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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.

Welcome To UJ! Advice For Your First Weeks of College Life

By Madison Solwey

  1. Try. That’s all you have to do is put in a little bit of effort. In your classes, relationships, studies, or going outside of your comfort zone. Try new clubs and intramurals. If a campus organization even mildly peeks your interest, try it out. Go to a sporting event or cafeteria by yourself because you will meet people. You get out of it what you put into it. If you are trying to make friends or just want to check out something new, you are making an effort and that is all that matters.
  2. Procrastination is NOT your friend. I was a major procrastinator in high school, and even though I managed to scrape by, I brought so much anxiety and stress upon myself. College is a whole other playing field. Even if writing that Freshman Comp paper is the last thing on your mind, do it anyways. You will feel so much better once it is done. Putting off a giant presentation until the night it is due will only cause you pain and suffering. Work on things a little bit at a time to ensure you are getting the maximum quality that you can out of yourself.
  3. Manage Your Time. Getting a planner or monthly calendar to hang on your wall will help you out tremendously. Schedule everything that you believe to be important. That includes homework, clubs and activities, social outings, and even some down time. The last thing any of us college students need is to burn out. There will be too many things going on to be stressed. Having a planner will not only keep you more organized, but it will help keep your mental health in check. With less stress and more organization, you will be so much better off.

How to Approach Studying Abroad

By TIffany Meier

Many people want to experience the world, but do not know the first step in approaching the matter.

Studying abroad is an option that all students have an opportunity for, but are just unsure of where to start. I should know, I used to be one of them. That all changed when I walked into the Study Abroad office and began planning my trip for the fall semester of 2019. So if you are like me and want to discover other parts of the world, here are a few tips and guidelines to help you along as you embark on your journey.

The first step to figuring out study abroad opportunities is to talk to Lexi Lueck. Lexi is the study abroad counselor at UJ and is full of great information. So make sure to hit her up early in the fall semester and keep going back to her throughout the year. Quit saying “Yeah, I’ll go tomorrow” and just do it already. Ask for options and just sit and talk to her. It may seem extremely overwhelming but remember one step at a time. ALueck@uj.edu .

The second step would be to get your four-year plan done. Attempt to have one semester empty if possible, which sounds impossible depending on your major. If you really want it, you can make it work. If you need help with this go to your advisor or the Registrar’s Office in Taber Hall. They can help you organize your classes and guide you through the best ways to set up your schedule to allow you to study abroad.

Third, really take into consideration all the options Lexi mentions and find the best fit. What works best with your major and other things going on in your life? Should you go in the summer?… a semester?… do an abroad internship? Once you decide the best time to go for you then start looking at the different programs Lexi mentioned.

The fourth step is to talk with Financial Aid and figure out the cost for the programs. Some programs are expensive and may seem overwhelming at first. By talking with the Financial Aid office you’ll be able to find a sense of comfort and maybe even some answers to the questions you don’t quite understand. The Financial Aid program is absolutely phenomenal on our campus. I spent many afternoons with them and exchanged many emails during my application process. You would be surprised by how many people are willing to support you through a study abroad trip. I speak from personal experience here.

The fifth part I am recommending is to make sure you pay attention to the application process. You do not want to miss out on a program because they filled up or you missed the date to send your confirmation payment in. Really try to stay on the ball and work ahead. Again Lexi is a great resource to have. She offers great advice and will help you take things one step at a time, if you ask her to send you a reminder she definitely will.

If you absolutely cannot make any of these study abroad options work, definitely consider taking one of the classes that offers traveling. There are many different options with this; a biology class goes to Canada every summer, nursing goes to Kenya every year, foreign language classes go on trips often, and band and choir go on international trips every few years. These are just a few of the many options for traveling from being in a class. You do have to pay extra to take these classes, but they work really well with a busy major.

Overall, any major can study abroad at some point because there really are so many different options. If you manage to graduate from the University of Jamestown without getting out of the country, you must have tried exceptionally hard. Get out of your comfort zone and go see the world!

Moving Out: Living at UJ

By Jacob Just

In July, incoming UJ freshman received their housing assignments for the upcoming school year.  You may be super excited to move out and have a roommate, or maybe not so much.

Take a deep breath and get ready because move in day will be here before we know it.  

When you receive your housing assignment, it’s probably tempting to look them up on Instagram or Facebook if you don’t know them.  Before move in day, message or email them to introduce yourself and maybe coordinate things, such as who is bringing what for the dorm.  You’d rather be safe than sorry and have too many things in the dorm.  

When preparing to move into the dorms, remember that you don’t need to bring your entire room.  Bring enough clothes to last you a while, bring your mini fridge, TVs, and school supplies, but remember that you are living with someone else who also has things to bring, so keep the packing list in moderation. 

A big tip for me is that you don’t necessarily have to have the most decked out dorm room.  Remember – you’re going to be a broke college student soon, so save as much as possible. Go to the thrift store to look for clothes, dorm supplies, etc.  If you can reuse notebooks and school supplies from high school, do so!  

My suggested packing list:

  • XL Twin size Bedding (Sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry stuff (hamper, detergent, etc.)
  • Garbage can
  • 3M Hooks (These are SO helpful)
  • Money – I would recommend that you have enough saved up to last you at least the first few weeks of class. Who wants to work those first few weeks of classes?
  • Devices (Phone, Laptop, etc.)
  • TV – Everyone will bring their own TV, trust me.  
  • Microwave – You really only need one microwave in each dorm room.
  • Winter Gear – I forgot to bring this until like November my freshman year.
  • Accessories (lamps, rugs, pictures, etc.)

To all of the incoming freshman, I welcome you to Jamestown!  If you have questions about moving, feel free to email me: jacob.just@uj.edu