BSU Insider is a monthly newsletter for faculty and staff at Bemidji State University published by the Office of Communications and Marketing.
April 2013

In this issue

• Lucerne agreement signed
• 2013 Distinguished Minnesotan
• BSU: $166M economic impact
• Pulliam named CIO
• Guilfoile named AVP
• Miller to head grad school
• Festival of Nations photos
• News & Notes
• Faculty & Staff Update
• Relay for Life raises $7,500
• Students present in Mankato
• Beaver Athletics Update

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Dr. Hanson signs exchange agreement with University of Lucerne
L to R -- Dr. Martin Tadlock, provost; Dr. Richard A. Hanson, president; Dr. Patricia L. Rogers, dean, College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology; Dr. Gustav Arnold, professor of English, University of Lucerne; Andra Sander, coordinator of student and teacher exchange programs, University of Lucerne. 

BSU signs Swiss exchange agreement

Bemidji State University President Dr. Richard A. Hanson signed a faculty and student exchange agreement with representatives from the University of Lucerne during an April 9 ceremony in Deputy Hall.

The Lucerne agreement brings Bemidji State closer to its goal of offering 120 opportunities for students to experience low-cost, semester-long study-abroad opportunities each semester. BSU now has nine agreements signed and will have three more completed by this summer, reaching its target of 12 international partner institutions. These agreements also present faculty with opportunities to spend a semester teaching abroad.

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Campus News

Lt. Gen. Tom Waldhauser named Distinguished Minnesotan
Lt. General Tom Waldhauser, senior military advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, has been named Bemidji State's 2013 Distinguished Minnesotan and will speak at this year's commencement ceremony. He is a 1976 BSU graduate and a former Beaver hockey player. Waldhauser commanded the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Prior to his current appointment as senior military advisor to the Secretary of Defense, Waldhauser served as Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force and Commanding General of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command.

Bemidji State has $166 million impact on regional economy
Bemidji State adds an estimated $166 million per year in economic activity to the Bemidji region and is directly responsible for an estimated 2,225 jobs, according to an economic impact study released by St. Paul, Minn.-based Wilder Research.
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Jim Pulliam

Pulliam named CIO
Jim Pulliam, currently chief information security officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, has been named Bemidji State's next chief information officer. His duties at BSU begin May 1.
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Guilfoile named AVP of Academic Affairs
Dr. Patrick Guilfoile has been named Bemidji State University’s associate vice president of academic affairs. Guilfoile had been filling the position on an interim basis since 2009.
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Miller named director of School of Graduate Studies
Joan Miller, a fixture at Bemidji State for more than 25 years, has been named director of the School of Graduate Studies. Miller has been office administrative specialist and administrative assistant for the School of Graduate Studies since 1991.
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2013 Festival of Nations

44th Festival of Nations held
Bemidji State's 44th Festival of Nations, an annual celebration of the cultural diversity found in the campus community, was held April 6. The Festival of Nations was established at BSU in 1969 as the Feast of Nations and in 2005 was expanded into the Festival of Nations. It has been designed to bring peoples of all backgrounds together to take pride in the richness of diverse cultures in the Bemidji community with a commitment to provide a superior educational and multicultural experience. This year’s festival, “Culture Shock,” featured Bemidji State students from more than 90 countries around the world sharing the global food, crafts and traditions that form the mosaic of cultures worldwide.
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News and notes
Social work launches blended program beginning this fall
Professional Education Hall of Fame adds three
Campus climate survey closes April 10

Faculty and Staff Update

This month's faculty and staff update features a top-tier journal article from mass communications professor Anne Conaway and three BSU faculty receiving awards for the 2013 Council on International Educational Exchange International Faculty Development Seminars.
[Faculty & Staff Update]

Student News

Students raise $7,500 for Relay for Life

Bemidji State students completed their 2013 fundraising efforts, April 6-7, to support Relay for Life and have raised over $7,500 to support the charity. Angie Casper, customer service specialist at the Center for Extended Learning and advisor for BSU Relay for Life, reminds everyone to return envelopes for luminary bags as soon as possible if you have not done so already. BSU's bags will be displayed at the Beltrami County Relay for Life.

16 BSU students present at MnSCU-wide scholarly activity conference

On April 8, 16 Bemidji State University students attended the Minnesota Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity held at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn. The conference was open to any undergraduate student at one of Minnesota’s seven state universities engaged in collaborative or independent research, scholarly or creative activity and is sponsored by a faculty member. 
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Beaver Athletics Update

Beaver Nation CelebrationJoin Bemidji State Athletics and Beaver Pride for Beaver Nation Night, a banquet to recognize BSU's outstanding student-athletes, Thursday, May 2, at the Sanford Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m.; and the program begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $25 per person. Call 755-2294 to register, or register online. 
[Beaver Nation Night]

BSUBeavers.comBeaver hockey season tickets now on sale for 2013-14
Soccer spaghetti fundraiser set for April 12
• Softball holding silent auction on Facebook
Spring football practice underway; spring game set for April 25
Christian Laettner Basketball Academy coming to BSU in June
Baseball stands 11-11 after 22 games
Men's hockey joins Minnesota's Division I programs for Minnesota Cup
Track opens outdoor season at Hamline
Golf competes at Upper Iowa invitational
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