Category Archives: Campus Life

Women’s Soccer Senior Night 2022

Uj Women’s Soccer hosted their senior night October 22nd 2022 here
at the Jimmie soccer field against College of Saint Mary.. The seniors
recognized were; #7 Aubree Gessel, #6 Haley Dyer, #24 Kamryn
Ficus, #16 Karlie Hintz, #20 Cassandra Diaz, #2 Eleonor Flores, #11
Ryley Bedard, and #9 Bridget VanDancacker. Each Senior was
walked out by their family members while teammates/friends formed
around to celebrate them.This game was a 4 – 0 win for the Jimmie
Womens Soccer with goals scored by, A senior #16 Karlie Hintz,
Freshman #33 Emersen Kimball, Sophomore #18 Gaby Sarkis, A
Sophmore #14 Illiana Ramirez, with all goals being assisted by, A
senior #11 Ryley Bedard. We congratulate these ladies with another
win adding to the Women’s Soccer 10-0-0 record, but it was also a
night to recognize the seniors’ success and their achievements they
have made in the course of their time with the program. Each Senior
has brought not only their talents to the field, but their personalities
and heart that shape the team dynamic to be so successful and
continuously grow. Congratulations JImmie Women’s Soccer!

UJ Students Relax and Relieve Some Stress at Yoga

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!

Northern Plains Fall Retreat 2022

On October 7th to 9th, I went to Cristal Springs Camp as the event invited by cru (A caring community passionate about connecting people to Jesus Christ) and spent fantastic time there. I would like to show you how that event was!         

On October 7th, we left the UJ at about 16:00pm, and head for Cristal Springs Camp in Medina. Except member in UJ, there were students from other universities. At night, we enjoyed having supper and interacting with them. There held baking s’more party.

Next day, the event like engaging Christ began in earnest. For me, learning holy bible was new for me and there were lot of things to study. Understanding whole content was hard for me, but it was one of experiencing of cross-culture. Not only holy bible, but we could also experience outside activities. I tried to swing and axe throwing for the first time. Swing was so higher than what I expected, and, in the beginning, I was so afraid that I wanted to give up. However, once I pulled the rope and dropped, I felt a sense of release and the brilliant view awaited.   

At that night, it was held “Hawaiian roller-skating party”. There was a gym there and we could take on roller skating shoes freely. It was also first time for me and being played fantastic music made us excited. In there, we could eat shaved ice so I could do it and shaved ice was so cool for me.

Through the event, all that I have experienced was cross-culture and new for me. I also knew how people think Jesus and touched the identities of Christian. It was difficult to understand whole things, but I am sure that a couple of days that I have spent in Cristal Springs Camp have been meaningful.

An Interview with Sara Robinson about SET

Formally known as JAB, SET has become the new face of student activities on campus. Through new ideas and revitalization of what it means to be a Jimmy, SET could be the very foundation for UJs future. After huge spikes in attendance at recent events and a very intriguing incentive for students. It felt important to understand just what was happening behind the scenes. Sara Robinson, Addie Nybo, and their newly formed student team were able to create exciting events for everyone. Through this interview, she details the trials, and growth of the newly named program. How she works with the student staff, and the goals she has for them and SET as it evolves.

Rather than a student organization Sara and Addie wanted to create opportunities for students to thrive. They created SET as a way for students to be given leadership opportunities. To create things that people could be proud of. She explains later that SET isn’t just about the activities but rather about creating lifelong skills for students. But most importantly helping create an atmosphere with activities that keep students engaged with the community. But more importantly, I believe that they view SET as a platform for students to grow. They have created ways for potential leaders to grow in a positive environment.

Sara: [activities are] “So important and changes your college experience. Because if you wanted an online education with none of the extras… you wouldn’t pay to come to UJ. and so, the work that [SET] do to plan those events, to make those come to life, the university values that! We value that, and we wanted to elevate them [SET members] in the work that they do.”

Caleb: “so in a sense, it is not a student org anymore and rather part of the university.”

Sarah: “yeah so, the student engagement team is no longer a student org it doesn’t follow that contract anymore it’s a wing of student affairs now. Just like Esports is, just like shooting sports is. And a closer one would be like our ministry team. Ministry isn’t a student org. It’s a wing of ministry which is under the umbrella of student affairs. And so now our student engagement team is the same. So, Addie, and I are student engagement professional staff. And they are kind of our student staff.

Caleb:  “are the students that work for you, are they work-study students?”

Sara:     “That’s a great question, they are not currently. So, they are volunteer based just like our welcome weekend team. However, the work that they do is important and is valued and our ultimate goal is to get them into a paid position for the work that they do. In some way shape or form, we would love to be able to compensate them for their efforts. So, we haven’t quite figured out how that looks. We’re in process and discussion, but we couldn’t do that if we remained a student org. Yeah, so something needed to change so that we could elevate them in the vision and direction that we felt like they deserved.”

She later clarified that while they can’t pay students for the work yet, they are heavily lobbying for it. SET view their work as important and something the college should invest money into.

Caleb:  “Since you restructured in essence completely. What do you think that means going forward… if you look back on the way you were going as jab… you probably saw the future. What do you see for the future for [SET].”

Sara:     …So now in this structure we have these team leads, that this is it’s an application process now. To join the team, we have a limited number of spots, we have six seats, we have four event coordinators and two photographers. And that’s our team, and so it’s an application process to be part of that. So that allows us to interview. And have these conversations and make sure that you know the people that are joining our team want to do this work… It really allows the events to be more student-led. Because instead of us planning the events as advisors or taking on the bulk of the work. The students are taking on the bulk of the work and so we’re able to empower them to do that. But then the events truly are student LED and I think there’s something really powerful in that. Because I’m not a college student anymore, I don’t know what’s cool anymore…but I totally can support our students to do what they think student other students want.”

Caleb: “What can students expect from the new formal situation that you created?”

Sara:  “So our hope is that really what we saw from experiencing welcome weekend is, that there are students on this campus that really desire a leadership position… Which is no surprise especially with our growing character and leadership minor that people are looking for opportunities to actually practice those skills. And so, we noticed this and welcome weekend when we had that become an application process, that students really had to think if they wanted to commit to applying. To commit to interviewing and then holding the positions. And when we made it, an application process the investment from students was higher. And so, then the result was much more cohesive work because the students were just more bought into what they were doing. We were able to have more clear conversations about expectations and work and kind of our vision and it just felt more of like a team… And so, in a sense you know an application process for SET is similar. We can talk to you about the work commitment kind of our expectations, [and] your expectations. How we can work together as a team to make that happen? But six people isn’t enough to do the massive events that we do on campus. So, on top of our six SET positions, we also rely really heavily on a volunteer list. And so, the beautiful thing about that, is that students can apply to be on our volunteer list. And then we don’t need to do interviews or anything like that…then when we need volunteers, we just send a mass e-mail to all of those students and just say: “hey this is what we’re looking for.” It allows students to help when they have free time, but to not have to commit to the same commitment that our team spots do… And then our hope eventually is, that as we grow this new structure as we grow this volunteer list, that the volunteers come around and realize kind of the benefits of being a team member, and what that looks like, and think that that’s cool! And so, then our volunteer list eventually will turn into the people that we would want to hire for the open positions.

Caleb: “one other thing I wanted to ask you was about some of the new newer decisions that we’re seeing right now that [have] become more popular. So, I think one of them I like I said earlier… it feels like there’s direct incentives for people to attend these events. And I feel like that kind of I think it paid off very well. But what led to that specific decision because I know you’ve been thinking about it for a for a little bit. How did that come to fruition?”

Sara: “in event planning, there’s a lot of things that go that go into things, but the event is only gonna be as great as the people that are there. And everything we do on campus does have some cost to it.”

She later goes on to explain the cost of the event and its impact on the University. Mentioning that it could cost three thousand dollars to host an event. Which makes attendance for these events even more important. With dwindling attendance at events, the newly formed SET team came up with an idea.

And so, we really did a deep dive into what are students interested in to make sure that we’re bringing the right kind of live performers to campus. And what’s going to get students to these events? How do we get them in these seats? Because we know that these performers are great, when we go to these conferences, we have the opportunity to see them live!… We know when they get there they’re gonna have a great time. But how do we get them there? and so over the last two years, casino night has really taken on a life of its own. It’s become an event that students know and love and talk about. To the point where our incoming freshman students often hear about casino night two weeks into their experience here. Like students talk about casino night as something that they know and love. And so, we’ve kind of tried to examine that. What do students love about it? Is there any way we can replicate other pieces of that in different events that we’re doing. And what we decided is to use that event as leverage, because it is already a very successful event. Last year we had 500 students in attendance at casino night!… Massive right? In a campus of 1100 that is a massive turnout. And so looking at that why are students coming to that? And then how can we use that?… Because students are already coming to that event, they love that event and we thought that would be a great way to get them to come to other events we know they’re going to have fun at… So that’s how casino night VIP was born. Is as the way to get students to these awesome events to earn a VIP experience at an event that they already know they’re going to love.

Caleb: “Can you give any information about this yet?”

Sara: “oh hot tea! We haven’t made final decisions. Casino night planning will be really starting in November. In fact, our presidential cabinet has recognized the importance and the weight that casino night has on our students, and how much they enjoy it. And because we live in rural North Dakota where winters are miserable, January and February is a really hard time of year for everyone. From seasonal depression to terrible winter weather. All these things come by and make way for a hard time. And so, they’ve asked us to move casino night up, so previously it’s been in March after spring break, and our cabinet has asked us to move it forward. So, it will be in February this year. So, we gotta get planning for it. Obviously, we have lots of discussions about what the VIP experience could look like. And no promises! But here are some ideas that we’ve brainstormed but nothing concrete. So last year we heard y’all, one of the massive issues getting into casino night last year was the line. There was a long wait, sometimes students were waiting 30 to 45 minutes even to enter. So, we’ll keep that in mind for VIPs. Thinking of VIP entrance access. Either like separate access or skip-the-line sort of situation. So, boom there’s thirty to forty five more minutes that you get added to play and to hang. So that’s something we’re throwing around. At the door, we always give students free play money, and free tokens to play with. It would be very easy for us to give additional coins, and tokens to our VIPs. Perhaps a special prize that only VIPs were eligible to win. We don’t know, lots of things that were kind of tossing around. We’ve also tossed around like a what do you call it… a chauffeur! …So definitely things we have to work through but it’s going to be the VIP experience for real. it’ll be exclusive, it will be elevated, it will be worth it.”

Caleb: “Oh lastly I just wanted to ask is there anything that you want people to be aware of going forward do you have any last things like events or things you want to tell people about?”

Sara: “Yeah, I think one thing that I think might be helpful for students, just to know about what we do is we really plan like chunks of time. So, we kind of have planned six to eight weeks at a time, and then we have that section of time planned. So, then that’s six to eight weeks we spend planning the next six to eight weeks if that makes sense. Yeah, and so you know really every six to eight weeks we release our dates and our events that are planned. And so, it would be in students’ best interest to follow that, and kind of mark those on their calendars. So that it’s not just like oh this event is tomorrow like we’ve known about this event coming up now for six weeks, right? And so that makes it a little bit easier to make your schedule work. We are very present this year on Instagram, so following our handle would be great. UJ_SET is our handle. And then the other thing that I really would love for students to know is, that this year we have an actual text line! So, there’s a phone number that you can text to join our text line and then because we know how overwhelming emails can be. Instead of getting an e-mail about the event you’re gonna get a text message.”

To learn more about SET follow their Instagram!

UJ_SET

To volunteer to help with events visit this google form!

https://forms.gle/yWvJqQUnterEqMD66

UJ Students Face a Self Defense Class

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! 

The report: the game of Ice hockey began

What are the major sports in US? Football-it is definitely one of biggest popular sports in US. Basketball-NBA and famous player play and attract many fun. Finally, Ice hockey! People craze with both game and play. On September 30th, I watched the ice hockey game-University of Jamestown vs Minot State University in Wilson Arena for the first time! In this time, I reported how game was.

In Wilson arena, many people came here and cheered. After a confrontation between the two sides at the opening ceremony, the match began. In 1st period, Minot state scored first goal, but UJ quickly scored point. The attack and defense between both teams continue after that and the 1st period finished, which they tied.

Next 2nd period, Minot state scored again-2-1. That situation continued until about r minutes before the end of this period. Then, UJ shouted and got point back. However, Minot side also pointed lastly and finished the 2nd period, which score was 3-2.

Football / Chapel at UJ

Would you like to join something fun? Then, you must join the event in UJ!

In UJ, students can receive the week schedule that can join. 

In this site, I will show some events that I experienced since begin at UJ. 

If you are going to be an exchange student at UJ, please, check it out!

~Watching football games~

Football is one of the most popular sports in the US. People at UJ are also enthusiastic about it. The football game was taken place in Charlotte & Gordon Hansen Stadium at UJ. Before the game, UJ held the tailgate that is a celebration for people who want to enjoy the comradery of the game in the parking area beforehand. During this time fans were gathered around in small groups enjoying the not only the good weather, but the visual features of the newly built stadium.  My friend and I joined this party and enjoyed eating, playing games, and making new friends.

Going into the stadium, the field and large screen monitor is what caught my attention. Most of the spectators were sitting in the bleachers and watching the game, but this time, I went down to the field where the game was played.

Many UJ students gathered down there in the student section called “ORANGE TIDE”. In this section we were given free drinks! So if you feel you are melting from all the hype and excitement, the orange tide has got you covered!

During the game there was great energy, cheering, and game rituals that I found to be exciting. Honestly, I am not very educated on the rules of American football, but, thanks to the excitement and atmosphere of the UJ student body, I enjoyed watching my first football game. 

The result of this game was victory for UJ! 

I realized that watching football is truly a great event to experience the American atmosphere!

~Worship in Voorhees Chapel ~

I was really impressed by the chapel event because I am not a Christian myself. Worship events at UJ are held in the beautiful Voorhees Chapel, every Thursday.

The event starts at 11:00am and is about 30 minutes long. The students involved, sung the songs around Christianity. Not only did they sing, but also, interacted with people who simply attended to watch. When I joined this event for the first time, I did not know about the songs, but the joyful environment of singing made me join the singing gradually. Aside from it, I got to interact with many new friends. It was my first interaction with the Church of Christ. This event is not mandatory, meaning it is open to everyone!

New Beginnings for The Criminal Justice Club 

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! 

Looking into international lifestyle in UJ

Hello! This is Miyu Osada. I’m from Japan and exchange student at the UJ-University of Jamestown. In this time, for the future international students, I’ll show you our lifestyle in UJ!

~Dormitory~ 

Firstly, you international students worry about where you live in campus, don’t you? Basically, all dormitories have lounges that contain computers and network printers. There is also air conditioner, desks, dressers, extra-long twin beds, free laundry, free parking, Internet Wi-Fi and optional loft($100/yr.) 

I would like to introduce to you is the dorm that I’ve lived called Kroeze hall. It has the largest capacity in UJ. It has 10 sections that include mini lounges and bathroom and has two floors. Especially, bathroom is placed in each section. In the main lounge, there are fireplace, large flat screen TV, grand piano, some sofas and tables for table tennis, billiards, and air hockey. It has also shared kitchen that students can use. As privilege of this dorm, students allow to have their pets! The center of the dormitory is open with lawn for all residents.  

In the shared kitchen, refrigerator, cooker and microwave are equipped. You can use some bowls to cook something. But there is no cookware like knife and ladle, so you have to prepare them own yourself. 

On the other hand, in the laundry room, you can use washing machine and dryer. The number of machines is limited, so you will be careful to pick up your clothes in time. You will also need to provide your own laundry and shower detergent. 

The room is shared with 2 people. Mattresses are provided, but bed linens, blankets, towels, and pillows are not. You can bring your own furniture in your room. 

Finally, let’s see the cafeteria.  

~Meal~ 

The main cafeteria of this campus is –Knight Hall. Many students eat in this hall so you can talk and interact with the through your meal. University of Jamestown provides 3 options of meal plan. Each plan has Jimmie Bucks which include certain number of meals in the Knight Hall and buying glossaries in other food store or café in the campus. Jimmie Bucks use during first semester to second semester, but it cannot cross an academic year. If you want to buy additional one, it is $25. 

More details are as follows 

Option1: $2,200/semester    

        Unlimited                  

        50 Jimmies Buck           

Option2: $2,140/semester 

        225 meals   

        125 Jimmies Bucks 

Option3: $2,060 

        190 meals 

        225 Jimmies Bucks 

It’s all right to live alone for the first time. If you have any problems, people in UJ always will help you! 

  

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