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December 2014

December 1   - Classes resume
Classes meet as scheduled.

December 8   - Final examinations

December 10 - Annual Festive Greens Workshop

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

Create a versatile holiday decor piece, a mantle topiary, that will beautify any holiday home or business with style and fragrance, under the guidance of a floral expert Abby Long from Blakemore’s Florist. Fee varies depending on supplies ordered when registering.

Register at

December 10 - "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

3 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

From al Qaida to Timothy McVeigh, many terrorists are influenced by the radical apocalyptic idea of bringing on “the end of days.” Dr. Frances Flannery, associate professor of philosophy and religion at JMU, argues that we need to think about long-term solutions that involve a kind of “cultural counter-terrorism.”

December 13 - Commencement

10 a.m.
JMU Convocation Center

December 13 - Winter Break

Dec. 13, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015

Classes do not meet.

December 13 - Moonlight Holiday and Winter Commencement Carriage Rides

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

Reserve to enjoy a horse-drawn holiday carriage moonlight or daytime ride. Horse teams are harnessed in jingle bells for this festive holiday celebration. Carriages leave the Frances Plecker Education Center on a 20-minute schedule.

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

December 22 - Holidays

Dec. 22, 2014-Jan. 2, 2015

University closed.

December 24 - "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

3 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

Most of the chestnuts roasting on open fires this winter are from Europe or Asia, not America. In the early 1900s, American chestnut trees from Maine to Georgia were largely wiped out by blight. Dr. Heather P. Griscom, associate professor of biology at JMU, is helping to restore American chestnut trees and joins “With Good Reason” for a sampling of holiday chestnut treats.

Later in the show, Inman Majors, associate professor of English at JMU, shares his favorite holiday music and memories.


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