Alumni & Friends Summer '17

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Alumni & Friends Magazine Historical Edition, Summer 2017



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BH Kroeze 1909-1946

“Here is a wonderful site for a great

William C. Gray, The Interior, as quoted in Ba

HJ Bell 1946-1948

SM George 1949-1954

EH Rian 1954-1960

JA Fisher 1960-1964

DJ Sillers 1965-1968

JL Wilson 1968-1969

RJ Stuckey 1969-1974

JN Anderson 1975-1983

JS Walker 1983-1998

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Dear Alumni and Friends: Mr. Gray’s prophetic announcement was shared with a collection of hunters from Pittsburgh and Chicago including the Thaws and the McCormicks as they stood on the high hill overlooking the James River Valley, years before Jamestown College was founded on that very site. It took vision to imagine a Presbyterian college overlooking the vast prairies of the Dakota Territory. Homecoming this September 29-30, presents us with an opportunity to stand together on Hea Kan to see how a prophecy has been realized through the dedication and stewardship of many over nearly 135 years. The University of Jamestown has quietly developed its reputation as the first ND school to reach the top tier, has consistently achieved the top ranking from ND in any category, and has the distinction of being the only ND school ever to be named a top 25 school in the US News and World Report Midwest rankings (2016).


arend Kroeze’s A Prairie Saga.


Though the college charter dates from 1883, the institution did not name its first President until Barend Kroeze accepted the position in 1909. His tenure was an epoch: 1909-1946. His energy and fundraising ability allowed his classic campus plan to develop around Allen Field, and by the time of his retirement, the buildings grew from two to eleven—in spite of the fire that consumed Old Main in 1930. The college faced hard economic realities both before and after Kroeze’s time, first with the Financial Panic of 1893, through wars and the Great Depression, and from the late ’70s into the early ’80s following the decline of the Baby Boom generation in colleges. When I arrived in 2002, the memory of tough times in the ’80s was palpable, as was the sense of gratitude owed to great leaders like President Emeritus James Walker and Board Chairman Emeritus Marvin Seibold. I cannot help thinking that North Dakotans are proud to remember tough times because this is a state populated by the sons and daughters of survivors. Never forget that we are the oldest surviving private university in the original Dakota Territory, and the one school that preceded us, Yankton College, no longer exists. As a graduate of Northwestern University, I am aware (even though it is not a topic for polite discourse in Chicago) that NU and the University of Chicago, two of the wealthiest higher education institutions in America today, came dangerously close to a merger due to the hardships of the Great Depression. While we may lack their billions, Jimmies give no quarter on tenacity to mission. Following his amazing tenure, Kroeze’s successor, Dr. H.J. Bell, met an untimely death in a highway accident that cut short his promise after only two years as president. Fortunately, there were many bright moments for the college in the years between Kroeze and 2002. Some examples of success come to mind: the Prairie Players; President Ryan’s “Wheel” program (taking the whole campus to Minneapolis by train in 1956); the construction of the Raugust Library; President Dan Siller’s Highlands dancers; the leadership and generosity of Dr. John Wilson; Rollie Greeno’s arrival as coach in 1969; the continuing line of Choral tours and concerts led by Dr. Smith; record enrollment growth; and the dedication of the Reiland Fine Arts Center in 2002. During my fifteen years as President, I have seen the college grow into a university. From our historic foundation in the liberal arts and with a solid core of majors including nursing, education, and business, we have opened a new chapter in our history. We now feature a substantially expanded and renovated campus, our first set of new graduate programs—including a doctoral program in physical therapy, a branch campus in Fargo, an enrollment over 1100, and amazing new offerings for undergraduates: the Character in Leadership program, the Journey to Success, and relevant new majors ranging from Kinesiology to Mechanical Engineering. On Friday September 29, we will dedicate the new $15 million Harold Newman Arena, and on Homecoming Saturday, we will host the first-ever, all-school celebration with alumni from near and far. We are grateful to the Newman family and to our other named donors for their leadership in the Harold Newman Arena, an undertaking that has been on the drawing boards for decades. Now, the largest building project in our history comes to life to benefit the campus and community thanks to the generosity of our donors and the vision and commitment of our Board of Trustees, so ably led by Jim Unruh, ’63. I have been fortunate to serve with Jim, his predecessor Jeff Frommelt ‘63, and a Board of Trustees that is unified, courageous, and visionary. From a barren prairie hillside with a breathtaking view of the valley, we have together transformed a hilltop into a university with a bright future. It is time for a celebration this September! Sincerely,

RS Badal 2002-present

Robert S. Badal, President



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On the cover:

The cover features a portrait of the University of Jamestown’s first President, Dr. Barend H. Kroeze, next to the University’s original charter.

6 Features

6 Building character since 1883 University of Jamestown history 10 The perfect blend University of Jamestown academics 14 Creating wholeness in students University of Jamestown student life

10 Welcome to Alumni & Friends magazine! The Summer 2017 issue serves as a commemorative magazine. Dive into the diverse history that has molded the University of Jamestown into what it is today.

In UJ Summer Issue 3 Letter from Robert S. Badal, University President 6 Building Character Since 1883


8 The Vision from the Hill 10 The Perfect Blend 12 Opening Doors Transforming Lives 14 Creating Wholeness in Students 16 Voorhees Chapel Renovation 18 Looking Forward 20 All School Celebration 2017 24 2017-18 Important Dates

Alumni & Friends Summer 2017 Board of Trustees Chairman James Unruh ’63

Director of Alumni Relations Kelsey Deragisch ’14

University of Jamestown President Robert S. Badal, Ph.D.

Director of Annual Giving/Jimmie Booster Club Jim Klemann ’09

Alumni Board President Mark Wolf ’80

Research Associate Dan Hornung

Executive Vice President Polly (Larson) Peterson, Ph.D. ’89

Special Events Coordinator Morgan Svingen ’13

Director of Development and Campaigns Karen H. Crane

Office Manager Marlene Wiest

Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving Richard D. Raum

Director of Design and Publications Donna Schmitz Contributing Writer Natalie McKenna

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Building character since 1883

“THE AMERICAN CHURCHES, OF VIRTUALLY EVERY DENOMINATION, STARTED ACADEMIES, COLLEGES, and seminaries of various types as they moved Westward across the continent with the tide of new settlement. While a number of these schools endure today with a long and rich heritage, many more failed within a few years of their founding – victims of over-anxious enthusiasm, a lack of long-range planning, and meager funding.” —Dr. Mark Joy, Professor of History Jamestown College: A Dream No Longer Although the University of Jamestown faced hard times with dramatic turnarounds throughout its history, it persevered. Today, the University of Jamestown is the product of hard work, commitment, and most importantly, vision.

character under the guidance of correct moral and religious influences.”

How did it all start?

The University of Jamestown now proclaims in its mission statement, “We adhere to a curriculum of academic excellence which balances the ideals of the liberal arts tradition and sound professional preparation. Our Christian tradition encourages an atmosphere of self-discipline, responsibility, and concern for the continuing growth of the individual.”

How did a small Presbyterian college turn into a thriving University? As Presbyterian churches grew along the Northern Pacific Railroad in the North Dakota region, discussions about the possibility of launching a college began. In May of 1882, the Presbytery opened a bid for the location of a college. Casselton, ND represented the best prospect, but they took no further action. The bid reopened. The people of Jamestown embraced the opportunity, offering a bid of $10,000 cash, plus property estimated to be worth $25,000.

The decision was made.

On October 1, 1883, the Presbyterian Church decided to locate a college in Jamestown and a charter was prepared – making the University of Jamestown the first college to be chartered in what is now North Dakota. As noted by Francis M. Wood, Jamestown was selected as the ideal location for a college “on account of its central position, accessibility, beauty of situation, and inducements offered…” This charter served as the starting point – the ultimate vision for the University of Jamestown – a vision still upheld today. The charter read, “We therefore form this association for the purpose of establishing and perpetuating an institution of higher learning in order that the young people of our state and nation may have an opportunity of increasing their knowledge in the liberal arts and for the development of

Historic Timeline


Charter Signed


Voorhees Chapel Built

These words ring true today. The school was, and still is, a liberal arts college dedicated to the development of wholeness in its students.

For nearly 135 years, the University has stayed true to its original vision of character building and liberal arts, rooted in a religious foundation.

The college on the hill When first classes began on September 29, 1886, 35 students enrolled. Four courses of study were available: scientific, classical, commercial, and music. The university proudly advertised the home-like setting of the school in an 1890 publication, saying, “We respectfully solicit the attention and patronage of all parents and guardians wishing to send their sons and daughters to a good school, where they can also have the advantages of home.” A good school, with the advantages of home. That statement sounds a lot like the University of Jamestown today. Students embrace and prefer to live on campus. Class sizes remain small to help build personal relationships with faculty. The WeCare program helps make the student experience as positive as possible. These factors and more lead to a home-like environment where students can feel comfortable to grow.


Wheel House JC welcomes veterans to campus after the Korean War


Seven years of success The University of Jamestown saw seven years of success. And yet, it also faced severe economic struggles. Like many new colleges of its time, the University was established with the right intent and vision. Unfortunately, it developed before there was sufficient population or an economic base to support it. From 1893 to 1909, the college was closed due to extreme financial conditions in the Midwest.

The rebirth

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With support from the Board of Trustees and a committed community, Kroeze established the University on a firm foundation. He played a role in designing the campus, and he excelled at raising funds for the University and student scholarships. By the end of the first school year, the debts from the earlier days were paid, current finances were met, and two new buildings were being added to campus. Under Kroeze’s guidance, the University quickly earned the reputation for sound business practices.

As early as the fall of 1904, the community pushed to reopen the University of Jamestown.

After his retirement in 1946, with 37 years of service, the Association of American Colleges proclaimed, “Jamestown College is truly the lengthened shadow of this great man.”

After 16 years of dormancy, the stage was set for a new beginning. Four factors made the reopening successful:

That shadow has grown into a nationally recognized university dedicated to its students.

»» The times were ripe in the early 1900s for a renewed effort. »» The reopening corresponded with a second boom in the development and settlement of North Dakota. »» A new sense of commitment arose from the people of Jamestown to get behind the effort. »» Solid long-term leadership was appointed.

An adventure of faith in education In 1909, the college reopened with 11 instructors and 52 students. Dr. Barend Kroeze came from Whitworth College to become the first president. He referred to his transition as “an adventure of faith in education.”


Project Good Neighbor University holds a 10 day language institute


Enrollment grows 1,100 students

Since 1883, leaders of the University of Jamestown had the courage to walk away from what was tempting to do what they believed was right – staying true to the vision of its founders. Today, The University of Jamestown is still doing the right thing. According to its vision statement, The University of Jamestown will be recognized for “preparing professional and community leaders through a total experience that is student centered and character focused. Students will be engaged academically through close interaction with faculty in a curriculum that integrates the liberal arts with sound professional programs.” Since 1883, the University of Jamestown has been building character. It will continue to do so now, and for years to come.


Name change Jamestown College to University of Jamestown






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The perfect blend


Then &Now

In his article in Forbes, Willard Dix writes, “Dedicated to the free and open pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, a liberal arts education provides a multi-faceted view of the world. It enables students to see beyond one perspective, encouraging them to understand others’ even if they don’t agree.” From its earliest days to present time, University of Jamestown leadership has understood the importance of the liberal arts. This method of study encourages students to broaden their minds – to gather information, interpret it, and make a well-informed decision. After its reopening in 1909, the curriculum offered by the University of Jamestown consisted of college-level work in two areas: the classical and the scientific. Courses were offered in Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Ancient Languages, Commercial, Music, and English. These areas of study reflect the University’s commitment to integrating the liberal arts with sound professional programs. More than 100 years later, the University still offers a wide range of course work. Imagine the foresight the founders had – a foresight that lasted through major turning points in history, from WWI and the Great Depression to WWII. This era brought about the University’s commitment to progress in the academic world. One of the first great additions to the University of Jamestown’s academic program was nursing – the first of its kind in North Dakota. Due to a shortage of nurses after WWII, the Jamestown community recognized a need for a nursing school. Courses were held at the hospital before transitioning to the University of Jamestown – giving the program an opportunity to grow and flourish in an educational setting. Throughout the years, leadership has continued to stretch the boundaries of the liberal arts tradition to include professional

Timeline of firsts


Four-year college UJ became a degree-granting, four-year college.


Business Education Originally called “commercial study,” business was one of the first five courses of study offered at UJ.


Teacher’s Education Considered “normal training” at the time, UJ was the first in the state to introduce teacher education.


First bachelor’s degree UJ granted its first official bachelor’s degree.


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“Dedicated to the free and open pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, a liberal arts education provides a multi-faceted view of the world.” —Willard Dix Then &Now

programs in education and business – one of the first universities in the region to do so. Along with nursing, these programs remain the University’s three largest majors to date.

Change led by Dr. Badal Today, under the guidance of President Robert Badal, the University continues to grow and expand its academic reach, boasting 42 undergraduate majors. During Dr. Badal’s tenure, the University’s Physical Education major has shifted to a Kinesiology major with substantial growth. Engineering was added to the growing list of majors, as well as a Character in Leadership minor. A new honors program is set to begin in the Fall of 2017, and short-term international study abroad opportunities have expanded to Kenya, Malawi, Vietnam, Korea, India, Costa Rica, Germany, Northern Canada, and Italy. Dr. Badal’s reach extended beyond undergraduate programs. The University entered into graduate education for the first time in its history, adding a branch campus in Fargo.

“Your success. Our tradition.” With these additions, one may assume the University would stray from the liberal arts. Quite the opposite has happened. The University continues to embed the liberal arts into its education – encouraging students to look and think beyond themselves. The liberal arts can be frustrating at times for students as they challenge their own views and examine others’, but it also opens students’ minds. And, when paired with professional programs, it opens doors to success.

1948 Nursing

First four-year nursing program in N.D.


Business Majors Expanded Professional Business Degrees


Master of Education First graduate program at UJ


Doctor of Physical Therapy Fargo campus established First doctorate program offered at UJ.


Master of Arts in Leadership Master’s programs continue to develop.



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The University of Jamestown thanks the generous donors who have made early gifts or pledges in support of the Opening Doors Transforming Lives campaign.

Donor List Mr. Richard C. Aberle Dr. Paul and Connie Abrahamson Mr. Clair O. Anderson Mr. Craig Anderson Dr. Robert Arusell and Janelle Sanda Mrs. Meryl R. Atterberry Mr. David G. Bachmeier Dr. Robert and Donna Badal Clair and Marcella Baker Mr. Howard Baldwin Wendy Banister and Amber Fredrickson Bank Forward Clyde and Emma Barks Estate Basin Electric Power Cooperative Mr. Kelly K. Becker Ms. Charlotte L. Bellon Bruce L. Belzer MD JD Dr. Alan Berg and Dr. Susan Hansen Elizabeth A. Berg Mr. Eric P. Bernhagen William R. Bernhagen Steve and Kathy Bietz Scott and Shannon Bintz Mr. Jason A. Bitz Mrs. Kathryn J. Bohle Clint R. Boom Col. Nan Borg Ret.USA Mr. Wade E. Borth Drs. Floyd and Marlys Boschee Mark and Mary Brakel Roger and Dr. Shirley Branning Mr. Patrick N. Braunagel Steve and Tammy Braunberger Dennis and Trudy Brennan Ms. Pamela K. Burkhardt

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Creating wholeness in students

SINCE 1886, “THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW WAY OF SCHOLASTIC EFFORT WAS ENLIVENED AND satisfactorily seasoned by means of literary programs, debates, and musicales within the academic structure,” explains Dr. Mark Joy in A Short History of The Early Years of Jamestown College.

Since its earliest days, a co-curricular experience has proven to be invaluable at the University of Jamestown. As opposed to extracurricular activities, which may not be explicitly connected to learning, co-curricular activities are an extension of learning – connected to academic, emotional, physical, spiritual, and moral development in students. These co-curricular activities have shaped student life at the University of Jamestown and led to the development of the Journey to Success.

The Journey to Success Launched in October of 2007, the Journey to Success marked a new era in how the University educates its students. It was created to help the University become nationally recognized for preparing professional and community leaders through a total experience that is student centered and character focused. The Journey to Success is not a far-fetched idea that lacks real-world implication; rather, it is a detailed plan that spans students’ entire college careers – preparing them for the future in a way that other schools don’t. The Journey to Success defines every aspect of the University. This experience includes four phases that develop students holistically, both personally and professionally. First, students “look inward” to examine their own interests, strengths, and goals. They then “look outward” by using their talents to accomplish their own goals, as well as serve others. Next, students “look beyond” to learn about people, culture, and ways of life different from their own. Finally, students “look forward” by preparing for their next step into the world of work or further graduate study.

A Look Back The idea of creating wholeness in students was built on a foundation rich in co-curricular activities.

In November 1956, UJ launched “Operation Wheel.” A 12-car train transported UJ’s entire student body, faculty members, and college trustees to the Twin Cities to give students a chance to meet with business leaders and gain insight into different industries. To date, “Operation Wheel” remains one of the University’s most publicized events. Beyond special events like “Operation Wheel,” numerous athletic and intramural activities existed in which students could participate. There were also many different academic clubs and organizations that date back to at least the 1930s. These activities included: the YMCA, YWCA, Medical Club, Chemistry Club, Hea Kan, The Collegian, Debate, Jimmie Janes, Forensics, Chorus, and Band. Like today, membership in these clubs allowed students to further their interests in the areas of their majors. Students developed friendships and learned to discuss and debate ideas – thinking beyond their own selfinterests.

Unlike today, the University of Jamestown upheld policies, considered strict in modern times.

Strolling Encouraged “Instead of dances we had, believe it or not, what we called strolls,” recounts Marion Jackson in her Celebration of the Moment. “Couples could snuggle up to each other, side by side and walk about the ballroom to the tune of the music of an orchestra, and imagine they were dancing.” She continued, “On George Washington’s birthday, we indulged in a grand march, and if our chaperones were in a gay mood, we might be able to cut loose into a minuet or the Virginia Reel.” Imagine this idea today: a dance, where dancing is not permitted.

Music Athletics

In the late 19th century, there is no record of organized sports at UJ. But, they quickly became a regular part of the college scene after its reopening in 1909. Today, UJ’s athletic history is marked by memorable coaches, committed athletes, and proud Jimmie supporters.

Music developed rapidly beginning in 1910. Three rooms were given over to the department, a men’s glee club was organized, and an orchestra comprised of both college musicians and interested townspeople had its inception. Jamestown May Music Festival was held in 1911. With the gathering of delegates from all parts of the state. UJ assumed statewide importance musically – a position it has never relinquished. Today, both the choir and band have traveled and performed internationally.


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No Rebels Allowed

Sanford Picnic

The University was opposed to sororities and fraternities. Some students resisted by forming small secret cliques like the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Nifty Seven.” These cliques were quickly broken up by the administration.

Originally run and organized by students, yearly Sanford Picnics remain one of the most infamous events in the University’s history. With bands, beverages, and plenty of students ready to unwind at the end of the school year, the picnic was one big affair.

Thankfully, the Knight’s Society and Jimmie Janes came to fruition in later years. One former clique, “The Marquee,” even reunited to support the University’s current Character in Leadership Program.

In the early ‘90s, concerned with student safety, the administration hosted the picnic by moving it to campus. Unfortunately, this move forced the Sanford Picnic into obsolescence.

Mandatory Chapel Services

Even though students often created their own fun, one man known today for guiding co-curricular activities and developing wholeness in students.

Attending chapel services was a mandatory requirement. Students were expected to attend three services per week. This tradition continued from the University’s opening until the 1960s – when service attendance became optional, although still encouraged.

Despite some “strict” policies, the University of Jamestown was never all work and no play.

Homecoming Since its inception in 1926, Homecoming was the biggest event besides commencement. Everyone was involved in its success. Undergraduates made last-minute preparations, the Faculty Club rehearsed their stunt for the all-society program, and alumni returned to campus ready to celebrate. Homecoming has been a long-standing success at the University of Jamestown, emphasizing the pride students and alumni hold for their University – a pride that continues today.

JHouse Originally built during WWII to house Air Force cadets, the JHouse was declared a government surplus in 1946. It was given to the University when the war was over and was used as a temporary dorm for 50 men. Eventually, it housed female students before being converted into a storage building that was ultimately torn down in 2012.

The Rock Walk through campus today, and visitors are sure to see “The Rock” covered in layers of paint. This rock continues to serve as a rivalry amongst organizations on campus. At any given moment, a group can reclaim the rock as their territory by painting over another group’s work. With incomprehensible layers of paint, “The Rock” is probably a lot smaller than it looks.


In the 1940s, the Prairie Players were a very active theatre group on campus. Today, the theatre department continues to wow audiences with three productions a year.

Hea Kan

From the Indian word “hilltop,” Hea Kan was the college annual – a yearbook publication dedicated an individual on campus who had been of outstanding service to the college over a long period.

That man is President James Walker. Walker served as University of Jamestown President from 1983-1998. In A Decade of Struggle: The 1980s, Dr. Walker is quoted revealing his vision for the University: “I want Jamestown College to be academically superior in terms of the intellectual growth it succeeds in producing its students. I want this college to be challenging to students in such ways that they will grow in knowledge but also in judgement, in sensitivity and in conscience.” When Walker arrived in Jamestown, the University was burdened by an insurmountable debt load. Under his leadership, UJ witnessed 20+ years of revitalization and unprecedented growth by renegotiating the debt, re-emphasizing the importance of endowment, and constructing new facilities. This structural growth would have lacked success had it not been paralleled by a growth in students who desired a private education where they could participate in athletics, music, student government, and theatre – all at the same time. Enrollment during this era nearly tripled from a low of just over 400 to a high of over 1,100. As President Walker noted when laying out his vision for the University of Jamestown, “Education must not be an end in itself, but a means to a more complete life for us and for society.” Since its inception, the University of Jamestown has strived to help students not just gain momentum for an illustrious career, but form friendships and partnerships. Graduates leave prepared for a lifetime of learning and growing in the guiding principles of ethical leadership, self-discipline, and high expectations. In essence, they leave as more wellrounded, “whole” individuals.

The Collegian

The Collegian began in January 1914 as a monthly newspaper. By 1930, it became a weekly publication. Still today, The Collegian is the University of Jamestown student newspaper. It includes news and sports stories, opinion articles, features, and photos. The Collegian functions as a business and therefore requires student managers, producers, and copywriters.



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“The Chapel was erected with the prayer and hope that edifice would serve its noble purpose in building and strengthening the spiritual lives of the youth of the prairies.” —Barend H. Kroeze, President of Jamestown College , 1909-1946

Then &Now Voorhees Chapel Renovation Pictured to the right, students attend mandatory Chapel services. Although no longer required, Chapel services are still held every Thursday for faculty, staff, and students who wish to attend. Special Chapel services are held in conjunction with New Student Orientation and Homecoming. A Christmas Chapel service takes place each December. Student Chaplains assist in the planning of the services with music led by various UJ musicians. As part of the Opening Doors Transforming Lives campaign, Voorhees Chapel restoration has included: tuckpointing, refinishing the pews, replacement of windows, and the addition of accessible restrooms.


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As we make preparations for the first All-School Celebration in the University’s history, I can’t help but consider the Presbyterian founders who first laid eyes on this space and claimed it to be “a wonderful site for a great college”. I wonder if they would recognize what was the little college atop a windy hill overlooking the beautiful James Valley. Now a University, UJ includes not just a single building, but multiple campuses that amass some 500,000 square feet. A University that includes numerous classroom buildings and residence halls, facilities for physical, spiritual and social wellness, a beautiful performance center, and soon, a stunning new athletic arena that will become a symbol of the quality and excellence that is distinctively UJ. The founders of Jamestown College believed in the pursuit of truth and knowledge and the growth of Christian values, and the way that they dreamed of sharing that vision was through education. Because of their courage and foresight, over 15,000 alumni have shared experiences at the University of Jamestown that bind us together as Jimmies. We came to UJ with dreams of establishing lifelong friendships while learning together in an environment that inspired us, challenged us, and propelled us to achieve more than we ever

By Polly J. Peterson, Ph.D. ’89 Executive Vice President

thought we could. We encountered many great faculty and bonded with advisors, yet academic life was only a piece of what made UJ unique. For to develop the whole person, a sound co-curricular experience was a necessary complement to a rigorous classroom regimen. It is at this intersection, where the University’s mission of developing students holistically in preparation for a more enriched life, becomes a statement of truth and not an aspiration that sounds good only on paper. A successful University’s mission and vision become a mosaic of the multiple pursuits of its many faculty, staff, students, and alumni as they interact with one another in teaching, learning, and collaborative exploration of new ideas. Its success is measured simply by the success of its graduates and the value they add to the communities in which they serve. The formula written in the history books of UJ, where education is an integration of the liberal arts with professional programs and an intense expectation of cocurricular involvement, has resulted in a University that has not only survived, but thrived. Visionary leaders have created a culture at the University of Jamestown that has engendered tremendous energy, confidence, and momentum. Our desire is that every University


of Jamestown graduate will be equipped and inspired to discover new knowledge, to solve complex problems, to lead, and most importantly, to serve. Unlike the economic interests of modern business, a university is a purpose-driven organization — a vibrant intellectual community that attracts, retains and develops great faculty, staff, and students. Mission accomplishment requires an investment of tremendous courage, commitment, and resources, but the return on that investment yields a profound impact on people and society. The changing landscape of higher education, however, will dictate innovative ideas that will enhance and diversify our offerings. The noble aspirations of universities are being challenged by a deep and growing skepticism about the value and future of higher education. The University of Jamestown’s continued strength will depend, in part, on how well we embrace this changing landscape. We remain steadfast in our belief that the highest aspirations of a liberal arts education – the development of wisdom and perspective, the pursuit of truth and justice, and the cultivation of values — are ideals worth preserving. Our commitment to the liberal arts will thus require that we not only train students for modern work, but that we educate them to become leaders who can contribute to solving the complex issues that confront our world. We want our students to find fulfilling, challenging and, hopefully, financially rewarding jobs, for certain. But we also wish to inspire them to take on the job of making their world better. We must challenge our students to think analytically and creatively, to consider social problems from a diverse array of perspectives, and to understand how to navigate in an increasingly global and technologically driven world. Now, more than ever, the impacts of globalization will require us to consider how best to prepare our students for the interconnected world in which they will live and work — a world that will demand a global perspective. Global insight will become fundamental to a

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liberally educated individual, and the University of Jamestown must prepare students whose educational perspective is not limited by time or place. We must be eager to come together to imagine new and better ways to advance our mission. We must embrace the development and utilization of new technologies for educational expansion, consider the opportunities for national and international academic collaboration, and rethink how we define our campus community in a world where excellence in learning is not limited by physical proximity. Students of the future will not be inspired to lead lives of service solely through their classroom experiences. As a University committed to a mission of preparing students holistically, we must challenge ourselves to avoid the temptation of siloed pedagogy and commit to working collaboratively to promote intellectual curiosity, integrity, and imagination—uninhibited by borders and boundaries. We must be open to exploring creative ways in which to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences with sound professional training that is distinctively blended with a contemporary liberal arts curriculum. We must stretch our minds and raze our boundaries, a task for which I am certain the University of Jamestown is prepared to do. Our capacity to embrace change has been tested numerous times throughout our history and we have proven time and time again that we are up to the challenge. We are a University that has defied the odds, persevered through struggle, and positioned itself for success because of the commitment of alumni and friends who value the role UJ plays as we prepare students for lives of deeper meaning and purpose. We are grateful to the many leaders and believers who have prospered the vision of the first Presbyterian settlers who founded our great college and university. We invite all of those who have shared in this vision throughout our history to come back to campus. Your college on the hill remains uniquely quaint and personal, yet poised for significance for yet another 135 years. I look forward to a spirited weekend of renewed friendship as we celebrate together on September 28–October 1, 2017.



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ALL SCHOOL CELEBRATION 2017! September 28–October 1, 2017

We welcome all alumni and friends back to the University of Jamestown for Homecoming 2017 and the All School Celebration! Catch up, reminisce, and see all the wonderful additions to our campus! A full slate of events is planned for you. We hope to see you in your ORANGE and BLACK!

SPECIAL EVENTS Class gatherings, all school social and dance, Harold Newman Arena dedication, Homecoming parade, and campus and arena tours Additional Homecoming festivities include: Alumni sports games, band and choir concerts, the annual street fair, tailgating, and of course, the Homecoming football game vs Dakota State University!

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4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Early Registration and “Meet and Greet Social” with Board of Trustees and Alumni Board Nafus Student and Alumni Center Lobby

4:00 p.m. Presidential Chat with Dr. Robert Badal and Dr. James Walker Raugust Library

4:00 p.m. Men’s Alumni Basketball Game

Friday, 9/29

Harold Newman Arena

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration

4:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Johnson & Wales University

Nafus Student and Alumni Center Lobby

Turf Field

9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Tours

7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Volleyball vs. Bellevue University

Campus & Harold Newman Arena

Harold Newman Arena

12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Harold Newman Arena Dedication and Reception

7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Homecoming Concert, alumni invited to participate

McCullough Foyer, Harold Newman Arena

Reiland Fine Arts Center

2:00 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Johnson & Wales University Turf Field

8:00 p.m.–11:30 p.m. All Class Social and Dance featuring 32 Below, all ages welcome

2:30 p.m. Women’s Alumni Basketball Game

Saturday, 9/30

Harold Newman Arena

3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Class Gatherings and Photos Voorhees Chapel

Jamestown Civic Center ($10, pay at the door)

7:30 a.m. Coach Clark Homecoming Run/Walk Jamestown Course @ Parkhurst

3:00 p.m. Alumni Softball Game

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Athletic Hall of Fame and Past Rollie Greeno Award Winners Breakfast Social

Trapper Field

Lindberg Booster Club Room

3:00 p.m. Alumni Baseball Game

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Jimmie Janes Breakfast

Jack Brown Stadium

Student Engagement Center


9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Street Fair

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Allen Field

10:30 a.m. Homecoming Parade Inner Campus Loop

11:00 a.m. Alumni Volleyball Game Hansen Center

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Booster Club Tailgate

Stadium Parking Lot ($5, pay at the door)

12:45 p.m. Alumni Band Members Accompany Pep Band Taylor Stadium

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Football vs. Dakota State Taylor Stadium

Half time Athletic Hall of Famers and Rollie Greeno Recipients Taylor Stadium

After football game Coach Clark 40-year Anniversary Recognition Stadium Parking Lot

3:30 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Grace University Turf Field

4:00 p.m. Volleyball vs. Dakota State Hansen Center

5:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Grace University Turf Field

6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. All School Banquet—register in advance Harold Newman Arena (adults: $25, kids: $15)

Sunday, 10/1

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Homecoming Service Voorhees Chapel

After the service Continental Breakfast

Reiland Fine Arts Center FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Deragisch ’14 (701) 252-3467 ext. 5638 or Morgan (Bossman) Svingen ’12 (701) 252-3467 ext. 4105 or

Office of Institutional Advancement 6082 College Lane Jamestown, ND 58405

2017-18 Important Dates Opening Convocation/Young Alumni Medallion Awards September 7 Alumni Association Meeting September 19 Board of Trustees Meeting September 28-29 All School Celebration 2017 September 28–October 1 Athletic Hall of Fame Breakfast September 30 Character in Leadership Conference October 5 Visit for additional alumni events coming soon!