What is MAD4U?!

Madison 4U hosts a variety of events in Madison Union and the Festival, known as the Union Buildings. Come out, have fun, and make new friends!  There is always something going on with MAD4U!!  

Click Each Event for a Full Description*:

*While we do our best to provide accurate information, the hectic nature of campus life means that details will occasionally be subject to change. The Mad4U staff will announce and update events regularly on the calendar of events as well as our MAD4U Facebook Page.



Come celebrate "hump-day" every Wednesday at 4:00pm over tea and scones! Teatime has quickly become a tradition for community building and sharing, over a cup of hot tea provided by MAD4U. Teatime will be held in the lounge outside of the Student Activities & Involvement office, Madison Union 320.

Creative Madison Craft Night

Mad 4U hosts an open studio in the Club House, Madison Union 208 every Saturday evening from 7:30 until 11pm and you don't have to be an art major to come get your "creative" on! We will put out supplies for a variety of projects including card and jewelry making as well as provide the space to spread out a bit and work on art of your own imagining. Look for theme development on some Saturdays as we invite local artists and crafters for special events. Get a feather in your hair, paint a pair of Tom's, make a hula hoop, or learn to sketch for stress relief. We've got the space if you've got the time and interest, plus a cookie. What's not to love?!?


Tunes at Noon

Grab your lunch and head to TDU @noon every Friday for a lunchtime showcase of student talent recruited from Open Mic Night on Tuesday. During every Open Mic Night, our talent scouts are out and listening for performers who can hold the stage for an hour long concert to celebrate week's end!

Open Mic Night

Every Tuesday night in Taylor Down Under, Madison 4 U hosts an open mic night, which gives JMU students an opportunity to be in the spotlight. Solo and small ensemble acts are welcome - be it poetry, stand-up, or music as long as it's legal this is your opportunity for 15 minutes of fame!

Starting on Tuesday mornings students can sign up online here:

Open Mic Night Form If you are having difficulties signing up on the online form, please call 540-568-8157.


Get Down at Sundown

On two Fridays in the spring 2018 semester, come shake off the school week and welcome the weekend with Mad4U! Bring your friends to play yard games, listen to free live music, dance, and do yoga in the grass! There will also be free cake and giveaways!

The next Get Down at Sundown will be on Friday, March 30th from 5-7 p.m. on Hillside Field, featuring Greg Ward! Check him out ahead of time here:


Madison Meditates

Madison Meditates offers an hour of meditation practice daily. No experience is required and meditation cushions and chairs are provided. There is a variety of facilitation styles and meditation modalities offered as follows for Fall 2017:
Monday - Sarah Deprey-Severance & Destin Webb kick off this student-lead mediation opportunity.
Location: Madison Union 419 (Warren) @ 12-1
Tuesday - Jennifer Cottrell facilitates. Yoga Therapist and mediation teacher.
Location: Madison Union 419 (Warren) @ 12:30-1:30
Wednesday - Professor Karin Tollefson-Hall, Art Faculty with creative mediation exploration.
Location: Madison Union 419 (Warren) @ 12-1
Thursday - Beginner friendly yoga. Mats supplied. Come as you are, no yoga pants required.
Location: Madison Union 206 @ 12:30-1:30
Friday - Professor Liam Buckley facilitates
Location: Madison Union 419 (Warren) @ 12-1

Mindful Experience Retreat Day

Fall Semester Mindful Experience Retreat Day will be held on Saturday, December 2nd in Festival Grand Ballroom from 1-5 p.m.

Hosted by: Madison 4U

Sign up here 

Initative for Contemplative Study and Practice will be co-facilitating this event.  No experience necessary.  Seating provided.  Come home to breath and body.


The Koru Mindfulness program was developed over the course of a decade by psychiatrists Holly Rogers, MD & Margaret Maytan, MD to bring the benefits of mindfulness to the college students they worked with at Duke University’s student counseling center.

Koru Mindfulness is evidence-based curriculum specifically designed for teaching mindfulness, meditation, and stress management to college students and other young adults. The curriculum consists of three components: Koru Basic, Koru 2.0 and Koru Retreat.

Shari Scofield will be offering Koru Basic in Madison Union 302 on Tuesdays at 4:30pm-6:00pm.

The first four sessions during the Spring 2018 semester will meet on Tuesdays, January 30th, February 6th, 13th and 20th.

Click the link below to sign up!

Halftime R&R

Saturday, October 7th from 1-5 p.m., Madison Union 256

Rest, relax, restore, rejuvenate, recharge - choose your own R's and attend an afternoon of mindfulness and contemplative practice to help you thrive during the second half of your fall semester!

Mad4U welcomes facilitator Connie Magee, a local and traveling yoga and meditation teacher, sound healer, massage therapist and energy worker, artist, and acupuncture student. Her teaching and healing work are deeply entwined.

Participants should meet at 1 p.m. in Madison Union 256 for the start of the program and plan on staying for the entire program.

Special Events

Hooping with Ashley Hunter – Mad4U

Get in the Loop and Come Hula Hoop!

Swing into one or more of the four weekly hula hoop dancing classes starting February 8th to learn how to hoop the winter blues away.  Dancers of all skill levels are welcome and will be providing hoops, although they are limited.  Attend all four classes for a chance to win a free hula hoop!

These classes will be taught by Ashley Hunter of Friendly City Hoops.

Date:  2/8, 2/15. 2/22 and 3/1

Time:  7:00pm-8:30pm

Location:  Madison Union 256

If you have questions, please contact Shari Scofield at