Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall 1997
Joel Otto Gives Back to BSU ... page 7
A Publication for Alumni & Friends of Bemidji State University
BSUCalendar September 23 - 27, 1997
BSU Homecoming 1997, “BSU...Catch the Magic!” (A full schedule of events is listed on page 12) November 16, 1997
BSU Day at the Metrodome, BSU Beavers vs. the University of Minnesota-Morris, 11 a.m., Alumni Reception in Press Box December 5,6,7,12,13,14, 1997
Madrigal Dinners, Bemidji December 17,18, 1997
Madrigal Dinners, St Paul Radisson December 13, 1997
BSU Madrigal Dinners Alumni Reunion January 24, 1998
Beaver Pride Winter Golf Classic on the frozen waters of Lake Bemidji January 31, 1998
BSU Foundation “Snow Ball,” 6 p.m., Beaux Arts Ballroom February 21, 1998
Twin Cities Alumni & Friends Dinner, Northland Inn, Brooklyn Park March 15, 16, 1998
“BSU Winter Rendezvous,” Laughlin, Nevada
Bemidji State University
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The Korean Council of Junior College Education went looking for schools last year, and found Bemidji State University. The council was searching for partners in an effort called the Korean Faculty Education Program, which was designed to enhance the technological and pedagogical skills of Korean teachers. The call went out from the South Korean government for assistance, and responses were received from schools that included some of the largest universities in the country. But when some of the teachers arrived for the training this summer, they flew to Bemidji to enroll in a program proposed jointly by Bemidji State and Dunwoody Institute, the first ever awarded by the Korean government to schools of this size. Other programs have been hosted at such locations as Texas A & M and the University of California at Berkeley. Known as the Information Technology Education Program, the proposal focused on the technical fields of computer science and telecommunications as well as on the emerging technologies used in many of Minnesota’s leading companies. The goal of the program was to assimilate the knowledge gained through training within a working curriculum that would be applicable to the individual faculty’s position at their college. “We were very fortunate to collaborate with Dunwoody on this project,” said Dr. Dave Kingsbury, BSU professor of vocational education who directed Bemidji State’s activities. “By combining our resources and the unique capabilities of both institutions, we
Korean teachers and other guests visited the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School near Cass Lake during their stay at BSU.
Teaching Korean Teachers were able to put together a proposal that was better than either could have done on their own.” Founded in 1914, Dunwoody is the largest private, non-profit technical school in the country and offers 16 different programs that combine hands-on lab work with technical theory classes. Bemidji State is recognized as a leader in industrial technology programming on the baccalaureate level and has been a major provider of technical college instructor training for the state of Minnesota. For 30 years, the University has operated the Center for Vocational Technical Education and has trained instructors in every technical college in the state. The 20 Korean educators spent five weeks of intensive training on the BSU campus in several areas: ■ Data communication applica-
e were very fortunate to collaborate with Dunwoody on this project. By combining our resources and the unique capabilities of both institutions, we were able to put together a proposal that was better than either could have done on their own.”
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tions, encompassing communication strategies of the U.S., European countries, and Japan; network topology; open systems interconnection models; equipment interfacing standards; and analog and digital circuitry. ■ ATM communication, involving the exploration of a variety of protocols, applications, and case studies. ■ ISDN and networks, including digital cellular systems, wireless local area networks, access fundamentals and multiple access techniques. ■ Computer applications for curriculum development, emphasizing course delivery using computer applications, long distance delivery using the Internet, and curriculum development strategies. ■ Multimedia authoring, creating an understanding of digital photography, video, graphics, and sound; CD-ROM authoring and optical storage; and integration of media into multimedia communications. When they were finished at BSU, the visitors traveled to California where they visited a number of high tech industries in the Silicon Valley in addition to touring campus labs at the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University.
A final component of the program was a cultural awareness and enrichment activity. “The visiting educators spent a lot of focused time in the classrooms and in labs,” Kingsbury said. “So we had evening and weekend activities that were fun and educational, many taking advantage of the natural beauty and culture unique to the Bemidji area.” Among those activities were a covered wagon ride, a family home stay over the Fourth of July weekend, golf, concerts, a Pow Wow, and tours of local state parks, an open pit ore mine, the Forest History Center, Iron World, and various businesses. “Overall the program went very well,” Kingsbury commented when looking back and contemplating the future. “We’re going to Korea this fall to conduct a follow-up study to determine how much of what the educators learned has transferred into their college and university programs. We also hope this will be an ongoing event, and would like to begin discussions about a program next year.” ■
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Anderson Named MnSCU Chancellor
Baer Family Added to Founders’ Walk
Dr. Jim Bensen, BSU President, addresses members of the Baer family during 1997 Founders’ Walk ceremonies.
“The Baer family has been a friend of Bemidji State University and the community for three generations,” said Dr. Jim Bensen, BSU president. “Their support has been extremely important in the growth of the University.” Members of the family recognized during the ceremony were Homer C. and Isabelle S. Baer; H.C. “Bill” and Jessie Baer; and John and Carl Baer. Homer moved to Bemidji in 1910 to work at Security State Bank, which he later purchased and served as president until his death in 1951. He served many civic organizations, including the original committee that worked to get the state normal school, now Bemidji State, located in Bemidji. Also active within the community, Isabelle was a member of the committee that hired Manfred Deputy as the first president of the University and was the first president of the campus PTA. In addition to her work for BSU, she was a member of the group that successfully brought the Carnegie Public Library to Bemidji. Between Homer and Isabelle, they were involved in virtually every civic and charitable enterprise within the city. Bill, the son of Homer and Isabelle, became president of Se-
Alumni Arch WALK
Bemidji State honored three generations of the Baer family for their commitment to the University during a special Founders’ Walk ceremony this summer. Established in 1993, the Founders’ Walk recognizes individuals who were instrumental in the development of the University. Located on the Alumni Arch that serves as the main entrance to BSU and Deputy Hall, the Founders’ Walk currently includes A. P. Ritchie, Judge Lloyd Pendergast, Leonard Dickinson and A. P. White.
he Baer family has been a friend of Bemidji State University and the community for three generations. Their support has been extremely important in the growth of the University.” Dr. Jim Bensen, BSU President
curity State in 1951 and continues to serve as the chairman of its board of directors. The recipient of numerous awards, he has been active in the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, the Bemidji Jaycees, and local service clubs. Jessie is also a volunteer within the town and region, having served as past officer of the Bemidji Jaycees, the chamber, and the Bemidji Town and Country Club. Bill and Jessie recently established a charitable remainder trust that will support student scholarships for many years. That trust will also benefit the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the North Country Health Services Foundation, and the Bemidji Area Public Library Foundation. Their sons, John and Carl, have kept the tradition of family involvement going by participating in many civic activities. They are also members of the BSU Foundation, which Carl serves as vice president, and both have been instrumental in raising funds and supporting the Full-Tuition Scholarship Program, which attracts highly-qualified students to Bemidji State. The Alumni Arch and Founders’ Walk is located at the corner of 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. ■
On July 1, 1997, Morrie Anderson assumed the position of chancellor of the twoyear old Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU), an agency that oversees the 36 technical college, community college, state university and co-located campuses in the state. A resident of Waconia, Anderson has more than 28 years of experience in management and public policy development, including serving as the chief of staff for Governor Arne Carlson since 1994. He also served as commissioner of the state Department of Revenue and as an assistant commissioner for tax policy. His vita includes assignments as the executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties, city administrator for Shakopee, vice president of regulatory affairs for Biotrol in Chaska, and manager of David M. Griffith & Associations in St. Paul. Anderson holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from Mankato State University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Macalester College. He also has attended the Wharton School, the St. Thomas Management Center, and the MFOA Career Development Center. ■
MnSCU Chancellor Morrie Anderson during a recent visit to Bemidji State.
Bemidji State University
BSUHorizons Vol. 13, No. 1, Fall 1997 Produced by the News and Publications Office and the Alumni Office at Bemidji State University, HORIZONS is published quarterly and distributed without charge to BSU alumni, students, faculty, staff and other friends of the University. BSU is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Nohner Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Berglund Photographer . . . . . . . . . . . John Swartz President . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Jim Bensen Alumni Director . . . . . . . . . Sue Kringen Contributing Writer . . . . . John McRae Editorial Assistance . . . . Peggy Nohner Editorial Board: Dr. Jim Bensen, BSU president; Dr. David Tiffany, vice president for University advancement; Al Nohner, director of news services and publications; Sue Kringen, director of alumni relations.
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Baer Recommended for MnSCU Post
Fueling a Passion for the Arts Dr. Linda Baer
Chancellor Morris J. Anderson of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) announced that he will recommend Linda Baer as senior vice chancellor for academic affairs to the MnSCU Board of Trustees at its September meeting. The appointment, if approved, would be effective in November. Baer has been senior vice president for academic and student affairs at Bemidji State University for over six years and served as interim president for one year. As senior vice chancellor, she would become responsible for managing education policy and academic programs in the MnSCU system. Making a permanent appointment to fill the top academic post has been an important priority for Anderson since taking his position in July. “Dr. Baer is just the person we need to oversee education policy throughout the system,” said Anderson. “She’s attuned to providing education services to students and committed to our strategic goal of ‘students first.’” At Bemidji, she has been responsible for strategic planning, developing curriculum using technology and programming partnerships between the university and the business community. She is a frequent speaker on assessment of quality in higher education, transformational strategies in higher education and opportunities for partnerships in higher education. Prior to joining Bemidji State, she was on the faculty of South Dakota State University in the Rural Sociology Department. She was also the director of the Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship at SDSU. Honors include the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teacher Award, South Dakota State University; a Distinguished Service Award from the Great Plains Sociological Society; and being named a Centennial Woman of Bemidji. ■
If a writer’s job is to tell a story, it is important that the person know the subject well. If that same author has to reshape the story from many different perspectives, simply knowing the topic won’t run the ink well dry. To do that, you have to have a passion for the subject. For 1987 BSU graduate Karl Reichert, that poses no problem. The director of public affairs for the Minnesota Orchestra, passion fuels Reichert’s career. It was an emotion that surfaced early. “One doesn’t normally associate a passion for the arts with the small town of Clearbrook,” Reichert said of his hometown in northern Minnesota. “But one didn’t know my piano teacher, Ann Lamb. She took a very unique approach to teaching -believing music theory was part of the learning process.” Lamb, who died several years ago, instilled the love for music theory in her young pupil, who nurtured it amid involvement in high school choir and band. Teachers at Bemidji State stoked the embers Lamb started, and ignited a fire that spread to a neighboring program in the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, journalism. “When it came time to select a college, BSU had everything I wanted,” Reichert remembered. “It had an outstanding choir under Dr. Paul Brandvik and it had
a communications program. I started my freshman year as a mass comm major and a music minor, but found that I enjoyed music theory so much that I ended up staying for a fifth year to major in both.” Fueled by Dr. Pat Riley, professor of music who expanded theory to encompass music history, and by Dr. Roy Blackwood, professor of journalism who added coals to an emerging affinity for writing, Reichert was active as an ensemble performer and was editor of the Northern Student while earning the University’s first degree with a music history focus. “When I graduated, I hoped to go into the arts in some form,” he said. “I wasn’t a performer at heart; I loved singing but it wasn’t a passion. It was tough finding opportunities as a writer in the arts, so it was evident I needed practical experience.” Reichert gained that experience over three years as a reporter and editor for the Monticello Times, one of the state’s premier weekly newspapers. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience than Monticello,” he recalled. “It really helped me understand what makes a community work and what defines community spirit.” Those years in Monticello kept the fire alive, and it was given an entire forest to consume when Reichert was hired as a publicist with the Minnesota Orchestra
ne doesn’t normally associate a passion for the arts with the small town of Clearbrook. But one didn’t know my piano teacher, Ann Lamb. She took a very unique approach to teaching -- believing music theory was part of the learning process.” Karl Reichert
seven years ago and promoted to his current post two years later. Formerly known as the Minneapolis Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra operates on a budget of nearly $25 million and employs 95 musicians, more than 70 fulltime staffers, and 200 part-time personnel. As director, he supervises a staff that is responsible for enhancing the awareness of the orchestra as well as its director, Eiji Oue, among a variety of constituents. “One-third of the orchestra’s operating support comes from income off endowment investments, and the rest is raised through fund raising and ticket sales,” Reichert said. “Since two-thirds of the resources come from the public -including corporations, foundations, and individuals -- it is very important that the people know they are a part of the orchestra family. Visibility through performances, tours and broadcasts helps build this good will.” Reichert is helping to spearhead a new venture in drawing the public and the organization closer together.
The orchestra is undertaking its first-ever tour of Europe next winter, and students across the state will be able to follow the musicians around the continent through an Internet site now being developed. “The tour is a way to give something back to the people of Minnesota, who give so much to the orchestra,” he explained. “It is a means to educate and to excite people of all ages about the cultural exchanges that can exist. “It is a source of pride that this group of musicians, one of the truly great orchestras of the world, will be performing in the great cultural centers for the first time. It is important that the orchestra takes a piece of Minnesota to Europe, and equally important to complete the cultural link by bringing a piece of the Europe tour back to Minnesota through such means as the Web.” Reichert sees Web technology as a tool to make the world smaller, which is a perspective well-suited for one whose passion is to let as many people as possible know about the treasure music can bring to life. ■
HORIZONS Revamped With the printing of the summer 1997 edition, HORIZONS concluded its 12th consecutive year of providing news and information to alumni and friends of Bemidji State University. Due in part to the 75th anniversary of the Alumni Association and partly due to the need for something different, HORIZONS will undergo a remake starting with this issue. Readers will see immediately the visual changes initiated by Kathy Berglund, BSU coordinator of publications and the only designer HORIZONS has ever known. For the first time, a touch of color has been added and several regular features, such as the popular “Who, What, Where” section, will be handled differently. The future promises more, from added color, enhanced visuals, and stories on alumni, especially during the 1997-98 year. Anyone who has a story idea or would like to comment on the new look of HORIZONS can contact the Alumni Association via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail, David Park House, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699. ■
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Celebrating 50 Years of
Summer Music Camps
When the Bemidji State University MusiCamp started July 27, Betty Masoner didn’t really know what she’d be doing — only that she would be doing something. It was that way for 49 straight years, and it wasn’t about to change. Since the first camp in 1948, more than 22,000 young musicians played and sang their way through the week-long schedule of enrichment classes, section rehearsals, group sessions and private lessons. Countless directors have conducted the instrumentalists and vocalists through hundreds of musical scores.
y fondest memories are of playing under Dr. Frank Simon. Simon was the cornet soloist for John Philip Sousa and was the guest conductor for the first clinic band. It was like bringing the mountain to Mohammed. He was the best in the country.” Betty Masoner
The buildings changed. Clothing styles went through a couple of cycles. Classes were added, dropped, altered and reestablished. Instruments have improved. Even the host institution changed its name, from teachers college to college and eventually to university. As the MusiCamp entered its 50th anniversary season this year, only one thing remained constant — Betty Masoner. Masoner was a new graduate of Bemidji State in the spring of 1948 and was drawn into the camp to help the first director Maurice Callahan. “I’ve done just about everything in the camp, except direct,” said Masoner, who taught music for many years in the area, including the 1970 Gonvick High School unit that won the marching band competition during the 50th anniversary Homecoming celebration at BSU. “Last year I took care of all the music, and even played percussion because they were short of musicians in that section,” added Masoner, who is still involved with music education today. For the 1997 Grand Finale Concert, she provided a special tribute on the history and traditions of the MusiCamp.
Being part of it for all 50 years means that Masoner has had the opportunity to mingle with some of the greatest names ever associated with band music in America. The list would include Paul Yoder, Vaclav Nelhybel, Glenn Cliffe Bainum, Lt. Col. Arnold Gabriel, Lt. Col. William Santelmann, Charles Minelli, Clifton Williams, John Paynter, and Alfred Reed.
“My fondest memories are of playing under Dr. Frank Simon,” she recalled. “Simon was the cornet soloist for John Philip Sousa and was the guest conductor for the first clinic band. It was like bringing the mountain to Mohammed. He was the best in the country.” If the MusiCamp were a mountain, Masoner would be the mole that knows and understands every layer of the gravel, rock and soil. She epitomizes the hundreds of people who have kept the music alive throughout the years, as former camp director Ted Thorson noted, “working in the background doing things that need to be done.” “I keep coming back every summer to help the camp,” she said. “It’s like a lot of events. There is all kinds of background work to be done that people never see.” From setting up chairs to keeping track of music, Masoner has seen it all during her 50 years with the BSU MusiCamp. And with the conclusion of the 1997 summer program that had the largest enrollment in recent years, the camp is poised to get started on its next 50 years, most likely with Masoner somewhere in the picture. ■
While the Bemidji MusiCamp is the longest running summer program hosted by the University, the largest is the Hockey Camp, which attracted nearly 850 boys and girls to campus over six different weeks. For the summer, more than 3,000 individuals came to BSU for programs that included the 16th annual Minnesota Indian Institute on Alcohol and Drug Studies, Upward Bound, Elderhostels, and camps for cheerleaders as well as basketball players. Another 350 stayed on campus to attend summer workshops or classes held at the University. All those will be eclipsed, however, when Bemidji State hosts its largest single event in history, the Minnesota Republican Convention that will bring 2,500 to campus in mid-September. ■
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Sidetracked to a SUPER BOWL
Jim Lind got sidetracked somewhere along his intended career path. A 1973 BSU graduate with degrees in health and physical education, Lind intended to become a head football coach on the major college level. Once he decided on the career, he selected a fairly typical progression of achieving that goal: Jim Lind assistant coaching jobs at various schools as well fter all those years of a s h e a d j o b s a t colleges with watching the Vikings, small m a s t e r ’s a s w e l l I never thought I’d end as doctoral degrees along the way. up coaching in Green Bay. But earned The route didn’t this is a great place to coach. lead Lind to places Lincoln, South It’s very unique organization.” like Bend, Los Angeles or even St. Paul. Six years ago, it led to a medium-sized town with no college football program at all, Green Bay, WI. And it resulted in something very few people can claim to own: a Super Bowl championship ring. After leaving Bemidji State, Lind coached in high school before joining small college staffs as an assistant at St. Cloud State and St. John’s. He went to
GreenBayPackers Brigham Young University for the 1981 and 1982 seasons to earn his doctorate in professional leadership in physical education and athletics and serve as an assistant. He began his head coaching stints at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where he guided the Cougars to a pair of conference championships in three tries, and at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While at BYU, he met and worked with Mike Holmgren, the current Packer head coach who asked Lind to join his NFL staff as a defensive assistant and quality control coach in 1992. “After all those years of watching the Vikings, I never thought I’d end up coaching in Green Bay. But this is a great place to coach. It’s a very unique organization,” said Lind, who currently serves as linebacker coach. A native of Isle, MN, Lind played defensive end for the Beavers and picked up a solid foundation for his profession. “Bemidji State was a great school,” Lind remembered. “I received a good education and got a good base for coaching, and am very appreciative of that.” That foundation proved valuable when moving through the different coaching levels, which required a considerable amount of flexibility and adaptability.
When he first joined the Green Bay staff, he took charge of a unique position to both the organization and his resume. His responsibilities included scouting opponents as well as crunching numbers on a computer to uncovering tendencies in different game situations. “I had to learn that in a hurry,” Lind admitted. “It was a new position in Green Bay and was similar to what had been done with the 49ers. It’s a common thing in the league these days.” Lind now spends his time as one of five defensive coaches, who work together to develop strategies and prepare for the week’s foe. On game days, he’s found in the press box breaking down videos after every series and relaying information to the sidelines. “That’s the biggest change in coaching over the years, the technology” he noted. “We have three full-time people working in that area alone. Everything is now digitized and put into the computer, and we can get it back in just about any way we want.” Lind and his colleagues are busy getting ready to defend their title this year, which involves a whole new degree of pressure. “Last year there were expectations by the media and the pub-
lic that put the pressure on the team,” he explained. “It was satisfying to work together as a staff and team to realize the goal we had set out. “This year there is a different type of pressure. It seems like we’re putting more of it on ourselves; it doesn’t seem to be as much from the outside. We’re looking at it personally, and the motivation might be even higher. We’ve been the champions and we want to get there again.” That task will consume much of Lind’s attention until the season is over and he can spend more time with his wife, Cindy (Hulstrand), a BSU alumna from Edina, and their two sons, Erik and Bryan. But it is something Lind fully enjoys. “I’d like to stay with this for as long as I can,” he commented. “This is very much a year-byyear profession, and I really appreciate the moment and make the best of every situation. The last five years have been certainly satisfying.” Sidetracked yet still on the sidelines, Lind appears to be exactly where he wants to be on his career path. ■
principal, high school principal, assistant to the superintendent and curriculum director. He was also cited for his involvement in community activities ... Bonnie (Cress) Luedtke (‘54) said she’s been enjoying life as a retiree since 1988. She summers in Rush Lake, MN and winters in Mission Viejo, CA. ... Nile and Ethel (‘55) Benson recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in Blackduck ... William Ahrens (‘56) wrote to say he’s enjoying retired life. He’s living in Owatonna ... Bob Ness (‘57) is currently serving as Minnesota State Representative from District 20A, an area that includes Dassel and Litchfield. Ness completed 34 years in education in 1991, holding numerous positions including industrial arts teacher, football coach, high school principal and
superintendent of schools. As a legislator, Ness serves on the education, economic development and international trade and finance committees. He also serves on the Minnesota Board of Innovation and Cooperation. Ness and his wife Marianne (Johnson) celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in July ... Keith (‘58) and Katherine (Johnson) Cariveau (‘60) are enjoying retirement. After 37 years in education, Keith retired as a principal in Livermore, CA, and Katherine, after 29 years, retired as elementary school principal in Livermore. The couple said they are enjoying their five grandchildren and the opportunity to travel, having recently completed a tour to eastern Europe with their church choir ... Bill Jackson (‘59) recently retired after 38 years in education. He taught for seven years in California at the elementary school level before moving to Red Lake Falls to take the position of elementary school principal. After serving in that capacity for 22 years, Jackson returned to teaching in Red Lake Falls where he remained until his retirement in May.
Where We Are ... What We’re Doing
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Lloyd Wallin (‘38) continues to keep in contact with friends from Bemidji State. He sent a poem, written for the college newspaper, extolling the activities of himself and two classmates — Roland Olson and Lyle Allen. Wallin also relayed a message that former BSU president Ted Gillett presented him with a baseball letter during the class’s 50 year reunion. “Our coach failed to give out the letters as we played after the school closed,” Wallin wrote. “It was the only letter that I had ever won, so it was greatly appreciated — even at age 72.”
Conrad Mattson (‘40) has retired after working 30 years as an industrial arts teacher in Sleepy Eye, MN. Mattson says he continues to reside in Sleepy Eye ... Walter (‘39) and Erna Schuiling (‘40) are living in San Bernadino, CA. ... Mahlon (‘49) and Ramona Waller celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 1. After Mahlon retired as a high school math teacher in Stillwater, the couple moved to Dora Lake where they continue to reside.
1950s Frank Hamerlinck (‘50) was inducted into the Thief River Falls High School Prowler Hall of Fame, along with 12 others, in a special ceremony May 10. Hamerlinck held many positions in the Thief River Falls school system over the years, including teacher, coach, junior high
Lenore (Leaders) Marken (‘60) is currently teaching high school English at an inner city school in Avon Lake, OH, and loving it. She sent her regards to Herr Sauer and “other superior instructors of his ilk who shared their joy of learning.” ... Grace E. Olson (‘60) continues to operate Olson’s Lodge in the Park Rapids area after the loss of her husband, Carl, and their home in 1993 due to a fire. Grace retired from Park Rapids Middle School in 1983, but said she still receives a lot of requests to Grace E. Olson fill in as a substitute teacher ... Dale Hartje (‘61) retired in May after 36 years in education at Riverview Elementary School in Champlin. After teaching at Riverview for three years, he became principal in 1965 where he remained until his retirement. Hartje said he will ease into retirement slowly and plans (Continued on page 6)
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Huss Joins Foundation Staff
Hunt Joins the Ranks
of Annuity Contributors
Dr. Myrtie Hunt
love BSU. I loved teaching there. I will always consider it my school, even though I didn’t graduate from there.”
“I love BSU. I loved teaching there. I will always consider it my school, even though I didn’t graduate from there,” Dr. Myrtie Hunt, a BSU professor emerita, said when asked why she chose to make a charitable gift annuity contribution to the BSU Foundation. “I wanted to be a part of giving, and I’d rather
give it to BSU than the government,” she added, referring to the many tax benefits she will enjoy from making a charitable contribution in this manner. Hunt found herself in a winwin situation when she made a significant contribution to BSU. By turning an investment into a gift annuity, she has a guaranteed income stream for life, will receive a tax deduction for 1997, and a portion of her annual annuity income is tax free.
Dr. Myrtie Hunt
BSU Foundation $10,000 Single Life Gift Annuity Age
Guaranteed Annual Income
Effective Rate of Return*
70 75 80 85
$770.00 $840.00 $940.00 $1,050.00
7.7% 8.4% 9.4% 10.5%
$184.54 $221.76 $270.63 $335.27
$4,139.68 $4,500.44 $4,908.77 $5,434,70
9.8% 10.9% 12.5% 14.4%
BSU Foundation $10,000 Two-Life Charitable Gift Annuity Age One/Two Person
Guaranteed Annual Income
Effective Rate of Return*
70/65 75/70 80/75
$690.00 $720.00 $780.00
6.9% 7.2% 7.8%
$147.85 $171.06 $203.95
$3,184.46 $3,606.83 $3,961.94
8.4% 9.0% 9.9%
This chart provides examples based on a $10,000 gift annuity, assuming a 28% effective tax rate. The same ratios apply to a gift of any size. *Effective Rate of Return is a calculation that combines the gift annuity rate with the impact of the charitable tax deduction.
In addition, she gets to feel good for giving something back to the University that she loves so much. A gift annuity is an agreement between the BSU Foundation and an individual. When a contribution is made, an individual receives a guaranteed, fixed percentage income for the remainder of their life. For two people, the payment continues until the end of the survivor’s life. The interest rates are based on the age and life expectancy of the donor. The older the donor is, the higher the interest rate will be paid. Between the higher interest rate on payout and the added tax benefits, the effective rate of return is often greater than is generally found in other investment options. At BSU, the total assets of the Foundation are pledged to secure gift annuities, soothing the fears of donors who might worry whether or not their next payment will be made. Individuals interested in joining Hunt and others in securing the future of BSU through a gift annuity are encouraged to contact the BSU Foundation, David Park House, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699, 218755-2762 (e-mail: foundation@ vax1.bemidji.msus.edu). ■
Marla Huss has joined the BSU Foundation to serve as the director of development, a new position that will manage the Full-Tuition Scholarship Program and planned giving as well as work with corporate and individual donors. Her responsibilities will also include the Community Fund Drive. Huss recently moved to Bemidji from Juneau, Alaska, where she had served for several years as the director of external affairs for the governor of Alaska. She has a strong background in fund raising, community relations and volunteer management. Born in Colorado, Huss moved with her family to Alaska when she was seven. Over the years in the nation’s largest state, she developed an appreciation for the outdoors, camping, boating and fishing, activities which she looks forward to continuing on the lakes and forests across northern Minnesota. For now, Huss is spending her first months getting acquainted with the BSU staff, programs, Foundation Board members, Foundation supporters and alumni. Her office is in the David Park House, and she can be reached by calling 218-7552876. ■
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to play a lot of tennis and golf ... John Brandt (‘61) recently retired from St. Paul Public Schools after 36 years in education. Brandt lives in Burnsville ... Cliff Woodford (‘61) and his wife Sandy (Hedlund) are living in North Mankato. Cliff said he’s coaching girls basketball and enjoying the couple’s seven grandchildren ... Carol (Tappero) Anderson (‘62) is living in the country outside of Wrenshall with her husband George and dog Sunshine. The couple occupies 80 acres of land that is covered mostly in white and Norway pine. Carol said she is semiretired, teaching kindergarten one-half time. The couple has two children and one grandchild ... A. Diane Hoselton Genova (‘62) is a director/teacher at Ascension Preschool in Pueblo, CO. ... Rod Maki (‘62) recently retired after 33 years in education. He taught industrial education and technical education. His daughter Julie recently graduated from BSU. His wife Linda continues to teach and Rod said he continues to play accordion with his dance band, “Finn Power.” ... Janice Lundsten (‘62) reported she took early retirement this spring after 32 years as
an elementary school teacher. Janice reported she’s a first time grandmother and loving it. She lives in Nevis ... Ron Mitchell (‘64) was named 1997 Minnesota Class A Athletic Director of the Year. He presently teaches physical education for grades K-10 at the Minnesota School of the Deaf in Faribault, in addition to serving as the school’s athletic director ... Thomas Moberg (‘64) is vice president for information resources at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. Moberg reported that he rode a bicycle in January 1200 miles from Hanoi to Saigon in Vietnam — an amazing adventure ... J.D. Ball (‘66) reported he changed jobs in 1996 after 23 years with the Minneapolis Public School District. He currently works as promotions manager for KBBM-FM in the Twin Cities ... Tom Gulovich (‘66) said he’s looking forward to retirement in three years. His son is being commissioned into the Army. His daughter works as a Loss Prevention Agent for Kohl’s Department Stores. Tom lives in Grafton, WI ... Thomas Kantos (‘66) recently received his 25-year service pin from the U.S. Immigration Service. Kantos
lives and works in International Falls ... Jim Ballan (‘68) is director of operations for DMS Imaging in Bemidji. The company is a mobile medical diagnostic service that provides state of the art medical diagnostic services to regional hospitals ... Dr. Linda (Christofferson) Shadiow (‘69) gave the commencement address at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in May. Shadiow teaches in the NAU English department.
1970s Rosemary Given Amble (‘70) continues to write a weekly column for newspapers in Bemidji. A well known local historian, Given Amble currently writes about Beltrami County history as it celebrates its centennial in 1997 ... Cheryl Rusch (‘70) recently completed her 27th year of teaching at Grey Eagle Elementary School. Cheryl said she also recently completed her six year program in education administration at St. Cloud State University ... Carl (‘71) and Terry (‘95) Baer were on hand as the Baer family was honored as a member of the BSU Founder’s Walk. Three generations of the Baer family
have contributed greatly to BSU in many ways, dating back to the time when BSU was first founded ... Gordon Johnson (‘71) was inducted into the Highland Park High School Hall of Fame in May. Johnson is conductor and music director of the Great Falls (MT) Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from BSU, Johnson was awarded a Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Fellowship, where he perfected his technique under the direction of Leonard Bernstein. He and his wife Ruth have two children ... Joyce Oberg (‘71) is treasurer of the Bemidji Food Shelf. She and her husband Gordie continue to live in Bemidji ... The Manitoba High School hockey team coached by Jude Boulianne (‘71) won the Manitoba Hockey Championship for the 1996-97 season ... John “Terry” Bergum (‘72) lives in Hibbing and works for Minnesota Twist Drill out of Chisholm. Terry and his wife Gail have two children. He reported he travels the U.S. and Canada and is always interested in meeting with old classmates ... David (‘72) and Gloria (‘96) Collyard recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple was married June 10, 1972 in Bemidji ... Robert and Catherine (Lewis) Sollom (‘72) are
living in Stafford, VA. Robert is the new director of total quality leadership at the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, VA. The couple’s daughter Claire will be a junior at BSU this fall ... Helen Novacek Lunos (‘72) and her husband Lee have three children and are living in Roseau. Helen is currently teaching elementary school music there and was elected Roseau Teacher of the Year for 1997 ... Beryl Helen Novacek Lunos Blashill (‘72) was recently cited by Beltrami County for her efforts in coordinating flood relief efforts in Bemidji in response to the massive Red River Valley floods. Blashill is a dispatcher with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department ... Lois Spooner (‘73) recently became a great-grandmother with the birth of Tylor James. The family now includes five generations as Lois’ mother, Delphine Spooner is still living ...
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Otto Gives Back to BSU tournament, and played for the 1985 and 1990 United States Teams. “The University would like to thank Joel for his recent contribution and his continued support of BSU hockey,” said Dr. Dave Tiffany, vice president for advancement. “It is always gratifying for alumni to return something to the University when they
Bemidji State University gave a lot to Joel Otto, and now he is giving back. The BSU Foundation recently received a very significant contribution from Joel directed to the hockey endowment. This gift is part of a fund that is used to make
sure the hockey program remains strong, and ensures that others will be given the same opportunity to learn, improve, and excel that Otto experienced during his four years at BSU. Joel Otto, of Elk River, Minnesota, recently completed his 13th season in the National Hockey League and is in the midst of a hockey career emblazoned with success. Otto spent four seasons making his mark on the Beavers hockey program under coach Bob Peters. The three-time All-American helped the 1984 BSU squad make history by leading the team in scoring en route to the school’s first NCAA II National Hockey Championship and only the second perfect season in NCAA hockey history at 31-0. Otto polished off his BSU career as a three-time all-conference performer and the NCHA Most Valuable Player as a senior. A four-year starter, Otto still ranks third on the all-time Beaver hockey scoring list with 204 points. Signed as a free agent by the Calgary Flames in 1984, Otto’s game-winning goal in game seven of the Smythe Division Finals in 1989 served as the impetus for the Flames’ Stanley Cup Championship run later that year. Otto would earn another memorable championship in 1996, driving Team USA to the World Cup of Hockey Championship as an alternate captain. Otto also served as captain for the United States team in the 1991 Canada Cup
years he’s been the principal at Fosston High School ... Carol Ann (Hedlund) Bartz (‘73) is farming with her husband Clayton on a dairy and small grain farm in McIntosh. The couple has three children ... Jim Aitken (‘73) sells school and office supplies out of a company based in Lincoln, NE. Jim reports Bemidji is now in his sales
territory ... Mark N. Potter (‘73) is facilities manager at the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station. Mark and his wife, along with their two children, live in Polson, MT ... Gail (‘74) and Tom (‘80) Honek are living in Staples. Gail is a school social worker for Motley Staples Middle School, while Tom teaches sixth grade
at the same school ... Jeff Lindstrom (‘74) and Peggy (Nelson) Lindstrom (‘80) are living in Akeley. Jeff is a full time technology coordinator for the Walker Schools and is secretary of the Minnesota Technology Education Association. Peggy recently completed her 17th year as a first grade teacher in Park Rapids ... Maureen McCall (‘74)
Joel Otto and Hockey Coach Bob Peters
he University would like to thank Joel for his recent contribution and his continued support of BSU hockey. It is always gratifying for alumni to return something to the University when they recognize the value their years at Bemidji have added to their lives.” Dr.,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Dave Tiffany
Dan Dressen (‘73) has been a voice instructor at St. Olaf College in Northfield since 1982 and performs as a tenor soloist throughout the Upper Dan Dressen Midwest. He recently received a grant to purchase and catalogue Norwegian solo vocal music for use by St. Olaf students, faculty and alumni. Dressen was recently promoted to full professor status ... Deborah (Stafford) Fee (‘73) was married to Paul Fee and the couple moved to Australia in 1975. The original plan was to stay for 18 months, but the couple still resides there. The couple makes their home in Carnarvon, Western Australia ... Bill Leff (‘73) has been hired as dean of campus operations at Northwest Technical CollegeDetroit Lakes. Previously, Leff worked as a special needs supervisor and tech prep coordinator for 12 years at the Detroit Lakes campus. For the past five
recognize the value their years at Bemidji have added to their lives.” Others who would like to contribute to the University in general or to the BSU hockey endowment may contact the BSU Foundation, 1500 Birchmont Drive, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699 (218755-2762). ■
New Scholarships/Endowments Established Several new endowments have recently been established with BSU, adding to the growing list of scholarships and other funds. Most of the new endowments are made either by, or in honor of, BSU alumni while others were made in honor of retired staff. The scholarships include: • Vic Weber, provides a $250 scholarship to a PE major who is a member of an athletic team; • Ed Aalberts, a memorial scholarship established by the family, provides a $300 scholarship to a sophomore, junior or senior with financial need; • Galen Nagle, funds to be used to benefit the intercollegiate hockey program, including equipment, recruitment, travel and personnel costs; • Ed Gersich Distance Education Scholarship, established by the Dean’s Council on the occasion of Gersich’s retirement, will provide a $500 annual scholarship to a student who is at least 25 years old and an admitted external studies student; • Men’s Athletic Endowment, a result of the consolidation of previous athletic endowments and related funds with 50 percent of earnings designated to support men’s athletics, 25 percent returned to principal, and the remainder placed in a quasi-endowment account; • Men’s Athletic Department Quasi-Endowment, created with the intent that this will grow over many years with the potential of drawing funds from the principal in the future; • Aquatic Biology Research Fund, provides for research funds to support the aquatic biology program and allows the faculty in the program to make awards; • Lillie M. Kleven Print Scholarship, established by Lillie Kleven, funds will provide a $500 annual scholarship to a junior or senior with a declared major in art who has taken a minimum of two classes in print medium and demonstrated an ability and interest in the area of print art; • Margaret H. Harlow Ceramics Scholarship, established by Margaret Harlow, funds will provide a $500 annual scholarship to a junior or senior with a declared major in art who has taken a minimum of two classes in ceramics and demonstrated an ability and interest in the area of ceramic art. ■
is living in White Bear Lake. She wrote to say she’s a five year breast cancer survivor ... Merrily Leong (‘74) is living in Honolulu, HI. Her travels to Europe while at BSU, she said, piqued her interest in traveling and she will make her 10th trip overseas this fall ... Mary McReynolds-Pellinen (‘74) and (Continued on page 8)
BSU: The Quest For Knowledge Never Ends The Bemidji State University admissions CD-ROM won two prestigious national awards during the past year. The project was selected as the Gold Award Winner by the magazine Admissions Marketing Report in its annual judging of admissions activities. Bronze and silver awards were presented in the category to Columbia University and the U.S. Military Academy. The BSU CD-ROM was also presented with the Gold Award in the annual Circle of Excellence Competition sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Measured against pre-determined standards, submissions must meet certain criteria to earn an award. Only the BSU CD-ROM received the gold, none were awarded the silver, and only one earned a bronze. Bemidji State alumni Al Nohner (‘70) and Paul Muller (‘84) were instrumental in co-producing the project on the BSU campus. Alumni who would like to receive a free copy of the admissions CD-ROM for prospective students should contact the Alumni Association via e-mail (email@example.com. edu) or by mail, David Park House, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN Paul Muller 56601-2699.
BSU Alumni Memories
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The Beer-Barrel Processional The Beer-Barrel Processional submitted separately, and unknowingly, in some form by LeRoy Maas (‘40, Albert Lea, MN) and Kay Gennes Westling (‘41, Ventura, CA).
On a very blustery, cold October night, Homecoming royalty LeRoy Maas and Kay Gennes, along with their attendants, stood at the top of the hill waiting for the music to begin the processional down to the football field. LeRoy, an all-conference football player who had broken his leg in a previous game, had just recently been named the school’s first Homecoming king. On crutches, he was having a tough time staying balanced and keeping the crown on his head. Kay admitted she was having a very bad hair day in the cold wind, and anxiously awaited for the show to start. After what seemed an eternity, the march proceeded down the hill at a very slow pace, partly because LeRoy had to maneuver the crutches between patches of ice. But something wasn’t what it was supposed to be; the music wasn’t the planned “Coronation March.” The wind had blown most of the music off the stands, so the musicians had to improvise with a song they all knew by heart, which turned out to be “The Beer Barrel Polka.” ■
INFORMATION In Search of Information ONE OF THE MEMORABLE MOMENTS IN BSU HOMECOMING FOOTBALL was the 1995 Beaver football team’s dip into Lake Bemidji. Winless during the year, the squad faced defending conference champion Winona State and vowed to jump in the lake if they pulled off the upset. A 25-14 Beaver win provided the players with the opportunity and Lake Bemidji was available. The resulting celebration was wet and wild.
uring this 75th anniversary of the Alumni Association, each edition of HORIZONS will feature remembrances from graduates. This first issue focuses on memories about homecoming and the BSC bell. The three alumni who sent in these stories will receive a BSU briefcase as well as a copy of the University in the Pines by Dr. Art Lee and its accompanying video.
The BSC Bell Submitted by David Carlson (‘64 and ‘74, Grand Rapids, MN)
Late in October of 1963, Gene Anderson asked if I would accompany him to Moorhead to check out a bell. Ever since the Beavers had played an away football game, the BSC bell had come up missing. The cheerleaders rang the bell after every touchdown. Gene indicated that some classmates had heard Moorhead State was dedicating a fraternity house and were putting in a new bell. A spy went to Moorhead under the preten-
sion that BSC was going to start a fraternity, even though everyone knew President Sattgast would not allow that to happen. The bell was located in the girls’ dorm, and it was identical to the BSC bell. A group traveled to Moorhead, taped the window, placed a blanket on the ground, noiselessly broke the window, wrapped the clapper, took the bell to Gene’s awaiting car, and escaped by driving down a one-way street in the wrong direction. Industrial art instructor Dr. Warford re-painted the bell white and added the green B-S-C letters. During the hockey season, which
was outdoors, the bell was rung every time the team scored, including a 13-1 win over Moorhead. Dr. Ray Carlson, a BSU administrator, eventually received a call from Moorhead State saying that they wanted the bell back. Ray’s response was, “The bell is in my office and you will have to break into my office to get it.” That spring, someone at the college received a call from Mankato State wondering when they were going to come down to pick up the BSC bell, which was left under the bleachers after a previous football game. ■
During this 75th anniversary, Bemidji State is asking alumni for help in providing information on its graduates. The University is not conducting a survey, which is done periodically, nor looking for addresses, which is an ongoing process. It is looking for data that is sometimes more difficult to discern due to record-keeping practices during the school’s early years and through the changes of time. Specifically, the University and the Alumni Association would like assistance in determining the following information: ■ Are there families with three or more generations of BSU graduates? The University knows of some, but would like to track them all down. ■ Who is the oldest living graduate? ■ Which family had the most siblings attend and graduate from Bemidji State? Specifically, BSU would like to know of any family that had five or more brothers and sisters earn degrees from the University. ■ Have any brothers and sisters all married BSU alumni? ■ Are there any other interesting facts relating to alumni and families that would be interesting to record. Individuals who would like to respond to these inquiries can contact the Alumni Association via e-mail (alumni@vax1. bemidji.msus.edu) or by mail, David Park House, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699. ■
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her husband Pete recently moved to Virginia, MN, where she works for the St. Louis County Solid Waste Department. Pete has established a new bus line in the city ... Trudy Rautio (‘75), former senior vice president and chief financial officer of Jostens, Inc., recently resigned from the position to become executive vice president and CEO of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide. Previously, Rautio worked for over 10 years for Pillsbury Co. in Minneapolis ... Mary J. Bowen-Chum (‘75) continues to teach in Redwood Falls. She’s currently working on a master’s degree at Mankato State University ... Jan Pollard Haskey (‘76) works as director of marketing operations at Sprint in Kansas City, MO, and her husband Ron owns a consulting firm. Together, the energetic couple owns and operates an antique store, bed and breakfast, and espresso bar ... Debra (Jameson) Chow (‘76) reported that after working in the Los Angeles Police Department property division for 10 years, she resigned to become a stay-athome mom. Debra and her husband Al have two boys. She currently serves as the PTA president of the family’s
elementary school ... Kim BardenJohnson (‘76) has been a special education and kindergarten teacher in Red Wing for the past 18 years. She’s been married 15 years and the couple enjoys their 14-year-old cat ... Ross Nelson (‘76) reported that he was married seven years ago and now has two children. He and his family live in White Bear Lake ... William Schneider (‘76) retired in February of 1996 from Northwest Technical College (Bemidji and Detroit Lakes) where he was an auto service technology instructor for 27 years ... Kim Johnston Moen (‘76) said that she, along with her husband Wayne, three-year-old daughter and sixweek-old son, survived the Red River Valley flood of 1997. The family had to be evacuated from their home in Ada by the National Guard ... Gary (‘78) and Patty (‘79) Allman have two children and are living in Cottage Grove. Patty is working on her master’s degree in reading at the University of WisconsinRiver Falls, while Gary works for UPS. The couple said that volleyball has become their life ... Denis McCarville (‘78) is president of Uta Halee Girls Village, a non-profit residential
treatment center, day treatment program and therapeutic shelter care program. He and his wife have three children ... Harriet Wicklund (‘78) performed with the Otter Tail Valley Civic Orchestra in Fergus Falls in April where she presented two show tunes. Wicklund conducts the senior choir and Sonshine Singers at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, and sings with the area chorale ... Pat Nolting Palmer (‘78) is a full-time mom and worked as a substitute for para-educators in the Albert Lea School District last year. Palmer said she has never regretted her decision to become a full-time mother after the birth of her two children. She would love to hear from any 1970-73 BSU Deltas ... Al Curb (‘77) was a top fund-raiser for the American Heart Association fund-raiser in Bemidji last spring ... Deb (Clift) Vanasse (‘78) recently published a young adult novel, “A Distant Enemy.” The book was published by Lodestar Books. Vanasse is living in Fairbanks, AK ... Richard McBride (‘78) was voted Minnesota Class A Section 8 Coach of the Year as his Warroad High School team claimed the section cross country title in 1996 ... Vernese F. Lathrop (‘79) is teaching
eighth grade geography at Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake ... Mark Witmer (‘79) is executive director of Adults Incorporated, a rehabilitation organization serving persons with disabilities. He and his wife Rhonda have been married for 13 years and have two boys. The family resides in Cedar Falls, IA ... Ron LeClaire (‘79) is the Bemidji High School industrial technology construction supervisor. His students recently completed a house for a Habitat for Humanity family ... Sarah Baker (‘79) presented her daughter Ruth with a rare inheritance during Bemidji High School commencement last spring. Ruth was BHS valedictorian and Sarah gave her a small silver container from Norway called a “odevan-hus” that Sarah received from her mother on her wedding day. Ruth became the 12th generation of women in the family to own the icon ... Amanda MacKinnon (‘79) a German instructor at Bemidji High School, was the featured speaker at the American Legion Memorial Day service in Bemidji last spring. MacKinnon served in the Army after her graduation from BSU.
1980s Cathy Adams (‘80) was named the 1997 Kasson-Mantorville Teacher of the Year. Adams and her husband Grant have a daughter. Adams has taught physical education at the school for 17 years. In accepting the award, Adams said one of the best role models she ever had was former BSU professor Willis Stittsworth ... Rod Wentzel (‘80) was recently hired as a sales associate for KAWE-KAWB Public Television. Wentzel and his wife Bonnie have two children and have lived in the Bemidji area for 15 years ... Craig Green (‘80) is living in Apple Valley, CA, with his wife Kathryn (Soliday). Both teach in the nearby town of Victorville, Kathryn in kindergarten and Craig eighth grade English/History ... Karen Filardo (‘81) taught expression by movement through a program at the Headwaters Community Music and Arts Center in Bemidji this summer ... Karen Ladig (‘81) won the 25k Loop the Lakes race in Bemidji this summer. She recorded a winning time of 1:49.34 ... Todd Hopps (‘81) ran for a seat on the School District 196 board (Burnsville area). He is a senior customs inspector for the U.S.
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INSTITUTE INVESTIGATES Electronic Learning Techniques More than 300 faculty and staff from Minnesota’s technical colleges, community colleges and state universities were on the Bemidji State campus in June to participate in a firstever summer institute that explored new methods of enhancing classroom instruction and delivering courses through electronic means. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the Electronic Academy Summer Institute (EASI) featured three headline speakers, a vendor fair, and sessions that addressed specific topics for postsecondary educators. “Education has clearly begun to move in the direction of virtual communities and distance learning delivery,” said Barb Hanus, a member of the BSU industrial technology faculty who was on the institute’s steering committee. “The program provided a forum for discussion and debate of issues related to the transformation of the education community in preparation for the 21st century.” The summer institute was divided into two segments. The first part focused on distance learning, technology on higher education campuses, and the changing environments within higher education. Sample topics covered integrating video in higher education, cost of building technology on campus, marketing distance learning, articulation agreements, regional telecommunications, distance learning models, and legal issues. The second part explored specific classroom and pedagogical topics. Sessions discussed classroom management using technology, staff development, instructional design, website building, the Internet and
pedagogy, development of teacher education, and electronic advising. The featured speakers addressed these topics from a number of perspectives. ■ Bob Topor kicked off the institute by outlining a paradigm shift in higher education. He focused on the assumptions colleges and universities have followed over the past decades and how these are changing in society today. Topor is an award-winning consultant whose ideas, perceptions, and years of experience have established him as one of the leading thinkers and writers about the positioning and marketing of higher education. He is the publisher of the Marketing Higher Education newsletter and of Educational Catalyst Publications, which produces materials for professionals in higher education. Books he has authored include Marketing Higher Education, The Complete Guide to Focus Group Marketing Research, and Institutional Image How to Define, Improve, Market It. ■ Pam Dixon was the keynote speaker at an evening banquet, during which she discussed smart strategies for transforming the traditional campus into an institution that has the flexibility and resources to survive in the information age. Dixon is an awardwinning author and journalist whose work, Be Your Own Headhunter Online, was recognized by the Computer Press Association as the best computer book of 1995. Her most recent books include Virtual College and TakeCharge Computing for Teens and Parents and a book on cuttingedge Java technology published in April. She is currently completing TakeCharge Computing for Teachers.
■ Dr. Michael Allen was the third major presenter to address the entire institute. The creator of Authorware Professional, which is considered to be the premiere object-oriented multimedia authoring system on the market today, Allen talked about multimedia and learning. After completing his Ph.D., he worked with Control Data Corporation to help develop PLATO, the first large-scale instructional application of computer technology. Allen licensed parts of the PLATO authoring environment and founded Authorware, which eventually merged with Macromind and Paracomp to form Macromedia, one of the giants in the multimedia field. He is currently chairman and CEO of Allen Interactions, which builds interactive CD-ROMs and provides interactive multimedia consulting. In addition to these speakers, the institute agenda included legislative panels, presentations by electronic academy grant recipients, and futurists from education and business. In addition, participants of the institute had the opportunity to examine electronic innovations through an extensive vendor fair. Sample labs and sessions were available for those interested in hands-on experiences. “The Electronic Academy Summer Institute proved to be a dynamic event in the ongoing electronic academy initiative for the state of Minnesota,” said Dr. Linda Baer, BSU senior vice president for academic and student affairs. “Bemidji State was honored to host such an event and hopes this will be the beginning of such annual gatherings.” ■
Bemidji State University Team wins “Challenge”
of the Woods Teacher of the Year. She has taught at the school district for 15 years and currently serves as a fourth grade teacher. Laura Jo and her husband Scott have been married 15 years and have three children ... Lawrence Schnack (‘82) was honorably discharged form the U.S. Army Reserve, 16 years after being commissioned Members of the Bemidji State University team who competed in the first annual Grandma’s Marathon from the second BSU Challenge include front row (left to right) Matt King, Karen Filardo, Karen Ladig, Mike Korpi, Ryan Aylesworth, ROTC class. Schnack Dan Pemble. Back row, Kari Chaffee, Joalle Kalis, Robin Rosaaen, Lynn Keller, Neil Zing, Zach Deshayes works for a company that and Kandi Brick. Not pictured were Dick Phelps, Peter Johnson, Cathy Ziegler and John Filardo. water-proofs basements The team representing Bemidji State University took first place in the “Grandma’s Marathon Challenge” and serves as a volunteer against teams from Mankato State and Southwest State Universities. A traveling trophy was awarded to Team firefighter for the city of BSU during a reception held at Grandma’s Sports Garden. Plans are already underway to for the Second Minnetonka. He and his Annual Grandma’s Marathon Challenge with teams from Moorhead State, Winona, Metro State and St. Cloud wife Carol have two Universities already expressing an interest in accepting the challenge. All BSU alumni are invited to partici- children ... Andra pate on the 1998 Team BSU and should contact the BSU Alumni Office at 1-888-234-2687 to register. Vaughn (‘82) was one of the leaders for the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce Government and lives in Eagan with his University and BSU ... Craig Stubbins membership drive last spring. Vaughn is wife Debbie and their daughter ... (‘81) recently started a new job as Barbara Britton (‘81) is an assistant principle software engineer at Datacard, a business owner in downtown Bemidji ... Frank Serratore has been named professor of mathematics at Eastern Inc. in Minnetonka. Stubbins and his head hockey coach at the U.S. Air Force Michigan University in Ypsilanti. She family reside in Eden Prairie ... Laura Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. previously worked at Illinois State Jo Pieper (‘82) was named 1997 Lake
The winter edition of HORIZONS will feature memories of the Madrigal Dinners and its founder, Dr. Paul Brandvik. If you have fond remembrances you would like to share, submit them by writing the BSU Alumni Office, David Park House, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN 56601-2699 (e-mail:alumni@ vax1.bemidji. msus.edu). Individuals whose submissions are reprinted in HORIZONS will receive free gifts from BSU, and one story will be selected as the best with the author receiving two free tickets to the opening night of Madrigal Dinners in Bemidji.
Serratore has held numerous coaching positions in the past, including the head coaching job at Denver University from 1990-94 ... Walter Haas (‘82) is an emergency response coordinator for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. His territory is the north half of Minnesota and includes Bemidji. He lives in Baxter ... Melody Tenhoff (‘83) has been hired as elementary school principal in Luverne. Previously, Tenhoff was media center coordinator in Cloquet, a media generalist and principal designee in Hastings, and K-8 principal in Prescott ... Mike (‘82) and Martha (‘83) Mason recently welcomed a new addition to their family, a daughter Elizabeth Ann. Mike has joined the environmental consulting firm of B.A. Liesch and Associates ... Janelle Carmichael (‘83) is teaching physical education in Fort Riley, KS. Janelle and her husband Ray have three children ... Carlos Trejo (‘83) works for the Venezuela Internal Revenue Service in the oil industry tax refund department. His wife runs a store that sells baby merchandise in Caracas ... Jean (Cincoski) Hammer (‘84) has worked at Northern States Power for the past 12 years and currently serves as a
senior communications representative. Jean and her husband have two children ... Jon (‘84) and Rosie (Helbling) Quale (‘86) are living in Stacy with their two children. Rosie is teaching in Forest Lake and Jon is a partner at Original Mattress Factory in St. Paul ... Michael Warpula (‘84) recently completed a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Minnesota. He’s living in Litchfield ... Lisa L. (Bailey) Laing (‘84) continues to provide education to students in the area of administrative support at Red Wing Technical College ... Tracey L. Wagner (‘85) is an elementary school counselor for two new K-6 schools in Gardnerville, NV ... Tim Vrchota (‘85) was recently named chief operating officer and president of the First National Bank of BrewsterWorthington. Previously, Vrchota was vice president of the Bank of Maple Plain ... Tom and Pam (Watkins) Schulz (‘85) have been living in Bozeman, MT for the past 10 years. Tom is the associate sports information director at Montana State University, while Pam is director of sales at the Best Western Grantree Inn. The couple (Continued on page 10)
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Alumni Relative Scholarships Awarded The Bemidji State University Alumni Relative Scholarship Program continues to be the highest priority of the BSU Alumni Association. During the 1997-98 academic year, the Alumni Association will be providing 55 scholarships totalling $33,000. The scholarships are made possible by alumni who continue to support their alma mater through an annual cash donation to the BSU Foundation.
Returning and transfer students receiving the Alumni Relative Scholarship include:
Jessica Armstrong, Apple Valley Brent Baker, Shoreview Nicole Black, Walker Krista Boergerhoff, Northfield Sarah Burgoyne, Bemidji Joshua Coder, Norwood Jana Cooper, Bemidji Jolyn Dahl, Babbitt John DeVries, Bemidji Rebecca Diffley, Bemidji Andrea Fischer, Forest Lake Reid Ferrin, Grasston Michelle Hanse, Bagley Shilah Hanson, Copper Center, AK Carrie Honek, Staples Christopher Hogan, Ranier Heidi Kassube, Anchorage, AK Individuals receiving Alumni Relative Scholarships for the 1997-98 academic year Dana Kemper, Mahnomen Kevin Kuklis, Bemidji include first year students: Benjamin LaVelle, Monticello Timothy Aker, St. Paul Jennifer Lerfald, Bemidji Robert Anderson, Solway Crystal Long, Bemidji Megan Bauer, Grand Rapids Wendy Love, Frazee Matthew Bowen, Duluth Leah Magnuson, International Falls Nicole Cedergren, Lancaster Aaron McClellan, Lino Lakes Kate Christopher, Bemidji Karl Myers, Hill City Alyssa Ebbighausen, Bemidji Travis Nohner, Richmond Sara Grineski, Moorhead Bradley Paulson, Bemidji Jessica Hagen, Bemidji Angela Pinsonneault, Bemidji Amy Handyside, Mahnomen Tyler Radniecki, Twin Valley Bonner Karger, Bemidji Shannon Roy, Sturgeon Lake Melinda McCannell, Brandon, Manitoba Jon Solheim, Bemidji Matthew Nichols, Crosby John Struthers, Mahnomen Gina Oven, Browerville Christopher Vacek, Bemidji John Persell, Bemidji Laura Van Dorn, Bemidji Matthew Stinson, Bemidji Melissa Vene, Bemidji Amy Tangen, Grand Forks, ND Julie Weis, Emily Susan Wetenkamp, Bemidji
Tricia Bunten in the Phonathon Room
Phonathon To Undergo Changes The Bemidji State University Phonathon will be going through some tremendous changes this year. For the past eight years, BSU students have contacted alumni and parents by phone for the Annual Fund during five weeks of calling in the fall and another five weeks in the spring. Beginning this September, the Phonathon room with its banks of telephones will become a calling center in operation throughout the school year. Students will not only be contacting alumni but also prospective enrollees. This telecounseling will allow current undergraduates to answer questions by potential students and help in the recruitment effort. “Telecounseling is a relatively new idea for admissions offices,” said Paul Muller, associate director of admissions. “We feel that our current students are a wonderful resource to aid in the recruitment of new students.” The change also means that the Phonathon will become a yearround activity, rather than focusing on either the spring or the fall, as recruiting calls are interspersed with the alumni contacts. “Alumni who have come to expect a call during a specific time of the year might now be contacted earlier,” said Tricia Bunten, director of annual giving programs. “Regardless of the timing, we hope that alumni will make an annual gift to the University when called.” One aspect of the giving program at BSU, the Phonathon resulted in over $160,000 in pledges from alumni in 1996-97 and has a goal of $175,000 for the coming year. Gifts to the annual fund support student scholarships and special departmental programs; provide additional funding for recruitment efforts; fund student and faculty research; and help the BSU Foundation support the mission of Bemidji State University. “The gifts are very important to the students enrolling at Bemidji State,” said Bunten. “We hope that all alumni recognize that their contributions are investing in the future of the University and the state.” ■
Where We Are ... What We’re Doing (Continued from page 9)
has two children ... Eileen Holland (‘85) recently helped organize and develop the Park and Recreation Department for the city of Nisswa ... Chuck (‘85) and Pat (Anderson) Treder (‘84) are living in Rochester. Chuck has been working at the Mayo Clinic for the past 12 years and the couple has two children ... Jeanette Rieger-Borer (‘86) and her husband Tony own their own company and are living in Annandale. The couple has two boys ... John Carlson (‘86) and his partner have opened a law firm, Bass and Carlson, P.A., in Minneapolis. Carlson has been practicing law since graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1989 ... Dawn Wangen (‘86) has worked at a variety of jobs over the years, including locksmith, carpentry, nursing, firefighter training and graphic design. She said she’s currently in the process of helping to clean up her neighborhood in South Minneapolis ... Beth Koenck (‘87) has worked with the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 1991. In 1996 she was promoted to recreation specialist where she runs recreation programs for inmates ... Steve Lazaarski (‘87) is in his tenth year as a chemist for MGK in the Twin Cities. He also has a home-based business that
plans trips to the Pacific Northwest ... Gregg Fokken (‘87) has been married to Sarah (Holmes) Fokken (‘87) for nearly 10 years. Gregg works at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the couple has two children ... Jonelle Krier (‘87) is nursing instructor at Hibbing Community College and president of the Range Center, Inc. board of directors. As a noted authority on issues associated with the delegation of nursing care to non-licensed personnel, Krier was selected as a presenter at two prominent conferences this summer. One was for the Minnesota Development Achievement Center Association summer conference and the second was for the National Conference of Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals ... Janelle Hamness (‘87) recently joined Dayton Hudson Corporation as a senior systems developer. She previously worked for Prudential Insurance ... Dave Toivola (‘87) has been hired as Franklin Elementary School principal in the Eveleth-Gilbert School District. Most recently, he served as assistant high school principal in Proctor. Toivola and his wife Debbie have two children ... Chad Bergerson (‘88) recently
transferred to the Mayo Clinic branch in Scottsdale, AZ. He plans to be married in February ... Jim Hoffman (‘88) was married to his wife Alanna in 1992. The couple has one son. Hoffman is working for Cargill, Inc. doing Unix Systems integration ... Don Scott (‘88) has worked for West Publishing (now West Group) for seven years. Scott recently received a U.S. patent for a text synchronization algorithm ... Todd Stokke (‘88) is teaching fifth and sixth grade science at Lewiston-Altura School in the Winona School District where he’s also head football coach. Stokke is currently working on an elementary education master’s degree ... Cindy (Warner) Westbrook (‘88) is currently working on a master’s degree in art direction and design at Marywood College in Pennsylvania. Her son recently turned three years old ... Roy C. Booth (‘89) had his children’s play, “The Wolf of Chungshan,” published by Blizzard Press/International Readers’ Theater of Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is the third children’s play of Booth’s to be published. His plays have been produced in over 150 cities worldwide ... James (‘89) and Barbara (‘91)
Johnson recently moved to Florida after nearly three years in Spokane, WA. James worked as copy editor for the Spokesman-Review. Barbara was formerly an outreach coordinator for the Northwest Fair Housing Alliance in Spokane.
1990s Debra Wege (‘90) was married last year and the couple is expecting their first child in November. Now residing in Bloomington, Debra said she spent several weeks this spring helping her family in East Grand Forks recover from the flood ... Diane E. Anderson (‘90) was married last May in Hawaii. Anderson is currently working at Jacobson Elementary School in Las Vegas, NV. She entered the doctoral program at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas last year and her advanced degree work is Diane E. Anderson
focused on multiculturalism ... Deanna (Hamilton) Kruse (‘90) is working at Wal-Mart as a support manager and department manager of electronics in Baraboo, WI. Kruse and her husband have an infant son ... Barbara (Barg) Rasmussen (‘90) is a mathematics teacher for School District 742 in St. Cloud. She has three daughters ... John Wangberg (‘91) is an elementary school physical education teacher and head high school hockey coach in Bemidji. He also assisted coaching his son’s youth baseball league team this summer ... Lenore Preece (‘91) and Dann Siems (‘80) were recently married. Preece teaches orchestra at Bemidji Middle School, while Siems is on the faculty at BSU while he works on his doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota ... Lori and Brett Palesch (‘91) are living in Minnetonka with their daughter. The couple is expecting another child in November. Lori is in her sixth year of teaching at Hopkins High School, while Brett is a project manager/estimator for Berg Drywall ... Lana Schultz (‘91) has worked as a counseling specialist at the Archdeacon Gilfillan Center in Bemidji for the last four years. She’s been with
Communiques from the Alumni Office 75th Anniversary Gala On the evening of September 26, during BSU Homecoming 1997, the BSU Alumni Association will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary during an Anniversary Gala. Mark your calendars and plan to join us as we celebrate our proud tradition and history. Alumni, emeriti, former alumni directors, secretaries and board members, as well as past BSU presidents will be among our honored guests. A “Walk Down Memory Lane” display will showcase the history of Bemidji State University and the Alumni Association. If you have any memorabilia that you would be willing to share, please bring it along with you to the event or mail it to the BSU Alumni Office, 1500 Birchmont Drive, #DPH, Bemidji, MN. 56601-2699. Be sure to mark your materials clearly so they can be returned. Thank you!
Second Winter Rendezvous Planned BSU alumni who live or winter in Arizona, southern Nevada or southern California, the Bemidji State University Alumni Association will be sponsoring its second annual BSU Winter Rendezvous on March 15-16, 1998. Last year’s event was incredibly successful and the Alumni Office wants to make sure the many people who live in those areas during winter months are invited to participate. If you have a winter address that is different than your permanent address, please let us know by calling the Alumni Office toll free at 1-888-234-2687. We’ll see you in Arizona!
The Metrodome Classic Mark you calendars and plan to join alums, friends of BSU and family members of the BSU football team to cheer them on during the “Metrodome Classic” to be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 16, 1997 at the Metrodome, where the BSU Beavers will take on the University of Minnesota-Morris. The BSU Alumni Association has reserved the baseball pressbox and will be providing beverages and hors d’oeuvres during the game.
Newman Center Celebrates 35 Years Holy Spirit Newman Center is celebrating 35 years of service to Bemidji State University and the community. Dedication of the first permanent center took place April 19, 1963. “We are currently looking for Catholic alums and happenings for another newsletter,” says Lois Jenkins, pastoral associate. Fr. Jim Lyons, BSU alum and now director of the Newman Center, welcomes all home this academic year and to an April 1998 celebration. Further information is available by writing: Holy Spirit Newman Center, 1701 Birch Lane NE, Bemidji, MN 56601-2608 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nominations Sought for Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame Bemidji State University will honor its third group of recipients for the Professional Education Department Hall of Fame Awards during ceremonies on April 17, 1998. The award is designed to honor teachers and administrators who demonstrate excellence in teaching students or managing schools while also providing exceptional role models to pre-service teacher education students and pre-service administration students at BSU. It is granted biannually based on the following selection criteria: ■ The individual must have been selected as a teacher or administrator of the year for a public or private school district, college or university; ■ All graduates must have received a teaching degree from the Professional Education Department; Nominations may be made by teachers, administrators, or school board members of a district. Nominations must include two letters of support; one letter from a fellow teacher; and one letter from an administrator or school board member (past or present). In addition, a copy of the news release or the newspaper article that announced the candidate’s selection as teacher or administrator of the year should be submitted. All finalists will be asked to provide a resume while those selected to receive the award are asked to submit an 8"x10" color photograph for framing and placement in the Education-Art Building. Nominees not selected will be carried over each year and will be included in the next selection process. The selection panel of judges is made up of past and current faculty members. Past recipients of the Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame Awards include: (class of 1995) Marge Engebretson, Rex Kingsbury, Bob Michalicek, Dennis Peterson, Elaine Ruud, Roger Schmidt, Mike Wichmann and Yvonne Wilson; (class of 1996) Michael Hanlon, Cheryl Hoversten, Robert Hurst, James Jenner, John McClellan, March Mickelson, Mary Snorek, Lloyd Styrwoll and David Thompson. Nominations must be mailed to Dr. Ray Nelson, Professional Education Department, Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN 566012699 on or before December 6, 1997. ■
Alumni Toll-Free Number Available Individuals needing information on BSU alumni or events in a hurry can now get help by calling a new toll-free number 1-800-234-2687. The call goes directly into the Alumni Association Office in the David Park House. ■
Alumni Listserve Established For those with e-mail access, the Alumni Association has updated its listserve, a convenient way to correspond with BSU graduates. To subscribe and unsubscribe from the list, alumni need to send commands to: listserv@info. bemidji. msus.edu. The commands that listserve understands are ■ SUBSCRIBE alumni ■ UNSUBSCRIBE alumni ■ HELP The first command adds people to the list; the second takes them off; and the third sends a help message. These commands should go in the SUBJECT part of the mail. When you send the SUBSCRIBE command, it will send you a reply that tells you that you have been subscribed. Similar messages appear for the UNSUBSCRIBE command. Once subscription has been completed, messages can be sent to all people in the list by sending mail to: alumni@info. bemidji.msus.edu. ■
IN MEMORIAM Pauline Kunz (’51) of Maplewood Warren Wheaton (’74) of Elk River Dixie Rasmussen (’73) of White Bear Lake Al Melsby (’89) of Grand Marais Sue Larson (’75) of Monticello Morris Gorden (’66) of Deer River Alice Peterson (’22) of Sheboygan, WI Richard Ratai (’68) of Mountain Iron Melvin Olson ('55) of Brainerd
○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○○ the center for nearly seven years ... Mark Kuleta (‘91) is the director of New Paths, an outdoor program for atrisk youth. Kuleta conceptually formulated the program while attending BSU ... Ted Haugo (‘91) is a counselor for grades 7-12 at Mountain Lake High School in Fort Frances, Ontario. His wife Sandra (‘93) is a health educator at a local hospital ... Kent Johnson (‘91), and his wife are expecting another child in October. The couple has a 15-month old son and lives in Mahomet, IL. Kent sent greetings and retirement congratulations to Dr. Harold Borchers ... David Simons (‘92) is a Police Officer in Chisholm. He and his wife Kirsten welcomed a daughter to their family in May ... Tim Hill (‘92) was the subject of a feature article on stay-at-home dads in the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Hill and his wife Ruth were attending BSU when their first child was born. Since Ruth was close to graduating, Tim dropped out of school to stay at home. The couple now has three children and Hill continues on as Mr. Mom ... Judy Green-Graca (‘92) and her husband Ricardo recently welcomed a son into their home. Ricardo is the assistant superintendent
of a private school in Hollywood, CA, while Judy sells Mary Kay products and tutors out of the home. She’s interested in teaching in Southern California ... Julie Johnson (‘92) has been working as a Lab Technician at Duluth Planned Parenthood for the last three years. She plans on entering the nursing program at St. Scholastica this fall ... Darcy (Scheerhoorn) Stuart (‘92) has been married for one year. She works as a database analyst at Gateway 2000 in North Sioux City, SD ... Jason Shari (‘93) is a programmer/analyst with the Minnesota Department of
Tom and Melanie (Neil) Rietveld
Trade and Economic Development in St. Paul ... Tom and Melanie (Neil) Rietveld (‘93) recently gave birth to a baby girl. Tom is a large animal veterinarian in Amery, WI, and Melanie is resigning her position as a pharmaceutical representative to stay at home with her daughter ... David Bahr (‘94) reported he’s “still doing atomic physics at the University of Virginia.” He resides in Charlottesville, VA ... Jim White (‘94) was awarded a master’s of science degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He has been employed at UK for the past two years as a graduate teaching assistant. White and his wife Karen will return to Minnesota this year ... Michelle Anselmo (‘94) is currently working as a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer in Deer River. She lives in Bigfork ... Andrea (Mashuga) Johnson (‘95) was recently married to Todd Johnson (‘94) in Iron, MN. The couple is living in Anoka where Todd is a financial analyst for Hoffman Engineering and Andrea is an admissions representative for Rasmussen College in Minnetonka ...
Ryan Brovold and Kristin Dahlberg
Jodie Tweed (‘95) has joined the Brainerd Daily Dispatch as a staff writer. She was formerly news director at KLKS Radio in Breezy Point and a staff assistant for the “Nashville Now” television show on the Nashville Network ... Torrey Westrom (‘95) recently completed his first session as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Westrom, who lost his sight at the age of 14, was the subject of a feature story in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in May ... Unhi Carey (‘95) has been hired as an accounting clerk for the finance department of Hunt Technologies in Lakes. A native of
Pusan, South Korea, Carey and her husband Ron live in Akeley ... Kristin Dahlberg (‘95) will be married to Ryan Brovold (‘95) in September. The couple “re-met” at BSU Homecoming last year and currently live in Minneapolis ... Leah Stephani (‘95) was married to Jeffrey Stephani (‘95) two years ago. The couple is expecting their first child in August. Jeff teaches at Lake of the Woods High School in grades 7-12. Leah is a social worker for Lake of the Woods County Social Services ... Nicole (Tanner) Harmer (‘95) is a licensed secondary science teacher. She is applying for teaching positions in the Brainerd area ... Melanie Rivera (‘96) is living and volunteering in Helena, MT, where she’s collaborating with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services ... Donna Heaston (‘96) and Garrett Lathe (‘96) were featured performers in the Paul Bunyan Playhouse production of “Cinderella” in Bemidji this summer. The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is a long-standing professional summer stock theater. ■
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HOMECOMIN G 1997
Homecoming 1997Catch The Magic 8:00 - 10:00 AM**
BSU Alumni Association “75th Anniversary Breakfast”; Continental Breakfast; David Park House; Free with Homecoming Button or $2.00/Person without button.
“Football Game” The BSU Beavers play host to rivals Southwest State University Mustangs at the Chet Anderson Field. Tickets available at the game.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:00 - 6:30 PM**
David Park House Open, House Tours Available; The coffee pot will be on!
“Happy Anniversary BSU Alumni Association!” Alumni Post-Game Reception and Silent Auction!”; Everyone welcome! Visit and reminisce with friends, former classmates, faculty, and staff! Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by the Alumni Association. MANY Door prizes. HUGE SILENT AUCTION! Cash bar. Northern Inn. Free Admission with Homecoming Button! $2.00 Admission without button!
“BSU; Catch the Magic” 1997 Homecoming Parade; Cosponsored by KB101/KBUN radio. Parade begins downtown on Old Midway Drive and concludes at the BSU Gillett Recreation & Fitness Center parking lot. All entrants must register prior to the parade with the BSU Alumni Association. 11:00 AM
“Share the Magic”; BSU Alumni Association Honors Luncheon. Beaux Arts Ballroom, Hobson Memorial Union. $10.00/person (RSVP required). “Bemidji Picnic in the Park!”; Pre-Game Feed sponsored by WBJI, Oldies 98 and The Mix 103.7. Party in the Park! Food, Beverages and Entertainment! Diamond Point Park. Free with Homecoming Button; $2.00 without button.
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM**
Traditional BSU Alumni Association “HOMECOMING DANCE!”; Co-sponsored by the BSU Alumni Association & Oldies 98 Radio/ The Mix. Featuring one of the area’s most popular bands, “THE WHITE SIDEWALLS”! Meet your friends for a great evening of dancing to ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s music! Come early, because this one is going to sell out! Must be 21 years of age. The Northern Inn. Tickets available at door; $5.00 with Homecoming Button; $7.50 without button.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 28: 1:30 PM
NOTE: Homecoming Buttons will be sold throughout Homecoming week and are available at the David Park House for $2.00 each. Please note ( ) that certain events and activities are free or are greatly discounted with the purchase of a Homecoming Button!
TUESDAY, SEPT. 23 7:00 PM
“Magician Tim Gabrielson”, Beaux Arts Ballroom; No Charge
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
“Ice Cream Social”; Meet and vote for BSU King and Queen Candidates; Lakeside Court, Lower Union. 9:00 PM - Midnight
“Dance to Johnny Holm”; John Glas Fieldhouse. Tickets available at the door. Students $5 with BSU ID, non-students $7
BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY
THURSDAY, SEPT. 25 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Registration and David Park House Open, House Tours Available; Coffee pot is on! 5:00 - 11:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24
“Ice Cream Social”; Meet and vote for BSU King and Queen Candidates; Lakeside Court, Lower Union. 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
“Body Shifters”; Musical Duo Lower Union; No Charge 8:00 - 10:00 PM
“Body Shifters”; Musical Duo After Hours, Walnut Hall; No Charge
Bemidji State University Alumni Association “ANNIVERSARY GALA”; *Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the BSU Alumni Association *Welcome back to campus BSU “Outstanding Alumni” as the Association celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Outstanding Alumni Awards Program. 5:30 PM: Reception, David Park House (hors d’oeuvres & beverages provided) 6:30 PM: Dinner, Entertainment, Program; BSU’s Beaux Arts Ballroom $15.00/person (RSVP required). 7:00 PM
BSU Volleyball vs Northern State (NSIC Match); Physical Education Complex. Tickets available at game. Pep Fest and Coronation of BSU Royalty; Physical Education Complex. Immediately following Volleyball Game!
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27 8:00 AM
FRIDAY, SEPT. 26 7:30 - 8:30 AM
BSU Campus/Community Breakfast featuring Dr. Lee Norman, 1997 BSU Outstanding Alumni Award Winner; “Health Care’s Changing Times” Beaux Arts Ballroom; No Charge.
BSU Alumni Volleyball Match; Physical Education Complex, Gymnasium. Alumni vs. BSU Volleyball team. No charge.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tom Rowlette Memorial Alumni Run; Join friends, family and BSU for an early morning run along beautiful Lake Bemidji. Choose your own distance. Meet at the BSU Gillett Recreation & Fitness Center in your running shoes.
BSU Women’s Soccer vs. University of Minnesota-Crookston
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“BSU; Catch the Magic” BSU Alumni Honors Luncheon
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______________ TOTAL = $ _____ Admission to all other events available at doors! _____ Enclosed is a check made payable to The BSU Alumni Association. _____ Please credit total to my credit card: ❏ Visa ❏ MasterCard Account #: ________________ Expiration Date: _________ Signature __________________________________________ ❏ Send me information on local lodging. Advance reservations must be received by Friday, September 19, 1997. Mail reservation form and payment to: Alumni Office, Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE #DPH, Bemidji MN 56601-2699. Registrations will be accepted over the phone if payment is being made via a credit card. Call the BSU Alumni Association Office at: 755-3989 (local) or (888)234-2687 (toll free). IMPORTANT NOTE!! The Alumni Association “Anniversary Gala” and “Honors Luncheon” have limited seating so you MUST RSVP in advance in order to attend. NO EXCEPTIONS!! Reservations must be received by September 19, 1997. All other events have tickets available at the door.