Monday night, UJ students tested their yoga skills at the Hansen Center. Yoga instructor Morgan teaches yoga and cycling classes at a local yoga studio on Main Street called Flex and Flow.
Throughout the session, Morgan went through simple poses that helped with balance, stretching of the spine, and opening the shoulders. She also helped students with certain breathing techniques to calm the mind and body while doing various yoga positions. They also worked on Warrior one and two that helps with strength and balance. Furthermore, this was important for students to forget about any stressors in their lives and to be present during the session. Morgan was a great instructor that motivated the students throughout the whole class and gave great tips!
This event was very helpful for students who needed a safe space to relieve stress and to calm the body and mind. University of Jamestown has yoga classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 am located in the Foss Fitness Room. It’s free for students and staff from November 1st through December 8th!
This week at UJ, students got to learn new techniques and challenges when it comes to self-defense. Lindsey, the self-defense instructor, teaches classes at the TRAC and even teaches Officers at the prison!
Throughout the class, she demonstrated how to face the perpetrator even if they outweigh you or you aren’t as big as them. Furthermore, UJ students enjoyed partnering up with someone and learning how to get out of a chokehold. Also, they were demonstrated by the instructor on how to get off the ground if an individual pushes them to the floor or grabs a hold of you. Students also enjoyed using the punching bag to push away the “perpetrator.”
This self-defense class is great for anyone who may live alone, needs more practice, and for someone who doesn’t how to get out of a dangerous situation. Lastly, it was designed to teach effective self-defense in a short time!
Former student athlete Noah Soltero rises to new position as a Grad Assistant for Jimmie Baseball. Soltero has spent two years as a closing pitcher for the Jimmies and now has transitioned to earn his master’s in leadership while coaching for the Jimmies’ baseball team. His transition from an athlete to a coach may well come with challenges. Soltero states, “The transition from an athlete to a GA has been great because I didn’t take any time off baseball. Although I’m not doing it physically, coaching is a lot of mental work.” Creating that player/coach separation may be a challenge, as well.
Soltero has enjoyed his journey as a Jimmie and as a coach for Jimmie Baseball. He notes, “I love the fact that I get to coach the sport I love day one and day out as a full-time job, wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Although turning from student athlete to coach may be challenging, it is something most student athletes want to experience. Noah is a great example of what success can be like for a student athlete. Soltero mentions, “The advice I would give is listening to your coaches as best as you can be. Coaches understand that they aren’t any superior to the athletes, we just have a special influential power. Thus, having faith in what coaches tell you.” Lastly, this story will shed light on what many student athletes and coaches look for through their challenges and may need advice.
The Criminal Justice Club has made it’s comeback from its last appearance, which was four years ago. The individual who proudly represents and started this club up and running again is Professor Suzanna Godboldt. She states, “This club is going to focus on exposing people for career awareness, a recruitment tool for agencies, and to get involved off campus because there’s nothing other than seeing it to better understand it.”
This fall, the Criminal Justice Club is focusing on completing a self-defense class for individuals who have joined the club. Godboldt mentioned, “It’s an exciting first event everyone should be a part of and a great way to start the club running.” Another short-term goal for the club is touring the law enforcement center here in Jamestown. Touring the law enforcement facilities will give students insight into what the environment is like in these facilities and gives them an opportunity to ask questions to professionals.
Furthermore, a long-term goal for the club is to explore out-of-state facilities with longer trips to expand the knowledge of our club members. Professor Godboldt thought that an all-female prison in Nebraska would be a unique experience to tour due to the prison nursery program!
Lastly, Professor Godboldt is beneficially the key to community connections. These efforts will teach valuable lessons and provide unique experiences that each member will be able to take into a workplace environment!
If you’re interested come meet Officer Haley Comstock, Officer Bridget VanDanacker, Officer CJ Toedter, and Officer Jayden Schlarmann or email Suzanne.Godboldt@uj.edu. Professor Godboldt will post announcements on the Criminal Justice Bulletin Board on the second floor of Lyngstad!