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In the past few decades, the world has been shaken like never before by the effects of natural disasters, social turmoil and political unrest.
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College of Education Unveils the Transfer Student Peer Advising Center


Until this year, JMU College of Education students transferring from other schools had no specialized supports to help them navigate the ins and outs of becoming a student and teacher licensure candidate.
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Grad Students Learning Through Virtual World
Every day in hospitals and healthcare facilities around the country, medical professionals are tasked with finding better solutions for their patients.


Dr. Evan Friss Publishes a New Book on the History of Cycling and American Cities
Dr. Evan Friss and his book on the History of Cycling and American Cities.


2015 JMU Valedictorian Shares Memories, Recipe for Success
"Keep working hard, but never forget to enjoy what you're doing," was Anthony Poehailos' take-home message at the College of Visual and Performing Arts Commencement Ceremony.

Anthony Poehailos

International Student Leadership Conference
This spring, the OIP's International Student and Scholar Services, in partnership with Eastern Mennonite University, brought together approximately 250 participants across the U.S. for the 25th annual International Student Leadership Conference.

International Programs

RN-BSN Program Faculty Share Their Own Journey with Students
The JMU RN/BSN online program provides access to higher education for working nurses across the Commonwealth.

JMU Nursing Faculty

Ethics in Motions with Dr. Erica Lewis
Dr. Erica Lewis, a professor in the Department of Nursing, has spent much of her professional career studying the nature of ethics and how to best teach it to others.

Dr. Erica Lewis

Charlie Newman Jr. Creates Awareness for Aortic Dissections
"A lot of people know about the heart, heart disease, and heart attacks, but the aorta is your main artery that feeds the heart," said Charles "Charlie" Newman Jr., Newman Sr.'s son and a double duke at JMU.

Charles and Charlie Newman

Brian Cockburn bridges two worlds as Director of JMU's music library and music adjunct professor
Brian Cockburn, Director of JMU's Music Library and adjunct instructor in the School of Music, has always had a foot in two worlds. Regardless of where he has been: New York City, Austria, Texas or Virginia- he was always both a librarian and musician

Brian Cockburn

Student Brings Medical Expertise to Africa
JMU student Kory Schaeffer, is inspired by his time in Haiti through JMU's Alternative Spring Break program that it brings him to Ghana.

Kory Schaeffer

DMA Student Bids a "Farewell" to JMU with Arrangement
As one of his last arrangements, DMA student Mark Ardrey-Graves arranges a song called "Farewell to You" for the Treble Chamber Choir's performance at the Caladh Nua concert held at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in March.


Accounting Professor Nancy Nichols Elected President of American Taxation Association
Nichols has been involved with ATA for many years. She says, "I became a member of ATA while I was in my PhD program. The ATA has been there all along my professional journey, providing opportunities to meet and work with colleagues, many of whom became co-authors, mentors, and close friends."

Professor Nichols

Counseling and Supervision Doctoral Student Receives NBCC Fellowship
Doctoral student Jamie Rice has been awarded a prestigious fellowship with the National Board Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCC).

Jamie Rice

Faculty Conductor Leads Wind Symphony to National Convention
Professor Steve Bolstad knew "From the time I was a sophomore in high school, I knew I was going into music."

Steve Bolstad

Marketing Student Hopes to Bring COB Skills Back Home to India
Marketing student Kunal Jain is planning on using the skills that he has gained while at the College of Business at his family's businesses in New Delhi, India.

Kunal Jain

Spotlight: Professor Josh Linder
Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Dr. Josh Linder, has been widely recognized for his research efforts.

Dr. Josh Linder

Gail Moruza, a sixth year engineering major with minors in biology and mathematics, learns how education can challenge you.

Gail Moruza

Kimberlee Robertella Glinka (2010) discovers the importance of "stakeholder buy-in" during her collaborative learning experience in Malta
Masters student develops multidisciplinary skills that help her balance profit and the public good in the business community.

Kimberlee Robertella Glinka

Research Faculty Member is Energized by Her Students
Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor, Dr. Brenda Ryals says "good students lift you up and make you better than you are."

Dr. Ryals

JMU Social Work Professors Honored at the Council Social Work Education Annual Meeting
During the annual meeting for social work educators and students, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) honored two JMU professors, Dr. B.J. Bryson and Dr. Lisa McGuire.

Drs. Bryson and McGuire

Senior Danielle Gallagher Puts the Spotlight on JMU's Ireland Programs
Senior Danielle Gallagher brings her Ireland experience back to Harrisonburg through collaboration with the Madison Art Collection.

Danielle Gallagher's Ireland Picture

In the Spotlight...Opera Spotlight, That Is
A chance encounter in London, Ontario brings Sebastian Haboczki to JMU.

Sebastian Haboczki

AHRD Faculty Attend International Conference on Human Resource Development
Over this past summer, Dr. Diane Wilcox and Dr. Noorie Brantmeier, professors in the Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education (LTLE) Department attended the International Conference on Human Resource Development and Practice Across Europe held in Edinburgh, Scotland

AHRD Faculty in Scotland

Dr. Andre Neveu and Social Media: A New Approach to Teaching Economics
Social media and teaching are finding a nice balance in the College of Business, thanks to the efforts of innovative professors such as Dr. Andre Neveu, who is an Assistant Professor of Economics.

Dr. Neveu

Junior Josh Humphries Life's Work to Better the USA
Josh Humphries exemplifies the spirit of civic engagement that suffuses JMU. The junior from Roanoke, VA, came here to major in political science, but his involvement in the world of politics and public policy is already well underway.

Josh Humphries

Dr. Oris Griffin Meets up With Alumni in China
When Dr. Oris Griffin, a professor in the Adult Education/Human Resource Development (AHRD) graduate program, was invited by former AHRD student Yuanjie Dai to visit her home in China this summer and Griffin jumped at the opportunity.

Dr. Griffin and Yuanjie

Epps in the Big Leagues
Junior media arts and design major Wayne Epps takes his talents from JMU to the big leagues.

Wayne Epps

Orchestra Director Wins CVPA Distinguished Teacher Award
A descendent of the Madison family (of James Madison's sister, Frances Taylor Madison), Robert McCashin recently received the 2014-2015 College of Visual and Performing Arts Distinguished Teacher Award.

Professor McCashin

Athletic Training Students Volunteer at 10K Bridge Run
This past weekend athletic training student, Alicia Doran, and four others had the opportunity to volunteer at the first ever Chesapeake Bay Bridge 10k run. With a total of 20,000 participants, the students were prepared for anything and everything that could go wrong during the event.

Athletic Trainers

Engineers make a difference with human-powered vehicles
On October 26th, JMU's Engineering department celebrated five years of designing, testing, and building human-powered vehicles for clients in need. Last year's client, Lena Campbell, received her vehicle at the celebration.

Engineering Students

Matt Lee Creates Innovative New Study Abroad Program
Matt Lee has made connections across the globe and has made a career out of his love for other cultures.

David Lee

Carey Cole Creates Innovative New Study Abroad Program
Carey Cole, who teaches Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics, took CIS minors to Malmö, Sweden, where they completed courses in database and web design, but their experience went far beyond the traditional classroom.

Carey Cole Final

A Transnational Mission
Dr. Trevor Stokes, a faculty member in the Department of Graduate Psychology and Director of the Alvin Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center, traveled to the Country of Georgia (Sakartvelo) this past summer for his fifth visit to continue his work with children services in the country.

Dr. Stokes

Meet Triple Duke Eric Korn
Eric Korn already has two degrees from JMU: his undergraduate degree in economics and his MBA; he will soon also earn his Ph.D. from JMU.

Eric Korn

Dr. Luis Betancourt Hones His Skills at the SEC
Associate Professor of Accounting Dr. Luis Betancourt recently returned to the CoB from a year-long stint as an Academic Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant (OCA) at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Luis Betancourt

Teach Locally, Research Globally: Biology Alum Travels the Globe for Research
From Harrisonburg to Germany by way of Madagascar, M.S. Biology alum Molly Bletz's (M.S. 2013) work with amphibians has taken her across the globe.

Molly Bletz assists a Malagasy veterinary student, Vatuosa Najaína, as she swabs a frog for potential probiotics in Madagascar

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus
This fall, the James Madison University Department of Integrated Science and Technology's (ISAT) Geographic Science (GS) program welcomes Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus as one of its newest faculty members.

Dr. Muehlenhaus

Where the Past and Future Meet
A self-described book lover, history buff and technophile, Purington's regular day at the office allows him to interact with all of his favorite things.

Mark Purington

JMU Students Learn the Value of Corporate Social Responsibility
JMU students win big with their social responsibility (CSR) programs.

Marketing Challenge Winners

Dr. Jacquelyn Nagel publishes e-book for Women in Engineering series
Dr. Jacquelyn Nagel, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering, recently published an e-book for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA), the country—s largest engineering professional association.

Dr. Nagel

Murder, Shakespeare, and Puppet: The Story Lady
Job responsibilities for M.A. English alum Diana Black, are as diverse as they are enjoyable as she offers patrons expert book recommendations, shares in collection development and weeding, designs eye-catching bulletin boards and crafts, and, above all, is a captivating "story Lady" for children ages 0-12.


Engineering Student Spends Summer Creating Non-Profit Start-Up
The organization, The Dove Project, strives to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others.


Dance Faculty Member Wins Provost Award for Excellence in International Education
It isn't about making money or gaining fame. It's really about making connections with other international artists and knowing that the sharing benefits everyone.


Dominion Lecturer: Dr. Lead P. Hollish
The Madison Caucus for Gender Equality is proud to present this year—s Dominion lecturer, Dr. Leah P. Hollis, on Monday, September 22 at 7:00pm at Transitions in Warren Hall.


International Experience Makes Graduate Student Competitive
According to Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) candidate David Hill, students need exceptional experiences to be an outstanding candidate in their post-graduate life.

David Hill

JMU Welcomes New International Faculty
New faculty members Dr. Emeka Anaza and Dr. Stephanie Bae may come from quite different parts of the world but they have both found a home at JMU.

Emeka Anaza

Dance Professor Celebrates 30 Years as Director of Ensemble
Cynthia Thompson has been cultivating student choreography and performance as the director of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) since 1984.


Valedictorian Inspires Women in Tech
The College of Integrated Science and Engineering is pleased to announce computer science major Melissa Von Wald as JMU's 2014 Valedictorian.


New GS Professor Utilizes Experience
Dr. Mace Bentley's field experience as a forecast meteorologist at The Weather Channel and his experience teaching for 12 years at Northern Illinois University as a professor of meteorology and geography lend to his ability to weave the academic and applied.

Dr. Mace Bentley

Dr. Robin Crowder Picks JMU in His Return to Higher Education
"I chose to come back to JMU because often the best teachers hired by school divisions were products of James Madison University," admitted Dr. Crowder.

Dr. Crowder

Dr. Vicki Reed Journeys to China to Lend Advice, Expertise
At the 2013 Guangzhou International Symposium of Special Education in Guangzhou, China, Dr. Vicki Reed, professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at JMU, shared important information about students with disabilities.


Senior Mark Thress Explores Music Through Helping Cancer Patients
Working with oncology cancer patients at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Thress helps to facilitate music sessions that are tailored to patients using iPads.


Shelby Wiltz Recipient of Raymond C. Dingledine, Sr., Leadership Scholarship
Wiltz, who is majoring in justice studies, with a concentration in social justice, and minoring in both creative writing and women—s and gender studies, continues to make a remarkable impact at JMU, in the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.


Dr. Laura Leduc Researches Values Beyond Personality Traits
As a professor of management, Leduc is interested in how values and personality traits relate to performance and motivation in the workplace. She believes that in order to be effective, managers must incorporate an understanding of an individual's values that goes beyond simply understanding their personality traits.

Dr. Laura Leduc

Doctoral Student Megan Rodgers Good Researches How Work Makes a Difference
Megan Rodgers Good, a doctoral student in the Assessment and Measurement program at JMU, is constantly searching for the answer to how classes, research projects, and university centers make a difference in the lives and learning outcomes of JMU students, faculty, and staff.

Megan Rodgers Good

Senior Education Major Partners with Local Elementary School
Jesse Humphries, an elementary education major, is working with Smithland Elementary School through JMU's ROTE Program (Raising an Organization of Trained Educators).

Jesse Humphries

Spotlight on iMBA Student Blake Wenger
—What I am learning in school coincides perfectly with what I do at work; I use it every day.—

Blake Wenger

Making a Difference Through Music: Dr. David Stringham
Dr. Stringham has created a course that deals with iPad Music as Therapy that pairs JMU students with oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Hahn Cancer Center at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital Medical Center.

Dr. Stringham

Students interested in helping communities engage in productive conversations embark on interdisciplinary, collaborative Honors Project
Three students, Courtney Herb (SCOM), Lauren Holder (SCOM and MATH) and Alison Steed (Political Science) are exploring ways to research, design, facilitate and assess public conversations about issues that are both complex and value-laden.

Dr. Britt

Undergraduate Student Research is Going Viral
A group of biology, biotechnology, and ISAT students, who go by the name —SuperPhages,— exemplify the school—s dedication to engaging young scientists.

SuperPhage Students

Physics Student Inspires Others at Planetarium
Physics major Colleen Wallace operates equipment in the JMU's John C. Wells Planetarium while providing visitors a scientific talk about the stars, planets, and constellations that can be seen each night in our backyard.

Colleen Wallace

Mathematics Major to Present Work at Brigham Young University
Traymon Beavers, a junior majoring in mathematics with a minor in creative writing, will soon be travelling to Utah to present his work at the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics at Brigham Young University. After being encouraged by his freshman advisor, mathematics and science professor Elizabeth Brown, to take part in an undergraduate research experience in the well regarded program at St. Mary's College in Maryland, Beavers caught the research bug.

Traymon Beavers' Research Group

New Intelligence Course Combines Expertise
JMU's class GEOG 469 brings the technologies of James Bond movies into real world applications.

Tim Walton

Psychology Professor Wins Award for Innovation
Dr. Michael Hall received an award from James Madison Innovations, Inc. to produce, market and electronically distribute unique software-based musical instruments, audio effects and other audio devices for use both in academic research and in musical production.

Dr. Hall

Education Professor Fosters Community Inside and Outside The Classroom
Community as a concept is so vague that it is impossible for people to agree on a single definition. For Dr. Aaron Bodle, assistant professor in the College of Education, this lack of consensus about communities is precisely why the use of community is such powerful educational tools.


Studying Family Stories Takes Communication Studies Professor Home
Dr. Melissa Alemán, Professor of Communication Studies and Associate Dean of The Graduate School, has been studying the communication and culture of aging families for nearly two decades.


Be The Change: Human Trafficking
Liz Ramirez Kemp, a sociology and media arts and design double major at James Madison University, is not only a dynamic and engaged student at JMU but also a social agent for human trafficking in our nation.


Former Marching Royal Duke Returns to Macy's Parade
Elizabeth Keene entered JMU in 2007 as a double major in music education and writing, rhetoric and technical communication (WRTC). After graduating in the spring of 2012, Keene is getting ready to graduate again, this time with a master—s degree in WRTC—and a bucket-list full of experiences to last a lifetime.


Business Professor Becomes Founding Editor of New Economics Journal
Dr. Barkley Rosser (Professor of Economics and Kirby L. Cramer, Jr., Professor of Business Administration) is now the Editor-in-Chief of a new quarterly publication: Review of Behavioral Economics (ROBE).

Dr. Rosser

Fighting for Justice: Human Trafficking in India
"Nomoshkar," says Brenna Neimanis, a junior in the JMU social work program, as she presses her palms together, fingers directed toward the sky, as she displays the traditional Bengali greeting. She used this same greeting on her trip to India in the summer of 2013, where she encountered shopkeepers, young girls in churches, and women on the border of India and Bangladesh being trafficked or escaping from a life that was out of their control.

Brenda Neimanis

March of Dimes Honors Exemplary JMU Nursing Student Eric Croucher
Senior Eric Croucher is getting ready to graduate but that doesn't mean he has free time as his last semester has been filled with classes and 12-hour clinicals three times a week; the hours and the demand are constant. But according to him, "When the work seems too much, just remember you are learning what is necessary to take care of someone's brother, daughter, aunt, or grandfather. The sacrifice now is worth it in the end."

Eric Croucher

Professor Reid Harris Explores Probiotic Benefits for Amphibians and Humans
Since he was a kid, Dr. Reid Harris loved learning about frogs and salamanders. While an undergraduate at Duke University, Harris realized that he could have the best of both worlds: study amphibians for the rest of his life and share his enthusiasm for biology by teaching college classes and directing research projects. His undergraduate mentor, Dr. Henry Wilbur, was influential in this decision and Harris later completed is doctorate under Dr. Wilbur—s tutelage.

Reid Harris

College of Business Economics Students Take District Title in Fed Challenge Competition
JMU undergraduate students Schyler Bogert, Brendan English, Kendra Christensen, Michael McCullough, Bela Reeves and John Sims won the district title in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's College Fed Challenge competition. The team was coached by Professor Philip Heap.

College of Business Federal Reserve Competitors

Starry Nights: English Professor is a Shining Star in Environmental Literature Realm
No matter where Paul looked, one thing remained true: artificial light was interfering with the view.

Student Volunteers Over Break: Bringing Water Solutions to Ghana
According to the World Health Organization, waterborne diseases are the number one cause of illness and death in developing countries around the globe. Rieckmann has recently been selected to be a part of the Community Water Solutions— Fellowship Program.

Starring: Ben Stoll; Junior Musical Theater Major Shines
Junior musical theatre major Ben Stoll is flying high these days. He recently starred in the Forbes Center—s Studio Production of Godspell, where he played Jesus, the lead role and the —most meaningful— he has played in his young career thus far.

International Student and Scholar Services Team Supports International Community
The International Student and Scholar Services team in the Office of International Programs provides support for nearly 500 international students studying at JMU on non-immigrant or temporary visas. Here—s a glimpse of what the ISSS staff offers

Drs. Jason and Kristin Fink Study Hurricanes and Their Effects on the Market
Hurricane in the forecast? You might want to top off your gas tank — or buy some shares of Exxon stock. According to recent research published by Drs. Jason and Kristin Fink, the price of gas will rise if a hurricane is forecast, as will the stock prices of major refineries.

Drs. Jason and Kristin Fink

Adult degree seekers continue to 'Return to Madison'
Back in 2005, Centennial Scholar Francesca Leigh-Davis—s aspirations included completing a degree in psychology and pursuing a career in substance abuse counseling. As a recipient of Madison—s prestigious full-ride Centennial Scholarship, the Tidewater area native was known for her superior academic performance, her school spirit, and for her love of the city of Harrisonburg. What many did not know, however, was her constant struggle with family issues back home. Now, after a six-year hiatus from JMU, her dream of graduating from college is finally becoming a reality.

Francesca Leigh-Davis

Semester in Salamanca Celebrates 25 Years of Success
The Office of International Programs celebrated its 25th anniversary of partnership with the University of Salamanca in Spain for the Semester in Salamanca (SIS) program.

Semester in Salamanca

JMU Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Wins a Second National Research Grant
In 2011, JMU faculty members Amanda Cleveland, Liliokanio Peaslee, and Gary Kirk were recipients of a $478,000 Best Practices in Mentoring research grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Dr. Amanda Cleveland

Meet New Dance Faculty Member: Ryan Corriston
Growing up, new dance faculty member Ryan Corriston frequently —jumping over milk cartons and sliding to the ground— in the Kaleidoscope Dance Company at the Creative Dance Center (CDC) in Seattle, Washington. Corriston is bringing that same energy and enthusiasm for dance into the classroom at JMU.