2018 VIRTUES* Summit
Bridging the gap between curriculum and industry

March 1-2, 2018 | JMU X-Labs | Harrisonburg, VA
*Virginia Industry Resources Through Undergraduate Education Summit

Are you aware of a technology that could transform your industry but you don’t have time to explore it? Does your organization have long–range design problems that you don’t have the resources to solve yourself? What if you could hire graduates who are ready to start working on your top needs from Day One?

The 2018 VIRTUES Summit will focus on strategic coordination between higher education and industry with the aim of fostering creative, confident and market-ready students who are experienced in emerging technologies.

JMU X-Labs is entering its third year collaborating with distinguished government and industry organizations that give interdisciplinary student teams real-world experience. We invite industry professionals who are eager to plug into our expanding programs to come work directly with students and faculty from universities across the commonwealth and form mentorships with exceptional students. Don’t miss the short student presentation at 9am on Friday, March 2!

Friday Sessions

  1. Session 1 – Transform courses into partnerships (Friday, 9:15-10:30 am)
    Higher education, particularly at the undergraduate level, is built around courses. We have developed a process that incorporates student-learning outcomes into problem and technology-focused courses. Panelists in this session will discuss the planning and processes used to make that transformation.
  2. Session 2 – Discover partnership benefits (Friday, 10:45-12:00 pm)
    Partnerships between institutions, private industry, and the commonwealth can benefit everyone involved. Panelists in this session will lead a discussion and share insights into how each of the stakeholders can benefit from these rich, engaging partnerships.
  3. Session 3 – Ideate & collaborate (Friday, 12:45-1:30 pm)
    The real work of the summit will take place during this third session. Bring your best problems, emerging technology, and ideas for overarching concepts to the table. Be part of the process to develop new course concepts, sponsor problems, and engage with other stakeholders to shape the future.


Non-JMU Participants

Parking for both days will be available in lots L and P between 4 pm Thursday, March 1 and 3 pm Friday March 2. Parking permits will not be necessary during that time.

Please note that regular enforcement will be in effect in all other parking lots and in lots L and P before and after the time frame listed above. Guests may receive parking citations if parked in restricted lots. Guests are prohibited from parking in specialty spaces such as service vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permits, expired timed spaces and fire lanes.

Please refer to the JMU campus map for parking locations. You’ll find lots L and P in blue near the labeled “Lake Area”: http://www.jmu.edu/parking/_files/parkingmap.pdf

JMU Participants

All regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

Mark Warner

Keynote Speaker
Senator Mark Warner

Distinguished Guests

  • Jonathan Alger – JMU President
  • Heather Coltman – JMU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • David Kocka – VDGIF Wildlife Biologist
  • Mike Battle – President at BRMi and Board Member on the JMU Board of Visitors
  • Peter Blake – SCHEV Director
  • Tom Nelson – BMNT Director, Washington, D.C. office
  • Tucker Obenshain – Vice President of State Government Relations at McGuireWoods Consulting; Growth4VA


Thursday, March 1, 2018

5:30-8 pm Reception

Friday March 2, 2018

8:30-9:00 am Networking breakfast
9:00-9:15 am Student presentation on the impact of JMU X-Labs classes
9:15-10:30 am Session 1 – Transform courses into partnerships
10:45-12:00 pm Session 2 – Discover partnership benefits
12:00-12:45 pm – Lunch
12:45-1:30 pm Session 3 – Ideate & collaborate
1:30-2:30 pm Keynote speaker – Senator Mark Warner

JMU X-Labs Client Partners

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U.S. Air Force


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