Monthly Archives: November 2018

University of Jamestown Prepares for First Trip to Cuba

The University of Jamestown continues to provide educational opportunities abroad.

In 2019, The University will be adding a special topics course to the Spring schedule called “Exploring the Cuban Healthcare System.” The course will have a group travel from the University to Havana, Cuba for the first time.

The eight day trip will be held during the University’s spring break. Assistant Professor of Foreign Language Alexandru Lefter says the course will feature a look into Cuba’s unique history with Latin America due to the 1959 revolution.

Lefter says the trip will be beneficial to students of all majors as well as any interested community member.

Lefter and Assistant Professor of Nursing Penny Briese, will lead the group in the travels. A class will meet once a week in the evening five times before the departure and twice again after returning. While in Cuba, students will journal their experiences, visit with locals and institutions and debrief at the end of the day.

“Because this is an experiential learning course, insights from working professionals in other fields would further enrich our travelers’ experience comparing the two countries.” 

 Alexandru Lefter 

For more information on the Cuba trip, email Professor Lefter at

University of Jamestown eSports Continues Growing Worldwide Trend

 It’s been almost 2 years since the University of Jamestown officially joined the National Association of Collegiate eSports.

Also known as electronic sports, eSports is a form of competition using video games. The eSports program at the University is run like all other athletic programs, meeting four to five days a week for practice.

Coach Josh Knutson says the trend continues, as the University of Jamestown joined right the surge of colleges starting up their own collegiate eSports program.

Knutson says all the colleges joining have the same goal in mind; legitimizing eSports as a true athletic program.

Knutson says video games has been a unifying theme, making recruitment to the program a challenge and experience.

Italian Class to be Offered at University of Jamestown

University of Jamestown is adding Italian to its foreign language offerings. Students, as well as community members, are welcome to register.

Italian 101 will be offered in the 2019 spring semester, followed by Italian 102 in the fall. Italian 201 will also be held in the spring of 2019 and 2020. Anyone in the community is welcome to register for the Italian 101 class; no previous foreign language experience is required. The class will be held on the University of Jamestown campus on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 – 10:50 a.m. and is worth three credits.

“Italian is a niche language, one that is strongly associated with art, history, and gastronomy,” said Alexandru Lefter, Assistant Professor of Foreign Language. “It affords students a chance to explore a rich cultural heritage. It is also a good fit for students who have mastered the basics of another Romance language, such as Spanish or French, since it allows students to develop a comparative understanding of Romance linguistics, as well as developing proficiency in the languages.”

For information on how to register for Italian 101, please email

The Department of Foreign Language currently offers majors in French, German, and Spanish, requiring a combination of on-campus coursework and advanced language study in a study abroad program or US-based language immersion program. Minors are also available in French, German, Spanish, and Italian Studies.