To be well rounded is what we all truly aim for. It is what we are told to strive for from a young age and it is why we come to college, to become more well-rounded. One person who has stood out as a well-rounded person on campus is senior James “Jamie,” “Briccck” Stoscher, the man with many names and many majors.
Stoscher grew up as a missionary kid in Albania, a small country just north of Greece where he resided for numerous years with his parents and several siblings who he cares for very much. While here at Northwestern, Stoscher has been involved with several different organizations, clubs and activities. He has been heavily involved with both campus ministry teams, and residence life. He has been on numerous worship teams, playing his trusty violin in different events such as chapel on Tuesdays and Fridays and praise and worship on Sundays. He also currently stands as the discipleship coordinator for Hospers’ Hall, where he leads the d-group leaders of the dorm in order to prepare them for their role throughout the year. His servant heart has compelled him to give his time and effort to worship and honor God in a way that helps lead others to engage and grow in their faith.
Besides being an active leader through opportunities in campus ministry, Stoscher has also stepped up as a leader in the dorm. For the last three years, Stoscher has been a key player in the dorm life of Hospers’ Hall. Last year he served as the resident assistant on the second floor of Hospers. As an RA he helped lead new and returning students through their journeys, he led events every Wednesday called Weekly Woo Hoos these events ranged from playing board games, watching movies and anything the men of second floor of Hospers could come up with. This event is something that a former resident of Stoscher’s and now second floor RA Sam Brandt has continued to carry out since becoming an RA.
When asked about Stoscher, Brandt says “Briccck (Stoscher) is someone I know I can rely on to be a source of support for his fellow residence. Which also supports me in my leadership trying to guide a path for the men of Hospers’.”
Stoscher now has the honor of being a resident in the only 4-man room of Hospers’ Hall. This is an honor that is given by resident director Michael Simmelink to upperclassmen who apply for the room and have shown that they care about Hospers, and the people who live inside of it.
He has not only been a part of campus life, but he is also a rigorous student as well as a band and choir member. Stoscher is a triple major, something that is rare but doable. He majors in music, secondary education and worship arts. Looking at his course load as well as his involvement on campus it is easy to see how Stoscher dedicates himself to everything he does, making sure he does his best work in all of his work. As a member of both the Orchestra and Symphonic Band, Stoscher plays the same violin he uses for worship as well as percussion instruments. In choir Stoscher is a bass where he uses his vocal skills to empower the ensemble around him. One of Stoscher’s professors, Drew Schmidt, talks about him fondly, saying “There’s very few people in this world who believe in the joy and goodness of humanity as Jamie does.” May we all be more like Stoscher and the way he approaches the world with his joy and faith.