The addition of a bus to University of Jamestown’s transportation options will provide Jimmie athletic teams and other groups with greater flexibility in scheduling travel, as well as a comfortable ride.
The 56-passenger, 2009 MCI motor coach was purchased this winter from North Dakota Farmers Union.
“The new bus is an exciting upgrade in our travel options, especially on the long trips with a large group,” says Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson. “The bus gives us the ability to be more efficient in how we transport our teams, and our students and coaches will appreciate the comfort of the bus, too. With the large number of programs we offer, the flexibility the bus provides should help everyone in scheduling transportation to events.”
Executive Vice President Polly Peterson says the purchase of the bus was made possible by North Dakota Farmers Union’s willingness to sell at a competitive price.
“North Dakota Farmers Union is a tremendous supporter of the University, and this arrangement is an excellent example of the creative ways in which the University and the local community can work together in ways that are mutually beneficial,” says Executive Vice President Polly Peterson. “With the extensive amount of travel we do annually, especially during the winter months, safety and comfort are important.”
“As we decided to get a new motor coach, we knew the University had been contemplating getting a bus,” says Jeff Willer, Transportation Specialist for North Dakota Famers Union. “It was a very favorable experience working with the University.”
Plans call for the bus to soon be decked out in Jimmie colors and graphics. WiFi internet service will also be available, enabling students to stay connected while they are away from classes. The bus has five screens for game film review or entertainment
John Lynch, Director of Student Activities, envisions the student experience being enhanced through planned trips.
“It will be possible to take students to Fargo or even Minneapolis to see theatre productions and other types of entertainment,” he says.
When it’s not being used by the University, particularly in the summer months, North Dakota Farmers Union plans to lease the bus from the University to use for member trips and its youth camping program.
(from left to right) Assistant to the President Liz Hunt, V.P. of Enrollment Management Scott Goplin, V.P. of Marketing and Communications Tena Lawrence, Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson, Executive V.P. Polly Peterson, President Robert Badal, and Farmers Union Transportation Specialist Jeff Willer