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 Collegeinsider.com.
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
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 www.jmu.edu/madisonscholar He was named rookie of the year in 77, JMU’s first division i season. best 16 times. M
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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.
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
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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tHe professors, students And ALumnI
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
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 Iraqinews.com “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
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 iraqinews.com, 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: www.jmu.edu/bethechange. everyone is equal when they’re in gym shorts and running shoes.’
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[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,
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 bullrunfarm.com. “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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