A love for the learning process
Amadi Azikiwe is professor, conductor, violist and much more. "I take very seriously the idea that the teacher should be a teacher and a mentor," he says. His classrooms offer a chance to build skills and careers.
World War defines a life
Experiences at World War II-era Madison College and with Tri-Sigma shaped Emily Lewis Lee's ('43) life
A proven approach to professional development for teachers
It is disappointing to see language with such negative connotations used in conjunction with teachers
A pressing time
For 20 years, JMU's University Recreation Center has been 'motivating Madison into motion' and there's much more in store...
Hope for autism
Area families discover innovative treatment programs and a network of support at JMU.
Ted and Micah's Excellent Adventure
Dukes with autism find success at JMU despite their disability.
Bioethics and the Eight Key Questions
Asking Eight Key Questions can assist in working through knotty bioethical situations.
Bioinformatics tools aid exploration of computational biology
We want our students to stay on the curve with all of this stuff, but
Connecting the JMU campus with the community and engaging students in interprofessional learning experiences.
Neighbors in need
JMU's clinical mental health faculty and students provide counseling services in Page County.
Fit for success
Fitness mogul John Galiani ('90) shares tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Meeting the challenge of moral distress
JMU nursing professor Erica Lewis discusses what happens when health professionals are faced with ethical situations they feel powerless to solve.
You and the Affordable Care Act
Aging off parental health insurance? Here's some help.
Getting the best start
First-Year Send Offs are an excellent way for freshman and transfer students, and their families to be welcomed into the JMU family.
Forbes Center announces 2015-2016 season lineup
Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, Second City, and Moscow Festival Ballet highlight Forbes Center's performance season.
We can work it out
JMU's CASH lab offers participants a series of rewards for adhering to a treatment program.
JMU's student chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters won a 2015 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award for making a difference in the lives of children.
Ethics and engagement
Rosemary Girard sums up the essence of the Madison Experience in her commencement speech...
A company all her own
Giving back to a community she loves and helping inner-city kids was all part of her plan for success.
Madison Trust funds innovation
Madison Trust pairs JMU innovation with private investment from alumni and friends.
Realizing your dreams
Hillcrest Scholarships unleash honors students full potential and vault them into promising futures.
The tie that binds
Twin brothers Brian and Colby Trow are building a successful business around their shared passion for fly fishing.
Success, their way
The multifaceted world of JMU's emerging entrepreneurs.
From Wall Street to Addis Ababa
Alpha Kiflu ('05) is playing a significant role in a new venture with the potential to help transform a nation.
Gaining a different mindset
JMU Psychology CARDS Lab helps students challenge preconceived notions on culture and race.
The measurement man
JMU researcher Dr. Ken Newbold sharpens method for quantifying entrepreneurial learning.
JMU addresses shortage of high school physics teachers
This odd classroom format is pretty common to the Physics 240 students and is known as
JMU students get advice on breaking into the music industry during country music artist Phil Vassar's master class.
Creating world citizens
We live in an increasingly complex global community. That's why JMU programs help students become enlightened world citizens.
Book provides insight into the role of intelligence
A collection of papers presented at the conference is now available.
Back in the 'Burg
Columbia Records exec shares with students.
Bridging the gap between poverty and success
Ashley Mitchell ('09) says that the JMU Centennial Scholars Program helped "bridge the gap between poverty and academic success." Now the Richmond Alternative School Teacher of the Year is helping at-risk students find their own successes.
Wall Street success with some alumni networking help
Come to JMU and you're part of the Madison family. Professors invest in your success; alumni mentor and network in your behalf. Read J.P. Kril's story and see how it works.
A focus on success
Helping students succeed is a mission for this professor.
The Honors challenge
Want academic challenges? Diego Salinas ('18) says that's why he chose JMU's Honors Program.
Honors and the arts
Want an academic opportunity that you can mold into what you want and need? Senior Courtney Jamison recommends exploring JMU's Honors Program.
Being the change on the other side of the globe
ISAT Geographic Science professor finds unique way to aid those in need in Cambodia.
A very special Homecoming
Chiquita King's Madison Experience led to a great career, thanks to the Centennial Scholars program.
Opening eyes and opening doors
Why going abroad can give you a leg up in your career.
ROCKeD to the core
A life-threatening turn of events leads to a positive change.
On to the next chapter
A Madison Forever Scholarship is allowing her to finish at JMU and pursue her dream of making a mark in the graphic design world in a big way.
Caring is the goal
Madison Forever Scholarship donors helped keep Jared Farnsworth a Duke, and he plans to make the most of that assistance.
Saving the day, and career
A Madison Forever Scholarship saved her JMU academic career and put this health services administration major on the path to help others.
Following his bliss
Piano performance/music composition major Andrew T. Pham ('11) chose JMU and the School of Music for its focus on performance and the approachability of the faculty. "I got such a positive feeling from the music professors," he recounts.
Understanding the human element
Her Madison Experience convinced international relations major Shevy Chaganti of the value of a comprehensive view of world events.
Big Event 2014 yields big totals and big impact
JMU's fourth annual "Big Event" day of community service saw big results.
Biotechnology major and Honors student Joe Balsamo is researching auditory system development in hopes of finding better ways to address hearing deficits and hearing loss.
Art education program partners with local schools
JMU students get hands-on opportunities teaching art skills during art nights
Personal relationships are central to success
One of the most important lessons of his Madison Experience was that success starts with relationships.
The Ethics of Learning
Dr. Holly McCartney, an associate professor of education, recently spent time researching "What does it mean to 'Do The Right Thing' as an early childhood or elementary teacher."
Professor reporting from Winter Paralympic Games
Dr. Joshua Pate uses Paralympic Games to inform his teaching and research at JMU.
What can educators do to contribute to attainment of a more ideal human condition among societies the world over?
Embracing a global community
One key to success is a college experience that makes you draw on wide-ranging, even global, connections to make decisions. Read Brian Caperton's account of his "refreshingly different" Madison Experience.
A chance to discover
A Hillcrest Scholarship gave honors student Carly Starke the chance to conduct vaccine research for the U.S. government, to share her findings with leaders in the field and to catch a glimpse of her future.
Professors and the road to success
Mentorship goes beyond labs and classrooms. It opened the door to Carly Starke's future.
Alumnus leads way in online education
Tony Huffman ('96), founder and CEO of Approved Colleges, advocates the value of online education services.
The education of Dr. Woo
Is there an ideal learning environment?
Preparing for the 21st-century classroom
Exploring ways to narrow the achievement gap in our nation's classrooms.
The ethics of learning
Teachers encounter many ethical dilemmas in the classroom. How do they find good solutions?
The case for equity in education
Is education meeting the real needs of America's youth?
Called 'America's outcasts,' homeless children are innocent victims of economic downturns, cutbacks in social programs, and lack of affordable housing. But JMU's innovative approach to solving problems that seem to have no simple solutions...
JMU changed my life
Getting involved changed her Madison Experience and her life. Better yet, it helped her make a difference for school students at home and abroad.
Finding inspiration in crisis
The premature birth of her daughters brought both challenge and positive change to JMU alum Leigh Taylor Sewell.
Finding the funds of knowledge
Our conclusions are often wrong. Professor Mathur teaches students to look beyond the stereotypical.
Crunch, Shenandoah style
"Support your community, satisfy your appetite," is more than a logo for these two JMU student entrepreneurs
A passion to help others learn
Find something you're interested in and embrace it. That's what Deserae Barney ('14) has donewholeheartedly.
Nursing simulation employs live patient
How can health workers be trained to develop efffective communication skills?
A winning combo
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Shannon Rano is one of them.
Harrisonburg downtown redevelopment benefits community and JMU.
She wanted a good challenge, so Amanda Kuhnley took an interdisciplinary approach. Integrated science and technology, art history, classical studies, and studio art combined into one incredible project.
Why I teach the way I do
Psychology professor Matthew R. Lee tells why he brings a passion for social justice to his JMU classroom discussions.
Will it happen again?
Can a deeper understanding of past national decision making provide a clearer perspective for our present and future actions?
JMU inducts U.S. House historian into Phi Beta Kappa
Matthew Wasniewski leads the work of recording the life and times of the U.S. House.
Will social security be around when you retire?
JMU economics professor's Rosser equation answers questions on social security.
It's not about getting rich
JMU faculty and alumni help students apply creativity and put innovation into practice.
Sometimes it takes a maverick or two
Alumni duo endows Business Plan Competition and engages students with competition and incentive.
Bonding Over Music
What could make chemotherapy treatment a better experience?
Why does JMU plant roots in a local child care center?
The Alger family sees the local community as an essential part of their family and JMU's identity.
Challenge, yes, but also support
Caitlin McAvoy says studying musical theatre at JMU challenges students with intensity but provides plenty of encouragement.
A passion for social justice
Want a world free of discrimination? Professor Matt Lee teaches students how to create the type of society they want to live in.
A springboard for career and mission
JMU values service and so do our students. Christine Bolander took skills learned in the occupational therapy master's program to a developing country to help with healing and rehabilitation.
Anna Young ('14)
Working as a medical interpreter is just one way that Anna Young's academic career has gone beyond the classroom and into the community.
Adult degree seekers 'Return to Madison'
A JMU outreach program's appeal to former students to come back to Madison and finish their degrees yields great results.
JMU engineering students hope their research on artificial heart valves can lead to better medical devices in the future.
Filling a blind spot
JMU senior James Prince applies religion studies to intelligence analysis.
Honors Seminar Abroad
Employing a competitive edge
It's real world learning at its best. The JMU Capital Markets Lab gives students access to real-time Wall Street financial data and information technology.
Kim Chidubeme Okafor ('14)
Rigorous classes, high expectations and demanding work haven't deterred this pre-med student. Involved professors, inspiring service projects and the chance to help others make it worthwhile.
Becoming a 'citizen leader'
Actor, stagehand, playwright are just a few of theater major George Dippold's experiences in a program that merges the economic and creative sides of theater.
JMU double Fulbright awardee teaches in Korea
Professor Sang Yoon, JMU's first two-time Fulbright award winner, shares her talents and knowledge with students in Korea.
Interdisciplinary focus on peace
Research on the Bosnian War reinforces JMU senior Emily Spiwak's conviction that interdisciplinary efforts are needed for peace.
Understanding the Peace Process
Jan Lodal provided a senior official's perspective on the Bosnian conflict.
Navigating from War to Peace
President Alger challenged attendees to understand how ethical reasoning can influence national decision-making.
A year of living bravely
A Study Abroad experience is much more than studying. Morgan Robinson ('13) says that "it's living like you've never lived before."
Living the education
Can we preserve what is left of the world's rainforests? Biology major Emily Thyroff ('15) is getting a chance to address the problem.
Finding out what's at the end of the universe
How do you get a head start on graduate school? Physics major Emily Dick has a plan.
What can prepare intelligence professionals to make critical decisions in complex scenarios? Justen Silva shares his experience.
Challenged, but not alone
Honors student Michelle Amaya ('14) says involved professors have helped make her academic career a success.
When dreams become real
Critical thinkers, problem solvers, good communicatorsthey're all in high demand. Devin Buennemeyer is a good example of how a JMU education helps develop those skills.
Collaboration and planning key to Rembrandt exhibit
Collaboration and planning key to Rembrandt exhibit
The lure of undergraduate research
What nations will dominate the world stage in the future? JMU senior Zachary Ochoa researches the rise of superpowers.
JMU Alumni Chapter Challenge
It's a form of grassroots philanthropy, and it goes by a number of titles: crowd funding, peer-to-peer, the ground game. It is a major way to raise funds and awareness for a cause. And it's arrived at a JMU alumni chapter near you.
Honors Seminar Abroad
Getting a globally minded perspective of the world, building independence, gaining confidenceall part of JMU Honors seminar abroad.
Engineering a robot
Summer research at JMU opens unexpected pathways of discovery. Lisha White got to collaborate with students with different majors and class years while building a robot.
Modeling monarchs' lifecycle
Is the monarch butterfly at risk of extinction? Math major Emily Hunt conducted research in Mexico to learn more about the monarchs' lifecycle.
Predicting sports success
JMU undergrad research offers a host of possibilities. Basketball fan John Ellis used his math research to predict sports success.
The science of problems and solutions
An unprecedented volume of information and high-risk scenarios face graduates entering the intelligence field. JMU gets them ready for the challenge.
The Madison Collaborative, JMU's breathtaking new endeavor, aims to instill in every student a competency for making ethical decisions.
Ethics or the bottom line
Business decisions often affect the environment and the community at large. College of Business Dean Mary Gowan offers insight on making informed decisions.
Cross-disciplinary locomotion study
JMU undergrad research offers a host of possibilities. Jeff Kopsick's research on microscopic organisms combines biology, math and 3D printing technology.
Changing the world begins in the classroom
At an early age, she dreamed of becoming an educator, as a Pruden Scholar Katie Schwizer learned the lessons teachers need to know.
A Moment in the Spotlight
A master class experience with Tony Award winner Patti LuPone gives JMU students a chance to learn and perform with the best.
As a freshman at JMU, Koves worked from his room in Blue Ridge Hall. While most college students look for a job in retail or on campus, Koves decided to start his own Web site development firm to pay the bills.
Seeing beyond boundaries
JMU senior Michelle Amaya came to a full realization of the value of an expansive worldview in an unlikely placea Bolivian orphanage.
Hidden in History
Can the history of a forgotten neighborhood shape the future? JMuse's "Remembering Place" series gives the Harrisonburg community a forum for reflection and discussion.
Being a part of something bigger than myself
Dance major Kenisha Washington says JMU professors have been invested in her success. Their support coupled with an innovative and wide-ranging curriculum have prepared her for a professional life.
Learning to conduct solid, trustworthy research is one of the rewards of this challenging history course.
Built for Learning
Study, interact and research in an inviting atmosphere full of natural lighting and beautiful viewshow the Rose Library connects people and ideas.
Bringing stability post-conflict
Too often the high cost of war is ignored. Kenneth Rutherford brings the reality of civilian casualties and disablement caused by landmines to the front of international attention.
Changing war's aftermath
After conflict and trauma, how do people find the resilience to build a better life? Professor Kenneth Rutherford works to help post-conflict communities recover and rebuild.
Embracing Honors challenge
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Sierra Hahn-Ventrell is one of them.
Winning spirit for Honors
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Jacqueline Crawford is one of them.
Diving into Honors challenges
Despite a rigorous athletics schedule, JMU student-athletes have a drive to also excel in academics and organizations outside of their sport. Camilla Czulada is one of them.
Strong showing for CSI products
Strength and conditioning products invented at JMU get glowing reviews at trade show.
New fund created for JMU donors to support university innovation
James Madison University is seeking support for an innovative micro-incubator program to launch viable startup companies with products invented by JMU faculty, staff and students.
The joy of scholarship
Summa cum laude 2011 graduate Eden Parks says that her Phi Beta Kappa induction was the capstone of an already cherished Madison Experience.
Doing for Others
In Harrisonburg, around the country and as far away as South Africa, the JMU family devote a day to community service as part of the third annual Big Event.
Behind the scenes: From IDEA grant to reality
Each year at JMU, creative and multidisciplinary ideas to enhance diversity come to fruition thanks to the Innovative Diversity Efforts Award (IDEA) Grants program. One example: Dress and Identity in African Cultures exhibition.
Dress and Identity in African Cultures: A great IDEA
A JMU IDEA grant bolsters a professor's vision for an exhibit highlighting cultural diversity. And JMU students get hands-on gallery and museum experience bringing the idea to reality.
Physical attributes are often given inordinate value. How can people develop healthy behaviors and perceptions about their bodies? These JMU programs shed light on what really matters.
Ready for the future
JMU's emphasis on hands-on learning and problem solving gives graduates the skills they need in the workplace. Just ask social work major Tara McGrath.
Amazing megamasers: JMU researcher pursuing 'holy grail of astronomy'
Scientists are on the verge of unlocking answers to two of astronomy's biggest questions and a JMU researcher is right in the middle of it.
Never-ending search for answers fuels Constantin
Undergraduate research with astrophysicist Anca Constantin puts students to work with data from the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes exploring the mysteries of space.
Harnessing the Kenyan sun
There's a critical need for access to sustainable energy in developing countries. Unfortunately many solutions are incredibly expensive. Yet JMU students found a way to introduce affordable and easy access to solar energy in rural Kenya.
Changing the world one person at a time
It's not just a slogan. It is Madisona living, evolving university where change is the status quo. Equipped with the power that knowledge gives, JMU students, faculty and alumni work toward a brighter future in nearly every sector of global society.
HP executive returns to JMU to connect with students
Alumni stay connected to Madison. And that provides an added benefit for JMU students. One examplegetting advice on career decisions from one of Silicon Valley's most sought-after executives, John Hinshaw ('92).
Clinic helps children develop and learn through play
It looks like fun, yet beneath the surface of the interaction, JMU students get valuable practical experience in kinesiology and occupational therapy. And children of all ages develop and learn. JMU programs bring it all together.
Students' project chosen to help fight human trafficking
Four SMAD majors developed an interactive concept design selected by mtvU for "The Backstory" campaign rallying support for human trafficking surviviors.
Professor to put rational thinking to the test
When asked a simple word problem involving the costs of a bat and a ball, most people come up with the wrong answer. JMU's Dr. Richard West is researching why rational thinking often proves elusive.
Under the wing
Mentoring students is important to professor, conductor and violist Amadi Azikiwe. "I am one of four JMU Faculty-in-Residence, which means I live in Eagle Hall, a freshman residence hall, where I host student events, eat meals with students...
For JMU Students, Refugee Plight Hits Home
As part of a semester-long course on genocide and refugee resettlement in the School of Communication Studies, JMU students were given the opportunity to meet and work with some of the Lost Boys of Sudan during an Alternative Spring Break trip...
Learning in a community
Can where you live change your college experience? JMU pre-med student Michael Rudloff ('15) says living and learning in the Huber Residential Learning Community with like-minded students has been transformational.
A cross-disciplinary collaboration makes art accessible
Teaming up to solve a problem, an art history major, an engineering major and a physics major created an iPad application that enhances visitors' experience at a JMU art collection.
Making Precious Time
Families with special needs children can feel that the demands on their time and resources are overwhelming. JMU students are giving them much needed respite through this innovative program.
Choosing to understand
Church, temple or mosque? In today's world where controversies over religion, culture and ideology abound, it's a refreshing change to see people build positive relationships across cultures. JMU students and professors are doing just that.
Rescuing failing readers
Illiteracy dooms people to failure; literacy breeds success. Yet students from low socio-economic backgrounds are often the very ones struggling to meet educational objectives. But one JMU grad student, a professor and an elementary school beat the odds...
Disaster and rebirtha story of change
JMU alumna Gladys Kemp Lisanby ('49) rallies women artists of the Gulf Coast in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath By Jan Gillis ('07)
Disaster relief: All in a day's work
Restoring order after a natural disaster is no easy task, but it's all in a day's work for JMU alum Jon McNamara ('05).
Students Go MAD for Madison
A 7% alumni giving rate? JMU students (future alumni) are looking to change that reality.