Stephanie Holyfield, Ph.D.

Stephanie Holyfield, PhD, a 2000 graduate from JMU’s MA in History program is thriving in her work as a professor of history at Wesley College and receiving accolades from colleagues and students alike. Citing the two years at JMU were the “best two years of my life”, her love for JMU motivated her daughter to attend the graduate history program at JMU too.  Read more about her life here. August 2018

Patrick Harmon, M.S.

Pat Harmon came to JMU's M.S. in Biology program on the G.I. Bill after serving two tours of duty in the Middle East. Pat’s research with adviser Christine May explored the impacts of stream acidification on fish diversity in Shenandoah National Park. Results indicate limited recovery of fish diversity even after three decades following targeted amendments to the Clean Air Act. His findings indicate that water quality impacts can have persistent, negative impacts on fish diversity and underscore the importance of existing restrictions on emissions of acidifying compounds into the atmosphere and the need for further research and monitoring. The results of this study are timely and have important broader implications for society as environmental regulations are being actively reconsidered. A manuscript has been submitted to the journal of Soil, Air and Water Pollution and the research was funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust and 4-VA collaborations with the University of Virginia.  August 2018

Alexa Mamatas, M.A.

2017 Art Education Master's Degree Graduate from the School of Studio Art, Design and Art History, Alexa Mamatas, was recently published as a guest author in the Virginia Art Education Association Magazine, Winter 2018, for her article entitled English Learner's in Virginia's Schools. Ms. Mamatas was the guest author of Pam Lawton, VAEA Research and Curriculum Board Representative, and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Mamatas' article summarized her Master's Thesis research which surveyed Virginia's secondary art educators regarding best practices in working with English learners in their art classrooms. Her article shares her findings of the survey with the art teachers of Virginia.  August 2018

Kristen Harrod,M.Ed.

Kristen Harrod, a graduate of the JMU READ M.Ed. program in December of 2016, and Joy Myers an assistant professor in the Early, Elementary and Reading program in the College of Education co-authored the 2017 article Breaking down barriers: What we now know about supporting English language learners for the journal Reading in Virginia. They will also co-presented at the 2018 Virginia State Reading Association Annual Conference a session entitled, Counting down the minutes: Helping reluctant readers find the "right" texts. August 2018

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