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James Madison University

The Quad at James Madison UniversityJames Madison University (JMU) is a public comprehensive university in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  I attended JMU from 1999 to 2003, and graduated in December 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.  My experience at JMU is documented in College Life.

On Monday, April 5, 2010, I returned to JMU for a visit, on a beautiful day in early spring, with the campus in full bloom.  While on campus, I got to say hello to a few of my old professors, had lunch at D-Hall, and explored around a bit.  In exploring around campus, I found that a lot of things had changed in seven years’ time.  However, other things looked exactly the same as they did the day I finished.  Some buildings on campus were new since I had graduated.  Some buildings looked different inside and out since my college days.  Some buildings, particularly across South Main Street, weren’t there anymore, having been demolished to make way for new buildings.

In photographing around campus, I started at the Quad and worked my way back.  From the Quad, I headed over to the buildings north of the Quad, past D-Hall, through Warren and Taylor Halls (then the “University Center”, now the “Madison Union”), past the Hillside dorms, and then across Interstate 81 to the east side of campus, going past the ISAT Building, Health and Human Services, the new Chemistry and Physics Building, the new East Campus Library, the Festival Conference and Student Center (formerly the College Center), and the “Skyline Area” dorms, i.e. Potomac, Chesapeake, and Shenandoah Halls.  Due to time considerations, I did not get to photograph the Village, the Lake area, or Greek Row.

Students relax on the Quad. Wilson Hall, at the head of the Quad.
Students relax on the Quad.
Wampler Hall, a dormitory in the Bluestone area of campus. Students relax on the Quad.  The new Forbes Performing Arts Center is under construction in the distance.
Students relax and converse on the Quad.
Students relax on the Quad in front of Wilson Hall. Students relax and converse on the Quad.  The Music Building is visible in the distance.
Students relax on the Quad.
Students relax and converse on the Quad.  Alumnae Hall is visible in the distance. Wilson Hall, at the head of the Quad.
Spottswood Hall, a dormitory in the Bluestone area.
Burruss Hall, built in the 1950s and renovated in the early 1990s. Main entrance to Miller Hall, constructed in the 1970s and renovated in the mid 2000s.
Main entrance to Carrier Library.
Students walk between the breezeway between Wilson and Keezell Halls and the Commons. Bust of James Madison, displayed on the Commons.  This bust was formerly displayed adjacent to the entrance to Carrier Library.
Gibbons Hall, the main dining hall on campus, most commonly known as D-Hall.
Hillside Hall, constructed in the late 1980s. Warren Hall, constructed in the 1960s, is one of four buildings that comprise the University Center.
Student mailboxes.
The new East Campus Library. Left to right, the Chemistry and Physics Building, the East Campus Library, and the Leeolou Alumni Center.
The new Chemistry and Physics Building.
The ISAT/CS and Health and Human Services buildings. The Festival Conference and Student Center, formerly known as the College Center.
The east campus steam plant.
Potomac Hall, the first of the Skyline area dorms, completed in 1998. Chesapeake Hall, the second of the Skyline area dorms, completed in 1999.
Shenandoah Hall, the long-awaited third Skyline area dorm, completed in 2009.

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