Academics

  • Sep 24
    Northern Shenandoah Valley Graduate and Professional School Fair

    4-7 p.m.
    Festival Conference and Student Center Ballroom

    Be sure to research programs of interest before you attend. Access Recruit-A-Duke before the event to see who is attending the fair and plan who you would like to speak with.

    More information at http://www.jmu.edu/cap/fair/grad-students.shtml.

     

  • Sep 24
    "When Borders Divide Us" Discussion

    4 p.m.
    Room 405, Taylor Hall

    Are we preoccupied with boundaries and borders? Geopolitical borders frequently become the focal point of conflict and divisiveness, although they seem to be based on a commonality they become the center of attention of our differences. When a border is first created, there's this somewhat arbitrary line drawn in the sand. There is little consideration for the connections that preceded the delineation, family, ethnic groups, ecosystems and languages etc. are carved down the middle. Over time the border becomes this important element the defining marker, similarities and connection erode, and differences become dominate. One side becomes us and the new side becomes the other. Walls and fences are raised and humans become illegals, terrorist and enemy somehow less worthy than us. Discussion topics will include current border conflicts, immigration issues in the United States, the border dispute between Palestine and Israel and how geopolitical boundaries separate people who have more in common than not.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 24
    International Week Debate

    7 p.m.
    Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    The James Madison University Debate Society and Office of International Programs are excited to announce the third annual International Week Public Debate. The resolution for this year's debate is “U.S. warrantless wiretapping does more harm than good for society.” JMU is honored to have St. Johns University, University of Pittsburgh, Emory University and George Washington University as part of this year's debate. The public debate follows the long-table format used in the JMU Madison Cup public debate tournament held every spring in Harrisonburg. The debate will feature three two-person teams affirming and three two-person teams negating the resolution. Following the debate, a discussion will take place and audience participation is encouraged. A prize will be awarded to the audience member with the best question or speech from the floor.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 25
    Breaking Down Barriers: A Student Panel

    4 p.m.
    Room 405, Taylor Hall

    Adjusting to a new environment can be both stressful and exciting. A panel of students will explore “breaking down barriers” as they share their stories of adjustment and transition, as well as highlight campus and community resources for support. The session is geared towards international students as well as domestic students, who have recently returned from, or are about to engage in, a study abroad program. Domestic first-year students, who are also engaged in adjustment to a new culture (the college/JMU culture) are also welcome to participate!

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 25
    Documentary Film Screening with Producer Beth-Ann Kutchma

    6 p.m.
    Grafton-Stovall Theatre

    “Without a Fight” is a feature-length documentary film that explores how soccer can facilitate social change in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums. Footage of violent clashes fueled by polarizing national presidential elections is intertwined with profiles of youth from different religious and ethnic backgrounds as they navigate daily life and prepare for the final championship soccer game of the season. The film provides a glimpse – often a very positive one – into an Africa few have seen. It attempts to break stereotypes associated with people who live in extreme poverty while depicting sports as a tool that could be used to prevent violence among at-risk youth.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 25
    Concert Reflection, "Beyond Borders and Boundaries"

    8 p.m.
    Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

    The Staunton Music Festival will bring to the Concert Hall in the Forbes Center “Beyond Borders and Boundaries,” an eclectic mix of musical traditions. The program features JMU music department faculty and includes a world premiere jazz composition by Chuck Dotas.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 26
    Study Abroad Fair

    11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Grand Ballroom, Festival Conference and Student Center

    Interested in going abroad? Come and learn about different study abroad programs that await – India, Ireland, Jordan, Japan, Scotland and Spain. The JMU list of programs goes on to include over 65 different programs in 30 different countries. JMU semester, short-term and graduate program directors and representatives will be available to share their experience and to answer your questions. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to speak and learn about programs from other universities and providers.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 26
    Poetry Reading by Camille Dungy

    4 p.m.
    Room 405, Taylor Hall

    Camille Dungy is the author of “Smith Blue,” winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize and a professor of English at Colorado State University.

    Sponsored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Free.

  • Sep 26
    What is the Meaning of Boundaries When Violence and Pain are Involved?

    7 p.m.
    Room 405, Taylor Hall

    Who better to ask than a Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders professional? Emily Lynch, a global health program manager and photographer, will be sharing her experience of living and working with MSF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where more than 900,000 people are currently displaced from their homes due to ongoing violence and conflict in the region.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 27
    Fall Plant and Bulb Sale

    Sept. 27-28

    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Shop for Virginia native wildflowers and cultivar perennials, shrubs and trees, at just the right time for fall planting. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Sep 27
    Closing Ceremony with Amadou Kouyate

    Noon-1 p.m.
    The Commons

    Come out to The Commons to enjoy a mixture of authentic West African and the fusion sounds of the Amadou Kouyate Ensemble while you munch on some delectable foods celebrating I-Week’s theme “Borders and Boundaries.”  Free and open to the public.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 27
    Contemplative Pedagogies

    Location: Taylor 309
    Dates: Fridays 9/27, 10/25, 11/22
    Times: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Register


    Become part of a growing movement in higher education.  This Faculty Interest Group (FIG) welcomes people with experience or interest in applications of mindfulness and contemplative practices to teaching and student learning. According to empirical research, routine mindfulness practice stimulates brain activity, enhances focus and attentiveness, and can enhance academic achievement. Learn more about contemplative practices and collaborate with others who are interested in or engaged with contemplative pedagogies.  The frequency of group meetings, direction of discussion, and projects will be determined collectively.

    This FIG is designed to be a faculty-driven, self-directed community that agrees on collective objectives.  All FIGs are designed to help faculty make progress toward the following outcomes:

    • Explore a topic of common concern, interest, or relevance;
    • Apply what is learned to some aspect of faculty life at JMU; and
    • Collaboratively guide the group toward its intended goals.

    Facilitator: Jared Featherstone, WRTC and UWC

  • Sep 28
    Fall Plant and Bulb Sale

    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Shop for Virginia native wildflowers and cultivar perennials, shrubs and trees, at just the right time for fall planting. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Sep 28
    World Cup Soccer

    9 a.m.
    Turf Field, UREC

    Register your team for this 6 v 6 World Cup Soccer Tournament and play like the professionals!

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 28
    18th Annual Harrisonburg International Festival

    Noon-6 p.m.
    Hillandale Park

    The Harrisonburg International Festival brings together a diverse variety of performing, visual and culinary arts both from around the world and from the local community. You will find a remarkable smorgasbord of mouth-watering delicacies, music, dance, creative folk art and intercultural learning opportunities. Thousands of local students and residents attend each year. Free shuttle service is provided from JMU.

    Part of International Week at JMU; for information, check http://www.jmu.edu/international/iweek/highlights.shtml.

  • Sep 28
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Flight Adventures”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Origins of Life”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Oct 1
    Visiting Scholar Kendra Stewart

    7 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Kendra Stewart, professor and director of the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston, presents “Engagement: What, How, Why and Should?”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 5
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Oct 7
    Flu Vaccine Clinic

    10am-6pm Oct. 7, 8am-3pm Oct. 8

    Festival Conference Center, Highlands Room

    Student, emeriti, family cost: $23 flu shot, $40 FluMist (ages 4-49)

    Faculty, staff cost: $10 flu shot, $27 FluMist

    Forms of payment accepted: Cash, check, credit card. NO FLEX

    The vaccine is being provided by Maxim Health Systems. Maxim can submit claims to Aetna for any member receiving a flu shot (only flu shot, not FluMist). Receipts will be provided for other insurance reimbursement.

  • Oct 10
    Poetry Reading by Kyle Dargan

    4 p.m.
    Transitions, Warren Hall

    Kyle Dargan, the author of three collections of poetry, is an assistant professor of literature and director of creative writing at American University.

    Sponsored by the Furious Flower Poetry Center. Free.

  • Oct 12
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Oct 14
    Visiting Scholar Modhumita Roy

    6:30 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Modhumita Roy, associate professor of English at Tufts University, presents “Immaculate Conceptions: Making Families in the Age of Surrogacy and Globalization.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 16
    Madison Vision Series: Carol Geary Schneider

    5-6 p.m.
    Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Carol Geary Schneider, the president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the leading national organization devoted to liberal art education, for the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • Oct 18
    Visiting Scholar Chitja Twala

    9 a.m.
    Allegheny Room, Festival Conference and Student Center

    Chitja Twala, senior lecturer in the history department at the University of Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, presents “The Strategy and Tactics Document of the African National Congress in South Africa: An Historical Perspective.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 18
    Just the Basics: Analyzing Qualitative Data

    Location: Rose Library 5211
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Thu, 17 Oct 2013 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Register


    Discovering meaningful yet efficient ways to analyze qualitative data can be a struggle for novice and expert researchers.  Designed for individuals who are new to qualitative inquiry, this workshop will provide participants with basic information, skills, and strategies involved in the analysis of textual data (e.g., survey responses, transcripts).  Participants will also learn about conventional and technology-driven approaches to coding, analysis and interpretation.

    Facilitator: Cara Meixner, Ph.D, Department of Graduate Psychology & Center for Faculty Innovation

    Facilitator: Noorie Brantmeier, Ph.D, Department of Learning, Technology and Leadership Education

  • Oct 19
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Oct 26
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Oct 28
    artWorks Gallery Exhibition

    Oct. 28-Nov. 8

    Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    131 Grace St.

    The exhibition features work by the JMU French Study Abroad Program. Opening reception, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.

  • Nov 2
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 9
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 11
    artWorks Gallery Exhibition

    Nov. 11-23

    Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    131 Grace St.

    The exhibition features work by JMU students Allison Nickens, H. Gentry, Sarah Hade and selected Fiber Class Students. Opening reception, Nov. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.

  • Nov 14
    Just-In-Time Teaching

    Location: Taylor Hall 306
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Register


    The Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) pedagogy blends active learning classroom methods with state-of-the art electronic communication technologies. In preparation for an interactive classroom experience, students work with strategically constructed web- based assignments with due dates just before class time. Instructors base the daily classroom activities on the student submissions. Participants in this workshop will learn the factors that would support successful implementation of JiTT, examples of how JiTT has been implemented in university classes and will actively engage in creating materials they can use in their current class(es).

    In this workshop, participants will:

    1. Learn the reasons and goals for implementing JiTT;
    2. Learn how JiTT has been and can be implemented in a college classroom;
    3. Devise questions and formulate other aspects of JiTT that can be used in participants' own classrooms; and
    4. Understand the relationship between JiTT and other flipped classroom pedagogies.

    Facilitator: Jim Benedict, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology

  • Nov 16
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 21
    Scholarship Agendas: Organize Projects and Manage Your Time

    Location: Taylor 306
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Fri, 22 Nov 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

    Register


    Amidst the busy nature of teaching, scholarship, and service, faculty need to reflect on their personal scholarly process, prioritize projects, and manage scholarship agendas. This workshop will aid participants in prioritizing scholarship projects and in building a timeline for completing projects for 2014 and beyond. Walk away with a scholarship timeline and clarified priorities for research projects in the new year.

    Facilitator: Edward J. Brantmeier, Ph.D, Department of Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education & Center for Faculty Innovation

  • Nov 23
    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Nov. 23-Dec. 1

    Classes do not meet.

  • Nov 23
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Nov 28
    Thanksgiving Holiday

    Nov. 28-29

    Thanksgiving Holiday.

    University closed.

  • Nov 30
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Exoplanets: Worlds of Wonder”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Comets and Discovery”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Dec 2
    Classes resume

    Classes resume.

  • Dec 9
    Final examinations

    Final examinations.

  • Dec 14
    Commencement

    10 a.m.
    Convocation Center

  • Dec 23
    Winter Holiday

    Dec. 23 (noon)-31
    Winter Holiday.

    University closed.

  • Oct 7
    Flu Vaccine Clinic

    10am-6pm Oct. 7, 8am-3pm Oct. 8

    Festival Conference Center, Highlands Room

    Student, emeriti, family cost: $23 flu shot, $40 FluMist (ages 4-49)

    Faculty, staff cost: $10 flu shot, $27 FluMist

    Forms of payment accepted: Cash, check, credit card. NO FLEX

    The vaccine is being provided by Maxim Health Systems. Maxim can submit claims to Aetna for any member receiving a flu shot (only flu shot, not FluMist). Receipts will be provided for other insurance reimbursement.

  • Oct 7
    Visiting Scholar Vladlena Lisenco

    7 p.m.
    Room 2105, Harrison Hall

    Vladlena Lisenco, national legal adviser, OSCE mission to Moldova, presents “Human Trafficking in Eastern Europe.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 8
    Visiting Scholar Kelly Coblentz-Bautch

    7 p.m.
    Room 1101, Miller Hall

    Kelly Coblentz-Bautch, associate professor at St. Edward’s University, presents “Escaping from Lusty Angels: Early Jewish and Early Christian Portrayals of Women and the Divine.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Oct 16
    Visiting Scholar Barry Long

    5 p.m.
    Room 142, Music Building

    Barry Long, assistant professor of music at Bucknell University, presents “Black Blowers of the Now: Jazz and Activism from King’s Birmingham to Coltrane’s Alabama.”

    The Visiting Scholars Program is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.

  • Sep 30
    artWorks Gallery Exhibition

    Sept. 30-Oct. 11

    Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    131 Grace St.

    The exhibition features work by JMU students Samantha Skates, Gabby Gill, Erica Lynn Ensminger and Bianka Snorgrass. Opening reception, Sept. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.

  • Oct 14
    artWorks Gallery Exhibition

    Oct. 14-25

    Noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    131 Grace St.

    The exhibition features work by JMU students Amberlee Taylor, Carleigh Boyd, Danni O’Brien and Katie Gong. Opening reception, Oct. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, call (540) 568-7175. Free.

  • Oct 19
    Parade of Champions Marching Bands Competition

    Gates open at 7:30 a.m. for the all-day event
    Bridgeforth Stadium

    The 36th annual competition features 40 to 50 high-school marching bands that complete in their respective classes. JMU’s Marching Royal Dukes perform in the afternoon and at night.

    Check htp://www.jmu.edu/mrd/poc.shtml for details as they develop.

  • Oct 9
    Remembering Place: Remembering Downtown

    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Memorial Hall Forum

    JMuse Cafe is excited to partner with the Institute of Visual Studies to bring programming for this year on Space, Place, and Community.

    Thinking carefully about the past is a courageous act, which can help a community to heal. The thoughtful conversations that took place surrounding the renaming of Cantrell Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Way offer us an extraordinary opportunity to continue the public dialogue about our values, values that are as evident in the way we treat each other as the way we care for our spaces and buildings. The challenge now is to honor our past as we shape our future. To advance this dialogue, a range of civic and educational groups are sponsoring “Remembering Place,” a series of panel discussions, to take part this fall. Panel participants will include Harrisonburg residents, civic leaders and elected officials.

    More information is available at http://sites.jmu.edu/jmuse. Free.

  • Oct 30
    Remembering Place: Creating Our Town

    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Memorial Hall Forum

    JMuse Cafe is excited to partner with the Institute of Visual Studies to bring programming for this year on Space, Place, and Community.

    Thinking carefully about the past is a courageous act, which can help a community to heal. The thoughtful conversations that took place surrounding the renaming of Cantrell Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Way offer us an extraordinary opportunity to continue the public dialogue about our values, values that are as evident in the way we treat each other as the way we care for our spaces and buildings. The challenge now is to honor our past as we shape our future. To advance this dialogue, a range of civic and educational groups are sponsoring “Remembering Place,” a series of panel discussions, to take part this fall. Panel participants will include Harrisonburg residents, civic leaders and elected officials.

    More information is available at http://sites.jmu.edu/jmuse. Free.

  • Nov 13
    Remembering Place: Poetry and Place

    6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Third Floor Flex Space, Rose Library

    JMuse Cafe is excited to partner with the Institute of Visual Studies to bring programming for this year on Space, Place, and Community.

    More information is available at http://sites.jmu.edu/jmuse. Free.

  • Dec 6
    Exam Writing 101: Aligning Tests with Learning Outcomes

    Location: Rose Library 5211; lunch will be provided at noon
    Workshop
    This event is also offered on Thu, 5 Dec 2013 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

    Register


    In this workshop, faculty will focus on the degree to which their exam writing process reflects course content, learning objectives, and student learning. Participants will explore how tools such as learning taxonomies and formative assessments can inform exam construction and format. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and revise their own exam questions using evidence-based strategies.

    This workshop is designed for faculty to make progress toward the following outcomes:

    • Apply learning taxonomies to current exam questions;
    • Align exam questions to specific learning objectives; and
    • Develop one or more formative/summative assessment item.

    Facilitator: Carol A. Hurney, Ph.D, Department of Biology & Center for Faculty Innovation

  • Dec 7
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Molecularium”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Secrets of the Sun”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Dec 14
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Molecularium”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Secrets of the Sun”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Dec 21
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Molecularium”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Secrets of the Sun”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Jan 11
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Jan 13
    Spring Semester Begins

    Classes meet as scheduled.

  • Jan 18
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Jan 20
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Classes do not meet.

  • Jan 25
    John C. Wells Planetarium Shows

    1 p.m. (“Legends of the Night Sky: Orion”)
    2:15 and 3:30 p.m. (“Ice Worlds”)
    Miller Hall

    The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.

    For more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml. Free.

  • Feb 11
    Student Assessment/Faculty Assistance Day

    No classes 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Evening classes (those beginning at 4 p.m. or later) meet as scheduled.

  • Mar 10
    Spring Break

    March 10-14

    Classes do not meet.

  • Mar 17
    Classes resume

    Classes resume today after Spring Break.

  • Mar 20
    Madison Vision Series: Jeff Rosen

    4-5 p.m.
    Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

    The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU’s department of Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Jeff Rosen, CEO of the National Constitution Center, for the Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society.

    This event is free and open to the public.

  • May 5
    Final examinations

    May 5-9
    As scheduled

  • May 9
    Graduate Commencement Ceremony

    10 a.m.
    JMU Convocation Center

  • May 9
    University Commencement Ceremony

    3 p.m.
    Bridgeforth Stadium

  • May 10
    College Commencement Ceremonies

    9 a.m.
    Various locations

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