February is Black History Month, an opportunity to bring intentional focus to the centering and celebrating of Black history. We’ve compiled this list of local Black history resources, books, films, and other avenues to dig deeper into our local and national history and find new ways to join the celebration. More Information

Submit your proposal for the 2024 Showcase of Graduate Student Scholarship and Creative Activity (AKA: The Grad Showcase), scheduled for April 17, 2024 in the Hall of Presidents. Currently enrolled graduate students in master’s, doctoral, Ed.S., or graduate certificate programs are invited to submit proposals for an oral or poster presentation, visual or musical performance, at the annual Showcase of Graduate Student Scholarship & Creative Activities. Proposals are due Monday, March 11.

Join your fellow graduate students for a day of research and scholarship, in which you share your achievements with the JMU community. There will be oral research presentations, followed by poster presentations, culminating in an evening awards ceremony and reception. More Information and Submission  

Graduate Faculty, it's time to nominate your students for the following awards: Outstanding Thesis, Outstanding Dissertation, Innovation, Community Engagement and Civic Engagement. Please send your nominations to gradstudentservices@jmu.edu. More information can be found here. Nomination deadline is March 11.

Graduate Student Association (GSA) News

The GSA executives are: 

President: Sophia Parks
Vice President: Brittany Shultz
Secretary: Mackenzie Harry
Treasurer: Allyson Whitt
Social Cahir: Sidnie Baker
Program Rep Liaison: Juste Mehou

The GSA will be coordinating a Clothing Donation and a Food Drive. Food items can be donated in the Graduate Student Lounge. Clothing can be donated in the Graduate Student Lounge or in any department where a donation box is located. 

The GSA is also collecting data to advise new graduate students and will create an online pdf with advice including: locations to buy the best groceries, textbooks, best restaurants, etc. If you would like to contribute, you may reach out to gsa@jmu.edu

Events and Activities

Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art Exhibitions:

  • girls + eggs - January 30, 2024 - March 8, 2024

    Join the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art in Spring 2024 for a group exhibition of drawings, paintings, photographs, and objects by European and US artists working in solidarity and fury in response to parallel attacks on reproductive rights and sexual citizenship. First presented at C U at SADKA in Krakow, Poland in June 2022 and traveling to The Art Gallery of the College of Staten Island, girls + eggs makes its final stop at JMU’s Duke Gallery of Fine Art.

  • Yulin Yuan MFA Thesis Exhibition - April 4, 2024 - May 4, 2024 - More Information to come.

Research Development Opportunities Abound This Semester! Keep abreast of these opportunities by subscribing. A full description of the each event can be found here.

  • Thursday, March 7, March Madison Research Club
    Lakeview Hall 1104 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Lunch provided Register
  • Wednesday, March 27, SPIN Database Training
    Virtual via ZOOM 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Register
  • Thursday, April 11, April Madison Research Club
    Lakeview Hall 1104 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Lunch provided Register


Attend JMU's 2024 Diversity Conference. The Office of the President together with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion sponsor the annual JMU Diversity Conference. This popular conference celebrates diversity by providing learning opportunities for our faculty, staff and local community through a multitude of sessions, engaging keynote speakers and award recognitions. Wednesday, March 20. More Information


Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer and curator who focuses on the socially challenged body. Recipient of multiple awards for her visual work, Lehrer is best known for representations of people whose physical embodiment, sexuality, or gender identity have long been stigmatized. Lehrer’s memoir, Golem Girl, won the 2020 Barbellion Prize for Literature and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is represented by Regal Hoffman & Associates, NYC, and by Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago.

Take a Researcher to Lunch! (Formally known as Take Your Professor to Lunch or Coffee program) This initiative supports graduate students seeking a research adviser and/or a research program to reach out to a professor and have lunch or coffee with them sponsored by STAIR. The Spring semester application deadline is June 15More Information


Join the International Graduate Community for international events, such as socials, information sessions, etc. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides services, resources, and assistance to meet the students, scholars, and staff of JMU's visa and immigration needs, as well as programs and services to enhance their time at JMU. See the CGE website for more information.


Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg, offers top quality films, live performances and special events. View showings here.

Brothers Bluegrass Sunday Jams are from 5-7 pm weekly at Brothers Craft Brewing. All bluegrass and traditional mountain music players are invited out to participate. We will follow traditional structure while encouraging beginners to try out lead soloing for the first time or just get in the groove with the rhythm chords. More Information

Join the many Art Connoisseurs for "First Fridays of the Valley" The first Friday evening of each month, new artists' work is displayed throughout valley businesses, accompanied by an opening reception. Come out to meet and speak to the celebrated artists and be part of this creative community. More Information

Trivia Night at the Friendly Fermenter (Downtown Harrisonburg). Trivia every Tuesday, 7:00 pm. Stay for all 7 rounds, or as long as you care to. Free to play, teams encouraged, but not required. Come early and get your spot! More Information

Harrisonburg Farmer's Market (Downtown Harrisonburg)Shop locally grown vegetables, fruit and other goods at the downtown farmer's market located at the Turner Pavilion every Tuesday and Saturday from 8 am - 1 pm, April thru Thanksgiving. December thru March, Saturdays only 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. More Information 

Karaoke at Ruby's Lounge every Wednesday night from 10:00 pm - 1:00 am. More Information

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, has many great performances throughout the
academic year. Student, faculty and staff discounts are offered for most performances. More Information

Funding, Scholarships and Fellowships

Looking for a Graduate Assistantship or a Campus Job? Depending on your full-or part-time status and program of study, graduate students may be eligible to apply for graduate assistantships, student positions, and staff/wage positions. Search Joblink

Scholarships can be found on The Graduate School website.

Enrich Your Life

Keep abreast of Research Development Opportunities by subscribing to the JMU Research Development notice board. A full description of the events can be found here

Places to study while Carrier Library is closed. While Carrier Library is closed for renovation and expansion, you still have four library locations to use, and dozens of buildings with study space all over campus! Check out this list of the top 15 places to study or work in JMU Libraries. There’s also a new JMU study spaces map that includes a wide range of buildings! Just select a pin to start reading about study spaces in each building.

Free access to New York Times and more. Did you know you have access to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal for free through JMU Libraries subscriptions? See our full list of news-related databases or learn more about Libraries services for grad students.

Join the Graduate Student Association (GSA). All JMU graduate students are considered members of the GSA. The GSA promotes interdisciplinary unity among JMU graduate students through social events, career-building workshops and professional
development grants. For questions email gsa@jmu.edu.

University Career Liaison. The University Career Center's Graduate School liaison Alyssa Hawley is a great resource to assist you with resume review and career preparation. Check out University Career Services for Graduate Students or contact Alyssa for more information.

Campus and Community Student Resources. Campus and community resources available to
support students’ basic needs can be found at the Student Support Hub, a website that will connect you
to food, financial assistance, housing and other resources. These resources will help you thrive at JMU.

Read the Chronical of Higher Education for Free! Looking for a source for higher education news, trends and job openings? You can read The Chronicle of Higher Education for free through JMU Libraries subscriptions! 

Military-Connected Students. JMU VALOR provides all military-connected students with
resources for success. More information

Need Food or Hygiene Items? Check out The Pantry in Taylor Down Under (The Union), room 112.
Shop in-person or place orders through The Pantry app, available in the Apple and Android stores. Use
the app to select the curbside pickup option or rapid pickup in The Pantry. The Pantry is open Mon 12-6
pm and Tues-Thurs 12-5 pm. Available to all students, no questions asked!

Mental Health Resources. The JMU Counseling Center is available to all students and they have
made available TimelyCare, 24/7 access to mental health professionals. More Information

Tips from The Graduate School

Study Space for Graduate Students Only. The Graduate Professional Development Center (AKA: Grad Lounge) is a dedicated study space for graduate students, located on the fourth floor of Holland Yates Hall. It is open 8 am - 5 pm. Need more time to study free of interruption? You can fill out an After-Hours form and submit it to The Graduate School for after-hours access. Find form here.

Dates and Deadlines. Keep up with important dates and deadlines by bookmarking the Academic Calendar.

The Student Handbook. The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP) has published an updated version of the 2023-2024 JMU Student Accountability Process and Standards of Conduct Handbook. The updates made were revisions to procedures to enhance clarity and update procedure regarding rationales in the Title IX Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct processes. It is the responsibility of every student to know and follow the policies outlined in the JMU Student Handbook along with federal, state, and local laws. Student Handbook

Graduate Policies. You are responsible to read and follow the graduate policies set forth in the
Graduate Catalog. Important information regarding degree progress, including rules for successful
progression and continuous enrollment are also on the Graduate School website.

Approval of a Thesis or Dissertation Committee. Students who are completing these sorts
of projects must submit a signed approval form to The Graduate School by the second week of the
semester in which the student first registers for thesis or dissertation credits. Approval form

Monitor Your Dukes Email Account! Official information is sent to each student’s official
Dukes e-mail account. Check your @dukes.jmu.edu e-mail account on a regular basis.

Monitor MyMadison! The Student Center in MyMadison is where you will find advising
information, register for classes, and where you can view “To Do Items” that will keep you on track
towards graduation. Use the Student Center to update your mailing address and cell phone number. It is
your responsibility to maintain accurate contact information. Check your account regularly. Don’t miss
important information!


Please contact the appropriate staff member with your question.

Have Suggestions?

We welcome suggestions for this newsletter, including events and opportunities. Please send your
submission to grad@jmu.edu

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