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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 focus on success
Helping students succeed is a mission for this professor.

A very special Homecoming
Chiquita King's Madison Experience led to a great career, thanks to the Centennial Scholars 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.

Opening eyes and opening doors
Why going abroad can give you a leg up in your career.

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?

Finding inspiration in crisis
The premature birth of her daughters brought both challenge and positive change to JMU alum Leigh Taylor Sewell.

Reimagining reform
What can educators do to contribute to attainment of a more ideal human condition among societies the world over?

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

Alumnus leads way in online education
Tony Huffman ('96), founder and CEO of Approved Colleges, advocates the value of online education services.

ROCKeD to the core
A life-threatening turn of events leads to a positive change.

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.

Nursing simulation employs live patient
How can health workers be trained to develop efffective communication skills?

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."

Harrisonburg downtown redevelopment benefits community and JMU.

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.

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.

Will it happen again?
Can a deeper understanding of past national decision making provide a clearer perspective for our present and future actions?

Big Event 2014 yields big totals and big impact
JMU's fourth annual "Big Event" day of community service saw big results.

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.

Understanding the human element
Her Madison Experience convinced international relations major Shevy Chaganti of the value of a comprehensive view of world events.

Engineering health
JMU engineering students hope their research on artificial heart valves can lead to better medical devices in the future.

Challenge, yes, but also support
Caitlin McAvoy says studying musical theatre at JMU challenges students with intensity but provides plenty of encouragement.

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.

Art education program partners with local schools
JMU students get hands-on opportunities teaching art skills during art nights

Filling a blind spot
JMU senior James Prince applies religion studies to intelligence analysis.

Professor reporting from Winter Paralympic Games
Dr. Joshua Pate uses Paralympic Games to inform his teaching and research at JMU.

Maximized potential
What can prepare intelligence professionals to make critical decisions in complex scenarios? Justen Silva shares his experience.

Collaborative science
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.

Bonding Over Music
What could make chemotherapy treatment a better experience?

Collaboration and planning key to Rembrandt exhibit
Collaboration and planning key to Rembrandt exhibit

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.

Personal relationships are central to success
One of the most important lessons of his Madison Experience was that success starts with relationships.

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.

The lure of undergraduate research
What nations will dominate the world stage in the future? JMU senior Zachary Ochoa researches the rise of superpowers.

Honors Seminar Abroad
International Seminar

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.

Challenged, but not alone
Honors student Michelle Amaya ('14) says involved professors have helped make her academic career a success.

Professors and the road to success
Mentorship goes beyond labs and classrooms. It opened the door to Carly Starke's future.

Predicting sports success
JMU undergrad research offers a host of possibilities. Basketball fan John Ellis used his math research to predict sports success.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Realizing your dreams
Hillcrest Scholarships unleash honors students full potential and vault them into promising futures.

Creating world citizens
We live in an increasingly complex global community. That's why JMU programs help students become enlightened world citizens.

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.

It's complicated
The Madison Collaborative, JMU's breathtaking new endeavor, aims to instill in every student a competency for making ethical decisions.

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.

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.

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.

Making music
JMU students get advice on breaking into the music industry during country music artist Phil Vassar's master class.

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.

Honors Seminar Abroad
Getting a globally minded perspective of the world, building independence, gaining confidence—all part of JMU Honors seminar abroad.

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.

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.

Seeing beyond boundaries
JMU senior Michelle Amaya came to a full realization of the value of an expansive worldview in an unlikely place—a Bolivian orphanage.

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.

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.

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.

Built for Learning
Study, interact and research in an inviting atmosphere full of natural lighting and beautiful views—how 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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Strong showing for CSI products
Strength and conditioning products invented at JMU get glowing reviews at trade show.

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.

When dreams become real
Critical thinkers, problem solvers, good communicators—they're all in high demand. Devin Buennemeyer is a good example of how a JMU education helps develop those skills.

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.

Alumnus accepted into FoodCorps
Our interdisciplinary approach to education opens doors. Nick Geer took the Arabic language skills, international affairs and food expertise honed at JMU to the FoodCorps, teaching school kids the value of healthy food.

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.

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 passion to help others learn
Find something you're interested in and embrace it. That's what Deserae Barney ('14) has done—wholeheartedly.

Working with Pulitzer pros
JMU "Breeze" editors shadow Pulitzer-winning news professionals including alum Jeff Gammage ('82) and get real-world journalism experience.

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.

Building global officers
How do you mold future military officers to have the global awareness and language proficiency so crucial in today's world? Take a look at JMU's Army ROTC Project GO-Nenda Alliance.

Students Go MAD for Madison
A 7% alumni giving rate? JMU students (future alumni) are looking to change that reality.

HP executive returns to JMU to connect with students
Alumni stay connected to Madison. And that provides an added benefit for JMU students. One example—getting advice on career decisions from one of Silicon Valley's most sought-after executives, John Hinshaw ('92).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Absolute Value
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.

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.

2013 Virginia Center for Wind Energy update
A little more than two hours west of Harrisonburg, on the mountain ridges of Greenbrier County, W. Va., wind turbines are churning out enough electricity to power about 30,000 homes a year

JMU Outreach program gives high school students taste of college work
Getting to school early to count cars, and then staying after school to do the same thing may sound like an odd way to prepare for college

Alaskan landscape shaped by volcano inspires professors' collaboration
Gary Freeburg's photographs of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes are awe-inspiring, but understanding the surreal setting created by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history requires a trip there

Breaking Tradition
Instead of returning home to their families and celebrating over turkey and mashed potatoes, JMU students will help mentor at-risk children, support America—s veterans and spend time with patients living with HIV/AIDS.

Intervening for success
Illiteracy dooms people to failure; literacy breeds success. This JMU professor helps schools learn how to intervene early to ensure students' success.

Student films document Bosnia's struggles with reconciliation
For five weeks, eight JMU students traveled through Bosnia and Herzegovina to learn how documentary films can be tools for social and political change.

Welcome to Madison
It's not always easy to get consensus. Not unless you're making a list of favorite Madison traditions.

Researchers study effects of caffeine on cyclists' performance
Amid the flurry of accusations of doping in professional cycling, it turns out there's a perfectly legal performance-enhancing drug

Staying where she's meant to be
For this student, Madison Forever epitomizes JMU's welcoming spirit

Handing down an artistic tradition
His magnificent photography is the result of a lifetime perfecting his craft under the mentorship of Ansel Adams and other creative giants. Now JMU professor Gary Freeburg shares those lessons with his students.

Why Madison matters to me
The "Why Madison?" Listening Tour offers JMU alumni the opportunity to share with President Jon Alger their thoughts on why Madison matters. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeff Gammage ('82) and Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award recipient offers his response.

Making a case for alumni involvement
Alumni award winner Mike Thomas ('76, '77M) is convinced that JMU is a special place and that there's power in giving back to Madison.

Let your conscience be a guiding force
In only 11 days, a thriving city became a grave. JMU SMAD students help survivors tell the story.

A lesson in the sun
Madison Forever made a huge difference for Ericka Welsh, and she's determined to make a difference for others

Start something that matters
When you're convinced that there is no better place to learn and grow than the JMU campus, it shows!

A scholarship with teeth
What has opened the door to possibilities, changed the future and helped dreams come true? Madison Forever.

Making a memorable senior year possible
What has opened the door to possibilities, changed the future and helped dreams come true? Madison Forever.

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.

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.

JMU chemistry lab to Bristol-Myers Squibb
More than 1,500 Americans will die of cancer today. When 2012 is over, more than 500,000 people will have been beaten by cancer. Erik Stang ('06) is working to change that.

A world-changing tool for type 2 diabetics
According to the CDC 8.3 percent of Americans, more than 26 million, have diabetes. JMU alum Suzanne Clough ('93) aims to change their lives.

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).

JMU's friendly inclusiveness and Alex's success
What comes with the Madison Experience? For Alex LaMar, exceptional education, a friendly, inclusive environment, and an awesome job after graduation.

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.

Cecilia McGough's Pulsar Discovery
Dr. Adriana Banu says Saturday Morning Physics at JMU allows area students to explore cutting-edge research topics. One student used the experience as foundation for a special scientific achievement, discovery of a pulsar.

Ray Sonner Story
Even without the help of a guardian angel like Clarence, it's easy to see the profound impact Ray Sonner has had on JMU.

America's Strongest Man
Former No. 1 U.S. amateur strongman, and now a procard holder, Mike Jenkins ('04, '05M) remembers his first Madison Experience. After making a trip to Harrisonburg, meeting football coach Mickey Matthews and seeing campus, he fell in love with Madison.

Video game medicine
Hand-held video games can be a much-needed distraction for children dreading a looming procedure like the discomfort of a CAT scan or the pain of a burn dressing. So Mike Miriello ('09M) founded PlayTime to 'help kids be kids' when they're in the hospital.

Rosan Tomaino Hunter ('76) and Robert S. Hunter ('74, '76M) enjoy the duality of making and teaching art. Their combined list of art awards and accolades is as long as their love for each other. They recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.

Cracking the Case
"CSI...makes me laugh," says Michelle Waldron ('00), a criminalist and latent print examiner. Real life work is not as dramatic as television, but cracking a cold case is especially satisfying, Waldron says. It's a chance to see victims get justice.

Phi Beta Kappa and love of learning
"I came in as a media arts and design major, and added a Spanish major and a minor in political communications. People ask me how I have managed...I just say,'I love to learn,'" says Allison Gould, an inaugural member of JMU's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Bob Gordon honored for 50 years at JMU
He's described as the kind of professor who "is exactly what universities need more of." Professor Bob Gordon's exceptional, and continuing, career at JMU is honored by the J. Robert Gordon Scholarship given to a freshman with a declared major in physics.

Helping secure the vote in Afghanistan
Army 1st Lt. Tyler Moyer ('08) served a 10-day mission to recon and secure the polling sites in Afghanistan from the Taliban during the presidential election.

The heart of all things Madison
Going to college, an exciting time for students and their families, can also be downright anxiety-ridden. It would be nice to have advice and reassurance from parents and students who have made the transition. The solution? First-Year Send Off picnics.

Coached by experience
It was a chance to be coached by those with experience, including two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. JMU student journalists joined 40 students from around the world honing their writing, photojournalism and online video skills in Urbino, Italy.

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.

Speaking the same language
Can higher education meet the demands of the future? In this Q&A, President Jonathan Alger explains why the JMU model of an "engaged university" is vitally important in developing the kind of citizens the 21st century needs.

The Rose legacy
"We are a community committed to preparing educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives." The mighty sentiments of that mission statement have powered the 14-year tenure of retiring President Linwood H. Rose.

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 community of similar interests
"Living with people that have the same interests is a real benefit. Discussions in class carry over outside of class," says athletic training major Andy Russo ('15). His home in the Huber Learning Community offers a transformational experience.

Building connections at home
Pre-vet student Clayton Poffenberger says living in JMU's Huber Residential Learning Community offers many advantages. "You build relationships with professors who will offer you guidance as you progress in your field. You learn a lot."

Changing the world one person at a time
It's not just a slogan. It is Madison—a 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.

Engineering Students Take a Plunge Into . . . Biology
How many picoliters of fluid are required to synthesize a section of DNA? That's not exactly the type of question five engineering majors expected to encounter when they began their studies four years ago.

National Undergrad Conference
Young researchers share their projects at national conference.

Hydrology Poster Wins for Undergraduates
Poster winners credit an early start in field research.

Baird Center inspires JMU students
The Intersection of Practice and Research. JMU Students Work in Local Schools to Research ADHD.

Chemistry Major Schwantes Shines at International Conference
Christian Schwantes was not expecting to receive an award at the International Society for Chemical Ecology Conference in Neuchatel, Switzerland this summer.

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...

Hello Hollywood
You might find Jay Leno standing at your apartment door, asking you to be on his show. You research stories for good movie material. Your office view is the iconic Hollywood sign. It's daily life for students in JMU's L.A. Study Program.

Jumping off a cliff
Want to be a successful entrepreneur? Students in Bill Wales' class get to unleash their creativity, start ventures, solve problems and learn from failure. The result? Students have created thriving ventures that prosper long past the end of the course...

Madison World Changer Sarita Hartz and the Zion Project
In 2006, Sarita traveled to Uganda and witnessed the effects of a war that coerced children to be soldiers, abducting them from their families and forcing them to fight against the government and civilians. She decided to make a difference in their lives.

Virtually everything JMU
Fifteen imaginative JMU students. One innovative professor. A huge hands-on learning project. One semester. The result? A virtual mixture that gives a marvelous view of the Madison Experience you can take in from anywhere.

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.

Facing AIDS
In many ways, HIV/AIDS is still an anonymous disease, even 30 years after Americans first heard of it. Through the Valley AIDS Network, JMU faculty and students are shedding light on the disease on campus and in the community...

Goodness is powerful
On the 2007 International Day of Peace, the JMU Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence presented its highest honor to Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. In accepting the award, he shared his thoughts on the power of goodness.

A Virginia Woman in History
When an elementary school class embarked on an Internet search for the name of a Virginia woman who made a difference in the lives of children, one name came up over and over again, Joann H. Grayson, JMU professor of psychology.

Student research, scientific breakthrough
For these students, the college experience offered the opportunity to research and discover a scientific breakthrough for a multitude of industries from biomedicine to computer chip manufacturers.

When global becomes local
As America's Latino population grows, their children face special challenges in balancing heritage, culture and language differences with their peers. JMU professors and their students reach out to help.

Putting the "super" in mileage
"Our goal was to achieve a fuel economy between 700 and 1,000 mpg," says J.T. Danko. He helped construct a supermileage vehicle in JMU's Alternative Fuels Lab as part of a senior thesis project with plenty of hands-on experience.

Removing roadblocks
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...

Leave home, find yourself
Arts, science, politics and humanities, coupled with a manageable size, make Florence popular with students, who can traverse the city in less than 30 minutes by foot.

Stewards of Planet Earth
From No Drive Days to composting in their own eco-friendly residence hall to competing with other residence halls to use the least amount of electricity and water, JMU students are leading the charge to live a more sustainable lifestlye.

Being part of the future
She was an anomaly for her time, a double major in biology and chemistry aiming for scientific research. "We women...'persuaded' companies to hire us," she said. Yet her NASA career included the dramatic Apollo 13 and Skylab space rescues.

Getting personal
Carly Starke knows firsthand that genetic variations can lead to disease. She's hopeful that the research she began as a JMU freshman using molecular biology and biochemistry techniques put her on a path to finding cures through genetic research.

Spraggs receives BEYA award
"Madison allowed me to challenge myself and not be afraid to try new things," says Paul Spraggs ('78), a mathematics major and physics minor at JMU. Spraggs was named one of the Black Engineers of the Year for 2009.

JMU biology research lending insight into amphibian extinction crisis
In a JMU biology department laboratory, researchers focus on a perplexing problem: why are species of frogs and salamanders disappearing in seemingly pristine areas around the world?

Venture and gain
The new industrial revolution. A push to a knowledge-based economy where highly skilled workers implement and manage technology. How can higher education prepare those workers? Ask JMU alumnus Paul Holland ('82).

Is green living practical?
Many people want to live a greener lifestyle, but an eco-friendly home seems out of reach for the average consumer. Often, green-housing requires deep pockets, and compromising spaces and house designs. JMU alum Zach Fettig ('06) had a solution.

Crystal clear
Debates over religion, culture and ideology grow increasingly divisive. Yet some JMU professors and students are quietly, and effectively, pouring their energy into honing cross-cultural communication, and they're seeing results.

How a table, a "Kate" and a "Charles" changed one student's life
A life-changing opportunity. Art and art history major Josh Smead's curated the collection of Charles Alvin Lisanby, the only production designer ever inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Living the dream
Julie Bragg Sheppard ('94), who majored in mass communication and political science at JMU, says she's living her dream of being a news anchor. Her ties to Madison helped land her first job.

Flowing by design
ISAT majors Nicolas Jaramillo and Bonnie Tang helped create wetlands at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. It was one of many projects supported by the JMU-RMH Collaborative that benefit students, faculty members, the hospital and the community.

Students organize 9/11 remembrance
The Madison community gathered on the Festival Lawn for a memorial service of speeches, songs, prayers from many faiths and a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy.

A Time of Caring
Much was lost on 9/11: family, friends, a sense of security. Yet, we can find our best selves in times of tragedy as evidenced by the ways the Madison community responded following the attack. In a time of evil, people found the way to "Be the Change."

Classroom in the frozen north
Julie Schneider's journey to the arctic's edge was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and a great way to liven up science lessons for her young students. "Seeing me work as a scientist helped them realize they can grow up and do anything."

Saving Lives in South Africa
Finding serendipity in the face of crisis, Amy Porter ('88) Zacaroli and Professor Debra Sutton help children in South Africa orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic get access to health care and a good education.

Red, Blue and JMU
Virginia Republican Dave Rexrode ('01) and Democrat David Mills ('02) graduated from JMU within a year of each other and hold mirror positions as executive directors of the two primary Virginia political parties.

Samuel Page Duke
Samuel Page Duke, Madison's builder president, was an energetic blend of pragmatism and efficiency.

Student Ambassador and 'typical Duke'
"Professors aren't just here to fulfill research or just to instruct," says psychology major Rachel Rosenberg. "They are here for students, and they make you feel that way."

The biggest assist
When diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, JMU women's basketball player Dawn Evans ('11) was told the disease would take away her career as a NCAA Division I athlete. FSGS can lead to kidney failure and has no known cause or cure.

Ronald E. Carrier
Many students spent evenings at Hillcrest discussing ideas with the young president over Reuben sandwiches. His accessibility and camaraderie with students led students to nickname him 'Uncle Ron.'

Designing Sustainable Solutions
JMU's single, integrated engineering degree that focuses on sustainability, design and systems analysis is educating and training engineering versatilists who can address the wide range of ever-changing engineering challenges of the 21st century.

Energizing the future
In JMU's Alternative Fuel Vehicle Lab students and professors work to solve our nation's mounting dependence on a dwindling oil supply. Open to all majors, students from a variety of disciplines from engineering to art have all worked in the AFV lab.

Creating a mecca of life
In the face of climate change, economic disruption and oil depletion, perhaps the time is long overdue to change how we use our land. JMU alumni, Dave ('96) and Lee Sturgis O'Neill ('97), offer a new model for food production at their Radical Roots farm.

Scientist probes chance of life on Mars
Talk about a memorable classroom experience. Biogeochemist and geologist Jennifer Eigenbrode ('94) says Lynn Fichter's geology class in stratigraphy pointed her toward her research focus exploring the likelihood of life on Mars.

Madison's first eco-community
For the freshmen living in JMU's Hoffman Hall, thinking green is much more than a fad, it's a lifestyle. Students in the Madison Eco-Community learn about human effects on the environment through course work, projects and outdoor activities.

From Black Elk to Black Holes
Science and religion tell compelling but conflicting stories about our origins. Can modern scientific knowledge synthesize with time-honored wisdom?

A Priscilla's Homecoming journal
A firsthand account of an extraordinary journey Jeanine Talley

When science and dance combine
How best to understand complex scientific processes? Some JMU freshmen found the answer in a dance ensemble class. Students interpreted cellular respiration through dance movements and gained fresh perspective on the intricacies of science.

Picture perfect
Emily Street ('09) creates a prizewinning poster By Sarah Mead ('09)