Your Success.Our Tradition.Alumni & FriendsWinter 2012
Alumni & FriendsWinter 2012
Board of Trustees ChairmanJames Unruh 63
Jamestown College PresidentRobert S. Badal, Ph.D.
Alumni Board President Gary Purath 71
Vice President for Institutional AdvancementPolly (Larson) Peterson 89
Director of DevelopmentBill Robb
Director of Design and PublicationsDonna Schmitz
News and Information WriterErin Klein
Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Booster ClubDustin Jensen 02
Associate Director of Annual Progress Fund & Major GiftsKaren Crane
Research Associate Dan Hornung
Office ManagerMarlene Wiest
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Dear Alumni and Friends,
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.
The Administration and the Board are committed to achieving success through effective implementation of the Plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for your continued support of Jamestown College.
James A. Unruh 63
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Contents2 Chairmans Message
3 Presidential Greeting
4 Centerpiece of Science
5 Soaring High
6 On the air
7 Remembering KJRC
8 Young Alumna receives Medallion
9 Nominations for Halls of Fame
10 Campus Headlines
13 Refer A Student
14 Fine Arts Calendar: Choir Tour
15 Dine & Bid Benefit Auction - Save the Date
16 Sports Update
19 Athletic Hall of Fame
20 Alumni Days Schedule
24 Class Notes
27 Dr. Richard Harrison Smith
30 In Memoriam
31 Alumni Association President
32 Important Dates
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.
Dear Alumni and Friends,
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
Robert S. Badal, President
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Jacqueline Mangnall, Nursing Department Chair, says the use of hi-fidelity patient simulators and the
Centerpiece of science GROUND BREAKS THIS MAY FOR MCKENNA-THIElSCH lABORATORY FACIlITY, ORlADY RENOVATION TO FOllOW
technology that goes along with them has brought about a need for significant changes in the way laboratory facilities are laid out.
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.
The department currently has two adult simulators, one birthing mother simulator, and one infant simulator. A pediatric simulator will be the next acquisition.
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.
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 r