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Lambda Alpha, Epsilon of Virginia Chapter

The purpose of the society shall be to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in Anthropology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty and other persons engaged in the study of Anthropology.

Criteria for Acceptance:
Undergraduates must be currently enrolled and have completed not less than twelve (12) semester hours or the equivalent in academic Anthropology. Undergraduates must have an average grade in these courses of not less than “B” or 3.0 and a cumulative quality point average of not less than 2.5.

For more information contact Dr. Dennis Blanton,

Tutoring Program:
We are offering free tutoring for all students enrolled in Anthropology classes. All Anthropology concentrations will be covered. Interested students need to send an email to and include the class that they need help with and what times they have available for tutoring. They will then be matched up with a LAE member who is adept at the subject and is free during the designated time slot.

President: Nicole Weinard
Vice President: Katie Benusa
Secretary: Jessica Maddra
Treasurer: Adam Sutherland

JMU Roots and Shoots

Roots and Shoots is a program of the Jane Goodall Institute that has for the last 20 years engaged the youth of this world to foster respect and compassion for all living things, both locally and internationally.

Become a JMU Roots and Shoots Member!
Are you interested in joining JMU Roots and Shoots?  If so, email Marin Barden:

Roots and Shoots provides a framework for individuals around the world to organize and effectively implement meaningful projects that promote care and concern for animals, people, and the planet.

History and what JMU Roots and Shoots members have been up to:
We formed a JMU Roots and Shoots chapter because we wanted to give JMU students a voice in local and international environmental issues.  After taking the course, Primate Conservation Biology, each of us realized that students can play a key role in changing how humans perceive and interact with their environment. 

In May 2010, we visited Duke University to attend a Primate Conservation Working Group, hosted by the Duke Roots and Shoots chapter.  The objective of this conference was to develop ways for students to get more involved in issues related to primate conservation.  After meeting with Duke students and faculty and scientists from the Duke Lemur Center and North Carolina Zoo, we were excited to form our own JMU chapter.

In October 2010, two of us - Kaeley Pryor (Anthropology) and Justin White (Geographic Science) - traveled to Danbury, CT to attend the first annual North American Roots and Shoots Training Summit.  After attending workshops and meeting directly with Dr. Goodall, we were excited to take our new ideas to JMU.  Back on campus, we met with the other founding members of JMU Roots and Shoots, Marin Barden (Biology) and Lauren Sclater (Communication Studies), and together designed and planned our model for an effective environmentally-concerned organization.  We firmly believe that every individual can and should make a difference and we formed a JMU Roots and Shoots chapter to provide a much- needed platform from which students can be directly involved in changing the world.

In Summer 2010, Kaeley Pryor studied primate behavior and ecology in Costa Rica

Marin Barden continues to work with Dr. Roshna Wunderlich in the Biology Dept. on primate locomotion and with Dr. Joshua Linder in the Anthropology Dept. on protected areas and human resettlement.

In Summer 2009, Justin White worked as an avian field biologist in Nantahala National Forest in Southeastern U.S.  In Summer 2010, Justin worked as a small mammal biologist in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

In Spring 2010, Lauren Sclater attended her first conference on the Role of Students in Primate Conservation at Duke University and looks forward to building an effective JMU Roots and Shoots organization.

JMU Roots and Shoots Mission:
To educate, motivate, and empower JMU students to affect positive change for humans and the natural environment.

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