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Academic Affairs

Engineering Student Spends Summer Creating Non-Profit Start-Up

Cobb

The organization, The Dove Project, strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others.
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Dance Faculty Member Wins Provost Award for Excellence in International Education

O'Hara

It isn't about making money or gaining fame. It's really about making connections with other international artists and knowing that the sharing benefits everyone.
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Dominion Lecturer: Dr. Lead P. Hollish
The Madison Caucus for Gender Equality is proud to present this year—s Dominion lecturer, Dr. Leah P. Hollis, on Monday, September 22 at 7:00pm at Transitions in Warren Hall.


International Experience Makes Graduate Student Competitive
According to Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) candidate David Hill, students need exceptional experiences to be an outstanding candidate in their post-graduate life.


JMU Welcomes New International Faculty
New faculty members Dr. Emeka Anaza and Dr. Stephanie Bae may come from quite different parts of the world but they have both found a home at JMU.


Dance Professor Celebrates 30 Years as Director of Ensemble
Cynthia Thompson has been cultivating student choreography and performance as the director of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) since 1984.


Valedictorian Inspires Women in Tech
The College of Integrated Science and Engineering is pleased to announce computer science major Melissa Von Wald as JMU's 2014 Valedictorian.


New GS Professor Utilizes Experience
Dr. Mace Bentley's field experience as a forecast meteorologist at The Weather Channel and his experience teaching for 12 years at Northern Illinois University as a professor of meteorology and geography lend to his ability to weave the academic and applied.


Dr. Robin Crowder Picks JMU in His Return to Higher Education
"I chose to come back to JMU because often the best teachers hired by school divisions were products of James Madison University," admitted Dr. Crowder.


Dr. Vicki Reed Journeys to China to Lend Advice, Expertise
At the 2013 Guangzhou International Symposium of Special Education in Guangzhou, China, Dr. Vicki Reed, professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at JMU, shared important information about students with disabilities.


Senior Mark Thress Explores Music Through Helping Cancer Patients
Working with oncology cancer patients at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Thress helps to facilitate music sessions that are tailored to patients using iPads.


Dr. Laura Leduc Researches Values Beyond Personality Traits
As a professor of management, Leduc is interested in how values and personality traits relate to performance and motivation in the workplace. She believes that in order to be effective, managers must incorporate an understanding of an individual's values that goes beyond simply understanding their personality traits.


Doctoral Student Megan Rodgers Good Researches How Work Makes a Difference
Megan Rodgers Good, a doctoral student in the Assessment and Measurement program at JMU, is constantly searching for the answer to how classes, research projects, and university centers make a difference in the lives and learning outcomes of JMU students, faculty, and staff.


Shelby Wiltz Recipient of Raymond C. Dingledine, Sr., Leadership Scholarship
Wiltz, who is majoring in justice studies, with a concentration in social justice, and minoring in both creative writing and women—s and gender studies, continues to make a remarkable impact at JMU, in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.


Senior Education Major Partners with Local Elementary School
Jesse Humphries, an elementary education major, is working with Smithland Elementary School through JMU's ROTE Program (Raising an Organization of Trained Educators).


Spotlight on iMBA Student Blake Wenger
—What I am learning in school coincides perfectly with what I do at work; I use it every day.—


Making a Difference Through Music: Dr. David Stringham
Dr. Stringham has created a course that deals with iPad Music as Therapy that pairs JMU students with oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Hahn Cancer Center at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center.


Students interested in helping communities engage in productive conversations embark on interdisciplinary, collaborative Honors Project
Three students, Courtney Herb (SCOM), Lauren Holder (SCOM and MATH) and Alison Steed (Political Science) are exploring ways to research, design, facilitate and assess public conversations about issues that are both complex and value-laden.


Physics Student Inspires Others at Planetarium
Physics major Colleen Wallace operates equipment in the JMU's John C. Wells Planetarium while providing visitors a scientific talk about the stars, planets, and constellations that can be seen each night in our backyard.


Mathematics Major to Present Work at Brigham Young University
Traymon Beavers, a junior majoring in mathematics with a minor in creative writing, will soon be travelling to Utah to present his work at the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics at Brigham Young University. After being encouraged by his freshman advisor, mathematics and science professor Elizabeth Brown, to take part in an undergraduate research experience in the well regarded program at St. Mary's College in Maryland, Beavers caught the research bug.


New Intelligence Course Combines Expertise
JMU's class GEOG 469 brings the technologies of James Bond movies into real world applications.


Psychology Professor Wins Award for Innovation
Dr. Michael Hall received an award from James Madison Innovations, Inc. to produce, market and electronically distribute unique software-based musical instruments, audio effects and other audio devices for use both in academic research and in musical production.


Education Professor Fosters Community Inside and Outside The Classroom
Community as a concept is so vague that it is impossible for people to agree on a single definition. For Dr. Aaron Bodle, assistant professor in the College of Education, this lack of consensus about communities is precisely why the use of community is such powerful educational tools.


Studying Family Stories Takes Communication Studies Professor Home
Dr. Melissa Alemán, Professor of Communication Studies and Associate Dean of The Graduate School, has been studying the communication and culture of aging families for nearly two decades.


Be The Change: Human Trafficking
Liz Ramirez Kemp, a sociology and media arts and design double major at James Madison University, is not only a dynamic and engaged student at JMU but also a social agent for human trafficking in our nation.


Former Marching Royal Duke Returns to Macy's Parade
Elizabeth Keene entered JMU in 2007 as a double major in music education and writing, rhetoric and technical communication (WRTC). After graduating in the spring of 2012, Keene is getting ready to graduate again, this time with a master—s degree in WRTC—and a bucket-list full of experiences to last a lifetime.


Business Professor Becomes Founding Editor of New Economics Journal
Dr. Barkley Rosser (Professor of Economics and Kirby L. Cramer, Jr., Professor of Business Administration) is now the Editor-in-Chief of a new quarterly publication: Review of Behavioral Economics (ROBE).


Fighting for Justice: Human Trafficking in India
"Nomoshkar," says Brenna Neimanis, a junior in the JMU social work program, as she presses her palms together, fingers directed toward the sky, as she displays the traditional Bengali greeting. She used this same greeting on her trip to India in the summer of 2013, where she encountered shopkeepers, young girls in churches, and women on the border of India and Bangladesh being trafficked or escaping from a life that was out of their control.


March of Dimes Honors Exemplary JMU Nursing Student Eric Croucher
Senior Eric Croucher is getting ready to graduate but that doesn't mean he has free time as his last semester has been filled with classes and 12-hour clinicals three times a week; the hours and the demand are constant. But according to him, "When the work seems too much, just remember you are learning what is necessary to take care of someone's brother, daughter, aunt, or grandfather. The sacrifice now is worth it in the end."


Professor Reid Harris Explores Probiotic Benefits for Amphibians and Humans
Since he was a kid, Dr. Reid Harris loved learning about frogs and salamanders. While an undergraduate at Duke University, Harris realized that he could have the best of both worlds: study amphibians for the rest of his life and share his enthusiasm for biology by teaching college classes and directing research projects. His undergraduate mentor, Dr. Henry Wilbur, was influential in this decision and Harris later completed is doctorate under Dr. Wilbur—s tutelage.


College of Business Economics Students Take District Title in Fed Challenge Competition
JMU undergraduate students Schyler Bogert, Brendan English, Kendra Christensen, Michael McCullough, Bela Reeves and John Sims won the district title in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's College Fed Challenge competition. The team was coached by Professor Philip Heap.


Starry Nights: English Professor is a Shining Star in Environmental Literature Realm
No matter where Paul looked, one thing remained true: artificial light was interfering with the view.


Student Volunteers Over Break: Bringing Water Solutions to Ghana
According to the World Health Organization, waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness and death in developing countries around the globe. Rieckmann has recently been selected to be a part of the Community Water Solutions— Fellowship Program.


Starring: Ben Stoll; Junior Musical Theater Major Shines
Junior musical theatre major Ben Stoll is flying high these days. He recently starred in the Forbes Center—s Studio Production of Godspell, where he played Jesus, the lead role and the —most meaningful— he has played in his young career thus far.


International Student and Scholar Services Team Supports International Community
The International Student and Scholar Services team in the Office of International Programs provides support for nearly 500 international students studying at JMU on non-immigrant or temporary visas. Here—s a glimpse of what the ISSS staff offers


Drs. Jason and Kristin Fink Study Hurricanes and Their Effects on the Market
Hurricane in the forecast? You might want to top off your gas tank — or buy some shares of Exxon stock. According to recent research published by Drs. Jason and Kristin Fink, the price of gas will rise if a hurricane is forecast, as will the stock prices of major refineries.


Adult degree seekers continue to 'Return to Madison'
Back in 2005, Centennial Scholar Francesca Leigh-Davis—s aspirations included completing a degree in psychology and pursuing a career in substance abuse counseling. As a recipient of Madison—s prestigious full-ride Centennial Scholarship, the Tidewater area native was known for her superior academic performance, her school spirit, and for her love of the city of Harrisonburg. What many did not know, however, was her constant struggle with family issues back home. Now, after a six-year hiatus from JMU, her dream of graduating from college is finally becoming a reality.


Semester in Salamanca Celebrates 25 Years of Success
The Office of International Programs celebrated its 25th anniversary of partnership with the University of Salamanca in Spain for the Semester in Salamanca (SIS) program.


JMU Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Wins a Second National Research Grant
In 2011, JMU faculty members Amanda Cleveland, Liliokanio Peaslee, and Gary Kirk were recipients of a $478,000 Best Practices in Mentoring research grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).


Meet New Dance Faculty Member: Ryan Corriston
Growing up, new dance faculty member Ryan Corriston frequently —jumping over milk cartons and sliding to the ground— in the Kaleidoscope Dance Company at the Creative Dance Center (CDC) in Seattle, Washington. Corriston is bringing that same energy and enthusiasm for dance into the classroom at JMU.


Undergraduate Student Research is Going Viral
A group of biology, biotechnology, and ISAT students, who go by the name —SuperPhages,— exemplify the school—s dedication to engaging young scientists.