Madison Magazine

Article Title

Summer 2007 Issue



James Madison University

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PictureIt! JMU

ASSIGNMENT: Document your freshman year in photos and attend sessions to discuss your images. INCENTIVES: Move into your freshman residence hall a day early, earn a generous stipend, receive a photo book of your first year; and, oh yeah, lots of free pizza. RESULTS: A priceless photographic record of campus life and important information on what it means to be a freshman at JMU today. Page 36

A Bend in the River

To alumni and residents alike, the Shenandoah River is legendary for its scenic beauty. The reality is more problematc -- ”acid rain, industrial discharge, agricultural runoff and rapid development. With a scientific eye toward a better future, JMU professors and students are engaging a community and treating these troubled waters like a great outdoor lab. Page 44

Full Frame Page 1


Your Letters Page 4

Contributors Page 6


JMU President Linwood H. Rose on Madison's commitment to the environment Page 7

The Stacks

The stacks are not so daunting after a few visits to Carrier Library. But, remember your first first attempt as a freshman trying to find a book? See 16 freshman views of campus on Page 36.


European Union Policy Studies in Italy, First‐year students' 2007 reading selection, Newt Gingrich visits campus, Earth Day 2007, students earn Udall and Goldwater scholarships, Frank Palocsay remembered Page 8

By the Numbers

What's No. 1? And 3, 5, 6? How 100,000th? Page 11


Lifelong Learning Institute, JMU Journalism Alumni, The Claude Moore Precious Time Program and O Shenando Page 13

Special Report

Shenandoah Valley and Madison change and thrive Page 16

Purple Carpet

James Madison Day ceremonies and award winners; Kennedy Center concert Page 20

Dukes Turf

Madison athletics training icon "Mama Sherry" Summers; spring sports news Page 23


Understanding the de‐classification of Pluto Page 12

Professors You Love

Motivational conversations with media professor JoAnne Holman Page 14

Bright Lights

SGA President Brandon Eicke! ('08), School of Accounting director Paul Copley, NYC Urban Fellow Hector Salazar‐Salame ('04) Page 26


Student art and poetry Page 30

Be the Change

A conversation with WWL‐TV news anchor Mike Hoss ('84) Page 32


Thru‐hiking the Appalachian Trail -- ”and the human heart Page 55

One World

Drawn to Africa: Artitic and teaching adventures in Ghana Page 57

Mixed Media

Joanne V. Gabbin reviews Be A Teacher: You Can Make a Difference. Books by professors and alumni: Billibub Baddings (Podcast), Gay‐Straight Alliances, Japanese Saints: Mormons in the Land of the Rising Sun and We Don't Sit in the Grass Anymore Page 59


Youngest alumni group ever endows CoB Scholarship, alumni chapter events, Back in the 'Burg with John Rothenberger ('88), Sharon Cooper Brown ('81) helps future special education teachers, HIV education coordinator Bech McGinnis ('00) epitomizes "Be the Change" Page 61

Singing Madison's Praises

Madison dreams help Julia Lee Freeman Gerard ('55) make it on Broadway Page 63

Sibling Revelry

Five Bache siblings create a unique Madison legacy family Page 64

My Madison

Mission Shortsheet: Freshman pranksters made their own Madison fun Page 66

Class Notes

News from alumni, JMUWorks, scholarship thanks, Natasha Brown ('93), Joseph McCullough ('96), David Hunter Bankart ('99) and Dan Hodermarsky ('03) Page 72

A Bend in the River

"The big advantage of JMU is the good students available to do studies," says Mark Hudy of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Page 44


Kellie Nowlin ('07) likes to use photography to see the world in a "different way." Page 30

Firing Up the Ratings

Chef Nathan Lyon ('94) dishes on buying local and his new Discovery Health show A Lyon in the Kitchen. Page 34

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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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