Madison Magazine

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Winter 2008 Issue



James Madison University

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Goodness is powerful

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu shares his message that we were all "made for goodness." The archbishop visited campus on Sept. 21 to receive the Mahatma Gandhi Global Nonviolence Award from the JMU Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence. JMU students, professors, alumni, community members and distinguished guests packed the Convo to hear the much honored anti‐apartheid activist. Page 29

Keeping an even keel

With the equivalent rank of a three‐star admiral, civilian Sharie Bland Bourbeau ('79) steers the course for Naval Sea Systems Command's 53,000 employees. Page 32

The Madison College era

Two excerpts from Madison Century, the book commemorating JMU's centennial, chronicle the efforts of Madison presidents Samuel P. Duke and G. Tyler Miller. Page 34

The Honor Roll of Donors 2006‐07

Former Parents Council chairs James and Julie Riley ('99P, '05P) discuss the impact of giving in this special magazine section, which acknowledges the vital financial commitment private donors have made to Madison's next century. Page 46

His Grace

During his historic visit to campus, The Rev. Desmond Tutu met with students, professors and community members in the JMU Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence. Center director Sushil Mittal and guests planted a tree in the archbishop's honor. Read more on Page 29.

Full Frame Page 1


Your Letters Page 4

Contributors Page 6


JMU President Linwood H. Rose on enriching the Madison Experience. Page 7


JMU goes green: CoB launches certificate in environmental sustainability, Business Week lauds CoB professor Bob Eliason, renowned scholars visit campus, JMU and University of Malta create dual degree, Freshman SendOff picnics, ROTC is No. 1 and In Memoriam: Francis Bell Page 8

By the Numbers

What's No. 1? And 2, 5, 11, 220, 378 and 3,900? Page 11


Centennial Walking Tours, PBS TeacherLine and Center for Multicultural Student Services' experiential learning program Page 13

Special Reports

Beyond the symbolism, work remains to bring the Performing Arts Center to reality Page 15

Purple Carpet

Performing Arts Center groundbreaking and JMU President's Council Page 18

Dukes Turf

A Day with the Dukes, women's soccer and field hockey take CAA honors, football team makes NCAA playoffs Page 20

Bright Lights

Writing and rhetoric studies professor Elisabeth Gumnior, inn owner Amy Jordan ('91) and golden Girl Scout Aimee Lyn Burns ('09) Page 22


Dance professor Shane O'Hara honors modern dance pioneer Daniel Nagrin, quilt art by Martha Bruin Degen ('91M) Page 26


International affairs major interns in Iceland Page 42


Doctoral candidate discusses JMU's approach to service learning Page 43

Professors You Love

Remembering computer science professor Bennie Bauman Page 45

Mixed Media

Books by alumni and professors: Auto Mechanics, Haunted Richmond: the Shadows of Schockoe, In a Class by Yourself, Inside Greek U, and Katrina: Mississippi Women remember Page 62


Alumni president seeks to strengthen association connections, alumni faculty and staff awards tap two, Parents Council chairs start parents newsletter, University Union students honor Virginia Tech counterparts, men's basketball alumni tailgates, James Madison Sudoku puzzle masters, chapter news and more Page 64

My Madison

Madison can open the door: it's your job to run through it Page 66

Be the Change

Joy Petway ('07) learns nonprofit leadership in Virginia's Phoenix Project Page 66

Trippin' with Road Dawg

Big Dawg "off campus" Page 64

Class Notes

News from alumni, JMUWorks with K2M, Julie Bragg Sheppard ('94), Brennan Sweeney ('97) and Rachel Engler ('05) Page 72

A time for the arts

A rain downpour couldn't stop the beat of the Marching Royal Dukes' drum corps at the groundbreaking for the Performing Arts Center. Page 18

MC presidents

Madison College presidents Samuel P. Duke and G. Tyler Miller usher in an era of campus expansion and coeducation. At right, President G. Tyler Miller dances with his wife at the party celebrating the 50th anniversary of the college. Page 34

Expressions in dance

Modern dance pioneer Daniel Nagrun shares with students and his protegé. Page 26

Golden girl

Aimee Lyn Burns ('09) earns the Girl Scout's highest honor. Page 25

Road Dawg travels

Road Dawg (left) sniffs out the action from the lifeguard station at Corolla Beach, N.C. Find out where Madison's lovable pup traveled in his first three off‐campus visits with alumni. Page 70

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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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