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Florence, Italy

Why Madison? - Study Abroad

President Alger traveled to Florence, Italy to meet with faculty members and students involved in the study abroad program.
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Parents Council

President Alger addressing the JMU Parents Council

Parents say that their students often refer to JMU as home, and that really says something.
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Abingdon guests discussed citizenship and ethics, particularly the new university initiative, which we are calling the Madison Collaborative: Ethical Reasoning and Action.

President Jon Alger speaks to Abingdon guests

2013 January "Why Madison?" Update
We have held 33 "Why Madison?" receptions and meetings, both on and off campus, to come together and reflect collectively on our hopes, dreams and aspirations for JMU.

President Alger hears from members of the Madison Community

Pat ('92) and Emmitt Smith opened up their home for the "Why Madison?" Listening Tour for Texas alumni who came from Dallas, Austin, Houston and points in between.

President Alger talks with alumni in Dallas

New York City
At this event one of the major themes that alumni brought up was the real-world importance of working in teams and how they were able to hone those skills at JMU.

President Alger speaks with guests at New York City listening tour event

College of Education EAC
These educators represent the heart of our JMU mission. They take us back to our roots and help us to think about our central role as educators of the next generations of students.

President Alger speaks with College of Education Executive Advisory Council members

It was interesting to hear about the importance of the international aspects of our education at a time when we're preparing students for a global economy.

President Alger addresses Why Madison? guests in Charlottesville

Diversity Council
Discussion at this listening tour event focused on issues of diversity, access, and inclusion, and how they relate to JMU's core educational mission.

Members of JMU's Diversity Council speak with President Alger

At the Baltimore event, we heard about faculty members who changed the course of somebody's life because they took the time to get to know them, to listen to their hopes and dreams, and to spend time with them.

President Alger addresses Why Madison? guests in Baltimore

Student Success
Faculty and student apprentices of the Learning Centers increase the learning and caring capacity of the Madison Experience.

President Alger on tour

The Tampa event made it clear that faculty-student interaction is a time-tested hallmark of the Madison Experience—students get to know faculty and have one-on-one conversations that can change lives.

President Alger talks to listening tour guests in Tampa

Madison Society Breakfast
A cross-section of JMU students from a wide spectrum of classes, places and majors across campus offer their insights on "Why Madison?"

President Alger hears from students at Madison Society breakfast

Leadership U
Leadership U reflects what JMU does best in terms of the student experience. These students are the leaders of our student organizations across campus. They took a Saturday—all day—to think and reflect about leadership.

Student organization leaders talk to President Alger

The D.C. "Why Madison?" event was a great conversation with JMU alumni and parents who are very involved in politics, the government and several different sectors of the economy.

President Alger at the Washington, DC Why Madison event

Student Athlete Advisory Council and Business Students
January was chockful of "Why Madison?" events with student groups. President Alger met with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and a few days later, a group of business students. Both groups were terrifically engaged and involved.

President Alger meets with JMU business students

Student Ambassadors
These students talked about the quality of the JMU faculty and the fact that the faculty who come here want to teach. And they recognize and value their professors.

President Alger meets with JMU Student Ambassadors

Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach alumni talked about Madison's supportive educational environment. At JMU, we think all students can succeed, we want them to, and we work hard to make success happen.

President Alger addresses Why Madison? guests in Virginia Beach

University Studies and College of Arts and Letters
President Alger meets with University Studies and the College of Arts and Letters department heads, coordinators and faculty advisory committees

President Alger speaks to faculty members

Research and Public Service
This opportunity to interact with RPS, a vital societal interface for JMU, produced a quite productive interchange.

President Alger on the Why Madison Listening Tour

Outreach and Engagement
This group is helping JMU to reach some of the true outposts of Virginia that are underserved in terms of education and economic development.

President Alger on tour

Libraries and Educational Technologies
This group had specific insights to share as to where some of the university's best engagement opportunities might be.

President Alger on tour

Office of International Programs and Academic Programs
Visits with the Office of International Programs and the Office of Academic Programs were a fount of information and ideas for us to study.

President Alger on tour speaks and hears from faculty members

Graduate School
JMU's top-notch programs show a commitment to quality: We are not adding programs just for the sake of growing, but we are selective and responsive to the needs of the marketplace.

President Alger on the Why Madison Listening Tour

Faculty Senate
Faculty representatives provide President Alger with their insights on Madison's strengths and challenges.

President Alger on tour

Duke Club Board of Directors
These alumni say that athletics should not be separate from the university's academic life, but should be very much a part of the educational experience at JMU.

President Alger on tour

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Madison is known for the arts, and the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is a drawing card in the recruitment of students and faculty members.

President Alger on tour

College of Science and Mathematics
President Alger meets with a college experiencing the dramatic surge in growth associated with the recent nationwide emphasis in the STEM fields.

President Alger on tour

College of Health and Behavioral Studies
Fast-growing enrollment in this college's programs highlights the crucial juncture where JMU finds itself today.

President Alger on tour

College of Education
A deeply engaged, collaborative and holistic faculty say they prepare future teachers they would want to teach their own children.

President Alger on tour