'We're No. 1.' Milton Kline ('75) and Mark Butler ('75) refuel for an afternoon of raucous cheering for the gridiron Dukes.
Go Dukes chapters
From tailgating in New York to a Crabfest in D.C., JMU alumni are on the move, carrying the purple pride far and wide.
The JMU Alumni Association and the Duke Club sponsor three tailgates per year at JMU's away football games. In September, New York chapter alumni helped organize a tailgate for 40 alumni who cheered the Dukes on against Hofstra. 'What a great game. I think the enthusiasm of the alumni helped push the Dukes to victory in double-overtime,' says Joanne Garofala ('99), chapter co-president. The Dukes won 24-21 with sophomore place-kicker Burke George's 50-yard field goal. The win was JMU's first conference road victory since 1999, and George was named Atlantic 10 specialist of the week.
More than 500 Metro Washington area alumni got crabby in September at the chapter's annual all-you-can-eat Crabfest. Attendance more than doubled from last year, as more than 200 May graduates joined in the fun.
'Last summer, the alumni staff worked hard to implement a Recent Grad Event program aimed at May 2002 graduates,' says Justin Thompson, director of alumni relations. 'We want recent grads to get involved with the JMU Alumni Association immediately. Crabfest and other events like it are part of our ongoing effort to foster a lifelong relationship between alumni and their alma mater.'
Phil Bigler ('74, '76M) talked with alumni from the 1952 to 2002 classes at the largest-ever Madison on the Move event sponsored by the Richmond Chapter. Madison on the Move events carry JMU updates to alumni from Philadelphia to Orlando. Bigler, a historian, author of four books and director of the James Madison Center, was the featured speaker for 10 Madison on the Move events in 2002. 'We had 75 alumni attend, and Bigler was a fantastic speaker,' says Jimmy Taylor ('94), Richmond chapter president. 'We were excited to meet the 1998 National Teacher of the Year and hear about the James Madison Center.'
If you have an inspiring idea for a chapter event in your area or if you would like to volunteer for a chapter, contact Tracey Kellogg ('98M) in the alumni relations office, (888) JMU-ALUM.
Michelle Hite ('88)