The Office of Student Activities, Initiatives, and Research (STAIR) provides targeted resources for research, intellectual growth, and professional development to support inclusive excellence for all students at JMU. STAIR houses the Office of Fellowships and Awards (OFA), Student Creative Activities and Research (S-CAR), and other student-based initiatives.
Check out the video to learn more about fellowship opportunities and support!
Both the Graduate & Professional Fair and University Career Fair are both coming up soon (Grad Fair is 9/20 and Career Fair is 9/28-29). The Honors College wants our students to be prepared - check out the resources below for helpful tips to make a great first impression.
We want you to be PREPARED! Both the Graduate & Professional Fair and University Career Fair are both coming up at the end of September (Grad Fair is 9/20 and Career Fair is 9/28-29). Join us for a casual conversation about how you can make a great impression when you are talking to recruiters, whether for continued study or for your next great job. We'll cover how to build rapport with recruiters, the types of questions you should ask, what you should bring, and more! We'll meet in the Hillcrest Living Room on Monday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. - bring your questions! Please RSVP by clicking the button below.
Join us for a centering, mindfulness walk through the Arboretum Labyrinth on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. We'll meet at the Frances Plecker Education Center in the Arboretum, and from there will walk up the short path to the Labyrinth. To get to the Education Center from the east side of campus, cross University Blvd near E-Hall and head to your right. Enter the Arboretum gates, walk down the hill toward the parking lot, and you'll see the Education Center on your right. Please be sure to RSVP using the link below so that we know to expect you.
We are excited to recruit a new cohort of Honors Ambassadors! This wonderful group of students connects 1:1 with prospective students, represents JMU and Honors at admissions open houses, CHOICES, and other virtual college fairs, sings the praises of Honors during the summer months at Springboard, and raises the profile of JMU Honors all across campus. I admire our amazing Ambassadors, and I'm stoked to be able to once again open up recruitment so that YOU can join this esteemed group of super volunteers!
We want the Honors Ambassadors cohort to be made of up diverse students whose backgrounds and majors speak to the wide array of prospective students interested in JMU. We specifically hope that BIPOC, first generation, and LGBTQIA+ students will want to join our Ambassador community. We enthusiastically encourage students with Spanish language speaking ability to apply. Regardless of major, students from states other than Virginia are also encouraged to apply.
Our goal with recruitment is to add enthusiastic Honors spokespeople to make our cadre of Ambassadors more representative of campus as a whole.
Students must have completed at least 1 full semester in the Honors College to be eligible. Applications are due by Friday, September 16, at 11:59 p.m. Interviews will be held the week of September 19, with new Ambassadors notified on September 26. If you apply and are not selected this fall, please don't despair! We will hold another recruitment in January. In order to apply, click on the button below. Questions? I'm always here to provide answers!
If you loved living in Shenandoah Hall, consider becoming a Doah Peer Mentor. These students help plan monthly programs in Shenandoah Hall, and make themselves available for 1:1 chats with current Doah residents. There will be an interest meeting in Hillcrest on Thursday, September 8 at 1:00 p.m. in Hillcrest. If you are a Doah "alum," you are eligible to join this fun, low-key group. If you plan to attend the interest meeting, please click on the button below to RSVP.
Work in Progress is a casual writing group that meets regularly in Hillcrest to talk writing, eat snacks, and get to know one another. Are you a great writer? This group is for you. Do you want to be a better writer? This group is for you. Do you struggle with writing? This group is for you. The first Work in Progress meeting will be Thursday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. in the Hillcrest Living Room. Please RSVP using the link below so that we will know to expect you.
It will be time for you to move into your dorm so very soon. We have one last summer newsletter for the incoming class of 2026. Please be sure to read it carefully, and we will see you soon!
Students in the incoming class of 2026 are completing a common read together as part of their HON 100 first-year seminar experience. The book selected is Goodbye, again by Jonny Sun. For information about why this book was chosen, additional resources, and upcoming events related to the text, check out the Reading Guide by clicking the button below.
I can't believe it's already time for another newsletter for our incoming first-year students. The summer is flying by! It has been a blast to get to meet so many of you at Springboard. If you have any questions, definitely reach out!
All posts are written by Dr. Alysia Davis, Director of Student Engagement in the JMU Honors College. The goal of these blog posts are to inform JMU Honors students and alumni about programs, activities, and opportunities in the JMU Honors College. To reach Dr. Davis directly, email her at email@example.com.