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Alumni & Friends News - October 2017



Special Events Highlight
Homecoming Celebration

Joined by Brett Bahr, director of alumni relations, President Faith Hensrud congratulates Outstanding Alumni honoree Dr. Gene Ness ’66 during the Honors Gala on Sept. 22 in the Bemidji Sanford Center.

An 80th anniversary choir concert and reunion of choral students and faculty and a first-ever Greek Reunion were among events that helped set Bemidji State University’s 2017 Homecoming celebration apart from previous years. Both were held Sept. 23, and both were highly successful. As in years past, the Alumni Leaders in the Classroom program, which allows alumni to share their career experiences with students, and the Honors Gala, which recognizes generous donors and distinguished alumni, were also well attended and well received. Both were held Sept. 22. Though the Sept. 23 parade in downtown Bemidji was canceled because of a rainy forecast, fans gathered to cheer on the football team that afternoon as they crushed Southwest Minnesota State, 56-0, and took their traditional victory plunge into Lake Bemidji. After the game, football held its annual reunion. The Beaver Block Party street dance capped the day, and the Carl O. Thompson Concert wrapped up the weekend on Sept. 24.

Alumni & Foundation Board

Elects New Officers, Members

Peggy Ingison, '74, 2017-18 president of the BSU Alumni & Foundation Board, recognizes donors during the Honors Gala on Sept. 22 in the Bemidji Sanford Center.

The BSU Alumni & Foundation Board of Directors elected officers for 2017-18 at its annual meeting on Sept. 22 in Bemidji. The officers are: president, Peggy Ingison ’74, senior director of administration and support, Minnesota Historical Society; president-elect, Tom Anderson, ’70, CEO, Integrated Retirement; vice president, Cynthia Cashman ’85, executive director, Minnesota State Fair Foundation; treasurer, Tiffany Baer Paine, president/CEO, Security Bank USA; and at-large officer, Elise Durbin ’01, transit-oriented development program manager, Hennepin County. The outgoing president is Ben McAninch, '99, attorney, Blethen, Gage & Krause. The board also elected Fred Baker ’61, a retired leader in American Indian health services, as a new board member.


Nov. 9 is Alumni Brewery Night
In Bemidji, Brainerd and St. Paul

All three BSU alumni chapters are hosting Brewery Night networking socials from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at a brewery near you. Join alumni and friends for an evening of socializing and connecting at an event in your area:

  • Bemidji Area -- Bemidji Brewing, 211 America Ave. NW, Bemidji.
  • Brainerd Lakes -- Roundhouse Brewery, 1551 Northern Pacific Road, Brainerd.
  • Twin Cities -- Bad Weather Brewing Company, 414 Seventh St. W., St. Paul.

Annual Breakfast Honors

Scholarship Recipients, Donors

Gabriela Lara, a senior from Otsego majoring in science education, is pictured with BSU professor emeritus Annie Henry, who endowed one of the scholarships Gabriela is receiving this year.

About 650 students, parents and donors attended Bemidji State University's 2017 Scholarship Appreciation Breakfast Oct. 7 in the Sanford Center arena.
The event recognizes scholarship recipients for their achievement and those who donate to the BSU Alumni & Foundation in support of scholarships.
Seniors Gabriela Lara and Scott Smethers and donor Doug Fredrickson of Avon, a 2010 BSU alum, were featured in short videos. Students in attendance received a letter of congratulations from President Faith Hensrud, who also shook each of their hands, along with Dr. Tony Peffer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, and each of the respective college deans.

BSU Strategic Plan Moves
Forward with Campus Input

Participants in an Oct. 12 Campus Forum discuss merits of priority areas, goals and activities in the university’s draft strategic plan for 2018-23.

Development of a new five-year strategic plan for Bemidji State is moving forward with input from students, faculty and staff. At an all-campus forum on Oct. 12, President Faith Hensrud and other members of the Strategic Plan Committee presented five proposed priority areas for 2018-2023 and their related goals, as well as key activities to achieve those goals. Students, staff and faculty shared feedback during the forum, and they will have an additional chance to respond over the next two weeks via a survey emailed to them on Oct. 13. The draft plan earlier also was shared with BSU bargaining units last month. A PowerPoint version can be downloaded from the university website. Following final revisions in coming months, the plan is scheduled for implementation in January.

BSU Receives Two Large Grants
For American Indian Education

Bemidji State University has received two important grants related to American Indian students and Indian culture and beliefs. A grant worth $2 million over four years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will attract more native students to the BSU nursing program and support their success, contributing to increased diversity in the nursing profession. Eligible students will receive a $4,000 scholarship, be eligible for additional monthly stipends, work with a one-on-one mentor, and participate in cultural activities at surrounding tribal nations and have the opportunity to attend a national native nursing conference. A second grant of $600,000 from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies will support the integration of traditional native knowledge and perspectives on sustainability into specific academic courses. The university is hiring a new faculty member to coordinate this effort, which is expected to start with courses in indigenous studies and environmental studies.

Princeton Review Ranks University
For Environmentally Responsiblity

Bemidji State has been listed among the top 375 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review’s eighth annual Guide to 375 Green Colleges profiles institutions with exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. The Princeton Review’s Green College rating provides a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.

Unbeaten After 13 Games,
Soccer Ranked 22nd in Nation

Forward, Rachael Norton, a junior from Mounds View, takes aim against Wayne State College on Oct. 14. She leads the Beavers so far with 10 goals.

The Bemidji State soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 13 matches on Oct. 15 with a two-overtime tie against Augustana University, giving them an 11-0-2 record with four regular season games to go. The Beavers will play at 11 a.m. on Oct. 21 in Sioux Falls against the University of Sioux Falls; at 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in Marshall against Southwest Minnesota State; at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 against Minnesota-Duluth; and at 1 p.m. Oct. 29 at home against St. Cloud State. BSU has broken into the top 25 nationally for the first time in program history, currently ranked 22nd in NCAA Division II. 

Beaver Hockey Season Moves
Into Gear After Opening Games

Forward Adam Brady, a sophomore from Delhi, Ont., blocks an opposing player during the Beavers’ 5-2 win over Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 13.

The 2017-18 Bemidji State hockey season got off to an exciting start on Oct. 13-14 as the men swept Minnesota Duluth with a 5-2 victory at home in the first game and a shootout victory in the second game in Duluth after two overtimes. The women’s team opened with a pair of tough losses to the University of Minnesota – a 3-1 defeat in the first game on Oct. 13 and a 4-3 overtime battle on Oct. 14. The men will be at home the next two weekends, Oct. 20-21 against Air Force and Oct.27-28 against Ferris State. The women will play Wisconsin on the road Oct. 20-21 and then Minnesota Duluth at home on Oct. 27-28.

Football on a 5-2 Roll in
Bolte’s Second Season

Quarterback Jordan Hein, a senior from Perham, eludes a defender in the Beavers’ 45-19 win over the University of Mary on Oct. 7.

Bemidji State Football has opened its 2017 campaign with a 5-2 record,  including a 40-14 win on Oct. 14 at Minot State University. The team continues on the road on Oct. 21 against Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D., followed by home games against Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State on Oct. 26 and Nov. 4, respectively. This is the Beavers’ second season with Brent Bolte at the helm as head coach. Bolte, previously a co-defensive coordinator, was permanently named to the top job in July following a national search. In 2016, in an interim role, he led the team to a 9-3 overall record, including its first postseason victory in the Mineral Water Bowl against Washburn University.

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