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UJ name topic of Kiwanis meeting

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Jerry Ronholm introduced Dr. Bob Badal, University of Jamestown president, to speak on the name change of Jamestown College at the recent Kiwanis meeting. Badal said the college worked on it for more than two years. It was a tough decision, he said. They didn’t try to take Jamestown out of the name. Many alumni had questions about the legal aspects. The college did not need to get approval from the state of North Dakota.

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Badal said there are only two accredited private colleges in the state: the University of Mary in Bismarck and the University of Jamestown. People think that because Jamestown is in the name, the college must be a public institution, he said. He said college officials had to decide whether that helped or hurt the school. They felt that it was being held back by the name, he said. Geography played a big role in the decision.

Universities send a different message, he added. UJ is doing more and more graduate work. However, there will still be the personal contact and direct involvement with the students. There is a change of the name but none in the student’s experience, Badal said.

UJ is now more visible for its international affairs, more graduate programs and online programs, he added. There is a Master of Business Administration for international leadership and at this time the enrollment is 5 percent, which equates to 50 students. The goal is to get to 10 percent, he said.

President Janna Bergstedt led the meeting with 20 members attending. Don Caine led the group in singing accompanied by Sharon Caine. CJ Hager collected “Happy Dollars” for the Salvation Army.

Sharon Caine will have the Christmas program at the Dec. 23 noon luncheon meeting at the Legacy Center.

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