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Two weeks ago, the University of Jamestown celebrated their annual homecoming. This consisted of many fun events and activities, including grocery bag bingo, food trucks that served mini donuts and Mexican food, a blood drive, and a 5k run. To complete the festivities, UJ crowned Garrett Bickett Homecoming King and his girlfriend, Anna Holen, Homecoming Queen. We appreciated the opportunity to interview Garrett and Anna and get their thoughts on homecoming, hear about their UJ experience, and learn a little bit more about who they are.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
Anna: I grew up in small town ND, my parents had 8 kids, and I’m the 7th. All of my siblings came to UJ (except the oldest- she started a family and didn’t go to college). I have 13 nieces and nephews, the oldest 2 are in college and are more like my brothers. My family is very close. I love coffee, my ukulele, and Jesus. My favorite color is black and purple. I also love food. My mom’s cooking specifically.
Garrett: I’m from Carrington, ND. I have 2 brothers, one older one younger. I’m an exercise science major and I plan to go to PT school when I graduate. I like shoes, cats, and breakfast is my favorite meal.
Q: What are you involved in around campus?
Anna: Women’s volleyball team and the Faith in Athletics campus ministry team
Garrett: Men’s basketball assistant coach, Faith in Athletics Ministry Team
Q: What are your favorite things to do on campus?
Anna: Java, going to chapel, going to men’s basketball games.
Garrett: Play pool with the basketball team, longboard, take pictures, going to women’s volleyball games
Q: What is your favorite drink at Java?
Anna: Iced pumpkin latte with oat milk
Garrett: Orange with cream zinger
Q: What do you like most about UJ?
Anna: Coach Jon Hegerle and Teree Rittenbach. Also, the fact that it has given me my best friends.
Garrett: That it’s better than Valley City
Q: What was your favorite part of homecoming?
Anna: The alumni that get to come back to campus.
Garrett: The football game
Q: How does it feel to be king and queen?
Anna: The same as when we weren’t king and queen. Kidding, I’m honored. I’m honored to represent UJ because this place means a lot to me.
Garrett: It’s pretty cool to be able to represent UJ. And it’s cool to know that Anna got it because of me.
Q: When did you guys meet and how?
Anna: We met in the 8th grade when Garrett saw me play volleyball in his home town and he fell in love.
Garrett: I saw Anna play volleyball and she fell in love.
Q: What does being a Jimmie mean to you?
Anna: Being a Jimmie means working hard, giving back, and caring for others. It means being a part of a family that you’ll have forever.
Garrett: Serving others, treating people well, and picking rock.
Q: What do you most appreciate about UJ?
Anna: I appreciate how it’s allowed me to grow in my faith. There have been opportunities here for Jesus to become priority in my life.
Garrett: The community feel and the professors taking the time getting to know their students.
Q: What is one of your favorite memories of your time here at UJ?
Anna: 3-0 northwestern to win the conference in a PACKED Newman.
Garrett: Beating Dordt and Concordia at home last year in basketball.
Q: Do you have any advice for your fellow Jimmies?
Anna: Get to know Jesus.
Garrett: Take the time to build great relationships.
Photo credit Logan C. Adams
Anticipation rose for the first Jimmies Hockey game, at the Wilson Arena on Thursday night. With new talent and fresh faces of 4 new freshmen playing for the D1 team this year, such as Philippe Lessard and Mario Decapite, among familiar faces, with the likes of our goalie Tyson Brouwer and our Captain this year, Jason Richter. The season started off with the Jimmies’ first game against Minot State, with an exciting first period. No goals were conceived, and none scored, but that didn’t portray the level of competition displayed by both teams in the exciting first period.
The second period is where things got interesting. Canadian Sophomore, Greg Susinski, scored the first goal of the game and the first goal of the Jimmies hockey season in this case, giving the Jimmies a 1-0 lead against the Beavers.
Minot State came back scoring the tiebreaker, followed closely by another goal, meaning the Jimmies were 2-1 down at the end of the second period.
Hope was slowly diminishing for the Jimmies, until Greg Susinski scored the sensational tying goal, with 12.2 seconds remaining of the third period. This led to overtime, when unfortunately, the Beavers claimed the game within the first few minutes, resulting in a 3-2 win to Minot State.
This is only the beginning of the season for the D1 Hockey team, with so much potential and talent, there is no doubt that they will have a successful season.
The next home game is against Midland University on October 15th, where talent and determination will definitely be displayed.
You may have heard the group playing at home athletic events last year, and with the Big Orange pep band this year. The drumline exists as a separate group from the pep band and was established in the fall of 2020, led by Dr. Jason Kihle, who is always looking for more students to join. You don’t need to be a band student or start with any familiarity with playing drums. The drumline meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 4:50. Members of the group learn percussion techniques and play pieces ranging from pep band chants to complex ensemble performances. Henry Kersey-Russell is a new member of the drumline. When asked what he likes about being a member of the group he said, “I like learning rhythm. As a music major, it’s a good thing that I’m in the drumline now because now I can get better at staying on-beat and counting. It will help me with my career.”
The drumline plays for a variety of home athletic events, including football, hockey, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball. Each spring the group is featured on a full concert performing idiomatic works for the ensemble; This past spring the group performed Dr. Kihle’s original composition, “The Rise of the Roman Empire.” Dr. Kihle says that the title and subject for the spring concert will be revealed later this fall. The spring concert is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 3rd in the DeNault Auditorium in the Reiland Fine Arts Center. The Pride of the Big Orange drumline will also be playing after the band at the Homecoming concert at 7:30 pm next Friday, October 8th.
J.A.B will be hosting small activities and events, such as knockerball, spike ball, and many more weekly! All events will be held on Allen Field, right across from Watson hall unless told otherwise. Be sure you bring your student ID for a chance to win free goodies and even T-shirts! Stay on the the lookout for the next activity J.A.B is putting on and get involved!