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The spirit at James Madison University is special.  Ask any student or alumna and they'll tell you so.  In years past it's been called "The Spirit of Blue Stone Hill," "The Madison Way" and "The JMU Way."  In his inaugural speech on September 17, 1999, President Rose described it as "all together one."

By whatever name, this special spirit is the unique closeness that binds Madison community members with one another.  It is a feeling of caring, a commitment to working together, a dedication to learning.  There is a camaraderie on the campus that is rarely - perhaps nowhere else - found at a university the size of Madison.

Since Dr. Rose introduced it, the class of 2002 placed all together one in their class ring design, and all together one has become the official university theme.  Plus, Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honors Society, created an all together one community gathering, which takes place every spring semester.

2019 ATO Recipients

The JMU All Together One Awards first awarded in the year 2000, were originated and hosted by the JMU Madison Circle of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society. This year five awards will be presented on April 9, at 12 noon on the Warner Commons, inside the All Together One Circle. If the weather is inclement, the award ceremony will be moved (same day and time) to the Grafton-Stovall Theatre just across the patio. All are invited.

The 2019 winners have been selected and “tapped” and we can announce them now.

Nina Stensby-Hurst, Career and Academic Planning
Steve Bobbitt, University Recreation Programming
Duc Tam Nguyen, Center for Global Engagement
Kristin Gibson, University Recreation Services
Dr. Brad Roof, Professor, School of Accounting
2021 ATO Ceremony

The All Together One Community Gathering Awards Ceremony will be held at the James Madison University Warner Commons All Together One Circle Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at 12 noon.

In case of bad weather, the ceremony will take place at the same time in The Union Ballroom.

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