BSU Insider, 2013-14 Issue #6 » February 2014
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Gov. Dayton's capital budget plan includes $14 million for BSU
In January, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recommended nearly $14 million in funding for a project to renovate facilities for the business and accounting programs at Bemidji State University.

The recommendation was part of a $986 million bonding proposal that will invest in infrastructure projects across the state, intended to help address the state’s critical needs while strengthening the state’s economy.

The governor recommended $13.69 million for the university to renovate, remodel and demolish several buildings on campus, which will be transformed into state-of-the art classrooms and multifunctional spaces for the departments of business and accounting. This will also eliminate a substantial deferred maintenance backlog at the university.

The project will include renovation and remodeling of Memorial and Decker halls, the demolition of Sanford Hall and design work for a future demolition of Hagg-Sauer Hall. The project will enhance the university’s ability to provide industry-appropriate facilities in the academic core of campus and establish a stronger identity and physical presence for the business and accounting programs.

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Campus News

Imagine Tomorrow update

BSU Foundation staff have begun meeting with campus offices to discuss the on-campus portion of Imagine Tomorrow, the university's first comprehensive fundraising campaign.

In January, the foundation met with four offices on campus, and upcoming presentations include Financial Aid (Feb. 6), the College of Arts and Sciences (Feb. 17) and Procurement and Logistics (Feb. 19). A number of additional sessions will be held throughout the spring semester as the foundation looks to build support for the campaign from the campus community.

For a complete look at Imagine Tomorrow, read the community campaign brochure that was published in the Jan. 17 Bemidji Pioneer.

U.S. News online program rankings
Bemidji State's online bachelor’s degree programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

BSU’s online bachelor’s degree programs received a score of 42 in the publication’s 2014 Best Online Bachelor’s Program rankings, tied for 194th nationally with seven other institutions. The rankings included a total of 210 institutions, with an additional 68 schools listed with rankings not published.
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JazzFest coming to BSU, Feb. 7-8

Three-time Grammy Award winner Jeff Coffin and eight-time Jazz Journalists Association Trombonist of the Year Wycliffe Gordon (right) will be spending two days at BSU this month as lead clinicians for JazzFest 2014.

The department will host around 350 jazz musicians for the two-day clinic, Feb. 7-8, representing 20 jazz bands, primarily from Minnesota high schools but also including a band from Canada and an adult band. The bands will perform and receive critique from Coffin, Gordon and other clinicians.
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Web redesign forums set for Feb. 5-6

Over the course of the next year, Bemidji State will be working with White Whale Web Services, based in Oakland, Calif., on a comprehensive redesign of

The Office of Communications and Marketing wishes to extend an invitation for the entire campus community to meet members of the White Whale team, hear them discuss how they plan to go about their work, and find out how you can contribute to this important project. The forums are scheduled for:
• 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5
• 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6

Both forums will be held in the Crying Wolf Room.

Learn more about White Whale Web Services at
Gangeness advocates for safety

As a member of the Minnesota Board of Nursing, Dr. Jeanine Gangeness, founding dean of the Bemidji School of Nursing at BSU and Northwest Technical College, is advocating for new state laws that will strengthen the board’s ability to ensure quality care and public safety throughout Minnesota.

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BSU, Winona State join forces on BSU English Language Center

Bemidji State and Winona State University have entered into a unique partnership to open a branch of Winona State’s English Language Center on the BSU campus.

The center’s purpose will be to strengthen the academic and interpersonal English language skills for international students conditionally admitted to BSU, Winona State or any other institution, orient students to the expectations and resources available at BSU and in the Bemidji community, and provide students with opportunities to share their culture.

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News briefs
• New hires at Bemidji State University
• Weather-related and emergency closure information
• Purchasing card statements now available online

Student News

U.S. Olympic curling team includes BSU student, BSU alum
Two members of the U.S. Olympic men’s curling team that will be competing at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, have ties to Bemidji State. The team includes BSU student Jared Zezel and alum Jeff Isaacson.

Zezel (pictured, right) has taken a break from his studies to pursue his Olympic dreams. He plans to return to BSU and complete his degree in the fall.

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Fall grad wins contest to design booth for EuroShop trade show

Danika Stelton, a design technology major who graduated in December, won a competition to design a booth for the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association that will be used at a trade show in Germany later this month.

The association will use Stelton’s design for its booth at Euroshop, Europe’s largest exhibit and retail design trade show held every three years in Dusseldorf.

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Neilson Foundation internships funded for summer 2014
Bemidji State is once again partnering with the George W. Neilson Foundation to offer opportunities for local businesses to hire BSU students for internships.

The Neilson Foundation will fund 15 internships, including one specifically for health and nursing and 14 for any other private business pertaining to any major or program offered by Bemidji State or Northwest Technical College.

Funding will be split equally, with 50 percent of the hourly compensation for the intern being paid by the foundation, up to a maximum of $2,500, and the other 50 percent paid by the participating business.

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Faculty and Staff News

What connection does Bemidji State have to Indiana's 1973 AIAW Final Four team? Read this month's faculty and staff achievements and find out!

• Faculty & staff achievements

Photo Galleries

Click photos for complete galleries from each event:
• Council of Indian Students taco fundraiser
• Winter on campus
• Fall semester 'De-Stress with Pets'

Beaver Athletics Update

Hall of Fame Weekend

Bemidji State University will induct six individuals and two outstanding teams into its Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Feb. 15, as part of the university’s B-Club/Athletic Hall of Fame Weekend. This year’s inductions will include four former student-athletes, a graduate who has earned accolades for his coaching prowess, a generous and dedicated member of the BSU community and two teams that made their marks on BSU’s record books.
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More athletics news
• Football, soccer signing day press conference set for Feb. 5
• Three Beavers win NSIC All-Academic With Distinction laurels
• Composite schedule for Feb. 2014
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"BSU Insider" is a publication of the Bemidji State University Office of Communications and Marketing. It is published nine times yearly, on the first Tuesday of each month during the academic year (except January). Do you have a story to share with us for publication? Contact Andy Bartlett, associate director of communications and marketing, via email or by calling OCM at 2041.
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