Montpelier - Summer 1998

Montpelier Magazine
James Madison University
MSC 6901
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
  • Nation's Top Teacher
    Phil Bigler's students call him "Mr. Bigler," but they might as well call him "Mr. Big." The 1974 JMU graduate and high school teacher received the 1998 National Teacher of the Year Award in the White House Rose Garden

  • Rehearsal of Fortune
    Jerome Hairston's plays can touch on some troubling subjects, but the life of this 1998 honors graduate is seemingly trouble-free. Hairston leaves JMU full of promise – with the 1998 National Student Playwrighting Award and an original play staged at the Kennedy Center.

  • Birds, Bees and Legacies
    JMU has become the regional, comprehensive – and nationally recognized – university that administrators envisioned when they began full-scale coed enrollment in the early 1970s. But, as always when men and women mingle, Madison's so-called "Great Experiment" has paid off in other, less expected, ways.

  • Bull Market
    Quantitative finance alumni are taking Wall Street and other financial markets by storm. Because of a unique undergraduate program that combines finance and mathematical modeling, they're landing jobs traditionally reserved for Ivy Leaguers.

  • International Acclaim
    The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks JMU second in the nation among master's degree-level universities for the number of U.S. students studying abroad.

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