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University of Jamestown projected to head to GPAC in 2018

JAMESTOWN -- The University of Jamestown still appears headed for the Great Plains Athletic Conference, it'll just be a year later.Robert Badal, university president, said the school is making "considerable progress to addressing the needs of our...

JAMESTOWN - The University of Jamestown still appears headed for the Great Plains Athletic Conference, it’ll just be a year later.
Robert Badal, university president, said the school is making “considerable progress to addressing the needs of our students and coaches,” but getting everything lined up, particularly as it relates to scheduling, will take a little more time.
Initially, the university and GPAC had targeted 2017-18 when Jamestown would join the conference, but now 2018-19 is projected as the new date.
The key factor in waiting an additional year was to iron out scheduling, travel distance and travel costs for all parties involved.
A vote by GPAC presidents on admitting the University of Jamestown into the conference is set for October at the league’s fall meetings.
“After spending time working with UJ and our conference members on scheduling and logistics for 2017-18 for conference membership for UJ, we determined that a delay of one year was in everyone’s best interests as the original timeline was too accelerated,” said GPAC commissioner Corey Westra. “It is for this reason the 2018-19 implementation date is the new target date for the GPAC and UJ for conference membership and expansion.”
Sean Johnson, director of athletics at the University of Jamestown, said joining the GPAC for the 2017-18 academic year was never set in stone and it became apparent that more time would be needed.
“You reach a point where you start running into deadlines and instead of trying to rush and try to throw everything together, it’s just better to take a little more time. This is a good thing for us,” Johnson said. “We’ve had great dialogue between ourselves and the GPAC commissioner, GPAC ADs and GPAC coaches. Both sides are cooperating and trying to find the best schedules for everybody, not just us or them.
“It’s key to come up with the best schedule to minimize missed class time, for competitive balance and being efficient. Taking a little extra time allows us to do that.”
In the meantime, the University of Jamestown will continue to be a member of the North Star Athletic Association, which includes Dickinson State, Mayville State and Valley City State in North Dakota, South-Dakota-based Dakota State and Presentation College, along with Bellevue University (Neb.), Viterbo University (Wis.) and Waldorf College (Iowa).
The GPAC is headquartered in Sioux City, Iowa. It consists of 11 universities with all but two - Dakota Wesleyan of Mitchell, S.D., and Mount Marty College of Yankton, S.D. - located in Iowa or Nebraska. The conference is comprised only of private, faith-based schools.
The remaining GPAC universities are Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, Iowa), College of Saint Mary (Omaha, Neb.), Concordia University (Seward, Neb.), Doane University (Crete, Neb.), Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa), Hastings College (Hastings, Neb.), Midland University (Fremont, Neb.), Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa) and Northwestern College (Orange City, Iowa).

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