Madison Magazine

Article Title

Winter 2017 Issue



James Madison University

Publication Date


Table of Contents

In search of the truth

A Q&A with CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta ('93) Page 24

Park's natural beauty belies lost culture

Our national park system through the lens of Shenandoah National Park Page 28

Master storyteller

Jason Harris ('93) shows how advertising can be put to work for the common good Page 32

The heart of the university

Academic and social integration take JMU libraries to a new level Page 34

Look deeper, think better

Professor Mark Rankin's devotion to scholarly research enriches the classroom experience Page 37

Opera, unexpected

Alumnae encourage scholarship winner Raiquan Thomas to study classical music Page 38

Historically human

Professor Rebecca Brannon helps students connect the past to present Page 40

How to think, not what to think

Civilian and military realms partner to develop leadership among JMU students Page 42


The latest case study in ethical reasoning from The Madison Collaborative Page 44

A bonding experience

Honors student Matthew Gurniak combines chemistry and theater into a single project Page 46

Fostering a liberal arts education abroad

A world of new perspectives opens during a semester in Scotland Page 48

Full Frame

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce at the Forbes Center Page 1


Remembering Leslie Gilliam ('82) Page 4

Contributors Page 6


President Jonathan R. Alger shares ways we can bridge the cultural divide Page 7

News & Notes

Gus Bus receives national award at the White House; CISR director Ken Rutherford reflects on the center's two decades of service; JMU hosts delegation of higher education officials from Kosovo Page 8

By the Numbers

JMU's economic impact at a glance Page 12

New CoB Learning Complex

Current and former deans discuss the need for a space worthy of the caliber of JMU's business programs Page 14

The power of a mentor

First professorship in the new Honors College recognizes former director Joanne Gabbin Page 18

JMU Nation

Dukes dominate fall CAA awards; Longtime statistician Gary Michael ('77) misses first home football game since '79 to qualify for the Boston Marathon Page 20

Alumni News

Homecoming 2016 recap; Alumni Association President Heather Hedrick ('00) on the value of the Forbes Center; alumni award winner profiles; Levar Stoney ('04) is the new mayor of Richmond, Virginia Page 50

The ultimate connector

Scholarship drive recognizes Steve Smith's ('71, '75M) impact on JMU Page 53

Class Notes

Dave Sanderson ('83) on his role in the movie Sully; Parents Council's first grandparents Scott and Cathy Nagel; a special reunion for Madison College grads; Staff Emeriti and Faculty Emeriti news Page 56

Picture This

The Furious Flower Poetry Center presents Throw Your Head Back and Sing: A tribute to Maya Angelou Page 64

Recognizing one's gifts

Sean Tobin ('92) establishes a professorship in his mentor's honor Page 18

Military vs. civilian leadership

The two realms have more in common than you might think Page 42

New CoB Learning Complex

The campaign to renovate and expand Zane Showker Hall is underway Page 14

Critical Thinking

English professor Mark Rankin challenges his students to dig deeper into texts Page 37

The Gus Bus stops at the White House

Beloved mobile literacy program receives a national award Page 8

Eyes on the prize

After knocking off defending champion North Dakota State, JMU sets its sights on an FCS title Page 20

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