Alyson LeasDirector of Admissions

B.A. in History-Political Science, UJ
M.A. in American History, UND

Phone: 701-252-3467 ext. 5451
Cell: 701-320-8498
Fax: 701-253-4318


When did you start working at UJ? Why did you decide to be in admissions?
I started this position in August 2015. I chose to work in admissions because UJ is a place that I am very passionate about. I love the opportunity to share this campus with prospective students in hopes of making the college search a bit less scary. Seeing the excitement of senior year in my students’ eyes keeps me going!

Why do you think students will love being a Jimmie?
UJ is not just a college, it’s a community. Professors, staff, dining services—everyone knows your name and will greet you with a smile! At UJ we aren’t here for us, we’re here for U. Special things happen when professors know your name. Things like academic success and high career placement rates.

What tips do you have for college success?
You’re probably going to stumble, and that’s okay. That first big quiz is going to be a lot different than in high school. It is okay to not be perfect! You live, you learn, you get the hang of different study techniques. So stumbling is normal, but reach out for help before you fall flat!

It’s Saturday night in Jamestown and you’re starving, where do you go?
Jonny B’s Brickhouse for a Fiery Hawaiian pizza—sub pepperoni for Canadian Bacon and thank me later!

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The Wilson Memorial. It’s an outdoor garden area that overlooks the entire city of Jamestown. It’s on the edge of campus so it’s super peaceful.

What was your most memorable college class?
Diseases in History. It was just a fascinating, fresh view on history as shaped by germs. Plus, Dr. Bratton was the king of puns. (Sorry guys, he retired.)

Quote you live by:
Whatever you are, be a good one. –Abraham Lincoln