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Caring is the goal

Jared Farnsworth, JMU elementary education major, with other JMU students

Madison Forever Scholarship donors helped keep Jared Farnsworth a Duke, and he plans to make the most of that assistance.
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Ethics or the bottom line

College of Business Dean Mary Gowan in classroom

Business decisions often affect the environment and the community at large. College of Business Dean Mary Gowan offers insight on making informed decisions.
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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.

Alecia Epp, JMU health services administration major

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

John Ellis, JMU math major

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 theater major George Dippold ('14) on stage

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

Study Abroad program participants

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.

Brian Caperton ('13), psychology major, Warrenton, Va.

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.

Devin Buennemeyer ('16), JMU  physics major, with professor Shanil Virani

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.

JMU students prepare for a day of service during the Big Event 2013

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

Deserae Barney ('14) JMU interdisciplinary studies and modern foreign languages double major

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.

Jenn Bailey and Mulalo

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.

Michelle Amaya ('14) with Bolivian girl and boy in La Paz.

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

Michelle Amaya working in Bolivian hospital

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.

Dr. Aderonke Adesanya

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.

Dr. Aderonke Adesanya

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.

Francesca Leigh-Davis and her son on the JMU Quad

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.

JMU programs promote health and wellness

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.

2013 Anca Constantin Research

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.

Astrophysicist Anca Constantin in lab with student

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).

John HInshaw speaks with CIS students

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.

JMU's occupational therapy and kinesiology programs offer programs for community children

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.

The Backstory

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.

Rational thinking test

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.

Sang Yoon students

The case for equity in education
Is education meeting the real needs of America's youth?

Photo of Dr. Kenneth Wright, a JMU professor in residence

The education of Dr. Woo
Is there an ideal learning environment?

Photo of Dr. Isaac Woo with his son

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

Photo of JMU students presenting research at Genome Project poster session

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

Will it happen again

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.

JMU alum Matthew Wasniewski, historian for the U.S. House of Representatives

Understanding the Peace Process
Jan Lodal provided a senior official's perspective on the Bosnian conflict.

Jan Lodal speaks at War to Peace conference

Book provides insight into the role of intelligence
A collection of papers presented at the conference is now available.

Photo of book cover:The Role of Intelligence in Ending the War in Bosnia in 1995

Navigating from War to Peace
President Alger challenged attendees to understand how ethical reasoning can influence national decision-making.

President Alger speaks at War to Peace Conference

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.

Emily Thyroff works with Professor Heather Griscom researching indigenous species of the Shenandoah Valley

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

Photo of Phil Frana and Debbie Sturm

Interdisciplinary focus on peace
Research on the Bosnian War reinforces JMU senior Emily Spiwak's conviction that interdisciplinary efforts are needed for peace.

Emily Spiwak, international affairs and interdisciplinary religion major

Will social security be around when you retire?
JMU economics professor's Rosser equation answers questions on social security.

JMU professor Barkley Rosser

Crunch, Shenandoah style
"Support your community, satisfy your appetite," is more than a logo for these two JMU student entrepreneurs

Ryan Gormley and Scott Goldschmidt promote their product, Shenandoah Crunch

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

Photo of Leigh Sewell and her daughters

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.

Photo of incoming JMU student at Send Off Picnic

The Honors challenge
Want academic challenges? Diego Salinas ('18) says that's why he chose JMU's Honors Program.

Photo of Diego Salinas in a rehearsal of the production of Stop Kiss

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

Photo of Emily Jolly interviewing professional patient Sue Thacker

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

James Prince and professor Frances Flannery

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.

President and Mrs. Jonathan R. Alger

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

Zachary Ochoa, international affairs major

It's not about getting rich
JMU faculty and alumni help students apply creativity and put innovation into practice.

Ben Stout and Eric Wallsko

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

JMU senior Mark Thress and Dick Phillippi, a patient at RMH hospital

The ethics of learning
Teachers encounter many ethical dilemmas in the classroom. How do they find good solutions?

Photo of JMU professor Holly McCartney in classroom

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

Caitlin McAvoy rehearses for the JMU production of All Shook Up

Finding the funds of knowledge
Our conclusions are often wrong. Professor Mathur teaches students to look beyond the stereotypical.

Professor Smita Mathur

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.

Photo of JMU senior Courtney Jamison and other performers rehearsing for Mainstage performance

Sometimes it takes a maverick or two
Alumni duo endows Business Plan Competition and engages students with competition and incentive.

JMU alum Don Rainey

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

Photo of Tony Huffman, Approved Colleges

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

Daniel Vargas, Genna D'Antonio, Brad Weidner and Dr. Olga Pierrakos

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

Photo of Sam Flannery Dailey

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.

JMU physics major Emily Dick ('16)

Preparing for the 21st-century classroom
Exploring ways to narrow the achievement gap in our nation's classrooms.

Photo of Kerry Cresawn, Leisha Martin and  Diane Secord

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

Shevy Chaganti, JMU international relations major

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

Photo of Brooke Boyer in Kenya

Being the change on the other side of the globe
ISAT Geographic Science professor finds unique way to aid those in need in Cambodia.

Photo of professor Zack Bortolot conducting CyberCity program

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

JMU students work during Big Event 2014

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.

Joe Balsamo, biotechnology and pre-med major, with Professor Mark Gabriele

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

JMU students assist at Elkton Elementary Art NIght

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

Mike Boylan

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

Josh Pate, Paralympic Games in Sochi

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."

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The measurement man
JMU researcher Dr. Ken Newbold sharpens method for quantifying entrepreneurial learning.

Illustration of Measurement Man by James O'Brien

Success by your own hands
JMU's Valley Scholars Program prepares youngsters for college success.

Photo of Valley Scholars at Harrisonburg Farmers Market

A pressing time
For 20 years, JMU's University Recreation Center has been 'motivating Madison into motion' and there's much more in store...

Photo of JMU students working out at UREC

The tie that binds
Twin brothers Brian and Colby Trow are building a successful business around their shared passion for fly fishing.

Photo of JMU alumni Brian and Colby Trow holding fish

Neighbors in need
JMU's clinical mental health faculty and students provide counseling services in Page County.

Photo of JMU professors Tim Schulte and Anne Stewart

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.

Photo of JMU alumna Alissa McLaughlin

Madison Trust funds innovation
Madison Trust pairs JMU innovation with private investment from alumni and friends.

Photo of Don Rainey speaking at The Madison Trust inaugural event

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.

Photo of JMU nursing professor Erica Lewis

World War defines a life
Experiences at World War II-era Madison College and with Tri-Sigma shaped Emily Lewis Lee's ('43) life


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.

Photo of JMU alumni Alpha Kiflu

JMU addresses shortage of high school physics teachers
This odd classroom format is pretty common to the Physics 240 students and is known as

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Hope for autism
Area families discover innovative treatment programs and a network of support at JMU.

Photo of child holding craft piece

Healthy Families
Connecting the JMU campus with the community and engaging students in interprofessional learning experiences.

Photo of some of the book resources at Healthy Families

Bioethics and the Eight Key Questions
Asking Eight Key Questions can assist in working through knotty bioethical situations.

Photo of JMU alumnus Brian Hochheimer, Emmes Corporation, with staff

Serving locally
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.

Photo of JMU recipients of Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award

Ethics and engagement
Rosemary Girard sums up the essence of the Madison Experience in her commencement speech...

Photo of Rosemary Girard speaking at 2015 undergraduate commencement

Fit for success
Fitness mogul John Galiani ('90) shares tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Photo of JMU alumnus John Galiani ('90)

Success, their way
The multifaceted world of JMU's emerging entrepreneurs.

Image of page from Madison magazine article on JMU's emerging entrepreneurs

You and the Affordable Care Act
Aging off parental health insurance? Here's some help.

Photo of JMU Associate Professor David Cockley, teaching a class

Ted and Micah's Excellent Adventure
Dukes with autism find success at JMU despite their disability.

Photo of JMU student Micah Hodges

A proven approach to professional development for teachers
It is disappointing to see language with such negative connotations used in conjunction with teachers

Dr. David Slykhuis thumb

Bioinformatics tools aid exploration of computational biology
We want our students to stay on the curve with all of this stuff, but

mouse rhodopsin gene

We can work it out
JMU's CASH lab offers participants a series of rewards for adhering to a treatment program.

Treadmill illustration by Harry Campbell

Finding power in performance
Caitlin McAvoy ('15) empowers young women through dance ...

Photo of Caitlin McAvoy walking with young pupils

Gaining a different mindset
JMU Psychology CARDS Lab helps students challenge preconceived notions on culture and race.

Photo of professor Matt Lee and JMU student Ethan Bannar in CARDS lab

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.

Professor, conductor and violist Amadi Azikiwe talks about mentoring, the Harlem Symphony Orchestra and JMU

Forbes Center announces 2015-2016 season lineup
Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, Second City, and Moscow Festival Ballet highlight Forbes Center's performance season.

Photo of Swan Lake courtesy of Alexander Daev

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

Michelle Amaya, Melinda Adams and Carly Starke

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

Phil Vassar interacts with audience while teaching master class at JMU

Back in the 'Burg
Columbia Records exec shares with students.

Brian Nolan ('02), Columbia Records exec, tells JMU students that persistence and dedication pay off.

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.

J.P. Kril ('13) in JMU's Capital Markets Lab

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

Photo of Chiquita King on JMU campus

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.

Alecia Epp, JMU health services administration major

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.

Andrew Pham: Following his bliss

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.

Carly Starke presents her poster at NIH

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

Carly Starke and JMU professor Louise Temple

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...

JMU nursing students with children

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.

JMU Honors Student Athlete Shannon Rano (¿15)

Harrisonburg downtown redevelopment benefits community and JMU.

Ice House Ribbon Cutting: Jon Alger, Levar Stoney, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Jim Shaeffer

Unconfined challenges
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.

Amanda Kuhnley, JMU honors student and Dingledine Scholar

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.

JMU psychology professor Matthew R. Lee

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.

JMU psychology professor Matthew R. Lee

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.

Christine Bolander holding Ugandan child

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.

Anna Young ('14)

Honors Seminar Abroad
International Seminar

JMU Honors students and faculty visiting Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain

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.

JMU Capital Markets Lab

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.

Kim Chidubeme Okafor ('14)

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."

JMU grad Morgan Robinson ('13) with other students

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

Visitors at the Rembrandt and the Mennonite Community exhibit at JMU

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.

student studies in windowsill

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

JMU Honors students and faculty visiting Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain

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.

Lisha White with team members Jojo Yirrah, Mikias Kidane. Luis Parada

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.

Math major Emily Hunt creating a matrix population model for monarch butterflies

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.

Dr. Tim Walton with a display of some of his achievement awards

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

Graphic image of man in lifeboat figuring which survivors in water to save

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.

Jeff Kopsick, biology major, and Dr. Eva Strawbridge

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.

Pruden Scholar Katie Schwizer paves way for future leaders

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.

Patti LuPone with JMU students

Downloading Democracy
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.

Jonathan Koves ('05), creator of

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.

Photo of M and S restaurant, North Main Street, 1962