We know that success requires equal parts intellect and action. At JMU, that’s what Being the Change is all about.

Lots of colleges and universities now claim that engagement is the next big thing in higher education. But providing engaged experiences has been central to James Madison University since its founding in 1908. In fact, the school’s first catalogue included this passage written by its first President, Julian Burruss:

"… it is obvious that the work of the school can no longer be confined to theory and books, but must seek its material in real things, in nature, in the practical activities of industry and commerce, in the business, civic and social interests of life. Without depreciating the limitless stores of useful knowledge bound up in printed volumes, it must also draw from the outside world …"

Madison College: The First Fifty Years. 1908—1958. Raymond C. Dingledine, Jr. March 1959.

Students at JMU spend their spring breaks traveling for a purpose other than gaining another passport stamp. Read more

Students involved with JMU's Center for Entrepreneurship presented business ventures to a group of investors and other members of JMU's community. Read more

Engagement Fellow Matt Darroch found an interesting way to increase the civic engagement political dialogue in his community. Read more

Students, alumni and a professor of integrated science and engineering perform mitigation on land soon to be a parking lot. Read more

A six-foot ladder, a small printout of a picture and acrylic paint helped Elise Trissel create an impressive mural telling a colorful story. Read more

Graduate students in the speech pathology program found a unique way to practice procedures and skills using tech. Read more

An M.F.A. candidate in the School of Art, Design and Art History uses elements from nature to show how humans are affecting the world. Read more

Hugo Kohl (’89) is preserving the legacy of vintage American jewelry design and manufacturing. Read more

Deborah Tompkins Johnson ('78) believes positive interactions can make a difference in the lives of troubled youth. Read more

Jamie Jones Miller ('99) is on a mission to build bridges between the Department of Defense and members of Congress. Read more

Former JMU football player Eugene Holloman (’09) is inspiring student-athletes to explore their identities beyond the playing field with the release of his first novel, The Athlete-Student: Freshman Year. Read more

Bryan Bostic ('83) has over 30 years of experience as a business leader and entrepreneur, and is committed to helping others launch their own successful ventures. Read more

Kristen Cavallo (’91) calls the scandal that led to her being named CEO of The Martin Agency “a painful gift.” Read more

The youngest mayor in the history of Richmond, VA, Levar Stoney (’04) is known for his ability to bring people together. Read more

Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Kirk Cox ('79) is uniquely qualified to usher the assembly into its fifth century. Read more

See the historical "Be The Change" profile archive.

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