Parent Organization: Office of Student Activities & Involvement
In its beginnings, the yearbook used advertising space and fundraising to pay for production, including student group efforts and an annual bazaar run by the yearbook staff. Yet the staff often contributed its own funds to other significant causes such as adding to a school-wide effort to raise money for the United War Work Campaign in 1918, and donating funds towards a new swimming pool in 1926. In addition, sales from the first JMU play contributed to yearbook costs. Today, the Student Government Association and generous patrons help keep the yearbook free for all students.
Today, The Bluestone averages around 400 pages per year; it features popular sections such as "Through Your Lens" which started in the 1970s and features independently-taken student pictures. In 1997, The Bluestone became officially recognized for its excellence by earning a number of national awards. The Bluestone continues to win nationally prestigious awards today, such as The Gold Crown and Pacemaker awards.