November 7, 2013 2 Comments
Almost 25 years ago, James Madison University was on the cusp of enormous growth. Enrollment had topped 10,000, and the campus was getting ready to expand.
The purchase of 110 acres across Interstate 81 from the original Bluestone campus (captured in this blog’s wallpaper) was poised to accommodate the growth. One after another, buildings went up and more and more students crossed the bridge over the Interstate and the tunnel beneath it to get to classes.
Today, that empty land is the university’s East Campus, pictured here in a recent aerial photo. It’s a thriving part of the university, providing a second campus with a second major library; a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly dining hall complex; residence and academic halls; the University Recreation Center and the Convocation Center; and a student and alumni center. From the air, it’s pretty impressive. From close up, it’s the home of the Colleges of Integrated Science and Engineering, the College of Science and Math, and the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.
It was a change necessary to continue JMU’s upward trajectory toward becoming a university of distinction.