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A Publication for Alumni & Friends of Bemidji State University

Vol. 18, No. 4, Summer 2003

BSUCalendar June 20, 2003 Skaar / Wells Fargo Men’s Golf Tournament June 28, 2003 BSU Day at the Metrodome Twins Game July 18, 2003 Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament July 24, 2003 Anchorage, AK, Alumni Reception August 8, 2003 1st National Bank Women’s Golf Classic August 22-23, 2003 BSU Alumni Association Board Meeting / Retreat September 12, 2003 BSU Foundation Board Meeting September 26, 2003 Foundation Annual Meeting / Dinner & Dance September 27 – Oct. 4, 2003 Tentative – AIRC Grand Opening Ceremonies October 2, 2003 40-Year Reunion – Class of 1963 October 3-5, 2003 Homecoming

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Dr. Patrick Guilfoile and students at Bemidji State University may lead to a better understanding of the biology of this complicated arthropod and to better methods of prevention and treatment of the Lyme disease it transmits. At the very least, research results point to some possible causes for a significant spike in the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease in Minnesota last year. A record number of 867 people in Minnesota developed Lyme disease in 2002, an 88 percent increase over the previous year, according to the Minnesota Health Department. The increase may be startling, but not surprising based on BSU research in which students studied the migration and molecular genetics of deer ticks. What they found is that a broad area of Minnesota, including eight counties that previously had no reports of deer ticks, now harbor ticks that cause Lyme disease as well as other tick-borne diseases. “Our biggest finding is that where there were ticks, there was Lyme disease,” said Guilfoile, chair of the BSU Department of Biology. “The ticks and disease went hand in hand. This was true in areas with newly reported populations of ticks, as well as those with established populations.” The Biology Department has a strong tradition of engaging students in research projects, and BSU requires capstone experiences before students graduate, often an original research project for students in the sciences. Current research projects are broad and include molecular genetics of ticks, tests for identifying antibiotic resistance, identifying parasites in dogs, population observations of owls, studies of invertebrates in the Mississippi River drainage, analysis of parasites that live in fish gills, experimentation to learn how different chemicals affect cancer cells, and studies of forest ecosystems. Funding for these projects comes from external grants, professional development funds and the BIO endow-


hese findings are important and deserve further study. By understanding the genes that ticks express, there is the potential to develop a vaccine that might limit the ability of the tick to feed on a host, therefore limiting the transmission of disease.” Dr. Patrick Guilfoile

Dr. Patrick Guilfoile (left) and Jake Taylor, a senior who is researching ticks and the genes they express as part of ongoing studies at BSU.

ment through the BSU Foundation. Research projects are important both to students and faculty. Student researchers are able to learn from professors and often have their work published under both names in academic journals. Also, student researchers are more likely to be accepted into graduate programs of their choice and to obtain tuition scholarships with stipends for living expenses. Erich Westrich, a senior in aquatic biology and secondary education, is one student who has enjoyed the benefits of working on research with a faculty member. He spent most of this year glued to a microscope studying zooplankton under the guidance of Debbie Guelda, assistant professor of biology. He presented his work at the Mississippi River Consortium Conference in LaCrosse, WI. The experience was a confidence booster.

“Students just need to feel confident and say, ‘I can do this stuff,’” Westrich said. “I did my best answering questions well and to the point, and now I feel more confident. This makes me very excited to do a lot more research and do a thesis for my master’s.” Deer tick research at BSU has received notice as work has been published in three journals. When it comes to deer ticks, Guilfoile and former BSU graduate student Kay Sanders led the way. They first found the spread of ticks when they studied specimens collected from grouse hunters in 17 counties in the fall of 1998 and 1999. Subsequent work by Guilfoile and graduate student David Layfield – now a research specialist at North Dakota State University — found that about 16 percent of the ticks collected in the first phase tested positive for the bac-

terium that causes Lyme disease. Guilfoile believes booming tick populations may be attributed to a variety of factors but likely include climate changes or milder winters and warmer, damper weather favorable to ticks. Another probable factor is the boom in white tail deer populations. Both of these afford the deer tick higher rates of survival and opportunities for reproduction. Lyme disease is the most common arthropod-borne illness in the United States. Last year, the U.S. had 20,000 cases of Lyme disease compared with 4,156 cases of West Nile virus. While some have tracked the spread of deer tick populations in other parts of the state, BSU researchers are the first to do so in recent years in north-central Minnesota. Dr. Harold Borchers, BSU professor emeritus of biology, found his first deer tick in Beltrami County in the mid-’80s. Guilfoile’s interest was piqued by Borchers’ work and his own research on host-pathogen interactions: how organisms such as the deer tick manage to outsmart immune systems and pass on pathogens such as Lyme disease to their hosts, usually the white-tailed deer. Guilfoile initiated a third and fourth phase of research to begin to unravel this mystery. In the fall of 2000, he visited a deer registration site and asked hunters to allow him to remove mating ticks from freshly killed deer. Guilfoile and former BSU graduate student Mark Packila found one set of genes in the male ticks that had not been previously identified. These genes may be involved in a variety of things such as maturation of sperm or the blunting of the host immune response making a host more susceptible to being bitten and fed upon. “These findings are important and deserve further study,” Guilfoile said. “By understanding the genes that ticks express, there is the potential to develop a vaccine that might limit the ability of the tick to feed on a host, therefore limiting the transmission of disease.”

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Sports Wrap SPORTSWrap Royce Bryan

goal attempts. Royce Bryan earned Verizon First-Team Academic AllAmerica honors and was named BSU Male Student-Athlete of the year. Guiot has led BSU to 34 wins in his two-year tenure, the most by the Beavers in back-to-back seasons since winning 35 games from 1972-74.

Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball After a 4-7 start, men’s basketball under second-year head coach Jeff Guiot rallied for a 13-5 finish, capping a 17-12 season, 12-6 in the NSIC. The Beavers advanced to the semifinals at the NSIC tournament before losing an overtime heartbreaker to Minnesota StateMoorhead in the tournament semifinals. The long-range BSU shooters led the nation in three-point field goals per game (11.7) and their 338 three-point field goals in 2002-03 were the sixth-most in a single season in NCAA history. Adam Daley was the fourth-most accurate threepoint field goal shooter in the nation last year, shooting .465 from behind the arc, while Stan Johnson set an NSIC Tournament record with seven three-point field goals in one game. Jeff Lorenson set a school single-season record with 160 three-point field

Bemidji State University

Under first-year head coach Mike Power, Bemidji State (9-18, 5-13 NSIC) ended its 36th season with the most wins in three seasons and the most conference wins since the 1999-00 season. Amber Graf set school single-season records for free throws (104) and free-throw attempts (104). The team set a school single-season record with 357 steals, surpassing the old record of 356 set during the 1985-86 season. BSU also set school single-game (30) and single-season (492) records for three-point field goal attempts. BSU attempted at least 10 three-point field goals in every game this season and 19 times attempted more than 15 long-range shots.

Bemidji State (14-14-8/10-6-4 CHA) entered the new campaign with one goal in mind - win the College Hockey America post-season tournament and go to NCAA Championships as the league’s first-ever automatic qualifier. BSU finished .500 for the first time as a Division I program but saw a seven-game unbeaten streak snapped in a CHA

Editorial Board: Dr. Jon Quistgaard, BSU president; Al Nohner, director of news services and publications; Carl Baer, vice president for university advancement; Marla Huss Patrias, director of alumni relations. A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Bemidji State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer.This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 1-800-475-2001 or 218-755-3883. 03-207

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Women’s Ice Hockey The BSU women’s hockey team finished the season 9-17-7 overall and 5-13-6 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association under first-year head coach Bruce Olson. Still, the record was good enough to advance the Beavers into the WCHA postseason tournament for the fourth straight season. Fifth-seeded BSU dropped a 4-3 decision to Ohio State in the longest game in WCHA Final Five history (79:11). The end of the campaign brought closure to a number of careers. The class of eight seniors have been at Bemidji State for 45 of the program’s 47 wins. That core of veterans was headlined by Amber Fryklund, who holds BSU’s all-time records for goals (59), assists (63), and points (122). Lisa Peters leaves BSU as the alltime leading scoring defenseman with 35 goals and 53 assists for 88 points. Junior goaltender Anik Coté, capped a season in which she posted the second-best GAA in the history of the program (3.11) and was named as the WCHA Student of the Year at the league’s annual awards banquet.

Where We Are ... What We’re Doing

Vol. 18, No. 4, Summer 2003

Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Nohner Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Berglund Photographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Swartz President . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Jon Quistgaard Alumni Director . . . . . Marla Huss Patrias Contributing Writers . . . . . . . . Jody Grau, Cindy Serratore Editorial Assistance . . . . . . . . Peggy Nohner

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BSUHorizons 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.

championshipgame loss to Wayne State. The Beavers played in an NCAA singleseason record 15 overtime contests, including a school-record five in a row to open the season. Along the way, BSU set school records for ties (eight, tied for fifth-most in NCAA history) and overtime wins in a season (four). Key to the team’s success was its play on defense. In front of junior goaltender Grady Hunt, BSU led College Hockey America and tied for 16th in the nation by allowing just 2.72 goals per game. Hunt, a first-team All-CHA selection, led the CHA and ranked 11th nationally in goals-against average (2.36) while also leading the league and finishing 12th in the nation in save percentage (.916). Offensively, senior Marty Goulet became the program’s first Division I-era player to score 100 career points and became the first-ever repeat first-team All-CHA pick.


1950s Jacob Boomgaarden (’52) has taught high school English for nearly five decades and recently spoke in Clearbrook on the changes in curricula, methods and materials in the teaching of English since the 1950s as part of the Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning series. He began teaching at ClearbrookGonvick in 1955 and has been in the same classroom since 1957. The series is a new learning-inretirement program sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission... Jim Spitzer (’53), longtime instructor, coach and athletic director at the Hebron High School, has been inducted into the North Dakota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame. Spitzer retired in 1990 after serving 29 years in the Hebron School District. He and his wife, Delores, live in Hebron and have four daughters and seven granddaughters... Anne Stennes (’59) of Bemidji celebrated her 94th birthday recently …Lois Ittner (’50) has been singing in the Bemidji United Methodist Church Choir for 75 years. She taught school in the area for many years, teaching every elementary grade except the fifth grade.

1960s Randy Nelson (’69), a woodworking teacher for 34 years, loves his job at Wadena-Deer Creek High School. He lives in Wadena with his wife, Vickie, who operates Our Place Daycare and a Christian and Family Video Resource store in the basement of their home. They have two daughters, Shawna in Fargo and Jessie in Moorhead …Roberta Olson (’64) recently became an editor with the Melrose Beacon newspaper in Melrose. Prior to that she and her husband, John, had spent the past two years logging more than 20,000 miles on their van - doing the traveling they never had time to do during the many years they owned newspapers in Osakis, Washburn Cable, WI, and Fertile... Roger Licari (’60) has been elected to the Minnesota State High School Athletic Administrators 2003 Hall of Fame. He’s a retired teacher and coach who spent many years of his education career at Mesabi East High School in Aurora... Roberta Sellon (’69) has been named 2003 Friend of the Arts for her 46 years of performing with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and her many other contributions to Bemidji’s music scene. She taught music at BSU from 1965 to 1993

and also gave private instruction to generations of students and introduced the Suzuki Method to Bemidji. She’s also established the Roberta Sellon Orchestral Award, an annual scholarship for a student string player at BSU... Tom Saterdalen (’64), long-time head high school coach at Bloomington Jefferson High School, plans to retire at the end of this school year. Recently he received the 2003 John Mariucci Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association. He also holds the record for the most wins in Minnesota State High School Hockey history... Joan (Erickson) Hard (’66) and her husband, Amos, are building a lake home near Akeley and Joan is substitute teaching. They have two children, Trent, 32, and Carinna, 31... Paul Gravel (’60) of Fargo became assistant principal at Agassiz in 1974 and stayed until retiring in 1991. He and his wife, Nina Rose, raised four children... Dan Bergan (’68) has been chosen to serve as an ambassador for Hibbing, having been called into action less than three months after retirement. He’s been named this year’s Titan of Taconite and is the 41st in a long line of communityminded men. He retired from the education field in mid-November after 34 years of teaching at Hibbing High School and was chosen for the honor based on his service and contributions to the community. He and his wife, Terri, have raised two daughters, Elizabeth and Jessica... Wanda Petersen (’68), coordinator of the Fly By Night Artspace in the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji, exhibited paintings and drawings from her “Hopeworks” show at the Headwaters School in February... Rich Siegert (’67) owner of the Edgewater Motel in Bemidji, received a plaque from

the Minnesota Association of Innkeepers for his years of service to the Minnesota Motel Association/DBA. The MAI awarded Siegert an honorary life membership in MAI...Jeanne Wilkinson (’65) is retiring, having spent the past 38 years as a teacher and administrator in District 279, Brooklyn Park. For the past 10 years she’s been the principal of the Zanewood Community School. She has a daughter and son from her first marriage. Her second husband, a retired magazine art director, is an instructional paraprofessional at Garden City and will also retire from that position at the end of this school year... Bill Hoffman (’69) is completing his 26th year as principal of Winterquist Elementary School in Esko... Bonnie Lou Bredenberg (’65) and Jeanne Thomas (’64) were honored as 2003-2004 Women of Achievement by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International... Mary Snorek (’69) was selected by the Tau State Nomination Committee as second vice-president and will also serve as co-chair of the State Music Program. She is a K-12 music teacher and has taught for 33 years... James Propotnick (’66) who’d served as a U.S. Marshal in Hawaii for 28 years was recently appointed by newly-elected governor to the position of interim director of the Hawaiian State Department of Public Safety. He and his wife, Judy, live in Hawaii Kai.

1970s Kay Groff (’71) of Codova, AK, serves on the faculty senate of the Slingerland Institute for Literacy, an organization dedicated to helping children with dyslexia. She and her husband, Richard, have one son, Gayle Groff Belgarde, 42...

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The Bemidji State baseball program, under first-year head coach Chris Brown, struggled early in the season to find consistency with a young lineup, but gelled and eventually assembled a solid season. The team finished 15-27 overall and an even 1111 in NSIC play. The team’s 11 NSIC wins are the second-most in school history under a first-year head coach, bettered only by Doug Smith’s 12win NIC campaign in 1989. The Beavers closed the season on a school record-tying 14-game homestand, and became just the ninth team in school history to play 40 or more games in a season. Prior to the league tourney, BSU’s Al Ryan was second in the league with 52 strikeouts (including a league-high 27 strikeouts looking), and Brian Beuning was second in the league with six saves in a league-high 19 appearances.

Led by first-year head coach Amanda Went, the softball team ended its season 9-14 over-all and 8-10 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition, marking the fifth time in the last seven seasons BSU has won at least eight NSIC games. In the NSIC softball tournament, the squad ended a seven-game losing streak versus Concordia-St. Paul in the first round before a shut out by the defending champion Minnesota-Duluth and a heartbreaking loss to Wayne State in the bottom of the final inning ended its season. The team was led by seniors Katie Hurst and Megan Bray. Hurst leaves BSU as one of the most prolific pitchers the program has seen, ranking second in games pitched (67) and strikeouts (287), third in career wins (24) and innings pitched (390.2), and sixth in earned run average (3.53). Bray, an All-NSIC pick, ranked third in career batting average (.327), games played (130), at bats Katie Hurst (391), hits (128) and career doubles (20); she also posted a career fielding percentage of .972—a mark good enough for third all-time.

Men’s Golf BSU men’s golf team saw its season come to a conclusion after sophomore Matt Gorden took 43rd at the NCAA Division II Super Regionals. Gorden, who was second on the club in stroke average (82.1), represented the Beavers at regionals and is believed to be the first player from the men’s

Gregg Hanson (’70) of Spicer designed, manufactured and is now marketing a new silo unloader, Turbo Trax, for Hanson Silo Company. He and his wife, Linda, have raised three children, Matthew, 26, Mary Kay, 21, and Michael, 20... Steve Adolfson (’75) lives in Center City with his wife, Denise (Martin), and their son, Alec, 7... Deborah Bruflat Fadness (’75) is in her 27th year as a social worker with Ransom County, ND. She and her husband, Bruce, live in Lisbon, ND, and have two children, Sarah, 23, and Scott, 21. Deborah and Bruce recently sold their farm and now own a real estate and appraisal business... Scott Baird (’77) and Mark Haluptzok (’76) of Bemidji competed in the 2003 World Curling Competition along with three other teammates securing the title of U.S. Senior Men’s Curling Champions of the Year... John Redebaugh (’70) of Pequot Lakes was inducted in February into the Raider Hall of Fame at Central Lakes College. He’s been the official team physician since 1980, has provided more than 1,000 CLC athletes with physicals, has attended more than 300 games and treated dozens of sprains, separations, bruises and breaks. A chiropractor in Nisswa, his involvement stems from his interest in athletics. He has professional playing experience in the National Football League, having been with the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. He also spent a short time in the Canadian Football League. He also serves CLC as a member of its General Advisory Council... Randy Bowen (’73) completed his administrative certification in 1999, after teaching in the classroom for 25 years, and became the principal of Esko High School in 2001... Chuck Scanlon (’75) serves as girls hockey coach at Apple Valley. His teams have

won two girls state high school hockey championships and several boys’ soccer titles... Deborah Allison (’75) has been appointed as the new Beltrami County human services director. She’d previously served as the accounting manager for the Ninth Judicial District, headquartered in Bemidji, and before that had worked for Beltrami County as the Human Services Department business manager and as a member of the human services management team... Terry Mejdrich (’70), a former math/ science teacher and lifelong resident of Cass County, is the author of a novel entitled “A Mammoth Resurrection.” The setting for the novel is based loosely in northern Minnesota, and Mejdrich draws on his science background to create a work with unique perspective... Dale Schmid (’79) is the visual and performing arts coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Education and a board member of the National Dance Education Organization. He and his wife, Karen Stone, live in Philadelphia, PA... Duane Ebbinghausen (’74) is the Beltrami County assessor and appeared as guest speaker at a recent meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He discussed potential legislative cuts and their affect on current tax structures... John Lund (’72) of Lee & Al’s Inc., Bemidji, attended the Dynamic Homes Annual Builder Show held January 29 – 31 in Mahnomen... Kevin Dowty (’76), his wife, Shelby, and their children, Geoff, born in 1981, and Derek in 1983, are the subject of a multi-part series of sports stories appearing in the Daily Journal, International Falls. Natives of Pequot Lakes, Kevin and Shelby arrived in International Falls in 1978, after a two-year stint in Badger where Kevin had been a teacher and boys’

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program to compete in the NCAA post-season. Junior Tim Johnson, who owned BSU’s best stroke average last season at 80.1, recorded the best overall finish of any Beaver player as he took second at the NSIC meet.

Women’s Golf The Bemidji State women’s golf team wrapped up its campaign with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Women’s North Regional. It was believed to be the first ever team appearance for the Beavers in NCAA postseason play. Senior Jeanne Larson led the team with a 243 (84-79-80) and tied for 10th overall. The four-time all-NSIC pick finished with the best stroke average on the club with an 82.8. Overall, BSU competed in only five events. After tying for fourth at the Ironwood Classic opener, BSU won the Winona State Invite with junior Tracy Depew grabbing medalist honors. At the BSU Invite, the team again took top honors as Larson finished first. Leading up to regional play, the Beavers were second at the 12-team Minnesota Collegiate Women’s Golf State Meet.

basketball coach. He coached the Falls girls basketball team for 19 seasons, compiling three section 7 championships, three state tourney appearances and a 246-177 mark... Paul Godlewski (’70) was elected into the membership of the Paul Godlewski American Board of Trial Advocates at its national meeting held in San Francisco, CA, in January. He is a partner in the firm of Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, P.A., the largest law firm in Minnesota specializing exclusively in personal injury litigation. The American Board of Trial Advocates is an invitation-only national organization of the finest trial lawyers and judges in America, with a current membership of only 120 in Minnesota... Jim Thoreen (’70) recently accepted the post of Stevens County coordinator for a second time. He headed up Stevens County administration from 1988 to 1993 and left to become coordinator of Chisago County. At Stevens County, Thoreen will oversee a staff of about 125... Gordon Sirvio (’75) of rural Deer River has written two novels and three novelettes as S.A. Gordon. All of the books have been published electronically on the Internet... Clark Bergloff (’72) of Mora was recently inducted into the Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Gayle, have two daughters, Jenny and Katie... Joe O’Koren (’77) teaches shop classes at Lanesboro

The BSU men’s and women’s indoor track and field squads finished the season by taking second and sixth, respectively, at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships where nine tracksters were honored on the all-league team. Four Beavers set program standards during the season with one athlete breaking two records. Senior Melanie Hoheisel set marks in the 60m hurdles (9.01) and the pentathlon (3,049 points). Freshman Erin Suhonen notched a distance of 40’5 1/2" in the weight throw to break the school record at the Cobber Invite. A three-time All-NSIC performer this campaign, senior Steve Leuer set a men’s program best in the 3,000m (8:44.99). BSU track had 21 studentathletes named Academic All-NSIC, the most of any sport at the University during the 2002-03 seasons.

Outdoor Track and Field Bemidji State juniors Steve Schreiber and Caesare Stimson wrapped up the 2003 season by representing the Beavers at the NCAA Division II Championships. Schreiber tied for 15th (67) and Stimson tied for ninth (5-5) in the high in their first appearance at nationals. Stimson won the NSIC heptathlon crown with a schoolrecord 4,533 total points, while Schreiber won six high jump titles this spring, including an NSIC championship, while setting a BSU-record 610 3/4. Behind individual championships from sophomore Martha

Public School where he’s been teaching for 26 years. He and his wife, Jane, have two children, Joey and Kelsey... Glen Larson (’76) has been raising sheep on a small farm north of Pelican Rapids since 1990. He has a daughter, Ellie, who’s a senior in high school... Kathy Eidsmoe (’70) teaches kindergarten for the Cass Lake-Bena school district. She’d worked as a substitute teacher in the district for eight years until 1988 when she accepted her current fulltime position. She has two daughters, Kristin and Heather... Deb Nelson (’78) teaches third- and fourth-grade music, fourth-grade choir and two sections of sixth-grade music in Deer Creek. She’s married to Darryl, who works in research and development at Kern Electronics and Laser in Wadena. They have three children, Aaron, Kaisa and Shawn... Marjorie (Modin) Trembath (’71) was recently honored in the seventh edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002. She’s been teaching in the East Grand Forks School District for 26 years. She was selected for the honor by her former students... Boyd Ferrell (’72) has followed more than a dozen careers since his days as a telegrapher with the railroads from 1954 to 1967, but he recently took time out to present a program on the history of long-distance communication at the Beltrami County History Center. He’s worked as a radioman in the Navy, teaching school, wiring mobile homes and building Volkswagen racing engines for the Baja, CA, endurance runs... Amos Hard (’72) and his wife, Joan, are building a lake home near Akeley. Amos is retired and Joan continues to substitute teach. They have two children, Trent, 32, and Carinna, 31.

Miltich and Schreiber and a total of 10 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honorees, the Bemidji State men finished third while the women took sixth at the 2003 NSIC Outdoor Track Championships. Miltich set school records in the 5,000m (18:55.95) and the 10,000m (38:45.00). Seniors Melanie Hoheisel (100m hurdles 14.85) and Josie Muzquiz (3,000m steeplechase, 12:27.00) as well as freshmen Sara Olson (hammer throw, 117-4) and Christa Pribula (5,000m, 19:19.97) set new school standards as well. Senior Steve Leuer set a school record in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:56.27.

Tennis The BSU women’s tennis season had a rocky start, dropping its first 11 matches before interim head coach and former BSU player Kari Wood took over the reigns and guided a young Beaver to three wins in their final five matches. BSU played with just one junior and one senior this season. The Beavers snapped their 11match losing streak with wins over Minnesota State-Moorhead and Minnesota-Morris and closed out its regular season with a 7-2 win over Minnesota State-Mankato. Bemidji State culminated its roller-coaster 2003 campaign with a sixth-place finish at the NSIC Championships. Angie Harrison led the team with six singles wins, posting a 6-6 overall record. She also picked up four doubles wins with partners Kuntz and Sara Gilbertson. Nikki Baird was second on the team with five singles wins.

1980s Jeffrey Wade (’87) and his wife, Christine, of Laporte announce the March 13 birth of a daughter. Jeff teaches fifth grade at Northern Elementary School in Bemidji and recently coordinated the first health fair hosted by the school... ... Kelly Coffin (’86) and her husband, Rocky Coffin (’82), of Puposky announce the February 8 birth of a son... Christopher Fettig (’86) and his wife, Tiffany, of Bemidji announce the February 7 birth of a son... Mona Carter (’82), a newly elected Bemidji School Board member, will help rewrite the state’s school standards. She is one of 77 members appointed to the state task force responsible for finding a replacement for the controversial Profile of Learning. She was one of 2,146 applicants for the Minnesota Academic Standards Committee and is a realtor as well as a licensed Spalding instructor. She and husband, Bemidji attorney Darrell Carter (’82), have four school-aged children and two younger children still at home... Steve Sundahl (’87) designed and created displays for the “In Times of War: Voices and Visions of Beltrami County” event at the Beltrami County History Center in Bemidji... Les Plasschaert (’84), a Bemidji police officer for 16 years, was recently promoted to sergeant... Bruce Ponath (’88) was elected in November to the office of sheriff of Sibley County. He’s been employed with the sheriff’s department since 1989... Scott Anderson (’86), the director of Schoolcraft Learning Community, a K-8 charter school near Bemidji, recently returned from England where he was selected to attend the Oxford Round Table at the University of Oxford in England. Continued on page 6

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Alumni Author ADDING VISION to the Voice Brian Peterson heard the voices. They came from people who saw their favorite places, their comfortable landscapes disappear in an encroaching society. They came from the land. They came from within himself. And he listened. A 1981 graduate of Bemidji State, he became especially attuned when he read a series of essays about the land they love in Minnesota, the fastest growing state in the Midwest. From 1982 to 1997, the Twin Cities experienced a 25 percent increase

in population but at the same time lost 61 percent of its undeveloped land. “As more and more people make Minnesota their home, often attracted by the natural beauty and open spaces that still exist, we are rapidly losing the very land that appealed to us in the first place,” Peterson wrote. Those essays turned into a photo series in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where Peterson worked as a photographer, chronicling some of the special places people de-

scribed. That series turned into a book, Voices for the Land, published this spring. An award-winning photojournalist, Peterson’s photographs give vision to the essays and bring the voices to life. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, the book features 52 essays and Peterson’s visual interpretations of these special places. “All of the essays in the book appeared in the Star-Tribune series. It was always my hope that

the newspaper feature would be put together as a coffee table book, and I received many emails from readers suggesting that a book be published. I had conversations with 1000 Friends of Minnesota who were also interested in getting the project published in book form, and together we approached the Minnesota Historical Society Press about that possibility. The MHSP was very excited about being our publisher and it was their commitment that made this book possible.”



Favorite places from Voices for the Land. The title of each essay is followed by a clarification of the place (if needed), the writer of the essay, and the location of the place. 1. Helen Allison Savanna, Don Kaddatz, Anoka County 2. One of the Last (farm), Jessyca Duerr, St. Michael 3. Pigeon River, Joanne Hart, Grand Portage 4. The Bog, Carla Hagen, Waskish

“My favorite photograph is of Jessyca Duerr. She wrote about losing her family farm to suburban growth and while we were looking at the development that was surrounding her childhood home, she sat at the base of one of the trees in her yard and folded her arms around her legs, thinking about what was happening and what she was losing. It was a real moment; that photograph captured her feelings about the loss of her childhood farm.”


5. Buffalo Ridge, Howard Schaap, Edgerton 6. Love With a Root System (Lower Basswood Falls, Fairy Lake), Becca Brin Manlove, Chapel Lake 7. Paradise (tamarack swamp), Lewann Sotnak, Aitkin 8. Rasmussen Woods, Micaela Brown, Mankato

“Which place was most awe inspiring? I loved watching the sun rise from the edge of Buffalo Ridge in SW Minnesota with Howard Schaap.”

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“I photographed the Pigeon River for a piece by Joanne Hart about the spring break-up along the river. The day I photographed, the river was raging and covering the surroundings with a frozen mist, coating the trees and walkways to the lookout point. I literally had to crawl on my hands and knees to get to the edge of the river to make the photograph, trying desperately to keep myself from slipping into the river below. This was my most difficult shot.”




BRIAN PETERSON worked for various papers around the state since graduating from Bemidji State University in 1981 and has been a staff photographer at the Star Tribune since 1987. Named Minnesota Press Photographer of the Year nine times, Peterson continues to focus his camera on issues that affect his home state. His sixyear documentary of a rural Minnesota family’s struggle with AIDS was honored with a Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism, the Canon Photo Essay Award from the National Press Photographers AsBrian Peterson sociation, the National Sigma Delta Chi Award for Photojournalism, and the Gordon Parks Photojournalism Award. His assignments outside Minnesota have resulted in images from Russia before and after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, forest fires in Yellowstone National Park, and flooding in the Red River Valley. Sports has also been a passion for Peterson, who has covered two Minnesota Twins World Series victories, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Winter Olympic Games. Recently, Peterson has focused his camera on environmental issues, including a six-month study of the Minnesota River that examined the source of its pollution and offered solutions to this river’s increasing water quality problems. Voices for the Land is his first book, although he has worked for National Geographic on the book America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers. A Duluth native, Peterson has spent all but one year of his life in Minnesota.

Voices for the Land received Minnesota Book Awards in three categories: Minnesota Subject; Photography; and Gardening, Nature, Environmental. The awards, announced on May 16, are sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

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Phonathon Raises $129,000

2003–2004 Alumni Relative Scholarship The Alumni Association thanks all donors who make the Alumni Relative Scholarship program possible. Undesignated gifts to the BSU Foundation help fund the annual scholarship program. Eligible applicants include the children, spouses, siblings, parents, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and aunts or uncles of active BSU alumni. Scholarship awards are $600 per year. The deadline for application to the Bemidji State University Alumni Relative Scholarship is December 31 for returning or transfers students and January 31 for incoming freshmen. Applications, and more information about the program, are available from the Alumni Office by calling toll free at 877-278-2586, or stopping by at 1501 Birchmont Drive NE. Applications are also available online at http://info. Following is the list of scholarship recipients for the 2003–2004 academic year: Returning and Transfer Students Layne Backer, Tenstrike, MN Nikki Baird, Bemidji, MN Mark Bessler, Lake George, MN Rachael Bessler, Lake George, MN Brandon Bjerknes, Bemidji, MN Mitchell Blessing, Bemidji, MN Leah Bowen, Hermantown, MN Candace Buhl, Browerville, MN Eric Carlson, Bemidji, MN Amy Christenson, Thief River Falls, MN Megan Costello, Kodiak, AK Patrick Crosby, Anoka, MN Kristine Engman, Bemidji, MN Luke Erickson, Thief River Falls, MN Tara Erickson, Bemidji, MN Jenny Forer, Hibbing, MN Angela Harrison, Virginia, MN Dana Hasselberg, Staples, MN Nicholas Heisserer, Detroit Lakes, MN Katherine Jedlicka, Hines, MN Monica Kemper, Mahnomen, MN Matthew Kistner, Eden Prairie, MN Cameron Koenen, Hines, MN Tara Krohn, Bemidji, MN Stephen Lindgren, Park Rapids, MN Michael Lynch, Sartell, MN James Mack, Bemidji, MN Natalie Moritz, Emily, MN Emily Mullranin, Bemidji, MN Ashley Neujahr, Bemidji, MN

Matthew Niedzielski, Hoyt Lakes, MN Michael Nohner, Bemidji, MN Melissa Norgord, Pengilly, MN Amy Olson, Frazee, MN Angie Olson, Frazee, MN Joshua Peterson, Bemidji, MN Anthony Rohloff, Brainerd, MN Kim Scearcy, Walker, MN Mary Sweeney, Bemidji, MN Laura Wiedewitsch, Detroit Lakes, MN

Incoming Freshmen Jacob Anderson, Newfolden, MN Karissa Andrews, Wadena, MN Ryan Bahr, International Falls, MN Amy Borgen, Badger, MN Darren Caspers, Bemidji, MN Adam Dewenter, Bemidji, MN Grant Gartland, Bloomington, MN Charles Hofer, St. Paul, MN Breanna Holm, Middle River MN Branna Liend, Keewatin, MN Natasha Loud, Bemidji, MN Lisa Myers, Orlando, FL Marsha Nelson, Backus, MN Glen Schmidt, Little Falls, MN Luke Schumacher, Sauk Centre, MN Blake Smith, Little Falls, MN Sara Spann, Sheridan, NY Rozann Stay, Bemidji, MN Robert Stein, Sauk Centre, MN Jennifer Steinkopf, Wadena, MN

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way for Bemidji State University Students Since 1919, bequests and other special gifts have provided funding for student scholarships and educational programs at Bemidji State University. The BSU Foundation is asking alumni and friends to consider leaving the University a charitable bequest that will benefit future generations of BSU students. Contact the BSU Foundation for information relating to planned giving which may include: Wills and Bequests Charitable Gift Planning Retain Life Income Gifts A planned gift to the Bemidji State University Foundation qualifies for membership to the BSU Foundation Legacy Society. For additional information, mail, e-mail or call: Bemidji State University Foundation 1500 Birchmont Dr NE, #17 Bemidji, MN 56601-2699 755-3991 (local) or 1-888-234-5718 (toll free)

In Memoriam Roger Piehl (former faculty), Brainerd, MN Norma J. Haugen (’41), Thief River Falls, MN Mary H. Naegler (’82), Bemidji, MN Grace Lewelling (’58), Merriam, Kansas Dorothy Sloniger (’49), Bellingham, WA Gertrude Gordon (’28), Bagley, MN H. Wesley Balk (’54), Seattle, WA Lois A. Spooner (’73), Bemidji, MN

The 2002-03 Alumni Phonathon has wrapped up and was a tremendous success. Thanks to the overwhelming commitment from the alumni of Bemidji State University, over $129,000 has been raised in cash and pledges in support of various BSU programs and scholarships. Of that total, over $111,000 was raised directly for the University Fund. Gifts to the BSU Foundation help support current and future Bemidji State students. Financial contributions provide scholarship support, help student recruitment efforts, aid in faculty and student research, and provide additional funding for special departmental programs. Some of the special programs funded by gifts from alumni this year include: • Second Annual Scholarship Breakfast; new Full-Tuition and Presidential Scholarship recipients were honored at this event. • Live Writing Series Spring 2003; author Jean Harfenist gave presentations on how to get published and a reading from her published short story cycle, A Brief History of the Flood. • Major and Career Expo; faculty from all departments and staff from various campus offices were available to talk with students about steps to successful career planning. • Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference; genre writing workshops, afternoon seminars, and evening reading series will be featured during the summer program on campus. • Gendron Jenson, a guest artist and lecturer presented several lectures about nature, his art, humanities, sciences and environmental sciences. • Web Development; a recruitment web-site for BSU graduate programs was developed. • 30th Annual Northern Minnesota Mathematics Contest; nearly 600 students from 21 area high school participated in the contest held at BSU. • ACDA National Convention Performance; the Bemidji Choir was one of only nine collegiate ensembles selected to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. • Guest Artist for University Bands; Dr. Wesley Broadnax, assistant conductor of bands at Michigan State University, was the guest conductor for the University Band spring concert. • Social Work Program Student Field Trip; students went on a three-day field trip to the Twin Cities to attend the Minnesota Social Service Association annual conference and the annual Social Work Day at the Capitol, meet with legislators, and participate in the Minnesota Social Work Student conference. • Suit Yourself: graduating students and interns were able to access a clothing repository to obtain professional dress to use in a job interview. • Peggy Seeger Mini-Residency; a noted performer of folk music, Seeger participated in annual celebration of Women’s History Month. • Nursing Spring 2003 Recruitment; a recruitment, direct mailing was completed and sent to all diploma and associate degree nurses in Northern Minnesota. • New Voices; high school writers from across the state had articles accepted for publication in this 22nd annual anthology. These grants would not be possible without the gifts, generosity and support of BSU friends and alumni.

Where We Are ... What We’re Doing (Continued from page 3) The program seeks to bring professionals with similar careers together for discussions and brainstorming sessions... Carol Richards (’81) presented a one-woman show at BSU in February during which she wove original works together with the poetry of Maya Angelou and Denise Levertov as well as insightful remarks from playwright Lillian Hellman. Richards is an assistant professor of speech communication at BSU and holds a doctorate from Southern Illinois University... David Schnell (’83), a commander in the U.S. Navy, took command of the guided missile frigate USS Ford at Naval Station Everett, WA, on January 24. He is the 11th commanding officer of the USS Ford. The state-ofthe-art guided missile frigate has the primary mission of providing in-depth anti-air, anti-surface and antisubmarine protection for military and merchant shipping. His wife, Alexandra, is a native of Long Island, NY, and the family now lives in Everett, WA... Jeff Sladky (’83) retired from the Bemidji Police Department recently, concluding 28 years of service. He became a sergeant 17 years ago and prior to that had worked in Bemidji as a dispatcher, patrol officer and detective. He and his wife have two grown daughters... Don Collins (’80) and Pat Wickham (’80) live in Thornton, CO, and have three children, Elly, 14, Caroline, 10, and Christian, 5... Lynda Tarbuck (’87) teaches art in Upsala and this winter taught an adult ceramics class through Great River Arts... Deborah Anderson (’81) of St. Paul recently finished her second degree in Catholic elementary school with the addition of preprimary grades. She did her student teaching at Highland Catholic School, teaching fourth grade... Bruce Slinkman (’87) and his wife, Buni (’96), received the 2003 Johnson Jarvi Snowjourn Award for their long-term commitment and support of cross country skiing. The Slinkmans have groomed and helped develop the trail system at Three Island County Park, promoted the sport for children and serve on many sports boards... Mike Gibbons (’82) recently received the Edward Jeremiah – College Division Coach of the Year Award. It was presented by the American Hockey Coaches Association... Tim Graupmann (’86) is a chiropractor with the McBride Chiropractic Clinic in Grand Rapids. He and his wife, Christie, have six children ranging in age from eight to 18. He’s

president of the Grand Rapids Amateur Baseball Association and is an ambassador for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce …Mike Aschenbrener (’82) was recently named as the new chief of police for Mendota Heights. He’d previously been a sergeant with the Forest Lake Police Department. He and his wife have four children, ages 17 – 25... Jennifer (Longie) Vollom (’88) works with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in International Falls as an FDA investigator dealing with imports and border protection. Her husband, Tom (’88), teaches at International Falls High School. They are raising four children... Rick Pederson (’81) and his wife, Pam Peterson (’82) live in Red Wing with their children, Danielle, 8, and Jacob, 1... Mark Hessler (’81) is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, having spent 22 years in the Corps. He is also building manager at the St. Cloud Times... Arlene Schwerzler (’85) has been promoted to vice president/mortgage lender with Merchants Bank in Winona. She’s been assistant vice president/ mortgage lender since being hired by the organization in December of 1998. She and her husband, Tom, have two children and live in Goodview... Gary Giombetti (’88) is sports editor at the Daily Tribune in Hibbing... Ernie Klimek (’88) retired from a career in law enforcement recently, having served 20 years as chief deputy in Morrison County. He began his career in 1972 as a deputy in Little Falls. He and his wife, Gerri, have three daughters, Jessica, Tamara and Camille, and a son, Karsten... Jerry Vanek (’82), a Bemidji area sled dog veterinarian and owner of Beltrami Shores Resort, was recently featured in the Bemidji Pioneer in an article about a 10-day canoe trip he made down the Mississippi in 1973 with Garrison Keillor, writer and host of A Prairie Home Companion. . . Toby Batchelder (’88) and his wife, Sara, of Edina announce the February 25 birth of a son... Roy Booth (’89) announces that his 27th and 28th plays, both collaborations with Michael Paslawski of White Bear Lake, are soon to be published by New Theatre Publications of Croydon (London), England. The first play, “Fresh Fruit,” is a one-act comedy about the plight of two bums trying to sell expired produce in front of a grocery store. The second play, “Do You Have Gas?” is a full-length

comedy set in a convenience store late at night. Booth has also been asked to be one of 1,000 American celebrities to donate handwritten “smile autographs” on behalf of UNICEF and Polish children’s hospitals to be exhibited in the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

1990s Elizabeth Letson (’95) of Bemidji is a substitute teacher in the Bemidji School District. Her husband, Tom, is a pilot for Northwest Airlines and the couple has two sons, Jake, 8, and Donald, 6... Keith Cross (’92) works as a police officer in Aurora, IL... Norm Gallant Jr. (’99) and Mandy (Johnson) Gallant (’99) live in Wadena where Norm teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math and Mandy teaches junior kindergarten... Jaeger Bellows (’97), a Bemidji police officer, recently participated in a day-long training session in how to deal with a variety of crisis situations in a school setting... Daryl Fish (’96) was recently hired as a deputy with Lake of the Woods County. He’d previously worked with the Warroad Police Department... Jack Blanchard (’94) has been hired as the new principal of Mesquite Elementary in the Gilbert Unified School District in Gilbert, AZ. He’s been with the district for nine years and will take over his new duties for the 2003-2004 school year. Jack and his wife, Gayle, who has been with the same school district for 19 years, live in Gilbert with their two children... Steve Plum (’93) is a Bemidji High School science teacher and coach of the high school’s Science Olympiad Team. The team took first-place in regional competition this school year, running away with the regional title by the largest margin in school history... Shannon Alto (’93) and her husband, Dan, of Bemidji announce the March 6 birth of a son... Pete Fenson (’92) and Eric Fenson (’94), along with teammates on the Pete Fenson Rink of Bemidji including Shawn Rojeski (’95), captured the men’s championship at the U.S. National Curling meet recently with a 7-6 final win over Washington... Karyn O’Kane (’97) was hired mid-school year to teach senior high math at Cass Lake. She is teaching integrated math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and pre-calculus. She has worked as a tutor at Vermillion Community College and as a substitute teacher in Ely and in Zurich,

Switzerland... Amy Lundberg (’94) is a personal trainer employed at the newly opened Heartland Center of Natural Healing in Park Rapids... Dave Anderson (’93) recently applied for appointment to a vacated city council seat in Rosemount. He’s employed by the Minnesota House of Representatives as a committee legislative assistant for the House Committee on Civil Law. He is also a member of the Rosemount Planning Commission and ran for a seat on the council in November... Nate Dybvig (’97) has been named editor of Politics in Minnesota, a political newsletter. He’ll be responsible for integrating and editing copy produced by the three newsletter editors of the statewide newsletter. He’d been doing public relations work the past three years as a partner with D.J. Leary in the firm Media Services Inc. in the Twin Cities... Steven Isle (’97) was recently hired as an environmental technician with Widseth Smith Nolting’s environmental services department. He’d previously worked at Potlatch for five years as an assistant foreman in the finishing department. As an environmental technician, he is responsible for gathering field data for environmental investigations and remedial actions. He is also responsible for oversight and maintenance of ground water and monitoring equipment and remediation systems... Ross Bergerson (’90) recently accepted a new job with Rochester Public Schools as an instructional technology staff development specialist. In June of 2000, he married Nikee Fabian and the couple has a one-year-old daughter, Lydia Nichole... Jayanthy Maniam (’98) works as a research and development coordinator at the School of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Multimedia, Sunway College, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Maniam recently completed a master’s degree in information technology, is married and has a 10month-old son... Deborah (Casler) Stanoch (’99) of Columbia, MO, is the fitness manager at Salisbury Rehab and Fitness in Salisbury, MO. Her husband, Jason (’02), is a history teacher at West Junior high School in Columbia... Dirk Schulz (’99) and his wife, Lois, of Bemidji announce the January 24 birth of a daughter... Doug Peters (’96) and his wife, Jennifer, of Bemidji announce the February 24 birth of a daughter... Susan Hudson (’90) and her husband, David, of Bemidji announce the February

21 birth of a daughter... Helen Slayton (’90) of Savage has started her own company and is attending the University of St. Thomas pursuing a master of science degree in software. She has a daughter, Chaka Nikia Woods, 15... Tammie Colley (’92) is the owner of a youth-oriented consignment clothing store, You-nique Clothing, 2504 Hannah Ave., in Bemidji... Mitch Rautio (’95) and his wife, Janna, of Bemidji announce the March 25 birth of a son... Rebecca Hoffman (’97) and Brodie Karger (’94) live in Milwaukee, WI, where Brodie works as the exhibits manager for GE Medical Systems... Eric Eckman (’97) lives in Edina and works in engineering for the City of Golden Valley. He married Suzanne Slanga in 2001 and the couple honeymooned in Italy... Jennifer (West) Gilbertson (‘94) owns and operates an awards business, The Trophy Shop. She lives in Mt. Iron with her husband, Gene, and son, Dylan, 5... Aaron Clusiau (’96) was promoted in January to vice president of the American Bank of the North in Hibbing. He and his wife, Christy, live in Nashwauk with Jacie, their 5-month-old... Caari (Schmidt) Dueffert (‘97) and her husband, Chris, live in Prior Lake with their son, Ryan, 1... Nicole (Gaertner) Rasmussen (’97) lives in Rosemount and was planning an April wedding with Darby Rasmussen... Tim Friis (’98), a Brainerd police officer, was selected by fellow officers as the 2003 Police Officer of the Year. He has worked with the Brainerd police force since June of 1999 and prior to that had worked for the Springfield Police Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, Lake of the Woods Sheriff’s Department and the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force. He is also one of two trained bomb technicians on the Crow Wing County Bomb Squad... David Georgina (’98) teaches composition and intensive writing at MSU-Mankato... Angela (Henke) Peck (’96) is in her first year of teaching fourth grade at Red Lake Elementary. She’d previously taught fourth- and sixth-graders at St. Mary’s Mission in Red Lake for five years. She and her husband, Kevin, live in Puposky... Londa Johannsen (’98) and her husband, Jason, of Lake George announce the February 8 birth of a son... Angie Eck (’97) and her husband, Chris Eck (’95), of Clearbrook announce the February 8 birth of a daughter... Jennifer Ulven (’97) and her husband,

2003 Campus Scholarship Drive Completed With each spring comes the annual Campus Scholarship Drive, a time when Bemidji State University faculty and staff are asked to show their commitment to BSU and its students by making a gift to the BSU Foundation. Over the years, faculty and staff giving has grown and become very strong. Last year, BSU enjoyed one of the highest participation rates of faculty and staff among MnSCU institutions. This year was no different. All faculty and staff were asked to participate in the 2003 Campus Scholarship Drive through a donation, which would help to increase scholarship aid for bright and worthy students. While faculty and staff have the option of designating their support to other scholarships, the historical priority of the drive has been to support the Campus Honors Scholarship to attract freshmen year scholars to BSU. These one-time, $600 scholarships are awarded to all high school graduates in the top 15 percent of their class with an ACT composite of 23 or higher. This year faculty and staff helped raise $57,400 and 76 percent of all faculty and staff participated in the drive, an impressive affirmation of the commitment from the campus community to Bemidji State and it’s students. “The results of this year’s Campus Scholarship Drive are very exciting! By increasing their overall giving by six percent to over $57, 000, our faculty and staff have shown a strong commitment to Bemidji State University and to our students,” said Dr. Tom Richard, mathematics professor and co-chair of the 2003 Campus Scholarship Drive committee. “In these difficult economic times, it is nice to see the faculty and staff provide this positive commitment. Obviously, there is recognition that, as employees of BSU, we are dependent upon the success of our students and we recognize our students as our most valuable asset.”

New Board of Director Members Elected and Appointed Every two years, the 16-member Alumni Association board of directors holds an election for five seats. Members serve four-year terms and are eligible to serve two consecutive terms. This year 991 active alumni returned marked ballots and elected the following new members who will begin their terms at our August meeting: Randy Bowen ’73, Hermantown, MN Boyd Bradbury ’88, Callaway, MN Marion Christianson ’50 / ’71, Bemidji, MN Carol Richards ’81 / ’90, Bemidji, MN Jessica Ward ’96, Bemidji, MN

In addition, the board appoints three new members during each election cycle. Those members appointed to serve four-year terms are: Bob Fitzgerald ’85, Bemidji, MN Randy Fulton ’79, White Bear Lake, MN Rochelle Johnson ‘93 / ’98, Bemidji, MN

The additional eight members who are currently in the middle of their terms and will continue to serve for at least another two years are: Jeff Baumgartner ’77, Bemidji, MN Joann Gardner ’93, Bemidji, MN Don Gross ’81, Council Bluffs, IA Delphine Jacobsen ’63, Bemidji, MN Dave Ramsey ’78, Owatonna, MN Ranae Tenold ’95, Ostego, MN Austin Wallestad ’70, Madera, CA Jim Wheeler ’72, Bemidji, MN

The Alumni Association board of directors would like to thank all the alumni who put their name forwarded as candidates for election and appreciates the many highly qualified people expressing interest in serving their Alumni Association.

Kristin Dahlberg Brovold and Ryan Brovold Mark (’98), are building a new home in Big Lake. They have one child, Tylan, 2... Kristin Dahlberg Brovold (’95) and Ryan Brovold (’95) live in Minneapolis with their children. Erica, 4, and Emily, 3. Ryan teaches at St. Cloud Technical College and Kristin is a social worker at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Ryan’s hobby is piloting aircraft and Kristin plays trumpet in the Robbinsdale City Band... Jon Scherf (’94) and Jane (Johnson) Scherf (’94) of Britt announce the November birth of a son, Ryan Gabriel. Jon is in his 10th year as a social studies teacher, while Jane is in her ninth year as a learning disabilities teacher. They also have a daughter, Katherine, 2... Kathleen Nyberg (’93) of Cass Lake recently started a new Internet business, Bineshii, which sells Minnesota-made products at She and her husband, Tony, have two sons, Patrick, 33, and Chris, 22, and a grandson, Josh, 13... Darren Olson (’97) and his wife, Elizabeth, of Bemidji announce the February 2 birth of a daughter... Angela Pinsoneault (’98) of Anchorage, AK, attended newly elected Alaskan Governor Frank Murkowski’s inaugural ball... Karen Stish (’93) and her husband, Scott Stish (’92) of Solway announce the January 16 birth of a son... Tami Nendick (96) and her husband, Tony, of

Hines announce the January 16 birth of twin sons... Jim Marken (’91) and his wife, Terri (’89), of Baudette announce the January 16 birth of a daughter... Torrey Westrom (’98), an Elbow Lake Republican representative, was selected in January to serve as chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee... Norma Knapp (’97) was recognized at the 2003 Spiritual Speakout for Violence-Free Families “Walk the Talk” banquet. The Spiritual Speakout is a sermon competition that encourages clergy and lay leaders to speak out against family violence. Knapp’s sermon, “Children Living in Hell” received first place in the layperson category. She is a retired registered nurse, educator and bereavement facilitator. She’s active in her church and enjoys writing, doing calligraphy and playing with her three grandchildren... Michael Paslawski (’99) of White Bear Lake, announces that two plays, on which he collaborated with Roy Booth, are soon to be published by New Theatre Publications of Croydon (London), England. The first play, “Fresh Fruit,” is a one-act comedy about the plight of two bums trying to sell expired produce in front of a grocery store. The second play, “Do You Have Gas?” is a full-length comedy set in a convenience store late

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Legacy Builders

In 2001 Janet Erickson was faced with living out her life without her husband, LeRoy, who died suddenly from complications as a result of a genetic disease. “It was overwhelming and I had to figure out how to move forward alone,” said Erickson. “Soon after losing LeRoy I came to the realization that I couldn’t keep up with the maintenance of our home on my own. It had been our dream home in the country and we built it together. Eventually I made the difficult decision to sell. But, I continued to miss LeRoy and I felt terribly alone.

“After reading an article in HORIZONS about Bemidji State University’s Legacy Society, I called Sue Kringen, the director of development at Janet Erickson the BSU Foundation, and shared with her that, though I didn’t have much money, I did include a small bequest in my will to the BSU Foundation. After visiting with Sue, I decided to begin funding a named endowment in honor of LeRoy. LeRoy loved BSU and particularly the physics and science departments. The endowment will provide scholarships to future students attending BSU who are majoring in science education. The endowment will provide scholarships in Leroy’s and my name into perpetuity. It will be our legacy. “After making the decision to establish this endowment, my spirits and enthusiasm went way up and I feel like I have some purpose again. It feels good to feel good again!” LeRoy Erickson was originally from Pelican Rapids. He graduated from NDSU with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and later earned a second bachlor’s degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in physics and math. In 1982 he came to Bemidji State University and had completed the required coursework toward earning a master of science degree in science education. Erickson was an instructor in physical science at BSU up until the time of his death. Janet Erickson continues her career at Bemidji State University as a senior office and administrative specialist in the College of Social and Natural Sciences.

The Lake The Learning The Life

For information on establishing a named endowment or the Legacy Society, contact the Bemidji State University Foundation by calling 755-2762 or (888-234-5718, toll free) or e-mail Sue Kringen at


at night. The plays are the first and second to be published in Paslawskie’s career. . . Ron Burns (’95) is president of Northwoods DNA, an automated DNA sequencing and genotyping company in Becida that has been noted as a success in a story by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The success story is featured on the Minnesota Technology Inc. web site and is included on the NIST/MEP site as an example for other MEP centers to use in their work with companies... Patricia Zea (’91) and her husband, Larry, of Pennington began raising registered Scottish Highland cattle 17 years ago and this year accompanied some of their livestock to a ranch in southern Chile. The Zeas settled on Pimushe Lake in 1970 and their children graduated from school in Blackduck where Pat taught for 28 years... Caara Holmstrom (’93) and her husband, Roger, own Paul Bunyan Animal Land, located about three miles east of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 2. Filmmakers from Australia recently featured the Holmstroms and their animals in an international film that has now been presented at the Cannes Film Festival in France. “The Beast Within” was produced by Grainger Television Australia... Shelby Dowty (’96), her husband, Kevin, and their children, Geoff, born in 1981, and Derek in 1983, are the subject of a multi-part series of sports stories appearing in the Daily Journal, International Falls. Natives of Pequot Lakes, Kevin and Shelby arrived in International Falls in 1978, after a two-year stint in Badger... Heidi (LaBarre) Schumacher (’90) is in her 10th year with the Scheels All Sports’Advertising office. She lives in Fargo with her husband, Ken, and their son, Joseph, 1... Greg Bernard (’92) won the 2002 Minnesota Monthly magazine Tamarack Fiction Award for his narrative entitled “Fish Story”... Seth Knudson (’95) and his wife, Kari, of Bemidji announce the April 25 birth of a daughter... Aaron Lundblad (’94) and Julie Lundblad (’92) of Bemidji announce the birth of triplets, Raegan, Xander and Cade. They also have a two-year-old daughter, Skyler... Buni Slinkman (’96) and her husband, Bruce (’87), received the 2003 Johnson Jarvi Snowjourn Award for their long-term commitment and support of cross country skiing.

The Slinkmans have groomed and helped develop the trail system at Three Island County Park, promoted the sport for children and serve on many sports boards... Joan Najbar (’92) recently opened a new therapy and counseling business, Small Circle, in Ely. She offers traditional therapy but also incorporates the arts into much of her work. The business name is reflective of a holistic model of healing. She has two teenage sons... Steve Wymore (’98) and his wife, Carolyn, live in Warroad and have two children, Seth, 19, and Katy, 17... Gretchen (Stark) Cundiff (’91) and Dan Cundiff (’94) live in Richfield. They were married in Trout Creek, MT, on September 7, 2002.

2000s Trish Ritchie (’00) and her husband, Troy, of Bemidji announce the March 21 birth of a daughter... Sara Ann Salonek (’01) and Keith Prevost were married in Springfield, MO, on April 5. Sara is a news reporter and Keith is a sports anchor. Both work with KSPR Springfield 33, the ABC affiliate in Springfield... Scott Wherley (’01) has been hired as a Beltrami County deputy responsible for patrolling the cities of Blackduck and Kelliher and the rural areas north of Blackduck. He previously had worked in Nebraska and also spent some time working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries division. He and his wife have a two-year-old son... Katie Furlong (’01) was recently hired as a graphic designer with H.T. Klatzky & Associates, Duluth’s largest advertising and public relations agency. She comes to her new position from Out There Advertising, where she was an art director... Travis Guida (’02) was recently hired as a psychology teacher with the Blackduck School District. He and his wife live on the east side of Lake Bemidji... Bruce Manske (’00) competed in the March 1 Snowjourn Ski Race at Buena Vista... Gregory Ueland (’02) of Thief River Falls teaches sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade social studies in the school district there. He also serves as head boys and girls cross county coach and as assistant boys basketball and track coach... Darcy Faul (’02) married Jeffrey Fjosne on April 26 in Bemidji... Gary Krueger (’01) and his wife, Nancy, of Puposky announce the March 12 birth of a

daughter... Tiffany Peterson (’00) and Brad Olson, both of Bemidji, were married recently in a private ceremony at Kohl’s Resort near Bemidji... Joe Friedrichs (’00) and Angela Haider (’00) were married on October 18, 2002. Joe works for US Bancorp in St. Paul as a network technician and Angela is employed as a special events coordinator for Lynblomsten in St. Paul …William Tysver (’01) and Lace Suckut were married March 15 in Bowden, ND. Will is employed at Horace May Elementary in Bemidji and Lace is a nurse at North Country Regional Hospital... Linda Butler (’02) is living in Eagan... Elise Souders (’01) of Rosemount recently was hired as a community development coordinator for the City of Minnetonka and is working on finishing her master’s degree in urban studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato... Candi Walz (’02) is employed as a writer with a newspaper in Kimball... Jason Stanoch (’02) of Columbia, MO, is a history teacher at West junior High School in Columbia. His wife, Deborah (’99), is currently the fitness manager at Salisbury Rehab and Fitness in Salisbury, MO... Craig Boyer (’02) has been accepted into the prestigious University of Iowa M.F.A. in Writing program …Korey Koets (’00) of Boulder, CO, is employed as a sample maker with Tuscarora in Longmont, CO... Todd Djonne (’02) and his wife, Jenny, of Blackduck announce the April 9 birth of a son... Jana LeClaire (’00) and her husband, Chris, live in Rockford... Karen LaVine (’02) lives in Shevlin with her husband, Joseph, and their 3-month-old daughter, Gabriel... Rebecca Peterson (’02) was hired this fall as an LEP with the Plummer and Oklee schools. She also serves as the girls C-Team coach for volleyball and as assistant girls basketball... Erich Knapp (’01) performed a series of mini-recitals in April in celebration of having spent 10 years as organist at First English Lutheran Church in Menahga. He teaches vocal and classroom music at Sebeka Public School and is the director of the Park Rapids Classic Chorale... Tony Wittmann (’01) of Inver Grove Heights is employed as an Excel teacher in the St. Paul Public Schools... Brian Amundson (’01) and his wife, Jessica, of Bemidji announce the April 26 birth of a daughter.

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50-Year Reunion – Class of 1953


from the alumni director

A 50-year reunion of the Class of 1953 was held on Thursday, May 15 in Bemidji. With a fantastic turnout, participating alums from the classes of 1952, 1953 and 1954 had a great time catching up with each other at a reception and dinner held on campus.

Marla Huss Patrias

Alumni Association Says Thanks Seven members of the alumni board of directors will complete their official service to this organization in August. Each of them has made tremendous contributions to the board and to the Alumni Association as a whole. As they leave the board, I want to publicly thank them for their years of service and commitment. They have helped shaped a vision to move this organization forward, and to create a structure of programming that focuses on the needs of our alumni and Bemidji State University. I wish each of them the very best as they move on to spend more time with their families and to assist their communities and other organizations needing the help of dedicated volunteers.

1953 Alumni Pictured here are members of the Class of 1953 who attended the reunion. Front Row L-R: Doug Laine, Bill Robertson, Jim Spitzer, Marian (Erickson) Nelson, Marilyn (Eckberg) Hovland, Caroline (Dahl) Andrican. Back Row L-R: Carol (Johnson) Ellis, Selmer Askeland, Loran Eickhoff, Joanne (Griggs) Eickhoff, Newell Ellis, Jim Harker, Bill Kirtland, Willie Stittsworth. 1952 Alumni

Roger Aitken ’73 – serving from 1983 - 2003 Caroline Andrican ’53 / ’62 – serving from 1984 - 2003 Bruce Falk ’71 – serving from 1999 - 2003 Ken Henrikson ’59 – serving from 1981 – 1998 and 2000 – 2003 Debra Kellerman ’72 / ’75 – serving from 1991 – 2003 Tresa King ’97 – serving from 1999 – 2003 Adele Munsterman ’74 – serving from 1999 – 2003

Pictured here are members of the Class of 1952 who attended the reunion. Front Row L-R: Dick Peterson, Carol (Remick) Triden, Noreen (Mihelich) Mee, Lucy (Vlajnich) Kirtland, Don Hanson, Joan (Whalen) Trochlil. Back Row L-R: Jack Kaplan, Angie (Burke) Kalmer, Mary (Randall) Norgart, Zola (Holmes) Bleth, Harriet (Wilmar) Sanner, John Liapis

Mass Communication Outstanding Alum Alumni and students from the Mass Communication Department held their annual banquet on Saturday, April 26, 2003 and named Rachel Raebe Nystrom ‘76 as the 2003 Mass Communication Outstanding Alum. Rachel is employed at Minnesota Public Radio as a Mainstreet Radio Program reporter and live broadcast host. Her reporting career has earned her a Gabriel Award, an O’Brien Excellence in Journalism Merit Award, and a national award for education reporting. Rachel’s commitment to her family, church, community, work and life in rural Minnesota is to be admired and commended.

1954 Alumni Pictured here are members of the Class of 1954 who attended the reunion. Front Row L-R: Joyce (Danielson) Drechsel, Bonnie (Cress) Luedtke. Back Row L-R: Eindride Karlsgodt, Neil McMurrin, Ole Howard, Bob Baker.

Anchorage Alumni Reception Scheduled for July 24, 2003 In response to the excellent turnout last year, we will again host an alumni reception in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday evening, July 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will be held at the home of Don and Lani Kassube who live at 9988 Main Tree Drive on the hillside in South Anchorage. If you’ve always wanted to visit Alaska in the summer, here’s a good reason to do it this year. Late July finds the famous Cook Inlet red salmon in the upper Kenai River, and the world famous Alaska halibut swimming off the shores of Homer. Call the Alumni Office at 1-877-278-2586 for more information.

Homecoming 2003 Set for October 3-5 Homecoming dates for next fall have been set. Homecoming will again be held the first weekend in October. The annual Alumni Honors Banquet will be held on Friday evening, October 3. Saturday’s events will include a pregame tailgate party co-sponsored by the BSU Alumni Association and Beaver Pride, the Homecoming football game, and a Fifth Quarter alumni reception following the game. Sunday’s activities will include the Carl O. Thompson Memorial Concert. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. More details will be sent to active members of the BSU Alumni Association this summer. (Active membership requires a minimum annual $30 contribution to the BSU Foundation.)

Golden Beaver Society Adds 70 Members The second annual Golden Beaver Society luncheon was held in conjunction with BSU’s commencement on May 16. Before a group of approximately 140 people, 70 eligible alumni were presented with bronze medallions signifying membership in the Golden Beaver Society. Created as a means to maintain a connection between the University and its most senior alumni, the Golden Beaver Society is a recognition group for alums who graduated 50 years or more ago. The guest speaker at the luncheon was Dr. Art Lee, professor emeritus of history from BSU. Lee spoke about the history and legacies of the former presidents of BSU. Also as part of the program, Dr. Jon Quistgaard, current BSU president, presented the Distinguished Minnesotan medallion to Edgar Hetteen, recipient of the 2003 award. Hetteen was co-founder of Polaris Inc. and Arctic Cat Co. and is also fondly referred to as the father of snow mobiling. In addition to the University honor, the alumni board president Don Gross presented Hetteen with the Honorary Alumni Award. The luncheon is held in conjunction with commencement each spring. Next year’s luncheon will be held on Friday, May 14.

BSU President Jon Quistgaard speaks to guests at the luncheon.

Class of 1963, Mark Your Calendars The Class of 1963 will hold their 40th reunion on Thursday evening, October 2, so mark your calendars now and plan to attend. If you are interested in participating on a planning committee for this event, contact the Alumni Office at 1-877278-2586 (toll free) or via email at Edgar Hetteen speaks after receiving the Distinguished Minnesotan and Honorary Alumni awards.

Horizons - Summer 2003  

The publication for alumni and friends of Bemidji State University.

Horizons - Summer 2003  

The publication for alumni and friends of Bemidji State University.