A wonderful waterfall

When I took over the Be the Change campaign about a year ago from Jan Gillis — whose exceptional work established a wonderful platform to feature the many JMU people who are out changing the world — I thought at the time, “yes, I guess I can do this.” But I had no idea how big the population of JMU “changers” would be, how broad their expressions of change and what interesting, devoted, giving people I would encounter.  Add to that the incredible pace of news and social media! What I’ve found is an experience much like standing under a waterfall catching with a coffee cup.  It’s a wonderful waterfall though.

Every day — literally EVERY day — I come across more remarkable JMU people doing truly remarkable work.  Some are heroic and all are generous, like Kelsey Erwin of Catonsville, Md., who gave up her spring break to change a few lives. Here’s what her hometown paper, The Catonsville Times, said:  “A student at James Madison University, Kelsey Erwin of Catonsville, spent spring break, March 6-12, as part of a nine-member team working at Sheffield Place in Kansas City, Mo. This shelter for homeless women and their children offers a number of programs recognized by the National Center on Family Homelessness, which seeks to provide safe environments for traumatized children.”

And Kelsey is one of 400 students who also gave their breaks to others through Alternative Spring Break. Wow!

And then last week I read about alumna Silvia Garcia-Romero (’03), originally from Mexico, who — by sharing her own story — encouraged Hispanic high-school students to pursue their dreams and inspired them to seek higher education during a seminar at a local community college.

My big challenge now is sharing all these wonderful people by increasing the traffic on the Be the Change blog — so that more and more and more people will be inspired by the work that JMU’s alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends are doing. So that more and more people will see that JMU is indeed changing the world.

So, if you’ve happened on this blog, please consider subscribing!  And send our link to others! It’s easy — just scroll to the bottom of the welcome page, click RSS feed, and on the next page click “subscribe.”  It’s that simple.  You’ll automatically get notices of blog news about the best of JMU. Follow along and join in the conversation. If you know of a JMU person out there changing the world, you have to tell us!


About James Madison University
This blog is about the people of James Madison University — a caring, committed and engaged community spread all over the world, making lives better and brighter, healthier and safer, kinder and bolder. As Gandhi suggested, we are taking steps to BE the CHANGE we wish to see in the world. And these are our stories....

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