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 Montpelier Magazine

We the people

Teachers from all over the United States converge on JMU to learn how to incorporate teaching the Constitution into their classrooms.

It takes a mosaic

Through her public commissions, artist Beryl Solla brings together individuals and pieces into one big community mosaic.

Ocean voyage

Melissa Smisko ('95) retraces Capt. Cook's 1771-1768 voyage and the History Channel documents it all.

JMU remembers

A year after 9-11, JMU students commemorate the lives of those lost in the World Trade Center, Pentagon and hijacked airliners, and all who feel those losses.

Natural remedies

Social work major Grant Schafer ('05) helps rehabilitate at-risk youth in the wilderness.

Heritage pride

"Celtics (with a hard C) fan" and British and Irish literature teacher Lynnette Fitch ('89) wins the Virginia's first ever 2002 Tartan Belle title.

Embracing Madison

Constitution Day 2002 features speakers, unveils a new book and gives James Madison a place of prominence - literally. A life-sized bronze statue of the fourth president now stands in front of Varner Hall.

Learning Leaders
Sophomore Leigh Buckley's Learning Leaders program invests part of the Alvin and Nancy ('40) Baird $1.5 million gift and pays it forward. She and 24 other JMU students share their gifts with local elementary students who face learning disability obstacles.

Diamond Dukes hit the minors in a major way
Two Dukes are drafted in the Compensation A round and the third round of the 2002 Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

A Diamond Season
The Diamond Dukes finish the 2002 season with one of the most successful seasons in the history of the program.

Nothin' Soft About It!
Softball plays its first varsity season

Who Won? Who lost?
Here's a brief wrap-up of the spring sports season, including archery, track and field, golf and tennis

The Ultimate Reality TV
JMU alumni help C-SPAN win Peabody

Encore Performance
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas returns to campus

The Public Good
by Citizenship award winner Vida Huber

Well Done
Retiring Faculty 2002

James Madison Day 2002: awards and festivities


Big man on campus
JMU acquires life-sized James Madison statue

The whole planet was our audience
A.J. DiAntonio's Olympics experience

In Memoriam
Elizabeth B. Neatrour, professor of foreign languages and literatures
Mary Spitzer Etter, Class of 1934

Leading Down Under

Although Jim Gregory ('92) didn't get to compete in the Olympics in Sydney last summer, the world's No. 10 pentathlete did get to lead the U.S. team.

More International Affairs

With students and professors from more than 80 countries, JMU's international festival is more than a celebration. Go in-depth with the speakers and musicians, many of them JMU professors and students.

Two May Graduates bring International Pokèmon Phenomenon Alive on Musical Stage

A Wing and a Prayer

Having faked his way through the eye exams to join Britain's elite Royal Air Force, fighter pilot Geoffrey Morley-Mower goes on to win England's Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroics during World War II. In his second book, Flying Blind, the English professor recounts his half-blind-but all-heart aerial adventures.

Drug Database

ISAT professors and students develop a biotechnology database and web site to manage and offer easy access to information on the exploding number of biotechnology products.

One for All

ODK spotlights the giving spirit of five campus community builders: students Paige Rogers and Jennifer Beisler and professors Rick Hill, Cecil Bradfield and William Thomas, all of whom exemplify all together one.

Inquiring Minds

Professors and students of the College of Science and Mathematics push the boundaries of their fields to produce a continuous stream of research, grants, projects, papers and presentations.


Long known for his mastery of almost Escherlike photomontages, art professor James Crable takes first prize at a Smithsonian exhibition for his Subway: Times Square, New York, New York

Boys of Summer

While Lorenzo Bundy ('81) has moved on to a new role in the majors, both he and Jeff Garber ('88) know what it's like to call the shots from the dugout - Bundy as the Rockie's former first-base coach and Garber as the Blue Rocks' manager.

One Man's Trash . . .

Twenty Students in the College of Intergrated Science and Technology win a National Student Chapter Award from the Air Waste Management Association.

Considering the Alternative

Marcia Angell, M.D. ('60), editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, addresses the growing popularity of alternative medicine - despite the lack of scientific evidence in its favor.

Video Violence

Do video games inspire real-life violence? A JMU business law class attempts to answer these questions in a mock trial based on real life.

James Madison Day Honors Students and Professors

Meet the teachers, scholars and valedictorians who pocketed top honors at James Madison Day on March 17th.

Jeffrey Birnbaum's James Madison Day Address

Furious Flower
English professor Joanne Gabbin and JMU's Furious Flower Poetry Center for American-American poetry honors Gwendolyn Brooks, who has been Gabbin's lifelong mentor and the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize.

A New Era of Giving

Charitable giving isn't just for private colleges any more. Keeping Madison as special for future students as it was for alumni means building a culture of private giving at JMU, says Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Mitch Moore.

From the Bottom Up

New Athletics Director Jeff Bourne has devoted his first six months to an exhaustive study of JMU's sports programs. He has been looking at infrastructure, resources, facilities, conference affiliations, marketing and promotions, all in an effort to fortify JMU's presence and competitiveness in intercollegiate athletics.

Fashionably Fulbright

Meet four JMU folks who recently received one of academia's most prestigious awards. The honors have send them to foreign destinations, including Egypt, Hong Kong, India and Barbados, to teach and immerse themselves in a new culture.

Jukin' Dukes

The Dukes juke and spin their way to one of the best turnarounds in all of of college football, going from 3-8 in 1998 to 8-3 in 1999, including their first-ever league championship and their fifth appearance in Division I-AA playoffs. Head Football Coach Mickey Matthews and his players reflect on their winning '99 season.


Students a cappella groups like the Madison Project and the Overtones are springing up all over campus, selling out their performances and taking their talents on the road. Now Madison Project alumnus Mike Minarik is touring nationally with The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Inquiring Minds

Professors and students of the College of Science and Mathematics push the boundaries of their fields to produce a continuous stream of research, grants, projects, papers and presentations.