Faculty and Staff Service Recognition Thursday, October 28 & Friday, October 29, 2020

"Thank you for your years of service to James Madison University. I always say that our strongest resource is the people who work here and your commitment to make JMU a wonderful place for our students to learn. The long-term dedication to JMU that you exhibit is a testament to the fact that JMU is more than just a place to work, but also a place to grow professionally and personally."

- Jonathan R. Alger, President

"Please let me congratulate you on receiving your service award from the university. JMU continues to be a great university because of the long-term commitment of its employees. Thank you for the many contributions you make on a daily basis for JMU. I look forward to working with you in the coming years." -

- Charlie King, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

“From all of us in the College of Business, we would like to wish you well on your work anniversary milestone. Thank you for all that you do for James Madison University.”

- Michael E. Busing, Dean of College of Business

Five years ago at JMU...

  • ESPN College Game Day decided to broadcast from the Quad during Homecoming Weekend
  • The JMU-branded NASCAR car ran in the Federal Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Richmond International Raceway
  • The Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management unveiled in Fall 2015
  • For the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina a group of students, staff and alums spent Thanksgiving week continuing to rebuild New Orleans
  • Winter storm Jonas arrived on campus leaving over two feet of snow
  • The MRDs traveled overseas to play in the Vatican New Year's Day Parade
  • JMU Women's Basketball won the CAA Championship and celebrated 1000 wins in program history
  • Charles Haley was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame becoming the first JMU athlete to reach a major professional hall of fame

"Congratulations to our faculty and staff who have reached significant service-year milestones at the university during the 2020 calendar year! Our community can’t thank you enough for your meaningful work and dedication in your roles at our university. Simply put, we wouldn’t be James Madison University without you. Best wishes to each of you for continued success."

- Heather Coltman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Join us in congratulating those celebrating five years of service

Ten years ago at JMU...

  • Renovation of Maury Hall (currently Mountain Hall) was complete during the summer of 2010 and the iconic Cupola was placed
  • Construction began on the new Bioscience building
  • Bridgeforth Stadium was under construction and scheduled to open in 2011
  • Women's Basketball, Women's Lacrosse and Softball won the NCAA Tournament
  • Renovation of first floor of Carrier Library was complete to include updated open space/study areas for students and a new Starbucks facility
  • JMU was named one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges in the Princeton Review's first, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges"
  • The Center for Faculty Innovation developed a system to support quality JMU nominations for the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Awards
  • In September 2010, JMU Football makes history and won against Virginia Tech under coach Mickey Matthews
  • In December 2010, President Dr. Linwood Rose announced his retirement from JMU
  • Veterans Memorial Park Complex opened for Baseball and Softball
  • Field hockey’s Kelsey Cutchins became JMU’s only three-time Academic All-American ever in any sport

“Congratulations! Your commitment to JMU and the work you do every day has contributed to the success of our students and your colleagues. Thank you for choosing to be here at JMU. Here’s to more professional and personal accomplishments.”

- Donna Harper, Vice President for Access and Enrollment Management

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Fifteen years ago at JMU...

  • Harrison Hall was renovated and the ribbon-cutting and reopening ceremony occurred in the Fall of 2005
  • The university announced the purchase of Rockingham Memorial Hospital when the hospital moved to the new site in 2010
  • In 2005, when Princeton Review named JMU one of the nation's most socially conscious campuses, it was not only a recognition of the university's actions but also an indication of the depth of the JMU community's service
  • After Hurricane Katrina, a steady stream of students and faculty headed to the Gulf states to aid in rebuilding coastal towns destroyed by the storm
  • The university expanded across South High Street by leasing the former Harrisonburg High School, which was bought by the university the following year
  • The Planetarium closed for a three year renovation
  • During Homecoming Weekend, the Physics-Chemistry Building ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred
  • Plecker Athletic Performance Center opened in September 2005
  • Top Dog Cafe´ opened right above PC Dukes, which included Mongolian Grill and Starbucks
  • Women’s Golf won the last of three consecutive conference championships

"Congratulations on achieving this milestone! Your service and – more importantly - YOU are vital and highly valued. Thank you for all you do for your colleagues and for JMU!"

- Sharon E. Lovell, Dean of College of Health and Behavioral Studies

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Twenty years ago at JMU...

  • JMU signed the Guaranteed Admissions Agreement with Blue Ridge Community College
  • Chesapeake Hall opened and Ashby Hall (currently Valley Hall) was renovated
  • JMU signed a contract with Aramark Dining Services
  • Chick-fil-A Express opened in D-Hall and Krispy Kreme in Market One
  • The Board of Visitors voted to elect a student representative to join the board each academic year
  • Congressman Bob Goodlatte visited the Arboretum
  • JMU developed a new Mission Statement: "We are committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who will lead productive and meaningful lives"
  • Greg Miller set JMU records with 7 hits, 9 runs batted in and 17 total bases in a single game against Richmond in the CAA Tournament

"Congratulations to everyone who has earned a service award this year. All of your years of service have made JMU a better place. We appreciate what you do for each other and for our students, every single day. Thank you again for everything you do. Go Dukes!"

- Tim Miller, Vice President for Student Affairs

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Twenty-five years ago at JMU...

  • Interstate 1-81 overpass on Port Republic Road was under construction
  • JMU Card Services moved to digital technology for JACards in storing photographs of students, faculty and staff online
  • Country Singer, Clay Walker performed at the Convocation Center in October 1995
  • JMU signed a contract with PeopleSoft Corporation
  • JMU President Carrier restructured the university: the College of Arts and Letters replaced the College of Communications and the Arts; Graphic and Interior Design majors were reassigned to the new School of Media Arts and Design
  • The Education Building was re-named for Inez Graybeal Roop and now stands today as Roop Hall
  • Carrier Library was expanded which doubled the size of the library
  • All faculty and staff desktop computers were connected to the campus-wide network in Fall 1995
  • Women's Soccer made the first appearance in NCAA
  • Brian McNichol became the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in JMU history as he was picked with the #34 overall pick by the Chicago Cubs
  • JMU Archery won the US Intercollegiate National Championship

"I want to extend a congratulations and grateful thank you for your service to James Madison University and the College of Education. You are an important part of what we do!!"

- Mark L’Esperance, Professor and Dean for College of Education

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Thirty years ago at JMU...

  • Sonner Hall opened and dedication of the building occurred in Fall 1990. The building was named after Dr. Ray V. Sonner, former Vice President for University Relations and Senior Vice President
  • Showker Hall was under construction
  • Mrs. Greens and the Steakhouse were still the most popular destinations on campus to eat
  • Burruss Hall was under construction and expanded
  • The first student-run radio station, WXJM, began broadcasting on 88.7 FM
  • Madison Stadium was renamed to honor former Board of Visitors member, William E. Bridgeforth and now stands today as Bridgeforth Stadium
  • The JMU Women’s Soccer Program was started, Steve Hood scored the most points in a JMU men’s basketball season with 682

"The College of Visual and Performing Arts celebrates and honors all of our faculty and staff who are being recognized for their years of service. Extraordinary things happen in CVPA and beyond because of all of your efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you…and congratulations on reaching these milestones."

- Rubén Graciani Interim Dean for College of Visual and Performing Arts

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Thirty-five years ago at JMU...

  • The Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) was formed, with JMU serving as a founding member
  • Phillips Hall opened, serving students, faculty and staff with a fast food and a la carte options in PC Dukes
  • The old Dukes Grill facility in Warren Hall transformed to The Steakhouse for dinner and The Hot Dogger for lunch. Both operations transplanted from Gibbons, where they were established
  • The JMU Debate Team won first place in the fifth annual Randolph Macon Yellow Invitational Debate Tournament
  • The Third Annual Art Scholarship Exhibition and Auction took place for students, Harrisonburg residents, faculty and staff to contribute artwork and supplies to support the auction
  • The Women's Volleyball Team participated in the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships
  • Fraternity Xi Delta chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha held a luncheon to welcome new faculty members to campus
  • JMU held its first December Commencement

"Colleagues, congratulations on this major milestone in your service to James Madison University! Your dedication, expertise, and the range of crucial roles you have played throughout your careers at the institution are an inspiration to me and to all of your friends and admirers in the JMU Libraries."

- Bethany Nowviskie, Dean of Libraries

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Forty years ago at JMU...

  • Mark Magaw became JMU’s first Division I Associated Press Football All-American
  • JMU Baseball made its first Division I NCAA appearance
  • Steve Stielper set a JMU record that still stands with 2,126 career points in basketball and was selected in the eighth round of the NBA Draft
  • School of Education and Human Service, later known as Roop Hall was built
  • The popular places to eat on campus were D-Hall, Dukes Grill, The Eatery, Salads Plus, The Doghouse and The Steakhouse, which all were located in Gibbons
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management students offered a daily luncheon for 65-70 faculty in Hillcrest Hall
  • The first co-hort of students for the Semester in London study abroad program returned to campus
  • Pat Benatar performed in Wilson Hall
  • Reservoir Street Building was built and originally housed the Dominion Business School. Later, JMU purchased the property and it became the home to the student radio station
  • Board of Visitors voted for the name change of Johnston Hall after Chemistry and Physics Professor James C. Johnston

"Congratulations on this day of recognition and celebration of your service to JMU. This university’s culture and ethos is a direct result of each and every one of you. Your dedication to our students, faculty, and staff does not go unnoticed. Please know that we appreciate all that you do each and every day for our community. Keep being awesome, be safe, and GO DUKES!"

- Bradley R. Newcomer, Dean of Honors College

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Forty-five years ago at JMU...

  • JMU achieved its only football season without a loss in program history, going 9-0-1 (9 wins, 0 losses, 1 tie), under head coach Challace McMillin
  • Jim Barbe became JMU baseball’s first All-American, Sherman Dillard became the first Academic All-American for JMU Men’s Basketball
  • Miller Hall was built, named after G. Tyler Miller, the university's third president
  • Dr. Linwood Rose began working at JMU, later becoming the fifth president
  • JMU's first seal remained the same until 1975 when a version of the current seal was adopted. The official seal in use today was adopted two years later
  • Madison Stadium opened September 20, 1975, which is currently Bridgeforth Stadium
  • WMRA started broadcasting on 90.7 FM, which was located in Burruss Hall

"Congratulations on your service anniversary. Your ongoing contributions and institutional knowledge and experience help move JMU forward. Thanks for everything you do each and every day to support the university. It’s the commitment of our long-term staff and faculty that will see us through these challenges and get us ready for successes to come. Thank you!"

- Bob Kolvoord, Dean for College of Integrated Science and Engineering

Join us in congratulating our forty-five recipient

"Thank you for your years of dedication to your unit and to JMU and for the contribution you have made to the positive JMU experiences of our students and your colleagues. We appreciate your efforts!"

- Sam Prins, Interim Dean for College of Science and Mathematics

"I want to express my gratitude and admiration to all of my colleagues for your creativity and dedication in adapting to these extraordinary circumstances. Congratulations on your milestone service recognition. I wish I could celebrate with you in person!"

- Linda Halpern, Vice Provost for University Programs