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Badal speaks on UJ at Kiwanis

Kiwanis member Don Caine introduced speaker Dr. Robert Badal at the Nov. 6 Kiwanis meeting. Badal is president of the University of Jamestown where he has been for the last 16 years. He recently announced his retirement, which will happen in February when Dr. Polly Peterson will become president of the university.

Badal shared information on the latest happenings at the university. There are 1,135 students from 30 states and 20 foreign countries. According to Badal, a strategic initiative of UJ is to be a “globally conscious institution.”

In recent years there have been a number of buildings either constructed or remodeled on campus. The latest is the Harold Newman Arena for athletics, but others included the business and computer science building and the wellness center. Voorhees Chapel is currently under remodel. In addition to building changes, Badal said it was important to keep relevant with degrees and programs offered. Mechanical engineering is one example of a new program UJ recently added. Local businesses such as UTC will benefit from graduates in this area, he said.

“The connection to the community is vital,” Badal said. The Kiwanis Club saw that firsthand recently when dozens of UJ athletes helped at the club’s Kids Against Hunger event. They played an instrumental role in setting up and executing the event where 163,000 meals were packaged.

President Jason Gruebele led the meeting attended by 26 members. Don Caine led group singing accompanied by Sharon Caine. Sara Coleman collected “Happy Dollars” for the Salvation Army. The next Kiwanis meeting will be Nov. 20 at the Quality Inn & Suites.