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For the fifth year, BSU's Commencement will be held at Sanford Center.

96th Commencement set for Friday

Nearly 1,000 students have been invited to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives at Bemidji State University’s 96th Commencement. The May 8 ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at Sanford Center.

• Pre-Commencement brunch begins May 8 at 9:30 a.m.
• Distinguished Minnesotan: American Public Media CEO Jon McTaggart

Campus News

Celebrating centuries of service

Sixty-eight Bemidji State employees with a combined total of 935 years of service were recognized for their contributions to BSU at the university’s annual Emeriti, Retirement and Milestone ceremony in the Beaux Arts Ballroom.

Pictured: Faculty Emeriti Craig Hougen (left), professor emeritus of human performance, sport & health (26 years) and James Rafferty, professor emeritus of psychology (39 years).

Students raising funds for Nepal

Nepalese students at Bemidji State University are raising funds on campus this week to support victims of the devastating earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Optivation wins grant to provide aquaponics training for Lueken's

Optivation, a custom college and outreach training program jointly operated by BSU and Northwest Technical College, has won a $49,572 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership program to develop specialized training for employees of Bemidji-based Lueken’s Inc.

Pictured (L to R): Paul Moe, director of the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership; Jeff Lueken, president of Lueken’s Inc.; and Bob Griggs, interim dean of Northwest Technical College after the grant signing.

BSU opens partnership center in Mayflower building

President Hanson was joined by BSU staff, faculty and students at a May 1 ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the debut of Bemidji's newly renovated Mayflower Building. The high-technology facility will provide co-working and collaboration space for Bemidji-area entrepreneurs and other business professionals. The building is home to a new BSU office for community partnerships, which will host BSU's internship programs, Marketing Assistance and Research Solutions and other programs on a rotating basis.
• More photos from the ribbon-cutting event

Pictured (L to R): Shawn Strong, dean of business, technology and communications; President Hanson; BSU students Megan Mergens and Jacob Gray; Molly Aitken-Julin, internship coordinator; and Dr. Kelly LaVenture, assistant professor of business administration

President Hanson (center) with the 2014-15 President's Student Commission.
New program forges interdisciplinary approach to leadership

Beginning this fall, BSU students can complete a 21-credit minor or a 12-credit certificate in leadership, enhancing their academic credentials and hopefully strengthening communities where they live and work.

Developed by a seven-member faculty Leadership Council, the program combines existing electives in fields such as political science, sociology, Indian studies and business with new core courses in leadership theory and ethics.

Pictured: President Hanson with his 2014-15 President's Student Commission

Lakeside Luncheon acknowledges impact of local support

President Hanson illustrated how the Imagine Tomorrow campaign has impacted the university's ability to provide scholarships for students during BSU’s annual Lakeside Luncheon, April 23 at Sanford Center

During his “State of the University” presentation during the luncheon, Hanson explained how scholarship funding at BSU has nearly doubled, from about $700,000 in fiscal year 2011 to almost $1.3 million this year as a result of the campaign. That total is expected to continue increasing as the campaign, which to date has raised nearly $33 million, progresses toward its $35 million goal.

Faculty and Staff News

Patrick Guilfoile

This month's faculty and staff news features two BSU professors who have earned Quality Matters certification for online courses, a new interim dean for the College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology, and congratulations for several administrators are departing for leadership positions at other institutions.

Pictured: Patrick Guilfoile has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stout

Interim position searches

Student News

BSU students present a day of Beowulf, Hobbits and politics

Dr. Stephen Vogt, chief investment officer of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., gave the keynote address at the 16th annual Student Scholarship & Creative Achievement Conference. More than 200 students representing all disciplines at the university presented their work on topics including an examination of the use of boar’s head symbols in Beowulf, an exploration of the inspiration behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe and a look at the evolving role of social issues in American politics.

Eleven students who participated in the conference also shared their work at the Fourth Annual Minnesota Conference of Undergraduate Scholarly and Creative Activity, April 13 at Winona State.

Chamber Singers play Carnegie Hall

The Bemidji Chamber Singers were featured in Gotham Sings!, an April 18 choral music showcase held on the Perelman Stage of historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. 

“Performing at Carnegie Hall is a bucket list-type activity for musicians,” said Dr. Brad Logan, professor of music and director of the Chamber Singers. “The opportunity to perform in an internationally-recognized hall of excellence is something that brings great fulfillment to both the singer and the director.”

photo courtesy of Richard Blinkoff

McLaughlin wins 2015 EXHIBITOR Student Achievement Award

Matthew McLaughlin, a senior art and design major, has received the 2015 EXHIBITOR Media Group Student Achievement Award, as selected by faculty in the Department of Technology, Art and Design.

Photo Galleries

Click photos for complete galleries from each event (top, then L to R):
  • Bryanna Grimes named Student of the Year at AIRC Student Awards Banquet
  • Council of Indian Students hosts 42nd annual pow-wow
  • International Student Organization holds 46th Festival of Nations
  • Celebrating more than 50 graduates from first year of Girls Who Code
  • Students shine at 69th annual Funtastic Dance Follies
  • Senior design students present work at Portfolio Reviews
  • Environmental sociology class tours Lueken's aquaponics farm

Beaver Athletics Update

Beaver hockey unveils 2015-16 schedules

Eighteen regular-season home games, 11 games versus 2015 NCAA Tournament participants and the defense of its North Star College Cup title highlight BSU's 36-game 2015-16 men’s ice hockey schedule.

Women’s hockey looks to build upon its record-setting 2014-15 campaign with a 34-game 2015-16 schedule, 18 of which will be played at Sanford Center. Bemidji State kicks off its regular season against Robert Morris University at Sanford Center on Sept. 25-26.

Mowat, Bilic invited to Canadian Women's National Team camp

BSU hockey players Brittni Mowat and Ivana Bilic have been invited to attend Canada’s National Women’s Program strength and conditioning camp, May 6-10 in Hamilton, Ontario.
More BSU Athletics news

• Brittni Mowatt, Matt Prapavessis named BSU Student-Athletes of the Year
• Rachel Craig, Tony Peterson earn NSIC Honor Student-Athlete laurels
• Football wraps spring season with 46-26 Green win in annual Spring Game
• 2015 soccer schedule unveiled

2015 Spring All-NSIC awards:
Andrew Benson, men's golf, first team
• Lyndsey Peterson, softball, second team

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