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Faculty and Staff Clubs are meant to encourage engagement and community among faculty & staff. 

If you are interested in participating in any of these clubs, contact the person listed below. 

If you would like to start a new faculty/staff club, or if you would like to promote your existing group on our page, please email Tara Torkelson – 


Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL)

If you are a Master Builder, or if you have never picked up a piece, this is the group for you. We will have different building challenges, you can bring in your MOC’s (My Own Creations), or your favorite sets to show off. This group will meet periodically to get together and show off our lego skills.


Contact: Veronica Schweitzer,


Did you enjoy playing badminton on the beach as a kid? Do you love playing Pickleball or other racket sports?  If so, you may also enjoy playing indoor badminton which is played on the same court using the same net as Pickleball. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert badminton player, this is the group for you. 

Contact: Afzal Upal, | David Yang, | Wilson Liu,

Dukes 4 Trees

Dukes 4 Trees is a group for fellow tree lovers, walkers, and nature enthusiasts. We will do tree focused walks covering different parts of campus once or twice a month, depending on the season. You may learn a new tree fact, identify a bird (or two) that call campus trees their home, meet fellow Dukes who share these similar interests and get some exercise. We can’t wait to take a walk with you!

Contact: Ali Sloop, | Katie Rankin,

Foodies Read

Join us for a monthly book club where all selections will have a food-related element. From mouthwatering memoirs to tantalizing culinary mysteries, our book club promises a literary journey that tickles your taste buds. 

Contact: Ashlyn Holz, | Leigh Ann Bowles,

JMU Green Thumb Society

This club will allow members to connect and enjoy fellowship across campus. The group will primarily function online, through Teams, in order to offer support/advice to one another, plan & participate in fun plant swaps/events throughout the year, and meet JMU community members who share your love of all things growing.

Contact: Barbara Shifflett,

JMU Water Floaters

If you love kayaking, paddleboarding, floating, or just the idea of getting in the water, this is the group for you! From beginners to experts, the JMU Water Floaters will explore the water ways of the valley in tubes, kayaks, paddleboards, or anything that will keep you afloat for several hours.

Contact: Kayla Corey,

Noon Ball

Meet up with faculty and staff to play basketball. The group meets at noon on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays at UREC.


Contact: Brandon Crenshaw,

Page & Shenandoah County Faculty & Staff

Connect with other JMU staff and faculty who live in your home county! We welcome JMU staff and faculty living in Page and Shenandoah Counties to become acquaintances and share JMU with their home communities through the Page and Shenandoah County Affinity Group. Along with meeting new neighbors and friends, the group will discuss and share service projects, carpooling, and other activities.

Contact:  Margaret Sloan,


This group will meet most weekdays (12:00 - 1:00pm) at UREC to play.

Join the listserv: UREC-PB_L@LISTSERV.JMU.EDU

Tennis Group

The tennis group will meet up and play sets/matches on the JMU tennis courts. This is a great way to get practice playing with different people and to challenge and improve your individual skills. Ideally, the faculty and staff that participate in this affinity group will have experience and some level of skill with tennis, as well as a passion and love for the game.


Contact:  Priscilla Jones,


UNWIND is a fiber arts affinity group for members of the JMU community. We represent all skill levels and many crafts, including knitting, crochet, Tunisian crochet, cross-stitch, and more. We meet to chat and work together on our ongoing projects. No matter your experience level or your craft, join us for friendly conversation and sharing!

UNWIND meets every other Thursday from 5-7 p.m. We meet on-campus during the school year and casually in Downtown Harrisonburg through the summer.

Contact:  Liana Bayne-Lin, | Tanya Laffler,

Walking Groups

Several walking groups have formed on campus at various times. Please reach out to the contact listed below to get the schedule for the walking group that works best for you:

5:30am | Linda Plitt

10:00am | Katrina


Working Parents
The purpose of this community is to provide a space to discuss the unique challenges of “balancing” professional lives and parenthood responsibilities. It welcomes anyone who serves as a caregiver for children (of all ages!). Whether you’re overwhelmed about coming back from parental leave or supporting a high-schooler who’s navigating college applications or lost somewhere in between, this group is for you. Join the listserv to hear about professional development opportunities, advocacy efforts, book clubs, coordinate grown-up only get togethers, and find community among colleagues.

Contact: Kathleen Sensabaugh,


Yoga is a lovely way to unwind, relax, or to stretch your body. Yoga is great as a standalone movement or paired with another type of workout. This group is for any yogic skill level from beginner to expert. Main communication will be through a Teams channel.

Contact: Kayla Corey,

Faculty/Staff Clubs are not supported or sponsored by JMU, the Human Resources Department, or any other university office. HR’s purpose in promoting these clubs is to facilitate connections between JMU employees for their mutual enjoyment. JMU assumes no responsibility for the actions of the individuals who have organized the clubs, and specifically has no liability for any club activities. Individuals joining the club or taking part in the activities do so at their own risk.

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