Madison Magazine

Article Title

Spring 2007 Issue



James Madison University

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How is a scientist made?

Undergraduate biology majors Brooke Brehm ('08), Alexis Gonzales‐Black ('07) and Seth Thompson ('08) spend eight to 12 hours a week in the lab analyzing and problem solving. For a biology major conducting independent research, says professor Jon Monroe, "The level of commitment is not unlike that required of a varsity athlete." This rigor is what caused the 2007 America's Best Colleges guide, published annually by U.S. News & World Report, to recognize JMU for excellence in "undergraduate research/creative projects." Page 32


In Madison's newest department, read the creative work of student poets in Laurie Kutchins' Intro to Poetry course, view stellar student photography and see artwork by alumni artists Robert Stuart ('84M) and Robert Yoder ('84). The Madison staff is counting on your submissions, so the magazine can showcase your creative expressions. Page 40

Full Frame Page 1


Your Letters Page 4

Contributors Page 6


JMU President Linwood H. Rose on "engaging undergraduates in the academic discovery process" Page 7


JMU and Target Corp. celebrate diversity through poetry, five students win inaugural film festival sponsored by Apple, new engineering major and Chinese business studies minor, Shenandoah Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics Conference, and JMU partners with leading research firm SRI Page 8

By the Numbers

What's No. 1? And 2 and 3‐D? How about 5, 14, 21 and 24,000? Who's 25 this year? Page 11

Madison Scholar

ISAT professor Chris Bachmann's algae experiments may lead to biodiesel Page 14

Special Report

Collaborations + scholarship = strong society Page 16

Purple Carpet

2006 Homecoming Gala awardees, Madison campaign stops in California Page 20

Dukes Turf

Women's basketball in Top 25, football season wrap, volleyball coach of the year Page 23

Bright Lights

Virginia Professor of the Year psychologist Joann Grayson, C Different Foundation founder Matt Miller ('98) and AOPA Pilot managing editor Julie Summers Walker ('80) Page 26

Be the Change

Chemistry professor Gina MacDonald and Michael Peretich ('06) discuss significant advantages afforded JMU undergraduate researchers Page 30

Professors You Love

Biology professor Stephen Bocskey inspired independence Page 50


Teaching and research are coequal partners in Madison's educational mission Page 51


Study trip to China includes cultural studies and camel riding in the Gobi Page 53

Real Life

Preparing your son or daughter for college Page 55

Mixed Media

The Games Presidents Play: Sports and the Presidency by John Sayle Watterson, plus All in a Day's Work: Careers Using Science, Hello Duke Dog!, Help Wanted and When a Child Struggles in School Page 56


Physics Department Alumnus of the Year Keith Brill ('77). Ashley Privott joins Alumni Relations, winners of the inaugural Homecoming Tailgate Entrée and Spirit Contests, Rose Duggins Massie's 1937 scrapbook becomes a Madison family heirloom, Back in the 'Burg: Counterterrorism scholar Mike Tucker ('82,'99M) talks about Iraq Page 58

Tidewater's Take on Homecoming

Kelly Stefanko ('94) and Alison Cooper ('93) detail the Tidewater Chapter's take on the big day Page 61

My Madison

How the College of Business Mentorship Program helped me find my path Page 66

Madison Legacies

The Butler JMU family boasts four generations and 17 Dukes Page 68

Class Notes

News from alumni, JMUWorks, scholarship thanks, Jeffrey Farmer ('88), Joe Mullins ('93) and Suzanne Trow ('00) Page 72

Creating scientists

Biology professor Louise Temple is creating scientists through work with independent undergraduate researchers. Page 32


Former JMU football head coach Challice McMillin shares the Homecoming spirit with fellow Dukes fans. Page 59


Madison intern Katie Kellogg ('07) writes about her life‐changing study trip to China. Page 53

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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 3610, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.



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