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Growing as a Jimmie – Ellie M. Michaletz

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As I look back on my time at University of Jamestown, I can’t believe the amount I’ve learned and grown in all aspects of my life. When I committed to UJ as a senior in high school, I didn’t realize how much Christ would transform my life.

Ellie Michaletz with a friend and a calf in a barn.

I came in with many different expectations, priorities, and a past I was excited to get away from…little did I know where God would take me 2.5 years later. I came in as a double major in biology and psychology for pre-med, but after a year, I felt called to switch my major in hopes of becoming a Christian Psychologist.

In a little over a week, I will be graduating from UJ with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, and then heading to the Twin Cities to start graduate school to get my degree in marriage and family counseling. I am so excited for the next season of my life, but I’m sad to leave the place that has been so exciting, memorable, and transformative. UJ will always hold a special place in my heart, and even though I’ll be graduating, I know I will always be a part of this Jimmie family.

A huge part of my life and story at Jamestown is how God has taken hold of my heart.

Whether it was through Cru, the ministry teams on campus, being a huddle leader at FCA camps, or the many relationships I’ve had with my brothers and sisters of Christ, God has pushed, challenged, and prepared me for much more than I could have ever imagined.

Ellie Michaletz posing with two volleyball friends in uniform.

I grew up in a Christian home, but I never knew what it truly meant to live and surrender my life for Christ until I came to UJ. My friends, family, coaches, volleyball team, and Candace have had such an impact on my faith, and I want to thank each and every one of them for pushing me out of my comfort zone and helping make me who I am today.

One of the biggest memories I’ll have is being on the Jimmie volleyball team.

Coming into a college team, it sometimes feels like you’re moving from a small pond as a big fish to a small fish in a big pond, but that couldn’t be more wrong. The Jimmie volleyball program isn’t just a team, but a family. Whatever your role may be, you are a part of something far greater than yourself.

I have learned so much from my teammates and coaches, and I wouldn’t have asked for a better family. Not only does this intimacy create lifelong bonds, but it also brings a success that isn’t explainable to the outside eye. To society, success comes from winning, but winning is a result of the relationships on our team. Being third in the nation is a testament to the strong bond of our Jimmie volleyball family. My last week of nationals was a time I will remember forever, not because of the wins, but because of the incredible experiences I got to share with my Jimmie sisters.

2019 UJ Women's Volleyball team photo.

The last thing that UJ has given me in the past 2.5 years is incredible relationships.

I have made connections and relationships with a vast variety of people, whether it was with my volleyball team, professors, A-Hall in Kroeze, my residents in Watson, classmates, ministry team members, or brothers and sisters of Christ. Looking back on my time at UJ, I will remember all the people who had late night-study sessions, nerf gun wars in Watson, sleepovers at the ministry house, and the people who would go to TCBY for waffle cones with me.

I’ve made relationships that have withstood many different trials and will persevere through many more to come; those are the relationships you can make at University of Jamestown, and I’m so grateful for all that UJ has given me. I only hope I could give back a glimpse of what I have received during my time here.

Ellie Michaletz posing with two friends in an outdoor winter setting.

History Club Spreading Knowledge, Podcast Planned

By Josh Thompson

Here at the University of Jamestown, we have an organization known as the History Club.

This organization is comprised of a group of enthusiastic students who are passionate about learning our world’s history and having thoughtful discussions about its effects on the current world. A few examples of the topics that have been discussed are societal life during the 1900’s, religious development in the early United States, and even a discussion on historical technologies used in warfare.

However, when it comes to the History Club, the topics are endless.

On the other hand, the History Club is not only about discussing historical events with fellow history enthusiasts. One goal of the History Club is to spread the knowledge of fascinating events from the past to entertain and inform the public. Keep an eye out for the club’s information booths during major college events!

Lastly, the History Club also plans field trips around the state to help expand their knowledge about the history that is present all around us.

What makes the History Club so special? Is it the fascinating topics discussed in each meeting? Perhaps it is the fields trips and research projects that the club enjoys doing. Regardless of which era of history you are excited about, the History Club has something for everyone who finds history fascinating.

Recently, the History Club had set up an information booth at the Homecoming Street Fair here on campus to show off the amazing history of Jamestown’s campus. They had brochures of old building projects, photos of campus from the early days, and even some background history on the buildings the college students use every day! The members of History Club are always enthusiastic about history.

That is why any history buffs out there should keep an eye out for the newest addition to the History Club…The UJ History Buffs Podcast! This podcast is scheduled to start next semester and will include topics such as the origins of the University of Jamestown, global history, and more!

Be sure to tune in and be amazed.

Love, Mystery, and Murder: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder opens Thursday

By Stephanie Jorritsma

Photo: University of Jamestown Theatre Department

Are you in the mood for a dangerous tale?  The University of Jamestown Theatre Department will be presenting the musical comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Thursday through Saturday in the Reiland Fine Arts Center.

A Gentleman’s Guide has won a host of awards, including the 2014 Tony for Best Musical.  The show is set in 1907 England and follows the story of young Montague (Monty) Navarro.  Monty is a lower class Londoner who discovers he is eighth in the line of succession for an Earldom in the prestigious D’ysquith family.  After the family snubs him, Monty decides to murder his rivals and claim the title himself.  A Gentleman’s Guide is filled with laughs, intrigue, and surprises as the audience follows Monty’s journey to claim the title of ninth Earl of Highhurst.

A Gentleman’s Guide is a unique show due to its blend of modern and older influences.  According to director Mike McIntyre, one of the most unique aspects of A Gentleman’s Guide is the music.  The show’s music evokes early 1900s musical theatre and has a distinctive sound which is unlike many modern musicals.  Christian Gifford, who plays the Magistrate, adds that this style of music uniquely allows actors to combine their character choices with the music.

While the music may differ from other modern musicals, McIntyre feels that the cast has embraced the style and enjoys the unique sound that the music provides.

Along with its distinctive music, A Gentleman’s Guide also contains what McIntyre calls a “contemporary sense of humor”.  The show is filled with colorful characters, clever humor, and ridiculous deaths of the unfortunate D’ysquiths.  Even the show’s dance numbers, choreographed by senior Amanda Arvay, were created with humor in mind.  Amanda says that although the dance numbers are different, each one brings laughter to the audience. 

The characters, situations, and dances of A Gentleman’s Guideflow together into a hilarious and engaging story.  As Alex Delzer, who plays Monty, says about the show, “It delivers comedy in a way I’ve never experienced before! It’s so fun because it takes itself seriously while keeping moments [of] humor throughout.” 

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder combines old and new styles into a show that is entertaining and appealing to all ages.  As Alivia Hoke, who plays Phoebe, states, “You have drama, you have humor, you have romance, you have action.”  She encourages audiences to come, since, “It’s not like anything[…]you’ll see anywhere else.”

So, if you find yourself in the mood for a hilarious story of love, adventure, and murder, get your tickets for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  Performances will be November 7-9 at 7:30pm in DeNault auditorium.

  Tickets can be purchased in advance at the UJ box office by emailing tickets@uj.edu, calling 701-252-3467 (ext.5435), or by visiting the box office (open Mon-Fri 3-6pm in Reiland 135). 

Tickets are also available at the door.  UJ students and staff are admitted at no cost.

UJ: A Worthwhile Experience – Weston Gunther

I have been an English Education major here at UJ for more than four semesters now. I would describe my experience here as worthwhile.

My professors have challenged me to actually make the effort to learn in their classes. They demonstrate that they know what they are talking about; yet, they haven’t been detached from me or my peers. They are professional, yet personal. I know I will leave UJ with a quality education.

My Favorite Things About UJ

Some of my favorite things about UJ are the student organizations. I have participated in several clubs including Cru and the history club, where I have made some really good friends.

Since I’m only one of three English majors in my class, student organizations have been a great way to connect with people who share common interests with me. I like clubs so much that I actually started a chapter of a national club called the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness (IDEA) Club.

Why I Love College

I love college, because it is where conversations happen. People have completely different worldviews and opinions, so they get into great conversations. These conversations are meaningful because they facilitate critical thinking, which in turn, helps people grow closer to the truth. Conversation has definitely characterized my time here at UJ—probably more than any other time in my life. I love it.

I have also enjoyed my time being a cellist in the pit orchestra for the fall musicals. I like that I don’t have to be on stage, but I still get to contribute. Like playing a sport, I feel like I’m a part of a team.

I’m a Resident Assistant in Kroeze Hall this year with freshmen, and it’s crazy to think that I’m already a junior. Time flies when you’re having fun…and studying hard.

Student Entrepreneur: Carlynne Folkstad

By: Alyssa Schrull

We often hear these dramatized stories of successful businesses starting in garages, but have you heard of any starting in a dorm room? That’s exactly what Carlynne Folkstad has done. She began Poppy’s Clothing Co. this last year in her dorm room. The website describes the company as: 

“Poppy’s Clothing Co. is your go-to source for styles influenced by the latest fashions with an added flair. We aim to inspire our customers to be the best version of themselves and to be confident in their own skin – and of course, their outfits.


Our vision is fast-paced, forward-thinking and fashion-centered at its core, and all of our products reflect these ideals. We invite you to browse our site to find just what you have been looking for. Look good, feel good, shop Poppy’s Clothing Co.“

Carlynne started the company because she wanted to bring affordable and cute clothing to women. She finds joy in helping women and wants to make sure that every person that comes to her company is happy in their skin. She enjoys being able to connect with customers all over the country, but being a business owner isn’t always easy. Carlynne has to work hard to compete with other companies.

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She said that the most challenging part about being an entrepreneur is “competing with all the different companies out there and making yours unique.” The job is a lot to juggle. As we were talking she had to take a phone call to deal with some business matters. 

Her day-to-day responsibilities as a business owner include managing an inventory, getting orders, preparing the packages, keeping track of financial statements, sending out packages, and adding new products to the website. Most peoples dorm rooms are scattered with old microwave diners, dirty clothes, and maybe some homework. In contrast, Carlynne’s room is strewn with products and inventory. She said, “I keep my inventory in my dorm room closet”.

Her room triples as a home, an office, and a warehouse. When I came over her kitchen table had shoes, shipping labels, boxes, and tape on it. Carlynne apologized for the mess and explained that she was getting ready to ship out some orders. 

But beyond all the responsibilities of being the business owner of Poppy’s Clothing Co., Carlynne Folkstad is also a student majoring in business administration with a concentration in marketing and industrial management, and minoring in criminal justice, leadership, and honors. She is the president of the Jimmie Janes, captain of the trap shooting team, ARD of Kroeze, a Jimmie Ambassador, a member of the entrepreneurship club, a marketing specialist for Wittheur Financial Group, and works as a server at a restaurant in town. Alright you can take a deep breath now. 

Carlynne is tackling a lot but she wouldn’t be able to do it without her Grandfather’s influence. The company is actually named after her grandfather, Poppy, who has inspired her and encouraged her to put her heart into what she does. This influence explains her ambitious and determined personality. Her grandfather is a military veteran, and because of that, she donates ten percent of all sales to military veterans.

Carlynne encourages us to “support small businesses (because) you’re giving someone the opportunity to fulfill their dream”. She teasingly adds, “Come buy clothes from me”. 

You can find her website at http://www.poppysclothingco.com and her Instagram under @poppysclothingco 

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One Last Ride – Allan Pruss

By: Allan Pruss

As we embark on the fourth year of Jimmie Hockey existence, I and 18 other Seniors will be on our last journey of Jimmie Hockey. This group of Seniors, with the help of many others, built this program to what it is today.

It’s not often that you get to spend every day (during the school year) with the same group of teammates for four years – not many people can say they have even had that opportunity in their lifetime. It’s been truly special to build this program from the ground up and set the standard for Jimmie Hockey. And it’s safe to say we have created bonds and friendships that will, without a doubt, last a lifetime.

Come May, it will be bittersweet as we will walk the stage together and pass this program down to the next class.Our Brand

On the ice, we have built our identity around being a fast-paced, tight-checking team. We look to push the pace, be physical, and create an exciting environment in the John L Wilson Arena. Jimmie Hockey is a relentless and fearless style of hockey where everyone shares an “all in mentality.”

The commitment from Head Coach Dean Stork and our Strength Coach, Ryder Weischdel, has given us all the tools for success and helped us to showcase our skills to the best of our abilities on Friday and Saturday nights.

Jimmie Hockey on the ice before the game.

Jimmie Culture

None of this success would have been remotely possible without the continued support of the students, faculty, and the community. As a player, it’s so easy to be motivated to play your sport when you look into the stands and see your professors, classmates and the community cheering you on while wearing Jimmie Orange. Jimmie Hockey thrives off the support we receive, and we hope over these past few seasons, we have created an exciting product to watch.

So, thank you, THANK YOU Jimmie Nation for taking us in and supporting us, and being there every step of the way. The culture that has been created around the school and athletic department has been tremendous, and as a team, we hope we have been able to grow that amazing Jimmie culture.

UJ Hockey with hockey playing kids.

Many Places

Being from Western Canada, the Midwest was foreign to me, but it’s not anymore. Jimmie Hockey has taken me through not only the Midwest, but all over the United States – places like Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, and Missouri, as well as Texas and Ohio for National Championships. These trips have strengthened our bond as a team and been eye opening for all of us. It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t give Kim, who is undoubtedly the best driver in the world, a shout out – so, thanks Kim!

The adventures with this group have been endless and the memories will last a lifetime.

Allan Pruss with 2 teammates on an outdoor arena under the lights at night.

Transferring to UJ – Sydney Hollingsworth

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It is hard to believe that nearly two years have gone by since I transferred to University of Jamestown.

Sydney Hollingsworth posing in a phone booth with friends.

Coming as a transfer student in January 2018, I never realized the impact this campus would have on my life. Going to a junior college in California for the first two years of college never really gave me the sense of what campus life was like at a University…not to mention what the true meaning of extreme weather was. Going from class to practice and back home again never really allowed me to have a connection to my school or even to the community.

When I came here to UJ, that all changed.

My second home

Being a student at University of Jamestown is like having a second home. I can always count on someone to give me a smile when I walk by, to hold the door a little bit longer (so I do not have to struggle to reach my ID), or even just to give an early-morning wave hello on the way to my 8 a.m. class.

University of Jamestown is a tight, inclusive community that I am going to miss.

Sydney Hollingsworth

Joining the soccer team

I have had the opportunity to be a part of and participate in many amazing experiences, but by far, the experience that will forever stand out is the day I joined the soccer team. That day, I joined a family that will forever have an impact on my life.

I have met my forever friends here and being on a team with such supportive, compassionate, kind, and amazing women has made it so hard for me to even think about leaving. Two years ago, I would never have thought little old Jamestown, North Dakota would have an everlasting impact on my life. But here I am – forever changed.

This soccer career of mine has not always been the easiest. I have faced a lot of adversity but never gave up. Through surgeries, rehab, and countless practices and games, I have always pushed myself to never give up, no matter the pain.

Finding the willpower to do so would not have been possible without the help of the people here at UJ. As an athlete who has faced her fair share of injuries, I struggled with the balance of rehab and supporting my team; yet, through those struggles, my team’s support for me remained constant. The amazing Athletic Training staff (shout out to Camden), has been there through it all, and I will always be grateful for that.

Sydney Hollingsworth selfie with teammates on the field.

To my coaches…

Coach Becker and Coach Jack: thank you for always being there for us in so many different ways. Through any hardship, whether it be in soccer, school, or just life in general, we can always count on you!

And to my teammates…

I am so thankful for all of you. You are the sisters I have always wanted but never had. The love and sense of family we share with each other is something not everyone gets the chance to experience. I wish our dance parties in the locker room, pregame prayer and cheer, the long bus rides, and staying in the “lollipop hotel” would never end. I could not have asked for a better group of strong, supportive women to finish off my soccer career and end my college journey.

Sydney Hollingsworth hugging teammates after a goal.

Being a Jimmie

Being a Jimmie is something that will always live on in me. From the basketball and volleyball games, to the study groups in the library, the morning coffee dates at the Java Hut, and Marge’s omelets, nothing can ever compare to University of Jamestown. I am so thankful for the experiences I have had here and for the relationships I have built that will continue through my lifetime. It is such a cliché to say, “these are the best years of our lives” …but they truly are.

It is such an honor to be a student at University of Jamestown, and I will be an even prouder alum come May. Though these two years went by much faster than I had hoped and imagined, nothing will ever beat being a Jimmie!!

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