Jamestown College Winter 2012 Alumni & Friends

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Alumni & Friends magazine for Jamestown College, Jamestown, N.D.


<ul><li><p>Your Success.Our Tradition.Alumni &amp; FriendsWinter 2012</p></li><li><p>Alumni &amp; FriendsWinter 2012</p><p>Board of Trustees ChairmanJames Unruh 63</p><p>Jamestown College PresidentRobert S. Badal, Ph.D.</p><p>Alumni Board President Gary Purath 71</p><p>Vice President for Institutional AdvancementPolly (Larson) Peterson 89</p><p>Director of DevelopmentBill Robb</p><p>Director of Design and PublicationsDonna Schmitz</p><p>News and Information WriterErin Klein</p><p>Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Booster ClubDustin Jensen 02</p><p>Associate Director of Annual Progress Fund &amp; Major GiftsKaren Crane</p><p>Research Associate Dan Hornung</p><p>Office ManagerMarlene Wiest</p><p>Alumni &amp; Friends is published two times per year, in the winter and summer by the Jamestown College </p><p>Office of Institutional Advancement for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of </p><p>Jamestown College.</p><p>Jamestown College welcomes your thoughts and comments about </p><p>Alumni &amp; Friends. Please send letters to </p><p>Alumni &amp; Friends, 6082 College Lane, </p><p>Jamestown, ND 58405.</p><p>Send address changes to Marlene Wiest, Office of </p><p>Institutional Advancement, 6082 College Lane, </p><p>Jamestown, ND 58405 or by e-mail to alumni@jc.edu.</p><p> Chairmans Message</p><p>Dear Alumni and Friends,</p><p>We have just completed our winter Board meeting at which we adopted an updated Strategic Plan for our College that set key priorities for the next few years, including areas of enrollment growth and resource growth. Recognizing the needs of students today, there is also a priority to move to a student support and developmental campus life model. To be successful in the development of our students, we must adapt as well to meet their changing needs.</p><p>The Administration and the Board are committed to achieving success through effective implementation of the Plan.</p><p>I will highlight one example of implementation that is already underway. That example is the construction of a new science facility. You have all read about the decline our country is experiencing in the number of students pursuing degrees in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). As a country, we are facing a decline in global competitiveness for the 21st century because we are falling behind in the STEM areas.</p><p>We have fallen behind in our facilities most directly involved with STEM: our science labs. Fortunately, we are now in a position to rectify that, and, at the same time, provide much needed upgraded labs for our strong nursing program as well.</p><p>This spring, we will break ground on the new science facility comprising a renovated Orlady Hall and new science laboratory building. This $9 million facility will serve our students science and nursing educational needs with state-of-the art labs, classrooms, and faculty offices. At the same time, the facility will enhance our student recruitment, increasing our enrollment. This is a very important improvement in our physical infrastructure.</p><p>Thanks to the generosity of lead donors, we are already over halfway to funding this facility. However, additional donors are needed, and I urge each of you to consider the importance of this project and to contribute as you feel inclined to make this a success.</p><p>Thank you for your continued support of Jamestown College.</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>James A. Unruh 63</p><p>Chairman, Board of Trustees</p></li><li><p>Contents2 Chairmans Message</p><p>3 Presidential Greeting</p><p>4 Centerpiece of Science</p><p>5 Soaring High</p><p>6 On the air</p><p>7 Remembering KJRC</p><p>8 Young Alumna receives Medallion</p><p>9 Nominations for Halls of Fame</p><p>10 Campus Headlines</p><p>13 Refer A Student</p><p>14 Fine Arts Calendar: Choir Tour</p><p>15 Dine &amp; Bid Benefit Auction - Save the Date</p><p>16 Sports Update</p><p>19 Athletic Hall of Fame</p><p>20 Alumni Days Schedule</p><p>24 Class Notes</p><p>27 Dr. Richard Harrison Smith</p><p>28 Marriages</p><p>29 Births</p><p>30 In Memoriam</p><p>31 Alumni Association President</p><p>32 Important Dates </p><p>On the cover: Jamestown College science and nursing students are pictured in front of the 71-year-old Orlady Hall. See p. 4 to learn about the plans for the new McKenna-Thielsch Center and renovation of Orlady.</p><p> Presidential Greeting </p><p>Dear Alumni and Friends,</p><p>It has been an incredible year for Jamestown College: a great freshman class, new accolades as a US News top 35 Midwest College, and new recognition as one of Americas Best 100 Top College Buys. We have created our very own FM radio station, and we look forward to a spring groundbreaking for the new McKenna-Thielsch center for science and nursing laboratories. </p><p>Beneath the surface, there is even more happening, as we have been engaged for more than a year with the Board of Trustees in the development of a new Strategic Plan to guide the future of Jamestown College. I am something of a Romantic at heart, so I favor Victor Hugos point of view on planning:</p><p>He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.</p><p>In order to avoid street insurrections reminiscent of a scene from Les Miserables, the new Strategic Plan was presented for approval at the winter Board of Trustees meeting, and Jamestown College will move forcefully in a number of new directions that you will be learning about in the coming months. We will be more engaged in the development of graduate and online programs and more aggressive in enrollment growth and fundraising goals. We will shift our focus increasingly toward student development as we face a generation that calls for new approaches. </p><p>If Jamestown College is to be well prepared for a challenging new economic and demographic reality, we must build both our financial basethe Annual Progress Fund and Endowmentand our reputation. Those who know us believe in our excellence; we must reach those who are as yet unaware of our quality and reputation. </p><p>I look forward to making Jamestown College one of Americas college success stories for the 21st century. This institution is on a Journey to Success, and you will want to be on board!</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Robert S. Badal, President</p></li><li><p>When ground breaks for Jamestown Colleges 20,000 square foot McKenna -Thielsch Center, named for lead donor Margaret (McKenna) Thielsch 41, it will be the beginning of a project bringing together several areas of study and linking a new facility with one of the Colleges historic treasures.</p><p>When completed, the 38,000 square foot complex will be the largest academic building on Jamestown Colleges campus and will be the home of the biology, chemistry, and nursing departments.</p><p>One-third of applicants to Jamestown College express interest in at least one of those academic areas, and one-quarter of Jamestown College graduates receive their degrees in those fields.</p><p>Colleges today are placing an emphasis on their science facilities through additions of state-of-the art science complexes designed to encourage top students to study and become lifelong contributors to the fields of health, research and education, says Polly Peterson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. But the cornerstone of the Colleges science and nursing programs </p><p>has always been, and will continue to be, the quality of the faculty in the program and the personal connections they make with their students. </p><p>State-of-the-ArtWhen McKenna -Thielsch opens in the Fall of 2013, students and faculty will enjoy six science labs, each designed for 24 students and equipped with Smart Board technology. A 350 square foot greenhouse will be another fundamental part of the facility.</p><p>More labs will make it easier for scheduling, and well have everything where we want it as the labs will have support areas to store equipment, says Dr. Bruce Jensen, Biology Department Chair. Everything will be conveniently located.</p><p>A student research lab will fill a need for students working independently on research projects, giving them flexibility and a place to conduct their work without tying up labs used by classes. </p><p>Dr. Jacqueline Mangnall, Nursing Department Chair, says the use of hi-fidelity patient simulators and the </p><p>Centerpiece of science GROUND BREAKS THIS MAY FOR MCKENNA-THIElSCH lABORATORY FACIlITY, ORlADY RENOVATION TO FOllOW</p><p>technology that goes along with them has brought about a need for significant changes in the way laboratory facilities are laid out.</p><p>We will be set up to run the simulations with much more ease and more realistically (in two new large simulation labs), she says. We will have ability to record simulations and review them with the students, and well have video and audio streaming and two-way mirrors so that instructors may observe the students without influencing them.</p><p>The department currently has two adult simulators, one birthing mother simulator, and one infant simulator. A pediatric simulator will be the next acquisition.</p><p>Orladys renaissanceOnce the Thielsch-McKenna Center is completed, attention will turn to the renovation of 71-year-old Orlady Hall, a historic building which was once the home of the Jimmie Grill, student center, and the college radio station, KJRC.</p><p>Named for College Trustee Benjamin Orlady and built with major funding from his widow and family, Orlady Hall was last renovated in 1989. The new Orlady will house faculty offices, a computer lab, five large classrooms, two conference rooms, five student study rooms of various sizes, a faculty lounge, a reception room, a nursing records room, and a work room. A gift from lead donor lloyd Sheldon (44) is instrumental in these improvements.</p><p>Were very excited about places where the students can gather and study together, Dr. Mangnall says. And its wonderful to see an old building made new. </p><p>Science Project Rendering</p><p>4 alumni &amp; friends</p></li><li><p>Soaring HighFaCulty MeMber at ForeFront oF Golden eaGle reSearCH</p><p>Over the past 10 years, if a golden eagle nested in western North Dakota, Dr. Margi Coyle knew about it.</p><p>Dr. Coyle, principal researcher of the Golden Eagle Project, led a research team in monitoring golden eagles and collecting information on their nesting habits and population dynamics along the little Missouri River. The overall goal of the study was to ensure the persistence of golden eagles on North Dakotas Grasslands and Badlands landscapes.The team also worked to rehabilitate injured eagles. </p><p>Western North Dakota offers huge opportunities for research, Dr. Coyle says. We really wanted to bridge the gap between science and the public and bring awareness to the need for conservation before polarization develops on issues.</p><p>The project, initiated by the U.S. Forest Service, began during Dr. Coyles doctoral studies at the University of North Dakota in 2002. </p><p>She joined the Jamestown College faculty in the fall of 2011 as an assistant professor of biology and is beginning a new role as an advisor and consultant for the Golden Eagle Project while working to publish her findings. </p><p>At Jamestown College, Dr. Coyle hopes to provide students with travel and research opportunities. She says an important </p><p>part of field research is communication and respect between researchers and landowners. </p><p>(landowners) really care about the species on their land, she says.</p><p>During her research, Dr. Coyle observed two behaviors she describes as fairly unique to North Dakota eagles: a lack of siblicide (one young eagle sibling killing the other to compete for food or nuturing from parents) and group hunting (groups of two to three pairs hunting together). </p><p>I suspect siblicide is not prevalent in the North Dakota populations because there is ample food and the parents must be successful hunters, she says. The cooperative behavior may explain why most of the chicks survived to adult size.</p><p>The population survey techniques and database Dr. Coyle developed will be used in research nationwide, and she has been invited to serve on the North American Working Group for the Conservation of the Golden Eagle.</p><p>Its good to know that even though Im retiring (this phase of the project), it will be used for a bigger effort, she says.</p><p>Funding for the Golden Eagle Project was provided by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.</p><p>Photos courtesyDr. Margi Coyle and Lori Lundin </p><p>alumni &amp; friends 5</p></li><li><p>On the air Student Media Center launching KJKR RadioAdd to the list of historic dates at Jamestown College this one: Nov. 18, 2011. </p><p>On that day, early in the morning, music was broadcast on 88.1 FM, signaling the birth of KJKR Radio. </p><p>Since that modest beginning, students and advisers at the Student Media Center have been planning the stations formal launch and programming lineup. But plans have been in the works since 2007, when Reuben Gums 49, of Jamestown, encouraged college officials to start a station.</p><p>He told us about the opportunity to obtain a free frequency, says Steve listopad, Student Media Center Director. </p><p>Chesterman Communications provided equipment and funding for startup. Dakota Central Telecommunications provided tower space for the antenna. A consultant assisted with the necessary FCC paperwork. </p><p>I certainly hope that the station succeeds and becomes a real teaching opportunity, says Gums, who spent his career in religious radio in the Philippines, New York, and Chicago.</p><p>The college rock-format station will pride itself on original, student-generated programming. </p><p>Having original content will be important and will make us stand out, says senior Erin Delo, JCTV manager from Auburn, Wash.</p><p>Junior Warren Abrahamson, Malta, Mont., has been named KJKR manager. He brings six years of experience from his hometown station, KMMR. He says attending Jamestown College has broadened his perspective on media and communications and may lead him to a career in radio or television.</p><p>Im looking forward to being on radio again and to seeing students in communication and other fields exploring and testing their limits and trying different things, Abrahamson </p><p>says. We have 10 to 15 students really interested in getting programs on the air everything from sports, to classical music, all the way to political interests. Its quite amazing.</p><p>At 4,000 watts, KJKR will be one of the most powerful college radio stations and will have a potential audience of about 25,000, says Dana Creasy, instructor of broadcast and new media.</p><p>The vast majority of college FM stations have under 100 watts, he says. Were one of a handful in the country with 4,000, which says a lot for us.</p><p>To fulfill the requirements of the stations non-commercial educational license, as well to ensure eligibility for operating grants, educational programs will be offered as the station becomes more established.</p><p>My goal for KJKR is to make it a well-known station, not just in the Jamestown community, but all over, Abrahamson says. Well have a chance to make some big strides.</p><p>Students like Jamestown College junior Matthew Nies, Ashley, N.D., gain valuable experience at the...</p></li></ul>