BSU Insider, 2013-14 Issue #9 » May 2014
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Nearly 1,000 students invited to BSU's 95th Commencement

Nearly 1,000 students have been invited to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives at Bemidji State University’s 95th Commencement ceremony, May 9 at the Sanford Center.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and is expected to last approximately two hours.

Commencement ceremonies will begin shortly before 2 p.m. when Bemidji State faculty and staff lead students in the traditional Commencement Walk. Students will exit the Sanford Center through Gate 5 and walk between the Sanford Center and Lake Bemidji before re-entering the center through Gate 2 and moving into the arena for the ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, the walk will take place through the Sanford Center concourse.

This year’s commencement address will be delivered by Trudy Rautio, CEO of Minneapolis-based Carlson Companies, Inc., a BSU alumna and the 2014 recipient of BSU’s Distinguished Minnesotan award.

For complete information visit the BSU Commencement website.

Campus News

'Summer cut' for IT staffers becomes gift for children in need

For a group of four women from BSU's technology services office, the traditional “summer cut,” where hair grown long to offer some protection from the Bemidji winter is downsized to emphasize comfort during warmer weather, has provided a loving gift for children in need and a challenge to others on campus.

The women donated a total 52 inches of their hair to Children with Hair Loss, an organization that offers human hair replacements at no cost to children with medical conditions affecting their hair. The organization provides free customized human hair replacement and care for more than 300 children each year.

BSU's participants were:
• Marie Bock, IT specialist with Information Technology Services
• Deb Cornell, server manager with Programming, Network and Servers
• Theresa Perreault, tech support analyst and D2L support with Information Technology Services
• Jennifer Theisen, programmer and analyst with Programming, Network and Servers

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Awards event recognizes 730 years of service to Bemidji State

Bemidji State recognized 53 employees with a combined 730 years of service to the University during its sixth annual Length of Service Awards ceremony, May 1, in the Beaux Arts Ballroom. Employees who were recognized reached their employment milestones between May 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014.

Six of BSU's seven 20-year employees are pictured above (L to R): Ricky Turn, refrigeration mechanic; Dr. John Truedson, professor of physics; Dr. Laurie Desiderato, professor of psychology; Angela Downey, customer service specialist in the Center for Extended Learning; Dr. Richard Hook, professor of psychology; and Dr. Elizabeth Rave, professor of biology.

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Bemidji State University magazine

The Spring-Summer 2014 edition Bemidji State's magazine highlights employers with a track record of hiring BSU graduates in large numbers relative to their total workforce. When you dig into that phenomenon, you discover that BSU's talented students have earned a reputation as hard workers who are ready to contribute from day one. You also find alums who both appreciate the quality of BSU graduates and are eager to help current students begin their careers.

Read the latest issue of Bemidji State University magazine online before it reaches the mailboxes of our alumni and friends.
University develops draft of Strategic Enrollment Management Plan

Enrollment is a key factor in the future of Bemidji State, and the sustainability of our enrollment will take a strategic effort from faculty, staff, administration and students. In January, a campus committee composed of faculty, staff, students and administrators was established to create a Strategic Enrollment Management Plan (SEMP).

Please join Dr. James Parker, vice president for student development and enrollment, and the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan committee for an open forum to discuss a draft of the plan at 12:15 p.m., May 7, in the Crying Wolf Room.

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Web redesign project will continue this summer

Progress on a complete redesign of the Bemidji State website will continue this summer following approval of designs for the university homepage and other top-level pages. Jason Pontius, president and CEO of the university's web design partner, White Whale Web Services, was on campus April 17 for two presentations of the final candidate design for the homepage, which was well received at both sessions. Next steps will include development of a handful of academic department sites, still being finalized, and priority student service sites, including admissions and residential life. The launch of a new homepage, primary landing pages and the first wave of academic and student service sub-sites is expected in early October, with completion of the entire project by March.  For the latest on the website redesign project and to view designs and project documents, visit the project blog.

New life for BSU's tunnels

Since January, the Office of Communications and Marketing and division of Student Development and Enrollment have partnered on a project to install 25 framed photographs depicting different aspects of BSU student life in sections of the campus tunnels. The photos, taken by BSU photographer John Swartz, include academics, student activities, athletics and special events. They are intended to add visual interest to the tunnels while conveying the broad student experience to prospective and current students. More photos may be installed in the future, and existing images will be refreshed occasionally as new photographs become available.

News briefs
• New hires at Bemidji State University
• Sustainability Office survey on curbsite recycling

Student News

Bemidji State duo elected to lead statewide student association

The Minnesota State University Student Association will have a decidedly Bemidji flavor when its 2014-15 session begins this fall, as a pair of BSU students have been elected as the association’s chair-elect and vice-chair elect.

In elections held during the organization’s April 11-13 spring delegates assembly in Brainerd, Kari Cooper (pictured, left), a senior liberal studies major from Sauk Rapids, was elected state chair. She will serve a one-year term representing all students at the seven MnSCU state universities. Laura Duscher (right), a senior in nursing from Bemidji, was elected vice-chair.

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Shelby Andrist headed to Spain

BSU junior Shelby Andrist has won a $1,500 grant from the Council on International Educational Exchange to help finance a fall 2014 education-abroad trip to Spain.

Andrist, a math education major from Coleraine, received an Alumni Ambassador Grant to support her semester at the Teaching Development program at the CIEE Study Center in Seville.

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More student news

• Engineering, tech management students find success on national exam

Faculty and Staff News

Jeannette Lukowski, assistant professor of English, will publish her followup memoir this summer. Learn the title and discover other recent achievements by BSU faculty and staff.

• Faculty & staff achievements

Photo Galleries

Click photos for complete galleries from each event:

• Student Scholarship and Creative Achievement Conference
• Festival of Nations
• Mass comm senior project presentations
• Technology, art & design portfolio reviews
• Fall 2014 freshmen on campus for April AAR

Beaver Athletics Update

Green and White Dinner & Auction raises $105,000 for BSU Athletics

More than 400 attendees and 100 Bemidji State University student-athletes gathered April 12 at the Sanford Center for the inaugural Green & White Dinner and Auction to Benefit BSU Athletics.

Net proceeds from tickets, bids on 93 silent auction and seven live auction items, as well as other activities, totaled $105,000. Also included in that sum were individual donations totaling $21,800 to “Build a Scholarship” – a special effort to raise additional scholarship dollars for student-athletes.

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More athletics news
• Former Beaver Matt Read named to Canadian IIHF Championships team
• Football duo earns 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society nod for academic performance
• VanHaaften, Wright named NSIC Honor Student-Athletes
• Men's golfer Benson earns Second-Team All-NSIC honors
• Men's hockey unveils 2014-15 schedule
• Spring signings: women's basketball | volleyball

Summer camp information
• Boys basketball
• Girls basketball
• Football
• Soccer
• Men's hockey

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"BSU Insider" is a publication of the Bemidji State University Office of Communications and Marketing. It is published nine times yearly, on the first Tuesday of each month during the academic year (except January). Do you have a story to share with us for publication? Contact Andy Bartlett, associate director of communications and marketing, via email or by calling OCM at 2041.
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