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BSU Insider » March 2016
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Use of StarID for logins begins next week

Beginning March 8, Information Technology Services will expand Bemidji State University’s use of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities StarID as the login credential for on-campus computers and for a variety of online services.

Expanded StarID rollout will happen March 8 for BSU faculty, staff and student workers and March 10 for all students. After these dates, you will be unable to access BSU computers, campus Wi-Fi and most BSU online services unless you know your StarID and password.

Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Katie Peterson, associate professor of chemistry, presented a guest lecture on imaging oxidative stress Feb. 15 at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. Her presentation headlines this month's Faculty and Staff News.
New Hires at Bemidji State:

• Levi Gray has been hired as a human resources technician in the physical plant and in human resources, effective Feb. 22.

Coming Up...

Campus News

Dr. Steven A. Rosenstone, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (second from right) visited campus last fall to gather feedback from faculty, staff, students and community members that helped guide the ongoing search for the next president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.
Dr. Steven A. Rosenstone, chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (second from right), visited campus Sept. 30 to gather feedback from faculty, staff, students and community members that helped guide the ongoing search for the next president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College.


Announcement of presidential finalists expected on March 18

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system expects to announce finalists for the Bemidji State/Northwest Technical College presidential search on March 18. Schedules will also be released at that time for the finalists visits to Bemidji and the BSU and NTC campuses on March 21-23 will also be released. After the on-campus visits, the MnSCU Board of Trustees will vote on Chancellor Steven A. Rosenstone's recommendation at its April 20 meeting.

Rosenstone and the Board of Trustees are seeking the successor to Dr. Richard A. Hanson, who in August announced he will retire June 30 after six years as BSU/NTC president. 

Imagine Tomorrow Campus Campaign kicks off this month

The BSU Campus Campaign will take place in March with packets delivered this week. Please carefully consider making a gift to support student scholarships or academic programs. Giving to the campus campaign demonstrates employee support of students.

The BSU Financial Aid Office, pictured above, has 100 percent participation in the campus campaign. They see student need on a daily basis and feel strongly about giving. Lesa Lawrence, far left, director of financial aid, said, â€œThe students are the reason we are all here.”

Laid-off miners can use federal benefits for BSU education

The federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Act provides free tuition, books, fees, supplies and possibly transportation to laid-off miners wishing to further their education. Approximately 2,000 miners from 11 mines on the Iron Range are eligible to participate in this program.

In addition to academic support, miners enrolled in college may also receive Trade Readjustment Allowances, which provide income to miners while they are attending college. Bachelor’s degrees traditionally offer several advantages over associate’s degrees or high school diplomas, including higher earning potential, more job opportunities in positions with better benefits packages and increased job stability.

Programs at many colleges on the Iron Range are at or near capacity as these local colleges support large numbers of miners who are pursuing retraining opportunities. Bemidji State has programs that support local miners in their retraining efforts.

MnSCU rebranding presentation coming to BSU March 28

The MnSCU Office of Communications and Marketing is preparing to hold a series of campus presentations to gather input on several options for a possible renaming and/or new visual brand identity, with the goal of improving public appreciation and awareness of the system as a network of colleges and universities. Students, faculty and staff will be invited to review the options and provide feedback. Bemidji State will host such a presentation at 1 p.m. on March 28. More details, including a location, should be available soon.

NTC launches redesigned Wordpress website

On Feb. 26, Northwest Technical College launched a redesign of its website that's built on the same Wordpress content management system as the BSU site, which was first launched in January 2015. The new NTC site is organized around the college's seven Career Paths — Automotive Motorsports, Business, Building Trades, Child Care, Health Care, Individualized Studies and Manufacturing & Engineering Technology.

The Langston Hughes Project at Bemidji State

Hobson Memorial Union video recaps Langston Hughes Project


More than 150 students and nearly three dozen faculty, staff and community members attended the Hobson Memorial Union's presentation of "The Langston Hughes Project" on Feb. 25, part of activities recognizing February as Black History Month. "The Langston Hughes Project" is a multimedia performance involving spoken word poetry, live jazz and large visual illustrations from the Harlem Renaissance. The project provides an immersive environment in which to learn about the rise of the African American social justice movement through poetry and jazz. Click the image above to view the union's video.

Dillemuth named Chief Information Officer

 

Jim Dillemuth, who had been interim Chief Information Officer at both Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, was named permanent CIO for both institutions effective Feb. 15.

Dillemuth, who joined BSU and NTC as interim Chief Information Officer in August 2015, has more than two decades of experience managing information technology in higher education, all within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Plus-minus grading options coming in Fall 2016


Beginning in the fall of 2016, BSU faculty will have increased flexibility to assign grades for their courses after university administration approved a proposal that allows for plus and minus options to be added to traditional letter grades.

“Now, there will be options for instructors to have not such a huge difference in grading for nearly equal work," said Dr. Randall Westhoff, assistant vice president for academic affairs.

BSU Foundation director Bollinger retiring


Bemidji State has launched a national search to replace its top development official, Robert “Rob” Bollinger, whose retirement on June 30 will coincide with the conclusion of the university’s groundbreaking $35 million fundraising campaign called Imagine Tomorrow.
 
Following his decade of service as BSU’s executive director for university advancement, Bollinger will continue his career in education fundraising — and return to the game of football — at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul. He will be development officer for the Catholic private school and also work as an assistant football coach with his son Brooks Bollinger, who in December was named head football coach.
 
President Richard Hanson said both the BSU Foundation and the BSU Alumni Association have leaped ahead over the past 10 years in terms of professionalism and the engagement, cultivation and stewardship of donors.

AmeriCorps partnership offers nearly $6,000 in tuition grants for professional education majors in exchange for service


A new partnership between Bemidji State University’s Department of Professional Education and the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows program offers opportunities for teachers to earn college tuition grants of nearly $6,000 in exchange for qualifying AmeriCorps service.

Enrollment open for streamlined online MBA launching in fall 2015

Bemidji State is accepting students for its flexible and highly affordable online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, which begins this fall.

The newly streamlined program costs just $17,000 for all students, less than any comparable online MBA, and financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Online accounting program ranked among the nation's best

College Values Online has ranked Bemidji State online accounting degree program among the top 30 such programs in the country.

The website ranked BSU’s program 19th on its list, “Online Accounting Degree: More Top Values ’16.”

Bemidji State and local partners launch Bemidji True North website

Bemidji State has partnered with Greater Bemidji and the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce to develop a new website promoting the Bemidji area as a place to move and invest. The site focuses on photographs divided into subject areas and accompanied by short articles that highlight the region's outstanding quality of life. Many of the photographs were taken by BSU photographer John Swartz and showcase the university and Northwest Technical College. The True North brand, with a tagline of "Good life by the lake," will be the focus of future economic development marketing for the region. BSU will use the website as a resource for introducing prospective employees and students to life in the Bemidji area.

Photo Galleries

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Beaver Athletics Update

Beavers visit local elementary schools for "I Love to Read" Month

BSU student-athletes visited Lincoln Elementary School on Feb. 22 to participate in "I Love to Read Month" festivities. Members of the BSU volleyball, soccer and women's hockey teams, along with Bucky the Beaver, interacted with children ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade.

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