Monthly Archives: December 2021

UJ Women’s Volleyball Season Recap

The Jimmies of University of Jamestown’s women’s volleyball team had a season to remember. The Jimmies started off the preseason 9-0, losing zero sets. However, once they entered conference play, their first regular season match was a different story. The Jimmies played Northwestern College in Iowa and ended up playing a five set match. This was something the Jimmies hadn’t faced during preseason, but they pulled out a win. The next 17 games played were within the GPAC, with the exception of Valley City State. The Jimmies went on to win all 17 games, losing a mere two sets. They were ranked #1 in the country throughout this time.

The Jimmies came out as regular season GPAC champions and remained #1. The Jimmies were eager to win a third straight conference championship, and they did just that with a sweep of Concordia University. Jamestown went into nationals as the top ranked team. In the first round of nationals, the Jimmies played McPherson College at the Harold Newman Arena and came out with a sweep. A week later, the Jimmies headed to Sioux City, Iowa, for a chance at a national championship. The Jimmies won their pool, beating Texas Wesleyan and Indiana Wesleyan. They moved onto the elite 8, who they swept as well. In the semifinals, they met up with #4 Park University. Park University had a three time NAIA player of the year, who had played on the Egyptian Olympic team in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. The Jimmies played tough, but they ended up losing in the national semifinals, forcing their season to come to a close just one game short of the chance to win a national championship.

Although the season did not end the way the Jimmies had hoped, they have much to be proud of. The Jimmies ended the season with a 35-1 record, losing just 9 sets out of 106. They were GPAC regular season champions for the second year in a row, GPAC tournament champions for the third year in a row, and one of the top four teams in the nation for the third year in a row as well. One loss does not define a season, and it sure did not for the Jimmies of University of Jamestown. The Jimmies have made Jamestown proud.

UJ Study-A-Thon

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Do you have any finals you need to study for? The Jamestown Activities Board, or JAB, is having their annual Study-a-thon this Sunday, December 12th, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Student Success Center, located in the Raugust Library. The past several years the University has been using this event to help alleviate student’s stress when it comes to cramming for finals. $25 Walmart gift cards will be given out every thirty minutes and a larger finals survival basket is given out at the end. This basket will include a blanket, movies, popcorn, uno, a coloring book, colored pencils, and chocolate. For the gift cards, students will go up to the main table and write their name on a piece of paper to enter the giveaways every thirty minutes. Every time a student writes their name on a piece of paper, they will be entered into the final prize drawing. Students must be present to win prizes and the longer they are there studying, the more chances they will have at winning. The University of Jamestown is also hosting their finals breakfast from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Knight Hall Cafeteria. Staff and faculty will be serving students pancakes, eggs, sausage, and hash browns. This event is free to all UJ students, so no swipes are necessary. Be sure to grab some breakfast Sunday night and then head on over to the Raugust Library to get some studying in and have some chances at winning prizes!

Farmers Respond To Historic Drought

Many people think of North Dakota as a quiet, desolate, one of the flattest states in America. In reality there is a much deeper love for the natural beauty of the state ranging from it’s great plains to the wildlife and everything in between.

North Dakota is in the upper half of the US in terms of Agricultural Production. The 21st overall state contributes to 2% of the United States agricultural production. The estimated 26,000 person workforce has had it’s livelihood tested in the recent year due to the pandemic, and a historic drought.

August of 2020 was the last time a North Dakota farmer had seen consistent rain. Logan Lund, a farmer in Tonla, North Dakota and University of Jamestown Alum has been working with his father for the past three years. “It was a big turn of events” Lund said, “Last August we started taking precautions to preserve water”.

The drought in North Dakota is of one of historic proportions, these conditions have not been faced since the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. Lund has been working the field with his father as long as he can remember, they have developed a great relationship with farmers whose property they border along with friends in the industry. “ We got lucky… but some of our best friends are dealing with a third of the crop that they normally had”.

Dealing with that reality is something that may impact more and more farmers as the climate continues to change. Lund says he doesn’t have time to worry about things that are far ahead in the future. Working a 3000 acre farm is difficult as is, so thinking about the climate is something that Lund says that the climate is always in the back of his mind. 

For many farmers dealing with the drought hasn’t been easy. Many farmers had “2 feet tall corn crops that were selling at 60-70 a bushel”. These farmers can have no control over the environmental conditions but have to deal with the consequences. North Dakota has one of the most brutal winters in America in regards to temperature and snowfall. But with the climate changing and creating much more severe storms creates a different type of challenge for these farmers.

Farmers are now implementing technology into their equipment and machinery to improve the farming process and grow better crops. Lund uses an Ipad in his combine to find which plot of land is producing a better crop and notifying which crop is ready to be harvested. Many farmers alike in the state use similar techniques especially with the impact of severe storms becoming more common. 

We also got the chance to speak with Dr. Adnan Akyüz, a climatologist and professor at North Dakota State University. Dr. Adnan has studied and worked in the climatology world for over thirty years, the bulk of that time being spent in the Midwest. When asked about this drought and how long it may last he said, “It’s too difficult to tell, sometimes the drought starts and tapers off in the fall, with no rainfall, so it could continue to 2022”.  One statistic that was given stated 77 percent of the state is still in a drought,  and 45 percent being under a severe drought. Given the severity of this drought and how widespread it is, the end of it isn’t easy to predict.

This is a problem that started back in 2020 and the state hasn’t been able to recover since. Unfortunately it is not a stand still either, not only is it not getting better but it’s getting worse.  This was the droughts maximum intensity in 2021,“On May 25 the percent coverage for D4 reached 17 percent and that marks the largest extent of exceptional drought on record”. Twenty weeks of a D4 category drought is the most intense that a drought can get. Farmers on the Eastern side of the state were lucky to see rainfall because  the western portion of the state received almost no rain at all.

Ever since a historically dry winter in 2020 it was clear this drought wasn’t slowing down. Farmers and those that work around and with them had to start taking precautions so their land wouldn’t go to waste. It’s been rough but there is a bright side.

The bright side is that in the central and eastern part of the state the recent rainfall has really helped, even though we’re still feeling the effects of the drought. The state isn’t ignoring this problem either, says Dr. Akyüz, “the state is sensitive to provide certain programs for the farmers to mitigate the impact of the damage and fortunately most farmers took advantage of these programs”.  Given the revenue and employment that farming provides in North Dakota, there should be no shortage of work done to help. We can’t force nature to put water where we want it but we can’t let it ruin the farms and lives of those who depend on it.

Pictured Corn grown in a drought plot (Left) Corn Grown in a non drought affected plot(Right)

Skills & Drills Camp

The UJ Campus Ministry recently held  a skills and drills camp on November 14th for the Jamestown community. The camp was available for a variety of age groups including 4 & 5 year olds 1-2:30pm, as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders 3-4:30pm finishing up with 4th,5th, and 6th grade from 5-630pm. The Skills and Drills Camp is one of many ways that the University of Jamestown uses to better connect with the community. Not only does it give college students the chance to lead, but it also is a time for the youth in the community to learn new things. Some may have been discouraged by the $15 price tag for the camp, however it helps knowing that the proceeds will be donated to charity. This camp and future events similar to this are ways that Jimmies can come together to bring good to the community. An event like this that allows student athletes to participate and engage with the community, allows for each student athlete to get work experience. For those that want to be in leadership roles and coach in the future this was a perfect event to help gain experience. As a school we would like to thank everyone that was involved with the camp as they did a fantastic job. If you weren’t able to make it to the skills and drills camp and want to be involved with events like this in the future. Please make sure to get in contact with the Campus Ministry department. Kirstie Dobson is the Director of Campus Ministry and Pastoral Care Coordinator.