Madison Magazine

Article Title

Spring 2009 Issue



James Madison University

Publication Date


Table of Contents

Unearthing answers

JMU anthropology professor Carole Nash ('83) and her team of student archaeologists have partnered with Shenandoah National Park to research storied Mount Vernon Furnace near Port Republic, Va. Dig by dig, artifact by artifact, map by map, archive by archive, Nash and her students are unearthing the secrets of this 19th‐century iron furnace and piecing together its complex sociological, economic and environmental story. Page 26

Built for learning

The East Campus Library was designed and built with a new model of library service in mind -- connecting people and ideas in a setting designed around the way people learn and work. Page 32

2008 CAA Champs

Although the 2008 football team didn't quite reach the pinnacle of its second national title, this past season will certainly be ranked as one of the team's most memorable and revered. Trivia buffs will recall the 2008 season as a season of firsts. Page 38

'Stealth psychologists'

Three JMU school psychology alumni have taken the National Association of School Psychologists' top honor, winning the National School Psychologist of the Year three times in the last six years. Page 42

Full Frame

Marching Royal Dukes hit N.Y.C! Page 1


Your Letters Page 4

Contributors Page 6


JMU President Linwood H. Rose on investing in higher education to grow the economy Page 7


JMU alum helps save others during the Miracle on the Hudson, Winter Commencement, JMU history program makes history, students create James Madison Undergraduate Research Journal, the iMBA, RecycleMania, and more Page 8

By the Numbers

What's No. 1? What's 5, 10, 11, and 50? How about 37,842? And, what happened on 2.09.09? Page 11

Special Report

Pulling together in troubled times: From LinkedIn to the Madison Fund, alumni reach out to each other and back to JMU Page 17

Dukes Turf

2009 baseball, lacrosse and softball forecasts look good Page 19

A tradition of excellence

JMU school psychology program grads are leading change in the field. Page 42

Be the Change

Dave Sanderson ('83) helps save fellow passengers on US Aiways Airbus 320. Page 8


Jack Brandt ('04) uses his artwork to advocate for disability rights Page 20

Bright Lights

Communication sciences and disorders professor Brenda Seal, housekeeper and world changer Lea Foley and Grottoes town superintendent Ashley Davison ('08) Page 22

Professors You Love

Analytical chemistry professor James "J.J." Leary Page 44

Mixed Media

Books by alumni and professors: After Jerusalem: A Story and Two Novellas; Beyond Horizons; Blue Ridge Parkway -- Simply Beautiful; Nmap in the Enterprise: Your Guide to Network Scanning; Red, White, or Yellow: The Media and the Military at War in Iraq; Twelve Rivers of the Body, and The Wettest County in the World Page 45

Signs of success

Brenda Seal's research is changing kids' lives. Page 22

Measuring history

Anthropology professor Carole Nash takes a measurement at Mount Vernon Furnace. Page 26


The JMU Alumni Association Strategic Plan in action, Homecoming reunions, Road Dawg the wedding crasher, alumni groups, mini‐reunions and the Madison Events calendar Page 47

My Madison

It's been a fabulous, fun 50 Madison years Page 49

Class Notes

News from alumni, JMU Works, and profiles of Mandi Meros ('00), Jeff Sadosky ('00) and Rebecca Wasyk ('00) Page 54

CAA champs

The football team goes undefeated and clinches the 2008 CAA title. Page 38

The rise of a new America

Under a charge from President Linwood H. Rose, JMU has created the Institute for Stewardship of the Natural World. The philosophy of the institute is to address global citizenship, environmental education, alternative fuel research, stewardship of the Earth, being eco‐wise, tackling environmental issues from social and economic viewpoints and changing individual behaviors. Learn what alumni, administrators, professors and students are doing to make sustainable change. Page 26

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 3610, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.