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.