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March 2013

March 15: Inauguration Day Purple Out:

In honor of James Madison University's new president, Jonathan Alger, it’s a Purple Out day!

Even if you can’t join us in Harrisonburg, wear purple to help us celebrate this historic JMU occasion.

Click the link to learn more information on the inauguration  http://www.jmu.edu/inauguration/

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March 15: Inaugural Ceremony:

Location: JMU Convocation Center
Time:       Doors will open at 10:15am

This event is open to the public.

James Madison University will take a momentous step in its young, vibrant and storied history when it inaugurates Jonathan R. Alger as its sixth president on March 15, 2013.

Accessibility devices with captioning for those who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available (limited). Captioning will also be available on your smartphone by scanning the QR code to the right or following this link on your phone.

 

For detailed information please visit our Ceremony Information page.

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March 15: JMU Softball Invitational:

Location: Veteran's Memorial Park
Time:       3:00pm

This event is open to the public.

Receive free admission JMU versus Fordham.

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March 15: JMU Debate Team: Federalists vs. Antifederalists:

Location: Grafton-Stoval
Time:       3:00pm

This event is open to the public.

JMU’s award winning debate team will present the two sides of ratification of the Constitution.  Basing their arguments on correspondence, newspapers and pamphlets of the era, they will recreate the tension surrounding the debate over whether or not the Constitution should be ratified.

 

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March 15: JMU Baseball Game:

Location:  Veteran's Memorial Park
Time:        4:00pm

This event is open to the public.

Receive free admission to the Diamond Dukes versus University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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March 15: MadisonFest:

Location: JMU Quadrangle
Time:       5:30-8:00 pm

This event is open to the public.

Join in on this finale celebration of the Inauguration week and birthday party for James Madison consisting of music, carnival-like games, and fireworks!

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March 15: Exploration of the Night Sky: From Madison to Alger:

Location: John C. Wells Planetarium
Time:       7:00-8:00pm

This event is open to the public.

Our ancestors were adept at decoding the sky to learn their position on the surface of the planet, to tell the passage of time, and to learn when winter was approaching.

Today, astrophysics is an academic enterprise in which we have learned our Universe is filled with billions of galaxies, each of which can have more than billions of stars. We are now learning that planets around these stars are common. Is the discovery of life next? Join us for a special presentation at the John C. Wells Planetarium to learn more about these discoveries, to learn more about how our night-time sky has changed since the time of Madison, and to learn how you can use the constellations to find your way around the night sky.

We will also briefly discuss the current robotic exploration of the Solar System and what we are learning as a result.

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March 15: Star Party:

Location: Astronomy Field, behind Festival Center
Time:       8:00pm

This event is open to the public.

View the nighttime sky and look at planets, binary stars, and the moon through a telescope at Astronomy Park.

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March 16: Inauguration Week: Bus Trip to Montpelier:

Location: Montpelier, home of President and Mrs. James Madison
Time:       10:00am-2:00pm

This event is open to the public but you must have a confirmed reservation prior to the event.

Please fill out the registration form to reserve your seat for this trip.

Celebrate the 262nd birthday of the Father of the Constitution. Saturday, March 16 is James Madison's birthday! To celebrate JMU will provide roundtrip transportation to Montpelier free of charge. Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Madison in their home throughout the day.

Also, attend a poignant wreath presentation ceremony in the Madison Family Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. that will also include President Alger.

Costs:
There will be free admission to the property. If you wish to tour the house, there will be a reduced fee of $7.50 a person.

You may signup for and purchase box lunches, $15.24 each or you can bring your own picnic lunch. 

Approximate time frame:
Depart JMU on buses at 8:00am, arrive at Montpelier at 10:00am
Tour the house, grounds and have lunch, then attend the 1:30 ceremony and depart around 2:00pm

Participants are welcome to drive on their own to Montpelier. Please be sure to reserve your ticket for the tour of the home and order your boxed lunch. If you are planning to drive yourself, please register here.

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March 16: Community Resource Campus Tour:

Location: JMU Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
Time:       11:00am

This event is open to the public.

Meet at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at 11:00am to have a guided tour from students of JMU. This tour is specifically designed to highlight resources on campus that are available to the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community.

Parking is available in the Warsaw Avenue Parking Deck.

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March 16: JMU Softball Invitational:

Location: Veteran's Memorial Park
Time:      1:00pm and 3:00pm

This event is open to the public.

Receive free admission to JMU versus Detroit at `pm and JMU versus Fordham at 3pm.

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March 16: JMU Baseball Game:

Location: Veteran's Memorial Park
Time:        2:00pm

This event is open to the public.

Receive free admission to the Diamond Dukes versus University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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March 16: Marimba Orchestra and Friends:

Location: JMU Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall
Time:       8:00pm

This event is open to the public but tickets are required.

This extraordinary event returns with performances by JMU's Marimba Orchestra, Steel Band and Madison Singers, as well as faculty guest artists. This concert features selections by Grammy Award winner Bela Fleck, plus classical and ragtime style works, including a medley of tunes from hit Broadway musicals, as well as an extended salute to the world-renowned Carlos Santana.

For tickets, check http://www.jmu.edu/jmuarts/ or call (540) 568-7000.

Tickets required.

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