BSU Insider • 2017 Issue #4 • November 2016
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President's Message

I want to once again thank the faculty, staff and students who planned and participated in my inauguration as BSU’s 11th president on Oct. 14. The event was a thrilling honor from start to finish, and I remain very proud to be with you on such a momentous journey. My inaugural theme was “Building Bridges, Transforming Lives,” words that embody for me our mission to serve students and the region.
I can hardly believe we’re past the semester midpoint, but the pace on campus has undeniably quickened as everyone pushes to finish tasks and launch new initiatives before break. The sense of urgency is admirable, but may it never prevent us from embracing each new day and every teachable moment. Our students provide plenty of inspiration, don’t they?
At 5 o’clock this afternoon, I hope you’ll head to Chet Anderson Stadium to cheer our soccer team as they take on St. Cloud State in their first home playoff match since 2010. I’ll be traveling back from an AASCU meeting in Miami but will be with you in spirit. BSU’s volleyball and football teams are at home this weekend, too, and I know they will also welcome your support.
Go Beavers!

Faith Hensrud, Ed.D.

Inauguration Recap
Revisit and watch the Oct. 14 inauguration of Dr. Faith C. Hensrud as BSU's 11th president, where she challenged BSU and NTC to build a bridge to the future through transformative teaching and service to students and to the Bemidji region.

Faculty and Staff News

Hamann, students publish research in protein that may help develop blood vessels
Dr. Michael Hamann, professor of biology, and four students have published the results of their research on a protein called TCL. Read about this research and more in this month's Faculty and Staff News.
Webber explores structure of works by Russian composer Shostakovich
Miriam Webber, associate professor of music, explores the relationship between the compositional practice known as serialism and Russian composer Shostakovich’s reluctance to follow its strict guidelines at a Nov. 14 Honors Council Lecture.

Campus News

Final total for Imagine Tomorrow campaign surpasses $36 million
At its Oct. 14 Honors Gala, Bemidji State announced that the five-year Imagine Tomorrow fundraising campaign had surpassed its original goal and raised $36.5 million in total gifts and pledges.
BSU signing transfer agreement with Mitchell Hamline School of Law
On Nov. 4, BSU will sign a transfer agreement with Mitchell Hamline School of Law that will allow BSU students to earn bachelor's and law degrees in six years.
Dr. Richard Hanson granted president emeritus status by Board of Trustees
The Minnesota State Board of Trustees granted president emeritus status to Dr. Richard A. Hanson at its Oct. 19 board meeting. Hanson retired in 2016 after six years at BSU.
Tickets now on sale for 48th Annual Madrigal Dinners, set for Dec. 1-4
Tickets are now on sale for the Department of Music's 48th annual Madrigal Dinners. Tickets are $38 each and are available online or at the Madrigal Dinners office in Bangsberg 223.
HR completes review of positions affected by upcoming FLSA changes
The Office of Human Resources has completed its review of positions that will be affected by upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. Letters explaining changes were sent to affected employees.
City street parking restrictions began Nov. 1

Overnight parking restrictions on Birchmont Drive NE and certain surrounding streets began Nov. 1. Applicable streets are marked with signage explaining dates, times and conditions.

Open enrollment period for benefits ends Nov. 8

Open enrollment for employee benefits – which includes new and updated programs – ends Nov. 8.  Additional information on open enrollment can be found in the October 2016 SEGIP newsletter.

Bemidji Concert Series features Verona Quartet 
The Department of Music's Bemidji Concert Series will feature The Verona Quartet on Nov. 17. The group, formed at Indiana University in 2013, has performed on four continents and made its Lincoln Center debut in May. 

Student News

Students receive firearms instructor training from DNR
Hunter safety coordinators from the Minnesota DNR visited campus on Oct. 4 to teach students how to be firearms safety instructors. As current instructors are aging and retiring, younger qualified instructors are needed to take their place. DNR officer Greg Oldakowski provided the instruction.
Major and Career Expo
Underclassmen explore BSU at Major & Career Expo
Students visited faculty representatives from Bemidji State University's various academic departments and with other students representing clubs and organizations at the university's 2016 Major and Career Expo, sponsored by Career Services.
Sexual assault awareness and prevention events set for November
Students from BSU's Lifestyle Educators group are sponsoring numerous activities and will have information in the union each day from Nov. 14-18 focused on sexual assault awareness and prevention.
Wildlife students survey Bemidji deer population
A group of wildlife biology students, led by Dr. Brian Hiller, recently completed its fifth annual survey of Bemidji's urban deer population. The collected data supports the city's deer management programs.
Seniors present at statewide sociology conference
Seniors Kenneth Bentley and Jordan Morgan presented results of their undergraduate research projects at September's Sociologists of Minnesota Conference in St. Cloud. 
Biology, chemistry research shared at regional conference in Moorhead
BSU students Caitlin Zeller (pictured), Tami Jo Olson and Amanda Kooiker presented at the 11th Undergraduate Research in the Molecular Sciences meeting.
Researching ways to help kids overcome math anxiety
Research by senior Haley Scheldorf is helping Minnesota’s K-12 students overcome mathematics anxiety. She spoke about her work in at the Minnesota Council of Mathematics conference in Duluth.
Club and organization "Of the Month" winners for Aug.-Sept.

Leadership Center "Of the Month Awards" recognize Bemidji State students, organizations and offices that positively contribute to our university community. Faculty and staff can nominate clubs or organizations using a form on BeaverLink.

Photo Galleries

  1. BSU hosted a unity event allowing students, staff, faculty and community members to come together and share stories and ideas for change in celebration of National Coming Out Day.
  2. Bucky the Beaver and BSU Homecoming Queen and King Leah Gnitka and Davis Mills were featured in the Oct. 15 Homecoming parade through downtown Bemidji.
  3. Students who started their educational career at one of the region's tribal colleges before transferring to BSU spoke about their experiences during an Oct. 31 panel conversation held as part of the AIRC's 2nd Annual Tribal College Preview Day.


Beaver Athletics

Soccer hosting NSIC playoff game today at 5 p.m.

The Bemidji State soccer team will host St. Cloud State University in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference soccer tournament beginning at 5 p.m. today, Nov. 2, at Chet Anderson Stadium. BSU, the tournament's No. 3 seed, is hosting a first-round playoff game for the first time since 2010.

Other Beaver Athletics news
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