, in Virginia and throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

For information, call (540) 568-8770. Free.

October 18 ( 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Children's Harvest Festival

1-5 p.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, free children’s crafts, dancers, musicians and Harrisonburg’s favorite horses from Classic Carriage with their wagon, all join together with the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum for the 2014 Children’s Harvest Festival.

Registration is not needed and admission is free. Severe inclement weather automatically cancels the outdoor family event.

For information, check

October 18 ( 7:45 AM - 11:00 PM ) - Parade of Champions

7:45 a.m.-11 p.m.
Bridgeforth Stadium

The Parade of Champions, which is in its 37th year, has become the premier marching band contest in Virginia. This year, bands from Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina are competing.

The Marching Royal Dukes of JMU perform at approximately 2 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

All-day admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For information, check

October 20 ( 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ) - The Madison Plan Presidential Vision Tour 2014-15, Washington, D.C.

6-8 p.m.

Bank of America, 730 15th Street, NW, 10th Floor Penthouse

Join President Jonathan R. Alger for the unveiling of The Madison Plan, the new strategic plan of James Madison University.

Registration required. Reply to (540) 568-5353 or

October 21 ( 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ) - "Air Play" Public Radio Program

7-8 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

The Monticello String Quartet, with JMU Professors Wanchi Huang, violin, Amadi Azikiwe, viola, and Carl Donakowski, cello, perform Maurice Ravel's String Quartet. They are joined by violinist Peter Wilson, who is the director of the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Philharmonic, and is a longtime White House violinist and serves as String Section Commander for “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The JMU Wind Symphony, directed by Professor Stephen Bolstad, performs Morton Gould's "Santa Fe Saga." The Madison Singers and the JMU Chorale, both directed by Professor Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy, also will be on the program.

October 22 ( 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Special Collections Speakers Series

“The Community Photo Scanning Project of the Daily News-Record”
4 p.m.
Room 301, Carrier Library

Peter Yates, editor and general manager of the Daily News-Record, will discuss how the Harrisonburg newspaper’s scanning project resulted in a book of local history.

October 22 ( 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ) - Bonsai Workshop

Oct. 22 and 29

Noon-1 p.m. each session
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Arboretum Grounds Manager and Bonsai Master Mike Hott leads the two-part workshop to create a “wee-tree” to enjoy at home or office. $40 fee covers all materials inclusive to create a Bonsai tree.

For more information, check the arboretum website at or call (540) 568-3194.

October 23 ( 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Caty Borum Chattoo

7 p.m.
Caty Borum ChattooRoom 2105, Harrison Hall

Caty Borum Chattoo, professor of public communication and executive in residence, School of Communication, American University, presents “Designing for Impact: A Strategic Approach to Storytelling.”

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

October 27 ( 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Alice Honig

Alice HonigMemorial Hall Auditorium

Alice Honig, professor emerita, Syracuse University, presents “Infant Mental Health: Insurance for our Future.”

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

October 30 ( 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ) - Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Charles Morgan

Charles Morgan

Room 1261, Harrison Hall

Charles Morgan, research psychiatrist/associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University, presents “Stress vulnerability and stress reliance; why people differ in their responses to traumatic events: Insights from psycho-neurological studies of Special Forces.”

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


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