There are so many steps one takes in life. I didn’t know the most important ones I would take were going to be on the campus of James Madison University. In the summer of 2000, I was a naïve incoming freshman, I knew nothing of the rest of my life – but I did know… Read More Alumni Feature| Sarah Gigantino Hogan (’04) – FROM JMU TO THE NFL
One day in 1996 I was a 17-year-old freshman in hall 3-C of McGraw-Long, undoubtedly excited, but also homesick for the only home I ever had at that point, a small town in Connecticut. I sat in my room after my family left, wondering if I would have someone to eat dinner with when I… Read More Alumni Feature | Jonathan Paulo (’00) – COMING OF AGE
Fall 2009 I started my first semester at JMU as a Computer Science student. And when I say, I got lucky, I got really lucky. I didn’t visit JMU’s campus beforehand or do much research. I just picked JMU for a handful of superficial reasons and got lucky because JMU turned out to be amazing… Read More Alumni Feature | Chiedo John (’13) – WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?
In early November, JMU students and alumni participated in an inaugural state-wide program called, Hire Virginia. It was a weekend filled with connection, conversation and engagement. Let’s take a step back and share with you how we got there. The JMU Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) partnered with seven other colleges across the state (UVA,… Read More Connection, Conversation and Engagement at Hire Virginia 2018
Five years after graduation, I found myself in a pivotal moment. One morning I was looking at myself in the mirror after experiencing ageism, sexism, bullying, and harassment from an inexperienced boss. I had to make a decision – stay or go? I made the very difficult decision to walk away from a job I… Read More Alumni Feature| Jana Jamail (’10) – GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY
It’s been five years since I graduated from JMU – hard to believe so much time has passed and I am now considered a “grown-up.” Thankfully I don’t put too much stock into labels, so I still channel my inner-kid… The truth is, a lot of exciting things happen after graduation. You find a job,… Read More Alumni Feature| Ian McLeod (’13)- TRUSTING THE PROCESS
Like so many Madison graduates, I wasn’t as involved as I should have been, or hoped to have been, after graduation. Sure, I came back for Homecoming and attended the Alumni Association CrabFest, but I wasn’t really pulling my weight as an alum. Four or five years after graduation, my wife, Stephanie, and I sat… Read More Alumni Feature- Eric Bowlin (’02) | WHAT GIVING BACK HAS TAUGHT ME