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Welcome Honors Class of 2024! We’re so glad to have you join the Honors family. While we’re sad that our face-to-face interactions this fall will be limited, we hope the following resources will provide you with helpful information as you transition to the JMU campus and to college life. Honors Orientation activities will kick off at the beginning of move-in week, and are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous virtual programs along with limited in-person events. Read on for details!

Stay in touch!

There is so much helpful information that we want to share with you during the week approaching move-in. Please join our Honors Orientation Group-Me on your smartphone browser to receive information and reminders. 

Synchronous Zoom sessions (optional)

Monday, August 17, 9 PM:
Late Night College-Prep Trivia! 

Join Honors faculty and Honors student representatives in a fun late night college-prep trivia game! Exercise your mental muscles before you start college. Hosted on Zoom, this session will use the Kahoot! trivia platform for a quick, competitive, and fun trivia throw-down. Participating current students will also share their JMU stories with you. Session will be limited to the first 100 participants, and one lucky winner will be able to claim an Honors swag pack.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 750 002 7022
Passcode: JMUDUKES (56838537)

Tuesday, August 18, 11:30 AM:
Hot Drinks & Hot Topics 

We all know it’s an uncertain time. Headlines are presenting us with new questions and a lot of anxiety. This session is your chance to ask Honors faculty about how the issues that are keeping you up at night will affect your first semester at JMU. If you want to be part of the conversation, grab a cup of coffee and log on to chat. If you would like your questions to be presented anonymously in the session, please submit them in advance by emailing Dr. Alysia Davis.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 750 002 7022
Passcode: JMUDUKES (56838537)

No orientation is complete without information - check out these pre-recorded sessions!
Alumni Advice

Hear from young alumni representatives as they reflect and offer advice about how to make the most of college.

Honors Student Organizations

Curious about Honors student organizations? Hear from student representatives as they talk about the Madison Honors Leadership Council, Honors Ambassadors, and Shenandoah Peer Mentors. Interested in the Honors Diversity Council? Reach out to Dr. Fawn-Amber Montoya for more information.


Learn more about the required common reading, Factfulness.

Move-in days… What to expect:
  • The Office of Residence Life assigned you a time slot for move-in. If you have specific questions about the dorm, your assigned time, roommates, etc., please contact the Office of Residence Life directly.
  • Friday, August 21 – Monday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    At least one Honors staff or faculty member will be in the Shenandoah courtyard (access through the Multi-Purpose Room) available to answer your Honors-specific There will also be grab-and-go bottles of water and snacks available for you and your family. Physical distancing is required, as well as masks, in the Courtyard space.
  • Friday, August 21 – Monday, August 24, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Honors “Open” House
    Hillcrest House won’t actually be open, but Mr. Jared Diener, Director of Honors Advising, will be on the porch and available to answer any advising questions that you may have. Physical distancing and masks are required.
  • Friday, August 21 – Tuesday, August 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Hillcrest Packet Pick-up
    After unpacking, head over to Hillcrest House to pick up your welcome packet. We’ll have yard games on the lawn, ice cream, and the opportunity to chat with current students and Honors faculty. Unsure of how to get to Hillcrest? Join the GroupMe for notifications on where to meet a current student guide who will walk groups over from Shenandoah. Those of you moving in late on Monday will have an opportunity to pick up your packet on Tuesday – no need to rush!
Campus photo scavenger hunt!

Don’t forget to grab instructions for the Honors photo scavenger hunt when you grab your welcome packet. The winner will receive an Honors swag prize pack!

Meet the HON 100 Teaching Fellows
Meet Honors staff and faculty

Honors staff and faculty are here for you. Click on the images below to hear our welcome messages for you.

Data Entry Specialist

Director of Student Engagement
Office hours: By appointment
Preferred platforms: Zoom, WebEx
Areas of expertise for student assistance: Student programming; student organizations; prospective student recruitment; HON 100 and Honors first-year experience; Women’s & Gender Studies

Director of Honors Advising and Global Initiatives
Office hours: TBD and by appointment
Preferred platforms: Zoom (schedule an appointment here)
Areas of expertise for student assistance: Academic advising; Honors curriculum; academic planning; choosing majors and minors; Honors capstone project; Hillcrest Scholarships; academic policies and procedures; HON 100; study abroad; Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews programs

Administrative Assistant
Office hours: TTh 8-5; MWF Telework 8-5 and by appointment here
Preferred platforms: WebEx, Zoom, phone, email
Areas of expertise for student assistance: I can help you with finding out more information regarding the Honors College including Honors Capstone Projects, Honors Options, class permissions, building, and supply questions.  I am here to help you!


Associate Dean for Inclusion, Diversity and External Relations
Office hours: TWTh 11:30-12:30 and by appointment
Preferred platforms: Zoom, WebEx
Areas of expertise for student assistance: Admissions; curriculum; first generation student experiences; diversity

Office hours: By appointment (contact Tammy Steele)
Preferred platforms: WebEx, phone
Areas of experise for student assistance: Honors senior administration issues

Executive Assistant
Office hours: Monday 8-5; Tuesday 8-4; Wednesday 8-5; Thursday 8-3; Friday 8-5
Preferred platforms: WebEx, phone
Areas of experise for student assistance: Scheduling meetings for Dean Newcomer; scholarship form processes; social media requests

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