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There Are No Limits

By Emma Bennett

When I was a senior at my small high school, I couldn’t wait to graduate and go to a big college.

I had lived in Jamestown almost my entire life, and although I loved growing up here, I was sure that the next step for me would be far, far away.What I missed when I was at a big college

Once I started college at a university out of state, I began to realize that I had taken the best things about a small school for granted. As a freshman, I was paying my dues and taking responsibilities that nobody else wanted, just waiting for my turn to be passionate about what I was doing. I grew increasingly frustrated with my decision to go somewhere that limited me to one, solitary identity: a freshman musical theatre major.

I missed knowing people who were interested in different things than me. I missed performing every chance I got. Above all, I missed being involved and feeling like an important part of what was going on around me. I knew I had the potential to be far more than just that one thing, but I wasn’t sure how to fix it.

Discovering UJ

Eventually, I came home for a visit that happened to coincide with UJ’s fall musical. I was incredibly jealous at how many people got the chance to perform on the Reiland’s beautiful stage. I met some of the students involved in the show and was surprised to learn that they weren’t all theatre majors; they were graphic designers, engineers, nurses, and everything in between. Every single one of them was immersed in and excited about other activities around campus.

I had seen many shows here before, but that experience really helped push me to make the decision to come to UJ; the perfect school for me had been just around the corner all along.

Becoming a part of the campus community

I was so nervous to start classes here. Most people find it difficult to move away for college, but the hardest part for me was coming back to my hometown. I was determined to keep my head down and play the part of the dutiful freshman for the rest of the year, but I was met with such positivity and acceptance that I quickly became a part of the campus community. Since I transferred to UJ, I have become more than I thought possible: a double major (I never would have known I was interested in marketing!), an actor/designer/director, a member of the choir board, and so much more.

I’ve had the opportunity to work multiple jobs, meet so many interesting people, and even help develop a new service organization on campus. I no longer feel defined by one little piece of who I am. There are absolutely no limits to who you can be, and that’s something I learned here.

I came to college hoping to grow and learn and become a better version of myself. UJ has been a wonderful place to do just that. I am so thankful for all the professors, classmates, and friends that have accepted and challenged me along the way, and really made UJ my home.

From Uruguay to ND

By Valentino Grasiuso

When you’re born in a third world country, most people don’t even think of the possibility of studying in the United States; it just seems so far from reality.

But, inspired by the dream of playing basketball at a higher level, I decided to take a chance in the land of opportunities when I was only 16.

It was nothing but pure excitement and fun during my exchange year—so much so that I decided to come back for my senior year of high school and try to find a University to attend.

UJ was the first school to give me a chance, and from the moment I opened the first package, I knew it was a good fit. Traveling further north to an even smaller town seemed crazy at the moment, but that’s one of the many lessons that this experience gave me: it doesn’t matter where you are—what matters are the people you are with.

Even though basketball didn’t end up working out, I am grateful for everyone in the program for taking me in and giving me a chance. I realized I was still looking for something bigger. Basketball opened many doors for me, took me to the United States, and now it was time to move on.

I found my spot in the team, not during the year I played, but during the years I didn’t. Being a part of the group in a different role made me realize that sometimes, experiences are meant to take you to a different place, but we shouldn’t be afraid of letting go.

UJ has a very special place in my heart. Throughout my years, I met some of the most incredible people. The ability to stop by your professor’s office to talk about schoolwork or personal endeavors is something you don’t hear from a lot of schools, so I am very grateful I had the chance of learning from the people I did. They not only taught me business, but many life lessons I will carry with me for a long time.

My English wasn’t very good at first. Throughout the years, my friends always worked with me to progressively improve and become part of their culture. An experience like this, being 6000 miles away from home, is not easy. I missed, I doubted, I struggled, but UJ always made me have a positive look on whatever was going on.

For future/current students and alumni, I would say: take risks, do what you love, and embrace discomfort. Life is what you make it, and opportunities seem crazy until they don’t. They say we have two lives; the second one starts when we realize we have only one. UJ helped me start living my second life.

The Jimmie Family

By Jenna Windjue

From the moment I set foot on the University of Jamestown’s campus, I knew where I was going to spend the next four (or more!) years of my life.

I was blown away by the small but beautiful campus and all the resources it had to offer. When I was considering coming to UJ, I reached out to my high school coaches, who had both been Jamestown College graduates. This was the first time that I had heard the UJ community described as “the Jimmie family.”

My coaches went on and on about their wonderful experiences in Kroeze Hall and described so many traditions and memories that made a positive impact on their lives. Their love for UJ was obvious, and I knew that I wanted to be apart of something that would continue to change my life many years after graduation.

Over my last four years at UJ…

I have learned a lot from being a part of this Jimmie family. Besides learning how to cope with enough “unprecedented events” for a lifetime, I have learned to build strong relationships with people who share my same values and ideals. I have been fortunate to surround myself with amazing people who challenge me to be a better person, teacher, and leader every day. It honestly seems like UJ is a magnet for truly amazing people, because the friends I have made at UJ are lifelong friends who have made my time at UJ unforgettable.

The full Jimmie experience at UJ would not be what it is without the unrivaled education from dedicated faculty. Each professor I have had at UJ has made a lasting impact on my life and has taught me so much. I have spent many hours in their offices asking them every question from chemistry to the meaning of life.

Professors at UJ enhance the Jimmie experience, because you get to know them on a more personal level then at any other University. As a future educator myself, I recognize how important these relationships are for a successful education. I am grateful to the faculty and staff at UJ who go above and beyond to ensure that the education we receive here makes us competitive employees and leaders in our future fields.

I take a lot of pride in being a Jimmie. So much so that I am constantly teased by my family for wearing Jimmie apparel… a lot. But I would not have traded my time at UJ for anything. I have loved learning and being in the supportive environment that has shaped me and so many Jimmies before me. I have loved being a member of the Jimmie family, and I look forward to continuing to embrace this unique community for many years to come.

Thank you to every member of the Jimmie family for continuing to support and represent the principles and ideals the University of Jamestown is founded on. It is because of you this university is one of a kind! Go Jimmies!

The Best Choice Isn’t Always First

By Nate Swanson

To say that University of Jamestown was my first choice of college would be a lie.

I actually didn’t even know about UJ until my senior year of high school. I ended up getting an email to participate on the esports team here, and I couldn’t pass up that opportunity. Though Jamestown wasn’t my first choice, I am so grateful to have come here.

Since coming here, I have made many friends and participated in tons of activities. The friends I made here are really like family, and I couldn’t be more grateful than to have met them. Additionally, I really love the closeness of everyone here. Jamestown really offers a kind of connection that you just can’t get at any other college. Whether it’s going to basketball games, or simply studying in the library, you can always find someone you know.

Jamestown also offers tons of activities that I am so happy to be a part of—one of which is theatre. The type of acting we do at University of Jamestown is an experience I never have had before. Before UJ, I had only ever done improv at my local high school. When coming here, I really didn’t know what to expect, and I was surprised in a fantastic way! I have done as many shows here as I could because of the amazing cast and crews that we have here!

I am so grateful to Jamestown for the close relationships and fun activities that I get to do! There really is nothing like it anywhere else.

The Right Choice For Me

By Emma Stoehr

August of 2017, I had to finalize my decision on where I wanted to attend school and play basketball.

I called the head coach at the time, Greg Ulland, and told him I was committing to the University of Jamestown. His response to my commitment was the first sign that I was making the right decision.Starting off my freshman year was exciting and nerve racking all at the same time.

I came in only knowing my roommate, and I was five hours away from home. It was very hard to adjust at first moving from a big town (Woodbury, MN) to a smaller town (Jamestown, ND). I also felt like I was the only one that missed home like crazy and was constantly busy with school and sports.

After my first semester, I started to get into the groove of things. I found a good group of friends that created a lot of fun in Kroeze court yard. Also, we attended more sporting events other than our own. Freshman year flew by and in the blink of an eye I am finishing up my last semester as a nursing major. I have learned so many life lessons throughout college and have created so many memories that will stick with me forever.

There are a few things that made Jamestown the right choice for me.

First, I knew I wanted to give basketball a shot my first year of college. This has been such a highlight in my four years of college and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My teammates are like sisters to me and the bound that we have created, especially my senior year, is something special that I will never forget. This team has taught me how to be a better leader and how to be there for someone when it may not be their best day. Also, all the hard practices and time commitment has taught me that not everything in life is going to be easy.

Second, deciding to choose nursing as my major. I started off as a biology major, then exercise science, and finally settled on nursing. Yes, it is okay to not know what you want to major in when you first come to college. Juggling nursing and basketball was definitely stressful and time consuming, however it has taught me time management and multitasking. The nursing faculty is extra special and if I would have met every one of them before choosing this school, this would have determined my major from the start. I never thought I would have the type of relationships with my professors that I do. They personally know me, and you don’t get that type of relationship with professors at a bigger school.

Third, the small class size. I never thought I would attend a college that seemed smaller than my high school. However, this was the best choice for me. I have a nursing class of 18 students. I feel this has allowed me to focus and be committed to being attentive in class. Also, a majority of the students are athletes, so they are able to relate to be a student athlete. I like being able to walk around campus and say hi to a majority of the people I walk by.

Overall, coming to the University of Jamestown has molded me into the person that I am today. I now know what it means to be a Jimmie and I have loved being a part of the Jimmie family.

Free Books At Raugust Library

By Phyllis Bratton

Who doesn’t like getting something for nothing?

In this case, all you need to do is walk over to the Raugust Library lobby and take a look at a book truck full of items you can carry away!

Since we didn’t have our annual book sale last April, our basement is overflowing with gift books that we can’t use and books that we have withdrawn from the collection. So we are GIVING them away!

Every Monday until Spring Break we will be putting out a truck of NEW old books – feel free to take as many as you can carry.

With any luck, we will be able to hold our book sale this spring, starting April 26. This year, all proceeds will go to the local food pantry, and you will also be able to trade food donations for books. More information about this later.

Until then come and browse the freebees.

Connect with Raugust Library

By Phyllis Bratton

The UJ community has lots of ways to keep up with what’s happening at the library – just join us on a variety of social media platforms! Choose your favorite and find us there:

Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/UJRaugustLibrary and follow us on Instagram at @raugustlibrary to find out about the UJ Book Club, upcoming events in the library, new books, the “Let’s Talk About ____” series, and of course, the latest activities of George, Harriet, and Carl.

Subscribe to the Raugust Library YouTube channel to find all sorts of helpful videos on how to search the catalog, start an interlibrary loan request, get to the library website from off campus, and much more.

Raugust Library can be wherever you are – just look us up

UJ Place to Proudly Serve Starbucks®

University of Jamestown representatives are excited to announce that, early- to mid-September, they will be an authorized purveyor of Starbucks® coffee at their new Knight & Day Coffee House in UJ Place.

UJ Place is a mixed-use building located just next to Harold Newman Arena on the north side of Jamestown. It has 112 student beds and 56 units along with 13,000+SF of commercial space in the building. Knight & Day Coffee House will be on the north end of the building and will occupy roughly 2,000 square feet of space.

“We have been hoping to get a coffee shop in this building to cater to the University of Jamestown campus, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome them into the space,” said McKenzy Olson, VP Marketing and Public Relations at EPIC Companies.

As an authorized purveyor, Knight & Day Coffee House will exclusively serve Starbucks® full menu of coffee and beverages. “Most of our decisions for UJ Place revolve around students having options inside of the space,” explained Dustin Jensen, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs. “We will provide coffee, but it will also be a bistro with food options, as well as study and social spaces.”

Knight & Day Coffee House, which will have enough seating for 15-20 people, will be open to the public. It will feature a drive-thru, as well as ample, free parking.

“We know most people in Jamestown are Starbucks fanatics,” explained Jensen. “So, we are excited to be able to give the community this option.”

We can. We will. We must

By Andrew Reed

March 14th, 2020. 6 months has passed since the last game was played by a University of Jamestown sports team, until last weekend. The Jimmies women’s soccer team defeated Graceland University and William Penn University in Iowa to kickstart the year for all Jimmie sports teams. As eager as everyone is to get back to normal college life with practices, classes, seeing old friends, new faces and getting back to game time action, we must remember this is not a normal year.

COVID-19 has affected the entire world and very specifically has affected college sports at all levels. Some divisions are postponed, some are cancelled and some, like the GPAC in the NAIA, are trying to push through and continue with sports almost unfazed. As you likely have seen, new protocols have been implemented around campus to combat the virus and keep us on track for complete seasons in all fall sports and to keep having in-person classes for the rest of the semester.

University President Polly Peterson’s email from September 3rd sent out to all faculty and staff outlined the goals set for the university and what changes are being made, including a new “COVID-19 dashboard” that shows positive cases and close contacts on campus. She ended this email with a new anthem that personifies the universities efforts: “We can. We will. We must.”

Other precautions have been taken on the field and in the classroom including masks on campus, free testing, and temperature and symptom checks everyday before practices. These changes may seem small but adding this onto the workload of a student-athlete can prove challenging sometimes.

Starting quarterback of the Jimmies football team Cade Torgerson had this to say: “I wouldn’t say this is difficult, but it is new and that’s the challenging part of it, everyone’s adjusting to what seems like the new normalcy.” He continued by complementing the coaches and staff here on campus. “Everyone’s doing a good job with it and I think it’s just a testament to the campus and the coaches and everyone working together to make this happen for everyone.”

Emma Stoehr, a senior on the Jimmies women’s basketball team, agrees, “The most difficult part about these protocols put in place on campus and within sports is the unknown that each day brings. One day you could be practicing with all 20 people and then the next day you could be practicing with only half the team.”

I also asked Colton Lund, a 2nd year graduate assistant for the Men’s Basketball team, about the teams toughest challenge. “I think one of the biggest adjustments for us is just being 6 feet apart and socially distancing, you know, during our workouts. Our team is built around our culture of being, you know, a close, tight knit team.”

Everyone realizes the difficulties that this year brings and sees the challenges of the future. The outstanding part is the perseverance of the University and its athletes to keep pushing through. The student athletes and the university want games to be played and classes to continue.

To achieve this goal, we must work together and follow COVID-19 protocols to keep our campus safe and our athletes on the field.

UJ Collegian Opens Podcast Booth

By Jacob Just

Tucked away on the second floor of the Unruh-Sheldon Building on the UJ campus, students may encounter a slight change in a small room.

Completed in January, 2020, the podcast booth is a state-of-the-art space that will allow students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to record, produce, and publish podcasts for The Collegian. Jordan Bits, a broadcast engineer at i3G Media in Jamestown, has been working on developing the space to make it an impressive addition to campus.

“I’m extremely excited that we have this available for our students and staff at UJ,” said Warren Abrahamson, Advisor/Publisher for The Collegian. “This will be yet another avenue for the University to showcase its talents and a creative outlet for many on campus! We look forward to having as many students and staff use it as possible.”

The booth features two microphones, a sound booth, a computer, and other equipment.

The UJ Student Senate recently approved funds for the organization to purchase a new computer for the space to better enhance its capabilities.

Students, staff, or faculty interested in starting a podcast with The Collegian, should contact Warren Abrahamson at warren.abrahamson@uj.edu or Jacob Just at jacob.just@uj.edu.

The UJ community is invited to visit the space during office hours, which can be viewed here.