JMU Community Calendar, Fall 2012 : Page 1

Fa L L 2 012 Come! Play! Learn! Join! Community Calendar There’s so much to do at JMU! Free Saturday Planetarium Shows Sept. 1 to Dec. 15, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Come to the John C. Wells Planetarium for these wildly popular shows. Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis for the 2:30 family feature presentation and the 3:30 feature presentation. A “star talk” follows featuring the Shenandoah Valley night sky. Greetings! Fall is a wonderful time of the year to call the Shenandoah Valley home. Greater Madison remains committed to this commu-nity and is looking forward to continuing its work with local organizations to ensure this stays an inspiring place to live. We at Greater Madison would like to welcome back students, whether they’re returning to Harrisonburg or coming to live here for the first time. I hope all in the community will join me in making students feel at home. Greater Madison would also like to welcome President Jonathan Alger. As JMU continues to thrive, so does our surrounding community and we look forward to working with President Alger to strengthen this positive relationship. This past April 850 members of the JMU population showed their appreciation for the community they call home by participating in The Big Event — a day of service in which stu-dents and faculty and staff members are sent all over the Harrisonburg area to complete service projects. And this year’s Big Event was even bigger. For the 2012 day, JMU service was spread nationally as alumni across the country formed their own Big Event teams. Volunteers went to places like schools and churches and performed such jobs as painting, yard work and cleaning. We are always looking for new ways to increase the ties between JMU and the Har-risonburg area. Email us or fill in the postage-paid card included in this calendar to share your thoughts. Is there something you would like included in the Community Calendar? Do you have an idea to advance the mission of Greater Madison? We look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely yours, Astronomy at the Market Last Saturday of the month, starting in September. This grass-roots outreach program will continue to enchant, with live images of our sun through safe solar tele-scopes at the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market. Plus fun science projects (comet making, asteroids, crater formation) and Q&A. Astronomy Day Oct. 20. Celebrate Astronomy Day at JMU! Details TBA. Public Science Talks Sept. 14 and Oct. 12, 7 p.m., John C. Wells Planetarium. Titles and speakers, TBA. Mystery of the Christmas Star Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 23 to Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Turn out for the immensely popular full-dome show and live star talk. We’re all (not) gonna die Sept. 27, 7 p.m., location TBA. A lecture by Dr. Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy fame. JMU Mineral Museum 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. See more than 550 colorful and glistening crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world. Memorial Hall, Entrance E. Call ahead: (540) 568–6130; www.jmu.edu/link/minerals Monthly Star Party Last Friday of the month, starting Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Astronomy Park. Join astronomy professors and students for a free star gaze from Astronomy Park, located in the meadow behind the Physics and Chemistry building. Bring your family! Learn more about astronomy and John C. Wells Planetarium programs, group reser-vations and inclement weather updates at: www.jmu.edu/planetarium MORE INSIDE FOR ALL AGES ■ ■ Arts, nature, science, sports! Learn about your neighbors JAMES R. SIPE JR. Greater Madison president www.facebook.com/greatermadison greatermadison@gmail.com (540) 568-4750 astronomy PhotoGr aPh By anCa Constantin

There's So Much To Do At JMU!

Free Saturday Planetarium Shows <br /> <br /> Sept. 1 to Dec. 15, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. <br /> <br /> Come to the John C. Wells Planetarium for these wildly popular shows. Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a firstcome, first-seated basis for the 2:30 family feature presentation and the 3:30 feature presentation. A “star talk” follows featuring the Shenandoah Valley night sky.<br /> <br /> Public Science Talks <br /> <br /> Sept. 14 and Oct. 12, 7 p.m., John C. Wells Planetarium. Titles and speakers, TBA.<br /> <br /> We’re all (not) gonna die <br /> <br /> Sept. 27, 7 p.m., location TBA. A lecture by Dr. Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy fame.<br /> <br /> Monthly Star Party <br /> <br /> Last Friday of the month, starting Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Astronomy Park.<br /> <br /> Join astronomy professors and students for a free star gaze from Astronomy Park, located in the meadow behind the Physics and Chemistry building. Bring your family!<br /> <br /> Astronomy at the Market <br /> <br /> Last Saturday of the month, starting in September. This grass-roots outreach program will continue to enchant, with live images of our sun through safe solar telescopes at the Harrisonburg Farmer’s Market. Plus fun science projects (comet making, asteroids, crater formation) and Q&A.<br /> <br /> Astronomy Day <br /> <br /> Oct. 20. Celebrate Astronomy Day at JMU! Details TBA.<br /> <br /> Mystery of the Christmas Star <br /> <br /> Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 23 to Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Turn out for the immensely popular full-dome show and live star talk.<br /> <br /> JMU Mineral Museum <br /> <br /> 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. See more than 550 colorful and glistening crystal and gemstone specimens from around the world. Memorial Hall, Entrance E. Call ahead: (540) 568–6130; www.jmu.edu/link/minerals<br /> <br /> Harrisonburg Community Health Center Tour and Open House <br /> <br /> Sept. 20, 4–7 p.m. Find out what it’s all about! Enjoy light refreshments and tour the Harrisonburg Community Health Center, launched and operated through the JMU-RMH Collaborative to offer accessible and affordable primary health care for families. 1355 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg.<br /> <br /> Health IT: Enabling Patient- Centered Healthcare <br /> <br /> Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. Learn about the role — and the future — of informational technology in healthcare. The third installment of Viewpoints on Health: Huber Memorial Speaker Series will feature Damon L. Davis, special assistant in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health and Human Services Building, Room 1301. Parking in Lot D2.<br /> <br /> Support for Children with Exceptional Needs <br /> <br /> Find events and workshops to help schoolchildren with exceptional needs and the teachers and other professionals who work with them. Provided by the Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center at JMU, which provides professional development and support designed to assist school personnel in addressing goals for students with disabilities. Events added frequently: www.jmu.edu/ttac/training/index.shtml<br /> <br /> Get on the bus, Gus!<br /> <br /> The Reading Road Show is a mobile literacy program that provides an opportunity for children and their families to share story time and participate in a book exchange program. The Gus Bus is the Reading Road Show’s mobile literacy vehicle. Look for the Gus Bus in your neighborhood and learn about this wonderful opportunity for the whole family! Find the Gus Bus schedule and other information at www.jmu.edu/link/gusbus.<br /> <br /> Jmuse Café <br /> <br /> These stimulating discussions will continue the excellent tradition of bringing together the JMU community to informal and lively forums that explore topics of public interest. Jmuse will meet for one Thursday in October and November of the fall 2012 semester, and again in the spring. Last year’s topics included the Locavore’s Dilemma: Food, Agriculture and Global Sustainability, Funding the Arts, After Fukushima, and Cupid’s Arrows. Find dates, discussion topics and past programs at www. Jmu.edu/link/JMuseCafe.<br /> <br /> Infant Scientists <br /> <br /> Child development is fascinating, but challenging without the help of proactive parents, according to Dr. Krisztina Jakobsen of JMUfs psychology department. If you are interested in learning how your infants and children learn about the world around them, the JMU Cognitive Development Lab invites engaged parents to join in its studies of how babies look at pictures and older children play computer games.<br /> <br /> Infants younger than 11 months may be eligible to participate in a study in which we examine how infants process faces. Your infant will sit in your lap and watch pictures on a computer screen while we watch his/her eye movements. The session will last fewer than 30 minutes. Enjoy free parking, childcare for siblings and compensation.<br /> <br /> Children who are 7 and 8 years old may be eligible to participate in a study in which kids play computer games that allow us to study cognitive processes that underlie planning. The study lasts no more than 45 minutes, and you will receive coupons to local businesses for your participation.<br /> <br /> To learn more, please contact Jakobsen at jakobskv@jmu.edu or (540) 568.4301.<br /> <br /> JMU Libraries <br /> <br /> Did you know that the public is welcome to use the resources at JMU libraries? You can check out material if you: <br /> <br /> Present a current ID from a local college (Bridgewater, Blue Ridge, Eastern Mennonite University).<br /> <br /> Are 18 years of age, have a Massanutten Regional Library card and a photo ID or present a Rockingham Memorial Hospital employee ID.<br /> <br /> Are a Virginia teacher and present an employee ID from a Virginia school system, college or university.<br /> <br /> Faculty Flashpoints <br /> <br /> As news flares, from the economy to social and political issues to world hotspots, show up to join the discussion and learn context and background from JMU faculty experts. Go to www.jmu.edu/link/flashpoints to check out upcoming events.<br /> <br /> International Week <br /> <br /> Sept. 24.28 Celebrate International Week with activities spotlighting the intriguing cultures of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. All events are free and open to the public. Among the highlights:  <br /> <br /> Nina Yhared, a Mexico City-based performance artist with an international reputation, will present La Historia de mi piel (History of My Skin), a multimedia work incorporating film, painting, poetry and performance. It addresses the way the skin and the body serve as sites of memory for womenfs experience.<br /> <br /> A Jing Ping band from Dominica will give lectures and performances featuring a kind of folk music that originated on the islandfs slave plantations.<br /> <br /> Caribbean Reflections, a program of traditional and classical music from the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico by the Staunton Music Festival, will feature JMU music department faculty and a world premiere jazz composition by Chuck Dotas. At Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.<br /> <br /> Check www.jmu.edu/international/ iweek for the entire schedule. Activities are still being added.

Greater Madison

Greetings! Fall is a wonderful time of the year to call the Shenandoah Valley home. Greater Madison remains committed to this community and is looking forward to continuing its work with local organizations to ensure this stays an inspiring place to live.<br /> <br /> We at Greater Madison would like to welcome back students, whether they’re returning to Harrisonburg or coming to live here for the first time. I hope all in the community will join me in making students feel at home.<br /> <br /> Greater Madison would also like to welcome President Jonathan Alger. As JMU continues to thrive, so does our surrounding community and we look forward to working with President Alger to strengthen this positive relationship.<br /> <br /> This past April 850 members of the JMU population showed their appreciation for the community they call home by participating in The Big Event — a day of service in which students and faculty and staff members are sent all over the Harrisonburg area to complete service projects. And this year’s Big Event was even bigger. For the 2012 day, JMU service was spread nationally as alumni across the country formed their own Big Event teams. Volunteers went to places like schools and churches and performed such jobs as painting, yard work and cleaning.<br /> <br /> We are always looking for new ways to increase the ties between JMU and the Harrisonburg area. Email us or fill in the postagepaid card included in this calendar to share your thoughts. Is there something you would like included in the Community Calendar? Do you have an idea to advance the mission of Greater Madison? We look forward to hearing from you!<br /> <br /> Sincerely yours,<br /> <br /> JAMES R. SIPE JR.<br /> Greater Madison president<br /> www.facebook.com/greatermadison<br /> greatermadison@gmail.com<br /> (540) 568-4750

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