Madison Magazine

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Summer 2006 Issue



James Madison University

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Be the Change

To celebrate the launch of JMU's first‐ever comprehensive capital campaign announced on March 15, Madison shows off just a tiny fraction of the special people who make Be the Change a personal mission statement. Page 28

At the Heart of Madison

Madison donor and friend Tom Dingledine writes about his grandmother, known to hundreds of Madison alumni as "Mama Ding," beloved Tri Sig housemother. The influence of this 1915 Harrisonburg normal school graduate has been felt throughout Madison history and right up to the present day with grandson Tom's continued involvement and new generations of Dingledines. Page 30

The Human Touch

Tom Dingledine affirms the importance of the human touch in his conversation with Megan Bellino ('06), Bethany Elam ('06) and Heather Stewart ('06), all recipients of scholarships he funds to honor his grandparents and continue their legacy. Page 36

'The power which Knowledge gives'

In 1810, in the midst of provocations by Britain and France and an expanding home front, James Madison took a moment in his annual address to Congress to call for a national university as the optimal way to maintain government by the people. Page 38

Finance and Romance

In a speech he gave to help kick off the Madison Century capital campaign, Steve Leeolou ('78) shares why he and Dee Dee Collins Leeolou ('78) are making a seven‐figure gift to JMU. It's their second one. Back in 1999, they were the first Madison alumni to make a $1 million gift to JMU. Page 41

Real world relevance

Samir Mansur ('07) talks about changing hearts and minds through the JMU Muslim Student Association, while his mentor, professor J. Peter Pham, talks about the relevance of his scholarship to the world beyond campus. Page 42

Madison 'radical' goes international

It wasn't a straight line between college and ultimate career choice for Cindy Coolbaugh ('70). This former student protester couldn't walk at her own graduation because of her passion to Be the Change. And while JMU has grown a lot since those years, Coolbaugh's commitment has taken her all the way to the Nobel Peace Prize. Page 44

The impermanence of barrier

Retired NASA scientist Elizabeth Gauldin ('50) and Curt Dvonch ('08), recipient of the scholarship she funds, exchange ideas about values, science, the future and what it takes and means to be successful. Page 48

Full Frame Page 1


Your Letters Page 4

Contributors Page 6


In today's educational environment, the most successful universities rely on private resources to give them a competitive edge Page 7


JMU announces its first‐ever comprehensive capital campaign with a goal of $50 million, Oscar‐winning actor Richard Dreyfuss gives the keynote speech, goals and priorities of A Madison Century: A Campaign for James Madison University, JMU's lead donors and a seven‐figure gift. Also: Parents Council achieves 100 percent giving participation, congressmen tour ISAT, nursing students' community service, seniors participate in inaugural U.S. Model House of Representatives and Center for Assessment and Centennial office recognized nationally. Page 8

Madison Century

Alumnae help shape Harrisonburg Teachers College's first "capital campaign." Page 11

Madison Scholar

One person's rock is JMU anthropologist Julie Solometo's 10,000‐year'old treasure. Page 12

By the Numbers

What's No. 1? And 2? And .736? How about 17, 50, 150, 614 or 20,300? Page 13


OrangeBand Anti‐Apathy Campaign, JMU hosts Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Conference, Alternative Spring Break and Operation Purple Pride Page 15

Dukes Turf

Meredith Alexis ('07) helps women's basketball go undefeated at the Convo and reach the NIT tourney; plus: diver and gymnast Nicole Simmons ('06) Page 16

Purple Carpet

The VIP goings‐on in photos, captions, excerpts and descriptions: James Madison Day Ceremony with Michael Beschloss, the annual Scholarship Luncheon with Leeolou, Rose and Dreyfuss Page 20

Special Report

What exactly is a comprehensive capital campaign? With JMU undertaking its first one ever, university officials explain what it does and why it is important. Page 25

Up Close

Jazminia Griffith ('06) publishes her original poetry in Essence magazine. Page 52


The Student Affairs VP shares the secrets to success in Leadership: the Difference is You Page 54

15 Minutes

Madison events and people in the news Page 55


An archaeology major explores her Native American heritage during a summer dig at the site of Werowocomoco near Jamestown. Page 56

Professors You Love

Here's a humorous and heartfelt take on the veteran print journalism trio of Dave Wendelken, Flip Deluca and Alan Neckowitz. Page 58


Karen Lutz ('88) is "Back in the 'Burg," College of Business alums lead campaign committee, 1980s alumni celebrate "old school connection," Madison roomies win Good Morning America cruise. Page 61

Chapter News

Baltimore\textfractionsolidus{}Annapolis alumni and Chicago Dukes put a purple twist on chapter events. Page 62

My Madison

Pi Kappa Sig's 50‐year‐old round robin letter Page 63

Inspiring twins

Alumnae twins trek the Great Smoky Mountains. Page 69

Class Notes

JMUWorks: Fine Earth ‐ Chad Layman (95), news from alumni, scholarship thanks, Charles Haley ('85), Millicent Young ('97M), Bret Oliverio ('03) and Kenneth Ward ('03) Page 72

Purple Carpet

Former Virginia Sen. Harry F. Byrd and presidential historian Michael Beschloss celebrate James Madison Day. Page 20

At the Heart of Madison

"Dingledine House" was home to the Dingledine family and felt like one to the women of Madison. Page 30

Alumni News

The a capella group, Madison Project, celebrates its 10th reunion. Page 61

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Madison is an official publication of James Madison University and is produced quarterly for alumni, parents of JMU students, faculty and staff members, and friends of the university. It is produced by the Division of University Advancement. Editorial and advertising offices: JMU, MSC 5718, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.



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