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Community with IDEAS: May 2021
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Community with IDEAS: May 2021

The Student Affairs Newsletter


 

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Tim's Letter

Dr. Miller sent this letter to the department on Tuesday, May 25:

Dear Student Affairs Family,

I hope all of you are doing well and welcome to the summer.  I sat down last night to send a few thoughts your way as we enter a new season and a new beginning as Student Affairs, James Madison University, and as individuals.  I hope some of these thoughts and musings are helpful to you as you each manage the transitions in front of us and the opportunities ahead...

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Updates

University Career Center (UCC)

We are pleased to announce that Libby Westley has accepted the position as Director of the University Career Center. Libby comes to us with a wealth of experience in Student Affairs. Since 2010, she has served as the director of Career Planning at Christopher Newport University. Prior to that she served in Associate and Assistant Director roles in Career Services at Davidson College, and as a career counselor at Lycoming College.

Libby’s career path have also led her through experiences in Residence Life, Academic Advising and Campus Ministries. Libby earned a B.A in Human Communications from James Madison University, a graduate degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a second graduate degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Libby begins her duties at JMU on June 28th. Please help us welcome Libby back to JMU!

Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS)

We have one of our Graduate Assistants' and six of our D.E.E.P. Impact Peer Educators graduating:

Cierra Ballinger(GA), Samantha (Sam) Hinton, Zenobia Lee-Nelson, Christine (Chrissy) Donaldson, Mikayla Dukes, Jasmine Robinson and Tashana (TJ) Jackson. 

Office of Residence Life (ORL)

Fiona Kisiday joined the ORL team as the new Housing Operations Technician on May 3. Fiona is a JMU alumna, class of 2019.

Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP)

OSARP is excited to announce that after completing a national search, Robby Smith will be transitioning into the Associate Director, Accountability Board role beginning June 25. Robby has worked in OSARP as a graduate student, a Coordinator and an Assistant Director prior to transitioning into this role and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about student accountability and restorative practices. Please join us in congratulating him on this new role. 

SOGIE-Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Programming

This year SOGIE recognized 13 graduating students in our 15th Annual Lavender Graduation on April 15.

SOGIE also honored 3 outstanding students with the annual SOGIE awards:

o The 2021 SOGIE Programming Award recipient was Vic Tedrow

o The 2021 Christopher L. Gatesman Service Award recipient was Zenobia Lee-Nelson

o The 2021 Michael Boyles Volunteer Award recipient was Lilly Lee

On April 13 SOGIE and CMSS hosted two staff from the Human Rights Campaign for a training, Supporting LGBTQ+ Students. You can find the recording of the training, along with the training resources, here

Impact Educators collaborated to launch the JMU DEI podcast, Let’s Get DEEP. There are six episodes out that can be found on Apple Podcast or Spotify.

Student Affairs (SA-VP)

We are proud to announce that Carson Lonett has been selected as the Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs.  Carson took on significant responsibilities this past year and we are excited to formally add her to the Vice President’s team starting later this summer.  Carson’s office will be in Alumnae Hall room 207 and we wish her the best of luck in this new opportunity.

University Career Center (UCC)

We are pleased to announce that Libby Westley has accepted the position as Director of the University Career Center. Libby comes to us with a wealth of experience in Student Affairs. Since 2010, she has served as the director of Career Planning at Christopher Newport University. Prior to that she served in Associate and Assistant Director roles in Career Services at Davidson College, and as a career counselor at Lycoming College.

Libby’s career path has also led her through experiences in Residence Life, Academic Advising and Campus Ministries. Libby earned a B.A. in Human Communications from James Madison University, a graduate degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and a second graduate degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Libby begins her duties at JMU on June 28. Please help us welcome Libby back to JMU!

University Health Center (UHC)

The Pharmacy summer hours begin Monday, May 9: Mon-Thur 7:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. and closed 1-2 p.m. and closed Fridays. On June 9 the pharmacy will close for the summer with the exception of July 7 and August 4, we will be open from 7:45 a.m.–4:45 p.m., closed 1–2 p.m.

All UHC clinical services will be accessible from the outside entrance on the corner of MLK and South Mason St. beginning Monday, May 9 - August 13. The clinic will be open Mon, Tues, Wed 7:45 a.m.– 4:45  p.m. and closed 1-2 p.m. On Thursdays the clinic will open at 9 a.m. During the summer the UHC will be closed on Fridays.

University Recreation (UREC)

Sarah Miller, who most recently served as UREC’s Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Youth Programs, has taken a new position in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Sarah was hired in the Summer of 2015 and served in a key role in expanding the building and programming these past six years. Sarah’s work will be missed with students here at UREC and her dedication in co-chairing the Madipalooza Festival each spring. Her efforts also impacted hundreds of children in the community with the UREC summer camp program and also high school students as the Head Volleyball Coach at East Rockingham High School. We will miss Sarah, and wish her and her newly-married husband Collin, the best in the future!

 

 

Achievements

 

Community Service-Learning (CS-L)

CS-L, in collaboration with JMU Civic, SGA and CFI, facilitated a campus-wide hosting of Open Doors in mid-April. Open Doors is the only low-barrier shelter in the area. As part of the coordinating team, Misty Newman is so grateful for the wonderful contributions that ensured our neighbors at Open Doors had meals and company! Together we served approximately 200 meals and had almost 75 students, faculty and staff from the JMU family working together--community at its finest! 

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Also, a few volunteers shared their favorite part of participating as: "Taking collective effort to address local challenges." "Being able to make an impact on an underrepresented community!" "The comradery, being with awesome JMU students and being able to help the needy even if it was just in a small way." The following colleagues in our division volunteered in various capacities to make this commitment come to life (cooking, serving meals, cleaning, engaging with the community, and more): Kristina Blyer, Sue Burket, Chris Campbell, Kathleen Campbell, Mary Denlinger, Jeremy Hawkins, Ginny Kasch, Lorie Miller, Caroline Mosteller, Misty Newman, Jenna Piersol, Shae Powell, Julie Shiflet, Julie Slifer and Lexi Swinimer.

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Office of Residence Life (ORL)

Hannah Edwards and Mariea McNeill were both recognized by President Alger and JMU’s Talent Development in April for completing the AACP (Administrative Assistant Certificate Program). Mariea officially completed the program last spring, but the celebration was delayed due to COVID. Hannah completed her program this year.

SOGIE-Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Programming

Zenobia Lee-Nelson – a D.E.E.P. Impact Educator was honored at The All Together One Community Gathering.

Student Life (SL)

The #IMadeMyMark Podcast is up and running for the second season. This podcast celebrates graduating seniors. These seniors are recommended by Student Affairs Professionals across the division. These students reflect on their experience and learning, their involvement and relationships, and how they made their mark here at JMU. Podcasts can be found here: #IMadeMyMark Podcast

A big thank you to two of the students Becky De Ville and Renee Gregory for implementing this program this year! We close our first year with the Leadership Learning Community and look forward to recruiting our next cohort of students. Applications were live until May 15 and we are excited to engage with our new group this upcoming year. If you know if anyone is interested, please reach out to Carson Lonett. This community is open to incoming first-year or transfer students of all majors.

On Tuesday, April 6, the JMU community gathered at the Warner Commons All Together One Circle to honor six recipients for the 2021 All Together One Award. After a year like none of us had ever experienced, and only 8 days’ notice we could do an in-person ceremony, ODK Madison Circle was able to create an incredible ceremony. We had a great turnout with approximately 75 attendees, and perfectly sunny and warm weather. The good vibes were almost tangible and a special feeling permeated the air as we gathered for the first time in over a year. This year we honored:

Zenobia Lee-Nelson, Student - Communication Studies, AAAD Minor, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor
Sarah O’Connor, Professor - WRTC
David Taylor, Senior Director of Advancement Marketing
Josh Shulruff, Assistant Director, Community Service-Learning
Dr. Brian Charette, Special Assistant to the President of Strategic Planning & Engagement
Chris Jones, Assistant Director for Sports Clubs and Inclusive Recreation, UREC

We are excited to hold a special ceremony for our 2020 recipients in Fall 2021. While we were able to hold a virtual ceremony in Spring 2020, we feel it is important to honor our 2020 recipients in person, especially after such a challenging season of life. The 2020 recipients are:

Bob Golson, Associate Director for Facilities and Operations, UREC
Diane Hamilton-Puffenbarger, Procurement Manager
Dr. George Sparks, Dean - College of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Jesse C. Rathgeber, Assistant Professor – Music Education
Dr. Wendy Lushbaugh, Director - OSARP
X-Labs Interns “Fab Lab” - Madison Carrillo, Miranda Landmann, Emily Marsch, Alecia Munnings, Cameryn Norris and Robin Lagodka

University Recreation (UREC)

The UREC Student Employee scholarship endowment fund is nearing $100,000 thanks to the support of alumni and staff. This year, four $700 scholarships were able to be awarded for the Fall of 2021. We are excited to announce that because of their embodiment of UREC values, their commitment to professional development, and their willingness to go the extra mile for staff and participants, the 2021 scholarship recipients are:

Romina Broglia (’23), Group Exercise
Madison Chandler (Dec ’21), Member Services
Georgia Nye (’22), Member Services and Operations 
Gabbi Leggett (22), Member Services

 

Conferences and Presentations

University Career Center (UCC)

Laura Hickerson served on the College Panel for the VACE Virtual Conference on April 22.

The Union and Student Success 

Urs von Rotz and Ritter Clevenger presented to the JMU Communications Council on March 31. The presentation offered a glimpse into the intentional design of the Student Success Center and introduced the many departments that share in this vision. The title of the presentation was “Proximity Choice & Chance: Student Success Center Philosophy.”

Special Announcements and Personal Updates

The Union and Student Success 

Two employees and 3 alumni of JMU - Holmes Browne (ORL), Ritter Clevenger (UU), & Adam Clevenger (Ritter’s eldest son) competed as a team in a 24 Hour Adventure Race called the Shenandoah EPIC. Racers had 24 hours to tackle 25-35 miles of trekking, 17 miles of paddling on the Shenandoah River, and about 50-60 miles of mountain biking in the George Washington National Forest and surrounding areas while navigating to find checkpoints along the way. They placed 33rd out of 95 teams.

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About Community with Ideas

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We welcome all comments and suggestions. Please contact a Community with Ideas committee member to submit content, photographs or announcements. We look forward to hearing from you!

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Marsha Mays-Bernard | AVP Liaison | maysbeme@jmu.edu 
Dawn Miller | Chair | mille2da@jmu.edu 
Ann Simmons | UHC-The Well | simmonae@jmu.edu 
Angela Ritchie | UHC-The Well | ritchiac@jmu.edu 
Eliza Moreno | UHC-SA GA | morenome@jmu.edu 

REPRESENTATIVES

Allison Smith
Leslie Beam
Brittany Dioszeghy
Moriah Fallon
Emily Higham
Jessica Herring
Darius Perkins
Dawn Miller
Lindsey Richards
Dianne Nibblins
Heather Reid
Ann Simmons
Jill Staley Wade
Mollie Zenz
Jennifer Iwerks
Brent Lewis
Allahjah Smith

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