JMU Fall 2013 A : Cover 2

Contents FALL 2 0 1 3 * VOL . 3 5 * N O .3 11 By the Numbers Who raised $12.9 million? 8,508 alumni helped! What’s No. 2, 3, 20, 23 and 150? 16 Bright Lights Richmond Times-Dispatch Editor Danny Finnegan (’84), teacher Jenn Bailey (’12, ’13M) changes young lives in South Africa and at home, and Psychology professor Matthew Lee has a passion for social justice Up Front: Full Frame Ten reasons to choose JMU by Martha Graham, Be the Change blogger 2 22807 4 7 Your letters and feedback Essay: Why I Teach the Way I Do Psychology professor Matthew Lee tells how culture, diversity and psychology meet in his classroom Directions JMU President Jonathan R. Alger describes which skills society needs univer-sities to teach today 8 M @ dison News JMU political science students participate on the C-SPAN bus, Breeze students visit the Pulitizer Prize-winning staff at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the JMU Alumni Association presents $100,000 to the JMU Madison Forever Vision Fund, engineering students set a world record with an electric motorcycle, and the College of Business hires noted human resources management expert as the new dean 21 GET CONNECTED: GET INSPIRED TO BE THE CHANGE The Be the Change website has stories and videos about students, professors and alumni changing the world. Sign up, connect, chime in: Share your Be the Change story at Dukes Turf By Meaghan MacDonald (’13) 10 Seven of JMU’s varsity student-athletes are excelling in the JMU Honors Program Alumni News 45 VISIT JMU: JMU Alumni Association Madison Alumni Conference culminates in $100,000 gift, 2013 Big Event goes global, Class of 1963 and 2013 join together in candle-lighting ceremony, Go MAD for Madison campaign and the Semester in Salamanca celebrates 25 years 42 Professors You Love Michael Syzmanski (’77) on history professor Lee Congdon Madison Milestones Sigma Delta Rho/ Tau Kappa Epsilon turns 65 By Eldon Layman (’60) JMU’s oldest fraternity celebrates 65 years 47 53 54 Prospective students, alumni, community members, JMU friends: Find it all here. The JMU events calendar, campus map, area lodging and dining. Log on before you roll in to the ‘Burg: Why choose Madison? By Jamie Jones Miller (’99) Follow @JMU on Twitter ALSO: 42 The Lee Congdon Academic Scholarship By Pam Brock Michael Syzmanski (’77) honors JMU history professor Lee Congdon with an endowed scholarship Visit PARENTS: Class Notes News from alumni and former faculty members; schol-arship thank-yous from students; and alumni highlights on jazz soloist Matt Stuver (’03), chef Jon Bignelli (’04) and medical resident Andy Oh (’03) ON THE COVE R: Photograph by Mike Miriello (’09M) MORE AT: MA D I S O N MA G AZ I N E BREEZE P H OTOG R A P H BY B R A D J EN K I NS (’99); L EE BY M I K E M I R I EL LO (’09 M); SY ZMANS K I/CONG DON BY K ATI E L AN D IS

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