News for Students from the

College of Health and Behavioral Studies

March 26, 2014


Summer Internship.  Skanska, the construction management firm that will be building the new CHBS building, seeks to hire interns.  Construction experience is not necessary.  Applicants must be familiar with Microsoft Office and iPad, must be ready to work in a fast-paced environment, and be eager to learn.  Tasks will be customized to take advantage of the Intern’s skills and might include:

·         Community service  and event coordination

·         Project progress documentation and document control management

·         Create project videos, design signs, create PowerPoint presentations

·         Office management, maintain logs, submittal review, and other office tasks.

The internship will be housed near Montpellier Hall on the JMU campus.  The summer position will be 15-20 hours/week and successful interns may be considered for future positions. Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to [log in to unmask] More information

Second Block Research Opportunity.  What did our most successful alumni do while they were students?  We have already conducted a survey of JMU alumni and we have information about their post-graduation success.  These alumni have given us permission to review their transcripts.  We need 1-2 students to join our team during the Spring Semester, Second Block to help us review alumni transcripts.  Neither prior experience nor a long-term commitment to this project is required to participate.  Interest in the project, a desire to learn about the research process, strong motivation, and the willingness to work hard and complete tasks accurately are essential. This 3-credit experience will require a significant weekly time commitment, but we anticipate only having meetings once a week.  Most of the work can be completed when you are free, including during evenings or weekends if that is your preference.  This is a great “last chance” opportunity for students who would like a research experience prior to graduation as well as students who are interested in a longer-term commitment to our projects.  For more information, contact Dr. Michael Stoloff (568-6396; [log in to unmask] ).

Consider Summer School at JMU! JMU will offer many courses during Summer 2014, on campus and online. Register for summer now!


Information about May Commencement is available online.  There will be three primary events and your program or department may have additional activities:

·         Graduate School Ceremony: Friday, May 9 at 10 am.

·         University Ceremony, Bridgeforth Stadium, Friday, May 9 at 3 pm.

·         CHBS (Undergraduate) Ceremony, Bridgeforth Stadium, Saturday, May 10 at 9 am.

Photos Needed!  Immediately  prior to the CHBS ceremony we will display pictures of CHBS students and faculty on the giant video/scoreboard.  We would like to consider including your pictures in this photo display.  We are especially interested in pictures of students engaging in service activities, laboratory work, interacting with faculty, and engaging in study abroad or alternate spring break activities.  All pictures will be considered.  Please send your submission to [log in to unmask] .  Please submit pictures in the highest possible resolution.


Mercy Killers, a one man play by Michael Milligan is coming to the Forbes Center. Joe loves apple pie, Rush Limbaugh, the 4th of July and his wife, Jane. He is blue-collar, corn-fed, made in the USA and proud, but when his uninsured wife is diagnosed with cancer, his patriotic feelings and passion for the ethos of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are turned upside down. In Mercy Killers, Joe struggles with the uniquely American experience of losing your health in the land of plenty. No tickets required. Free. First come, first served. March 26, 7:30 pm in the Earlynn J. Miller Dance Theatre. More information

Rain Pryor presentation sponsored by the Health Sciences Diversity Committee. March 26, 7 PM, Memorial Hall More information

From Communities to Countries: Making Health Systems Sustainable, March 27, 5:30 pm in the Festival Highlands Room. This Viewpoints on Health, Huber Memorial Speaker Series event will include a presentation by Kristin A. Cooney, MA (JMU Class of 1985), Director, Country Portfolio, Center for Leadership and Management, Management Sciences for Health. Ms. Cooney is a seasoned project manager and motivated team leader with 28 years of experience working for international NGOs as well as for USAID.  More information

Connect with an Alumnus!  Students and Faculty are welcome to drop in to discuss international health programs, international community development, and/or international issues in maternal and child health with Ms. Cooney on March 27, 3-5 pm in HHS 0014.  Kristen, a JMU graduate, is eager to meet current students and exchange ideas.   

The Act of Killing.  The Reel Change Film Festival will present this film that may be of particular interest to CHBS students and faculty.  March 27, 7 pm, Court Square Theater.  More information

Graduate Student Life Panel and Information Session.  Graduate students from a variety of JMU programs will discuss their experiences and offer insights into the life of a graduate student and strategies for creating a path to and through graduate school.  The panel session is offered for both those students planning to attend graduate school (here at JMU or elsewhere) and for those who are considering graduate studies in their future.  Information about graduate programs at JMU will be available to those who are interested.  March 28, 2-3:30 pm, Taylor 305.  More information

Midwives for Haiti Project, March 29, 2-3 PM, Campus Center Room 105, Eastern Mennonite University.  Speaker Nadene Brunk, founder and manager of Midwives for Haiti, will talk about how this project works to reduce the barriers for pregnant women in rural Haiti. More information

Walk for Hope.  The Walk for Hope seeks to raise awareness about depression and suicide.  Register online and meet at Memorial Hall on March 29 at 11:30 am to walk 2.2 miles to EMU’s Thomas Plaza.  More information

Network with Alumni.  Join Student Alumni Associate members and local alumni on Sunday, March 30 at 6 pm at a dinner in the Bridgeforth Stadium Club Room.  This event will give students the opportunity to interact with alumni and create opportunities for networking and potential career connections.  More information

Out of Darkness Campus Walk in support of suicide prevention sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society, March 30.  More information

Online Speed Networking with Alumni.  Students are invited to an online networking event on March 31, 12-1 pm that will allow you to build your professional network by virtually connecting in a private chat room with JMU alumni.  Gain information about your field of study and ask for advice from JMU alumni.  More information

A Summit to Build Networks of Care for Children in Harrisonburg will take place on Monday, March 31, 7-9 pm in Memorial Hall Forum.  Join to hear about the state of children’s welfare in Harrisonburg and participate in conversations to take actions in support of the needs of children.  More information

Graduate Students:  A Head Resident is needed for the summer Upward Bound Program at Frostburg State University in Maryland.  They are looking for an energetic, organized, and responsible individual who wants to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged high school students.  Bachelor’s degree required.  Applications are due April 4.  For more information contact Elena Steele (301 687-4994; [log in to unmask]).

Graduate School  Impact Awards.  Impact Awards are for graduate students and faculty members who have made a positive impact. Their efforts stood out. Nominations are due by April 4 at noon.  More information

HeartChase Harrisonburg, to be held in Downtown Harrisonburg on Saturday, April 5, 9 AM-11 AM, is a fantastic opportunity for students and faculty to connect with the community!  Teams of 2-5 can sign up for this American Heart Association race event that will help chase away heart disease.  More information

I am Not Crazy is a mental health organization that battles the stigma of mental illness by raising awareness, promoting a safer social environment for those with mental illnesses, and by providing access to the services of national mental health organizations for those in need.  To help establish the organization's foothold here in the Harrisonburg community, the members of JMU a capella group Exit 245 are teaming up with I Am Not Crazy to put on a concert here in Grafton-Stoval Theatre on Tuesday, April 8th.

DC-Maryland-VA Online Speed Networking with Alumni.  Students are invited to an engage in an online networking event with JMU alumni on April 23, 12-1 pm.  This event will allow you to chat, one-on-one with JMU alumni from the DC-Maryland-VA area.  This event will establish virtual rooms to discuss various topics.  More information

Volunteers Needed!  The Ability Olympics is an event that demonstrates that everyone can be an athlete by staging a multi-sport Olympic-style event for individuals ages 8-22 with disabilities. They seek volunteers to help with the event, Friday, April 25, 4-9 pm or Saturday, April 26, 8 am - 6 pm.  Volunteer roles may include leading groups of students in game play, interacting with participants and their families, set up or clean up, and providing directions and information to families throughout the day.  They are also seeking financial donations to support the event.  Contribution Link  For to volunteer or for more information contact Richelle Villa ([log in to unmask]) .

Richmond Alumni Networking Event.  Students are invited to a professional networking event to be held at the Richmond Country Club on May, 20, 6-8 pm.  More information

Ongoing Opportunities

Connect with the local community. The Reading Road Show-Gus Bus program and the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education program are recruiting volunteers for tutoring programs. Volunteers visit the child’s home for 1 – 2 hours per week. More information

CSDC Workshops. Free workshops are available through the Counseling and Student Development Center regarding problems such as dealing with depression, long-distance relationships, conflict and difficult people, assertiveness, anger management, etc. More information

Career & Academic Planning offers resume writing workshops, career coaching, mock interviews, employer-networking, and other opportunities to prepare for post-graduation opportunities. More information

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

Graduate Students are invited to join the JMU Graduate Student Association GSA Blog GSA Facebook GSA Twitter [log in to unmask]


·         Faculty & Students Collaborate to Study Face Perception in Infants (Psychology)

·         Doctoral Student Researches How School Makes a Difference (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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