What’s New at JMU

Story by Aleixka Macfie-Hernandez

Photos Courtesy of Abbey Blouch

Madison Hall is a newly renovated building that formerly held the Rockingham Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. The $24.5 million project generated a 74,933-square-foot facility that houses the admissions, graduate school, global engagement and physics departments. The first floor is home to the admissions office and the Madison Accelerator Laboratory. Because RMH focused on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, it had a linear accelerator to perform radiation therapy.

The still functional equipment, not available anywhere else on campus, was donated to the JMU physics and astronomy department for nuclear physics research and education. “It offers an opportunity for interdepartment and interuniversity collaboration, and the chance for increased outreach and engagement,” said Scottie Pendleton, the accelerator laboratory manager of the physics and astronomy department.

On the second oor is the office for global engagement and the entrance to the sky bridge. The of ce for global engagement has a full kitchen and computer lab for international students. Jennifer Coffman, the Associate Executive Director of Global Engagement said that Madison Hall provides the space to be creative about new opportunities.

“These spaces will allow us to provide a wide variety of programming,” Coffman said. “Madison Hall is also better located — connected to the Student Success Center and very close to the bluestone part of campus.” The third oor harbors more admissions of ces while the graduate school administrative of ces are on the fourth floor.

The area surrounding Madison Hall will feature an event lawn and a pedestrian colonnade once Madison Hotel and the Shenandoah Conference Center are completed.

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