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Fall 2002

Take another little piece of my heart now, baby
Her art is more than a public monument. Reaching out with heart and mosaics, professor Beryl Solla gives a piece of herself and mends communities with broken tiles.

JMU’s Favorite Monarchist
History professor Lee Congdon, author of three books on the Great Generation of Hungarian intellectuals, admits his own intellectual kinship lies with Europe. Baseball, however, redeems his all-American loyalties.

Woodland Wizard
The nation’s leading expert on an oak-killing microbe, biology graduate Dave Rizzo (’83) is trying to halt the disease that’s endangering dozens of plants, including the giant redwoods, and possibly oozing its way east.

A Lesson in Team-Teaching
Jess and Jazz have been team-teaching autistic children for years, helping to earn the human in this partnership, Jessica Kahn (’91), a rare certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

These alumni know what’s kickin’
They constitute the Pity ’da Fool roster, a team in the World Adult Kickball Association

You gotta dig the Madisons
Students help unearth Mount Pleasant, James’ boyhood home.

The Auntie Mame of speech pathology
Lucille Jones Clarke Smead (’28) makes a splash as she returns to campus for her 75th class reunion

Further Pursuits
The president reviews the year, Constitution Day, a sports genealogy, your letters, biotechnology and JMU in the news.

Rockers’ Hall of Fame: Geology professor Lynn Fichter kept his class spellbound, says his former student, Paula Brentlinger Nystrom (’81).

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