In now its third full year, the Madison Collaborative Educators program has evolved into a small but mighty group of student facilitators. In the past semester alone, the number of projects and workshops this group has taken on has grown immensely. The hard work put into 2016 has now set a precedent for success and more opportunities to look forward to in 2017.
The MCEs hit the ground running in the late August heat in assisting the presentation of “Contagion,” the new It’s Complicated case created by the Madison Collaborative. This case not only sought the collaboration of the educators, but also from several different departments and staff members at JMU. As bright first-year students arrived to campus for 1787 August Orientation, over 170 facilitators were trained and ready to guide freshmen in their first ethical reasoning discussion on campus. The feedback we received from students and facilitators alike was a thrilling motivator to make next year’s program even better. Continue reading
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Ah, class enrollment –it’s that exciting yet anxious time of the semester once again at JMU. For some it can be as easy as clicking the “enroll” button on your shopping cart, lounging in the comfort of home and seeing a screen full of green check marks. For others, it’s a frantic fight to pull out a laptop in the middle of a current class only to discover that your desired class just closed. This then prompts an anxious hunt to find an open course just minutes before your enrollment appointment starts, all the while trying desperately not to lose hours of planning and a much hoped-for schedule. With blood, sweat, and tears in between, students struggle with the dilemma of how to get the courses that will most benefit them. The methods and attitude while venturing through this crucial decision are what matter.
Bachelder, Jessica. “Class Enrollment” 2016. PNG.
As a JMU First Year Orientation Guide, I had the privilege to hear and experience the perspectives of many people during 1787 August Orientation. From the parents, incoming students, Resident Advisors, professional Orientation staff members, returning students, the Harrisonburg community to everyone in between, it was intriguing to observe the mixture of feelings associated with James Madison University and what it means to be a Duke. One idea that was frequently brought up was the idea of there being a “JMU bubble.” While students may visit the downtown and surrounding areas of Harrisonburg to occasionally support our local businesses, there are some who believe there is a disconnect between the ’burg and JMU. Continue reading