BSU Insider, 2013-14 Issue #1 » August 2013
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Maple Hall demolition underway
Bemidji State University has started to tear down Maple Hall. The 95,000-square-foot residence hall was built in 1967 during a three-year period of growth from 1966-69 that also saw the construction of the A.C. Clark Library, Hobson Memorial Union, Tamarack Hall and Walnut Hall. Maple has been unused by Residential Life for several years. Its demolition is part of a strategic plan for on-campus housing that includes recent renovations of Linden and Birch halls. The demolition work began July 19 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.

Residential Life has prepared an FAQ on the project, intended to answer questions from residents in adjoining Oak Hall. [Oak & Maple FAQ]

Schedule of fall startup activities

The 2013 fall semester officially begins Aug. 20 with President Hanson's traditional Welcome Breakfast, scheduled for 8-10 a.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom in the upper Hobson Memorial Union. The theme for this year's fall startup will be "Imagine Tomorrow," as the university prepares to publicly unveil its first-ever capital campaign.

Department chairs report for duty Aug. 16, and all faculty return to campus Aug. 20.

Academic Affairs has two convenient downloadable calendars of fall startup activities for your reference -- one intended for deans, department chairs and academic affairs division directors; and one for the rest of the BSU campus community. 
• Fall startup calendar -- deans, department chairs, directors
• Fall startup calendar -- campus community

For students, the Advising Success Center has a complete schedule of 2013 orientation activities available online. Orientation begins Aug. 23 when residence halls open for move-in activities at 9 a.m. and concludes with the university's traditional Convocation for incoming freshmen at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 in Memorial Hall 100.

Fall classes begin Aug. 26.

Campus News

Bemidji State's David Park House, home of the BSU Alumni & Foundation, will be featured in a forthcoming book from the Minnesota Historical Society spotlighting 20 prominent homes in Minnesota. The BSU Foundation acquired the 5,326-square-foot house from Wanda Park in 1991.
Nursing students visits Belize

In May, 11 students and two faculty members from the Bemidji School of Nursing, which includes the nursing programs at both Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, spent two weeks delivering health care and health care education in Belize.

[read more] [photo gallery]
Voltage tours China

Shortly after Commencement in May, Dr. Del Lyren, professor of music at Bemidji State University, set out on a four-week tour with “Voltage,” the university’s five-person student electronic music ensemble. The tour was unlike any other experienced by the musicians, however, as it involved a trans-Pacific journey to China.

[read more] [photo gallery]

Treaties exhibit on display at AIRC

The American Indian Resource Center is hosting “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,” a traveling exhibition exploring relationships between the Dakota and Ojibwe Indian nations and the United States government in Minnesota.

The exhibit, open through Aug. 22, illustrates how treaties have affected the lands and life ways of Minnesota’s indigenous people and why these binding agreements between sovereign nations still matter.

[read more] [video feature]

News briefs
• BSU among nation's most-affordable schools for out-of-state students
• Dr. James Barta named interim dean of College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology
• Caroline Norelius named alumni director
• Ron Batchelder donates $200,000 for scholarships at Bemidji State
• Bemidji School of Nursing expands to Century College
• Other new hires at Bemidji State
• Special expense guidelines for common purchases have been updated
Photo galleries
• BSU wins the Education Cup at this year's Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival
• University welcomes 10 middle school students from Weifang, China
• Inaugural Headwaters Film Festival showcases regional filmmakers
• Northwoods Writers Conference returns after hiatus
• Bemidji's Independence Day fireworks as seen from campus
Dragonboat Races
Chinese students from Weifang
Headwaters Film Festival
Independence Day fireworks

Beaver Athletics Update

• Soccer team headed to Costa Rica
• Football camp begins Aug. 14
• Catching up with Brian Leonhardt at Oakland Raiders training camp
• Pulkinen on Fred Mitchell watch list
• Cross country season opens Aug. 24

New turf for Chet Anderson Stadium
One of the most unique athletic venues in all of collegiate sport is getting a facelift. Beginning July 8, construction crews began work on a $1.3 million project to replace the playing surface at Chet Anderson Stadium. The project began with removal of the running track surrounding the field and the installation of a new entry plaza prior to the installation of a new drainage system and synthetic playing surface for football and soccer. 

[read more] [live webcam]
New backstop for softball
In July, renovations began at the BSU Softball Complex when workers began replacing the existing chain link backstop with a brick structure and netting. The project continues a series of renovations at the softball field that began in 2008 with the installation of a new scoreboard. 

[read more] [Facebook photo gallery]
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