Sands of time Baseball players shatter records by fdh56iuoui


									     MADISONSCHOLAR                                                                                                                                                           DUKESTURF

                                                          Sands of time                                                                                                                      Baseball players
              Samples from Arctic sea floor may rock global climate theories                                      B y E r i c G o r t o n ( ’8 6 )                                            shatter records

                    itting there in glass vials on                                                               “We’ve got lots of records for the
                                                                                                                                                                              Kulbacki shares national player of the year honors

                    a laboratory shelf, the spec-                                                             Cenozoic (era) for pretty much every
                    imens look rather ordinary                                                                other latitude but nothing spanning                                            ophomore outfielder Kellen Kulbacki not only turned
                    — no different, in fact,                                                                  that for the arctic. ... so we’re still                                        in the greatest single-season offensive performance in
                    than the sand that takes                                                                  trying to figure out what some of that                                         the 37-year history of JMU baseball, he also captured
                    you six months to clean                                                                   story is, but, even just from what we                                          national attention with his pursuit of division i’s tri-
      out of your car after a trip to the beach.                                                              did in Bremen, we could see some                                               ple crown of homers, batting average and RBis. When
         The vials’ content is certainly more                                                                 things right away that have major cli-                                         the final numbers were tallied to include the results
      interesting under a microscope, where                                                                   matic implications,” st. John says.                             of other players from the College World series, Kulbacki was the
      every grain has its own color, its own                                                                     The pebbles found amidst the sedi-                           home-run leader with 24, ranked second in batting average with a
      texture, its own size. Yes, sand really is                                                              ment offer the most compelling evi-                             hefty .464 mark and his 1.42 RBis per game ranked third.
      a bunch of tiny rocks.                                                                                  dence that the arctic froze much ear-                              The big numbers produced some big-time awards, the most lofty
         This sand, shelved in the lab of JMU                                                                 lier than previously thought, st. John                          being the Co-national Player of the Year presented by Collegiate Base-
      geology professor Kristen st. John,                                                                     adds. The pebbles are consistent with                           ball. Kulbacki also was a finalist for two other national awards: the
      comes from the arctic sea floor, where                                                                  rock found in Russia hundreds of miles                          dick Howser Trophy presented by the national Collegiate Base-
      its been for up to 46 million years.                                                                    away and the only way they could have                           ball Writers association and the Brooks Wallace award from the
         “That’s like a time capsule of what’s                                                                reached the central arctic was to be                            College Baseball Foundation. Virginia sports information direc-
      been happening in the arctic, and no one                                                                brought there on rafts of ice. “every                           tors named him the state Player of the Year, and Caa coaches
      had recovered it before,” says st. John,                                                                now and then, we would see another                              voted him the Colonial athletic association Player of the Year. He Co-National Player of the Year, outfielder Kellen Kulbacki (’08) was
      who is part of an international team of                                                                    pebble in the core. and it wasn’t just                       is the first JMU baseball player to earn first-team all-america hon- the highlighted athlete in the June 5 edition of Sports Illustrated’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      popular “Faces in the Crowd” section.
      scientists studying sediment recovered                                                                        going back to seven million years                         ors at the division i level and was so named by six organizations.
      during an integrated ocean drilling Kristen St. John is discover-                                             ago (the time most commonly                                  Kulbacki, who further honed his skills in the prestigious Cape was 38th among division i players. He finished his career with
                                                   ing a fascinating climate
      Program expedition in august 2004.           history for the Arctic. Sand                                       associated with the freezing of                         Cod league this past summer, established school records for hom- 258 career hits to rank seventh all-time at JMU. His 95 hits in

         one goal of the expedition, which grains dug from a previ-                                                   the arctic). We were seeing peb-                        ers, batting average and slugging percentage (.949), the latter of 2006 tied him for JMU’s second highest single-season.
      dug deeper into time in sampling the ously untouched area of the                                                bles all the way into the middle                        which led the nation.                                                      The Tampa Bay devil Rays drafted Reid in the seventh round
      arctic than any before it, was to con- Arctic are indicating the                                                eocene (40 million years ago), all                         a trio of teammates joining Kulbacki on the all-state and all- after he ranked eighth in the nation by striking out an average of
      firm or debunk a theory that the central region froze much earlier
                                                   than previously thought.
                                                                                                                     the way to the time that the long-                       Caa teams were senior second baseman Michael Cowgill, senior first 11.8 batters per nine innings. He was 10-4 with a 3.43 earned run
      arctic’s lomonosov Ridge was once part                                                                       term record for antarctica showed                          baseman nate schill and sophomore pitcher Ryan Reid. Redshirt average this past spring. His first professional assignment is with
      of Russia. To find the answer, core samples had to be taken from                                          that there was ice there.                                     freshman Kurt Houck was named to the Caa’s all-Rookie squad.             the Hudson Valley Renegades of the new York-Penn league.
      the harder bedrock buried beneath millions of years of sediment               “What’s the significance of one pebble? The significance is that                             Cowgill’s 23 homers tied him for second nationally and sur-             Redshirt senior pitcher greg nesbitt became the third player
      buildup, then compared to rock on land. More than 400 meters of those pebbles, to get to the central arctic, to get to a ridge, a high                                  passed JMU’s previous record (18). He finished his career as this season to be tapped in the Major league Baseball draft.
      sediment was recovered from four holes, st. John says, revealing a spot on the sea floor in the central arctic, there’s only so many                                    JMU’s all-time home run leader with 41. a 40th-round draft The seattle Mariners selected nesbitt in the 29th round. in his
      geologic timeline from the present — the mud and sand at the top ways it can get there. ... You can’t say, ‘Well, it was just brought                                   choice by the Minnesota Twins, Cowgill played for the gulf career, nesbitt went 12-10 with a 4.69 eRa. He pitched 197 2/3
      — to more than 56 million years ago — the sand at the bottom of there from a big storm and rivers were churned up and it was                                            Coast Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., this season.                            innings, striking out 164 while walking 47.
      the deepest holes.                                                        flowing out there. ... These are pebbles that are, oh, i don’t know,                             schill finished the season with a .419 batting average that             JMU has had a player drafted in 30 of the past 31 years, includ-
         st. John, who could not participate in the coring expedi- a couple centimeters in diameter, they’re not going to be wind-                                            ranked him eighth nationally and his .674 slugging percentage ing a program-best five in 2003.                                           M
      tion due to the birth of her youngest child, got her first look at blown that far from land.
      the samples in Bremen, germany, in november 2004 when the                     “You start eliminating all of the possibilities that you can think
      cores were opened for the first time. one of four sedimentolo- of, and it pretty much comes down to: it was brought by ice.
      gists on the international team, her job was to describe in writing Because when ice forms on land, it freezes whatever it’s touching                                   James takes                                                  the Caa and a freshman all-amer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ica by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 His 342 points Rookie of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 are JMU’s no. 7 year Juwann
      her observations of the sediment: its composition, its texture, any into it, like a fly in an ice cube. so it’s freezing pebbles, big ones,                             rookie of the                                                   James started for JMU throughout   freshman mark. James led all
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      CAA freshmen

                                                                                                                                                                              year honors
      color changes and any anomalies, such as larger pebbles occasion- all different sizes of sediment and it’s bringing it out there.”                                                                                                   2005-06, and he shot 48.6 percent        James reached in scoring.
      ally embedded in finer sand.                                                  and as the floating ice melted it dropped its catch to the sea floor.                                                                                  from the field and had 30 assists,    double figures
         While describing the cores centimeter by centimeter can be a               “The fact that we were seeing pebbles back this far, that was                                                                                          eight blocked shots and 27 steals.    in scoring 21 times and in

      bit tedious, the task was highly important. “it’s like being a scribe really neat,” st. John says. “There’s always going to be naysayers                                       he Virginia sports informa-                           He led all Caa freshmen in scoring,   rebounding five times,
      to the rest of the scientific community,” she explains.                   ... But when you see enough of them, there’s too many, and you                                       tion directors voted Juwann                           rebounding and shooting percent-      and he had five scoring-
         The close inspection was also rewarding. so far, st. John says, start to see a pattern.”                                                                                    James (forward) as rookie of                          age. His scoring and rebounding       rebounding “double-dou-
      there’s evidence that the arctic may have frozen over about 40                st. John’s main goal is satisfying her own curiosity about the                            the year for the all-Virginia divi-                          totals rank among the top all-time    bles.” He led the dukes
      million years ago, nearly the same time, geologically speaking, earth’s mysteries and sharing what she learns. “The earth is just                                       sion i men’s basketball team. The 6-                         season figures for JMU freshmen.      or tied for the team
      as the antarctic, which generally is thought to have frozen tens this big puzzle and trying to contribute another piece to the puz-                                     foot-5 James led JMU with averages                           His 191 rebounds matched JMU’s        lead in scoring a team-
      of millions of years ahead of the arctic as earth’s climate shifted zle, to try to understand how the earth works, how it worked in                                     of 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per                          no. 4 mark for a freshman and are     high 10 times and in
      from the “greenhouse world” of the dinosaur age to the “icehouse the past is very satisfying and very interesting,” she says.                   M                       game during the 2005-06 season.                              a team-freshman best since 1976-      rebounding a team-
      world” that exists today.                                                 ✱ Read more at                                                     He was named rookie of the year in                           77, JMU’s first division i season.    best 16 times. M

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                                                               DUKESTURF                                                                                 HALLOFFAME

      completes golden                                                                                                                                                                                              Honored Dukes
      archery career                                                                                                                                                                                Four alumni inducted into JMU Athletics Hall of Fame

             enior Braden gellenthien won the
             gold medal in the men’s compound
             bow division at the University
      archery Championships in June in Colo-
      rado springs. gellenthien also was a mem-
      ber of two gold-medal teams at the sixth
      World University archery Championships
      in Vinicne, slovakia. approximately 165
      participants from 25 countries competed.
         gellenthien, JMU freshman stephen
      schwade and Josh Binger (Texas a&M)
      defeated France 22-21 to capture the men’s
      compound team championship. gellenthien
      then teamed with JMU freshman Brittany
      lorenti to take gold in the mixed com-
      pound team competition. lorenti also won

                                                              Lacrosse team rules CAA
      a bronze medal in the women’s compound
      team competition. she and two Texas a&M
      archers beat great Britain 20-18.       M
                                                      The lacrosse team won the 2006 CAA tour-       all three categories (seventh in points, 15th
                                                      nament 14-8 over Hofstra in May. The team      in assists and 19th in goals).

                                                      ended the season 14-4 and captured its             Dardine, the CAA Defensive Player of
                                                      third CAA crown in the last four years.        the Year, led the Dukes in caused turnovers

                                                         The Virginia Sports Information Direc-      (39) and ranked 12th nationally in that cat-
                                                      tors’ Association named five players to its    egory. Cronin was second for the Dukes in

                                                      2006 All-State Team. Junior midfielder Kelly   goals (45) and third in points (53) and free-                       op performers from three of the more-successful pro-     ment. she is among only three dukes JMU’s Athletics Hall
                                                      Berger and junior defender Kylee Dardine       position goals (6). She also ranked among                           grams in JMU athletics history and one of the univer-    with career totals of more than 1,400 of Fame class of 2006
                                                      took first-team honors. Making the second      the NCAA leaders in goals average (2.25).                           sity’s leading all-time student-athletes were inducted   points and 600 rebounds, and she still hail from basketball,
                                                      team were junior midfielder Lynlea Cronin,         McKenzie was an All-CAA second team                                                                                                                                     field hockey, swimming
                                                                                                                                                                         into JMU’s athletic Hall of Fame in april. greater       ranks third on the team’s career scoring and track teams. Now,
                                                      senior attacker Brooke McKenzie and senior     selection and ranked second on the team in
                                                      defender Betsey Priest.                        assists (18), points (62) and free-position goals                   Madison hosts the annual induction ceremony and          list and eighth on its all-time rebound- forever in the record
      Braden Gellenthien (’06) hit the golden
      bull’s-eye at both the 2006 University             Berger, the CAA Player of the Year, led     (9). Priest was an All-CAA second team hon-                         sports banquet. The 19th class of inductees include      ing list. she was an all-league defensive books are: Alisa Harris
      Archery Championships and the World             JMU in goals (59), assists (34) and points     oree and had season totals of 31 ground balls,      Mark gabriele (’95), a member of four men’s swimming and div-            honoree in 1988 and a conference all- (’88), Matt Holthaus
      University Archery Championships.               (93). She ranked among NCAA leaders in         19 caused turnovers and 19 draw controls.           ing conference championship teams; alisa Harris (’88), a member of       tournament selection in 1986 and 1988. (’95), Carole Thate (’95).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and Mark Gabriele
                                                                                                                                                         three women’s basketball teams that won league titles and advanced          Former two-time JMU male scholar-
                                                                                                                                                         to the nCaa “sweet 16;” Matt Holthaus (’95), a men’s track and           athlete of the year Matt Holthaus earned all-america recognition as
                                      Academic slugging power                                                                                            field all-america and two-time JMU male student-athlete of the
                                                                                                                                                         year; and Carole Thate (’96), who led JMU’s field hockey team to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  a track performer four times. He received all-america honors in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  outdoor mile in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and in the indoor mile in 1995.
       Six athletes named to Academic All-State team; men’s swim team named Academic All-America                                                         an nCaa crown and was a national player of the year.                     He was the intercollegiate association of amateur athletes of america
                                                                                                                                                            a top performer on the swimming and diving teams that won             indoor champion in the 1,000 meters in 1995 and outdoors in the

             he Virginia sports information direc-                                                The JMU men’s swimming and diving                      four straight Colonial athletic association championships and            1,500 meters in 1994, and he competed in the U.s. olympic sports
             tors honored six JMU athletes among                                               squad also proved their academic power.                   three eastern College athletic Conference titles, Mark gabriele          Festival in the 1,500 meters in 1994 and 1995. as a post-collegiate
             98 throughout the state for achieve-                                              The team earned 2005-06 academic all-                     won eight individual Caa titles and was a member of relay teams          performer he won the U.s. championship in the mile and was a mem-
      ments both in athletic competition and in                                                america team honors by the Collegiate                     that won 14 conference crowns. gabriele was a four-time Caa win-         ber of several U.s. national teams. His best indoor times still rank first
      the classroom. earning 2005-06 academic                                                  swimming Coaches association of amer-                     ner in the 100-meter butterfly and won conference championships          in the 1,000 and mile, second in the 800 and fifth in the 3,000.
      all-state first team awards were Kim argy                                                ica. The dukes posted a team grade-point-                 in the 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter individual medley.             Carole Thate led the dukes to the 1994 nCaa field hockey
      (soccer) and Matt Magerko (football).                                                    average of 2.84 under first-year head coach               He won eastern titles in both butterfly events and the individual        title and to the 1995 Caa crown and nCaa semifinals. she was
         earning honorable mentions were annie                                                 Chris Feaster. The dukes’ collective aver-                medley as a junior and in the 100-meter butterfly as a senior, and       the Honda award winner as the nCaa’s best player in 1995 and
      lowry (soccer), Melanie schaffer (soccer), Kim Argy (’06)           Matt Magerko (’05)
                                                                                               age was bolstered by Caa Commissioner’s                   he competed at the nCaa Championships in all three events. He            College sports magazine’s 1994 and 1995 field hockey athlete of
      ashley Reyher (tennis) and Kristen sondermann (field hockey).       academic honors and 10 individuals who earned a minimum                        earned a Ph.d. in neurobiology and anatomy from Wake Forest              the year. she led the nation in scoring in 1993, 1994 and 1995
         argy, the women’s soccer leading scorer and an all-region and    3.0 gPa. Those athletes included senior evan Carhart; juniors                  and joined the JMU biology faculty in 2001.                              and holds JMU records for career goals (116), points (268) and
      all-Caa honoree in 2005, had a 3.756 grade-point average in         Mitch dalton, Joe Moore and John Parks; sophomore Brian                           alisa Harris led the women’s basketball teams to some of the top      game-winning goals, and season marks for goals (40) and points
      accounting. Magerko, a graduate student in kinesiology with a       Freitag; and freshmen Matt Fox, Tom Martin, dan smullen,                       accomplishments in JMU’s athletics history. a four-year starter,         (93). in 1995, she was first-team all-america (her only season of
      3.9 gPa, was named to four all-america first teams and was          scott Terry and Jared Tschohl.                                                 she had 1,473 points and 683 rebounds in a career during which           eligibility), Caa player of the year and JMU’s female athlete of the
      football scholar-athlete of the year for the atlantic 10 Confer-       JMU’s swim team was one of 80 division i programs nation-                   JMU compiled a 104-19 overall record, won three Caa titles and           year. she played on the netherlands’ bronze medal olympic teams
      ence last fall.                                                     ally to compile a gPa of 2.80 or higher.                      M                advanced three times to the “sweet 16” of the nCaa Tourna-               in 1996 and 2000 and was captain of the 2000 team.                     M

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                                                                                                                                                           Wesli: What rewards or satisfaction do          ‘... had I not come                                i’m just grateful for that opportunity,

                              Inspire others by serving others                                                                                          you get from your work as executive direc-
                                                                                                                                                        tor of the Furious Flower Poetry Center as        to this university, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           because had i not come to this univer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sity, i would have never known what the
                                              A conversation with mentor and protégé
                                                                                                                                                        well as your work with students?
                                                                                                                                                           Joanne: i tell my colleagues that i went
                                                                                                                                                                                                           would have never                                possibilities are. and had i not been sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           rounded by such inspirational individu-

                                                                                                                                                        from the best job on campus, as director         known what the pos-                               als, i’d never know what i could achieve.
                       oetry, education
                       and inspiring
                                                                                                                                                        of the Honors Program, to a better job, if
                                                                                                                                                        that’s possible, a job i created for myself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           sibilities are. And                                Joanne: That brings me to another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           question. You are the first generation to
                       change in the                                                                                                                    as Furious Flower director, i spend my            had I not been sur-                              graduate from college in your family. as
                       lives of students
                       bring together
                                                                                                                                                        time trying to promote african-american
                                                                                                                                                        poetry through research, publication and            rounded by such                                i think about you, your leadership ability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and the wonderful humility you bring to
                       Furious Flower                                                                                                                   education. so it’s like an outreach center       inspirational individ-                            leadership, i also think about the fact that
      Poetry Center director Joanne                                                                                                                     … to expose JMU nationally, to promote                                                             all of this could have been unrealized if
      gabbin and sga President                                                                                                                          this poetry i love so much, to deal with          uals, I’d never know                             you hadn’t gone to college. did you ever
      Wesli spencer, who graduated                                                                                                                      diversity on our campus, and to show that        what I could achieve.’                            feel that you wouldn’t get to college?
      in May with a double major in                                                                                                                     different cultures can be here and enrich                                                             Wesli: You mentioned earlier your
      political science and theater.                                                                                                                    each other in a very meaningful way.                      — W E sl i s pE ncE r (’06)              mother and the impact she had on you.
      They discuss their inspiration                                                                                                                       as for the rewards of teaching, the great-                                                      My mother is that person for me. My
      and inspiring others.                                                                                                                             est gift i get is when i hear about what my      my life and in developing my character and        parents started college and completed
         W e s l i : dr. gabbin, you                                                                                                                    students are doing, and when i remem-            research and insight. it’s really taught me       their first year, and then i happened.
      spend so much of your time                                                                                                                        ber that there was something that i said         a lot about our society and our world. But        My mother gave up her chance for a col-
      talking to young people and                                                                                                                       or something that i modeled that helped          in addition to the many students who are          lege education so i could have a life. so
      being a resource, as well as giv-                                                                                                                 them professionally. You know teachers,          now involved, there are many colleges and         in return, i think i decided that my life
      ing to society with your Furious                                                                                                                  all teachers yearn for that compliment           universities up and down the east Coast,          would be to serve, to give back to her, to
      Flower Poetry Center. Where                                                                                                                       that will say, ‘you changed my life. There       from ivy league schools to community col-         give back to them and to give back to oth-
      does the motivation to give so                                                                                                                    was something you did that made me see           leges, that are also now involved. similar to     ers. so it’s never been an option, i think,
      much to others come from?                                                                                                                         myself in a different light.’ so you don’t       the Underground Railroad that had houses          for me not to go to college or for me not
      Where [and] when exactly                                                                                                                          have to bring me flowers, you just have to       that were safe havens for escaped slaves, the     to serve others.
      did you make that decision to                                                                                                                     tell me that you’re doing well, that you’ve      schools involved are that environment that           Joanne: if you had to describe the kind
      become a teacher, to dedicate                                                                                                                     become a good citizen and that you’re giv-       cultivates that freedom.                          of leader you are, what would you say?
      your life to all of us?                                                                                                                           ing back. and i’m extremely happy.                  Joanne: it sounds like this is very               Wesli: i know this sounds cliché, but i’m
         Joanne: i have to say hon-                                                                                                                        Wesli, you’re just such a student, one        important to you.                                 not a leader at all. i’m a servant. i’m a hard
      estly that the root of that inspira-                                                                                                              who is always giving back, both in your             Wesli: Well, freedom is important to me        worker; i’m simply an ordinary person who
      tion for teaching and for sharing                                                                                                                 academic pursuits and in the scores of           as a person. giving back to society is impor-     has been exposed to information that moti-
      with students happened when                                                                                                                       extracurricular activities that you head or      tant to me as a person. i think i started to      vates me to do something about it. if i see
      i was probably 7 years old. My                                                                                                                    are involved in. Tell us a little about those.   realize the importance of these things at a       that something is going to benefit a friend or
      mother said to me then, “i’ve Joanne Gabbin, executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, English professor and for-                      Wesli: This year, i was fortunate enough      conference i attended. every year the Cen-        a group of people, i will work to make that
                                                                                          Wesli Spencer (’06), JMU Student Government Asso-
      taken you as far as i can with mer director of the JMU Honors Program, andthrough service.
                                           ciation president for 2005-06, inspire others
                                                                                                                                                        to serve as the student body president. i’ve     ter for Multicultural student services sends      happen because that’s what gives meaning
      your education and now you                                                                                                                        also been involved with theater and plays and    students to the national Black student            to my life. so i’m not a leader. i’m just in
      have to go further.” This woman, who had only a fourth-grade              Wesli: Why did you, as an african-american educator, decide             different productions, as well as with alter-    leadership development Conference. The            the business of creating positive experiences.
      education, had taught me everything she could. and now i had to to come to JMU, a predominately white campus?                                     native spring Break helping with rebuilding      first year i went was the first time i had ever      Joanne: giving back is really a focus
      teach myself. But i realized when she said that to me, she was valu-      Joanne: Both my husband and i were teaching at lincoln Uni-             efforts in the gulf Coast region. i’ve worked    been put in an environment in which i was         in your life. What motivates you to give
      ing education. and from that point on i tried to learn as much as i versity in Pennsylvania, the first institution for black college stu-         in dining services and the University Recre-     surrounded by so many leaders. not just           so much to people?
      could so that i could teach my sister and my brothers, and i could dents, founded in 1854. i loved teaching in that historically black            ation [Center], with students for Minority       peers, but prominent figures in society who          Wesli: i really like people. i like getting
      indirectly teach my parents and give them an opportunity for an institution because it was a mission. But after my husband got his                outreach and orientation as well, and i was      were making a difference, who were chang-         to know people and learning from them.
      education that they didn’t have.                                       Ph.d. in accounting, he thought it would be a nice idea to float           involved in a number of leadership confer-       ing society for the better. nikki giovanni,       no matter where they are, what walk of
         now every time i talk to students i think about the potential his resume around to see what the job market was like. so that’s                 ences. so i have a collection of experiences.    dr. elaine Jones, Kevin Powell, donna Bra-        life they come from, i think there’s some-
      that they have, and i think about how i can be a catalyst to make the reason he and i both came down here to interview with James                    Joanne: There’s one other thing you           zil. The list goes on and on. These leaders       thing that you can learn from them. also,
      that potential grow. and i always have the feeling that i’ve given Madison University. When we got home, we were not convinced                    didn’t mention, the neo Underground Rail-        showed us how we could change the world.          when you come to this institution, you are
      you, my students, as much as i can; i’ve taken you as far as i can that we were going to leave lincoln University. But as we thought              road. Could you tell me a bit about that?        They gave us reasons to make a positive           surrounded by individuals who constantly
      take you, and now you have to go further. always, as a teacher, about JMU, we decided that if we would come at all it would be                       Wesli: The idea for it comes from the his-    difference in our society, and they gave us       give (faculty members, you dr. gabbin,
      i’m going to expect that you’re going to be brighter, that you’re because of the students, because we both found the students to be               tory of the original Underground Railroad        reasons to positively contribute. and from        people at the Center for Multicultural
      going to be better, that you’re going to make a greater contribu- exciting, sophisticated and really serious; but, i suppose, fun lov-            in which Harriet Tubman led slaves to free-      there, the neo Underground Railroad idea          student services and people at the confer-
      tion than i have made.                                                 ing at the same time. We knew that in coming to JMU we would               dom by creating a network. and this neo          got started. The idea came to use this con-       ences that you attend) … are giving their
         Wesli: What makes you so passionate about your teaching?            find those students, those african-american students. But we soon          Underground Railroad is kind of along the        ference as an environment where we could          knowledge and their wisdom to us. so, in
         Joanne: i just enjoy sharing knowledge, and i enjoy learning. understood that our mission was larger than communicating with                   same lines. it’s a network of students and       cultivate an action plan or action campaign       part, i do believe it’s something that you
      Teaching is a two-way street. students teach teachers; teachers and inspiring african-american students. We felt we were sup-                     young people who are trying to help lead         to get us moving about a specific issue that      learn, this giving. You’re going to naturally
      teach students, but when you get the process really going it’s a posed to be here to also inspire and change the perspectives of                  our people to freedom from mental slavery.       is affecting people. Then we create oppor-        be inclined to follow that example, to fol-
      learning environment that you create.                                  some of the white students. so our mission got a little larger.            This organization has played a major role in     tunities in which to act.                         low in their footsteps.                     M

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Bright Lights
      tHe professors, students And ALumnI

      [Jonathan Koves]
      Downloading democracy
                                                                                at Koves Technologies, the revolutionary thinker also special-
                                                                             izes in the design and development of innovative Web sites with
                                                                             Macromedia’s Flash software.
                                                                                                                                                        wHo sHIne In mAdIson’s ConsteLLAtIon

                                                                                                                                                          [Aimee Labrecque]
                                                                                                                                                          Promoting greater health
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “at the White House, most of my time was spent teaching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 classes, personal training and helping individuals,” she says.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Then i came to the Coast guard and found out i had to do
      Jonathan Koves (’05) creates                                “Jonathan has one of the top Web design companies in the world,”
                                                                             says Carrie Belt (’04), assistant director for C3 (Creative Change Cen-      inside the Beltway                                                     a lot of public speaking and training. it only took me a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 months to figure out that being able to educate groups of people
      B y K a t i E o’ D o W D ( ’ 07 )                                      ter), a pioneering nonprofit creative center dedicated to improving          By Don n a r aGsDa l E Du n n ( ’ 94 )                                 on healthy behaviors is what i am really passionate about, but i
                                                                             the quality of life and economic vitality in Richmond. “in fact, his                                                                                would have never known i had the talent or the skill to do that

     H                                                                                                                                                    A
                    ow many recent college graduates successfully run Web design frequently gets stolen; and he has to go to great lengths                             imee labrecque (’97) did not expect to see anyone work- unless i left the White House.”
                    a Web site development and design firm that they to get it back. ... He created, designed and donated the C3 Web                                   ing out at the White House athletic Center on sept.          Both at the White House and now labrecque feels that she’s
                    launched from their freshman dorm? How many site to our center because we were a start-up nonprofit and didn’t                                     12, 2001. But she was amazed at the stream of secret had the best possible jobs. “People always ask me what’s it like
                    have worked with Fortune 500 companies and cli- have ample funds for a really nice Web site. Koves and his colleagues                              service agents and senior staff in the facility that day. to work at the White House,” she says. “The truth is, the only
      ents around the globe?                                                                                     have experience working with big            While talking to these elite individuals                                                  time you really remember that you’re at
         You’d be hard-pressed to find                                                                           companies and really get their hands     post-9/11, the former White House ath-                                                       the White House is when you try to come
      a 20-something who has accom-                                                                              around each client’s goal.”              letic Center fitness director got the same                                                   or try to leave because of the security.
      plished these endeavors. But                                                                                  With Marriott international inc.      answer again and again: “We’re here to get                                                   otherwise, the people inside the fitness
      entrepreneur Jonathan Koves                                                                                and general electric Co. among           a little sanity because what’s going on here                                                 center appreciate being treated like nor-
      (’05) has done both. The ameri-                                                                            the company’s clientele, Koves           is almost too much to take.”                                                                 mal people. i always joked that everyone
      can Mensa member also scored in                                                                            Technologies serves an array of             after seven years of promoting good over-                                                 is equal when they’re in gym shorts and
      the top 2 percent of the popula-                                                                           businesses and individual patrons.       all health to individuals with high-stress jobs                                              running shoes.”
      tion on the iQ test.                                                                                       Koves also assists Muslim parties        in the White House, labrecque joined the                                                        labrecque enjoyed seeing individuals
         Koves built a self-sufficient com-                                                                      in obtaining Web sites when they         U.s. Coast guard, department of Home-                                                        she worked with in WHaC on television
      pany from his residence hall room                                                                          cannot do so on their own. Mus-          land security, as a health promotion manager                                                 and seeing the transition between the
      in JMU’s Blue Ridge Hall, while                                                                            lims cannot use credit cards to buy      for the Mid-atlantic region in 2004. she also                                                Clinton and Bush administrations. “it was
      his classmates looked for jobs in                                                                          Web sites, Belt says.                    published The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Work-                                                fun to visit family, watch the news and
      retail and on campus. Koves cre-                                                                              “one of the hardest things is         ing Out With a Partner (alpha Books, 2004).                                                  say to my parents, ‘Hey, i helped that guy
      ated his own Web site develop-                                                                             really trying to manage the work-           “since 1997 when i moved to Washing-                                                                with his exercise program.’ My
      ment firm to pay tuition bills.                                                                            flow from kickoff to delivery for        ton, d.C., my eyes have been opened to                                                                 family would get such a kick
         “it seemed to be a time when it                                                                         clients,” Koves says. “We try to         so many different ways that i can use my                                                               out of that.”
      was a fairly sought-after service,”                                                                        make it as seamless as possible and      health science degree,” labrecque says.                                                                   labrecque also had the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aimee Labrecque (’97) pro-
      says Koves, who balanced school                                                                            make sure that clients get what they     “But then again, i personally believe you motes overall health through                                 opportunity to begin new pro-
      and work by becoming an “insom- Jonathan Koves (’05) built his own Web site development                    want when they want it. it’s always      can make the job of your dreams out of any her position with the U.S.                                  grams, such as yoga, at the
                                                  as a freshman,
      niac and a super-senior.” He also firm Electric Co. andand appreciative patrons include Gen-
                                             eral                 Marriott International Inc.
                                                                                                                 a challenge we strive to meet.”          offer you get. ... i think you have to look at Coast Guard. In 2004, she                               center. “Unlike in other fitness
      became a part-time student some                                                                               Koves Technologies underlines         what your strengths are and find a career published The Complete                                      facilities where most of your
      semesters so he could devote more time to his company.                 the importance of customer service in a field that has a reputa-             path that will help you hone the strengths Idiot’s Guide to Working Out
                                                                                                                                                                                                            With a Partner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                programming focus is on helping
         The start-up eventually became Koves Technologies llC, tion for not being customer-friendly, explains Koves. His com-                            and develop some of your weaknesses.”                                                                 members improve their physical
      and Koves also created, a Web site that provides pany offers 24-hour customer support. “Customers should always                          labrecque teaches classes on topics ranging from smoking ces- fitness and lose weight, being at the WHaC gave me an oppor-
      streaming news about major developments in the region. Koves be able to get in touch with a person,” Koves says.                                    sation to stress management. she has found that her work at the tunity to change that focus to a more overall health promotion
      has hired iraqi journalists to provide news coverage from the             one of the main ways the company obtains business is through              Coast guard also requires her to help individuals functioning in approach,” she says. “The one thing i can stress is that if you are
      war-torn country. “We’ll provide a way to look at this situation referrals. “We form a lot of long-term relationships,” says Koves.                 extremely stressful situations. Most recently, the Coast guard passionate about what you got your degree in, you can take it
      through iraqi’s eyes,” he explains.                                    “it extends far beyond business; it’s more than just a customer-             has been essential in hurricane relief.                                where you want to take it.”                                   M
         The site operates without financing from other groups as Koves service relationship.”
      says he wants to keep the site “intellectually diverse” and expand        Koves Technologies is headquartered in Richmond and has
      the contacts and journalists in iraq. “The Web site receives a tre- two locations in india and Romania. The company is currently
                                                                                                                                                           ‘People always ask me what’s it like to work at the White House ...
      mendous amount of both hostile and favorable feedback. i want setting up an additional location in Tempe, ariz., and is looking                     the only time you really remember that you’re at the White House is
      it to be the best news outlet for iraq. Freedom of inquiry and into possibly expanding in europe.
      expression is among the clearest advantages, and most urgent ✱ Read more about this entrepreneur at JMU’s “Be the Change Web
                                                                                                                                                          when you come or leave because of the security. I always joked that
      requirements, of modern democratic society,” he says.                  site:                                                everyone is equal when they’re in gym shorts and running shoes.’

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                                                                BRIGHTLIGHTS                                                                                                                                    BRIGHTLIGHTS

      [Wenonah Miller Hauter]                                               Her career in public policy and science has been a perfect fit for        [Ray Mason]                                                            termaster Corps in germany, later serving as an aide-de-camp

      Stopping corporate control                                                                                                                      JMU ROTC pioneer serves
                                                                            the woman who once considered majoring in biology.                                                                                               for Brig. gen. Ken lewi, 3rd Corps support Command, with
                                                                               “When i did social work, providing direct services during the                                                                                 units deployed in germany. Many of these units served along
      of food and water                                                     Reagan revolution, i was frustrated with the political situation.
                                                                            … The real decision i made that led me down the path [of pub-             the world’s freedom frontier                                           the eastern european border.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “i feel extremely fortunate that i had the privilege of attend-
      By Don n a r aGsDa l E Du n n ( ’ 94 )                                lic policy] was wanting to work in an area where you could direct         By Don n a r aGsDa l E Du n n ( ’ 94 )                                 ing JMU,” Mason says. “The academically healthy campus
                                                                            the political situation instead of trying to make the best of a bad                                                                              atmosphere allowed for creative and innovative open thought,

      w                                                                                                                                               B
                        enonah Miller Hauter (’78) has launched Food situation,” she explains.                                                                 rig. gen. Raymond Mason (’78), who helped begin the which allowed me to quickly learn the critical leadership skills
                        and Water Watch, a nonprofit spin-off of Pub-          Hauter still finds the political scene frustrating, but she is hope-            Reserve officer Training Corps at JMU, today leads a that would prepare me for the high stakes, rapid-paced, ever-
                        lic Citizen, the consumer advocacy organization ful. “Politics have been deteriorating and not improving, but you                      force of more than 55,000 military, government civilians changing U.s. military combat environment.”
                        founded by Ralph nader in 1971.                     have to look at things through the longer spectrum of time,” she                   and contract workers to provide fuel, food and a multitude       Mason continued his education in the army earning a Master
          Hauter’s career since graduating with a degree in sociology says. “it took 50 years to get rid of child labor.”                             of other support services to more than 200,000 deployed forces.        of science degree in procurement/contract management from
      has led her down the road of pub-                                                                      While Hauter spends her days in             as the commanding general                                                                             the Florida institute of Tech-
      lic policy, because, she says, “i really                                                            the nation’s capital fighting to pro-       of all army Materiel Command                                                                             nology in 1986 and an M.s. in
      believe social change can be made                                                                   tect food and water, at home in The         forces within theater, Mason                                                                             national resource strategy from
      through grass-roots action.”                                                                        Plains, Va., she lives what she believes.   synchronizes strategic and                                                                               the national defense Univer-
         Food and Water Watch has a full                                                                  she and her husband, leigh, run a           operational logistics support                                                                            sity in 1999.
      plate of public policy issues. The group                                                            Community supported agriculture             for all forces in iraq, Kuwait,                                                                             serving in grenada, aus-
      focuses on the “vital mission of protect-                                                           farm, providing fresh, subscription         afghanistan and the Horn                                                                                 tralia, Hawaii and along the
      ing our food and water from increased                                                               vegetables and flowers grown without        of africa. His 27-year army                                                                              demilitarized zone near
      corporate control, factory farming and                                                              chemical pesticides, herbicides or fer-     career, an impressive resume of                                                                          north Korea, Mason’s military
      privatization,” according to Joan Clay-                                                             tilizers. Families pay a “subscription      experience and his JMU experi-                                                                           achievements are numerous.
      brook, president of Public Citizen.                                                                 fee” to receive produce from a Csa          ence helped prepare Mason for                                                                               a student at the yearlong
      Hauter was named executive director                                                                 farm. in its 12th year, Bull Run Farm       his immense assignments.                                                                                 army Command and general
      of Food and Water Watch following                                                                   provided food to more than 400 sub-            Mason entered Madison                                                                                 staff College at leavenworth,
      eight years as head of the Critical Mass                                                            scriber families last year.                 in the fall of 1974. The son                                                                             Kan., he was selected as the
      energy and environment Program                                                                         “This is a radical departure from        of a merchant mariner who                                                                                single “master logistician” out
      at Public Citizen. during her tenure                                                                the international food distribution         switched over to the army in                                                                             of a class of 1,000 students.
      there, she saw the issues multiply.                                                                 system that most americans have             1942, Mason came to JMU                                                                                  He served as deputy director,
         at first, Hauter’s division of Public                                                            become accustomed to,” according to                                                  Gen. Ray Mason (second from right) meets up
                                                                                                                                                      having traveled the world from Brig.Gen. M.G. Kelly, and their two personal securitywith his boss, two- logistics (J4), for the Joint staff,
                                                                                                                                                                                          star                                               officers in Iraq.
      Citizen focused on fighting nuclear                                                        “The average dis-          Paris to Berlin to California.                                                                           responsible for logistics planning
      power, but it quickly expanded to                                                                   tance that the food in your grocery         He was ready to continue in his family’s military tradition, but for operation iraqi Freedom and operation enduring Freedom.
      address the policies surrounding                                                                    store has traveled is well over 2,000       JMU at that time did not have an RoTC program.                             in March 2004, Mason was promoted to one-star brigadier
      deregulation of the electric power                                                                  miles. With us, the vegetables travel          “during my sophomore year a few of us army ‘brats’ asked the general and assigned as the commander of the defense supply
      industry. “some of my earliest work                                                                 less than 40 miles from our farm to         JMU faculty to consider establishing an RoTC program,” he says. Center-Philadelphia, defense logistics agency, an organization
      focused on enron before enron was                                                                   your table.”                                   in 1976, two part-time military instructors from the Uni- with $13 billion in annual worldwide sales of subsistence, cloth-
                                                Wenonah Miller Hauter (’78) puts social science into
      a household name,” she says.              action on her Community Supported Agriculture farm.
                                                                                                             Mary lou Wylie, retired JMU              versity of Virginia established a satellite RoTC curriculum at ing textiles, medical supplies and combat material. in september
         Then, her division began to look                                                                 professor of sociology, admires how         Madison. The program expanded quickly on campus, and 24 2005, he was deployed to his current position in Kuwait.
      at issues such as the irradiation of food, industrialization of Hauter has lived what she believes: “even when she was an                       students were commissioned as army officers in 1978. Mason                This month, he will take over as commander of the 19th sup-
      agriculture and water privatization. “We’ve really been able to undergraduate she was really interested in public issues. she’s                 graduated as a second lieutenant.                                      port Command (expeditionary) in daegu, south Korea.
      change the debate about water,” Hauter says.                          very passionate about issues, and she has found a job where she              “My RoTC experience at JMU, and the great friendships                  “although i love the army, and it has provided me the oppor-
         as the issues continued to multiply, so did Hauter’s division. could really translate her sociology and her passion into doing               i still have with those first RoTC officer graduates, gives me tunity to serve the United states, my family is my number one
      eventually, it became too large to remain under Public Citizen, some really good things.”                                                       great pride.” Mason says. “since my commissioning in 1978, priority,” Mason says.
      so Hauter and her staff helped form Food and Water Watch.                Wylie believes other sociology students can find inspiration           hundreds of great americans have received their military com-             His wife of 26 years, Patti, has moved with him 15 times,
         Hauter, who began her career in social services, has a master’s in Hauter’s accomplishments. “she’s not the person in the lab,               mission through James Madison University and are serving our making three of the moves while Mason was deployed. she
      degree in applied anthropology. she first left social work for but she’s looking at the implications of what is being researched.               nation on freedom’s frontier around the world.”                        runs a home-based nutrition business. They have two chil-
      advocacy when she went to work for the Union of Concerned The value of social science is to look … at the impacts on soci-                         Mason met his wife, Patti K. Harris (’78) at Madison, and dren: nick, a professional golfer in denver, and sarah, a stu-
      scientists. There, she concentrated on renewable energy issues. ety and the world.”                                                       M     they began their married life with Mason serving in the Quar- dent at Virginia Tech.                                                     M

        ‘This is a radical departure from the international food distribution                                                                         ‘My ROTC experience and the friendships I still have with those first
          system that most Americans have become accustomed to ...The                                                                                  ROTC officer graduates, gives me great pride ... Since my commis-
         average distance that the food in your grocery store has traveled                                                                             sioning, hundreds of great Americans have received their military
       is well over 2,000 miles. With us, the vegetables travel less than 40                                                                           commission through JMU and are serving our nation on freedom’s
                          miles from our farm to your table.’                                                                                                             frontier around the world.’

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