- Graduating May 2021
Major: Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication
On the Writing Team, Andrew Garison is a Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication major with a minor in English. He will be graduating in May of 2021. Andrew was drawn to the writing program at JMU after he grew up writing stories and comics. He saw that WRTC was a unique program among schools in Virginia and knew JMU would be the school for him.
After a few semesters honing his writing skills, he said, “I applied to TAD to turn writing into a job. It seemed like a good practical way to do what I know and what I like to do.”
When he’s not writing, Andrew is listening to music, collecting vinyl, practicing guitar, or watching movies. He is also a part of the fencing club at JMU. Growing up, he competed in national tournaments across the country. Once he graduates, Andrew plans on moving to the west coast, still turning his writing into a career.
TAD’s Guide to Thanksgiving Food
“How can you spice things up while maintaining the traditions of the season? What do you do with all of your Thanksgiving leftovers? Well, TAD has you covered. The Writing Team has gathered some of the best, most simple recipes around to get you through this holiday season with a belly full of good food.”
Strong Water and 90’s Kids Rock TDU
“TDU was full of excitement and killer tunes on Friday, October 18, when Strong Water and 90’s Kids took the stage. The two bands kicked off UPB’s series of monthly concerts, Spotlight Sounds. Even though they played different genres, they were still able to keep the crowd of energetic students rocking.”
UPB Updates Movie Nights
If you love movies, then we’ve got some good news for you. UPB has updated their weekly movie nights at Grafton Stovell Theater. Students and staff members can now see movies for free if they present a valid JACard at the ticket booth.
Students Crack Up at Funny Freakin’ Friday
Once a month, UPB hosts a comedy show in TDU known as Funny Freakin’ Friday. The show is a great way to get a laugh in after a stressful week of classes. The first show of the semester debuted on Friday, September 20th, at 8 p.m. and ran for one hour. It featured comedian and writer Ismael Loutfi.
The JMU Career Closet is Back This Fall
Picture this: you just landed an interview for your dream job. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. You tell all your friends and family how excited you are. But, when you go home and check your closet, you realize you have nothing to wear. Luckily, JMU has come up with a solution to this issue: the Career Closet!
OCL Teaches Students About Budgeting
This past Wednesday, OCL hosted a workshop designed to teach students the importance of budgeting and making the most out of their money. The workshop broke down key components of money management such as what a budget is, how to distinguish between wants and needs, and the importance of saving money.
Strong Water and 90’s Kids Rock TDU
TDU was full of excitement and killer tunes on Friday, October 18, when Strong Water and 90’s Kids took the stage. The two bands kicked off UPB’s series of monthly concerts, Spotlight Sounds. Even though they played different genres, they were still able to keep the crowd of energetic students rocking.
UPB Brings Bryce Vine and Blanco Brown to Wilson Auditorium
Last Friday night, the newly refurbished Wilson Auditorium hosted UPB’s annual Fall Concert. This year, the organization brought Bryce Vine and Blanco Brown to JMU for a night of music and fun.
Students Mingle at OCL’s Roommate Mixer
Sounds of smooth jazz and friendly chatter could be heard coming from the Highlands room in Festival the night of Thursday, November 14th. Off Campus Life (OCL) hosted their recurring Roommate Mixer, an event designed to help students meet potential roommates to live with in any number of off campus locations.
“Study Unions” are Back for Finals Week
Are you looking for a new place to study this finals season? Well Madison Union and Festival have got you covered. The two student unions will turn into “Study Unions”
Students Dig-In at OCL’s New Pop-Up Pantry
The Pop-Up Pantry is a new resource created by OCL to help students have easy access to foods and groceries, especially those who are facing issues with food security.
Check out OCL’s Spring Career Closet
The JMU Career Closet is a great resource if you’re in need of some professional attire. All the items available have been donated by students, staff, and other community members. Students are welcome to come and browse the wide selection suits, ties, blouses, skirts, and shoes.
Check Out Housing Options at OCL’s Housing Fair
OCL’s semesterly Housing Fairs are a great way to learn more about off-campus living options available in the Harrisonburg community. Students will have the opportunity to meet property owners from the area and discuss the beneficial aspects of a variety of living arrangements.
OCL Offers New Digital Services
To help JMU students through the COVID-19 pandemic, Off-Campus Life has created on online ordering system for their signature Pop-Up Pantry.