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  • Apr 20
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Apr 20
    Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizen Forum Championship Round

    6 p.m.
    Wilson Hall Auditorium

    Following the day’s preliminary rounds, the championship round of the 15th annual Madison Commemorative Debate and Citizen Forum focuses on the topic “This house believes that the United States should legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use.”

    Sponsored by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, the significant national collegiate debate event attracts competitive debaters from around the world to vie for substantial scholarship prizes and the Madison Cup traveling trophy.

  • Apr 22
    Guided Bird Walk

    8 a.m.
    Meets at the Pavilion, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Greg Moyers, birding expert and photographer, leads the walk through the arboretum.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Apr 22
    JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band

    The JMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band were founded in 1971. JMU jazz groups have performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Terrace Theater, Montreux International Jazz and Blues Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Virginia Music Educator's Association annual convention.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2015/04/22-jazz-ensemble-jazz-band.shtml

  • Apr 23
    Wildflower Walk with the Virginia Native Plant Society

    10 a.m.
    Starts at the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Take a walk in the wildflowers led by Michael Seth. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

  • Apr 27
    Children's Spring Nature Art Camp

    April 27, 29 and 30

    10 a.m.-noon Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Jewel Yoder Hertzler leads the three-session workshop for children ages 7 to 12. The spring-themed workshop is part of an ongoing series of seasonal workshops for children’s art instruction that will allow young artists to produce their own botanical journal that they will treasure for a lifetime.

    The $35 fee includes sketch journal and pencil.

    Visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum to register online or call (540) 568-3194.

  • Apr 29
    American Women at War Project Presentations

    5-7 p.m.
    Room 306, Taylor Hall

    JMU Honors program students enrolled in the American Women at War course present their multimedia productions based on their archival research projects of American women who served in the military during World War I and II. Over the course of the spring 2015 semester, these students conducted research at the Army Women’s Museum archives located at Fort Lee, Va. These student projects will be used as future exhibits housed at the museum and will serve as valuable tools for researchers on American women’s contributions to the military during the 20th century.

    RSVP is requested, but not required, to Amelia Underwood at underwaf@jmu.edu. Free.

  • May 7
    The Graduate School Commencement

    7 p.m.
    Convocation Center

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 8
    University Commencement Ceremony

    3 p.m.
    Bridgeforth Stadium

    Lindsay Czarniak, co-anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter and a 2000 alumna of JMU, speaks to undergraduates and their guests.

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 8
    College of Business Undergraduate Ceremony

    7 p.m.
    Bridgeforth Stadium

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 9
    Undergraduate College Ceremonies

    9 a.m.
    Various campus locations

    College of Arts and Letters on The Quadrangle

    College of Education and University Studies in the JMU Convocation Center

    College of Health and Behavioral Studies in Bridgeforth Stadium

    College of Integrated Science and Engineering at UREC East Campus field

    College of Science and Mathematics at Alumni Centennial Park

    College of Visual and Performing Arts at the Duke lawn.

    For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

  • May 10
    Mother's Day Carriage Rides

    1-4 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Create a Mother’s Day celebration that goes beyond ordinary to surprising, even exceptional. In a luxurious vis-à-vis carriage, she’ll be drawn by beautiful horses and an experienced coachman.

    For information and prices, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

  • May 11
    Monarch Butterfly Talk

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Gail Napora presents an informative talk that includes the monarch’s paths and patterns in the species’ migration between Mexico and Virginia. Also see the wonders of monarch lifecycle stages in lovely photographs. The talk will help monarch enthusiasts understand host plants, especially the native milkweeds, and how important they are for the monarch’s survival.

    Register for this free talk by visiting http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • May 15
    Spring Celebration Plant Sale

    May 15-16

    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Features a wide selection of plants, shrubs and trees, with Saturday educational activities.

    For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • May 18
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • May 22
    Arboretum Guest Speaker

    5-7 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Christine Riggleman from Silverback Distillery speaks about producing distinct and flavorful American bourbon, whiskey, gin and vodka.

    Required registration is needed by 5 p.m. May 19. Visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum for full details.

  • Jun 8
    Monarch Butterfly Talk

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Gail Napora presents an informative talk that includes the monarch’s paths and patterns in the species’ migration between Mexico and Virginia. Also see the wonders of monarch lifecycle stages in lovely photographs. The talk will help monarch enthusiasts understand host plants, especially the native milkweeds, and how important they are for the monarch’s survival.

    Register for this free talk by visiting http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 9
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 15
    JMU Summer Art Program

    June 15-19

    9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
    Duke Hall

    Students ages 6 to 17 work with certified art teachers as they learn to see art, create art, understand art and make informed judgments about works of art. Students will learn how images have been used to communicate important ideas, thoughts and feelings throughout history and into contemporary times. The lessons demonstrate that education in the arts is fundamental to language acquisition, creative thinking and an educated imagination.

    Supported by the JMU School of Art, Design and Art History and ARAMARK in partnership with the JMU School of Theatre and Dance.

    For information, including registration details, contact Dr. Karin Tollefson-Hall at (540) 568-4304 or tollefkl@jmu.edu.

    Online registration available at http://jmusummerart.weebly.com.

    Cost for each class is $80.

  • Jul 14
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Aug 11
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Sep 8
    Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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