Roxana Saberi delivering keynote address at Character in Leadership Conference

Roxana Saberi

Roxana Saberi will deliver the keynote address at Jamestown College's Character in Leadership Conference Nov. 10.

Tickets are available for Jamestown College’s sixth annual Character in Leadership Fall Conference featuring a keynote address by Roxana Saberi, an Iranian-American journalist falsely accused of spying and imprisoned in Iran’s Evin Prison in 2009.

The Conference will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10 in the Reiland Fine Arts Center on the campus of Jamestown College.

Tickets are $8 for an individual and $12 for a couple or family and can be reserved by calling the Box Office at (701) 252-3467 ext. 2435, sending e-mail to, or clicking on “Community” and “Reiland Box Office” at the Jamestown College home page, Seating for the public is limited to 250 persons.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception in the Reiland Fine Arts Center Lobby. At 6:30 p.m., attendees will select from three breakout seminars:

“Leadership and Spirituality”
Rev. Terry Anderson, pastor of Montpelier (N.D.) Lutheran Church

“Making Dreams Come True – How to Help Yourself by Helping Others”
Monica Hannan, news director and anchor at KFYR, Bismarck, N.D.

“The Citizen Journalist”
Steve Listopad, assistant professor of communication and director of the Student Media Center at Jamestown College

Saberi’s keynote address will follow at 7:30 p.m. in DeNault Auditorium.

Saberi is the author of “Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran.” Originally from Fargo, N.D., she worked as a journalist in Tehran, Iran, beginning in 2003 for the independent broadcast news agency Feature Story News. While researching a book on Iran, she was arrested on Jan. 31, 2009 and was accused of being a spy. She was freed on May 11, 2009. Since her release, she has spoken out for Iran’s “prisoners of conscience” and has joined others in bringing attention to human rights violations in Iran.

The Character in Leadership Program allows Jamestown College and the greater community to work together to shape a new generation of ethical leaders. The program is sponsored by the Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation.

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Jamestown College announces major gifts toward science building project

Jamestown College has announced a $3 million gift from Margaret Thielsch, East Greenwich, R.I., toward the construction of a new science and nursing laboratory complex adjacent to Orlady Hall.

Originally from Edgeley, N.D., Thielsch is a 1943 graduate of Jamestown College and is a longtime supporter of scholarships and the Journey to Success.

“Margaret has a big place in her heart for Jamestown College and her North Dakota roots,” said Jamestown College President Robert S. Badal Monday when making the announcement. “This gift is an illustration of how years of work by our predecessors, the administration, the staff, the faculty and our loyal alumni, have helped build the relationships that contribute to making amazing things like this happen.”

Lloyd Sheldon, a member of the Jamestown College Class of 1944 from Mesa, Ariz., has contributed $1.5 million to the project.

“We’re quite excited that with these two major gifts, remaining gifts will follow, and we can bring this campaign to a close soon,” Dr. Badal said.

Construction will begin in the spring. The $9 million project calls for the addition of a laboratory complex (Phase I) and the renovation of Orlady Hall into classroom and office space (Phase II) for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Nursing, plus equipment.

“Margaret and her family are proud of what we are doing here at Jamestown College,” said Polly Peterson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “She wanted to help ensure this new facility would be available for our faculty and students as early as possible.”

Orlady Hall was built in 1941 with major funding coming from Mrs. Benjamin Orlady in memory of her husband, who was a member of the Jamestown College Board of Trustees. The lower level housed the Jimmie Grill and student union until Westminster Hall was built in 1960. In the 1950s, a campus radio station was also located in the lower level. The building underwent a renovation in 1989.

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Jamestown College Homecoming Royalty

Jamestown College students Leah Jystad of Jamestown and Caleb Grossman of Grand Rapids, Minn., were crowned 2011 Homecoming Queen and King at a coronation ceremony on Monday, Oct. 10.

Homecoming Court

Pictured front row left to right: Samantha Riehl, Tressa Tulibaski, Leah Jystad, Caroline Ortman, Amy Frederiksen and Cambrya Belter. Back row left to right: Kyle Blumenshine, Justin Shipman, Caleb Grossman, Jordan Bondley, Jacob Niemeier and Chris Kjolhaug.

Members of the royal court are Cambrya Belter, Somerset, Wis.; Amy Frederiksen, Ames, Iowa; Caroline Ortman, Harvey, N.D.; Samantha Riehl, Raleigh, N.D., Tressa Tulibaski, Argyle, Minn.; Kyle Blumenshine, Riverton, Wyo.; Jordan Bondley, Bismarck; Chris Kjolhaug, Clearbrook, Minn.; Jacob Niemeier, Jamestown; and Justin Shipman, Watford City, N.D.

Coronation marks the beginning of Homecoming week at Jamestown College.

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50th anniversary of Paint Bucket trophy

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of a favorite North Dakota college football traveling trophy: the Paint Bucket.

Paint Bucket

Jimmie football players hoist the Paint Bucket trophy after a 19-13 victory over Valley City State in 2010.

The rivalry between Jamestown College and Valley City State University continues Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m. at VCSU.

Valley City State holds a slight edge in overall Paint Bucket wins (29-28), but Jamestown College has won the last five games dating back to 2007. (Two games were played in 2008). The Jimmies and Vikings will play a second time this year on Oct. 22 at Jamestown College.


From the Jamestown College Athletic Department archives:

In the light of the unsportsmanlike rivalry existing between the Jamestown College student body and the Valley City State Teachers College student body preceding the ANNUAL FOOTBALL CONTEST in the fall, the respective student associations met in January of 1961 and established a program intended to direct this rivalry to more sportsmanlike and less destructive activities.

A trophy, symbolic of the rivalry of past years, shall be presented to the team emerging victorious in the annual football game. This trophy shall have the year and that school’s name engraved on the base and remain in the possession of that school until the following year and game when it, as in years to follow, will again be presented to the school emerging victorious.

Let it therefore be known that, on the twenty-eighth day of October in the nineteen hundred and sixty-first year of our Lord, that, with the football game between Valley City State Teachers College and Jamestown College, the heretofore described Paint Bucket Series shall commence.

**In 2008, an addendum to the Paint Bucket Series was made in respect to the previous non-conference games that have been played between the two schools. It was suggested that the trophy was awarded to the winner in every previous football contest. The fact of the non-conference games played between the two rival teams prior to 2008 suggests that 1990 (VCSU 34 JC 20), 1991 (JC 20 VCSU 19), 1992 (JC 19 VCSU 18), 1993 (JC 28 VCSU 21), 1994 (JC 40 VCSU 25), 1996 (VCSU20 JC 14); should also be listed on the trophy. The overall Paint Bucket Trophy series record should hereby be amended to include these games as well as the two games in 2008 (JC 24 VCSU 21).

Click here to see all Paint Bucket game scores since 1961.


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Author Brenda K. Marshall visiting Jamestown College Sept. 20

The Jamestown College Convocation Committee will host author and North Dakota native Brenda K. Marshall for “Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For: Writing about 19th Century Dakota Territory in the 21st Century” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Voorhees Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Marshall will read from her novel, Dakota, Or What’s a Heaven For, and discuss her experiences in today’s publishing world.

Set in late 19th Century Dakota Territory, the book interweaves the stories of politicians, railroad executives, bonanza farmers and homesteaders. At the center is a love story that highlights the gendered, ethnic and economic dimensions of the myth of independence that accompanied the settling of the west.

Marshall holds a Ph.D. in English and teaches part-time in the English department at the University of Michigan.

Marshall is the first of three authors visiting Jamestown College this fall. New York Times award-winning children’s book author and illustrator – and former Jamestown College student – Barbara McClintock will speak on Oct. 11, and Roxana Saberi (Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran) will give the keynote address at Jamestown College’s annual Character in Leadership Conference on Nov. 10.

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Jamestown College offering new course on Chinese language, culture

Jamestown College will offer a Chinese Language and Culture course taught by two visiting Chinese professors beginning Monday, Sept. 12. Community members are welcome to take the class, which will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday evenings from Sept. 12 to Dec. 5.

Professors Guo Li and Li Xiaoqing are visiting Jamestown College from Huizhou University, Guangdong Province, China. They will teach a similar course at 2 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“We are excited about this wonderful opportunity to learn from these highly qualified teachers, and we look forward to more partnerships like this in the future,” says Dr. Gary Watts, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The class may be taken for college credit (continuing education tuition applies) or as a non-credit audit for $150.

For more information or to register, call Mike Woodley, Registrar, at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5554 or e-mail, or call Jeri Kaiser in the President’s Office at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5614 or e-mail

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Community Block Party kicks off new school year

Block Party

The fourth annual Jamestown College Community Block Party takes place Aug. 25.

Jamestown College students will be welcomed to the community at the fourth annual Community Block Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 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 from the College.Community.Connection organization. “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 75 booths – up about 25 booths from the year before. Entertainment includes inflatable games, worm mobile, food, prize drawings, Bookmobile, dunk tank, contests, free giveaways and more.

“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. Upperclass 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 upperclass students come back each and every year because they love it.”

Classes at Jamestown College begin Monday, Aug. 22.

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Jamestown College named to ‘Best in the Midwest’

Jamestown College has once again been ranked as a “Best in the Midwest” college by The Princeton Review in its annual review of colleges and universities. The New York City-based education services company selected the College as one of 153 institutions it recommends in its website feature “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

“We are pleased to be recognized by the Princeton Review as a ‘Best in the Midwest’ college,” says Tena Lawrence, Dean of Enrollment Management. “It brings national attention to the quality of our programs and the high level of student satisfaction. Because we educate our students through our unique Journey to Success approach, they are more prepared to enter the workforce or graduate school.  This approach is key to the level of satisfaction we are experiencing from our students and their families, and it also shows in our average 99 percent placement rate for recent graduates.”

This is the ninth year of rankings by Princeton Review, and Jamestown College has made the list each year. The rankings are based on academic excellence within the region and the results of student surveys.

Detailed information about the Journey to Success or academic programs at Jamestown College can be found at or by contacting the Office of Admissions at 1-800-336-2554.

The colleges named “regional best(s)” represent only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher, says “We’re pleased to recommend Jamestown College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their degree. We chose it and the other institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project.”

Established in 1883, Jamestown College is a private, liberal arts four-year college granting bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of science in nursing degrees as well as master’s degrees in education. Jamestown College offers more than 40 areas of study. With the Jamestown College Journey to Success, emphasis is placed not only on preparing students academically in their chosen areas of study, but also on preparing students through an experience that is student-centered and integrates the liberal arts with sound professional programs. The Journey includes a four-year graduation guarantee and a guaranteed internship.

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Jamestown College graduate serves at Betty Ford funeral

Cherry Remboldt

Jamestown College graduate Cherry Remboldt was a celebrant at the funeral of former first lady Betty Ford.

The Rev. Cherry Remboldt, Rancho Mirage, Calif., served as a celebrant at former first lady Betty Ford’s funeral on July 12 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif.

“It was a privilege to know Mrs. Ford, and I was honored to participate in the celebration of her life,” says Cherry, a 1974 graduate of Jamestown College.

Cherry, on staff at St. Margaret’s, was with her husband, Hank (a 1972 Jamestown College graduate), in Minnesota when she received word of Mrs. Ford’s passing and was asked to return to California at the request of the Ford family.

Former President Gerald and Betty Ford retired to Rancho Mirage in 1977 after leaving the White House. Cherry says the Fords were active members of St. Margaret’s and gracious to all fellow parishioners.

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Jamestown College plans Alumni Days, Jimmie Scramble

Jamestown College will welcome alumni and friends June 15-17 for the 2011 Alumni Days Reunion. Events include campus tours, a reception at the home of President Robert S. Badal, a gathering at the Jamestown Reservoir, and plenty of time for reminiscing with classmates and friends.

For more information or to register, contact Bill Robb at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5573 or

The 25th anniversary “Silver Swing” Jimmie Scramble golf tournament is set for Saturday, June 18 at the Jamestown Country Club. The Jimmie Shoot-out (two-person format) takes place on Friday, June 17 at the Country Club.

For more information or to register, contact Tracy Erickson at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5557 or

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