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purchase 130 pounds of glass tile, 50 pounds of grout and 36 tubes of industrial glue. She fashioned 24 wood canvases, crafted a design plan and offered workshops for the student artists. The mosaic’s theme is “The Night Sky.” Swanlund arranged glass tiles that swirl with deep color to create the background. However, it is the shapes within the mosaic that really stand out. There are 40 orbs and stars created by representatives from 40 JMU student organizations. Swanlund left the indi-vidual tile designs up to the students. Calvin Walker, a senior political science major from Richmond, Va., created the tile for the Xi Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. “I put several reflective/mirror pieces on the mosaic piece so when people walked by they can literally see themselves and their own diversity in it,” says Walker. “The mosaic is a representation of the eclecticism and variety that is seen daily on campus.” Sophomore A. Kathy Corena who created the Student Government Association’s star says, “I think it’s important, because it allows students to leave a little piece of them and their organization at JMU.” M Mosaic artist Sarah Swanlund and Jon Reed, a Rose Library assistant, unveil the Diversity Mosaic, which students helped create. ➜ SEE MORE: View more mosaic tiles and photos from the unveiling at www.jmu.edu/ news/2014/01/20-diversity-mosaic.shtml. S P R IN G / S UM ME R 2 014

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