JMU — Community Calendar Winter 2012
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There's So Much To Do At JMU!

College for Kids

Saturdays, Jan. 21 to Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to

Noon. Give your child a chance to expand their horizons! College for Kids is an enrichment program for children grades 5-8. Children will work with James Madison University faculty and graduate students, as well as experts from the community and surrounding area, to try new things, explore and discover talents they never knew they had. (540) 568-4253;; and outreach@

Saturday Morning Physics

Saturdays, Jan. 21 to Feb. 25, times TBA.

An event series designed especially for highschool students (and science teachers!) Who wonder how the world around them works and what JMU physics and astronomy professors do when they are not teaching. (540) 568- 4253;; and

Wells Planetarium

Free shows on Saturdays. The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. The shows are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p. m. Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis. Each show is followed by a 25-minute “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible. Make reservations for school groups.

JMU Mineral Museum

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. See more than 550 colorful and glistening crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world. Memorial Hall, Entrance E. Call ahead: (540) 568-6130;

Adult Degree Program Information Sessions

Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 12, April 9, noon and 5:30 p.m. The Adult Degree Program provides adults over 23 years old with the opportunity to continue their education in a program that addresses individualized needs, goals and time schedules. JMU faculty members help each student create an individualized program that incorporates a professional core concentration of at least 30 credit hours and includes all the elements necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree. Information sessions are held on the second Monday of every month. (540) 568-4253; outreach/; and

NonProfit Institute Event: Branding Your Nonprofit

Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Branding is a major buzzword in nonprofit circles, but it often isn’t clear what branding means, how it’s done or why it’s beneficial. For this event, a nonprofit branding expert and marketing consultant will explain everything you need to know about nonprofit branding. You’ll leave knowing whether to pursue branding for your nonprofit and you’ll gain many practical tips and resources to successfully navigate a branding campaign — from planning to assessment.

(540) 568-4253; outreach/; and

Poetry Reading by Frank X Walker

March 22. Frank X Walker co-founded the Affrilachian Poets group in 1991 and is the editor of poetry anthologies and the author of four poetry collections. He is the recipient of the 2006 Thomas

D. Clark Literary Award for Excellence and the 2005 Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry. His most recent book, When Winter Come: The Ascension of York, captures the voice of an enslaved man traveling with Lewis and Clark. It is described as “an astonishing collection of poems that ushers Frank X Walker into the company of other memorable poets like Roethke, Hugo, Clifton and Dove.” Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Furious Flower Poetry Center. (540) 568-2694;; or furiousflower/

Astronomy lessons and local produce at the farmer’s market

Astronomy professors and students offered a stunning (and safe) view of the sun through the Coronado solar telescope at the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market and placarded themselves with posters urging marketgoers to “Ask me about Black Holes” or “Ask me about Big Bang.” All this activity is designed to empower the curious to ask questions, illustrate that science is fun, creative and an exciting process, and nurture a sense of wonder and awe for the universe. Look for additional opportunities to learn about the universe at the farmer’s market. Starting again in January, once a month, weather permitting, specific dates and rain dates TBA. Anca Constantin at

Recognize this face?

Of course not! That’s because photojournalist Holly Marcus (’03) is always busy behind the camera, shooting for local and national media and covering community and JMU events. This fall, photographers were the center of attention at Full Frame 100: Celebrating Madison Alumni Photographers, a photo exhibit at Homecoming. Along with submitting works for the exhibit, Marcus joined a panel of alumni photographers who shared experiences and insights with aspiring student photographers. See some terrific photos inside this issue of Madison. Some of the other native sons and local residents featured in the exhibit were Ted Alvis (’06), Pat Augsburger (’95), Cathy Kushner (’87), Steve Emerson (’85), Jill Koeppen (’92), Mike Miriello (’09) and Daniel Robinson (’08).

Special Olympians spend a Day with the Dukes

Local students get some one-on-one time during the fifth annual Day with the Dukes in October. The day involved 60 local Special Olympics athletes learning and interacting with dozens of JMU students and studentathletes. Students in the psychology peer advising program at JMU paired each Special Olympics athlete with a JMU buddy to offer one-on-one interaction throughout the day. Read more about the event and the people involved inside Madison.