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Presidential Update: March 2016

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President Alger brings us up to-date on the happenings at JMU with thoughts on creative thinking and innovation, how we will use this thinking to serve, the awards we have won and an upcoming celebration of James Madison, the man, during Madison Week.
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The James Madison University Board of Visitors met on Friday, Jan. 15. The board heard about a number of innovative programs, outstanding accolades and exciting events that have occurred over the past semester.
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Presidential Update - Welcome Back 2016
President Alger brings us his update about the happenings at JMU from a historic homecoming, academic achievements and the way JMU is engaging our students and the community at large.


Presidential Update - Alumni Fall 2015
President Alger brings us his update about the happenings at JMU from a historic homecoming, academic achievements and the way JMU is engaging our students and the community at large.


Presidential Update - Campus Fall 2015
President Alger brings us his update about the happenings at JMU from a historic homecoming, academic achievements and the way JMU is engaging our students and the community at large.


Presidential Update - October 2015
Homecoming 2015 is shaping up to be one for the ages. As if we didn—t already have an amazing lineup of events this week, the announcement that ESPN—s College GameDay will broadcast live from JMU on Saturday just adds to the excitement of the week.


Welcome - August 2015
As the 2015-16 academic year commences, I want to take this opportunity to update you on important news and information relating to our campus community. We have a lot to be proud of!


April 2015 Board of Visitors Update
I'd like to share with you some of the information that senior leadership presented to the Board of Visitors today as well as news from that meeting. Chief among this news are the achievements of our exceptional faculty, staff, students and donors.


After Spring Break Update - March 2015
As we get back into gear after a much needed Spring Break, I want to take a few moments to share news and achievements from a very busy semester to date.


Spring Update - March 2015
As we start Spring Break on campus after some challenging winter weather, I want to take a few moments to share news and achievements from a very busy semester to date.


Spring Semester Welcome 2015
Happy New Year and welcome to another Spring semester. Let me share notable upcoming events and exciting developments.


Winter Message and Fall Semester Review
As we close another wonderful academic semester, we would like to share some news and events.


Budget and Fall Semester Update
Well into the academic year, we wanted to share some budget updates as well as some highlights from exciting programs and events around campus.


Welcome - August 2014
As the end of summer nears, we welcome you to a new academic year and share news on developments across campus.


Update Regarding State Budget - July 2014
As we approach the start of a new fiscal year, we wanted to provide you with a brief update on the state budget and its impact on JMU.


Summer Update - June 2014
As we approach orientation and the start of the fall semester, we wanted to share an update with you on recent developments at JMU.

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Spring Update - April 2014
As the academic year draws rapidly to a close, we wanted to share an update with you on recent developments at JMU.

JMU President Jon Alger

Faculty and Staff Email Update - February 2014
As we prepare for the busy spring season, I want to share some quick updates on events and activities this semester.

JMU President Jon Alger

2014-2010 Strategic Plan email
The recent Board of Visitors meeting was the culmination of an 18-month long process of developing JMU's new strategic plan for 2014-2020.


Welcome Back Update
Welcome back to a new semester at JMU! I hope that each of you enjoyed a peaceful and safe winter break. I want to share a few updates on recent news and developments.

JMU President Jon Alger

End of Semester Update
As we approach the end of our first full calendar year together, I want to thank all of you for your extraordinary efforts to make JMU the best possible place to learn, work, and live.

President Alger poses with participants in the Leadership for Supervisors workshop on Nov. 20, 2013.

Fall Email Update
It has been an exciting and busy fall at JMU. At this midpoint in the semester, I want to share an update regarding some of our programs, initiatives and accomplishments.

President Alger at the Oct. 4, 2013 Board of Visitors meeting

Presenting the Madison Vision Series
The Madison Vision Series will bring scholars, thinkers and leaders of all kinds to campus for lively explorations of issues facing our contemporary society.

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Academic Year Welcome 2013 Email
I want to welcome you to the new academic year and share an update on activities and developments on campus as we prepare for classes to begin.  There are so many good things to share.

President Alger's Remarks At the Opening Staff Meeting

2013 June Board of Visitors Update
Every June, the James Madison University Board of Visitors holds its Annual Meeting and I would like to share some highlights from our meeting today.

President Alger sat on bench

2013 June Salary Increase
The Commonwealth's budget includes a 3 percent salary increase for AP Faculty. The Commonwealth funds 47 percent of the increase and JMU funds the remaining 53 percent.  I'm happy to report that our budget planning includes the 53 percent. 

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2013 May Semester Recap
As we seek to ensure good communications with all faculty and staff on topics of interest to all of us in the University community, let me share this summary of some key activities and initiatives from this past semester.

President Alger's Remarks At the Opening Staff Meeting

2013 March Thank You Email
It is with tremendous gratitude that I write this message of thanks to the Madison community. This spring is a momentous time for the university and I want to acknowledge the efforts of several groups working to help take us into a new era.

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2013 March QEP Email Series
Here's a fascinating look at how The Madison Collaborative can make its way into nearly every discipline across the curriculum. You will enjoy hearing from your colleagues and your professors about how this intriguing and rigorous approach will work across the curriculum and co-curriculum.

The Madison Collaborative - Eight Questions

2012 Fall Semester Review Email
Thank you for a wonderful first semester. We spent our time together productively. While a multitude of activities occurring on and off campus represent real advances for JMU, I want to review nine specific items that I believe are among the most noteworthy from our first semester together.

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2013 Winter Madison Letter
So, you may be wondering, how? How do we elevate James Madison University to the status of a national model? The excellent leadership of the past, decades of thoughtful and dedicated work by faculty and staff members, and achievements of students and graduates year after year allow us to enter into a new phase.

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2012 Fall Madison Letter
As freshmen and the rest of Madison's student body dedicate themselves to learning in their courses this semester, I will dedicate myself to learning about James Madison University. Already, I know a great deal about this wonderful university. I can say with the objectivity of an outsider that the world has taken notice of JMU.

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2013 January "Why Madison?" Update
We have held 33 "Why Madison?" receptions and meetings, both on and off campus, to come together and reflect collectively on our hopes, dreams and aspirations for JMU.

President Alger hears from members of the Madison Community