The Faculty Senate passed a resolution Thursday afternoon condemning JMU Provost and Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Heather Coltman alleging a lack of shared governance between administration and faculty and a culture of intimidation in hiring practices. Thirty-three of 42 voting senators supported the resolution. 

The Student Government Association (SGA) Senate approved funding for the Asian Student Union (ASU) and JMU acapella groups Low Key and Unaccompanied, as well as the budget for University Program Board (UPB), and heard a presentation from JMU Dining Services during Tuesday’s meeting.  

Hindsight is 20/20, or at least that was Monday's focus as Dr. Anthony Fauci and CNN Chief Domestic Correspondent Jim Acosta (’93) led a town hall at JMU to talk about lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect on the mistakes and successes that have followed the U.S. throughout the global health crisis.

Banning and censoring books have been hot-button issues of late, particularly within education. The implications of censoring or not censoring content in public schools have wracked the public consciousness for decades but have picked up speed within the past few years, and Harrisonburg is no exception.

Class registration occurs just a few months before the semester begins, and for some students like sophomore Maddie Tardif, this proves to be stressful. During this time, students are often racing against one another to get classes, but what really makes this time so hectic is the battle over “good professors,” several students told The Breeze, and they often consider Rate My Professors ratings when picking classes.

The Breeze has been JMU’s official student-run newspaper for 100 years. Since its first issue on Dec. 2, 1922, The Breeze’s mission has been to provide the JMU community with news and important information. From college name changes to the construction of new buildings, here are some of the biggest moments The Breeze has chronicled at JMU since 1922. 

The JMU Board of Visitors (BoV) discussed changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), updated members on JMU’s efforts with the Virginia General Assembly and heard a presentation on a new Innovation Center for Youth Justice at its full board meeting on Feb. 10.


Eric Nickel, the director of  university recreation, won the Dolley Madison Award, which recognizes a member of the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management for their time, talent and treasure. 

COVID-19 created shortages of all kinds across the world, including in different areas of labor in the U.S., such as retail, hospitality and the food industry. One area, in particular has been hit hard: teachers. In Harrisonburg City Public Schools (HCPS), there’s high demand for time off and leave from teachers, but not enough substitutes to fill all the requests, according to Jeremy Weaver, the director of human resources for HCPS.

JMU senior Casey Brewer won the 2022 Henry Fong Award, an international award that grants one student a scholarship to study at another International Network of Universities (INU) member university for one semester with a stipend of $2,000 for travel costs and living expenses. The last Henry Fong Award winner at JMU was in 2011.

JMU’s Center for First-Generation Students opened on Nov. 7. Located in the Student Success Center (SSC), it’s the first on-campus center of its kind for first-generation students. In 2022-23, about 12% — 2,391 — of undergraduates at JMU are first-gen students, according to the university.

At the Dec. 1 faculty senate meeting, faculty were informed on how to deal with student absences, JMU Provost Heather Coltman reported on the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey and staff bonuses were discussed.

Race-based factors have been used in college admissions processes since the 1960s — now the Supreme Court is considering whether they’re constitutionally viable. The Supreme Court held oral arguments for two affirmative action-related cases Oct. 31 in which Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed suit against the University of North Carolina (UNC) and Harvard for considering race in their admissions process. SFFA argues that race-based admissions leads to discrimination of Asian and White Americans.

The JMU Board of Visitors (BoV) introduced a new center for first-generation students, announced low-cost educational resource programs and heard a presentation on career outcomes and retention rates at its full-board meeting on Nov. 18. 

Students, alumni and other visitors to campus will have plenty of events and activities to choose from during this year’s Homecoming weekend from Friday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 23. Here are highlights of the weekend’s events.

At the end of August, President Joe Biden introduced a plan that’ll forgive up to $20,000 of student loans per person. With this plan, people who make $125,000 after graduating will be eligible for up to $10,000 of loan forgiveness and Pell Grant recipients will be eligible for up to $20,000.  The Breeze spoke to past and current JMU students who'll be affected by the loan forgiveness plan. 


Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced nominees for the Board of Visitors (BoV) of universities across Virginia, including five new members for JMU. As Youngkin is Virginia’s first Republican governor since 2014, this could shift education initiatives across the commonwealth, and the BoV itself. The Breeze spoke with the new members about their goals for their terms and what they hope to bring to the table.

At Friday morning’s Board of Visitors (BoV) meeting, JMU leadership announced recognition with a new national university status, heard from President Jonathan Alger in his Presidential report — including on mental health in the community following a string of localized tragedies — and covered updates in the Virginia General Assembly legislative session and on COVID-19.