College of Education Professor Teresa Harris has earned Fulbright funding to teach early childhood education at a university and another school in South Africa from January to June, 2010. Earlier this summer, she led a group of eight JMU graduate students to South Africa to study attitudes and practices in that country. Education, she says, ensures people have access to important resources such as good nutrition, health care and employment opportunities, and it empowers them "to take a place in society and to have a voice." Harris regularly takes groups of JMU education students to Africa, and the Fulbright is vital to her teaching and scholarship.


During the month of July, thirty-five rising college freshmen will be in residence at JMU as part of the Bridging the Valley Workshop. Designed to better prepare students majoring in STEM programs, the workshop combines rigorous study in math and science with service learning opportunities. In particular, students will help clean up Black's Run as a way to explore environmental change. Participants are drawn from the freshmen classes at James Madison University, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University and Blue Ridge Community College and receive instruction from faculty at all four institutions. For more info contact Dr. Bob Kolvoord, a professor of integrated science and technology and educational technologies and co-director of the Center for STEM Education and Outreach at JMU.


With 53 of its alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers in developing countries, JMU ranked 14th in the nation among large colleges and universities for graduates currently serving as volunteers with the U.S. service program in a 2008 ranking.

Madison was selected as a "college with a conscience," one of 81 of the nation's best colleges for fostering social responsibility and public service by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact, a national organization committed to civic service in higher education. JMU is the only Virginia college featured in the 2005 book, Colleges With A Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement, published by Random House/Princeton Review Books. Colleges were selected for "both an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society."


JMU's Army ROTC program received the MacArthur Award as the best large battalion in the eastern United States in March 2005. The award is based on the overall performance of cadets in ROTC programs in academic performance, leadership demonstrations, physical conditioning and the collective scores of cadets in various training programs. JMU's Duke Battalion was cited as the best large battalion based on its record of commissioning more than 19 lieutenants after graduation each year. The MacArthur Award is named for Gen. Douglas MacArthur.




JMU earned a place on the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. The Corporation for National and Community Service and Campus Compact administer the federal government awards program.