U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson delivered the keynote address as the University of Jamestown’s Fargo-based Doctor of Physical Therapy program was dedicated Oct. 17.
A banquet held at the Radisson in downtown Fargo followed an open house at the University’s Fargo facility on 26th Ave. S., where the first class of 36 doctoral students is enrolled.
“There is something magical about the University of Jamestown,” Erickson, an alumnus, told the 140 guests gathered at the dedication. “The University…produces men and women of character who are committed to rising to the challenge of modern life. They will lead in various ways and in various industries – but they will continue the long tradition that Jamestown College pioneered: they will be men and women of excellence in their professions, their communities and most importantly their families.”
The new program is University of Jamestown’s first doctoral program and the first to be located outside of Jamestown.
“We are committed to making this program another shining success story in the history of the University,” Erickson said.
The evening also included music from the University of Jamestown Concert Choir. Alumnus Michael Raber of Fargo served as Master of Ceremonies.
“October 17 was an historic moment in the history of the University of Jamestown as we were welcomed to Fargo by our Alumni Association and by a new set of friends and partners,” says University of Jamestown President Robert S. Badal. “Our open house attracted a constant stream of visitors, the Chamber Ambassadors and Mayor Walaker. The evening dinner at the Radisson was an absolute celebration of both tradition and innovation, an opportunity to accentuate the importance of our new DPT program in Fargo.”
Effective July 31, 2013, University of Jamestown PT Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.