Community with IDEAS: November/December 2021

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Tim's Letter

Hello everyone,

Happy Homecoming Week! There are a lot of events happening this week, many which include staff and faculty. I hope you get to enjoy some of the festivities, and be sure to encourage our students to get out there and enjoy the week’s events.

Many of us are heading to Wintergreen Resort for the 2021 VA Student Services Conference. I have the honor of serving as the Co-Chair of the conference this year and I couldn’t be more excited to gather again with our colleagues from across the Commonwealth. One of my favorite aspects of this conference is the Chief Student Affairs Officer gathering that happens at this conference. We are able to spend about 3 hours together talking about the challenges and successes on our campuses and this group has really become something of a trusted family for me. I share this because I hope all of you can find this at a professional conference or activity this year. 

I also wanted to pause and highlight the work of a few groups and people these last few weeks. The team in UREC put on one of the best events I have ever experienced at JMU with the Nightmare at UREC. I often hear that alternative and non-alcoholic programming can’t work and this team just proved that wrong in one night. I was overwhelmed by the number of students at the event and how excited they were to be there. I also want to thank the team in Student Life for their alternative programming that gave so many students other options during Halloween Weekend. While I know it is easy to think that all of our students want to be at parties, we know that’s not true and I appreciate this team putting together a great set of options for our students. I also want to congratulate Community Service-Learning for their first Alternative Fall Break trips. They succeeded in sending off several successful trips that impacted communities and created a memorable service experience for our students. 

This weekend brings two events that have taken a ton of planning and effort. First, UPB is bringing Jason Derulo as the first concert ever at the Atlantic Union Bank Center Friday night and I want to thank Sydney Scott and the entire Student Life team for their work. I know they have faced some challenges being the first concert in this venue and I appreciate that they are setting the stage (sorry for the pun) for many concerts to come in the future. Second, one groundbreaking event in the AUBC wasn’t enough so the team in CMSS led by Drae Powell will be bringing the Stompmania Step Show there Saturday night. Months ago, Drae and Chervon imagined they could take this event to the next level and they have made it happen for our students. 

These events are amazing examples of our public-facing work and efforts to provide engaging and important opportunities for our students to build and celebrate community. Behind the scenes I want to thank all of our staff who are serving in on-call roles and our Dean of Students and Counseling Center teams who are supporting so many of our students who are struggling. I also want to thank our Health Center staff who continues their tireless efforts to help JMU be well, stay well and do well.

I just want to remind you all that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are available to anyone working in Higher Education. You can check Vaccinate Virginia to see where you can get the vaccine or the VASE+ Vaccine Appointment Scheduling Engine to schedule. Thank you to the UHC for providing this helpful information.

We’re almost to Thanksgiving and a well-deserved break for everyone. I want you all to know that I’m thankful to work with so many dedicated and talented people. I know this semester has been challenging at times but as always you have been there for our students and for JMU as a whole.

Thank you and take care,

Dr. Tim Miller

PS – Don’t forget our Winter All Staff Celebration Dec. 16 and the opportunity to present at our Winter All Staff meeting Jan. 10. 


Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (OSARP)

OSARP is excited to welcome two additions to the team! Lindsay Stebbins is the Coordinator of Restorative Practices starting her first workday on Oct. 25.

Lindsay has a Master's degree from the University of Oregon in Conflict and Dispute Resolution with an emphasis in Trauma-Informed Restorative Justice. While there, she worked with the university as well as the Center for Dialogue and Resolution to implement restorative justice programs addressing sexual harm and facilitated circle processes for the community. Lindsay's extensive training and unique background will be an invaluable asset to OSARP's mission and growth. She will also be bringing two more cats to the OSARP team.

Sam Squyars has also joined the OSARP team as the Assistant Director for Educational Programs!

Sam holds a Master’s degree from Oregon State University and, prior to OSARP, worked in the Office of Residence Life at JMU as a full-time Hall Director. Sam has a wealth of experience in working with students, supervising staff, having difficult conversations, managing educational programs and facilitating development. His expertise, wisdom, care, creativity and humor will help bolster our work to best support student and community success. We are thrilled to have Sam in OSARP!

University Health Center (UHC)

The Health Center welcomed two new Medical Assistants to the Nursing Team on Sept. 27.

Jessica Roadcap, LPN has accepted the 12 month classified Medical Assistant position and Corina Figueroa, CMA is our new wage Medical Assistant.

University Recreation (UREC) 

UREC welcomes Sonia Doulamis and Stephanie Nielsen to their professional staff team.

Sonia Doulamis is UREC’s Assistant Director for Substance Misuse Prevention. Sonia comes to JMU from the University of North Dakota where she served as the Health Promotion Coordinator. Sonia earned her B.S. and MPH from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Higher Education. Welcome to JMU Sonia!

Stephanie Nielsen is UREC’s new Assistant Director for Member Services. Stephanie comes to JMU from the University of Michigan where she served as the Assistant Director for Facility Operations and Aquatics. Stephanie earned a B.S. from JMU, a M.S. from Western Illinois University and began her campus recreation career at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Help us welcome Stephanie back to JMU! 


Counseling Center (CC)

We are so excited to announce that Traci Ballou-Broadnax has successfully passed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) exam and is now a Licensed Clinical Psychologist! In other exciting licensure news, Paul Pohto is also successfully licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Community Service-Learning (CS-L)

The first article in the Patchwork Pantry 2021 Newsletter shows how students got involved via a required s-l course, but then continued to volunteer weekly for two years.

Conferences and Presentations

Orientation (O-Team)

Mollie Zenz attended both HighEdWeb and Adobe MAX virtual conferences in October.

Special Announcements

Counseling Center (CC)

The Counseling Center’s hours have changed. As of Oct. 25, the Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Options for any mental health emergency occurring after-hours (e.g., suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions, sexual assault or other significant trauma) include:

  • Calling (540) 568-6552 and pressing “1” to connect to the crisis line
  • Accessing emergency services at Sentara RMH Medical Hospital, (540-689-1414), 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg

Victim Advocacy Services' hours have changed. As of Oct. 25, the Victim Advocacy Services office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Options for assistance after hours include:

  • Calling the Collins Center, Harrisonburg's 24/7 sexual assault crisis agency, at (540) 434-2272 to reach a community-based sexual assault advocate
  • Calling First Step, Harrisonburg's 24/7 domestic violence crisis agency, at (540) 434-0296 to reach a community-based domestic violence advocate
  • For emergency medical services, visiting the nearest hospital emergency room. Harrisonburg's hospital is Sentara RMH Medical Center (540) 689-1414, located at 2019 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
  • And/or calling 911 for immediate emergency assistance

About Community with Ideas

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Marsha Mays-Bernard | AVP Liaison | 
Dawn Miller | Chair | 
Ann Simmons | Student Affairs Communications and Marketing (SACM) | 
Angela Ritchie | Student Affairs Communications and Marketing (SACM) | 
Eliza Moreno |Student Affairs Communications and Marketing (SACM)–GA | 


Ann Simmons | UHC |
Brent Lewis | Student Affairs Diversity Council |
Brittany Dioszeghy | Office of Disability Services |
Dylan Sorkin | Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices |
Daerenz Lyons | VP-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion |
DaNae Peterson | AVP-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and CELT |
Leslie Beam | AVP- Health Well-being and Student Life and Involvement |
Shae Powell | Student Life |
Dawn Miller | VP Student Affairs |
Dianne Nibblins | CMSS |
Emily Higham | Office of Resident Life | 
Heather Reid | UREC | 
Brent Lewis | Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Programming | 
Jill Staley Wade | Dean of Students | 
Lindsey Richards | Community Service-Learning | 
Mollie Zenz | Orientation |
Moriah Fallon | Counseling Center |
Tam Nguyen | University Career Center |

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