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JMU donors, student scholarship recipients and university leaders gathered to celebrate the impact of giving at the Annual Stewardship Luncheon in March. Nick Langridge, vice president of University Advancement, welcomed more than 300 who gathered in the Festival, and President Jonathan Alger gave the keynote, summarizing recent university achievements. Highlights from the event included presentations by students, faculty and donors. Watch the videos below:

Humble Beginnings

Donors Sue Cumpston (’82) and Lori Mowen (’80) and accounting major Alyssa Mae Tomlin (’24) find common ground in their roots as first-generation college students.

Letters from Africa

Scholarship, field research and a love of nature bring donor Emily Branscome (’78M) and Purdue University Ph.D. candidate Ruth Bowers-Sword (’20M) together across continents.

Do More

President’s list quantitative finance major and Dukes’ soccer midfielder Demitri Turner (’24) shares how his personal motto, “Do More,” combined with his disciplined approach to academics, athletics and community bring out the best in him and in JMU.

Two and a Tango

Saxophone professor David Pope and music major Dylan Royal (’25) team up to perform the premiere of Royal Duke Tango Fantasy, Pope’s original composition, and demonstrate what’s possible because of JMU’s hallmark professor-student relationship.

Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2024

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