BSU Insider | March 2017
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President's Message

Dear BSU campus community,

Despite a brief pause for Spring Break, the fast pace of a productive semester continues at Bemidji State. Work on a new strategic plan will formally kick off on April 6, when we hold a campus-wide “town hall” meeting in the Beaux Arts Ballroom to gather your ideas and priorities for BSU’s future. Helpful feedback from community members at last month’s six Listening Sessions gives me confidence that we can maintain our strengths while continually improving our service to students, the Bemidji region and the wider world. Minutes from those sessions should be posted on the president’s webpages next week.

Stay tuned, as well, for how and when you can best lend your support for the Minnesota State legislative budget request and bonding funds for the Hagg-Sauer replacement and building improvements at BSU and NTC. The outlook remains uncertain, so it’s vital that we speak up for the resources we need to maintain high-quality and affordable public education.

This weekend, please come out and cheer on the Beaver men’s hockey team, winners of the WCHA championship McNaughton Cup, as they continue their playoff bid to compete in the NCAA Tournament. Watch for information coming soon about a new annual employee recognition program starting this spring. Also, please mark your calendars for Student Achievement Day on April 5, a chance to experience firsthand the scholarship and creativity of our fine students, with guidance and encouragement from outstanding faculty.

Go Beavers!

Faith Hensrud, Ed.D.

Hockey Hosts WCHA Semifinals

Beaver Hockey hosts Bowling Green, March 10-12

Bemidji State continues its quest for a WCHA Playoff championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament when it hosts Bowling Green at the Sanford Center, March 10-12. Tickets for the best-of-three series are available at the Sanford Center's Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window. Head Coach Tom Serratore and the Beavers previewed the series earlier this week.
On Campus
Faculty and Staff News
STEM Scholars guided by Dr. Todd Frauenholtz, professor of mathematics, who volunteered as judges at the Bemidji Middle School Science Fair, are featured in this month's Faculty and Staff News.
Campus News

Teleconferencing network opens CJ course
to students at Red Lake Nation College

As part of a unique pilot program, six Red Lake Nation College students are using teleconferencing technology to bridge distances and join a BSU criminal justice course.

Intro to Bio students explore Lake Bemidji
from Hardwater Ice Lab

This winter, the Department of Biology made use of an ice-borne classroom and lab thanks to a partnership with BSU’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the BSU Alumni and Foundation. Using the portable fish house that typically serves as the ticket booth during Beaver Football home games at Chet Anderson Stadium, the department was able to bring about 200 students out onto the ice.
President joins campaign to advance women
in higher education leadership positions

President Hensrud has joined the American Council on Education’s “Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership” campaign, which will pursue a goal of seeing women hold 50 percent of chief executive positions at institutions of higher education by 2030.
AIRC plans first Orientation for
American Indian students

Starting in Fall 2017, the American Indian Resource Center will host Orientation activities specifically for BSU's American Indian students. Freshmen will move into their residence halls on Thursday evening and, along with their parents, attend an introduction to services and support available through the AIRC on Friday morning. Afterward, the students will join the rest of the Class of 2021 for the regular Orientation schedule.

Pine Hall wins "Do It in the Dark"
Residents of Pine Hall were able to reduce their energy consumption by 12.5 percent from January to February, securing a hall-wide pizza party as winners of this year's "Do It in the Dark" energy conservation challenge.
Beaver Lounge dedicated
in Decker Hall

Information Technology Services celebrated the grand opening of a new 24-hour student computer lab on the lower level of Decker Hall at a Feb. 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Business and accountancy programs celebrate accreditation
Faculty and staff from the business administration, accountancy and computer information systems programs gathered in Memorial Hall on Feb. 13 to celebrate successful reaccreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.
Presenters sought for TAD Talks

The School of Technology, Art & Design is accepting proposals for presenters in its third annual TAD Talks event, scheduled for April 27. TAD Talks, modeled after the famous TED Talks series, is a multi-disciplinary event featuring live presenters.

Student Senate passes
repeal of +/- grading

At its March 1 meeting, BSU Student Senate passed its bill to repeal the +/- grading system, implemented for the first time in Fall 2016, by a vote of 12-2. Student Senate will now discuss this bill with Faculty Senate.

Professional Improvement Grant applications due March 24

The Professional Improvement and Development Committee is accepting applications for professional improvement awards to fund activities that will occur between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, until March 24. Total funds to be awarded will be determined pending funding.

Student News
Sophomore will spend next year as Miss Midwest

Sophomore Josephine Terry will spend the next year wearing the crown of Miss Midwest. The mass communication major from Proctor won a title at the USA National Minnesota pageant, held Feb. 25-26 in Minnetonka, and will compete in the USA National Miss pageant in Boca Raton, Fla., in July.

Students present at 'Posters at the Capitol'

Six BSU students presented results of their undergraduate research during the fourth annual Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars presentation, “Posters in St. Paul,” on March 2 at the Minnesota State Capitol building.

Student Alumni Association says 'thanks' to donors

Students wrote personal messages of thanks on 550 postcards during “Love a Donor Week,” held Feb. 20-24 and organized by the Bemidji State Student Alumni Association. SAA members spoke to their fellow students about donors’ generosity and the impact their gifts have on scholarships and academic programs. They distributed postcards in several classrooms and in the Hobson Memorial Union. 

Photo Galleries
  1. Dr. Michael Anderson, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, delivers an Honors Council Lecture on the U.S. Constitution on March 7.
  2. The TAD School and Department of Integrated Media hosted dozens of leading art and media students from 20 regional high schools at the inaugural Media, Art and Design (MAD) Day on Feb. 22.
  3. A group of 23 speed-daters looked for love on stage during BSU Opera Theatre's four-show run of “Speed Dating Tonight!," March 3-5.
  4. Faculty and staff are displaying their creative and artistic talents at the Eighth Annual Midwinter Interlude, located in the Ramsey Gallery.
  5. BSU Relay for Life held its annual walk for cancer awareness on Feb. 18 in the Gillett Wellness Center.
Beaver Athletics
Alumnae Lead High School Programs to State Tourney

BSU women's hockey alumnae Molly Arola (pictured, above) and Emily Erickson coached their respective high school girls hockey teams to the Minnesota Girls Hockey State Tournament. Arola led Alexandria to a 14-12-1 regular-season record and Erickson guided Hibbing/Chisholm to a 17-10-1 regular season mark. Both were in their first seasons as head coaches.

Lutes part of first-ever fan-run pro football squad

Former men’s basketball guard and All-NSIC First Team member Brock Lutes was a part of history on Feb. 16 when he played with the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles Indoor Football League team as a wide receiver and defensive back. The Screaming Eagles allow fans to control offensive play calls on the field after fans also decided on the team's site, coach, logo, mascot, cheerleaders and players.

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