Thursday, March 14 events
Dr. Mark Warner led hundreds of students in the "J-M-U Duuuuukes" cheer. "I want you to cheer so loud that President Alger can hear you at his house."
Before heading into the Inaugural Ball students paused to take group photos in front of "Wilson Hall."
Dr. David Mattern, associate editor of The Papers of James Madison at the University of Virginia, presents an engaging lecture, "Beyond the Marble Man: Who was James Madison?" as part of Inauguration Week at JMU.
Dr. David Mattern, associate editor of The Papers of James Madison at the University of Virginia, describes the mutually affectionate relationship James and Dolley Madison (pictured on screen) enjoyed.
The Alger family, Jon, Mary Ann and daughter Eleanor, lead the ceremonial walk from campus to Harrisonburg's Court Square followed by approximately 200 students, faculty, staff and community members.
President Alger, daughter Eleanor, Mrs. Alger, Harrisonburg Mayor Ted Byrd and Chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors Fred Eberly.
Lois Cardarella Forbes ('64) chats with alumni at reception. Longtime JMU supporters Forbes and her husband, Bruce, funded the Forbes Center, donated a James Madison statue and established a Forbes Family Scholarship.
Members of the JMU String Quartet perform for alumni attending the Purple and Gold Reception, in the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.
Students representing JMU's 300+ clubs and organizations lined up to sign the scroll commemorating President Alger's Inauguration.
Dr. Fletcher Linder of JMU's Quality Enhancement Plan Task Force provides background on the QEP's genesis, development and planned implementation during an Inauguration Week panel presentation.
JMU senior Abby Ware, a member of the Quality Enhancement Plan Task Force, talks about the plan's value to students in their personal, professional and civic lives during an Inauguration Week panel presentation.
Curtis R. Carlson, president and CEO of SRI International, discusses the climate of innovation in America and SRI's innovation strategies Thursday in the Highlands Room at the Festival Conference and Student Center.
"Our main message from this Stewardship Luncheon is GRATITUDE. Thanks for giving our students and our faculty the opportunity to participate in the Madison Experience we all cherish," says President Alger.
"My family is forever grateful [to the Rileys] for this life changing donation...we cannot express how much this means...It's more than a donation. It's a contribution to my future." Centennial Scholar Mya Lee
Michael Szymanski shared his heartfelt story of his academic struggles his freshman year. He credits his success at JMU to professor emeritus of history Lee Congdon and has honored his teacher by creating the Lee Congdon Academic Scholarship.
Robin ('83) and Clem Goodman ('84) consider JMU a family tradition. Clem's mother graduated from Madison College and they are parents of Jessica ('09) and Wesley, a senior. They have created two family endowments recognizing excellence in teaching.