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BSUCalendar September 21 - 27, 1998

BSU HOMECOMING 1998 “There’s No Place Like Home....coming 1998” (A full schedule of events is listed on page 8.) November 14, 1998

BSU Day at the Metrodome Beaver Football vs. Wisconsin-River Falls 8 p.m., Alumni Reception in Press Box December 4, 5, 6, 10, 11

Madrigal Dinners, Bemidji January 30, 1999

BSU Foundation “Snow Ball,” 6 p.m. Beaux Arts Ballroom February 12, 1999

BSU Reception, Minneapolis Music Educators Association, Minneapolis Hilton Towers March 7, 1999

Opera Night, Northern Inn, Bemidji March 14, 1999

Opera Night, Metropolitan Ballroom, Minneapolis March 14-15, 1999

“BSU Winter Rendezvous,” Laughlin, Nevada

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On Cay Kroeten’s vita sheet, there’s one line that grabs attention: Dean’s List, 40 Quarters, 1978 to 1994. Further investigation shows a dozen degrees, licenses and certificates as well as grades from more than 800 courses completed in the past 25 years. Kroeten, a spry 77, capped and gowned this academic career when she joined her Bemidji State University class of 1998 for the traditional commencement march and graduation ceremonies on campus. She had just earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. “It was something I wanted,” said Kroeten, who resides in International Falls. “My husband always said I was a frustrated teacher.” Her husband was probably correct. As an 18-year old living in Robbinsdale, her first attempt at earning a degree was cut short by the realities of the 1930s. Her family had lost their home and business during the Depression; her father was hospitalized with tuberculosis; and her mother was pregnant. As the oldest child, there wasn’t any question about what she would do. She would forego her National Youth Administration sponsorship at the University of Minnesota and help out at home. By the time things settled down on the home front, the world was heating up. She worked as a waitress, cashier, and sales clerk before taking a position at the Federal Cartridge Munitions Plant in Fridley at the start of WWII. Two years later she quit to join the Women’s Army Air Force, where she worked in the chemi-

he teachers at Falls Elementary or St. Thomas Parochial School are always happy to have me come over and help. I like working with younger children, up through the sixth grade. There’s always something I can add to what they’re learning.” Cay Kroeten

Cay Kroeten

cal warfare and counter intelligence offices. Her initial post secondary accomplishment came two years after the war when she received a cosmetology diploma from the Parisian School of Beauty in Minneapolis. Married four years later, she and her husband moved to International Falls in 1951 where she worked in the office of Century Motor Freight for 24 years. It was then that the ember of learning caught the wind of opportunity to ignite a lifelong flame. “I had been ‘clubbed’ to death, and had finished all the service work I wanted to do,” Kroeten remembered. “I had a chance to take two classes at Rainy River Community College, photography and conversational German. “Gradually I took another course, then another. As long as I was taking classes, I figured I might as well work for something. After I finished one certificate program, I started another.” The first certificate, as an account clerk, came in the spring of 1977 while her last degree at Rainy River was an associate in science degree in human service tech-

nology. In between she earned degrees or certificates in such areas as marine and small engine mechanics, nursing, business machine and computer repair technology, and Ojibwe. “Eventually I had just about taken them all,” she said. “At about that time Bemidji State started offering the elementary education degree in International Falls, so I enrolled.” As part of its distance learning effort, BSU began offering programs to sites away from campus. Students from the Twin Cities to International Falls and from East Grand Forks to Duluth now enroll in courses that are delivered in a variety of methods. Kroeten was one of those served. “None of the students were traditional-aged students,” she remembered. “They were from all age groups. Some had families; some had jobs. And we

became close because it was a lot of hard work.” Her work paid off last May when she received her bachelor’s degree, ending a 60-year pursuit of a dream. Was it an ending? For most graduating seniors, the bachelor’s degree marked the beginning of their future. Kroeten was no different; she still had a dream. “I plan on teaching,” she stated as if it was the expected response from a member of the class of 1998. “The teachers at Falls Elementary or St. Thomas Parochial School are always happy to have me come over and help. I like working with younger children, up through the sixth grade. There’s always something I can add to what they’re learning.” That’s just one lesson she can teach to a third-grader, or a college student, or a 40-year old ... ■



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Brewing Up


a Novel Career You won’t see a Swedish bikini team touting St. Croix Beer Company brews. The brewer doesn’t have funny frogs for mascots, and they don’t sponsor professional sporting events. When you’re one of the “little guys,” St. Croix President Karl Bremer notes, you’ve got to make your reputation on the quality and distinctiveness of your beers. And Bremer has achieved both with his St. Croix Maple and Serrano Pepper ales, award-winning beverages that are brewed and bottled by the August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm. Since Bremer turned his home brewing hobby into a full-time professional pursuit in 1995, he has learned the ins and outs of the beer-making business as well as the ups and downs of trying to compete in a highly competitive, sometimes cut-throat industry. Along the way he’s found that his degree in mass communication from Bemidji State has helped him distinguish St. Croix ales

Surrounded by maple trees on the shore of the St. Croix, Karl Bremer unbottles one of his award-winning beverages.

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here are a lot of ups and downs, but when you go to a beer fest and someone says, ‘You’re my favorite beer here,’ that makes it all worthwhile.” Karl Bremer

from the rest of the pack. A former editor of the Northern Student, Bremer made his living as a journalist and freelance writer after graduation from BSU in 1978. He worked for several small town newspapers in Minnesota and Montana. He then spent five years editing a magazine for the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group. A stint editing a national airline magazine followed, and Bremer has continued to do freelance travel and music writing. He is currently working on an updated guide to the Twin Cities. It was in the early 1990s, while living near Stillwater with his wife Chris (Hanson, ’78), that he began to think about taking his hobby of home brewing to a higher level. He’d begun home brewing in the late 1980s and was soon developing his own recipes and teaching classes in the art. He tested his recipes on friends and students in his classes. One brew, which incorporated a hint of maple flavor, seemed to have the broadest appeal. He refined the recipe and submitted it in competition in the 1992 Minnesota Brewfest; it won a silver medal, and Bremer decided it was time to go commercial. It wasn’t long, however, before Bremer discovered that fine-tuning the balance of ingredients in his beer was simple compared to dealing with the mass of red tape, bureaucracy, and requirements required by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which regulates the industry. “The BATF wasn’t equipped to cope with the microbrew revolution,” Bremer notes. “They are used to dealing with a few huge breweries, and when all the new, small labels started appearing they were way behind the curve.” Forces within the industry also created obstacles. Bremer’s maple ale is created through a process developed in the 19th century in California. Called steam style beer, it is “the only true American beer style,” according to Bremer. Unfortunately, the term “steam style” was copyrighted by the Anchor Steam Beer Company, which aggressively blocks any label that it believes

infringes on their rights. So Bremer’s original name for his brew, “Steamaple,” had to be abandoned in favor of St. Croix Maple Ale. “In retrospect, it’s probably a more marketable name anyway,” shrugs Bremer. Even after these hurdles were overcome and Bremer had contracted with August Schell Brewery to process and bottle the ale, challenges remained. Regulations governing the distribution of alcoholic beverages are even more complex and stringent than those covering its production, Bremer learned. “Selling beer isn’t like selling books or newspapers,” he explains. “You can’t just go out and market your product. It’s required that beer be channeled through distributors, and distributors have designated territories. So you have to contract with multiple distributors to get your product out there.” Fierce competition among microbrewers and the influence of the major breweries add to the frustrations. “Naively, we thought that distributors actually promoted your beer. In fact, it’s rare that you find a distributor who is really interested in pushing your product,” says Bremer. “Distributors are constantly being bombarded by new beers, all fighting for the same small space on the shelves. And the big guys pressure wholesalers not to sell smaller competitors’ product.” Nevertheless, Bremer was pleased to see the first barrels of St. Croix Maple Ale debut in August, 1995. Getting on Schell’s production schedule was a coup, Bremer reveals. “We’re very up front about the fact that our beer is brewed in New Ulm. Schell’s has a great reputation, and that’s a selling point for us.” Last year St. Croix Beer Company introduced its second flavored beer, the Serrano Pepper Ale. While admitting that “it’s not the easiest beer to sell,” Bremer notes the ale is not only tasty on its own, but makes a great bloody mary chaser and is a good cooking beer for foods ranging from omelettes to fajitas. His confidence in the brew was bolstered by its winning the “Golden Chile” trophy in Chile Pepper Magazine’s 1998 Fiery Food Challenge. While a large number of microbrews have come and gone over the past several years, Bremer is proud that the St. Croix Beer Company is still in business, despite an increasingly difficult marketplace. He credits his BSU education and his journalism experience with helping him develop “guerrilla marketing tactics” to

create visibility for his product. “At Bemidji State I had course work in writing, photography, production, and editing. That has paid off in spades,” he said, adding that he creates his own advertisements and press releases. Other creative strategies such as beer dinners (similar to the more common wine dinners, in which a different beverage is served with each course of a meal) have been successful. Perhaps their best marketing technique is participation in regional beer fests, Bremer said. “At those events, people who would otherwise never taste your beer are exposed to it.” The St. Croix Beer Company has yet to turn a profit, but the Bremers are no longer subsidizing the operation from their own funds. Bremer is quick to credit his wife who manages an environmental laboratory in St. Paul, with bringing in the family’s paycheck. “We’re still planning to have our own brewery some day, but it’s not a cheap proposition,” Bremer says. “Still, as my wife says, if you have to lose money it’s a fun way to do it.” For now, Bremer is contemplating developing a third recipe. It won’t be a flavored beer this time, he states, but a “more accessible” beverage with the same high quality as his current ales. St. Croix Maple Ale and St. Croix Serrano Pepper Ale are distributed in about two-thirds of Minnesota and in some areas of Wisconsin. Bremer encourages anyone interested in tasting his brew to ask their local liquor store or bar to carry it. Despite the difficulties of making a go of it in the beer business, Bremer isn’t sorry he started. “There are a lot of ups and downs, but when you go to a beer fest and someone says, ‘You’re my favorite beer here,’ that makes it all worthwhile.” ■ Bemidji State University

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Bemidji State Grad is top CPA Scorer Recently the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche sent a postcard to its clients, asking, “Which top accounting firm has the top scorer on the Minnesota CPA exam?” The answer, of course, is Deloitte & Touche, and the answer to the question, “Which university graduated the top scorer on the Minnesota CPA exam?” is Bemidji State University. The top scorer is Xihao Hu, a 1997 graduate of BSU’s accounting program. A native of Shanghai, China, Hu garnered the highest score among the approximately 800 who took the test in Minnesota in 1997. He also ranked in the top 120 who tested in the entire nation last year. Hu took the exam last November while already working for Deloitte & Touche in Minneapolis, having interned with the firm while still a student at BSU. Hu describes his achievement as a “sweet surprise,” and though he expected to pass the exam, he was stunned to have scored so high. “When I started the test, I was kind of freaked out because it was such a big auditorium and there were so many other people there,” he recalled. “Also, two of the proctors of the test were senior partners at my firm. That added to the pressure!” Hu had taken a course to prepare for the test, but couldn’t attend all the classes because of his busy work schedule. He admits that for 10 days prior to the exam he huddled in his room, cram-

Top Score highest score in the state. Hu learned about Bemidji State University through an article in a Shanghai newspaper. He applied to two schools: Bemidji State University and a college in Hawaii. His letter of acceptance from BSU came first, so he chose it. Throughout his studies his accounting professors offered guidance and support, Hu said. “I talked a lot with my teachers. They suggested auditing was a good career path, since it is the best place to practice all the accounting you’ve learned.” There are some differences between accounting in the classroom and accounting in the real world, however. “Auditing is such a different animal. Learning

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ming. Hu attributes the preparation he got at BSU as well as his real-world experience at Deloitte & Touche to his success. “My teachers at Bemidji State did a great job of laying out stuff that might be on the test. Also, I lucked out because the big problem I was given on the test was similar to something I had just done for a client,” Hu said. “I’d say my score was about 50 percent effort and 50 percent luck.” Despite Hu’s modesty, David Odegaard, also a BSU graduate and a senior vice president at

Deloitte & Touche, explained how remarkable his achievement really is. “To get the highest score on the exam is a great accomplishment,” Odegaard commented. “But when you consider the fact that he was an international student who had to master the English language at the same time he was pursuing a degree in accounting, it’s even more amazing.” Bemidji State grads have always performed well on the exam, nearly doubling the national pass rate every year. Hu is the sixth BSU graduate to earn the

you for. As part of his work with agricultural firms, Hu was called on to estimate the volume of grains stored in elevators. The task required him to climb out on the roofs of the tall structures and drop a tape measure to the ground—a precarious position! “I had to do 18 of those, and I was scared to death,” he remarked. Hu sees two possible career paths in his future. He may continue to work for Deloitte & Touche for the next few years, gradually working up to a managerial position. Then he might request a transfer to a branch of the firm in China. Alternately, he may decide to stay in the U.S. and eventually go to work in private industry.

o get the highest score on the exam is a great accomplishment. But when you consider the fact that he was an international student who had to master the English language at the same time he was pursuing a degree in accounting, it’s even more amazing.” David Odegaard

it from a book and actually doing it are totally different,” Hu commented. “Also, the cases we used in class were mostly manufacturing cases. The majority of my clients are not in manufacturing, but in real estate, agricultural businesses, and brokerages.” There are some experiences that no course work can prepare

For the time being, though, he’s happy where he is. “I really like what I’m doing right now, and most people say the first five years in auditing are the most interesting.” As for climbing the corporate ladder, Hu shrugs, “I haven’t paid my dues yet.” ■

Where We Are ... What We’re Doing work as a nurse practitioner and currently lives in Pompano Beach, FL … Kevin Abrahamson (’90) has been hired as a K-12 site administrator with the Cook schools. He has worked 18 years in McIntosh as an English, speech and theater teacher at the Win-E-Mac School District … ALL CITIES ARE LOCATED IN MINNESOTA UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. Rick Williams (’94) attends the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. He’s working on a master’s in finance and Bardal (’94) 1990s strategic management … Greg R. Bernard (’92) was married Annie Johnson (’90) of Westminster, CO, is of Peru, IL, won a cash award in the 1998 last summer planning a wedding for June of 1999 in St. Cloud. and had a baby Literature Competition sponsored by the Central Johnson completed a master’s degree in 1997 and girl on March Illinois Chapter of the National Society of Arts is working on a Becker CPA review this summer 27 … Wendy and Letters. The competition challenged … Becky (Lahti) Halvorson (’91) of Prescott, nonprofessional writers, age 19-29, to create a Boyer (’91) AZ, is employed as a bakery manager for uniquely American character in prose fiction, and Jane Safeway Stores Inc. and her husband, Chris, Morgan (’91) verse or drama … Cathy (Paslawski) Osterman works for MCI. The couple has a daughter, 3, and (’97) recently was named assistant director of the are Title 1 a son who is six months old … Amy (Beyer) teachers at Paul Kampeska Heritage Museum in Watertown, SD Swenson (’93) and Erik Swenson (’94) live in … John Kostynick (’97) was recently engaged Champlin. Amy works for American Express Wendy Boyer / Jane Morgan Bunyan to Ann Colligan. He is employed by the Staebler Elementary Financial Advisors and Erik is a manager with Financial Services of Perham … Renee McNelly School which was selected recently as a RPS in Mahtomedi. They have one son and one (’94) and Tom Andresen (’92) were married at Distinguished Title 1 School. The award daughter … Wendy Haavisto (’94) of St. Paul Couples Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on March recognizes the school for creating a partnership was married on May 16 … Jon Langhout (’91) with schools, parents and the community and for 3. Renee teaches fourth grade at Riverside and Suzy (Christianson) Langhout (’93) of Bemidji had a baby girl, Tyra Jade, on Jan 28. Jon professional development and coordination with Elementary School, Brainerd, and Tom teaches at Franklin Junior High School in Brainerd. The other schools. A total of 109 programs out of was recently named digital launch manager at couple lives in Nisswa … Dennis Weimann 54,000 in the United States received the special Midwest Cable … Jodell Meyer (’93) lives in (’90) is KAWE news director and anchor of the Wayzata … Rhonda Lee Segler (’97) and David recognition … Samuel Sechrist (’95) married public television station’s new nightly news John Allen Graham (’97) were married Oct. 11, Tricia Teiken in June. Samuel is a U.S. Border program. He spent three years with a CBS Patrol agent in San Diego, CA, where the couple 1997, at First Lutheran Church, Brainerd. affiliate in Minot, ND, and most recently worked now lives … Diane Trevena (’91) received her Rhonda is employed at the Crow Wing County nursing master’s degree in May, graduating with a four years at KVLY-TV in Fargo, ND … Jason attorney’s office and David works with PORT Group Homes. They live in Brainerd … Jennifer 4.0 GPA. She plans to move to the Florida Keys to Leon Daniels (’96) was recently engaged to

Amber Joy Coran. He is employed at Sauk Rapids Middle School …Michael T. Sunnarborg (’97) owns Creative Consulting in Honolulu, HI. He is also a business instructor with the University of Phoenix, Hawaii campus, and a political campaign manager … Wendy Kloeppner (’95) recently graduated from the University of Debra A. Jelencich-Jensen with husband, Floyd and South Dakota School of Law and stepdaughters, Rosie & Michelle has accepted a judicial clerkship with John Konenkamp, justice of the South Moriarty Municipal Schools, Moriarty, NM. She Dakota Supreme Court … Michelle (Rissanen) has a master’s degree in elementary education Grass (‘ 91) recently married Patrick Grass and from the University of New Mexico and is mother the couple now lives in Las Vegas, NV … Nancy to a two-year-old son … Debra A. JelencichMcKenzie (’93) of Newfolden received her Jensen (’92) is in her fifth year of teaching at the master’s of science degree in nursing from the Cuyuna Range Elementary School. She lives in University of Minnesota and participated in Brainerd with her husband, Floyd, and two stepgraduation ceremonies at Moorhead State daughters … Tim S. Kalmer (’90) lives in the University. She is currently a nurse manager at high Sierra country of western Nevada where he Roseau Area Hospital and Homes … Brenda teaches higher mathematics for Washoe County Therese May (’97) and Tyler Jon Struck (’97) School District, Reno, NV, and is on the teaching are planning a September 5 wedding in Madison. staff at Sparks High School in Reno. During the Brenda is employed as an assistant teacher by last school year, Tim was elected by the student Children’s World in Shoreview and Tyler works body in an all-school election as a teacher for the Blair Police Department in Blair, NE … representative on the Natural Helper Project, William Peterson (’95) of Stillwater was which is a state-wide service project sponsored by promoted in June to the position of help desk ROTC. He also organized and advises an active analyst at Prudential’s Corporate Technology Alpine ski club for the students and created and Services group in Minneapolis. He’s been advises a Future Teachers Club … Rick employed with Prudential for more than two Blackburn (’95) is completing his master’s years … Keri Klein (’91) teaches third grade at (Continued on page 4)

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Tribal Colleges

Education with a Passion

Larry Aitken

In American higher education today, one trend that is catching the attention of both the private and public sectors is the growth and impact of the tribal college movement. Just 30 years ago, there wasn’t a single tribal college in existence. Influenced by policies of assimilation and educational philosophies that extracted students from reservations, education became a means of submission rather that opportunity. Today there are 29 tribal colleges serving more than 20,000 students in 12 states. Founded and controlled by tribes, these schools are run by Native Americans. And, according to a recent report by the Carnegie Foundation, “More than any other single institution, they (tribal colleges) are changing lives and offering real hope for the future.” To peoples from diverse cultures and backgrounds, education has long been viewed as a vehicle that can carry a society forward. But for many American Indians, the role of education in their lives

focused less on growth and more on subversion — to survive, they had to forego their traditions and become white. Coupled too often with poor preparation, the results of attempts into mainstream post secondary education led to students dropping out at a rate that climbed to two or three times the national average and reached 90 percent at some colleges. A shift in federal policy away from paternalism and toward self determination among indigenous people over the past few decades opened the door for the tribes to create their own future, including post secondary options. The pattern they followed was the community college, where philosophies of open enrollment, community development and job training satisfied critical needs. Located on the reservations, the tribal colleges also integrated heritage into a curriculum that included math, science, English composition, and American history. “Adding a cultural and a spiritual component to tribal colleges was a way to enhance the move-

ment,” said Larry Aitken, a BSU graduate who helped found and now serves as president of Leech Lake Tribal College. The combination of a nurturing educational environment, familiar surroundings, and a system that valued diversity has paid dividends. One study showed placement figures that ranged from 85 to 93 percent at three colleges on reservations where the unemployment rates hovered in the 60 percent range. Recent research showed that graduates of tribal colleges had a completion rate above 80 percent after they transferred to baccalaureate institutions. “Mainstream academy approaches education a little like airlines overbook seats,” said Dr. Holly Youngbear-Tibbetts, a BSU alumna who left her teaching post at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point last year to

become development director at the College of the Menominee Nation in north central Wisconsin. “They admit more students than they are likely to graduate, and strategies are geared for weeding out students. The goal of tribal colleges is not to weed out, but to work with each student until they reach their full academic potential.” Aitken agrees. He left a position at the University of Minnesota-Duluth to teach 43 part-time students in the first class at Leech Lake Tribal College. Now the enrollment is 370 full-time students. “There’s a necessity for tribal colleges in Indian country,” Aitken said. “The indigenous community always felt it was better to raise the community up three inches rather than lift one or two individuals up a foot. “Tribal colleges have the inherent philosophy of raising everyone — not only the eager and the good, but also the ill-prepared and those on hard times.” That Indian people are finding success comes as no surprise to Youngbear-Tibbetts. “The ancestors were people of sense, were culturally conversant, used critical analysis, were linguistically competent, and were naturally given to empirical methods to make sound decisions,” she commented. “These are the abilities that will be needed in the future.”

The future is of great concern to tribal colleges, both for their students and for their own survival. As with much of higher education today, budgets are extremely tight and staffing lean. Contrary to public perception, the tribal colleges are not fully funded entities. Their operations are supported by a combination of tribal resources, grants, gifts and federal appropriations that averaged just $2,900 per student in 1995. For the communities that have invested in tribal colleges, the results extend beyond the normal benefits of a trained workforce. With a focus on culture, the tribal colleges have become a safeguard of the traditions and old ways. They have moved into community development and initiated research programs relevant to the reservations. Just as important, they have become reservoirs of calm in often politically charged environments. As the Carnegie study reported, the tribal college was the most stable and most politically independent institution on many reservations. “Every tribal college has an element that is central to its identity and mission,” said YoungbearTibbetts “We’re contributing to the infrastructure of Indian country — with a passion.” ■

works as a financial counselor at Miller Dwan Medical Center. Her husband, Scott, works as a district rep for Lutheran Brotherhood. The couple has two sons … Kevin Newton (’82) of Glenboro teaches high school, coaches and officiates volleyball as a Level IV National official … Mike and Karen (Duebbert) Eischens (’83) live in Excelsior … Karen (Baumann) Bernsdorf (’87) of Meadowlands works in customer service for Schneiderman’s Furniture, helps run a family business and is mother to three … Susan (Warnke) Carlson (’89) lives in Cottage Grove … Paul Olson (’85) enjoys teaching in Moose Lake where he lives with his wife, Shelly, son, Andy, 4, and daughter, Dana, 2 … Karen (Larson) Halver (’85) and her husband, Jim, recently bought more land adjacent to their home north of Detroit Lakes. Jim works for MN/DOT and Karen stays home with sons, Brander, 5, Drake, 3, and Korgen, 1 … Fran (Bailey) Houghton (’82) of Lakewood, CO, and her husband spent the last year working in Tajikistan, a country in Central Asia, and traveling around Europe … Joe Fischer (’83) of Apple Valley works at Lockheed Martin, Eagan, and enjoys softball, hockey and hunting … Harry Hunt (83) and Margaret Hunt (’83) live in Wayzata … Brenda Ness (’86) of Eden Prairie works for Deluxe Corporation. She’s married and has two daughters, 5 and 8 … Paul Meskan (’86) and his wife, Jill Meskan (’84), live in Minneapolis. Paul spent ten years with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department and is currently on loan to the state as an investigator with the Minnesota Gang Strike

Force … Elise Kines Hughes (’84) lives in Chester, VA, with her husband, John, and their three children. She is working on a master’s degree in teaching … Becky Messenger (’81) of Nashotah, WI, owns and operates a dance studio in Waukesha, WI. She teaches social and competitive ballroom dance to adults and children and runs a ballroom competition every April - the Wisconsin State Dance Sport Championships. She’s been married for 14 years to her husband, Dan, and the couple has three children … William Yerbich (’87) was recently engaged to Lori Baker … Mary Jo Mrazek (’82) and her husband, Tim, are the new owners of Lake Region Paint and

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Where We Are ... What We’re Doing (Continued from page 3)

degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and plans to graduate in December. He works with autistic children, using applied behavioral analysis techniques. He’s been married to Kris Tommervik for two years … Kris Tommervik (’95) lives in Oshkosh with her husband, Rick Blackburn. She is an accountant for Warehousing of Wisconsin … Sonia Yip (’91) and Roel Coenders (’91) recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary. The couple met at BSU in 1988 and both graduated with business degrees in May 1991. Sonia and Roel completed master’s degrees at the University of Kentucky. Roel is now a marketing manager of an international biochemical feeding company and Sonia is a senior financial analyst of an insurance company

… Bertha Walters (’96) and Sheldon Langager (’97) announced their engagement. Bertha is employed at Herberger’s in Bemidji and Sheldon is an aquarium curator at Cabela’s in Owatonna … Holly Evenwoll (’94) announced her engagement to Dean Flansburg. Holly is employed at the Bemidji Senior Center … Scott Schoneck (’97) was recently engaged to Kaylyn McKinley … … Kathryn (Kleven) Nordine (’98) of Roosevelt will teach K-12 music this school year in Goodridge and her husband, Mike Nordine (’96) will teach high school social studies in Thief River Falls at Lincoln High School … Brian Cin (’92) of Eagle River, AK, plans an August wedding with his fiance Nancy Laboy. The wedding will be conducted on a halibut fishing charter out of Nome, AK, to be followed by a fishing excursion for the wedding party … Misty Miranda Bauman (’97) and Eric Benjamin Jobe (’98) were recently married during ceremonies in Bemidji. Eric will be teaching in Mora this fall and the couple will reside in Ogilvie.


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Arlene Schwerzler (’85) was recently selected as consumer manager at the Winona main office of Norwest Winona, a company she’s been employed with since 1986. She is a member of the United Way, Winona Area Chamber of Commerce and Central Lutheran Church and lives with her husband, Tom, and their two children … Nikki Hollinbeck (’80) of Nisswa was recently presented with the Minnesota

Department of Natural Resources’ Water Patrol Deputy of the Year Award for her accomplishments in boat and water safety in 1997. Along with her work on boating, Hollinbeck is a DNR volunteer firearms safety instructor and snowmobile safety instructor and was recently certified to teach bow hunting education. A peace officer since 1995, she previously worked for the Pequot Lakes Police Department … Stella Bowland (’88) has resigned from the Alexandria School Board to pursue a law degree in St. Paul. She was first elected to the board about five years ago and was re-elected to a four-year term 18 months ago. Bowland intends to study law at the William-Mitchell School of Law in St. Paul, starting this August … Mark Kurtzahn (’82) and his wife, Lesley Williamson (’83) live in “America’s horse country,” Crestwood, KY, with their two daughters. Mark flies for UPS as a captain on a B-727. He completed 12 years with the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of major … John Martin (’88) teaches welding at Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse, WI. He lives in LaCrescent with his wife, Gail …William E. Dimmel (’86) of Anoka was recently married and is self-employed as a programming consultant. His business is Online Dynamics, Inc … Paul Bergly (‘ 86) lives in New Hope with his wife, Karen, and sons, Mathew and Jonathan. Paul is producing a compact disc, “Winds of Mars,” featuring piano music by Bach and the winds of Mars, as compiled from digital data received from the Mars Pathfinder … Rebecca (Sarberg) Sarkela (’85) of Duluth

Mary Jo and Tim Mrazek

Decorating at 405 Beltrami Ave., which offers interior decorating ideas, carpet, tile, paint, laminates, floor covering, wallpaper and counter tops … Jim Hecimovich (’88) is the new principal of Hayfield Elementary School. “The principal

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Faculty Retirements

A Charitable Gift Annuity is a great way to make a major gift to Bemidji State University and also get additional income and tax benefits for yourself and/or someone else. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Mr. John Smith - Age 79 Mrs. Jane Smith - Age 75

Faculty with over 380 years of teaching experience at Bemidji State University joined the ranks of the retired during the past year. The 13 faculty who closed out their careers at BSU included (name, title, first year at BSU):

Value $10,000 Cost 10,000 Gain $00

Lee Ahlbrecht, associate professor of physical education, 1968; Dr. Thomas Boates, professor of chemistry, 1966;

7.50% Annuity


➞ Principal $10,000

1 Gift property to charity. Donor receives contract for annuity payments. Income tax deduction of $4,071 may save $1,140.

Dr. Paul Brandvik, professor of music, 1967; Dr. Kirt Dreyer, professor of chemistry, 1965;

Two Lives lives. Tax-free amount $405.75. Estimated payout in 14.6 years $10,950. Effective payout rate 10.2%.

Jay Johnson, assistant professor of industrial technology, 1967;

Dave Miller, professor of computer science, 1982; Elmer Nies, a reading specialist, 1969;

BSU $5,000 (Approximate Value)

2 Annuity of $750.00 for two

Dr. Art Gullette, professor of business administration, 1967;

Dr. Don Kraft, professor of biology, 1969;


Close Out Teaching Careers

Charitable Gift Annuity

3 Annual payments for two lives. Property passes to charity with no probate fees. There are also no estate taxes, if married.

For more information on charitable gift annuities, please contact the BSU Foundation at 1-888-234-5718 (toll free) or 755-2876 (in the Bemidji area). This educational illustration is not professional or legal advice; consult a tax advisor about your specific situation.

BSU Foundation $10,000 Single Life Gift Annuity Dr. Spero T. Thomaidis, associate professor of history, 1965;

Age 60 65 70 75 80 85

Pat Trihey, professor of biology, 1965; Dr. Duane Sea, professor of physics, 1968; Mary Kay Smith, assistant professor and librarian, 1973; Additional staff and administrative retirements during the year included Dr. Judy McDonald, dean of the College of Arts and Letters; Al Evans, senior electronics technician; Dick Lueben, academic computing assistant; Del Wiebolt, electrician supervisor; and Kay McCune, administrative assistant to the president.

Guaranteed Annual Annuity Income Rate $670.00 6.7% $700.00 7.0% $750.00 7.5% $820.00 8.2% $920.00 9.2% $1,050.00 10.5%

Tax-Free Portion $278.72 $318.50 $377.25 $455.10 $559.36 $716.10

Charitable Deduction $3,395.00 $3,788.13 $4,153.08 $4,539.00 $4,965.00 $5,415.00

Effective Rate of Return* 8.6% 9.2% 10.1% 11.4% 13.2% 15.7%

BSU Foundation $10,000 Two-Life Charitable Gift Annuity Age One/Two Person 65/60 70/65 75/70 80/75

Guaranteed Annual Annuity Income Rate $640.00 6.4% $670.00 6.7% $700.00 7.0% $750.00 7.5%

Tax-Free Portion $264.32 $303.51 $349.30 $411.00

Charitable Deduction $2,845.00 $3,147.00 $3,611.00 $4,077.00

Effective Rate of Return* 8.1% 8.6% 9.3% 10.3%

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.

sets the tone of the building. I want that to be positive and upbeat,” he said. Jim lives with his wife, Heidi, and their two daughters. Heidi is a teacher’s assistant at Sumner Elementary School in Austin … Tom Hein (’87) and Barb (Maroney) Hein (’87) live in Sauk Rapids with their two children. Tom is the visual communications technician for the St. Cloud School District and Barb is the direct mail coordinator for Bankers Systems Inc. in St. Cloud. She also hosts the company’s Compliance Basics Video Series … Jean Zielske Vroman (’85) manages a bar and grill in Faribault where she lives with her husband, Dave, and their 11-month-old son, Adam … Elizabeth Mulvihill (’88) teaches physical education at Olson Middle School in Minneapolis … Tracy (Ochsner) Treanor (’87) works as a training manager for Aetna U.S. Healthcare in Minneapolis. She was married in October … Melvina Thomsen (’89) is the new Teen Age Parent Progam/Infant Development coordinator for Kootasca Community Action. In the new position, Thomsen will work half-time with TAPP in collaboration with School District 318, funded through a grant from the Northland Foundation. The Infant Development Program is funded through the Department of Children, Families and Learning, to facilitate infant development programming for School Districts 317, 318 and 319 … Kevin McAlpin (’83) of Orangevale, CA, manages a company providing educational videos to schools across the U.S. and Canada. Since he started with the company, the business has grown into a multi-million dollar a

year operation, which has increased staffing from three to 26. Kevin made his first attempt at writing and directing a movie earlier this year and it is now being sold. He has been married for 11 years and has two daughters, ages 6 and 5 … Dave Looby (’83) is one of few people who can list Kermit the Frog as an employment reference. A dozen years before beginning his new position as president/ CEO of the North Hennepin Chamber of Commerce, Looby was spokesman for the world’s most famous amphibian. Following his 10-month stint as an administrative assistant on the traveling stage production of the Puppet Show, he worked for the Viking Council of the Boy Scouts of America for six years and in several other promotional and sales positions. He was hired to his new position with the Chamber in March … Roy C. Booth (’89) owns B&B Comics, Books & Games of Bemidji and recently had his 13th play published. His plays have been produced in over 180 cities world-wide and in such countries as Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Australia. A theater troupe in China plans to perform some of his plays in early 1999 … Glen Heppner (’84) lives in Ventura, CA, where he works as an actor. Projects include parts in several television shows and a movie to be released in theaters this fall. He is currently working on a new television series to air in September … Robbin Johnson (’84) of Walnut Creek, CA, is a sales specialist with GE Capital Fleet Services. The Walnut Creek office services the San Francisco Bay area. Robin is an avid runner and has completed four Twin Cities

marathons … Brent Harrison (’89) of Eugene, OR, has worked as a recreation and intramural director for the past five years in Oregon … Debra Baker (’85) recently reported for duty at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. She joined the Navy in April … David Schnell (’83) is a Navy lieutenant commander. He recently helped the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes win the Pacific Fleet’s 1997 Wellness Award (Green “H”). Schnell’s ship received the award for implementing health programs to improve the lifestyle and health of USS Anzio sailors. Two of the most visible and productive programs responsible for winning the award were the smoking cessation program and a healthy foods initiative. Based in Yokosuka, Japan, Schnell’s ship is one of the most powerful warships ever put to sea. Its crew recently participated in exercises with the Republic of Korea Forces, intended to improve operating procedures between the U.S. and Republic of Korea forces … Lisa (Schmutzer) Stichert (’86) works for ADP Dealer Services as manager of training for North America. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Island Lake, IL … Dianna Kaye DeGeest (’86) is pursuing an electrical construction degree to supplement her job experience and training gained with the Cass County Electric Cooperative in Fargo, ND. She worked on a database plant inventory project for the engineering department of the cooperative for six months and was then hired as an engineering assistant. Dianna’s prior experience includes six years in law enforcement and as a private investigator … Jim Minerich

(’87) was selected by his faculty colleagues as Pequot Lakes Schools teacher of the year in March. The Pequot fifth-grade teacher has brought science into the classroom with a handson style. Animal mounts, nature specimens and even live critters are used as learning devices. In recent years, Minerich has used computers and the Internet extensively in his teaching. He’s been awarded an Environmental Quality Award, serves as a member of the Minnesota Science Best Practice Program and on the science licensure panel for the Minnesota State Board of Teaching. He is currently serving on the Breezy Point City Council until the year 2000 and also served a term on the council from 1982 to 1986 … Mark Fodness (’82) has been honored as the Coleen Yatckoske Minnesota Middle Level Educator of

the Year. He teaches seventh grade social studies and history at Bemidji Middle School and was chosen from a field of 11 finalists by a selection committee during an interview in St. Cloud. The award is given annually to a teacher, counselor or administrator in a Minnesota organization that encompasses some combination of students in fifth through ninth grades. It is sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Middle Level Educators to recognize “outstanding middlelevel educators who inspire others through the dedication and commitment to a responsive learning environment” … Chuck Auger (’87), a Bemidji High School teacher, recently completed a three-day teacher education seminar titled “Lignite – Our Regional Resource: Energy, Economics and Environment”.


Jim Minerich

Gail (Christofferson) Martin (’71) teaches fourth grade in Hokah. She and her husband, John, live in LaCrescent … Dan Skaja (’71) is a principal with the Minneapolis School District. He’s been married for 26 years and has three grown children … Gary Mills (’74) has announced his candidacy for sheriff of Hubbard County in this fall’s election. Mills has been a fulltime police officer for 23 years and has worked for Hubbard County for 19 years, beginning in 1979 as a patrol officer. Soon after, he was promoted to his current position as criminal investigator … Jackie Witty (’73) of Mt. Iron is a physical education teacher and coach at Virginia (Continued on page 6)

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Alumni Relative


Scholarship Winners Freshmen

Returning and Transfer Students

Michael Bessler, Lake George

Valerie Almer, Bemidji

Alison Blessing, Bemidji

Shannon Bjorklund, St. Cloud

Andrea Brennan, West Fargo, ND

Nicole Black, Walker

Tyler Burke, Brainerd

Michael Cedergren, Lancaster

Eric Carlson, Bemidji

Nicole Cedergren, Lancaster

Lindsey Collyard, Bemidji

Melissa Daigle, Bemidji

Jonathan Crowe, Grand Rapids

Rebecca Diffley, Bemidji

Rachael Erickson, Bemidji

Susan Diffley, Bemidji

Alicia Goodyear, Bemidji

Courtney Ehlers, Shakpoee

Jonathan Herschbach, Bovey

Jasmine Finberg, Cass Lake

Kristin Kobilka, Bemidji

Thomas Forte, Hibbing

Nicholas Lentz, Good Thunder

Michelle Hanse, Bagley

Cheri Long, Bemidji

Carrie Honek, Staples

Geoff Martinson, Sauk Rapids

Heidi Kassube, Anchorage, AK

Kristin Meyerson, Mounds View

Dana Kemper, Mahnomen

Chandelle Mohr, Sartell

Benjamin LaVelle, Monticello

Brian Moon, Buffalo

Crystal Long, Bemidji

Kelly Nelson, Elk River

Paul Manecke, Bemidji

Joshua Parks, Duluth

Melinda McCannell, Brandon, Manitoba

Daniel Sackett, Bemidji

Karl Myers, Hill City

Jared Steinke, Andover

Travis Nohner, Richmond

Renee Waller, Northome

Gina Oven, Browerville

John Wiederholt, Champlin

John Pietila, Lake Park

Active Membership Requirements Changed Beginning July 1, 1998, in order to be considered an active member of the Bemidji State University Alumni Association, alums must make a minimum donation of $30 for an individual membership and $50 for a joint membership a year to the BSU Foundation. Anyone who has received 36 or more credits from Bemidji State University is automatically a member of the BSU Alumni Association. All BSU alumni receive a quarterly copy of HORZIONS, the BSU Alumni Association newsletter. Active members receive many additional benefits including discounts on regular season athletic events; a 20 percent discount on alumni merchandise; use of the A.C. Clark Library; access to the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center at guest rates; sponsorship of the Alumni Relative Scholarship; and BSU computer lab privileges. Additionally, active members receive special mailings which include invitations to special events and activities. For more information on becoming an active member of your BSU Alumni Association call the Alumni Office at 1-888-234-2687 or visit the BSU Alumni Website at http://

Team BSU successfully defended its title as champions of the Grandma’s Marathon Challenge. Those pictured in the gray t-shirts were members of the BSU team and ran the full 26-mile Grandma’s Marathon. Those pictured in the white t-shir ts competed in the half marathon. Pictured Back Row (lef t to right), Ryan Ayleswor th, Brooks Grossinger,Zach Deshayes, Pat Quinn, Hesse Miller, Tim Isakson, Dennis Bartz, Neil King, Steve Modich, Bob Conner, Ira Batchelder, Greg Ramey. Front Row (lef t to r ight): Karen Ladig, Br yan Bouchard, Kristin Knoshaug, Kandi Brick, Kari Chaf fee, Robin Rosaen, Dick Phelps. Mat t King in front of banner.

John Solheim, Bemidji Laura Van Dorn, Bemidji Melissa Vene, Bemidji Julie Weis, Emily Ursula Whiteside, Bemidji

Where We Are ... What We’re Doing (Continued from page 5)

Secondary School. Her husband, Tom, is a social worker supervisor and the couple has two teenage children … M. Keith Bufis (’77) of Brooklyn Center is employed by Environmental Filtration Inc. as a research chemist and operations manager. EFI will begin a joint venture in the fall with the Center for Environmental Studies at BSU. The company has developed a filter to be used in storm water

Robert Aalberts / Steve DeKrey

catch basins. Other applications will be investigated with the help of BSU students … Robert Aalberts (’72), a Lied Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, visited Steve DeKrey (’75), MBA director and assistant dean at Hong Kong

University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong last June ... Darlene (Berglund) Bratager (’75) has been teaching at Clear Lake High School in Clear Lake, WI, for the past 18 years. She has three children and is working on a master’s degree in education … Len Bode (’71) of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, writes that his daughter will attend Cornell University, New York, NY, on a scholarship … Paul Lendobeja (’75) of Brainerd is an auto instructor at Crosby. He’s been to Haiti eight times and Guatemala once to help build hospitals, orphanages and schools. He’s married and has three children … Diane Shofner Pettis (’76) of Sebeka is teaching and coaching in Sebeka. Her husband, Norm, is a police chief and the couple has a nineyear-old son … Dave Rose (’72) and his wife, Cindy, of White Bear Lake have a daughter, Stacy, who is graduating from college and a son, Matt, who is graduating from high school … David Bergstedt (’73) of Apple Valley has a son, Tim, who will be transferring to BSU following one year at the University of North Dakota … Ralph Gonshorowski (’75) lives in Washington, IA … Michael Barden (’70) works in Maine for the Department of Environmental Protection directing site remediation and water quality programs. He is married and has two daughters, ages 6 and 9 … Kathleen (Lord) Lordbock (’76) and her husband, Arthur, of Brainerd own Quality Roof Systems and Hearts & Pines Equestrian Center. The center is being expanded to provide

additional stabling for horses and in the future an indoor riding arena. The couple’s two daughters compete in dressage shows … Denny Sauter (’70) lives in Carlton and three of his five chidren have “moved on to college (making) more room for future marathoners” … Steve Ott (’72) of Bowstring has been the head football coach for the past 13 years at Deer River and has taught science for the past 25 years … Mary Kvanvig (’77) was cast as Lady Thiang, the king’s number one wife, in the Grand Rapids’ Players production of “The King and I” this spring. She is a music teacher for the Grand Rapids and Greenway school districts … Richard Johnson (’73) was featured speaker at Goodridge baccalaureate services conducted in May. The title of his speech was “True Success.” Johnson is a biology teacher in the Fosston school system. He also serves as the academic coordinator and coaches the high school Knowledge Bowl team. This year, Johnson was named the Section 1 and 2 Knowledge Bowl Coach of the Year … Myron Katzenmeyer (’71) is the owner of R.A. Randall Agency, an insurance company in Little Falls. He’s been in the business for 26 years and specializes in farm insurance. He and his wife, Sandy, have three sons, the oldest of which has graduated from BSU … Phil Johnson (’79) of Elbow Lake has been Todd County’s Housing Coordinator since this spring. His job involves helping low and moderate income people become homeowners and also helping homeowners find grants and loans to remodel and weatherize their homes. Johnson has worked

in Community Action Programs for 18 years in Elbow Lake, the counties of Cass and Beltrami and with Tri-CAP in St. Cloud, serving Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties … Larry Aitken (’74), president of Leech Lake Tribal Community College, was a guest speaker during World Touch Cultural Heritage Week on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris, in late April. He spoke about water and how it affects the American Indian community both historically and in the present … Dave Oraskovich (’76), an eighth-grade teacher in Waseca, was “featured teacher” in the April 30 local paper. He was chosen because the newspaper staff agreed he was outstanding in his continual fight to beat the Hodgkins disease with which he’s been diagnosed. “Being diagnosed with cancer has made me appreciate every day and the opportunities of each day,” the newspaper quoted Oraskovich as saying. “Things I once took for granted, time with my family, feeling well and doing ordinary things, are now valued” … Gary P. Johnson (’74) lives in Potlatch, ID … Marlene Lewis (’70) was selected this spring as Warroad’s 1998 Teacher of the Year. “Teachers should take students from where they’re at and go from there, always trying to meet the needs of the child,” said Lewis, an elementary teacher for 23 years. She is married to Bill Lewis and the couple has a 16-year-old daughter … Jan Alswager (’79) is a lobbyist for the Minnesota Federation of Teachers. She lives with her husband, David, and their son and daughter in Apple Valley … Brenda

Engelbrecht (’79) was married in May of 1997 and lives in New Brighton with her husband, Ken, and her 13-year-old son, Jonathan. She has worked with the same restaurant management company, Franchise Associates Inc., in Golden Valley, for the past 19 years … Kathy Thompson (’77) was named Nevis school’s first teacher of the year this spring. She has been teaching second grade in Nevis for the past 20 years. Academics and self-esteem are Thompson’s priorities in the classroom, and her philosophy of teaching is to make each child all they can be … Don Hubbell (’79) and Gail (Gilbertson) Hubbell (’78) live in North Platte, NE, where Don works for Pfizer Inc. as a senior sales manager and Gail is teaching school, grades 6 - 8. The couple has called North Platte home for the past 15 years and has two children, ages 8 and 7 … Jane Freeburg (’78) of Anoka has worked the last six years at Altron, a subcontractor of PCB’s. Hobbies include volleyball, bowling and biking … Cindy Lind (’76) has spent the past 21 years teaching first and second grades at Jordan Elementary Schools. She’s been instrumental in organizing the Jordan Elementary School science fair for many years and serves as a member of Jordan Elementary Site Based Council and JECED. Lind and her husband, Kevin (’76), have two children and are active volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation … Carol Russell (74) and business partner Brian Herder own and operate Russell & Herder Advertising & Public Relations. Officed in Brainerd, it’s the only non-

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Martha I. Evenson (’23) of Arvada, CO Eva Lind (’28) of Bemidji Owen D. Morken (’34) of Denver, CO Sonja Sorlie (’76) of Bemidji Craig Dahl (’95) of Cromwell Gary Worth (’68) of New London Harold Vollen (’92) of Bemidji Laura Wilson (’61) of Park Rapids Thomas Myers (’89) of Coon Rapids Thelma Dailey (’63) of Red Lake Falls Doris M. Hermes (’59) of Bemidji

New Members Added to Alumni Board The Bemidji State University Alumni Association board of directors has two new members. Adele (Levchak) Munsterman, a 1974 graduate of BSU and a French and Spanish teacher at Fridley High School, ISD #14, has been appointed to fill out the unexpired term of Barbara McDowell, who recently resigned. She has served on the executive committee of the Fridley Education Association and has been actively involved in the Minnesota Education Association, where she is currently chairperson of the North Hennepin Uniserv, a committee representing nine school districts. During its April meeting, the board approved an amendment to the by-laws that provides for a BSU student to sit on the board in an exofficio capacity. The position will be appointed annually by the president of the BSU Student Senate. As a result of those actions, Arianne Maxwell, a BSU junior who is going into law, is the newest member of the Alumni Association board of directors. During its April meeting, the Board also regretfully accepted Barbara McDowell’s resignation. Barb has loyally served alumni and the university as a board member since 1987.

Twin Cities agency to be ranked among the top 25 in Minnesota by City Business, earning 13th place with a $2.4 million gross income in fiscal 1997. The company has grown from 20 to 52 employees in the last three years.


Jerry Riewer

Jerry Riewer (’60) and his wife, Maryann, live in Staples where they are enjoying their family, which has grown to include six grandchildren … Leroy Larson (’61) performs with the Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble, a group which he founded in 1974. He grew up in a Scandinavian community in Clearwater County and was influenced by musical parents, relatives and neighbors. The ensemble has toured the Midwest





1948 Class Reunion! Hey, Class of 1948 I’d like to hear from you. I am working with the Bemidji State University Alumni Association and am planning a 50-year class reunion during BSU’s Homecoming. Our Alumni Association will be sponsoring a reception at the David Park House on Friday, September 25, 1998, and there is no charge to you! But, we need to hear if you are planning to attend. I hope you will consider joining your former classmates. I certainly would look forward to seeing you again and to catching up on what paths you have taken since leaving our alma mater. If you have any questions or if you want to RSVP, contact the Alumni Office at 1-888-234-2687 (toll free). See you in September! Louis Marchand, chairman of the 1948 BSU class reunion

1958 Class Reunion Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that we were walking through the “hallowed halls” of good ol’ BSU. Remember the night strolls through Diamond Point Park? How about those great football games at the stadium? We thought it would be fun for the Class of 1958 to get together for a 40-year Reunion and reminisce about those great years! We have volunteered to co-chair the event and hope to hear from 1958 classmates! We have reserved the American Legion Club for a class reception on Friday night, September 25, 1998, which, by the way, coincides with Bemidji State University’s Homecoming! Your BSU Alumni Association will be sponsoring the reception and there will be no charge to you. All we need is you and then we’ll guarantee a great time “will be had by all”! We think we graduated with a great class and we’d like to see you! Please RSVP to the BSU Alumni Office by calling 1-888-234-2687 (toll free). See you in September (sounds like a song!). Buck Buchanan and Don Campbell, co-chairs of the 1958 BSU class reunion

The Metrodome Classic Mark your 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 on Saturday, November 14, 1998, at 8 p.m. at the Metrodome, where the BSU Beavers will take on Wisconsin-River Falls. The BSU Alumni Association has reserved the Baseball Pressbox and will be providing beverages and hors d’oeuvres during the game.

Third Annual BSU Winter Rendezvous Planned Calling all BSU alumni and friends of the University! The Bemidji State University Alumni Association will be sponsoring its Third Annual “BSU Winter Rendezvous!” on March 14-15, 1999. Last year’s event was incredibly successful! Participants are treated to an opening registration and reception, a golf tournament or an outing for non-golfers and a banquet and awards ceremony. The cost of the event is $100 per person and that includes two nights lodging at the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino! The Alumni Office is extending an invitation to all alumni and friends of Bemidji State University....that includes all current and former residents of Bemidji! If you have a winter address that is different than your permanent address, please contact the BSU Alumni Office by calling 1-888-234-2687 (toll free). We’ll see you in Nevada!

for more than 20 years. The group’s performances include historical information, anecdotes, humor, dialect songs and a great diversity of sounds and styles resulting from various combinations of instruments. The ensemble has recorded 10 albums-cassettes, and in 1989 they received a Minnesota Music Award. They are regular performers on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show and have been featured on CBS “This Morning” … William D. Hansen (’63) of Prior Lake has retired from a career of 35 years in education - 18 of those as an athletic director. He plans to play golf and spend time at his summer home just north of Aitkin … Norbert Pastir (’61) of Roseau retired in 1993 after 33 years of teaching and coaching. He now works as an insurance adjuster … Suzanne Breceda (’64) of Montague, CA, taught high school English for 34 years and was selected Teacher of the Year in 1981. She credits Dr. Philip Sauer of BSU with helping her “move to the next plateau” in her life” … Norman E. Hecimovich (’60) of Austin retired as a principal in 1995 and now is a consultant with CFL School Support Team Leaders. Hobbies include traveling, hunting and fishing as well as filling posts with the VFW and DAV … Edward Mikulich (’65) was among nominees for the District 241, Albert Lea, Teacher of the Year Award this spring. Currently a sixth-grade teacher at Brookside Middle School, Mikulich has been with District 241 for 34 years. His wife, Karen, is a media specialist in the same school district. The couple has three

grown children … Judith Beaulieu (’64) offered a watercolor technique demonstration this spring at a potluck dinner of the Range Arts Center in Hibbing … Al Reller (’65) writes as a humor columnist for the Hibbing Daily Tribune … David (Pete) Christianson (’69) and his wife, Paulette, received this year’s Friend of Education Award from the Badger Education Association. The Christiansons own the Hartz Store in Badger. They provide employment opportunities for students and participate in the “School-to- Work” program. In 1995, they were instrumental in starting and maintaining the Main Game, a recreational center for youth that operated until 1997. Working with young people makes the Christiansons aware of how different things are now than when they were in school. “I think kids today are faced with a lot of pressure,” Pete said. “Students at all levels are faced with more choices and not all of them are academic. Our roles were much simpler. We tell them to just hang in there.” … Donald Sorensen (’64) was featured commencement speaker this spring for Little Falls Community High School. Prior to his retirement, Sorensen was a high school math teacher, athletic director and coach … Joseph Scaletta (’65) of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retired two years ago from a 30-year teaching career. Since then, he’s been traveling throughout Western Canada and the United States and is organizing basketball competitions for the 1999 Pan American Games … Gary Burt (’64) is a recipient of one of the 10 McKnight/ARAC Career Development Grants recently awarded by the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council … LeRoy

Dr. Brad Logan

Madrigals Set with New Director A holiday tradition for many years, the 1998 Madrigal Dinners are scheduled December 4, 5, 6, 10, and 11 in Bemidji under Dr. Brad Logan, who replaced the retired Dr. Paul Brandvik as the director of BSU choral activities. While the Bemidji dates are set, the Madrigals will not be staged in the Twin Cities this winter. Among the reasons influencing that decision was the conversion to semesters this year at BSU. The academic calendar conflicted with performance dates in the Twin Cities and would have required the student singers to miss final exams to make the concerts. Music faculty and the University administration will be exploring options for presenting Madrigal Dinners in the metro area in the future. Alumni who still want to experience BSU music in Minneapolis can make plans to attend Opera Night on March 14 in the Metropolitan Ballroom. Information is available by calling 1-888-234-5718.

Miller (’62) recently retired from his post as Pierz Healy High School principal. Miller retired after 36 years in education, 20 spent in Pierz. He plans to spend time on his 160-acre farm and lake home in Akeley and also do some hunting and fishing … Elaine Wilbur (’69) recently retired, having spent 29 years teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Pine Island. She’s served as Pine Island Education Association president, negotiator and as a delegate to the NEA convention. Retirement plans include quilting, volunteering at church and spending more time with her elderly mother … Gerry Corriveau (’63) of Algonquin, IL, retired this spring having taught economics and U.S. history for 34 years. His wife, Arlene, has been employed in the real estate industry for the past 25 years and Gerry will join her in that endeavor … Dale R. Carlson (’60) of Worthington retired this summer from his position as executive vice president of instruction for Minnesota West Community and Technical College. He’s spent 37 years in education, five of that in secondary education and 32 in higher education … Lillian Mathews (’67) recently celebrated her 80th birthday with a gathering at the Bemidji Senior Center … Donald Hood (’67) of Lengby was recently interviewed by a student participating in the “Linkages” project. The story, recalling Hood’s childhood years in the Lengby area, was published recently in the Farmers Independent Newspaper, Bagley … Dorothy Jean Millar (’68) of Bemidji recently celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with husband, Thomas …

1950s Duane M. Wilson (’57) of Spokane, WA, works as a management consultant in the human resources field and says he has no plans to retire … Richard D. Green (’56) of Bloomington teaches watercolor classes and workshops at art centers throughout Minnesota … Charles H. Broekemeier (’55) of Cross Lake retired from the Brainerd School District in 1991. He enjoys golfing, hiking, biking and walking with his wife, Donna. In winter months the couple plans a number of cross-country ski trips … Bob Norman (’58) has worked as a counselor at the school in Cochrane-Fountain City, WI, since 1994, following a 30 year career as a school counselor and teacher in Sebeka. He owns a home in Sebeka and returns to Minnesota during the summer months … Thomas Millar (’54) of Bemidji recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with wife, Dorothy Jean.

1940s Margaret Zimmerman Johnson (’49) of Frenchtown, MT, lives “in a beautiful little valley in Big Sky Country.” She is retired after 30 years of teaching elementary school and has three grown children and four grandchildren.

1930s Wilbur “Bud” Booth (’35) lives in Bovey with his wife of 60 years, Helen. The couple enjoys their frequent travels, and Bud stays active fixing things in his workshop.


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