BSU Insider | December 2017
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President's Message

As you prepare for a well-deserved break, I want to share my thanks for a truly productive and rewarding semester. I suspect you would agree that the past several months have flown by, mostly because we have been so busy getting things done.

One of those accomplishments is the new BSU Strategic Plan for 2018-2023, which I plan to outline on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in an all-campus meeting as part of Spring Start-Up. Shaped in large part by your input and that of community partners, the plan specifically focuses on enrollment growth and financial sustainability, combined with ensuring a diverse and welcoming campus environment. All of us will play a part in making it real and fine-tuning it as we go.

Along with strategic planning and the constant commitment to our students, recent weeks have been filled with milestone moments that showcase Bemidji State’s cultural vibrance. I’m thinking of the striking new “Northscape” sculptures in front of Memorial Hall, the opening of the BSU Harlow | Kleven Gallery in the fabulous new Watermark Art Center, the Madrigal Dinners in their new home at Concordia Language Villages, and many impressive concerts by our musical ensembles. Thank you to those who make such marvels happen and to all who share your enthusiasm about BSU with our students and the greater community.

My sincere wish for you and your families is a relaxing and meaningful holiday season. I look forward to the spring semester and beyond, but please take time to refuel and reflect on the difference you make in students’ lives.

Thank you all!

Faith C. Hensrud, Ed.D.

Hensrud Featured in InBemidji Magazine

President Hensrud and 14 other women leaders in Bemidji are featured in “Making an Impact,” the cover story for the Winter 2018 issue of InBemidji, a freely distributed lifestyle magazine produced by the Bemidji Pioneer.
Faculty and Staff News
December Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dr. John Gonzalez, professor of psychology, was named Post Secondary Teacher of the Year at the Minnesota Indian Education Association's annual conference in Welch, Minn. His award headlines this month's Faculty & Staff Achievements.
Campus News
‘Northscape’ Sculptures Dedicated Outside Memorial Hall

BSU unveiled “Northscape,” a sculpture installation by Mahtomedi, Minn., sculptor John Kamrath installed on the lawn between Birchmont Drive and Memorial Hall, at a Dec. 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Online BSW Recognized for Quality
by Website College Choice

BSU's online bachelor’s degree program in social work has been recognized as one of the nation’s best by the website College Choice.


Student News
Proposed Baudette Hockey Arena
Comes to Life in TAD School Model Lab

Students in Lyle Meulebroeck’s Concept to Prototype Model class have completed and delivered a scale model of a proposed hockey arena for Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette, Minn., for Bemidji-based MJ Architectural Studios.

Niganawenimaanaanig Nursing Program Students
Gather for First Time at AIRC

Students participating in BSU's new Niganawenimaanaanig Program for American Indian nurses gathered Nov. 17 for the first time as a group for a conversation with faculty and to achieve the program’s goal of connecting students with well-known indigenous leaders.

$187,500 Grant Funds Neilson Internships
Through Summer 2022

A $187,500 grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation will continue BSU's Neilson Foundation Internship Program through the summer of 2022.

Photo Galleries
  1. The Department of Music held its annual Jingle Pops concert Dec. 2, featuring the Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Blue Ice.
  2. Two historic art collections and the women who made them possible were honored at the BSU Harlow | Kleven Gallery in Bemidji’s new Watermark Art Center.
  3. The Department of Music's 49th annual Madrigal Dinners — the first to be held off campus — sold out all five shows in a successful Nov. 30-Dec. 3 run.
  4. Students in Dr. Janice Haworth’s World Music classes are making South American pan pipes for a class project.
  5. Students in Dr. Angie Kovarik’s marketing classes held a trade show at Bemidji’s downtown LaunchPad on Nov. 29.
Beaver Athletics

Football Trio Competes at FCS Bowl
Three Beaver Football players capped their seasons Dec. 10 by participating in the annual FCS Bowl held in Daytona Beach, Fla. Seniors Niko Daniello, Trysten Ross and Jake Wirsching represented the Beavers on the National Team (Blue) under head coach Mike Stock.

Famestad Caps Soccer Career as All-American

Soccer senior Miranda Famestad was named First-Team All-America by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association after leading Beaver Soccer to a school-record 15-1-4 overall record and its first NCAA Tournament berth.

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