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!!  

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*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 12am 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 20 minutes of fame! Musicians, please consider this an audition for our Tunes at Noon show every Friday in TDU!

Starting on Tuesday mornings students can sign up online here:

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


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 Spring 2016:
Monday - Shari Scofield aka Jyoti facilitates. Session offers basic mindfulness and intention setting.
Location: Madison Union 206 @ 12-1
Tuesday - Professor Jared Featherstone facilitates. Session offers mindfulness practices and QiQong.
Location: Madison Union 206 @ 12:30-1:30
Wednesday - Professor Ed Brantmeier facilitates peaceful centering.
Location: Madison Union 206 @ 12-1
Thursday - Kripalu trained Yoga Teacher, Julie Scofield, for an hour of beginner friendly yoga. Mats provided.
Location: Madison Union 206 @ 12:30-1:30
Friday - Professor Liam Buckley facilitates.
Location: Madison Union 206 @ 12-1

Mindful Experience Retreat Day

This semester’s Mindful Experience Retreat will be held in the Highlands room of the Festival on Saturday, Dec. 12th from 1pm – 5pm. We will be offering a free retreat in sacred silence with a variety of meditation options to explore. There will be stations set for yoga, mandalas, guided meditations, lexio, zendoodles, and a teatime cart as well. Participants may come and go as they please. We hope to provide the perfect study break from finals. Come home to breath and body.


The Koru Minfulness 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 Tuesday at 4:30pm-6:00pm. Students must commit to 4 – 75 minute sessions. Sign-up online.
The four sessions will meet on Tuesdays May 10, 17, 24 and 31st. ***Participants must commit to ALL four sessions*** If you have any questions, please contact Shari Scofield at

Special Events

“For Love” Benefit Gala

Mad 4U will produce it's sixth annual "For Love" benefit gala in February. Past events have included "For Love for Haiti", "For Love for Tyler", "For Love for the Gulf "and "For Love for the Burg".  Keep your eyes open for the date and time coming early in January!


This event will occur the first Saturday in April.