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May 2015

May 3: Poetry Reading: Sarah Golibart:

Insomniac of the Soil

A poetry reading by Sarah Golibart (Honors, English, '15)

The Artful Dodger - May 3, 2015, 5-7 PM

Sarah Golibart Poetry Reading

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May 4: Travel Signature Day:

The ISSS office will be open from 3 pm to 5 pm today, to have your immigration document signed for summer travel.  If you plan to travel outside the United States during the summer and plan to return to JMU, you will need a signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.   NOTE:  IF YOUR I-20 WAS SIGNED ANY TIME DURING THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE IT SIGNED NOW.

More information about traveling while on your student status. MORE >


May 5: VALIC One-On-One Counseling Sessions:

Let VALIC help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 3rd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment in advance call (888) 477-2680 or email sean.lankard@valic.com or email michael.cooley@valic.com or by phone at (800) 892-5558 Ext. 88900

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May 5: Open Enrollment Information Session:

Please join Human Resources for an information session regarding the 2015 Health Benefits Open Enrollment and using the EmployeeDirect portal.

Date: Tuesday, May 5th
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Festival Conference & Student Center, Allegheny Room

Pre-registration is recommended but not required to attend. To pre-register, please visit MyMadison and register for course number TD1670.
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May 5: Travel Signature Day:

The ISSS office will be open from 3 pm to 5 pm today, to have your immigration document signed for summer travel.  If you plan to travel outside the United States during the summer and plan to return to JMU, you will need a signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.   NOTE:  IF YOUR I-20 WAS SIGNED ANY TIME DURING THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE IT SIGNED NOW.

More information about traveling while on your student status. MORE >


May 6: Travel Signature Day:

The ISSS office will be open from 3 pm to 5 pm today, to have your immigration document signed for summer travel.  If you plan to travel outside the United States during the summer and plan to return to JMU, you will need a signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.   NOTE:  IF YOUR I-20 WAS SIGNED ANY TIME DURING THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE IT SIGNED NOW.

More information about traveling while on your student status. MORE >


May 7: Residence Halls Close for Summer Break:

All residence halls will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 7!

Check Out Times

All students are expected to check out of their residence hall 24 hours after their last exam and no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, May 7. Requests for permission to remain in the hall through graduation are due to your Hall Director by Friday, May 1. Permission is granted only to graduates, relatives of graduates, and those working graduation. Residents who have been granted permission to remain in the hall must check out by 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 9.

Final Room Condition Requirements

When you check out of your room, its condition should be similar to the condition it was in at check in.  All rooms must be neat and free from trash upon check out.  There will be a minimum fine for unusually dirty rooms and/or for trash remaining in rooms.

Room Furniture

All furniture that was in the room at check in must be returned to your room before you check out.  Furniture misappropriation fines or bills for the cost of missing furniture may be assessed. Beds should be properly assembled and unbunked.  

Loft Information - Lofts should be disassembled by 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30th.  Wood and/or cinder blocks not being kept should be placed next to your dumpster.  Do not put building materials in dumpsters.  Residents will be billed $50 for each cinder block that is left in their rooms once they move out.

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May 7: Graduate/Doctoral Commencement:

www.jmu.edu/commencement

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May 7: Completion of graduation requirements deadline: MORE >


May 7: Open Enrollment Information Sessions:

Please join Human Resources for an information session regarding the 2015 Health Benefits Open Enrollment and using the EmployeeDirect portal.

Date: Tuesday, May 7th
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Wine Price, Pathways Training Room

Date: Tuesday, May 7th
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wine Price, Pathways Training Room

Date: Tuesday, May 7th (spouses are welcome to attend)
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Wine Price, Pathways Training Room

Pre-registration is recommended but not required to attend. To pre-register, please visit MyMadison and register for course number TD1670.
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May 7: Travel Signature Day:

The ISSS office will be open from 3 pm to 5 pm today, to have your immigration document signed for summer travel.  If you plan to travel outside the United States during the summer and plan to return to JMU, you will need a signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.   NOTE:  IF YOUR I-20 WAS SIGNED ANY TIME DURING THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE IT SIGNED NOW.

More information about traveling while on your student status. MORE >


May 7: 2015 Commencement:

WRTC Graduate Students: 

The Graduate School Ceremony will be held in the Convocation Center at 7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

WRTC Undergraduate Students:

The University Ceremony will be held in Bridgeforth stadium at 3 pm on Friday, May 8, 2015.

The College of Arts and Letters Ceremony will be held on the Quad at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the JMU Commencement webpage

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May 7: Graduate School Ceremony:

The Graduate School Ceremony will be held in the Convocation Center at 7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 7: Graduate School Graduation Ceremony:

Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. | Convocation Center: The Graduate School Graduation Ceremony will be held on May 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Convocation Center.

Tickets are not required.

For more information about the Ceremony, please visit the Commencement website.

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May 7: The Graduate School Commencement:

7 p.m.
Convocation Center

For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

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May 7: Graduate School Ceremony:

The Graduate School Ceremony will be held in the Convocation Center at 7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 7: Graduate School Commencement Ceremony:

The Graduate School Ceremony will be held in Bridgeforth Stadium at 7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Tickets are not required. For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

 

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May 8: Undergraduate Commencement:

www.jmu.edu/commencement

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May 8: Graduate and Main Commencement Ceremony:

Main Commencement Ceremony at 3:00 PM at Bridgeforth Stadium.

The Graduate School Ceremony at 7:00 PM at The Graduate School.

College of Business Ceremony at 7:00 PM at Bridgeforth Stadium.

For more information visit the Commencement page. 

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May 8: Lavender Graduation: Lavender Graduation will be held in the Festival Conference Center's Highlands Room. Please complete this online form to secure your spot. MORE >


May 8: Parking Services Closed: Parking Services will be closing at 1:00 PM in preparation for the University Commencement ceremony which begins at 3:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held in Bridgeforth Stadium. See details on all the commencement activities scheduled for Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at www.jmu.edu/commencement

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May 8: Commencement Crew:

Commencement Crew members for Friday, May 8

  • Program Distribution – Hand out event programs to guests as they enter Bridgeforth Stadium.
  • Greeter – Meet families and guests as they approach the stadium by foot, bus or shuttle and direct them to the appropriate entrances
  • Student Services – Guide graduates into the gathering area prior to the ceremony, assist with straightening caps, gowns and stoles. 
  • Guest Usher – Answer general questions (restrooms/concessions, first aid, etc.).
  • Disability Services – Help guests with physical limitations and/or disabilities.  This includes directing guests to the elevator, assisting guests off the shuttle buses and assist at the AD shuttle drop-off point.  
  • Faculty Services – Assist participating faculty locate their gathering area and line up faculty for the procession. 
  • Celebration Hosts – Assist at the Godwin Field Celebration following the university ceremony to help families find their way into the event or direct them to the buses, or their cars when they depart. 

See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/commencement/volunteer_info.shtml#sthash.EditO4wl.dpuf

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May 8: 2015 University Ceremony:

The university-wide ceremony will be held for undergraduate students at Bridgeforth Stadium at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015. Gates and parking lots will open at 1:30 p.m.

Join us at the University Ceremony to hear words of wisdom and encouragement from our commencement speaker, Lindsay Czarniak ('00). All students are encouraged to participate in this ceremony in cap and gown.

Families are welcome to attend.

There will be an event immediately following the ceremony on Godwin Field so that you are able to celebrate with your fellow graduates, family members, and friends.

Parking:

  • Parking will be available throughout campus with shuttles running from the Warsaw Ave Parking Deck to the Stadium, and from the Festival Center to the Stadium. 
  • Accessible Parking will be available in the Champions Drive Parking Deck, in G-lot (next to the bookstore), and in R1 with a shuttle. 
  • You are welcome to park in the Convo lots and walk through the tunnel to the stadium.
  • Other suggested lots are R1 and C4 which are accessible via Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
  • R2 is a large lot available right off the interstate at exit behind the Starbucks on Port Republic Road and is within walking distance of the Stadium.
  • There are also two parking decks available via Grace Street.

See the commencement map for more detailed information about parking.

Please do not bring the following items into the stadium due to safety and space concerns:

  • Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, weapons, fireworks
  • Animals (Service animals are welcome)
  • Bags larger than 12"x12"x12"
  • Coolers
  • Glass and metal containers
  • Food and beverages (one unopened bottle of water per person and food for a baby or drinks/food related to health issues are welcome)
  • Signs, flags, banners, or obscene or indecent clothing
  • Large Strollers (umbrella style are permitted)
  • Wheelies, bicycles, and skateboards
For additional information please view the Commencement Website or the Frequently Asked Questions page. Updates occur on a regular basis, please refer back often!
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May 8: 2015 University Ceremony:

The university-wide ceremony will be held for undergraduate students at Bridgeforth Stadium at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015. Gates and parking lots will open at 1:30 p.m.

Join us at the University Ceremony to hear words of wisdom and encouragement from our commencement speaker, Lindsay Czarniak ('00). All students are encouraged to participate in this ceremony in cap and gown.

Families are welcome to attend.

There will be an event immediately following the ceremony on Godwin Field so that you are able to celebrate with your fellow graduates, family members, and friends.

Parking:

  • Parking will be available throughout campus with shuttles running from the Warsaw Ave Parking Deck to the Stadium, and from the Festival Center to the Stadium. 
  • Accessible Parking will be available in the Champions Drive Parking Deck, in G-lot (next to the bookstore), and in R1 with a shuttle. 
  • You are welcome to park in the Convo lots and walk through the tunnel to the stadium.
  • Other suggested lots are R1 and C4 which are accessible via Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
  • R2 is a large lot available right off the interstate at exit behind the Starbucks on Port Republic Road and is within walking distance of the Stadium.
  • There are also two parking decks available via Grace Street.

See the commencement map for more detailed information about parking.

Please do not bring the following items into the stadium due to safety and space concerns:

  • Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, weapons, fireworks
  • Animals (Service animals are welcome)
  • Bags larger than 12"x12"x12"
  • Coolers
  • Glass and metal containers
  • Food and beverages (one unopened bottle of water per person and food for a baby or drinks/food related to health issues are welcome)
  • Signs, flags, banners, or obscene or indecent clothing
  • Large Strollers (umbrella style are permitted)
  • Wheelies, bicycles, and skateboards
For additional information please view the Commencement Website or the Frequently Asked Questions page. Updates occur on a regular basis, please refer back often! MORE >


May 8: Travel Signature Day:

The ISSS office will be open from 3 pm to 5 pm today, to have your immigration document signed for summer travel.  If you plan to travel outside the United States during the summer and plan to return to JMU, you will need a signature on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.   NOTE:  IF YOUR I-20 WAS SIGNED ANY TIME DURING THE SPRING 2015 SEMESTER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE IT SIGNED NOW.

More information about traveling while on your student status. MORE >


May 8: 2015 University Graduation Ceremony:

Friday, May 8, 2015 | 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | Bridgeforth Stadium: The 2015 University Graduation Ceremony will be held on May 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium. This year's Commencement will feature Commencement Speaker JMU alumna Lindsay Czarniak. 

For more information about the Ceremony, please visit the Commencement website

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May 8: University Commencement Ceremony:

3 p.m.
Bridgeforth Stadium

Lindsay Czarniak, co-anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter and a 2000 alumna of JMU, speaks to undergraduates and their guests.

For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

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May 8: 2015 University Ceremony:

The university-wide ceremony will be held for undergraduate students at Bridgeforth Stadium at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015. Gates and parking lots will open at 1:30 p.m.

Join us at the University Ceremony to hear words of wisdom and encouragement from our commencement speaker, To Be Determined. All students are encouraged to participate in this ceremony in cap and gown.

Families are welcome to attend.

There will be an event immediately following the ceremony on Godwin Field so that you are able to celebrate with your fellow graduates, family members, and friends.

Parking:

  • Parking will be available throughout campus with shuttles running from the Warsaw Ave Parking Deck to the Stadium, and from the Festival Center to the Stadium. 
  • Handicapped Parking will be available in the Champions Drive Parking Deck, in G-lot (next to the bookstore), and in R1 with a shuttle. 
  • You are welcome to park in the Convo lots and walk through the tunnel to the stadium.
  • Other suggested lots are R1 and C4 which are accessible via Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
  • R2 is a large lot available right off the interstate at exit behind the Starbucks on Port Republic Road and is within walking distance of the Stadium.
  • There are also two parking decks available via Grace Street.

See campus map for more detailed information about parking.

Please do not bring the following items into the stadium due to safety and space concerns:

  • Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, weapons, fireworks
  • Animals (Service animals are permitted)
  • Bags larger than 12"x12"x12"
  • Coolers
  • Glass and metal containers
  • Food and beverages (though one unopened bottle of water per person and food for a baby are permitted)
  • Signs, flags, banners, or obscene or indecent clothing
  • Large Strollers (umbrella style are permitted)
  • Wheelies, bicycles, and skateboards
For additional information please view the Commencement Website or the Frequently Asked Questions page. Updates occur on a regular basis, please refer back often!

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May 8: 2015 Godwin Field Celebration:

Join us immediately following the University Ceremony for the Godwin Field Celebration at 4:30 pm. All graduates and family members are invited to attend.

There will be cookies, punch and more! Take this opportunity to find your graduates after the all campus ceremony, take some photos and visit with other graduates while you wait for the shuttle bus!

More details on the celebration events will be coming soon!

For additional information please view the Commencement Website or the Frequently Asked Questions page. Updates occur on a regular basis, please refer back often

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May 8: Godwin Field Celebration:

Join us immediately following the University Ceremony for the Godwin Field Celebration at 4:30 pm. All graduates and family members are invited to attend.

There will be cookies, punch and more! Take this opportunity to find your graduates after the all campus ceremony, take some photos and visit with other graduates while you wait for the shuttle bus!

More details on the celebration events will be coming soon!

For additional information please view the Commencement Website or the Frequently Asked Questions page. Updates occur on a regular basis, please refer back often!

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May 8: College of Business Graduation Ceremony:

Friday, May 8, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. | Bridgeforth Stadium: The College of Business Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium. 

For more information about the Ceremony, please visit the Commencement website

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May 8: SHSRM Commencement:

Main Commencement Ceremony at 3:00pm in Bridgeforth Stadium.

College of Business & School of Hospitality, Sport & Recreation Managment Ceremony - 7:00pm in Bridgeforth Stadium. 

For more information visit the Commencement Website.

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May 8: College of Business Undergraduate Ceremony:

7 p.m.
Bridgeforth Stadium

For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

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May 8: College of Business Ceremony:

The College of Business Graduation Ceremony will be held in Bridgeforth Stadium at 7 pm on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 8: A.A.:

May 8 | 8-9pm | Burruss Hall 232

Alcoholics Anonymous open, young persons' meeting is Friday nights, 8pm, Burruss Hall, room 232.

There is a bus stop across Mason Street at Miller Hall and parking is available that evening at JMU in the regular, "lined" parking spaces (no metered spaces, no reserved spaces, no fire lanes).

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May 9: Undergraduate Commencement:

www.jmu.edu/commencement

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May 9: College Commencement Ceremonies:

College of Arts & Letters

 9:00 AM

The Quad

College of Educationand University Studies

 9:00 AM

Convocation Center

College of Health& Behavioral Studies 

 9:00 AM

Bridgeforth Stadium

College of IntegratedScience and Engineering

 9:00 AM

UREC East Campus field

College of Science & Mathematics

 9:00 AM

Alumni Centennial Park

College of Visual andPerforming Arts

 9:00 AM

Duke lawn

For more information visit the Commencement page.

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May 9: Commencement Crew:

Commencement Crew Members for Saturday, May 9

Bus Hosts – you’ll be the first JMU face they will see that morning!

  • For this position you will need to be a morning person, be able to announce which colleges are at which bus stops, and to remind guests what color bus they are on so they get the same one for the return trip! Buses will be operating on routes throughout the city, local hotels and student off-campus apartments complexes and stop on campus at Festival, Godwin Transit Center, and Miller Hall.

Greeter – placed at strategic areas around campus to be a smiling face to guests and graduates, and guide them to their ceremony.

  • You may also need to push along graduates if their ceremony is about to start. And assist guests who don't know which college corresponds to a certain major, or where a certain ceremony is being held. We will give you a map, a list of majors, and other FAQs

See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/commencement/volunteer_info.shtml#sthash.EditO4wl.dpuf

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May 9: College of Education and University Studies Ceremony:

The College of Education and University Studies Ceremony will be held at the Convocation Center at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to this event, please visit the College of Education Commencement Information Page

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May 9: College of Integrated Science and Engineering Ceremony:

The College of Integrated Science and Engineering Ceremony will be held on the UREC East Campus Field at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 9: Undergraduate College Ceremonies:

9 a.m.
Various campus locations

College of Arts and Letters on The Quadrangle

College of Education and University Studies in the JMU Convocation Center

College of Health and Behavioral Studies in Bridgeforth Stadium

College of Integrated Science and Engineering at UREC East Campus field

College of Science and Mathematics at Alumni Centennial Park

College of Visual and Performing Arts at the Duke lawn.

For complete commencement information, check http://www.jmu.edu/commencement.

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May 9: 2015 College of Science and Mathematics Commencement Ceremony:

The College of Science and Mathematics Ceremony will be held at Alumni Centennial Park at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

 

~INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS~

The May 9th commencement will be held at the Alumni Centennial Park (formerly known as Rose Library Lawn).

          8:30am             Arrive on site for processional line up at Leeolou Parking Lot.

          9:00am            College of Science and Mathematics ceremony promptly begins at Alumni Centennial
                                  Park.


Reception for graduates and their guests immediately following ceremony.

PARKING:  This information, along with information on commencement activities, can be found at the following website, www.jmu.edu/commencement/.

SEATING: Seating will be assigned by major.

GRADUATION ORDER:  The Science and Mathematics ceremony will include the presentation of Mr. Alger’s letter of congratulations to each graduate by Dean Brakke.  These will be presented by major.
 

Please pick up a card having your name as it will appear in the graduation program from the Office of the Registrar, 738 South Mason Street, Student Success Center. Cards will be available from 9 AM to 5 PM, May 1 - May 7, 2015.

 

    *****VERY IMPORTANT*****YOU MUST HAVE YOUR NAME CARD WITH YOU AT GRADUATION******

You will present this card to the person reading graduates' names as you walk on stage to receive your letter.  If your name is unique, or uncommon, please write the phonetic pronunciation neatly on your card to benefit the announcer.

PHOTOGRAPHER:  A professional photographer will be at the ceremony to photograph graduates receiving letters of congratulations.  Following graduation you will be contacted by the photographer about purchase arrangements.

WEATHER:  In the event of extreme weather conditions, the commencement ceremonies will be moved to an alternative schedule in Memorial Hall.  Go to http://www.jmu.edu/commencement/may-commencement-information/inclement-weather.shtml if college officials determine that weather conditions make it more desirable to have all college ceremonies in indoor locations. 

 

 

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May 9: College of Visual and Performing Arts Ceremony:

The College of Visual and Performing Arts Ceremony will be held on Duke Lawn at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 9: College of Science and Mathematics Ceremony:

The College of Science and Mathematics Ceremony will be held at Alumni Centennial Park at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 9: College of Health and Behavioral Studies Ceremony:

The College of Health and Behavioral Studies Ceremony will be held at Bridgeforth Stadium at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 9: College of Education and University Studies Ceremony:

The College of Education and University Studies Ceremony will be held at the Convocation Center at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 9: College of Arts and Letters Ceremony:

The College of Arts and Letters Graduation Ceremony will be held on the Quad at 9 am on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Tickets are not required.

For additional information related to JMU Commencement ceremonies please view the Commencement Homepage.

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May 10: Mother's Day Carriage Rides:

1-4 p.m.
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Create a Mother’s Day celebration that goes beyond ordinary to surprising, even exceptional. In a luxurious vis-à-vis carriage, she’ll be drawn by beautiful horses and an experienced coachman.

For information and prices, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.

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May 11: Summer Office Hours Start:

The university will adopt a modified summer schedule beginning Monday, May 11 and ending Friday, August 21, 2015.

Parking Services hours will be:

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday – Thursday.

8:00 a.m. – noon on Friday.

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May 11: Scholarly Writers' Bootcamps (May Symposium):

Location:  Rose Library 24 Hour Lab (First Floor)

Times:  

  • Mon 5/11, 9:00am-11:45am and/or 1:00pm-4:45pm,
  • Tue 5/12, 9:00am-11:45am and/or 1:00pm-4:45pm,
  • Wed 5/13, 9:00am-11:45am and/or 1:00pm-4:45pm,
  • Thu 5/14, 9:00am-11:45am and/or 1:00pm-4:45pm.
  • Fri 5/15, 9:00am-11:45am.

Click to register

Lunch and break beverages available.


Need the time and space to advance or complete that writing project? This bootcamp provides an opportunity to faculty members who desire time and structure to focus on academic writing. Join colleagues in a common space, who will be independently working on their writing, for an intensive writing experience and leave with a productive start to your spring semester. Optional writing consultations with CFI faculty are available if requested.

Participants will make progress toward:

  • Increasing scholarly productivity;
  • Advancing scholarship agenda, and
  • Advancing a current writing project.

Participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outcome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

Facilitators:  

Ed Brantmeier, Ph. D., CFI and Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education Department

Douglas Harrison, Ph. D., CFI and English

Cara Meixner, Ph. D., CFI and Graduate Psychology 

This program is being offered as part of CFI's May Symposium.

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May 11: Integrating Service Learning Experiences into Your Course (Institute):

Location:  Rose Library room 5211

Lunch and break beverages available daily.

Click to register


Service-Learning is a method through which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service. Participants will explore how to integrate learning outcomes that align with the service-learning principles into a course or course module. This experience is especially beneficial for new faculty with some or no background with experiential education. 

Participants will make progress toward:

  • Discovering potential methods for incorporating service learning activities within course curricula,
  • Asking questions and exchanged ideas with faculty,
  • Being exposed to proven practices with embedding service learning activities in course curricula, and
  • Observing appropriate service-learning theories and pedagogies.

Participants will make progress toward the following teaching area outcomes: 

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor,
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices, and
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities.

Facilitators:  

Rich Harris, Community Service Learning

Walt Ghant, Community Service Learning

This program is offered as part of CFI's May Symposium.

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May 11: Logic and Reasoning (Institute):

Location:  Rose Library Third Floor 

Times: Mon 9:30-1pm; Tue, Wed, Fri 9:30-4:50; Thu 9:30-11:50

Click to register

The Foundations of Mathematics is a cross-disciplinary course that covers category theory, set theory, computability and definability theory.  It will examine how those topics impact both our understanding of other disciplines and how they are relevant to broader issues in the pedagogy of logic and reasoning.

This institute is designed to help faculty make progress towards the following outcomes:

  • Advance scholarly skills and output; and
  • Advance new techniques and ideas in critical thinking and reasoning.

Facilitators:  

Karim Mourad; Georgetown University, Mathematics
Mark Lance; Georgetown University, Philosophy, Justice & Peace

Sponsored by:

JMU Logic and Reasoning Institute

This program is being offered as part of CFI's May Symposium. 

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May 11: Critical Thinking and Test Item Writing (Workshop):

Location:  Festival Conference & Student Center, Highlands Room.

Lunch will be provided as part of May Symposium.

Click to register


This workshop enables faculty to improve their test item writing skills by encouraging students to think critically.  Sample test questions will be provided and participants may bring samples of their own test questions for review.  Led by Contemporary Forums and Elsevier, this workshop is targeted to those who teach in the health professions.

Faculty participants will make progress toward:

  • Analyzing conceptual frameworks related to effective testing;
  • Implementing strategies to assess content validity of a curriculum, both internally and externally;
  • Applying 5 guidelines for developing test items that require critical thinking for student success;
  • Analyzing the reliability and validity of a test and test items;
  • Critiquing evidence-based program testing policies; and
  • Evaluating and editing test items to improve their critical thinking properties.

Faculty participants will make progress toward the following teaching area outcomes:

  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities; and
  • Articulating how current pedagogical choices reflect disciplinary norms.

Facilitator:  Susan Sportsman, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAANDirector, Academic Consulting Group 

Partner/ Sponsor:  JMU Department of Nursing

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May 11: Workshop on the Foundations of Mathematics : The JMU Logic and Reasoning Institute is sponsoring a cross-disciplinary course/workshop on the foundations of mathematics as part of the Center for Faculty Innovation's May Symposium.

Dates: Mon, 11 May 2015 9:30 AM - Fri, 15 May 2015 11:50 AM

Location: Rose Library Third Floor

Times: Mon 9:30-1pm; Tue, Wed, Fri 9:30-4:50; Thu 9:30-11:50.

The Foundations of Mathematics is a cross-disciplinary course that covers category theory, set theory, computability and definability theory. It will examine how those topics impact both our understanding of other disciplines and how they are relevant to broader issues in the pedagogy of logic and reasoning.

Facilitators:

Karim Mourad; Georgetown University, Mathematics
Mark Lance; Georgetown University, Philosophy, Justice & Peace

Registration link: https://www.jmu.edu/events/cfi/2015/05/11-logic-reasoning-institute-ms.shtml MORE >


May 11: Open Enrollment Information Sessions:

Please join Human Resources for an information session regarding the 2015 Health Benefits Open Enrollment and using the EmployeeDirect portal.

Date: Monday, May 11th
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Wine Price, Pathways Training Room

Date: Monday, May 11th
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wine Price, Pathways Training Room

Pre-registration is recommended but not required to attend. To pre-register, please visit MyMadison and register for course number TD1670.
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May 11: Monarch Butterfly Talk:

Noon-1 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Gail Napora presents an informative talk that includes the monarch’s paths and patterns in the species’ migration between Mexico and Virginia. Also see the wonders of monarch lifecycle stages in lovely photographs. The talk will help monarch enthusiasts understand host plants, especially the native milkweeds, and how important they are for the monarch’s survival.

Register for this free talk by visiting http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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May 11: The Engaged Learning Collaboratory :

Location:  Student Success Center Room 4044

No registration required; refreshments will be served.


Join members of the Engaged Learning Committee for some or all of this “collaboratory” which will acknowledge and celebrate the rich variety of engaged learning experiences that are happening on the JMU campus.  In this creative open space forum, participants will collaborate with committee members in an exploration of how to enhance engaged learning among the entire JMU community.

Facilitators:  The Engaged Learning Committee

  • Judy Dilts, Ph.D., College of Science and Mathematics (Co-Chair)
  • Dietrich Maune, College of Arts and Letters (Co-Chair)
  • Melissa Aleman, Ph.D., The Graduate School
  • Yvonne Harris, Ph.D., Research and Scholarship
  • Erica Lewis, Ph.D., Nursing
  • Sean McCarthy, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication
  • Cara Meixner, Ph.D., CFI and Graduate Psychology
  • Lee Sternberger, Ph.D., Office of International Programs
  • Steven Whitmeyer, Ph.D., Geology

Partner/ Sponsor:  The Engaged Learning Committee

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May 11: Mixing Generations in the Workplace (TD1968):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: In today’s business environment, with a vast range of ages and background experiences at play, you are more likely to be managing, coaching and leading people who are nothing at all like you. So, how do you find that all important common ground? One increasingly important starting point is to gain an understanding of generational dynamics in the workplace. Learning what makes each generation tick, and taking the time to consider your communication approach, will advance your relationships and help you lead your team during good times and through stressful situations.

In this workshop, participants will:
• Define the four generations and their workplace characteristics
• Identify the common drivers and value systems of each generation and how those drivers affect motivation and behavior in the workplace
• Describe how each generation defines success and understand how the differences affect communication and relationships in the workplace
• Determine your employees’ generational bias and how your approach may need to change when coaching, managing and retaining employees of different generations

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

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May 12: Parking Services Closed: Parking Services will be closed until noon to attend the Administration and Finance Division meeting. MORE >


May 12: Administration and Finance Division Meeting:

The Division of Administration and Finance will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 12th at the Festival Conference and Student Center Ballroom. Continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 and the meeting will start at 9:10. The meeting will adjourn between 11:00 – 11:30. JMU Transportation will provide shuttle service.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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May 12: May Symposium Conference Day Tuesday:

Location:  Festival Conference and Student Center

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9:00 - 10:15 AM  Disability Issues in Higher Education
10:30 - 11:45 AM Spotlights on Spending Academic Leave in a Different Culture
10:30 - 11:45 AM Using Cognitive Dissonance as a Teaching Tool
10:30 - 11:45 AM Beginner's Guide to General Education at JMU
10:30 - 11:45 SESSION FULL  Using Interdisciplinary Lenses to Consider Social Issues
10:30 - 11:45 AM Engaging the Community in First-Generation Conversations to Create Change
10:30 - 11:45 AM 
Using Technology to Facilitate Inclusion

10:30 - 11:45 AM

Teaching and Working with Students with Disablilities

   11:45 AM  -  12:45 PM   

Lunch & Plenary "Passion for Work: Do I Have It and Does It Matter"with Bryan Saville

1:00 - 2:45 PM

 Tap into the Power of the TAP
1:00 - 2:45 PM Interprofessional Innovations in Teaching
1:00 - 2:45 PM   Faculty Perspectives on Work and Parenthood 
1:00 - 2:45 PM Wealth, Innovation and Diversity
1:00 - 2:45 Upholding Reasonable Standards for Students with Disabilities
1:00 - 2:45 PM Multifaceted Engagement with Vietnam through Service and Scholarship
1:00 - 2:45 PM Creating Change in Teacher Preparation Through Engagement with the Local Immigrant Community
1:00 - 2:45 PM

Lightning Talks (Neurosemiotics and Digital Writing Assignments; Why Canvas Video Comments work well; Madison Connect HUB)

3:00 - 4:45 PM On-line instruction Versus In-class Instruction
3:00 - 4:45 PM Examining the Inner Circle: Unpacking White Privilege
3:00-4:45 PM The Safe Zone Program
3:00-4:45 PM Lightning Talks (JMU Sphere Theater Datasets for Any Discipline; The Art of Gouche; Employee Resource Groups and You)
3:00 - 4:45 PM Map your Course: Practicing Alignment for Success
3:00 - 4:45 PM Enhancing Scholarly Productivity via Course Based Undergraduate Research Opportunities
3:00 - 4:45 SESSION FULL  Return to Learn after Concussions
3:00 - 4:45 PM Ethical Reasoning Scholarship - Plans and Results
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May 12: Core Introduction to the Eight Key Questions (Workshop):

Location:  Festival Conference and Student Center, Board of Visitor's Dining Room.

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Faculty will learn more about the origins and nuances of the Eight Key Question ethical reasoning framework and apply this inquiry-based process in an interactive, discussion-based small group format.  After participation in this workshop and based on level of interest, the Madison Collaborative welcomes participants’ deeper involvement with efforts that educate students in ethical reasoning.

Participants will make progress toward:

  • Remembering and describing the 8KQ,
  • Using the 8KQ in making individual and collective decisions,and
  • Beginning to conceptualize additional applications of the 8KQ in courses and programs.

Participants will make progress toward the following teaching area outcome:

  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning).

Facilitators:

David McGraw, J.D., Integrated Science and Technology
Mark Piper, Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion
Bill Hawk, Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion; Madison Collaborative
Shelly Laurenzo, Career and Academic Planning
Tim Ball, Ph.D., Communication Studies
Holly McCartney, Ph.D., Early, Elementary and Reading
Lori Pyle, Ph.D., Madison Collaborative

Sponsor/ Partner:  Madison Collaborative

This program is being offered as part of CFI's May Symposium.

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May 12: Core Introduction to the Eight Key Questions Workshop:

Festival Conference and Student Center, Board of Visitor's Dining Room

We cordially invite you to join us for a workshop on the Eight Key Questions, the Madison Collaborative ethical reasoning framework.  In this workshop you will learn more about the origins and nuances of this inquiry-based process and apply the Eight Key Questions in an interactive, discussion-based small group format. After your participation in this workshop and based on your level of interest, we welcome your involvement with The Madison Collaborative and efforts to educate students in ethical reasoning. This workshop provides an excellent foundation for deeper work with the Eight Key Questions. Offered in partnership with CFI as part of May Symposium. Please register for this workshop.

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May 12: Open Enrollment Information Session:

Please join Human Resources for an information session regarding the 2015 Health Benefits Open Enrollment and using the EmployeeDirect portal.

Date: Tuesday, May 12th
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: University Services Building, Room 102

Pre-registration is recommended but not required to attend. To pre-register, please visit MyMadison and register for course number TD1670.
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May 12: Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Learn about your retirement options through the VA Retirement System. Discuss effects on benefits when you retire. Learn how MyVRS can aid in retirement planning.

Presented by: Julie Byers, Benefits Team Leader, Human Resources

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May 12: Retirement 101: Understanding Your VRS Retirement (TD1212):

Course# TD1212

Note: This workshop is capped at 24 participants

Total Workshop Time: 2 Hours

Pre-requisites: None

Workshop Description: Learn about your retirement options through the VA Retirement System. Discuss effects on benefits when you retire. Learn how MyVRS can aid in retirement planning.

Presented by: Julie Byers, Benefits Team Leader, Human Resources

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May 12: Ethical Reasoning Scholarship - Plans and Results :

Festival Conference Room 4

Are you curious if students' values and personality traits differ with the amount of exposure to the Eight Key Questions? Would you like to know if using the Eight Key Questions to evaluate case studies in a Biology class change student's perception and learning of ethical reasoning?  Hear more about these ideas from JMU faculty who have ethical reasoning-related research questions as part of their scholarship agendas. Share your research ideas also! Offered as part of May Symposium in partnership with CFI, please register for “conference days” and select this session.

Faculty discussing their ethical reasoning-related scholarship include:

Dr. Amanda Biesecker, Integrated Science and Technology

Dr. Marta Bechtel, Biology

Dr. Laura Leduc, Management

Dr. Kristi Lewis, Health Sciences

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May 13: Grant Writing Institute (May Symposium):

Location:  Rose Library Room 3311

Times:  8:30 AM until 4:30 PM Wed 5/13 and Thu 5/14 with a break for lunch; and Fri 5/15 from 8:30 AM -12:00 PM with a morning snack.

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Applications close  Wed 5/06 or when filled.

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This intensive three day grant proposal institute is geared for: 1) those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills and 2) beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing, writing and winning proposals from various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively tell the story that leads to funding, be it for the researcher in the sciences and social sciences, education, humanities, arts, or non-profit professional.  Differentiated instruction for NIH, NSF, and other types of grants will be provided.  Optional individual consultations will also be offered.  Participants will need to bring their own laptops.  

Participants will make progress toward;

  • Understanding the basics of the grant writing process,
  • Catering grant proposals to specific grant agencies, and
  • Getting individual grant writing needs met.

Participants will make progress toward the following career planning area outome:

  • Accessing resources to enhance career plans.

Participants will make progress toward the following scholarship area outome:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity,
  • Advancing scholarly skills and output, and
  • Exploring & securing funding opportunities to support scholarly activities.

Facilitator:  Mathilda Harris, Ph. D.  Grant Training Center. 

Partners/ Sponsors: 

This program is being offered as part of CFI's May Symposium.

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May 13: May Symposium Conference Day Wednesday:

Location:  Festival Conference and Student Center

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9:00 - 10:15 AM

Excel Skills Useful for Grading and/or Research

9:00 - 10:15 AM Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Institute: A Progress Report 
9:00 - 10:15 AM The Smart Media Campaign: Educating Students on their Digital Footprint
9:00 - 10:15 AM Ethical Reasoning Pedagogy - What's Working?
9:00 - 10:15 AM Wading Through the Pedagogy Alphabet Soup 
9:00 - 10:15 AM Integrating Social Media into your Alumni Strategy
10:30 - 11:45 AM The Why's and How's of Grading
10:30 - 11:45 AM Innovative Classroom Spaces at JMU 
 10:30 - 11:45 AM Comprehensive Career Planning
10:30 - 11:45 AM Effort Contingent Learning Environments
10:30 - 11:45 AM Refresh your Research: Mixed Methods and Student Perceptions
10:30 - 11:45 AM Maximizing Online Channels to Communicate with Alumni
11:45  AM  -    12:45 PM

Lunch and Plenary "Teaching Life Lessons and Transferable Skills"  Dr. Sonya Baker, College of Visual and Performing Arts

1:00 - 2:45 PM Creating Effective Alumni Mentoring and Networking Programs
1:00 - 2:45 PM Reflective and Effective: Ending the Semester on a High Note
1:00 - 2:45 PM Practical Steps to Increase Openness and Reproducibility in Scientific Research
1:00 - 2:45 PM Using Peer Evaluations for Teaching Students how to Give Feedback to their Peer
1:00 - 2:45 PM Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving for All
1:00 - 2:45 PM The Academic Entrepreneur - Transforming Education
3:00 - 4:45 PM Promoting Diversity in Engineering Through Community Engagement
3:00 - 4:45 PM Getting Serious with Your Fulbright Application
3:00 - 4:45 PM From Offense to Learning: Improving Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
3:00 - 4:45 PM Demystifying Development and Fundraising
3:00 - 4:45 PM Documenting Faculty Effectiveness
3:00 - 4:45 PM Integrating Digital Media in the Classroom: Advice from Peer Tutors
3:00 - 4:45 PM Beginner's Guide to General Education at JMU
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May 13: Ethical Reasoning Pedagogy - What's Working?:

Festival Conference Room 4

Listen to and join in the discussion with colleagues teaching ethical reasoning in their respective disciplines or general education classes. Be inspired by other ideas and successes and share your own. Offered as part of May Symposium in partnership with CFI, please register for “conference days” and select this session.

Faculty attending include:

Dr. Tim Ball, Communication Studies

Dr. Erica Lewis, Nursing

Dr. Holly McCartney, Elementary and Early Childhood Education

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May 13: Time Challenged (TD1608):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Related Session: TD1057: Time Management: Control Your Time - Don't Let It Control You

Workshop Description: Where on earth does time go? We all get the same 24 hours in a day, but how we use those hours greatly impacts our success or failure. Participants will explore how to tackle budgeting time head-on.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Identify reasons for improving time management
  • Evaluate time-wasting costs
  • Develop goals that focus on results
  • Manage personal energy
  • Overcome typical time barriers
    • Procrastination
    • Drop-in visitors
    • Telephone interruptions
    • Email distractions
  • Manage for the unexpected
  • Develop a time management action plan

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

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May 13: Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others through Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion (TD1824):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Building on a foundation of emotional intelligence, this training will offer participants the opportunity to take a fresh look at mindfulness, hope and compassion in the workplace and how they can contribute to a more productive, engaged and resonant workplace.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Developing an understanding of what makes leaders successful despite unrelenting stress with little time for recovery
  • Identify how mindfulness, hope and compassion are essential to effectively sustaining a resonant leadership style
  • Learn to consciously handle the “Cycle of Sacrifice and Renewal” by renewing yourself physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Explore a model of Intentional Change that can lead to significant and sustainable change
  • Identify ways to bring mindfulness, hope and compassion into the workplace to decrease chronic stress, foster resonant interpersonal connections and increase productivity

This workshop is based on the book: Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting with Others Through Mindfulness, Hope and Compassion by Richard E. Boyatzis and Annie McKee.

Presented by: Sarah Orem, Academic Advisor, Career & Academic Planning

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May 14: Assessing Ethical Reasoning Skills (Workshop):

Location:  Rose Library Room 5211

Break beverages available

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Faculty will gain a greater understanding of how JMU students are applying the Eight Key Questions to their own ethical situations using an essay assessment. Insights gained from ethical reasoning assessments will help inform faculty understanding and ethical reasoning instruction. In the morning, Dr. Keston Fulcher and Dr. Bill Hawk will introduce the Madison Collaborative student learning outcomes, discuss the ethical reasoning essay rubric, and walk through examples of high scoring essays and low scoring essays to demonstrate the desired outcomes resulting from ethical reasoning education. In the afternoon, participants will score a set of essays using the ethical reasoning rubric and discuss their thoughts on the rating process, rubric, and instructional ideas. Participants may come for the morning only or afternoon only (if they’ve rated ER essays previously). Experience teaching the 8KQ is not necessary, however, it is helpful as is participation in the Core Introduction to the Eight Key Questions workshop.

Faculty will make progress toward:  

  • Being able to tell a colleague about the MC’s SLOs and how they are scaffolded from simple to complex learning,
  • Using a rubric to evaluate essays on five different criteria related to ethical reasoning,
  • With other faculty, identifying the collective strengths and weaknesses of students’ ethical reasoning skills, and
  • Identifying strategies for teaching ethical reasoning that are applicable for classes.

Participants will make progress toward the following teaching area outcomes:

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices, and
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities.

Facilitators:

Keston Fulcher, Ph.D., Graduate Psychology and Center for Assessment and Research Studies

Bill Hawk, Ph.D., Philosophy and Madison Collaborative

Partner/Sponsor:  The Madison Collaborative.

This program is being offered as part of CFI's May Symposium.

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May 14: Assessing Ethical Reasoning Skills Workshop :

Rose Library Room 5211

In this day-long workshop, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how JMU students are applying the 8KQ to their own ethical situations using an essay assessment. Bill Hawk and Keston Fulcher will discuss the MC student learning outcomes, the ethical reasoning essay rubric, and walk through examples of high and low-scoring essays gathered on previous assessment days. In the afternoon, we will score a set of essays using the rubric and share instructional ideas. If you've previously attended the morning portion of this workshop, please join us for the afternoon rating session. 

Offered during May Symposium in partnership with CFI. Please register to participate in this workshop and rating session. Snacks will be provided and lunch will be included as part of Employee Appreciation Day held next door in the Festival Conference Center. 

In follow up to the Core Workshop, this workshop is the first in the Curriculum Development Program for interested faculty.

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May 14: Building Signature Assignments (Workshop):

Location:  Rose Library Third Floor Flex Space

Lunch and break beverages available daily.

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This multi-part workshop will engage faculty in learning about national efforts to create a set of common student competencies, exploring signature assignments that map to learning outcomes, and practicing assignment design via a procedure known as a charrette.  The latter is a process whereby faculty members share assignments designed to elicit students’ demonstration of specified learning outcomes. Participants will work in groups to refine, hone, and better align assignments to learning outcomes; discuss student involvement and perception of signature assignments; and begin to build regular conversation on assignment design into their ongoing processes.

Participants will make progress toward:

  • Understanding the purpose for the DQP and Signature Assignments,
  • Reviewing signature assignments developed around learning objectives in the general education program foundational skills area: information literacy, writing, communication, and critical thinking,  
  • Using the charrette process to provide and receive feedback on assignments, and
  • Discovering ways that the charrette procedure could assist student learning by offering students exposure to peer work product.

Participants will make progress toward the following teaching area outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor,
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices,
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning), and
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities.

Facilitators:  

Gretchen Hazard, M.S., Communication Studies; University Programs (General Education),

Cara Meixner, Ph.D., Graduate Psychology; Center for Faculty Innovation.

Partners/Sponsors:

Quality Collaborative

Blue Ridge Community College

University Programs (General Education)

This program is offered as part of CFI's May Symposium.

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May 14: Digital Humanities and You: Join the Conversation (Roundtable):

Location:  Rose Library 3rd Floor Flex Space

Afternoon beverages provided

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This roundtable and interest group will enable former participants in the DHSS Institutes and faculty interested in future participation to meet, share ideas, become more informed, and discuss future plans for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at JMU.  

Participants will make progress toward:  

  • Gaining awareness of the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences as a pedagogical and scholarly field,
  • Learning about trends in the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences,
  • Exploring and sharing the pedagogies used in the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences,
  • Exploring the collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature of the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.

Participants will make progress toward the following teaching area goals:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor,
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning),
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities, and
  • Articulating how current pedagogical choices reflect disciplinary norms.

Facilitators:

J. Chris Arndt, Ph.D., History and College of Arts and Letters

Sean McCarthy, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication

Andrew Witmer, Ph.D., History

This program is being offered as part of CFI's May Symposium

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May 15: First Year Housing Contract Deadline:

First Year Housing Contracts must be submitted by Friday, May 15. Once your deposit has posted you will be able to submit a Housing Contract in our Online Housing System. May 15 is also the deadline to submit roommate requests. 

Room and roommate assignments will be sent out to students on July 31 to their @dukes email address. The information will include their building location and room number, roommate information, and move in date.

Learn more about First Year Residential Housing here.

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May 15: 15_Bike_Work: Join JMU at the City of Harrisonburg's annual Bike to Work Day celebration on Friday, May 15th. To make your ride even more enjoyable, free coffee and breakfast will be served at Court Square from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Be sure to sign in when you get to Court Square to be entered in the drawing for door prizes! MORE >


May 15: Spring Celebration Plant Sale:

May 15-16

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Features a wide selection of plants, shrubs and trees, with Saturday educational activities.

For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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May 15: The Platinum Rule (TD1485):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description:

DIRECTOR, SOCIALIZER, RELATER, THINKER – WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

It takes all kinds to make a work environment. From CEOs to subordinates, from clients to suppliers, from you, yourself, to your colleague in the next office…everyone falls into one or more of these four basic personality types. Knowing who’s who and fulfilling their unspoken – and often unconscious – needs lead to success: more innovation, cooperation and achievement.

In this workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Predict the actions of others and get what you want out of every encounter
  • Use individual differences to build dynamic teams
  • Provide better customer services to your customers
  • Defuse conflict and raise energy and morale

This workshop is based on the book The Platinum Rule by Tony Alessandra and Michael J. O'Connor.

Presented by: Suzanne Vance, Training Coordinator

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May 16: Cascade Overview Training:

This training what was formerly a combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 training. 

Cascade Overview Training will go over the philosophy of the new web publishing system, Cascade and also include a basic technical training for Cascade that will train users to enter content via content types (mainly news, events, stories and images) into Cascade and expose them to the basic fundamentals of using Cascade to publish their website.

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT579.

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May 16: Computer Based Praxis Test:

The James Madison University Praxis testing site is located in the Assessment & Testing Center (formerly known as the Ashby Lab) in the basement of the Ashby Residence Hall. It can be accessed through a small entry door on the ground floor to the right of the main hall steps. 

We offer testing on Saturdays once a month, twice a month in January and September. Please remember that not all tests are offered on all testing dates. Go to the ETS website for further information and to register at http://www.ets.org/praxis.

- See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/coe/esc/praxis.shtml
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May 16: City of Harrisonburg Bluestone Trail Night Bike Ride: Join the community for the City of Harrisonburg's Bluestone Trail Night Bike Ride at Purcell Park. Activities and games will start at 7:30pm with the night ride taking place when it gets dark, around 8:15pm. MORE >


May 18: Summer Sessions Continuing Education:

Enrollment begins for Continuing Education students

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May 18: Summer Sessions Start:

Undergraduate
1st Four Week
Eight Week
Ten Week

Graduate
1st Four Week
1st Six Week
Twelve Week

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May 18: Virginia Watercolor Society Statewide Exhibition and Workshops:

Virginia Watercolor Society Statewide Exhibition and Workshops in Duke Hall.

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May 18: Open Enrollment Information Sessions:

Please join Human Resources for an information session regarding the 2015 Health Benefits Open Enrollment and using the EmployeeDirect portal.

Date: Monday, May 18th
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Wine Price, Pathways Training Room

Date: Monday, May 18th
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Wine Price, Pathways Training Room

Pre-registration is recommended but not required to attend. To pre-register, please visit MyMadison and register for course number TD1670.
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May 18: Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes:

Noon-1 p.m.
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Children and adults are welcome for a reading of stories about fairies and building fairy houses or gnome homes. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

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May 19: Keeping the Good Ones (TD1703):

Location: Wine Price

Workshop Description: Employees don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses. The secret to keeping good employees is simple, treat your team members as people first and employees second. In the end, keeping the good ones comes down to connecting with your employees on a regular basis. The great news is that this doesn’t cost a dime.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn the three main reasons employees leave
  • Learn strategies for connecting with your employees
  • Learn strategies for showing your employees you appreciate them
  • Use practical tools to keep the good people you already have
  • Develop an action plan to help your employees feel that they are growing

Presented by: Lorie Miller, Senior Assistant Director, University Recreation

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May 19: Business Writing & Proofreading (TD1021):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Want to sharpen your business writing skills? Did you know that your correspondence makes a statement about yourself--and JMU? Presented by Cindy Allen, Instructor in the Institute for Technical and Scientific Communication, this session will focus on letter and memo format, and includes information on the university's identity system; the university style guide; proper email etiquette; and the Top 10 editing mistakes and how to avoid them.

Presented by: Cindy Allen, Instructor and Internship Coordinator, The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication

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May 19: Cascade Open Lab Training:

This course is an Open Lab, for those that have been through Cascade Overview Training and have a production login to Cascade, hosted by members of the web development team dealing with questions regarding your specific site in Cascade.

Cascade Open Lab Training will take place at the IT Training Center (JMAC4).

Enroll through MyMadison class number IT578.

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May 19: Open Enrollment Information Sessions:

Please join Human Resources for an information session regarding the 2015 Health Benefits Open Enrollment and using the EmployeeDirect portal.

Date: Tuesday, May 19th
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: University Services Building, Room 102

Date: Tuesday, May 19th
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: University Services Building, Room 102

Pre-registration is recommended but not required to attend. To pre-register, please visit MyMadison and register for course number TD1670.
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May 19: Recognizing and Managing 5 Modes of Conflict (TD1526):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: We face conflict throughout our lives. On the positive side, conflict can help us solve problems, weight the strength of our arguments and motivate us to excel. On the negative side, conflicts that are allowed to escalate can rob our productivity and erode relationships. Learning to understand, identify and manage conflict effectively is the key to turning conflict into solution.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn about five basic conflict modes
  • Assess and understand primary conflict modes using the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument
  • Learn how each conflict mode impacts the outcome of conflict
  • Identify circumstances when each conflict mode is best suited for achieving a satisfactory resolution
  • Learn strategies for managing conflict in each of the five conflict modes
  • Practice resolving conflict scenarios using conflict resolution skills and the five conflict modes

Presented by: Kellie Crawford, Recruitment Specialist, Human Resources

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May 19: City of Harrisonburg's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Workshop: Please join us for the city of Harrisonburg's Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Public Workshop on Tuesday, May 19 at 6pm at Thomas Harrison Middle School. With the help of JMU 4C, this will be a facilitated workshop where we will seek input from various stakeholders and community members to kick off development of the bicycle & pedestrian plan. Harrisonburg's Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan provides a framework for enhancing the safety and attractiveness of walking and biking through on- and off-street improvements and public programs. MORE >


May 20: Add/Drop Deadline:

Last Day to drop a class and receive a tuition refund.  'W' grade and tuition charges will apply after this date.

Undergraduate
1st Four Week


Graduate
1st Four Week

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May 20: Project Management for Non-Project Managers (TD1775):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Session: 1 of 4

Series Description: Do you have to manage projects as part of your job but are not a project manager? We all have projects we manage individually or as part of a team. Having the right tools and information can make project management easier and more effective. This multi-session workshop will teach participants a four-step process for managing projects, large or small.

In this series participants will:

  • Learn about four project management foundational behaviors
  • Learn a project management framework
  • Execute the right tasks at the right time, thereby decreasing project costs
  • Recognize potential problems and issues related to project planning
  • Identify and collaborate with stakeholders
  • Develop a project plan

Presented by: Nathan Gray, Systems Administrator, Card Services

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May 20: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Temperaments (TD1259):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: The behavioral model of Temperament is one of the leading tools for making Type accessible and streamlining its complexity. This session, unlike any other available, drills deeply into each of the four Temperaments in ways that are insightful, useful and funny. If you are like many others and feel that understanding 16 Types is overwhelming, join us as we study four “shortcuts” that will help you better understand the Types.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Learn about the 4 temperaments
  • Be able to describe 4 temperaments
  • Understand strengths and weakness of 4 temperaments

Presented by: Jennifer Keach, Dirctor of Digital Services, Libraries & Educational Technologies and MBTI Certified Trainer

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May 21: Add/Drop Deadline:

Last Day to drop a class and receive a tuition refund.  'W' grade and tuition charges will apply after this date.

Graduate
1st Six Week

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May 21: It's Okay to Be the Boss (TD1742):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: The traditional workplace no longer exists. The world is flat. Businesses are globally connected, knowledge-driven and competitive. Business has become dependent on technology; as a result, the workplace is fast-paced, high-pressure, and constantly changing. Managers have more demands, more tasks and responsibilities, and more people to manage than ever before. And the workforce has changed too. No longer are employees content to pay their dues and climb the ladder. Their expectations have changed; they make their own demands. Is it any wonder that your managers are struggling as they strive to manage more people with less time in a work environment that seems to be constantly shifting?

In this workshop participants will:

  • Identify their management style
  • Identify popular myths about managing people
  • Identify ways to effectively manage their team in today’s work environment
  • Learn ways to avoid the under-management trap
  • Implement an action plan to immediately impact how they manage their employees

This workshop is based on the book It's Okay To Be The Boss: The Step By Step Guide To Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need by Bruce Tulgan.

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

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May 21: Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) and Conflict (TD1498):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: The SDI® (Strength Deployment Inventory®) is a memorable way to enhance peoples’ ability to communicate more effectively and handle conflict more productively. It looks beyond behavior to describe the motives and values behind behavior — encouraging a level of understanding and respect for people of all personality types. In addition, the SDI offers an innovative approach to looking at interpersonal conflict and ways to turn it into a positive force for change. For more information visit Personal Strengths.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Recognize and discuss differences in behavior during different stages of conflict
  • Interpret personal SDI and Conflict Sequence results
  • Compare and contrast personal Conflict Sequence results with other Conflict Sequence results and explain the potential impact on team dynamics
  • Apply knowledge of SDI and conflict to improve relationship dynamics and reduce preventable conflict

Presented by: Cannie Campbell, Director, Corpation & Foundation Giving

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May 22: Add/Drop Deadline:

Last Day to drop a class and receive a tuition refund.  'W' grade & tuition charges will apply after this date.

Undergraduate
Eight Week
Ten Week

Graduate
Twelve Week

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May 22: Add with Department Permission Deadline:

Undergraduate
1st Four Week

Graduate
1st Four Week

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May 22: Fidelity One-On-One Counseling Sessions:

Let Fidelity help you make financial decisions that are right for you. Schedule an appointment today with a consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet you financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you have. Sessions start at 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and will be held on the 3rd floor of the Wine Price building, North Campus, 752 Ott Street.

To schedule an appointment call (508) 284-3109 or log on to www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations
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May 22: Arboretum Guest Speaker:

5-7 p.m.
Ernst Terrace at the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

Christine Riggleman from Silverback Distillery speaks about producing distinct and flavorful American bourbon, whiskey, gin and vodka.

Required registration is needed by 5 p.m. May 19. Visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum for full details.

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May 25: Memorial Day: Classes do not meet in observance of Memorial Day. MORE >


May 25: Add with Department Permission Deadline:

Graduate
1st Six Week

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May 25: University Closed:

James Madison University will be closed May 25 for Memorial Day.

Please see the Official University Closings and Holiday Schedule for additional dates and frequently asked questions.

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May 26: Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure (TD1151):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Learn the fundamentals of using the grievance procedure to resolve workplace disputes. Participants will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the grievant, management respondents, agency head, the Department of Employment Dispute Resolution, hearing officers, and the courts in resolving grievances.

NOTE: All supervisors and managers of classified employees are required to take this course.

Presented by:
Jenny Toth, HR Consultant, Human Resources

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May 26: Understanding and Using the Grievance Procedure (TD1151):

Course# TD1151

Note: This workshop is capped at 15 participants.

Total Workshop Time: 2 Hours

Pre-requisites: None

Workshop Description: Learn the fundamentals of using the grievance procedure to resolve workplace disputes. Participants will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the grievant, management respondents, agency head, the Department of Employment Dispute Resolution, hearing officers, and the courts in resolving grievances.

NOTE: All supervisors and managers of classified employees are required to take this course.

Presented by: Jenny Toth, HR Consultant, Human Resources

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May 27: Add with Department Permission Deadline:

Undergraduate
Eight Week

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May 27: Project Management for Non-Project Managers (TD1775):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Session: 2 of 4

Series Description: Do you have to manage projects as part of your job but are not a project manager? We all have projects we manage individually or as part of a team. Having the right tools and information can make project management easier and more effective. This multi-session workshop will teach participants a four-step process for managing projects, large or small.

In this series participants will:

  • Learn about four project management foundational behaviors
  • Learn a project management framework
  • Execute the right tasks at the right time, thereby decreasing project costs
  • Recognize potential problems and issues related to project planning
  • Identify and collaborate with stakeholders
  • Develop a project plan

Presented by: Nathan Gray, Systems Administrator, Card Services

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May 28: Leading While Speaking (TD1999):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Course Description:

Good leaders know how to communicate in a way that solves the problem of each conflict they face.  Great leaders know how to communicate in a way that transforms conflict into positive change. They are able to transform the conflict in their lives through intentional, inspired speaking.

When leaders shift their view of conflict from “conflict is a problem to be solved” to “conflict is an opportunity to create positive change”, their world expands. They begin to inspire and fully engage those around them. Their communication becomes powerful. 
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to speak with intention to empower and fully engage those they lead.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will understand, learn and practice:

  • The philosophy of conflict transformation and its value in the workplace
  • How to identify their own conflict behavior style
  • How to recognize and work with the conflict behavior style of others
  • The Circles of Speaking distinction that will empower their communication as a leader
Presented by: Dawn Miller Sander, Owner and Speaker, Conflict Transformation Associates


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May 28: Change and Innovation through Brainstorming (TD1969):

Location: Wine-Price Building

Workshop Description: Have you realized that what’s always worked isn’t working anymore? Are things changing so fast that you and your team can’t keep up? Are you faced with a specific problem for which you need an innovative solution? This workshop will give you practical ways to help yourself and your team solve problems, think more creatively, share ideas more readily, and embrace the change that can propel all of you forward.

In this workshop, participants will:
• Explore strategies to help team generate ideas
• Identify, redirect and manage idea smashers
• Learn strategies to lead productive brainstorming meeting

Presented by: Raymond Brown, Jr., Professional Development Specialist

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May 29: Give Peace a Chance:

LATIN BALLET OF VIRGINIA
May 29-31, 2015
Glen Allen, VA
The Beatles rapidly evolved from producing innocent teenage love lyrics to posing profound questions about reality. They revolutionized popular songs intellectually as well as musically. Their songs and music influenced the world from the sixties to today's life. The longing for more authentic relationships, true love, spiritual peace and political solutions hope, the eager yet critical embrace of consumer culture, the chemically assisted lift-off into inner space. The students and faculty of the Latin Ballet will dance to inspire "peace and harmony in our world," the philosophic music of the Beatles in the styles of Contemporary Dance, Classical Ballet, Flamenco, Middle Eastern Dance, Dance Theatre, Salsa, Capoeira and Hip Hop.
Please visit www.latinballet.com for location/schedule/tickets.
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May 29: Course Withdrawal Deadline:

Course Withdrawal Deadline

Last day to declare or change a grading or repeat option.

Graduate and Undergraduate
1st Four Week

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May 29: Add with Department Permission Deadline:

Undergraduate
Ten Week

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May 30: Kids Book Festival needs volunteers:

WVPT is looking for 10 volunteers for this year's Kids Book Festival on May 30th at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.

Volunteers would be helping with activities anywhere from managing booths to walking around in a costume as a mascot!

The volunteers could arrive at 10:15am and stay until 2pm for the 11am-2pm event.

Help is also needed for setup the day before and teardown immediately following the event.

If interested in signing up to volunteer or need additional information, please contact Tina at (540) 820-9691 or at twood@wvpt.net

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May 30: WVPT Kids' Book Festival:

Stop by and see us at this annual festival for kids and get information about this year’s Children's Poetry Camp.

WVPT Kids' Book Festival (2015)

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June 2015

June 1: Add with Department Permission Deadline MORE >

June 1: Botanical Illustration Workshop MORE >

June 2: Time Management Strategies: Control Your Time, Don't Let it Control You (TD1057) MORE >

June 2: VALIC One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

June 2: Seeing What Others Don't: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insight (TD1831) MORE >

June 3: Project Management for Non-Project Managers (TD1775) MORE >

June 4: Powerful Presentations (TD1468) MORE >

June 5: Board of Visitors Meeting MORE >

June 8: Course Withdrawal Deadline MORE >

June 8: Monarch Butterfly Talk MORE >

June 8: MBTI and Conflict (TD1700) MORE >

June 9: Phase II Training (TD0607) MORE >

June 9: Managing Me - Leading with Reason (TD1710) MORE >

June 9: Storytime in the Understory MORE >

June 9: Writing Renewal Retreat (Faculty Community) MORE >

June 9: THRIVE! - Redefining Success (TD1961) MORE >

June 10: Project Management for Non-Project Managers (TD1775) MORE >

June 10: Dealing with Distressed, Disruptive and Dangerous Students (TD1294) MORE >

June 11: Difficult Conversations, Part I (TD1185) MORE >

June 11: Powerful Presentations (TD1468) MORE >

June 11: Earning Serendipity: 4 Skills for Creating and Sustaining Good Fortune in Your Work (TD1970) MORE >

June 12: Summer Sessions Ends MORE >

June 15: Summer Sessions Start MORE >

June 15: Course Withdrawal Deadline MORE >

June 15: Youth Igniting Change: Breaking Gender Stereotyes MORE >

June 15: JMU Summer Art Program MORE >

June 15: jmUDESIGN (Institute) MORE >

June 16: Managing Generations in the Workplace (TD1971) MORE >

June 17: Add/Drop Deadline MORE >

June 17: CascadeOverview Training MORE >

June 18: Add/Drop Deadline MORE >

June 18: Powerful Presentations (TD1468) MORE >

June 18: Gateways to Inclusion (TD1829) MORE >

June 19: Add with Department Permission Deadline MORE >

June 19: Add/Drop Deadline MORE >

June 19: Fidelity One-On-One Counseling Sessions MORE >

June 19: Professional Book Club: "Legendary Service: The Key is to Care" (TD1972) MORE >

June 20: Computer Based Praxis Test MORE >

June 22: Course Withdrawal Deadline MORE >

June 22: Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) Institute Conference MORE >

June 24: Add with Department Permission Deadline MORE >

June 25: Difficult Conversations, Part II (TD1120) MORE >

June 26: Summer Sessions Ends MORE >

June 26: Course Withdrawal Deadline MORE >

June 26: Teach with Style (TD1836) MORE >

June 26: Getting Naked (TD1704) MORE >

June 27: Percussion and Color Guard Auditions Announced MORE >

June 29: Summer Sessions Start MORE >

June 30: Course Withdrawal Deadline MORE >

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