Four James Madison student-athletes were featured in the latest edition of Madison Magazine for their enrollment into the JMU Honor Program. The magazine featured interviews with sophomore swimmers Camilla Czulada (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) and Jackie Crawford (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring), sophomore volleyball player Sierra Hahn-Ventrell (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and junior soccer player Shannon Rano (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata).
Three other JMU student-athletes, sophomore men's soccer player Tyler Durbin (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), junior volleyball player Martha Stewart (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) and sophomore women's golfer Rachel Walker (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) are also mentioned as being members of the JMU Honors School in the article written by Meghan MacDonald.
An excerpt of the article is run below. To read the whole article, visit http://www.jmu.edu/madisonmagazine/.
"Embracing the highest values of sportsmanship and competition has benefits that extend far beyond the playing field. JMU student-athletes are supported in maintaining a balance between academic scholarship and varsity team demands.
JMU faculty members encourage student-athletes to balance competition with respect, victory with honor and contest with scholarship, and to channel the character-building power of athletics performance into a force for positive change.
JMU President Jonathan R. alger says that many student-athletes told him — during his “Why Madison?” Presidential listening Tour — that they chose JMU because of the academic program. “It is reassuring how much Madison studentathletes truly want to excel as students — in academics and organizations outside of their sport — despite the challenges of a rigorous athletics schedule,” Alger says. “Their priorities are in the right place and align with the JMU philosophy that intercollegiate athletics are integrated into the overall educational mission.”