#EngagedJMU Spring '21 Newsletter

Pictured Above, JMU CoB's Association for Supply Chain Management meets with the Ethiopian Ambassador

SUMMARY: This is your Spring '21 update on engagement-related work at JMU. In this edition, we feature the Madison Vision Series, faculty accomplishments: from Page County Drug Court to Particle Physics, Fulbright Finalists, and how to purple-out your podcast playlist.

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Engagement in the Age of COVID-19
JMU Engineering students discuss jewelry processes at local business Hugo Kohl Jewelery Boutique.
Madison Vision Series
JMU Is a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

 James Madison University has seven recent alumni who received Fulbright US Student Grants in 2020-2021, the third most of any master’s level university in the country. Read on to learn more about JMU's Fulbright approach and view students' names.


JMU was Recognized as a Fulbright Top Producer in both 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.
Spotlight on Engaged Faculty

In this clip, Director of Orchestras Foster Beyers talks about adjusting to research and recording opportunities brought about by the pandemic. Read more about Beyer's six-foot symphony and analyzing Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings here.

JMU students crafted friendship bracelets to send with their letters to seniors at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, along with invitations to become pen pals. Organized by the RISE U student organization, the outreach project seeks to combat loneliness among seniors and college-age people.
The Engagement Hubs

The Engagement Hubs are interactive touch screens connecting students with campus events, service needs, and opportunities organized by the amount of time you are able to spend on the task (One Time and Ongoing) and by the category (Civic engagement, Community Action, On-Campus Involvement, Diversity Efforts, and Professional Development). Visit the Carrier Library lobby or the second floor of Rose Library to check them out, or visit the Ehubs to view a digital version when off-campus. Look for the big purple wall graphics that say "Be The Change."

Submit an Activity to the Hubs

For more information on the Engagement Hubs please visit the hubs page or contact Hayley Jenkins at  

Students sit next to the Engagement Hub in Carrier Library looking up towards the screen.
What We're Reading

The CFI Teaching Toolbox

Throughout the academic year, the CFI sends out the Teaching Toolbox to share ideas, resources, programs, practices, and distilled research related to teaching and learning. 

Office of Research and Scholarship

In the most recent issue of the Research and Scholarship newsletter learn about faculty grant awards, recent research, and Drag Storytime research!

Educating4Democracy: The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement

Check out JMU Civic's blog to learn about growing healthy democracy at JMU.

The Beacon: Spotlighting Inclusivity at JMU

Read the Beacon to stay up to date on inclusivity efforts at JMU. 

What We're Listening To

CFI's Teaching Podcast

Don't miss this monthly professional development check-in with CFI! Topics so far include Diversity in HigherEd, Group Learning, Ethical Reasoning, and What JMU Libraries have to offer faculty. 


JMU Civic's podcast interviews special guests to take a deep dive into issues threatening our democracy today, and features Abe Goldberg, Carah Whaley, and a rotating group of the center's Democracy Fellows. Listen with Apple Podcasts.

Conversations at the Cohen Center

Conversations at the Cohen Center is focused on graduate students and faculty working on research and scholarship. Through interviews, this podcast explores the connections that graduate students and faculty make during their time at university, with a focus on interdisciplinary studies and collaboration..

JMU Africana, Afraican American, Diaspora Studies Center Opens on Campus


The University's new African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Center launched officially Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Emerging from the growth of the university's AAAD studies minor, which began in 1981, the new center, now part of the College of Arts and Letters, is host to a number of academic initiatives including research and pedagogy seminars, workshops and institutes, and a selection of innovative archives. In partnership with JMU Libraries, the Center hosts three international fellowships annually. This work is complemented by advocacy/community engagement projects with local, national and global partners.

The minor, with nearly 100 course offerings and more than 60 faculty members from across all areas of the university, will remain the flagship of the new center.

Visit the full AAAD Site here.

The #EngagedJMU Conversation Continues
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Check out the Engagement section of the Talent Development Resource Collection!

We've created an Engagement section within JMU Talent Development's Resource Collection, which is located on the third floor of Wine-Price. You'll find a great selection of topics covering civic engagement, community engagement and engaged learning. Do you know of a title that would make a great addition to this collection? Email us at or tweet a photo of the book to @JMUEngaged!



Have ideas for the next #EngagedJMU newsletter? Email us at or tweet us @JMUEngaged!


Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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