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February 2016

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February 11: Cascade Overview Training:

This training what was formerly a combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 training. 

Cascade Overview Training will go over the philosophy of the new web publishing system, Cascade and also include a basic technical training for Cascade that will train users to enter content via content types (mainly news, events, stories and images) into Cascade and expose them to the basic fundamentals of using Cascade to publish their website.

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT579.

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February 11: Business Writing & Proofreading (TD1021):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Want to sharpen your business writing skills? Did you know that your correspondence makes a statement about yourself-and JMU? Presented by Cindy Allen, Instructor in the Institute for Technical and Scientific Communication, this session will focus on letter and memo formatting, the university's identity system, the university style guide, proper email etiquette, and the Top 10 editing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Presented by: Cindy Allen, Instructor and Internship Coordinator, The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

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February 11: Weight Watchers At Work Inspire Event :

Join us for the Weight Watchers At Work Inspire event to be held Thursday, February 11th Stop by and get inspiration from the success of a Weight Watchers Meeting leader and from your peers.  If you enroll during the event, you will receive a “Fresh and Easy” Cookbook and a Tote Bag, plus 2 Portion Plates.

Take advantage of this new semester to make a change for yourself and come see what the Weight Watchers at Work has to offer.  Come and experience Weight Watchers with the added convenience and support of meetings on campus.

We meet each Thursday at the University Services Building, Room 102.  The meetings are 11:30 until noon, and attendees are able to come and weigh before the meetings starting at 11:15.

We have a great group of people at the meetings and attending a meeting will give you a chance to find out about Weight Watchers before you commit.  Check out the following link:  www.commonhealth.virginia.gov/weightwatchers.htm   to give you more information on the new Monthly Pass payment plan and to find out how to qualify for a 50% reimbursement.

If you have any questions, contact Diane Watson at watsondl@jmu.edu.

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February 11: Hillcrest Info Session:

WHERE: Hillcrest House

Learn more about the Hillcrest Scholarships, offered by the JMU Honors Program. Hillcrest Scholarships provide funds to support transformative, off-campus experiences for Honors students in the summer following the junior year. Students apply in the spring semester of sophomore year. Dr. Melinda Adams, Assistant Director of Honors, and several past recipients of Hillcrest awards will be present to share insights and experiences and answer questions.

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February 11: Ask a Nurse:

Got health questions?  Stop by the Ask a Nurse table at Carrier Library on Thursdays between 2-4pm and talk with a Registered Nurse from the University Health Center.

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February 11: opt session:

Location: oIP- ISSS office

Are you hoping to intern /work off campus over the summer and/or after you graduate?

If so, make sure to stop by anytime during this period of time to learn what process you need to take care of.

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February 11: Eat, Drink, and Be Mindful (TD1919):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Session: 4 of 4

Description:

Relationships can be complicated, including those involving food. Eat, Drink and Be Mindful is a series designed to help participants approach food and consumption in a healthy, balanced and judgment-free manner. Based on the Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) program created by Dr. Jean Kristeller, this modified version will introduce participants to mindful eating via meditation, body awareness and practice. Come with an open mind, and leave your self-judgment behind. No experience with meditation is needed.

In this series participants will:

- Learn the definition of mindfulness

- Experience body awareness via gentle chair yoga

- Experience mindfulness meditation

- Learn the definition of Inner and Outer Wisdom

- Experience mindful eating via various food related meditations: taste, fullness and satiety

Presented by: Veronica Jones, Health Educator from the University Health Center
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February 11: Furious Flower III - film screening and panel discussion:

This event in Madison Union/Taylor 405 is free and open to the public.

Furious Flower Poetry Center gives you an abbreviated look at its new film series, which features prominent writers and critics reading their work and discussing aspects of African American poetry. Light refreshments provided.

“ ... some of the most exciting poetry and perceptive critical insights of the past decade.” 
—California Newsreel


“Furious Flower is a prayer, and these Voices are the sermon, the song, the hope that our work has been good work. We do not ask for salvation with this collection, just that we be heard.” —Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech

Viewed in its entirety, Furious Flower III: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is a film series offering the unprecedented opportunity to watch thirty-two of today’s leading African American poets reading from their work and discussing the critical issues shaping this vibrant poetic tradition. Its four video volumes compile close to five hours of highlights from the landmark national poetry summit sponsored once a decade by the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, the country’s only academic venue devoted to the study of African American poetry.

Together with Furious Flower I (1998) and II (2005) — now newly available for digital download — this third title constitutes a video anthology of some of the most exciting poetry and perceptive critical insights of the past decade. Any teacher, poet, student or reader who has followed the current flowering of African American verse would want to have attended this seminal event, and now on video they can.

Guest parking is available without a permit in the Grace Street Parking Deck beginning at 3:30pm before the screening. All parking regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit. Regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and you may receive a parking citation if parked in restricted lots. Parking is prohibited in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit, or expired meters. Parking is also prohibited in Fire Lanes.
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This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Multicultural Student Services.
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February 11: Interviewing Workshop:

Location: Student Success Center Room 3270.

Have an interview coming up?  Need some pointers?  Come to an Interviewing workshop in CAP to learn the basics of interviewing and how to best prepare for the big day!

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February 11: Handshake and Hello: Festival Ballroom (map)


Looking to connect with professionals in marketing, communications, and media? At the Handshakes & Hellos Expo, you'll get to meet industry professionals and enjoy a networking reception where you'll hear their best networking advice and immerse yourself in conversation with them!

5:15-5:30 Student check-in (Festival Ballroom registration desk)
5:30-7:00 Networking reception Dress is business casual, and cost is FREE!
Refreshments provided

Why you should attend:
• Make new contacts in the field of marketing, communications, and media
• Learn successful industry-specific job search and networking strategies
• Engage in conversation with potential employers
• Gain an insider's perspective on the industry to help you stand out at your next interview

Please RSVP in Recruit-A-Duke!
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February 11: Journey to Mars: NASA's Path to the Red Planet:

Mars has been visited by more rovers and orbiters than any other planet in the Solar System. Our fascination with the Red Planet centers on one of the greatest questions in science: was there life on Mars? Is there life now? Join NASA/Langley’s Chief Engineer as she highlights the robotic exploration of Mars and how it is setting the stage of landing American astronauts on the Red Planet in the 2030s!

Join us THURSDAY, February 11 at 7pm at James Madison University's Wilson Hall Auditorium. FREE and perfect for the young scientist or engineer in your family!

Journey to Mars: NASA's Path to the Red Planet

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February 11: Senior Dance Concert:

Four performances:
Thursday-Saturday, February 11-13 @ 8 pm
Sunday, February 14 @ 2 pm

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

EARLYNN J. MILLER DANCE THEATRE

JMU's senior dance majors are on the verge of graduation and entering into their exciting careers as dance artists. Come watch them as they showcase their amazing work in this annual concert.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/11-senior-dance-concert.shtml

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February 12: CSM Seminar Schedule - Feb 12 - Feb 22:


Dept. of Biology:

Friday, Feb 5 in Bioscience 1007 from 12:20pm-1:10pm

Dr. Irina A. Yushenova, Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution, 
Marine Biological Laboratory

TitleProtein priming by a domesticated reverse transcriptase: not for viruses only


Dept. of Chemistry:

Friday, Feb 5 in ISAT 159 at 3:35pm

Dr. Paul L. Raston, Dr. Brycelyn Boardman, Dr. Nathan T. Wright, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, James Madison University

Title: JMU Faculty Research Opportunities, Part II Presented by JMU SAACS 


Friday, Feb 12 in ISAT 159 at 3:35pm

Dr. Susan Gillmor, Department of Chemistry, George Washington University

Title: Superbugs and Strategies against Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria


Dept. of Geology:

Thursday, in Memorial 7370 from 4:00-5:00pm

No seminars this week.


Dept. of Math:

Monday, Feb 8 in Roop 103 at 3:30pm

Peter Sin, University of Florida

Title: The Critical Group of a Graph


Monday, Feb 15 in Roop 103 at 3:30pm

Jim Sochacki, James Madison University

Title: Neurons: Are You a Mathematically Computable Model?


Dept. of Physics:

Friday, Feb 5 in HHS 1301 from 3:35pm-5:00pm

Yasmeen Shorish, JMU Library

Title: Electomagnetic Energy Transfer through Metamaterial Waveguides


Tuesday, Feb 9 in Ph/Ch 2212 at 3:30pm

Shomeek Mukhopadhyay, Yale University

Title: Physics of Packing : From Hard Spheres to Hydrogels


Thursday, Feb 11 in HHS 1301 from 3:30pm-5:00pm

Jill Prince, NESC Chief Engineer, NASA/Langley

Title: TBA


 

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February 12: Apply to be an Outreach Coordinator:

Do you enjoy marketing? Are you passionate about service? Apply to be an Alternative Break Outreach Coordinator! Learn more about the position here.

Email the applications to abp@jmu.edu by NOON on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH.

You can find the application here.

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February 12: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown :

Location:  Rose Library, CFI Suite, Fifth Floor

Click to register

This registration link allows you to register for any Scholarly Writers' Lockdown dates for Spring 2016.


Need the time and space to advance or complete that writing project? Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns provide an opportunity to faculty members who desire time and a place to focus on scholarly writing during the academic year.  Join colleagues, who will be independently working on their own writing, in a common space.  Leave with a sense of accomplishment and with increased scholarly productivity. 

Note:  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks. A CFI consultant will not be present during Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns during the academic year. However, writing consultations are available and can be requested in advance by submitting a Scholarship Consultation request here.  These requests must be made a week in advance.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Advancing your scholarship agenda, and
  • Advancing a current scholarly writing project.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits. 

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February 12: Fidelity One-on-One Counseling Sessions:

Let Fidelity help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 2nd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment with Chris Greenlaw, call (508) 284-3109 or log on to www.fidelity.com/atwork.reservations

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February 12: iscd:

Location:  Student Success Center (SSC) room 4046

International Student Career Day

 International Student Career Day has been rescheduled for Friday, February 12th, from 2:00-4:30PM.  

The Work Visa session will be offered later this spring and you will be notified when a date has been set.

This shortened schedule should still prepare you to meet with recruiters at the upcoming Career and Internship Fair

Because the necessary location change, there are only 38 seats available. Registration will be handled on a first come, first served basis, soregister early if you would like to attend!

:: SCHEDULE ::

2:00pm Welcome and Overview

2:15pm Optional Practical Training Session: Learn how to work for at least one year after graduation by applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT). 

Presenter: Marlee Meikrantz, International Student and Scholar Services

2:30pm Writing Effective Resumes: Learn the fundamental components of writing an effective resume. 

Presenter: Venus Miller, Career & Academic Advising  

3:30pm  The Job Search Deal: Learn about the process of searching for and obtaining a job or internship.

Presenter: Venus Miller, Career & Academic Planning

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February 12: global connections:

Location: HOffman Hall lounge area

Join us for our weekly international tea & coffee hour to relax, meet new friends and enjoy some refreshments.

Bring a friend along!

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February 12: Alcoholics Anonymous:

Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting on-campus is Friday night at 8pm in Madison Union 311.

There is a bus stop located on Bluestone Drive in front of Warren Hall (a part of Madison Union).  Parking is available on-campus.

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February 13: JMU Steel Band:

under the direction of Michael Overman

ANTHONY-SEEGER AUDITORIUM

Free

This concert will provide MUS 195 concert credit for music majors.

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February 13: Cory Band:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

Hailing from South Wales, the world’s top brass band ensemble will play an eclectic and engaging collection of repertoire bursting with energetic precision in a fun and rousing concert!

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/13-cory-band.shtml

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February 13: Valentine's Day Carriage Rides:

Jan. 13-14

6-9 p.m. Saturday
1-4 p.m. Sunday
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Create a celebration that goes beyond ordinary to exceptional. In a private luxurious vis-à-vis carriage, riders are drawn by beautiful horses with an experienced coachman.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

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February 14: DMA Recital - Clement Acevedo, piano:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

RECITAL HALL

Clement Acevedo is from the studio of Dr. Gabriel Dobner.

Free

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February 14: "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program:

3:30 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

Dr. Joanne Gabbin, director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, professor of English and director emeritus of the Honors Program at JMU, is a guest on “Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison.”

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. “The Bluest Eye” and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction writers.

Nikki Giovanni of Virginia Tech and Joanne Gabbin paid tribute to Morrison with an extravaganza at Virginia Tech that included nationally renowned writers, singers and poets. “With Good Reason” interviewed Morrison and shares highlights from that night of tributes.

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February 14: Special Event - JMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra:

National Presbyterian Church

Washington, D.C.

Free

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February 15: Deadline for Graduation Application for August: Deadline for Graduation Application for August 2016.  Last day to submit an application for baccalaureate degree if graduation requirements are to be met by the end of 2016 summer session. MORE >


February 15: JMU School of Music Auditions: MORE >


February 15: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown :

Location:  Rose Library, CFI Suite, Fifth Floor

Click to register

This registration link allows you to register for any Scholarly Writers' Lockdown dates for Spring 2016.


Need the time and space to advance or complete that writing project? Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns provide an opportunity to faculty members who desire time and a place to focus on scholarly writing during the academic year.  Join colleagues, who will be independently working on their own writing, in a common space.  Leave with a sense of accomplishment and with increased scholarly productivity. 

Note:  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks. A CFI consultant will not be present during Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns during the academic year. However, writing consultations are available and can be requested in advance by submitting a Scholarship Consultation request here.  These requests must be made a week in advance.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Advancing your scholarship agenda, and
  • Advancing a current scholarly writing project.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits. 

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February 16: Designing Creative Assessments (Workshop):

Location:  Student Success Center room 4042

Click to register


Assessment is, at its simplest, a way of collecting information about learning. It can also help both students and instructors make adjustments to improve future performance. In order to be meaningful, assessment should be aligned with learning outcomes. But how can it be creative too? After reviewing the importance of alignment in the backward design framework, participants will then explore how constraints can foster creativity and practice a generative process for developing creative habits of mind and unexpected ideas. Participants will be invited to apply this process to their own outcomes in order to imagine new possibilities for assessment.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Identifying how to align assessment, whether summative or formative, with learning outcomes,
  • Employing a creative process to develop new ideas, and
  • Creating a new assessment to implement in a specific course.

Facilitator:  Emily O. Gravett, Ph. D., a candidate for the Assistant Director of Teaching at JMU’s Center for Faculty Innovation, and currently Assistant Director of Programs at Trinity University’s learning and teaching center, the Collaborative, in San Antonio, TX. 

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February 16: Leaders Eat Last (TD1951):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: If you aspire to be one of those leaders whose team works tirelessly to get great results, this course is for you!  By attending this session adapted from Simon Sinek’s book, Leaders Eat Last, you will learn practical leadership behaviors that motivate others and get results. The material is inspired by the practice of Marine Corp officers who intentionally move to the back of the chow line during battle to let the junior soldiers eat first.  Join us and fill your leadership toolbox with even more great tools.

As a result of attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Recall and practice valuable leadership tools
  • List a variety of actions you can take to improve results
  • Describe how our human biology promotes our ability to care for our teams
  • Describe the benefits and practice of developing a circle of safety for your employees

Presented by: Rick Larson, AVP HR Training & Performance

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February 16: Engaged Learning Collaboratory:

All JMU students are invited to the first-ever ENGAGED LEARNING COLLABORATORY on February 16 (Tuesday) from 9:15-4:00 in the Student Success Center (room 1075). Stop by at any time for as long as you’d like! This collaboratory – a collaborative, creative laboratory – will be an open space for students to share ideas on how JMU’s learning environment engages, challenges, and sustains the mind and heart. Designed for both extraverts and introspective students, the collaboratory will host a range of stations with an array of expressive activities. Food will be served, too!

All JMU students are invited to the first-ever ENGAGED LEARNING COLLABORATORY on February 16 (Tuesday) from 9:15-4:00 in the Student Success Center (room 1075). Stop by at any time for as long as you’d like! This collaboratory – a collaborative, creative laboratory – will be an open space for students to share ideas on how JMU’s learning environment engages, challenges, and sustains the mind and heart. Designed for both extraverts and introspective students, the collaboratory will host a range of stations with an array of expressive activities. Food will be served, too! MORE >


February 16: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by Stephen Hartke:

11 a.m.
Room 142, Music Building

Stephen Hartke, Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Professor of Composition at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, presents “Music About Music.”

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For more information, call 540-568-6472 or visit http://www.jmu.edu/cal.

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February 16: Spring 2016 Career & Internship Fair:

Location: JMU Festival Conference & Student Center (map)

DescriptionFor more information about the Spring 2016 Career Fair, visit:https://www.jmu.edu/cap/fair/careerfair/students.shtml

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February 16: Event Planning at JMU: Everyone Can Benefit (TD1006):

Location: JMAC 4, IT Training Center

Description: Outstanding occasions don’t just happen… they are created by planning ahead! Need help in planning your event? If so, join Events Management Team members as they guide you through the process of putting together the perfect event. Important resources and helpful hints will be shared with participants! Don’t panic, plan!

Presented by: Debbie Kauffman, Festival Scheduling Coordinator, Madison Union; Sue Burket, Assistant Director, Event Management, Madison Union; Debbie Miller, Event Scheduling Coordinator, Madison Union; Ellen Callahan, Special Events Catering and Ben Lundy, Field Operations Manager, University Parking Services

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February 16: I See the Point: The Art of Visual Facilitation (TD2073):

Description:

PowerPoint, PowerPoint, PowerPoint. Have you ever thought to just use a flipchart? Probably, but you are saying to yourself, “I don't draw?”  Not to worry this isn't about drawing per se but how to use visual text, simple drawn images, photographs, graphic metaphors as a natural part of engaging people, analyzing, innovating, and getting people to put their ideas together and take action. Whether you’re facilitating a program, strategy session, team meeting, or any other group session where graphic facilitation skills are vital, this workshop will enhance your credibility and influence as a presenter by improving your graphic facilitation skills when facilitating with a chart pad or whiteboard.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn the benefits to visual faciliation
  • Identify the basics of visual facilitation
  • Sketch the 7 Basic Shapes to visual facilitation
  • Develop a visual that illustrates a message

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

Note: A minimum pre-registration of 8 participants is required for this workshop to be facilitated as scheduled.

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February 16: Ask a Nurse: Got health questions?  Stop by the Ask a Nurse table at Rose Library on Tuesdays between 2-4pm and talk with a Registered Nurse from the University Health Center. MORE >


February 16: Aramark Information Session:

Aramark

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February 16: Shake Shack Information Session:

Shake Shack

For more information contact Neil Marrin at marrinnd@jmu.edu.

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February 16: JMU Jazz Chamber Ensembles:

The Artful Dodger

47 Court Square

Harrisonburg, VA

Free

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February 16: Virginia Sinfonietta with Guest Composer Stephen Hartke:

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (February 16-18)

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

This concert includes music by guest composer Stephen Hartke, winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, as well as a performance by Virginia Sinfonietta, which consists of faculty members from James Madison University and other universities across the Commonwealth.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/16-virginia-sinfonietta.shtml

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February 17: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (TD1012):

Location: Wine Price Building

Session: 6 of 8

Description: The objective of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is to empower people and organizations to significantly increase their performance capability as they work to achieve worthwhile purposes through understanding and living Principle-Centered Leadership. This program emphasizes the principles underlying the basic habits of highly effective people and aims to help individuals across a wide range of self-development levels enhance their personal and interpersonal effectiveness.

Presented by: Derek Dye, Director of the Madison Union and Dave Barnes, Director, University Union

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February 17: TIAA-CREF One-on-One Counseling Sessions:

Let TIAA-CREF help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 2nd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment with Chris Pechuekonis, call (866) 842-2044 or log on to www.tiaa-cref.org/moc.

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February 17: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by Shawn Martinbrough:

11 a.m.
Room 404, Madison Union

Shawn Martinbrough, illustrator at DC/Marvel/Vertigo Comics, presents “Visual Storytelling.”

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For more information, call 540-568-6472 or visit http://www.jmu.edu/cal.

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February 17: Spring 2016 Career & Internship Fair:

Location: JMU Festival Conference & Student Center (map)

DescriptionFor more information about the Spring 2016 Career Fair, visit: https://www.jmu.edu/cap/fair/careerfair/students.shtml

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February 17: Colloquia:

Reconnecting the Liberal Arts and STEM

Elizabeth Brown (Mathematics and Statistics)

Drawing on her experience in mathematics and philosophy, Dr. Brown will challenge the conventional distinction between the Liberal Arts and STEM. She argues that a correct understanding of this division and its limitations can help us to rethink two challenges facing higher education: declining liberal arts enrollment, and a lack of qualified STEM graduates. MORE >


February 17: Miniature Landscape Workshop:

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

Pam Shank, owner of Landscapes in Miniature, demonstrates and guides participants through the process of creating a miniature landscape decor piece for patio, home or office. Workshop fee is $35 per person.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

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February 17: Designing Creative Assessments (Workshop):

Location:  Rose Library room 5211

Click to register


The word "assessment" is not necessarily popular with teaching faculty: it has the whiff of administrative imposition, and the assessments that faculty in fact use in their classes are usually the least popular items in a teacher's work day — exams, essays, term papers, in short, everything that requires grading. This workshop provides a different perspective on assessments by showing how creatively designed and well-placed formative and summative assessments can be used to guide student learning without making classes more boring. The workshop will provide an overview of differences between assessments, demonstrate different types of assessments, guide participants in a reflection of their own use of assessments, and provide opportunity to redesign a class assessment.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Identifying how to align assessment, whether summative or formative, with learning outcomes,
  • Employing a creative process to develop new ideas, and
  • Creating a new assessment to implement in a specific course.

Facilitator:  Andreas Broscheid, Ph. D., a candidate for the Assistant Director of Teaching at JMU’s Center for Faculty Innovation, will give a workshop on Designing Creative Assessments.  Participants will explore different assessments, reflect on their own use of assessments, and have an opportunity to redesign a class assessment. 

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February 17: "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program:

3 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

Dr. Joanne Gabbin, director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, professor of English and director emeritus of the Honors Program at JMU, is a guest on “Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison.”

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. “The Bluest Eye” and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction writers.

Nikki Giovanni of Virginia Tech and Joanne Gabbin paid tribute to Morrison with an extravaganza at Virginia Tech that included nationally renowned writers, singers and poets. “With Good Reason” interviewed Morrison and shares highlights from that night of tributes.

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February 17: Philosophy and Film club screening!:

The Philosophy & Film Club will continue its Spring 2016 lineup with a screening of The 400 Blows. All are welcome, and feel free to check out the Club's Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1661641914054197/

Where: Jackson Hall, room 1B

When: February 17th from 6-9 p.m.

Who: Please direct any questions to the Philosophy & Film Club coordinator, Dr. Anne van Leeuwen (vanleeax@jmu.edu) MORE >


February 17: Gradus: Chamber Music of Hartke, Towers and Adams:

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (February 16-18)

For tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/17-concert2-cmf.shtml

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February 18: Congratulations! You're a Supervisor, Now What? (TD1396):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Session: 2 of 2

Workshop Description: It is exciting and a little scary when you become the supervisor. While some of the job duties may be familiar, learning to supervise people can be daunting. In this workshop you will learn about ten critical skills that new supervisors need to be successful and have the opportunity to network with other supervisors from around campus.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Understand the role of the supervisor
  • Identify critical supervisor tasks
  • Learn ten basic supervision skills
  • Practice using the ten basic supervision skills
  • Develop a plan for applying the supervision skills at work
  • Network with other supervisors

Presented by: Gregory Gum, Manager, Systems & Operations and Shea Tussing, HR Consultant, Human Resources

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February 18: VALIC One-on-One Counseling Sessions:

Let VALIC help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 2nd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment with Sean Lankard in advance, call (888) 477-2680 or email sean.lankard@valic.com .

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February 18: Is It Covered? Know Your Health Insurance and Flex Account (TD1351):

Description: This session will provide an overview of the state's health insurance coverage, including a review of copayments, deductibles and coinsurances. Learn the benefits of establishing flexible reimbursement accounts and the advantages of pre-taxing medical and dependent care expenses.

Presented by: Tara Roe, JMU Benefits Team, Human Resources

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February 18: Generation Z is Coming! (TD2061):

Description:

You just started figuring out the Millennials, the youngest generation in the workforce today, and now there's a whole new generation getting ready to head into the workforce. Generation Z (born starting in the mid-90s to the early 2000s) is now on the radar as they get closer to entering the workforce. Come learn about the distinct characteristics, values and attitudes reflected by members of Generation Z and begin exploring how they are likely to impact the workplace.

In this workshop participants will:                        

  • Explore an overview of the current generations in the workforce                               
  • Learn about the key influences on Generation Z's development and about their core values and characteristics                                                  
  • Begin to identify how to effectively incorporate Generation Z into the workplace

Presented by: Jennifer Campfield, Director of Training and Development and Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

Note: A minimum pre-registration of 8 participants is required for this workshop to be facilitated as scheduled.

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February 18: Is It Covered? Know Your Health Insurance and Flex Account (TD1351):

Course# TD1351

Note: This workshop is capped at 15 participants.

Total Workshop Time: 1.5 Hours

Pre-requisites: None

Workshop Description: This session will provide an overview of the state's health insurance coverage, including a review of copayments, deductibles and coinsurances. Learn the benefits of establishing flexible reimbursement accounts and the advantages of pre-taxing medical and dependent care expenses.

Presented by: Tara Roe, JMU Benefits Team, Human Resources

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February 18: Ask a Nurse:

Got health questions?  Stop by the Ask a Nurse table at Carrier Library on Thursdays between 2-4pm and talk with a Registered Nurse from the University Health Center.

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February 18: Madison Modern Music Ensemble:

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (February 16 - 18)

DUKE HALL GALLERY OF FINE ART

Free

This concert will provide MUS 195 concert credit for music majors.
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February 18: Demystifying the Expert!:

Join JMUSE Café on Thursday, February 18th for the return of Demystifying the Expert! JMU's own improv comedy troupe, New and Improv'd, will trade barbs with a scientific expert from JMU to discover what they do outside the classroom. Our expert for this event is Steve Whitmeyer from the Geology Department. Held in Rose Library, 3rd floor Flex Space. Free parking in lots C10 and D2. 

 Demystifying the Expert 2 18 2016

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February 18: Chorale, Preludes and Fugues: Music of Hartke, Hilliard and Larsen:

Part of the Contemporary Music Festival (February 16-18)

For tickets, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/18-concert3-cmf.shtml

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February 19: Online Room Selection Lottery Numbers Announced:

Online Room Selection lottery numbers will be emailed to all students who have signed a 2016-2017 Housing Contract by February 16. 

Online Room Selection begins March 22. Learn more about Online Room Selection here.

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February 19: RA Selection Notification:

Students who have been selected to be RA's for the 2016-2017 academic year will be notified on February 19. 

More information about Staff Selection here.

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February 19: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown :

Location:  Rose Library, CFI Suite, Fifth Floor

Click to register

This registration link allows you to register for any Scholarly Writers' Lockdown dates for Spring 2016.


Need the time and space to advance or complete that writing project? Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns provide an opportunity to faculty members who desire time and a place to focus on scholarly writing during the academic year.  Join colleagues, who will be independently working on their own writing, in a common space.  Leave with a sense of accomplishment and with increased scholarly productivity. 

Note:  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks. A CFI consultant will not be present during Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns during the academic year. However, writing consultations are available and can be requested in advance by submitting a Scholarship Consultation request here.  These requests must be made a week in advance.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Advancing your scholarship agenda, and
  • Advancing a current scholarly writing project.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits. 

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February 19: Basic Finance & Budgeting: Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row (TD1373):

Location: Wine Price Building

Session: 2 of 4

Workshop Description: "Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row," this workshop is designed to help you understand and evaluate your values and behaviors as they pertain to spending and budgeting; develop an effective personal budget to assist you in meeting your goals; learn methods to debt reduction; understand investing fundamentals; design effective strategies to meet your investment objectives, take appropriate risks, and understand the financial tools available to you both inside and outside of JMU.

This Multi-Session workshop will include:

  • Session 1: Values and Behaviors Pertaining to Spending and Budgeting
  • Session 2: Savings Part 1 (Goals and basic investing fundamentals)
  • Session 3: Zero-based Budgeting and Debt Reduction
  • Session 4: Savings Part 2

Presented by: Brad Barnett, Senior Associate Director, Financial Aid Office and Stephan Hess, CFP, Hess Financial

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February 19: Philosophy colloquium: Travis Rieder (Johns Hopkins):

Travis Rieder

"Toward a Small Family Ethic" will be presented by Dr. Travis Rieder (Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University) in Cleveland Hall 114, from 3:30-5:00 on Friday, February 19th. 

Here is a short summary of the talk:

The goal of this talk is to ask some very unpopular questions: Is there anything wrong with having a big family? Could there be anything wrong with having kids, period? Most people would never even take such questions seriously. Having children is largely seen as a good thing; our parents pressure us to ‘give them grandchildren’, and we throw parties for expecting parents. Indeed, it is often taken to be the case that the childless are the ones who must justify their lifestyle.

I will argue that today, in a world of more than 7 billion people, on the brink of catastrophic climate change, that assumption is wrong. The childless do not need to justify their lifestyle, but the rest of us do. And that justificatory burden goes up, I suggest, as the number of children we have goes up. This leads me to support what I call a ‘small family ethic’, which calls on us to have two or fewer children.

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February 19: global connections:

Location: HOffman Hall lounge area

Join us for our weekly international tea & coffee hour to relax, meet new friends and enjoy some refreshments.

Bring a friend along!

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February 19: game night:

Location: Madison Union 405

Game Night event flyer

Whether you like card, board or more active games come and join us for a fun, warm and stress-free evening together!

To ensure that you do not loose your concentration be reassured that snacks and refreshments willl be provided.

Bring a friend with you... as the saying goes "the more the merrier."

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February 19: Alcoholics Anonymous:

Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting on-campus is Friday night at 8pm in Madison Union 311.

There is a bus stop located on Bluestone Drive in front of Warren Hall (a part of Madison Union).  Parking is available on-campus.

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February 19: Guest Artist - Kevin Class, piano:

DUKE HALL GALLERY OF FINE ART

Free

This concert will provide MUS 195 concert credit for music majors.
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February 20: Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello:

Cellist Pablo Mahave-Veglia will perform his Not So Alone program, a recital that focuses on the idea of creating polyphony (visual or musical) in works for cello with electronic and/or video counterpoint.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/20-pablo-mahave-veglia.shtml

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February 21: Selections from Mendelssohn's Elijah:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Op. 70) is one of the epic choral masterworks of all time alongside Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation, depicting events in the life of the Biblical prophet Elijah. Mendelssohn’s lyricism and use of orchestral and choral colors clearly reflect his genius as an early Romantic composer.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/21-elijah.shtml

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February 22: Mark Strandquist's Windows from Prison Exhibition:

NEW IMAGE GALLERY

Mark Strandquist is an artist, activist and educator who uses art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to build empathy and support for social justice movements. This exhibition highlights his Windows from Prison project, which involves images produced for prisoners by students, former prisoners, artists and activists, to spark dialogue and action around criminal justice issues.

For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/22-mark-strandquist.shtml

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February 22: Engaged Scholarship in the Field, at Home, and Abroad (Scholarly Talk):

Location:  Rose Library room 5211; lunch will be provided.

Click here to register


Each year scholars from across the country gather at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference to discuss successes, challenges, and benefits of engaged learning in all disciplines and student groups. As an “engaged university,” JMU was well represented at this conference this year.  This event highlights JMU scholars who presented at that conference. Speakers from three disciplines will offer perspectives on engaged teaching and scholarship. Carole Nash discusses “The Public in Public Archeology: Citizen Science and Engagement” and Bradley Striebig will present “Engaging Hope." Finally, Craig Shealy will share “Cultivating Globally Sustainable Self, Engaged Scholarship on Transformative Teaching, Training, and Learning.”

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education, and
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Gaining insight into engaged teaching and scholarship strategies in a variety of disciplines, and
  • Exploring various examples of engaged scholarship that might inspire their own engagement initiatives.

Facilitators:  

Carole Nash, PhD, Department of Integrated Science and Technology,

Bradley Striebig, PhD, Department of Engineering, and

Craig Shealy, PhD, Department of Graduate Psychology.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits.

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February 22: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown :

Location:  Rose Library, CFI Suite, Fifth Floor

Click to register

This registration link allows you to register for any Scholarly Writers' Lockdown dates for Spring 2016.


Need the time and space to advance or complete that writing project? Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns provide an opportunity to faculty members who desire time and a place to focus on scholarly writing during the academic year.  Join colleagues, who will be independently working on their own writing, in a common space.  Leave with a sense of accomplishment and with increased scholarly productivity. 

Note:  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks. A CFI consultant will not be present during Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns during the academic year. However, writing consultations are available and can be requested in advance by submitting a Scholarship Consultation request here.  These requests must be made a week in advance.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Advancing your scholarship agenda, and
  • Advancing a current scholarly writing project.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits. 

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February 22: Cascade Open Lab Training:

This course is an Open Lab, for those that have been through Cascade Overview Training and have a production login to Cascade, hosted by members of the web development team dealing with questions regarding your specific site in Cascade.

Cascade Open Lab Training will take place at the IT Training Center (JMAC4).

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT578.

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February 22: Marriott Information Session:

Marriott

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February 22: JMU Percussion Ensemble:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

The JMU Percussion Ensemble, directed by Casey Cangelosi and Dr. Michael Overman, consists of nearly 30 students and has performed throughout the East Coast, including concerts at the Virginia Music Educators Association Convention and Virginia Days of Percussion.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/22-percussion-ensemble.shtml

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February 23: opt session:

Location: oIP- ISSS office

Are you hoping to intern /work off campus over the summer and/or after you graduate?

If so, make sure to stop by anytime during this period of time to learn what process you need to take care of.

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February 23: Exhibition: Less stockings, more radios MORE >


February 23: Ask a Nurse:

Got health questions?  Stop by the Ask a Nurse table at Rose Library on Tuesdays between 2-4pm and talk with a Registered Nurse from the University Health Center.

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February 23: JMU Jazz Chamber Ensembles:

The Artful Dodger

47 Court Square

Harrisonburg, VA

Free

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February 23: Frances Litten Botanical Lecture:

7-8:30 p.m.
Ballroom A, Festival Conference and Student Center

Claudia West, co-author with Thomas Rainer of “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” presents the 10th annual lecture.

Admission to the presentation is free and no reservation is needed. Sponsored by the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.

For more information, check the arboretum’s website at http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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February 23: Wanchi, violin:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

RECITAL HALL

JMU faculty vionist Wanchi has given highly acclaimed recitals and collaborated with internationally-renowned performing artists in chamber music performances throughout the United States, including at the Kennedy Center. She will perform an exciting program with pianist Robert Koenig and fellow music faculty member Chunyang Wang (double bass).

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/23-wanchi.shtml

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February 23: Men's and Women's University Choruses:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/23-university-choruses.shtml

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February 23: The Wild Party - A Roaring Twenties Musical:

Seven performances: Tuesday-Friday, February 23-26 @ 8 pm
Saturday, February 27 @ 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday, February 28 @ 2 pm

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

MAINSTAGE THEATRE

Book by Andrew Lippa
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March

Featuring one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written, this Roaring Twenties musical inspired by a poem of the same name tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by lovers Queenie and Burrs. An Off-Broadway gem, this highly-charged and edgy production captures the spirit and sensuality of its tumultuous time! Features students from JMU’s School of Theatre and Dance. Adult content, adult language, violence, sexual violence and sexual content.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/23-wild-party.shtml

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February 24: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (TD1012):

Location: Wine Price Building

Session: 7 of 8

Description: The objective of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is to empower people and organizations to significantly increase their performance capability as they work to achieve worthwhile purposes through understanding and living Principle-Centered Leadership. This program emphasizes the principles underlying the basic habits of highly effective people and aims to help individuals across a wide range of self-development levels enhance their personal and interpersonal effectiveness.

Presented by: Derek Dye, Director of the Madison Union and Dave Barnes, Director, University Union

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February 24: Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Learn about your retirement options through the VA Retirement System. Discuss effects on benefits when you retire. Learn how MyVRS can aid in retirement planning.

Presented by: Julie Byers, Benefits Administrator, Human Resources

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February 24: Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212):

Course# TD1212

Note: This workshop is capped at 24 participants


Total Workshop Time:
2 Hours

Pre-requisites: None

Workshop Description: This session will provide a review of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). Gain a better understanding of what retirement options you have to make when you retire, i.e., basic benefit, survivor option, advanced pension option, or PLOP. Learn what happens to your other benefits, such as life insurance and health insurance, when you retire.

Presented by: Julie Byers, Benefits Team Leader, Human Resources

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February 24: Networking Event:

More details coming soon!

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February 24: Philosophy and Film club screening!:

The Philosophy & Film Club will continue its Spring 2016 lineup with a screening of Breathless. All are welcome, and feel free to check out the Club's Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1661641914054197/

Where: Jackson Hall, room 1B

When: February 24th from 6-9 p.m.

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February 25: Leaders Open Doors (TD2064):

Description:

You don't have to be on JMU's campus long to notice something unusual. Even in our busy days full of classes, meetings and deadlines, we take the time to open doors for our colleagues and for complete strangers. This unique characteristic of our work culture sets a tone on our campus that is welcoming and inclusive. Want to take opening doors to the next level? Then come to this workshop and learn about the skills that open-door leaders possess so that you can take your leadership to the next level.                                                                                 

This workshop is based on content from the book, Leaders Open Doors, by Bill Treasurer.

In this workshop participants will:                     

  • Learn about the skills that open-door leaders possess                                                       
  • Identify one growth area and a plan for expanding their skills in one area of open-door leadership

Presented by: Jennifer Campfield, Director of Training and Development

Note: A minimum pre-registration of 8 participants is required for this workshop to be facilitated as scheduled.

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February 25: Clown: Accepting Differences (TD1756):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: This thought-provoking workshop uses a video that explores the lives of three clown families as a metaphor. Watching these families deal with discrimination within their own society stimulates poignant and critical discussion of the value and dilemmas of cultural identity and heritage in society, while pointing out the harm of racial-ethnic stereotypes and workplace bias that exists in organizations.

The participant will discover:

  • How biases create stereotypes and barriers
  • The need to unlearn the language of bias
  • Negative outcomes of bias filtering out the truth
  • Embracing and celebrating diversity

Presented by: Gail Napora, IT Training & Development Specialist

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February 25: February Meeting: Meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Taylor 306 (Refreshments at 3:15). MORE >


February 25: tax1:

Location: Godwin Hall 342

Tax Workshop flyer

Since everyone must, at least, file 1 tax form and we know that filing tax forms is no fun, we will guide you through the process during one the 3 tax workshops we are offering this semester. Stop by anytime during this workshop, it should not take you too long!

Make sure to refer yourself to the Tax Income webpage to obtain more information, and mainly to figure out what paperwork you need to bring along!

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February 25: Opera Gala:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

This exquisite evening features a cocktail dinner reception, a pre-performance dialogue about the Metropolitan Opera, and the 8 pm performance by Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/25-opera-gala.shtml

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February 25: Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime evening with a performance by the Met Opera stars of the future! For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world. This concert features four singers performing popular arias, duets and ensembles by opera’s greatest composers.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/25-met-opera-rising-stars.shtml

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February 26: Room Retention Request Deadline:

Students interesting in room retention need to confirm their request with the Housing Office by emailing res-life@jmu.edu.

Room Retention allows students that currently live in any of next year’s upperclass buildings to keep their room for next year! This means that if you live in Ashby, Apartments on Grace, Chandler, Converse, Dogwood, Shenandoah B section, or White, you can come back to your same room next year! For current residents in Frederikson who want to live in the Village next year, you can request to move to White.

Learn more about Room Retention and Online Room Selection here.

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February 26: Last day to adjust March payment plan payment:

Today is the final day to adjust the March payment of the spring semester payment plan. The payments will be invoiced on the 30th and will not be able to be adjusted after that point. If you need to make a payment plan adjustment, please contact our office at ubo@jmu.edu or 540/568-6505.

Any adjustments that will increase the plan will require the payment plan account holder to log on to M3 and confirm the adjustment before the payment is invoiced to take effect.

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February 26: Third Annual STEM Educator's Workshop:

Educate, Engage, Inspire!

For Elementary and Middle School Teachers and Homeschool Educators

February 26, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Workshop

3:00 - 6:00 p.m. STEM Bonus Round 


Go to event registration page


James Madison University's College of Integrated Science and Engineeirng (CISE) will host the 3rd Annual STEM Educator's Workshop on Friday, February 26th at the James Madison University Festival Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA. 

The goal of the workshop is to provide K-6 school teachers and home school networks with hands on activities and resources that they can bring back to the classroom. 

The cost is $15.00 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, and a light reception.


K-6 STEM Track

Three 75 minute Breakout Sessions
Interactive Programs with Hands-on Activities and Resources

  • How Pinterest Can Inspire Mathematical Interest
  • Creative Computing with Scratch
  • Bringing Children's Engineering into the Elementary Classroom  
  • Design a Solar House
  • Designing Maker Spaces
  • CodeVA
  • Design Your Own Monster: Adventures in Science Fiction and Responsible Innovation
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Exploring the 3 Models of Fractions: Area, Length, and Set
  • Project WILD
  • Inspiring Tomorrows Engineers
  • Project-Based Assessment
  • Mapping a Difference with Geospatial Technology
  • Intro to Cyber Security Literacy
  • Reverse Engineering
  • And More!

Middle School Cyber Literacy/Security Track - SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED

On Friday, February 5, NICERC representatives contacted James Madison University to officially cancel their commitment to present a Middle School Cyber Security / Cyber Literacy event. We apologize for any inconvenience that this late development has caused.  JMU will issue refunds to all paid cyber program registrants.

Look for feature Middle School programming at our 2017 STEM Workshop coming next February!


STEM Bonus Round - Mini Sessions

Stay all day or join us at 3 p.m. for light refreshments, poster session and a STEM Bonus Round. 

During this mini STEM session, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the newest STEM technologies, get example lessons, network, hear tips from teachers, and find out how STEM education is working for schools in the area. This event promises to be a fun and hands on experience! STEM door prizes will be included!


REGISTER NOW

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February 26: Faculty Integration Development:

8:30-9:30: Breakfast for faculty interested in FAR

9:30-11:30: Workshop on integration materials about sexual assault into the curriculum in relevant fields. Activities will include: review of sample syllabi (themes, films, articles, books) and discussion of pedagogy (mandated reporting, trigger warnings, working with survivors).

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February 26: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown :

Location:  Rose Library, CFI Suite, Fifth Floor

Click to register

This registration link allows you to register for any Scholarly Writers' Lockdown dates for Spring 2016.


Need the time and space to advance or complete that writing project? Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns provide an opportunity to faculty members who desire time and a place to focus on scholarly writing during the academic year.  Join colleagues, who will be independently working on their own writing, in a common space.  Leave with a sense of accomplishment and with increased scholarly productivity. 

Note:  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks. A CFI consultant will not be present during Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns during the academic year. However, writing consultations are available and can be requested in advance by submitting a Scholarship Consultation request here.  These requests must be made a week in advance.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Advancing your scholarship agenda, and
  • Advancing a current scholarly writing project.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits. 

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February 26: Creating a Lasting Legacy with Life Insurance (TD2098):

In this workshop participants will learn:

  • How to create a larger and more tax efficient inheritance for your heirs
  • Strategies for efficient use of surplus savings and/or excess income (Required Minimum Distributions, pensions, Social Security, etc…)
  • How to avoid the time and complexity of probate
  • About maintaining control and access while growing cash value needed during your lifetime

Presented by: a TIAA-CREF representative

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February 26: Diana Wall Lecture:

Location: Madison Union Ballroom

wall

Diana H. Wall is a University Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. She is also a Professor of Biology and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at CSU. Diana is actively engaged in research to explore how soil biodiversity contributes to healthy, productive soils and thus benefits society, and the consequences of human activities on soil sustainability. Her global research includes more than twenty years of research in the Antarctic Dry Valleys examining how climate change affects soil biodiversity, ecosystem processes and ecosystem services. Wall Valley, Antarctica was named for her achievements in 2005.

Abstract: Our dependence on soil biodiversity for maintaining soil resources and plant production is largely ignored in global and regional policies on land management, food security, climate change and loss of biodiversity. Research has accelerated on the diversity of roles played by communities of microbes and animals and shows that soil biodiversity is key for sustaining earth’s capacity to provide critical ecosystem services. Society is dependent on soil biodiversity for decomposition, cleansing of air and water, prevention of erosion, regulation of nutrient cycling, production of food, production of feed and fiber, and control of pests and pathogens. Because soils are under threat from human activities such as desertification and pollution that can have long term effects, we must promote interactions between scientists, policy makers, and all end-users in order to transfer and implement findings on the benefits of soil biodiversity and ways to conserve and sustainably manage it. The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative encourages the translation of expert scientific knowledge into actionable science for sustainable land management and aims to provide options to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. 

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February 26: Food for Thought Brown Bag Lunch & Dessert:

Student Success Center, Room 4049

Bring a lunch* and join The Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning in Action Student Affairs Fellow and host, Shelly Laurenzo to discuss how others are using or are interested in using the Eight Key Question ethical reasoning strategy. Faculty and staff from all departments are welcome.

Please RSVP to mc@jmu.edu.

*Drinks and desserts are provided!

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February 26: Seminar: Cytonuclear incompatibility contributes to incipient speciation:

Bioscience 1007

Cytonuclear incompatibility contributes to incipient speciation

Karen Barnard-Kubow, Ph.D.

University of Virginia

Negative interactions between the cytoplasmic and nuclear genomes (cytonuclear incompatibility) are hypothesized to be among the earliest genetic incompatibilities to arise in speciation. Using a combination of greenhouse crosses and genetic techniques in the plant species Campanulastrum americanum, I find that cytonuclear incompatibility can lead to strong reproductive isolation within a species. However, the importance of cytonuclear incompatibility for reproductive isolation and speciation is influenced by other factors, such as accelerated rates of organelle evolution, and an unusual pattern of organelle inheritance (biparental instead of maternal). The interaction between these traits results in a situation where weaker cytonuclear incompatibilities, rather than strong ones, are more likely to be maintained across hybrid generations, resulting in an overall greater contribution to reproductive isolation.

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February 26: global connections:

Location: HOffman Hall lounge area

Join us for our weekly international tea & coffee hour to relax, meet new friends and enjoy some refreshments.

Bring a friend along!

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February 26: Senior project Pre-Submission Form deadline for May 2016 grads:

Students submit the Pre-Submission Form early in the final project semester. This form indicates your plans for publicly presenting your senior project and gives you the opportunity to notify Honors if you will submit your final project in an alternative format. This form also confirms that you are making satisfactory progress towards completion of your senior project. Signature of faculty advisor is required.

Download Pre-Submission Form

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February 26: Alcoholics Anonymous:

Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting on-campus is Friday night at 8pm in Madison Union 311.

There is a bus stop located on Bluestone Drive in front of Warren Hall (a part of Madison Union).  Parking is available on-campus.

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February 26: JMU Brass Band:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

CONCERT HALL

The JMU Brass Band is the university's premier brass ensemble. Directed by professor of music Kevin Stees, it is one of only a few collegiate brass bands in the United States.

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/26-brass-band.shtml

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February 28: "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program:

3:30 p.m.
WMRA, 90.7 FM

Dr. Ken Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and professor of political science at JMU, presents on “Pathways for Peace.” Many displaced Iraqis returning to their homes are finding landmines and booby traps left for them by ISIS fighters. One woman opened her refrigerator and found a landmine on her vegetable shelf. Rutherford, who co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, says this is the first time in the world’s history that roadside bombs target civilians.

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February 28: Sue Barber, bassoon:

FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

RECITAL HALL

JMU faculty bassoonist Sue Barber performs regularly with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera on The James, and Opera Roanoke. She and fellow music faculty member Lori Piitz will take the stage for an exciting concert!

For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/28-sue-barber.shtml

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February 29: Maria Magdelena Compos-Pons - Photography/Mixed Media Exhibition:

DUKE HALL GALLERY

Encore Artist

With a diverse oeuvre ranging from painting to mixed-media installations to performance, video and photography, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is recognized as one of the most important artists to emerge from post-revolutionary Cuba.

For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/02/29-compos-pons.shtml

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February 29: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown :

Location:  Rose Library, CFI Suite, Fifth Floor

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This registration link allows you to register for any Scholarly Writers' Lockdown dates for Spring 2016.


Need the time and space to advance or complete that writing project? Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns provide an opportunity to faculty members who desire time and a place to focus on scholarly writing during the academic year.  Join colleagues, who will be independently working on their own writing, in a common space.  Leave with a sense of accomplishment and with increased scholarly productivity. 

Note:  Coffee is available for purchase at Starbucks. A CFI consultant will not be present during Scholarly Writers’ Lockdowns during the academic year. However, writing consultations are available and can be requested in advance by submitting a Scholarship Consultation request here.  These requests must be made a week in advance.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these outcomes:

  • Advancing your scholarship agenda, and
  • Advancing a current scholarly writing project.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations , if time permits. 

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February 29: Stepping Towards a Trans-Inclusive Campus Professional Development for Faculty and Staff:

Madison Union 405

As part of February’s Eating Disorders Awareness Month, Ryan Sallans will be speaking to JMU students and providing a professional development for faculty and staff.  Ryan Sallans is a public speaker, diversity trainer, author and consultant who specializes in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues impacting the transgender community, as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA) community. Ryan will be facilitating a professional development, Stepping Towards a Trans-Inclusive Campus.  To reserve a spot, please RSVP to Kim Johnson, Health Educator, at johsokj@jmu.edu by Monday, February 22.

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February 29: Ryan Sallans: Eating Disorders, Body Image and My Trans Identity:

Grafton-Stovall Theatre

Ryan Sallans, public speaker, diversity trainer, consultant, publisher, and author is coming back to JMU as our keynote speaker for Eating Disorders Awareness Month.

Ryan will speak to students about his experience with an eating disorder and journey to self-acceptance; including the realization and acceptance of identifying as transgender.

Questions or accommodations? Contact Kim Johnson, Health Educator.

This program is sponsored by UHC - The Well and the LGBTQ and Ally Education Program.

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March 18: Hillcrest Scholarship application deadline MORE >

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March 18: Meetings, Bloody Meetings (TD1740) MORE >

March 18: Wonderwater Workshop MORE >

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March 18: BizBlitz MORE >

March 19: DMA Lecture Recital - Mark Taylor, conducting MORE >

March 20: DMA Recital - Michael Sullivan, trumpet MORE >

March 20: DMA Lecture Recital - Daniel Atwood, horn MORE >

March 21: Add/Drop Deadline for second block MORE >

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March 21: WRTC Day MORE >

March 21: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown MORE >

March 21: tax workshop MORE >

March 22: Green Office Assistant (TD1516) MORE >

March 22: Pre-Retirement Planning (TD1372) MORE >

March 22: 10 Tips for Listening, Talking and Writing Effectively at Work (TD2058) MORE >

March 22: Visiting Scholars Program Lecture by Packianathan Chelladurai MORE >

March 23: Stop the Crickets: Engaging Your Audience (TD1967) MORE >

March 23: Colloquia MORE >

March 23: Birding Workshop MORE >

March 23: Social Justice Networking Lunch MORE >

March 23: DiSC I: Assessment & Introduction (TD1086) MORE >

March 23: Philosophy and Film club screening! MORE >

March 23: Sing Out: An A Cappella Celebration MORE >

March 24: Emerging Leaders (TD1049) MORE >

March 24: LinkedIn Workshop MORE >

March 24: Demystifying the Expert! MORE >

March 25: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown MORE >

March 25: Basic Finance & Budgeting: Getting Your Financial Ducks in a Row (TD1373) MORE >

March 25: Garry Hagberg MORE >

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March 28: Scholarly Writers' Lockdown MORE >

March 28: Extreme Couponing (TD2045) MORE >

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March 29: Last day to adjust April payment plan payment MORE >

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March 30: opt session MORE >

March 30: Poster Design Workshop MORE >

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March 30: Interviewing Workshop MORE >

March 30: JMU Brass Band MORE >

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