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Badal speaks on UJ, retirement at Lions

Dr. Robert Badal, president of the University of Jamestown, was the guest speaker at the most recent Lions Club meeting.  He was introduced by Mike Jan.

Badal talked about the UJ homecoming events held the last week of September. It was an event of many firsts, he said. It was the first all-school reunion with many alumni coming from all over.  The Saturday night all-school banquet was attended by about 400 friends, staff and alumni.  One of the highlights of the weekend was the dedication of the new Harold Newman Arena.  Donors and their families were on hand for the dedication.

Badal also talked about his retirement announcement and the naming of his successor, Dr. Polly Peterson. His retirement is planned for February 2018. He highlighted several initiatives he and his staff accomplished during his term as president. He talked about the $60 million capital campaign goal, saying to date UJ has reached about reached $50 million of the goal. Also discussed were the graduate program and the campus in Fargo, the new ME program and the many foreign exchange student partnerships.

In other business, it was announced in lieu of Rotary’s regular meeting on Oct. 17, members are invited to attend the Ag-Energy Luncheon at noon Oct. 17 at the North Dakota Farmers Union building. Members were reminded to sell their raffle tickets as this will be the club’s major fundraiser this year.

The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the All Vet’s Club. Guests and prospective members are welcome. Those interested in membership should contact Randy Lebahn, at 320-1678.

 
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