News for Students from the

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

January 29, 2014

What will you do this summer?

It’s mid-winter, freezing cold, and time to make summer plans!  Many opportunities to apply for special summer opportunities will soon close.  Here are some examples of opportunities of possible interest to CHBS students:

Spain during May.  Consider a Short-Term Study Abroad course to Spain! There are still a few open spots in the “Health Care in Spain: A Cross-cultural Exploration of Illness and Wellness” course to Tarragona, Spain.  Dates are 5/18 – 6/11.  This is a 4 credit course that includes a 2-week clinical internship with Spanish healthcare professionals.  This course will benefit you as a future healthcare professional through learning basic clinical skills and strengthening your Spanish language ability. This experience is open to ALL majors.  The clinical/practical component of this class can count as the practical component of the Medical Spanish minor.  For more information, please email Erika Metzler Sawin ([log in to unmask]) and visit the trip website.  Basic proficiency in Spanish is required, but contact Dr. Sawin if you have questions about this.  Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, so apply now!! 

Residential Tutors/Counselors.  The Upward Bound Regional Math Science Center at Frostburg State University is now accepting applications for residential tutors/counselors and head residents for their six week summer program. More information

Residential Treatment Program.  The Wediko Summer Program is a short term residential treatment program that serves approximately 160 children with emotional and behavioral difficulties each summer. Each year, they hire college students who can make the program meaningful and successful for each child. Last summer at least 5 JMU students worked for this program and they all report that they had intense, well-supervised experiences.  More information  

Summer Camp Counselor.  Camp Easter Seals offers children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy fun and challenging activities in a supportive camp atmosphere.  They are seeking counselors for summer employment. Located about 45 minutes northwest of Roanoke Virginia, this camp serves campers who have a variety of disabilities including Autism, Down syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. More information.

Summer Research Fellowship.  The UNC Eating Disorders Program has open positions for an 8 week, full time paid research interns. Summer research fellowships are open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Fellows participate in investigations currently underway including topics related to eating disorders. Applications are due by April 1, 2013. More information

Summer Conference Assistants.  Every summer, JMU hosts many camps and conferences on our campus. Conference Services provides logistical support to ensure those events are successful. Several positions are available.  Applications are due February 20.  For more information email Joyce Bentz ([log in to unmask]) More information.

Consider Summer School at JMU!  JMU will offer many courses during Summer 2014, on campus and online.  The schedule is not yet available, but information about session dates and courses typically offered are available online.  Registration for summer session begins March 24.


Events & Opportunities

·         Eating Disorders Awareness, Feb. 25, at 7 pm in Festival Ballroom.  As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Month, the University Health Center’s Student Wellness & Outreach is bringing to campus Ryan Sallans, public speaker, diversity trainer, consultant, publisher, and author.  Ryan will speak about his experience with an eating disorder and journey to self-acceptance, including the realization and acceptance of identifying as transgender.  More information

Ongoing Opportunities

·         JMU Learning Centers provide assistance with writing, communication, math, science and selected other courses. More information


·         CHBS Announces Faculty Awards

o    Lennie Echterling (Graduate Psychology), Madison Scholar Award

o    Carol Dudding (CSD), Distinguished Teacher Award

o    Brenda Ryals (CSD), Distinguished Service Award

o    Christopher Clinard (CSD), Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

·         Madison Collaborative Assessment Team Showcases Efforts (Graduate Psychology)

·         Alternative Break in Ecuador Led by Kinesiology and Health Sciences Students

·         Kinesiology Major Molds Solid Foundation for Physical Therapy

·         Physician Assistant Student Society (PASS) Donates to Our Community Place (Health Sciences)

·         Award-Winning Counseling Faculty Member Plans Retirement (Graduate Psychology)

We welcome suggestions for additional events and opportunities for these listings.  Please send your submission to [log in to unmask] .


The Office of the Dean

College of Health and Behavioral Studies (CHBS)

701 Carrier Drive, MSC 4101, ISAT/CS, Room 375

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

(540) 568-2705





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