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JMU Attractions

Astronomy Park
This outdoor facility operated by the Department of Physics and Astronomy features a large field and eight pedestals for mounting telescopes. This space is used mostly for learning, but free night-time viewings have been offered to the community during lunar events. The astronomy park is located on the grassy mall beside the Physics and Chemistry Building on JMU's campus east of Interstate 81. Plenty of parking is available in Lot D-2 across Carrier Drive from the Physics and Chemistry Building.

Center for Multicultural Student Services
The Center for Multicultural Student Services celebrates diversity by heightening awareness and educating our constituents regarding ethnic and cultural diversity .The community is welcome to hear speakers and explore different perspectices. Past speakers include Coretta Scott King, Jesse Jackson, Elaine Chao, Sonia Sanchez and Def Poetry.
Contact: Kim Turner 540/568-6636 (phone) 540/568-3360 (fax)

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Summer Camps and Weekend Programs for the community include the Summer for the Arts Children's Camp, Brass Bash, Double Reed Day and Tri State Jazz Festival.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Outdoor botanical garden and natural forest emphasizing native plant species of the mid-Appalachian region.

John C. Wells Planetarium
The Wells Planetarium offers free shows for the public on Saturdays during the school year. The shows are held at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Seating begins 10 minutes before showtime on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible.
Contact: Shanil Virani

Masterpiece Season
This on-campus series of student-produced theater, music and dance performances and guest performances are open to the public for a small entrance fee. Community members are encouraged to look ahead on the calendar of events and select a specific performance to attend, as performances are subject to selling out in advance.
Contact: (540) 568�7000 or toll free (877) 201-7543

Mineral Museum
The Mineral Museum is located in Room 6139 of Memorial Hall, and the public is welcome to view it Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It features over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world.

The James Madison Center
Located in Johnston Hall, the center serves as a repository for information on Madison's life and times (1751-1836) as well as that of the Federalist Era.

University Recreation
University recreation, affectionately known as "UREC," is an on-campus wellness facility open to all JMU students as well as spouses and families of JMU employees. UREC's mission is to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities and support services. The qualified staff is committed to excellence and responsive to the developmental needs of its participants. UREC's committment is to teach healthy lifestyles while providing a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
Contact: 24 Hour UREC Hotline: 540-568-UREC (8732); Heather Reid, Office Manager: 540-568-8702

Women's Resource Center
The Women's Resource Center is an on-campus office dedicated to the education and empowerment of our community by supporting and celebrating the diversity of women. WRC programs include Take Back the Night, Rape is NOT Sex and the Silent Witness initiative to help advocate victim's rights. WRC events are designed to provide a forum for discussion of women's issues in the JMU community and society.
Contact: Contact: Kimberly Merica - 540-568-3407

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