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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.

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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UJ Raises $61 Million for Capital Campaign

By Jacob Just

The University of Jamestown revealed during a ceremony Saturday that through the Opening Doors, Transforming Lives campaign the school raised $61, 252,244 towards various building additions, renovations, and scholarship endowment since 2014.

The campaign raised money to build the Harold Newman Arena, renovation of the Hansen Center J-House game room and movie theatre, Voorhees Chapel restoration, and a renovation of the Larson Sports Center weight room.  The campaign also raised funds to support institutional scholarships.

UJ President Polly Peterson said the end result of the campaign has better positioned the university to serve students.

UJ administration, board of trustees, donors, and alumni gathered Saturday to celebrate the conclusion of the campaign and to reveal the total amount raised.  The ceremony concluded the 2019 homecoming events for the school.

University Bookstore Provides the “Jimmie Connection”

By Tess Haugrud

The Jimmie Connection Store is not your typical college bookstore – it is so much more.

From selling t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and sweatpants to coffee mugs, water bottles, blankets, and home decor and so much more, the Jimmie Connection Store appeals to a wide variety of customers.

The store has sales periodically throughout the school year and has clearance items toward the back of the store. Some of the items they have for sale are Jimmie crew sweatshirts, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, pajamas, socks, jackets, blankets, water bottles, home decorations, car decals, scarves, gifts, hats, and school supplies. As of right now, they are having a sale on all kinds of books like novels, Bibles, medical dictionaries, guitar beginners books, and a variety of textbooks.

Throughout the year, the Jimmie Connection Store offers door prize giveaways for things such as water bottles and gift cards to keep customers interested and to bring more people in the store to check out their deals. Emails are sent out to students with sale item information, so be sure to check your emails!

The workers at the store counter are friendly and willing to help. When asking present worker Orlando Rosa Jr.how he likes working at the Jimmie Connection Store, he replies with, “I love working here because you get to meet with people and talk to them as they come in to see the merchandise. We typically have good deals going on and change out our stuff to match the student needs and wants so that’s really cool that I can be a part of that.”

The store hours are:-

-Monday – Friday: 9AM-4PM

-Weekend: Times differ due to special events and sporting events happening on campus

Along with the main Jimmie Connection Store in the Lyngstad building, the University of Jamestown has a smaller, separate Jimmie Connection Store in the Newman Arena that sells similar merchandise items but different clothing items, so be sure to check out the other articles of clothing during, before or after the sporting events held in the Newman Arena! The hours for the smaller Jimmie Connection store depend on the timing of sporting events.

The Jimmie Connection Store provides the campus with loads of Jimmie gear and supplies to show school spirit and support our fellow Jimmies students, staff, and faculty.

Stop by the store throughout the week to see the deals happening and be sure to check your emails for upcoming deals the store will be putting on.