James Madison University
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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