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 Montpelier Magazine

Montpelier Winter 2003

Crooning and Crowing at Homecoming

While Phil Vassar ('85) croons his top country tunes to usher in Homecoming, JMU crows over the grand opening of the Leeolou Alumni Center, a place for alumni to call home and reconnect.

Living in Exile
On the 700th anniversary of Dante's exile, scholars gather at JMU with professor Giuliana Fazzion to discuss the impact personal and political exile has had on the arts and throughout history.

Biotechnology: Paradise or Purgatory?
It still comes down to human nature. As JMU develops leadership in biotechnology manufacturing education, JMU scientists say the field of genetics holds the potential for both miracles and misdeeds.

Powerhouse prosecutor

In these days of Enron and WorldCom, one of JMU's own, hard-nosed Isabel Mercedes Cumming ('84), is on the job prosecuting white-collar crime in Maryland.

The Truth Comes Out:

Campus life wasn't as goody-two-shoes as Madison College alumni have led us to believe all these years. They own up to some surprising tales at their reunion "Confessionals."

One Giant Leap

JMU seniors join an elite group of college students that assists distinguished NASA scientists at Langley Research Center in Virginia and immerse themselves in technical lectures and mentored research.

High art, high notes

New voice professor Dorothy Maddison directs students in Strauss' operetta, Die Fledermaus. The production brings together all the elements of musical theater.

Bond issue passes

Thanks to Virginians who backed the bond issue last fall, critical projects - including an arts complex, a library east of Interstate-81, major renovations of Harrison Hall and Burruss Hall, and extensive infrastructure work on our heating facilities and handicapped accessibility - will move ahead at JMU.

Further Pursuits

Jack Marsh to speak at James Madison Day, it's new day for development, wireless Internet comes to campus, meet some Parents Council "lifers", Field hockey's fab four, professors' books, digging with the president, Kennedy Center internships, a patriotic mural and CampusWire news bites

Madison Spirit

Alumni awards celebrate achievement, chapters get it together, JMUWorks! at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Fred Bean ('79), Tee Morris ('92), Lisa Poff ('95), Nicholas Kohn ('98) and books by alumni

Professors You Love

Sydney Nguyen ('91) applauds the CoB's Kent Zimmerman