New York City-based trio performing March 23 at Jamestown College

Sonic Escape will perform March 23 at Jamestown College. This trio of Juilliard graduates will present original works, arrangements and improvisations.

The Performing Arts Series at Jamestown College continues with a performance by Sonic Escape at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center’s DeNault Auditorium.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved through the Box Office. Call (701) 252-3467 ext. 5435, send e-mail to, or visit the Reiland Box Office.

From New York City, the virtuoso members of Sonic Escape are equally at home performing in classical music’s greatest halls – The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center – or traveling across the country in roles as diverse as fiddle-dancing in “Riverdance,” jamming with Beale Street blues bands, improvising with Native-American flute masters and playing rock clubs.

Ultimately, the total Sonic Escape experience is what makes lifelong believers out of initiates.  Humor and candid conversation draw audiences into the music, while the players’ backgrounds in acting, singing and dancing turn concerts into unforgettable performance events.  Improvisation takes it up a notch, infusing shows with pure, dynamic energy.  As music and stories intertwine, audiences are taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, revelations, and ultimately, the desire to learn more.  Interaction and innovation are the hallmarks of Sonic Escape.

Sonic Escape is the recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts Composition Grants, a Puffin Foundation Award and a Chamber Music America Residency Grant. The summer of 2012 marked the release of their debut album as well as the trio’s introduction to the folk festival circuit.


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Jamestown College welcoming musician and journalist Eugenia Zukerman


Eugenia Zukerman will perform Nov. 9 at Jamestown College

Jamestown College will welcome world-renowned flutist and journalist Eugenia Zukerman for the first performance in the 2012-13 Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center’s DeNault Auditorium.

The New York Times says “Her musicianship is consummate, her taste immaculate, and her stage presence a sheer pleasure!” Zukerman has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s finest orchestras. Her career also includes distinguished work as an arts administrator, author, educator, internet entrepreneur and journalist.

Recognized with an Emmy nomination, Zukerman has interviewed and created more than three hundred portraits as an arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. For more than 25 years she introduced viewers to the most outstanding creators in fine art, music, dance and theater.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved through the Box Office. Call (701) 252-3467 ext. 5435, send e-mail to, or visit the Reiland Box Office.

The series continues with the Russell Peterson Jazz Quartet on Friday, Feb. 22, and concludes with the Sonic Escape instrumental ensemble on Saturday, March 23.

Season tickets for the performances are available for $35 and can be purchased by contacting Richard Walentine at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5025 or

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Office of Admissions hosting Summer Preview Day

The Jamestown College Office of Admissions is hosting a Summer Preview Day for prospective students and their families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, July 16 on the Jamestown College campus. The event is free.

Attendees will experience a campus tour, meet with students, faculty, coaches, and fine arts representatives as well as eat lunch and hear about campus life.

“Summer Preview Day gives interested students the opportunity to not only experience our campus but to also meet with our faculty, staff and coaches,” said Tena Lawrence, the Dean of Admissions. “It is a great time to get a feel of the Jamestown College experience and our commitment to the student.”

To reserve your spot today, call 1-800-336-2554 or complete the online reservation form at Confirmation will be sent via e-mail upon receiving your reservation.


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Community to welcome students at Block Party Aug. 30

Jamestown College students will be welcomed to the community at the fifth annual Community Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 along First Avenue in Jamestown. Everyone is invited to take part in the fun.

“This event introduces the community to the wonderful students who attend Jamestown College year after year,” says Lisa Hicks, event co-chair. “It also helps promote relationships between the community and businesses.”

Local businesses, churches and organizations will host booths along the street. Last year’s Block Party grew to over 80 booths with over 3,000 people attending. Entertainment includes inflatable games, worm mobile, food, prize drawings, dunk tank, contests, free giveaways and more. The Community Block Party website on the JC webpage ( provides more information about sponsorship and signing up to be a part of the festivities.

“This event sets us apart from other colleges in the area,” says Lori Listopad, director of New Student Orientation. “Other communities aren’t doing this.”

All first-year students will attend as part of orientation activities. Upper-class students, faculty and staff will also represent Jamestown College. The event takes place during the first week of classes.

“We surveyed first-year students and found that a lot of them listed the Block Party as their favorite event of New Student Orientation,” Listopad says. “We see our upper-class students come back each and every year because they love it.”

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26th Annual Jimmie Scramble

Jamestown College and the Jimmie Booster Club hosted the 26th annual Jimmie Scramble golf tournament Saturday, June 16th at the Jamestown Country Club.

Despite battling floods for the last three years, the Club was in great condition to provide “flood free” golf for the Scramble.

The event started on Friday afternoon with the Jimmie Shoot-Out. The champions of the Shoot-Out were Scott Aune and Lee Erickson.

On Saturday, 32 teams of four brought a total of 128 participants to the Club.  

In the net division, the third place team was John Yatskis, Brian Chandler, Steve Bennion and Brad Huse. The second place team was Lee Erickson, Matt Tiggas, Fred Walker and Tracy Erickson. The net division champions were Mike Harris, Cam McLachlan, Ben Tompkins and Miles Torgerson.

Net Division Champions

 In the gross division, the third place team was Bud Etzold, BJ Etzold, Greg Ross and Kevin Berg. The second place team was Steven Sedler, Ryan Opdahl, Mike Opdahl and Nate Kirkeby. The gross division champions were Len Orr, Scott Aune, Curt Graves and Kevin Widmer.

Gross Division Champions

Profits from the scramble will benefit the Jimmie Athletic Department, including scholarships and overall needs of the seventeen team athletics program.


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Jamestown College graduation May 5

Jamestown College alumnus and trustee H. George Schuler, Plano, Texas, will deliver the Commencement address to 183 graduates during Jamestown College’s 106th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5 at the Jamestown Civic Center. Baccalaureate is at 10:30 a.m. Commencement is at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Schuler is a 1968 graduate of Jamestown College and is founder of Schuler Development with experience in researching, planning and developing commercial and residential real estate.

Speakers representing the Class of 2012 are Caleb Grossman, a history-political science and English graduate from Grand Rapids, Minn., and Byron Jones, a physical education graduate from Glenarden, Md.

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees being recognized at Commencement are Col. Sherry Cox, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Dr. Peggy Foss, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Muriel Peterson, Bismarck; and Elmer Schindel, Wayzata, Minn.

The senior class motto is attributed to Bill Tikos: “Stop waiting for the perfect time to do what you want to do. Do it now. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so get used to being uncomfortable.”

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Jamestown College launching radio station KJKR

Tonight marks the launch of KJKR radio 88.1 FM at Jamestown College.

The station will go live at 10 p.m. during a launch party for Jamestown College students hosted by the College’s Student Media Center. Its first broadcast will be live from the party featuring DJ Will and the bands Eden Parker and D Mills and the Thrills.

Students and advisers have been planning program lineup for the 4,000-watt commercial-free, college rock format station.

“Our schedule will be mostly music, and we hope to have some artists in for live studio sessions,” says Steve Listopad, Student Media Center Director.

The station joins the successful Student Media Center at Jamestown College, the home of the award-winning student newspaper, the Collegian, and JCTV. The student-managed Media Center has received accolades from North Dakota Professional Communicators, Associated Collegiate Press and Innovate ND.

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J-House demolition marks unofficial start toward new building at Jamestown College

Jamestown College celebrated Wednesday as the J-House was demolished to make way for the new McKenna-Thielsch Center, a state-of-the art laboratory building for the science and nursing departments.

Students, staff and faculty had a little fun with sledgehammers before the heavy equipment moved in.


Student Allison Didychuk (front) and Institutional Advancement Vice President Polly Peterson take swings at the J-House.

Named for lead donor Margaret (McKenna) Thielsch, a member of the class of 1943, the 20,500 square foot McKenna-Thielsch Center will open in the Fall of 2013. The second phase of the project calls for the complete renovation of Orlady Hall, the College’s existing science building.


President Badal works on a second-story window.

The official groundbreaking ceremony will take place in early May.


J-House is demolished to make way for the McKenna-Thielsch Center.

The J-House was built during World War II by the federal government as housing for Air Force cadets who were training on the Jamestown College campus at the time. The government declared it surplus, and it was given to the College in 1946 when it became a temporary dormitory for 50 men. In recent years, the building has been used for cold storage.



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A Desert of Snow

North Dakota Poet Laureate Larry Woiwode and Associate Poet Laureate Rick Watson will present “A Desert of Snow,” an evening of songs, readings and improvisations, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center’s DeNault Auditorium on the campus of Jamestown College. The event is free and open to the public.

Woiwode, Writer in Residence at Jamestown College since 2006, has received numerous honors for his novels, short stories, essays, memoirs, and poetry. He had two new books published in 2011: a collection of essays and a novel. “Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture,” deals with topics including Scripture translation, the place of religion in education, and the news. “The Invention of Lefse” is the story of an early-1900s Norwegian farm girl preparing for Christmas on the prairie. His recent work also appears in “West of 98,” an anthology of essays about the American West; and “An Endless Skyway,” an anthology of poems by American Poet Laureates.

Watson, poet and folk singer/songwriter, teaches pop culture, communication arts and music history at Minot State University and has a new book of poetry, “The Lost Colony,” available. He is a retired Lutheran pastor.

Woiwode and Watson have collaborated at bookstores, schools and other venues over the past few years.

“Rick has set some of my poems to music,” Woiwode says. “We have some sections in the program where I speak and he plays music, and we improvise and have good conversation to amuse the audience.”

A reception and book/CD signing will follow the program. The event is sponsored by the Jamestown College Convocation Committee in collaboration with the Friends of the Fine Arts.

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Jamestown College Christmas Concert Dec. 9, 10, 11

Tickets are available for the 2011 Jamestown College Christmas Concert, “And Wonders of His Love,” featuring the Concert Choir and Chapel Choir under the direction of Aaron McDermid. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11. All performances are at the Basilica of St. James, 622 1st Ave. S., Jamestown.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (701) 252-3467 ext. 2435, sending e-mail to or visiting the Reiland Box Office.

The concert features a wide variety of music, including “Joy to the World,” “And the Glory of the Lord” from Handel’s “Messiah,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

The program is designed to be experienced as a worship service as well as a concert, featuring choral music interwoven with narration from the Scriptures.

“The central theme of the program is the love of God expressed most vividly through his son Jesus Christ,” McDermid says. “God’s love is revealed in us as well when we show love to others in Christ-like acts of service and fellowship.”

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