Madison Magazine

Article Title

Fall 2006 Issue



James Madison University

Publication Date


Table of Contents

Walking Backward

JMU's Student Ambassadors lead campus tours for prospective students and their parents. Page 30

Campus Map

See old views and new additions to campus in the foldout that follows Page 32. Page 32

A Madison Love Story

Dick Roberts' $1 million gift for the Shirley Hanson Roberts Concert Hall is in gratitude for Madison's gift to him -- his sweetheart of 50 years. Page 36

The Performing Arts Center

The new center will showcase and centralize the arts for JMU and the community. Also: Q&A with arts benefactor Judy Strickler ('60), the Estes family gift and JMU's art honors. Page 40

Doing Wonders

The new Plecker Athletic Performance Center boosts academic success and athletics camaraderie to become the study center of choice. Page 46

Full Frame Page 1


Your Letters Page 4

Contributors Page 6


President Linden H. Rose says that JMU's changing campus is a tangible reflection of unceasing efforts to provide an environment for student success. Page 7


Fundraising tops $13.3 million, JMU sponsors national Homeland Security symposium, new computer science concentration, U.S. News, Madison's 100 best nominations, new Parents Council chairs, "Put up Your Dukes" Duke dog statues and more Page 8

By the Numbers

What is No. 1? And 17? How about 35, 50, 85, 1,000 and the significance of 1787? Page 11


Madison Digital Image Database, Madison 101, Be the Change, Operation Purple Pride Page 13

Purple Carpet

JMU VIPs gather in Virginia's capital to celebrate Madison capital Page 14

15 Minutes

Justice studies professor Peter Pham briefs a congressional subcommittee on international terrorism Page 15

Madison Century

The urban legends of Madison College Page 16

Special Report

Beautiful campus facilities raise the stakes Page 17

Madison Scholar

Geology professor Kristin St. John investigates sands from the Arctic Page 18

Dukes Turf

Baseball players slam records, academic slugging power and JMU Athletics Hall of Fame inductees Page 19

Be the Change

Furious Flower Center director and English Professor Joanne Gabbin and graduating SGA President Wesli Spencer ('06) discuss leading through service Page 22

Bright Lights

Jonathan Koves ('05), Ray Mason ('78), Aimee Labrecque ('97) and Wenonah Miller Hauter ('78) Page 24

Professors You Love

Honoring former anthropology professor Bill Boyer Page 48

Mixed Media

New books and CDs by professors and alumni Page 49


Bringing medical care and building infrastructure in Afghanistan Page 50

One World

Two alumnae help establish an independent, commercial television station in the Ukraine Page 53


Helicopter Parents by JMU Counseling Center director David Onestak Page 54

Real Life

Honesty in the workplace Page 57

The Reunion Interview

Liz Sollenberger ('61) shares her Madison Experience in a Spring Reunion interview with Karen Bowman Page 60


Spring Reunion Weekend fun, Carolyn Abitbol ('67) is "Back in the 'Burg," Black Alumni Chapter Reunion Weekend, Tidewater Beach Party, alumni chapter duo create unique wrestling program, chapter news and a Student Ambassador's thoughts on alumni Page 61

My Madison

Memories of two Madison presidents with Carolyn Caricofe Rabunsky ('56) Page 63

Up Close

Mary Frances Turner Darst ('38) turns 100 Page 70

Class Notes

News from alumni, JMUWorks, scholarship thanks Page 72


Black Alumni Chapter members connect with each other and incoming students. Page 69

Campus Now

See new views of campus starting on Page 28 and in the fold‐out that follows Page 32

A Madison Love Story

Dick Roberts makes a sweethear of a gift. Page 36

Material Type

Full Issue








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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