Professor Emeritus
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M.A. University of Connecticut
B.A. Rutgers University

Alan Neckowitz retired in July, 2007, after 34 years of teaching at JMU and advising The Breeze. The variety of print journalism courses taught by Professor Neckowitz during his years at JMU include News Writing, News Editing, Media Ethics, Media History, and Media and Politics. Neckowitz's special love was working with students in small groups and one-on-one in his role as adviser to JMU's campus newspaper, The Breeze.

As a media professional before coming to JMU, Prof. Neckowitz worked for three years as editor and suburban editor of the Willimantic Chronicle, a daily newspaper in eastern Connecticut (1971-73). He also worked for three years as a copy editor at the Hartford Courant (1969-71), and spent 10 years as an editor-writer for the George Washington National Forest, Harrisonburg, Virginia (1980-90).

In addition to his regular teaching, Neckowitz was provided with wonderful opportunities to teach students abroad in JMU's International Education Program. He served as Faculty Member in Residence in JMU's Semester in London program in 1984, and as FMIR in Florence in 1987 and 1991. With fellow SMAD colleagues, Neckowitz helped develop JMU's Summer in Ireland program and he brought over groups of JMU students to study writing in Ireland during five different summers, 1997-2006.

To honor Neckowitz's extensive work in International Studies, JMU has established a studies abroad scholarship in his name. This scholarship helps SMAD students in the Ireland program, or in one of the other international programs, toward the extra costs of studying abroad.

To contribute to the Neckowitz Study Abroad Scholarship, Acct. No. 15609, you can give online or send checks to James Madison University, Advancement Gifts and Records, MSC 3603, 800 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. 

Professor Emeritus of Media Arts and Design 2007

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