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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!

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.

Trick or Tea

There were many festivities around Jamestown during the week and Lexi Krapp held a Trick or Tea party to kick off Halloween in a sweet way. The event was held at her nutrition location that is on campus called Modern Wellness which is a healthy nutrition option for students and athletes on campus. She posted through the company’s Instagram about the event being held. She encouraged us to wear our costumes and to remember to grab a goodie bag on the way out. There were games for the kids to play which included bowling and a candy bowl game. She featured her Halloween menu and kid teas which she posted about at the beginning of the month. The flavors for the teas are poison apple, Dracula’s blood, hocus pocus, jack-o-lantern, abracadabra, wicked, witches brew, Casper, bloody brain, and mummy madness. While her crew of workers were making the orders Lexi was capturing photos in the little area, she set up to post on Modern’s Instagram story. I went in and said hi to everyone and tried Casper tea which is Blue Blast and blue raspberry flavoring. I enjoyed the tea since I am not a fan of sweet drinks. When looking at the setup of everything I found it festive and cute for the space she has. Lexi is very welcoming and can help you out with any questions you have about teas, shakes, and other Herbalife products.

Homecoming King and Queen Interview

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 

An Inside Look at Jimmie Hockey

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.

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