Madison Magazine

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Fall 2007 Issue



James Madison University

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Countdown to 100

JMU's Centennial Celebration kicks into high gear this month. Madison gets in on the action with an excerpt from Madiosn Century, the upcoming book about JMU from its founding in 1908 as the Normal until today. Page 24

You're Hired!

While COB 300 has been known to strike Trump‐like fear in the hearts of some, this intense, integrative, real‐world simulation course pays handsome dividends for graduates and has helped propel JMU's business programs into the top 5 percent in the nation. Page 40

Lights, camera, teach

Theater professor Richard Finkelstein's theatrical stage and lighting designs and his photography are garnering national attention. Who else benefits? His JMU students. Page 48

Building community spirit -- on the playground

NASA researcher and philanthropic activist Dan Irwin ('90) spends his days monitoring environmental changes and providing real‐time information to Central American regions hit by natural disasters. In his spare time, he's building communities -- one playground at a time. Page 54

Full Frame Page 1


Your Letters Page 4

Contributors Page 6


JMU President Linwood H. Rose on Madison's second century of leadership Page 7

The business of learning

After spending an entire semester building a business from the ground up, College of Business students ratchet up the intensity for the chance to compete against other student teams and win real dollars in the college's Business Plan Competition. Page 40


U.S. News cites JMU as No. 1; Major gift endows the Center for Ethical Business Leadership; Mineral Museum moves; local teachers learn robotics, GPS through JMU grant; biology professor Reid Harris' research; nursing program reams with community colleges Page 8

By the Numbers

What's No. 1? And, 12, 14 and 30? Page 11


CyberCity computer camp, JMU Meteorite Collection, Content Teaching Academy, Summer Art Program Page 13

Special Report

Alumni participation keeps Madison strong Page 16

Purple Carpet

Madison Bluestone Steinway stars in NYC, campaign stops in Atlanta, Baltimore and Staunton Page 18

Dukes Turf

Amanda Howard interns with U.S. Olympic Training Center, Follow the football team on TV Page 21

Be the Change

Sarita Hartz ('02) is changing hearts and lives in Uganda Page 30

Bright Lights

Boeing Dreamliner engineer Jeffrey Scheerer ('06), Hollywood hopeful Ty Strickler ('08) and reading specialist Joan Kindig Page 32


Poetry by history professor Michael D. Gubser and photographs by Daniel Robinson ('08M) Page 36

Professors You Love

Hank Bowers shouldered burdens and shared joys Page 56


Mathematics professor creates original sudoku puzzles Page 57

Mixed Media

Books by alumni and professors: Cassie Was Here; Crescent; Radioman for the Artillery; Slope of the Child Everlasting; Secret, but Kept it Room; Time's Visible Surface: Alois Riegl and the discourse on History and Temporarlity in Fin‐de‐Siécle, Vienna Page 59


New alumni staffers and new alumni board leadership, chapter news, Carrie Kutner Memorial Scholarship, Mini‐Reunions and a wedding proposal in the arboretum Page 61

Senior Week 2007

May graduates inducted into the alumni association Page 63

Be the Change

Kim Farrar ('87), Virginia deputy secretary of administration Page 66

Bluestone Reunion Weekend

The Class of 1957 joins the Bluestone Society, reunion interview with Tresa Quarles ('57) Page 68

Class Notes

News from alumni, JMUWorks: Colonial Metalcraft, scholarship thanks, Don Mossman ('85), Stephanie Griffin ('95) and John Defilippo ('00) Page 72

Lights, camera, teach

Theater stage and lighting professor Richard Finkelstein paints another award‐winning stage set. Page 48

Building communithy spirit

Dan Irwin ('90) loves the laughter of children at play. Page 54

Be the Change

Sarita Hartz ('02) is touching the hands and hearts of Ugandan children. Page 30

Countdown to 100

The arts have always been important at Madison as evident in this Normal school‐era Shakespeare pageant. Learn more about the history and traditions of JMU's first century in a book excerpt from Madison Century on Page 24

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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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