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Beaver Pride Winter Golf Classic, on frozen Lake Bemidji February 18, 2000
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30th Anniversary Celebration of BSU Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics, BSU campus
Artist, mathematician, public school teacher. These definitely aren’t the first words that come to mind when describing a person called to serve as a full-time religious. Yet three graduates who trained for just such careers say they are still utilizing the lessons learned at BSU in their service to God every day. The three are among hundreds of BSU alumni whose search for a profession became a vocation.
believe my basis in mathematics and teaching impacts my ministry today in many ways. I most enjoy the careful analysis and teaching of the Bible, including interpretation based on the original languages in which the Bible was written.” Dr. John Eagen
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They are chaplains in the armed forces, preachers, missionaries, priests, and ministers in a variety of fields. Sister Cecilia Schullo, O.S.B, whose days are punctuated with seven rounds of Gregorian chants, leads a structured, contemplative life as a Benedictine nun at the Abbey Regina Laudis at Bethlehem, CT. As a graphic designer in the abbey’s print shop, Schullo said she constantly draws on what she learned at BSU. “I’m glad I finished my degree,” said Schullo, a ’92 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in art. “It really gives me some authority in my area. I feel I’d be scrambling all the time without that knowledge to draw on.” Dr. John Eagen, senior pastor of Grace Church, Edina, a non-denominational church serving an ever-growing congregation of 4,000, completed a master of science in education degree with a major in mathematics at BSU in 1972. He subsequently taught high school math and worked in college administration before entering his ministry full-time in 1987. “I believe my basis in mathematics and teaching impacts my ministry today in many ways,” said Eagen. “I most enjoy the careful analysis and teaching of the Bible, including interpretation based on the original languages in which the Bible was written.” Although Eagen “thoroughly planned to be a mathematician,”
he’s always been sought out and asked to preach, even as a teenager. All the while he was doing his graduate work at BSU and during his teaching career, Eagen served as a youth pastor at churches in the Twin Cities area. Later, while filling administrative positions with Crown College at St. Bonifacius, he also served as interim pastor at several churches in the area. He said his ministry emerged as an outcome of this constantly being asked to preach more than from any conscious choice on his part. In 1982, he was ordained by the Northwestern District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He also holds a doctorate in education from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. “I feel people have enjoyed the type of preaching I do because I like very much to think and reason with them,” explained the analytical Eagen. The Rev. Terri Cuppett, pastor of two small Lutheran churches in the Thief River Falls area, came to BSU intent on fulfilling her dream of becoming a public school teacher. She gained her bachelor of science degree in ’75, with a major in English and minors in German and speech/theater. But, as a visually impaired person, she struggled to get a teaching job. Cuppett has been blind since birth. She taught courses such as En-
glish as a second language and worked as a tutor in Minnesota and Montana sporadically for several years, mostly employed in shortterm government funded jobs. One day while thinking about joining a group doing some missionary teaching in Papua, New Guinea, Cuppett said she received her calling. “A quiet voice said, ‘well then, ordained ministry. Be a pastor,’” said Cuppett. “I really resisted it because I wanted so badly to be a teacher, but the quiet voice persisted. It said, ‘you will do both.’ It was there all the time, like beautiful music calling me to follow it.” Today, Cuppett uses her strong background in English and teaching to help make her an excellent preacher and writer as she serves as pastor of Calvary Lutheran, St. Hilaire, and as interim pastor of St. Pauli, rural Thief River Falls. She believes those who enter the ministry as a second career bring a unique brand of experience and maturity to the job that can’t help but make a positive difference in their ministry. Based on her struggles to find teaching jobs, Cuppett expected that she might have trouble finding a parish to embrace a visually impaired pastor, but first had to complete work at a seminary. She attended Luther Seminary, St. Paul, and received a master of
divinity degree from United Seminary in New Brighton before interning at Faith Lutheran Church, Hamilton, MT. “My confidence started to build and come back to me during this time,” said Cuppett. Many committee meetings and interviews later, in 1992, recommendations for Cuppett to be ordained came from Luther Seminary, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Synod Committee and, finally, the bishop. Still, she waited two more years before a congregation called her. As a pastor, Cuppett finds that her visual impairment actually provides unique opportunities to foster a special physical closeness with her congregation, whether it’s through members assisting at the altar with communion or volunteering to drive her places. She has a seeing-eye dog that accompanies her everywhere and serves doubleduty as a great icebreaker for those who may initially feel uncomfortable about her blindness. “The most important thing is what you have to share, not handling all the mundane things,” said Cuppett. “I believe in a ministry that’s fully shared with the parishioners. I always tell them that it’s not just my ministry – it’s theirs too. They own it.” Others have found their way out (Continued on page 5)
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Sports Sports1999-2000 Women’s Soccer / 3-17, 2-7 NSIC
Bemidji State wrapped up its first season under head coach Ericka Pickett with the school’s first NSIC win and the most wins in a season since the program began in 1996. Freshman Becky Elk (Elgin, IL) was the sole all-NSIC performer for the Beavers this season.
Football / 8-3 overall, 6-2 NSIC
The Beaver football team lived up to its pre-season billing by winning eight games, a feat accomplished only one other time in BSU history. Their 6-2 conference mark was good for a second-place tie. During the season, 13 new records were set. Halfback Chris Meyer (E. Grand Forks) finished his career at BSU with 41 touchdowns and 3,887 yards while quarterback Ben Morie (Rohnert Park, CA) set new standards in single season passing yards (2,323), single season (21) and career (35) TD passes, and single season total offense (2,493). Pictured above: Coach Jeff Tesch with senior quarterback Ben Morie.
For the first time in her 10-year tenure as head women’s basketball coach, Doreen Zierer will be looking at an all senior starting lineup this season. The talent-rich squad returns five starters and 10 letterwinners from a year ago, including Erin Walker (Madison, WI) who topped 1,000 career points a year ago; Peggy Hammel-Moran (Stewartville), who needs just four points to reach 500 for her career; and Jennifer Ohme (Bloomington), who had stretched her assist streak to 69 straight games in 69 starts before being sidelined by an injury last year. Pictured above: Senior players (front, left to right): Erin Walker, Danielle Daniels, Jennifer Ohme. Back: Katie Olson, Christine Schulze, Peggy Hammel-Moran. Women’s Cross Country
Bemidji State placed 14th in the 1999 NCAA Regional with Leah Polzine (Henning) topping BSU’s entrants with a time of 24-minutes, 51.7-seconds. During the season, the runners enjoyed one of their best outings at the NSIC championships where they finished fifth.
Dave Gunther heads into his fifth season as the head coach for the Beaver men’s basketball team. Three of five starters and six letterwinners are listed on the roster, including Mac Smith (Burnsville), the NSIC’s top rebounder from last season, and Larry Smith (Minneapolis), who scored an average of 12.6 points per game despite battling injuries for much of last season. Pictured above: Senior players (left to right) Seth Greenwaldt, Colby Bragg, Larry Smith and Mac Smith.
New is the operative word for the BSU women’s ice hockey program this year as the team competes in the inaugural season of the Women’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Joining the Beavers in the NCAA Division I circuit will be Wisconsin, Minnesota, UMD, St. Cloud State, Ohio State, and MSU Mankato. While the top scorer returns from last season, 23 newcomers dotted the pre-season roster for second-year head coach Ruthann Cantile. Women’s Golf
Tina Burlingame (Bemidji) was named NSIC player of the year after leading the Beavers to their first-ever conference title this fall. Burlingame recorded a 165 to top the field at the league event and was joined on the All-NSIC squad by three BSU teammates. Women’s golf was reinstated in 1996 at BSU and is coached by Jim Mergens.
Led by Ryan Holte (Hawley), the BSU men linksters picked up their third consecutive NSIC championship trophy this fall in dramatic fashion. The winner wasn’t determined until a twohole, 10-golfer playoff round was finished. Holte won the NSIC Individual Championship, also in a playoff, and was named to the allconference team with three other BSU players. It was coach Don Niskanen’s third title.
Volleyball / 25-7, 13-5 NSIC
The Beavers enter their first-full season of NCAA Division I play by joining the newly formed league College Hockey America, which includes Army, Air Force, Niagara, Findlay of Ohio, Alabama-Huntsville, and Wayne State (MI). The Beavers return the top five scorers from a year ago as well as senior goalie Adam Pavlatos (Duluth), who has 48 wins in a Beaver uniform. Coach Bob Peters’ crew will need that experience to survive a 1999-2000 campaign that features 17 CHA outings, nine games versus WCHA teams, two trips into the CCHA ranks, and two games versus ECAC teams.
Bemidji State reached the 20win plateau for the second time in three years as head coach Donna Palivec now has 101 wins in six seasons at BSU. Senior Peggy Hammel-Moran (Stewartville) became the school’s all-time kill leader during the season and senior Michele Dinius (Monticello) moved into second for all-time assists and all-time digs. Moran and Dinius wrapped up their respective careers by becoming only the second and third players in BSU history to top the 1,000-milestone in two separate statistical categories. Pictured above: Peggy HammelMoran (left) and Michele Dinius.
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Published Works of Faculty
Instruct and Inspire
A good book stimulates the imagination and challenges the reader to grapple with new information and ideas, and a talented writer successfully engages the reader, whether the book is one of instruction, reference, self-exploration or fiction. BSU is fortunate to be able to claim among its faculty many talented writers who have published books qualifying as both instructional and inspirational. This article is the first in a series to appear in HORIZONS on faculty who have published books. This installment focuses on non-fiction. Susan Hauser
Dr. Evan Hazard
Dr. Evan Hazard, professor emeritus, retired from 36 years of teaching biology at BSU in 1994, but a book he published in 1982, “The Mammals of Minnesota,” continues today to be regarded as the definitive state manual on the topic. Hazard was approached by the University of Minnesota Press to write the book in 1975 because it was needed. Hazard said the book covers every species of mammal known to once or currently exist in the state. It’s used as a reference manual by the Minnesota Department of Resources, as a textbook, and, according to Hazard, as an “identification manual for lay people interested in critters.” Writing the book turned out to be good training, said Hazard, because he used much of what he learned in the writing and editing process in a new class he subsequently initiated at BSU called the
literature of biology. The class stressed concise, direct, carefully cited scientific writing. Today, Hazard writes daily and is enjoying it more than ever before, but his audience has changed dramatically. He writes a column for the Bemidji daily newspaper and writes sermons used as a regular lay speaker at his church. If there should ever be another book in his future he predicts it will be about the relationship of science, evolution and faith. Dr. Dan Gartrell
The textbook “A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom” by Dr. Dan Gartrell is in its second edition, and he is working on a new book scheduled for publication in the spring of 2000. “My goal is always to write a readable book that deals with some big issues,” said Gartrell. Gartrell has been at BSU since 1969 and currently serves as director of the Child Development Training Program and professor of early childhood and elementary education. His first textbook served as an introduction to the theory and application of guidance, as a replacement for traditional classroom discipline in teaching children ages 3 to 8. Conflict management, cultural sensitivity, parent-teacher partner-
ships and developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom are central concepts of the book. Originally titled “A Guidance Approach to Discipline,” the second edition of the book was renamed, eliminating all reference to discipline because, Gartrell noted, conventional forms of discipline slide too easily into punishment. “The emphasis with very young children needs to be on teaching them the life skills they’ll need to succeed in a life-long learning experience.” Gartrell’s new book uses anecdotes of children and adults to provide teachers with practical lessons and perspective and is entitled “Conversations with Children: Building the Encouraging
Susan Carol Hauser, assistant professor of English, teaches a writers’ workshop entitled “Writing for Love, Writing for Money” which seems a concise summation of her own experience. While the Minneapolis native describes herself as starting out as a poet, a tour of her writing career meanders through journalism, technical writing, research, commentary and instructional writing. Although she’s been working at Bemidji State University in a variety of positions for at least 15 years, she’s focused on teaching English full-time for the past two. Hauser has published six books and draws her inspiration primarily from nature and human nature and describes her writing as “mostly personal essay.” A new book about how to write a personal memoir is scheduled for publication next year. “New, emerging writers should try to get published. It’s important,” said Hauser. “Composers are encouraged to perform their music for others and artists frame their works for display. Publishing serves as the writer’s frame. It gives our work permanence and helps it find the right audience.” In her most recent book, “Sugartime: The Hidden Pleasures of Making Maple Syrup, with a Primer for the Novice Sugarer,”
Hauser reflects on Native American traditions and on the process she uses when making maple syrup in northern Minnesota. She writes about the joys of collecting the sap and what she has learned over the years about cooking it down into syrup, at the same time describing and celebrating the turning of the seasons.
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ew, emerging writers should try to get published. It’s important. Composers are encouraged to perform their music for others and artists frame their works for display. Publishing serves as the writer’s frame. It gives our work permanence and helps it find the right audience.” Susan Carol Hauser
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BSUHorizons Vol. 15, No. 2, Winter 1999-2000 Produced by the News and Publications Office and the Alumni Office at Bemidji State University, HORIZONS is published quarterly and distributed without charge to BSU alumni, students, faculty, staff and other friends of the University. BSU is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Al Nohner Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathy Berglund Photographer . . . . . . . . . . . John Swartz President . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Jim Bensen Alumni Director . . . . . . . . . Sue Kringen Writer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jody Grau Editorial Assistance . . . . . Peggy Nohner Editorial Board: Dr. Jim Bensen, BSU president; Dr. David Tiffany, vice president for University advancement; Al Nohner, director of news services and publications; Sue Kringen, director of alumni relations; Jeff Totten, assistant professor of business relations; Dr. Gerald Morine, professor of chemistry.
Where We Are ... What We’re Doing K-6 will use computer software to help bring their reading and math skills in line with what is expected for the various grade levels. Peterson has had a number of teaching and program assignments in Warren schools during the past six years and, in addition to her new duties, will continue this year as the adaptive physical education teacher for all grade ALL CITIES ARE LOCATED IN MINNESOTA UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. levels ... Terry Fredin (’69) and Karen Fredin (’68) live in Windom where Karen works in the personnel department almost a decade at Isle. Captain raised his family in Long of HSI, a company she’s been with for 17 years. Terry is 1940s Prairie where he taught fifth grade for 13 years and then entering his eighth year of teaching construction trades, Phyllis A. Larson (’42) spends her winters in Newport served as elementary principal for five more years. In 1982 metals and drafting at Windom High School and works and summers on Star Island in Cass Lake. he moved to Fairfax where he was both school with his son, Bill, in the Fredin Construction business. He superintendent and elementary school principal. He took is also in his 10th year as tournament coordinator for 1950s over as superintendent at Isle in 1990 ... Kurt Kahlenbeck Minnesota Hockey District IV and continues to have an Verlette Thiessen Nyland (’55) of Bemidji has been (’69) took over this fall as principal of Wheaton High active interest in auto racing ... Robert Stefanich (’65) of retired from her 38-year-career as an elementary teacher School. He comes to the new job following a stint as Babbitt has retired after 34 years of teaching elementary for 19 years. These days she spends her time doing headmaster at Kyoto International School in Japan ... Al grades, spending the last 31 years of his teaching career in church work and contributing as an active member to Foley (’67) is the new superintendent of schools at Red Babbitt. He plans to spend more time skiing, hunting and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the Lake Falls. He began his career teaching science for 10 traveling ... Robert Scarpino (’69) of Port Clinton, OH, American Legion Auxiliary. She’s also a weaver and years at Foley, and for the last six years he’s been the has retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and now works partenjoys decorative painting in addition to many other principal at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton ... Roy Berg (’67) time delivering papers. His wife, Jan, is employed as a hobbies ... Robert W. Fiskum (’58) retired in May from was a featured soloist at the Organs in Revue program held receptionist in a doctor’s his position as University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Aug. 12 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hibbing. office ... Grace E. Olson soccer coach. Today he’s overseeing the construction of He is a piano technician, choir director at Wesley and an (’60) operates Olson’s a vacation home on 75 acres in the Ozark Mountains of active performer ... Helen Grand (’67) and her husband, Lodge, Park Rapids, and Arkansas ... Florence Isaacson (’67) and her husband, Paul, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this works as a substitute Roger, spend part of each year at homes in Grand Rapids summer ... Wes Hanson (’68) recently moved to teacher at Park Rapids and Mesa, AZ. Oklahoma City, OK, where he accepted a position as Middle School. Olson’s professor of biology at Southern Nazarene University, Lodge celebrates its 60th 1960s Bethany, OK, ... Rachel Peterson (’65) is teaching in a anniversary this year. Dale Captain (’64) retired this summer from his new after-school program at Warren and Alvarado position as superintendent of Isle schools, concluding Elementary Schools called “kids.com.” Children in grades Grace E. Olson
1970s Debbie (Bryant) Davis (’76) of Albuquerque, NM, is the compliance officer at the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, where she has worked for the past 13 years. She is responsible for assuring compliance for the federal low-income housing programs that MFA administers for the state. Her daughter, Quinn, is a freshman in high school ... Alan Hoffman (’73) of Broken Arrow, OK, works in computer sales for Uniview Technologies and has his own computer help home-based business. His wife works for Broken Arrow Schools Nutrition Department. The couple has a daughter who is in seventh grade ... Scott Harstad (’78) of Plymouth works as a technical consultant and is a Plymouth City Council member and a scout leader. He’s married and has two children ... Roger Johnson (’73) and Stephanie Johnson (’73) live in Pullman, WA. Roger was recently named station manager of Northwest Public Radio, a 12-station network based in Pullman that serves listeners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia. Stephanie is a librarian at Lapwai Elementary School in Lapwai, ID ... Connie Daigle (’73) of Grand Rapids received a master’s degree in education from Hamline University Graduate School of Education May 22. Her thesis was on recognizing community in a middle school classroom ... Sandee (Seaton) McLaughlin (’71) of Baldwin, WI, is comfortably settled in a 1904 Victorian home and traveling to find the “perfect” retirement home on the beach. She’s employed as a legal secretary for Collins, Buckley, Sauntry & Haugh, St. Paul, and has two grown children, a son and a daughter ... Ralph Rokke (’73) and (Continued on page 4)
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Retirees Bemidji State University Retirees from Bemidji State University in the past year included the following individuals. Dr. Dean Bowman, professor of sociology, retired at the end of spring semester. He came to BSU in 1979 with assignments in sociology and anthropology. He participated in the creation of the Peace and Justice Studies Program in 1988 and served as co-chair of the peace and justice studies faculty committee. Linda Brooks retired at the end of spring semester after serving the University in a variety of clerical and accounting capacities since 1962. During her tenure on campus she worked in the office of the dean of instruction, the placement office, the president’s office, the purchasing office and the accounting office. Shari Chapman retired in October from her position as a library technician. She’d been employed in that position since 1975. Bert Clark retired from the position of physical plant director in October. Clark started working at BSU as an account clerk in 1959. He served in a half dozen different accounting positions in the ‘60s and ‘70s, was a business manager from 1976 to 1983, and physical plant director from 1983 until his retirement. Dr. John Halcrow, professor of education, retired at the conclusion of the 1999 fall semester. Halcrow joined the BSU faculty in the fall of 1969 to teach courses in professional education and educational counseling. He served as the education division head from 1970-1971 and the chair of the Department of Education in the fall of 1995.
Bev Herr retired from her position as general maintenance worker in June, concluding almost 19 years of employment. Jack Jacobsen retired at the end of spring semester after more than 25 years at BSU. For 23 years he was employed in the Financial Aid Office. He also served for two years as director of purchasing. Dr. Kenneth Lundberg, professor of chemistry, retired this summer. He started at the university as an associate professor in chemistry in 1968 and chaired the Chemistry Department from 1976 to 1984 and again from 1989 to 1990. The acting dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics in 1983, he assumed the responsibilities of dean for the College of Social and Natural Sciences in 1990. Steve Lunde, accounting supervisor/director of purchasing, retired in September. He had worked in several different accounting positions since he was first hired in 1973. Dr. Alexander Nadesan, professor of political science, retired at the end of spring semester. He started at BSU in the fall of 1965 as an associate professor of political science. From 1975 to 1987 and again in 19911992, he chaired the Department of Political Science. He also directed Asian studies for 13 years and was active in the international studies field of emphasis. From 1992-1993 and in the fall of 1997, he taught at the Minnesota State University in Akita, Japan. Dr. David Nordlie, professor of sociology, retired at the end of spring semester. He arrived on campus in 1970 and served 20 years as the chair of the Department of Social Rela-
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Hermantown High School. He also coached football there for 24 years. Bowen and his wife, Marlene, have two children, Matt, 20, and Leah, 18 ... Daniel Wilde (’70) of Turlock, CA, is the support services manager for the city of Turlock. He’s been married for 16 years and his hobbies include flying ultra-light airplanes, kayaking and hiking ... Ron Tveit (’74) was selected teacher of the year at Warroad schools. He Randy Bowen Lloyd Styrwol teaches Minnesota history to sixth-graders spent three weeks vacationing in France ... Karen Midthun and during his 25-year teaching career he’s spent 20 of those years coaching minor league hockey and seventh(’71), a Cuyunna Range Elementary School fifth-grade and eighth-grade football ... John J. Makowski (’70) and teacher, was selected by her peers as the 1999 CrosbyNancy K. (Oistad) Makowski (’70) live in Portland, MI, Ironton Teacher of the Year. She has taught in Crosbywhere John has worked as a prison warden for 15 years Ironton schools since 1971 and lives just north of Crosby with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Nancy is with her husband, Mike, and their two sons, Adam and David. She’s active in the community, serving with the Grad employed as a counselor and testing coordinator at Central Montcalm High Blast Committee, Safety Town and Immanuel Lutheran School. The couple has Church of Crosby ... Bill Leff (’73) has been named vice two daughters, Beth, 19 president of Northwest Technical College’s Detroit Lakes and Sarah, 17 ... Alan campus. Most recently, Leff had served as dean of student services at the Detroit Lakes campus. In his new position he Pendleton (’77) of will be responsible for the overall operation of the campus, Ramsey was appointed this fall as the new 10th including student services, community relations and the Judicial District judge in physical learning environment ... Lloyd Styrwoll (’71) is Sherburne County. His the new superintendent of schools in the Grand Rapids School District. His wife, Linda, is a part-time teacher in the appointment is the first of district and the couple has three children, a college junior, a 13 new district court judgeships created by the high school senior and a ninth-grader ... Randy Bowen (’73) of Hermantown is the new principal of Willow River 1999 Minnesota Legislature. Pendleton had been High School. For the past 25 years he’s taught science at Alan Pendleton
Kathi (Vogt) Rokke (’73) live in Minneapolis. Ralph is a pastor at Saint James Lutheran Church in West St. Paul and Kathi is a children’s librarian at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Their daughter, Shari, is a freshman at BSU ... Maureen McCall (’74) of White Bear Lake has been a social worker for 23 years ... Lucia Sexton Bill Leff (’74) of Arlington Heights, IL, has been teaching K-5 music for the past five years ... Mark Carlson (’75) and Nan Carlson (’76) of Golden Valley purchased IMS Minnesota, a small local distributorship of ASCOM National Management Systems. The company has 11 employees ... Bev (Olson) Darling (’74) of Plano, TX, has been married for 26 years and has three sons, the youngest of which is a high school senior ... Nick Packard (’79) was installed as pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Chokio and St. Charles Catholic Church of Herman in August. He’s been a priest since 1987 and during the past 10 years served as pastor of St. Rita’s at Hillman and Sacred Heart of Wahkon ... Gayle McConnell (’74) of Drayton, ND, has retired from teaching business education at the Drayton High School ... David Stadum (’74) of Chatfield works as a special education lead teacher and is finishing coursework needed to get his administrative license. He has two sons, a sixth-grader and seventh-grader ... Sharon Botelle-Sherman (’74) of Woodbury, CT, is employed as a communications coordinator at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, North Haven, CT ... MerrilyAnn Leong (’74) of Honolulu, HI, and her husband recently
tions and Services. He was also instrumental in the development of a number of programs including the sociology major, the social work major, the criminal justice major and the master of arts degree in applied behavioral sciences. Mark Paulson, assistant director of admissions, retired last winter after nearly 30 years on staff. He joined BSU in 1968 as the director of the federally funded Northern Minnesota Youth Development Project. In 1970 he became assistant director of Field Services, counseling prospective freshmen and transfer students. Two years later, alumni relations were added to his responsibilities and in 1981 he was named director of alumni affairs and the liaison with the BSU Foundation, a position he filled until 1989 when he was granted an extended leave from BSU. He returned in 1992 as assistant director of admissions. Gerald Schnabel, professor of history and coordinator of religious studies, retired at the end of spring semester. He was a member of the History Department since 1967. Schnabel served as coordinator and chair of the Religious Studies Program since it was established in 1969. He also served as a member of the Honors Council. Bea Schulke retired in August from her position as administrative secretary. She’d been employed in a variety of clerical positions at BSU since 1975. Al Thorson, general maintenance worker, retired in February, having been employed in that position since 1988.
Vice President Tiffany Accepts Position in Pennsylvania Dr. David Tiffany, Bemidji State University vice president for advancement, has resigned to accept a similar position at California University of Pennsylvania (CUP). “It would be impossible to list all the good things Dave has done for Bemidji State,” said Dr. Jim Bensen, BSU president. “He virtually nurtured our outreach Dr. David Tiffany effort through its infancy to a point where it now plays significant roles in supporting the University with additional funds, providing strong connections with the community and region, and in helping guide the institution in its decision making processes.” Tiffany was Bemidji State’s first vice president to serve solely in the advancement area with responsibilities in fund raising, alumni affairs, and public relations. When he arrived on campus, the BSU Foundation had endowed funds of $490,000 and assets of $650,000. Endowments now exceed $5.5 million and the assets more than $7.7 million. During his tenure on campus, Tiffany was instrumental in establishing the 3M Chair of Accounting, acquiring the David Park House to provide space for foundation and alumni operations, initiating the FullTuition Scholarship Program, aiding the move of BSU hockey to NCAA Division I, forming the Beaver Pride organization for athletics, planning and starting the campaign to support the American Indian Resource Center, and raising funds for the newly remodeled A.C. Clark Library. Tiffany was also active in the community. He is a musician in the Community Band and JackPine Brass Quartet, president of the Bemidji Rotary Club, past president of the Bemidji Visitors and Convention Bureau, and former member of the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce board. “The major reason for leaving is that my wife and I will be much closer to our families, especially our grandchildren,” Tiffany said of the move to California University of Pennsylvania, a state university with an enrollment of 5,500 located 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. “I’m looking forward to some new challenges at a campus that has many similarities with BSU.” A national search will be conducted to fill the position in early summer. During the interim, staff within the division will assume some new responsibilities. Al Nohner, director of News and Publications, will pick up additional responsibilities in marketing and public relations. Sue Kringen, as acting executive director of the BSU Foundation, and Tricia Bunten, as director of development and annual giving, will staff BSU Foundation and Alumni Association needs, coordinate events and supervise office personnel in the Park House. Carl Baer, a past president of the BSU Foundation, will provide services for three off-campus activities: the American Indian Resource Center, a capital campaign that will be conducted under the direction and in support of the American Indian Resource Center campaign cabinet and its executive committee; governmental relations for the MnSCU supplemental appropriation; and work with Northwest Technical College as well as the MnSCU system office on the 2000 bonding request. Questions relating to foundation or alumni activities can be referred to Kringen or Bunten at 218-755-2762 or 1-877-BSU-ALUM.
an assistant Anoka County attorney and has been employed with the county from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1988 to the time of his appointment. He and his wife, Sarah, have three young sons ... Jerry Adam (’76) of Keewatin was recently promoted by National Pellet Steel Co. to the position of division manager-mine from his previous position as area manager-mine maintenance ... Gary M. Salmela (’71) of Soudan is president of the local chapter of the Lions Club ... Terry Cuthbertson (’71) of Topeka, KS, was selected as the director of information and business management for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System in September ... Carol Aenne (’77) took over at the beginning of this school year as principal of Clearbrook-Gonvick High School.
1980s Terry Gunderson (’83) of Maplewood is director of communications for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She recently received an award for speech writing from the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators. She and her husband have three daughters ... Kenneth Kalish (’82) of Blaine took over Aug. 16 as associate director of the Master of Science in Telecommunications program at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He was formerly employed as a project analyst for the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, where he worked with inmates at the Lino Lakes prison in the Computers For Schools refurbishing program ... Tom Gerber (’83) lives in Omaha, NE, where he works as a webmaster for the Union Pacific Railroad. He is married and has two daughters ... Christopher Fettig (’86) of Bemidji, a vocal
music teacher for 13 years, is one of eight finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award. Fettig has taught at Bemidji High School for the past 12 years, having spent one year in the Benson school district prior to that. He was named Teacher of the Year for District 31 ... Denise Kallas (’87) of Batavia, IL, is starting a business selling lawn furniture “durable enough to withstand Minnesota winters outdoors.” She and husband, David, had their second child in April while living in Mexico City, Mexico, where they stayed for about four years. They moved back to the United States in May ... Suzanne (Ott) Holland (’83) uses the on-air name of Kelly Stone in her morning television news anchor position at WDAY/ WDAZ in Fargo, ND ... Carol Guy (’83) and husband, Bruce, of Roseau recently bought a hunting cabin in the woods to share with their two teenage sons ... Ken Boie (’89) of Belle Plaine is a telecommunications analyst for Delta Dental Plan of Minnesota. He lives with his son and two daughters ... Jill Radley (’86) of Thatcher, AZ, was recently hired as a social studies teacher after spending three years as a substitute teacher ... Carol Sigfrinius (‘83) of Grand Rapids received her master of arts in education degree from Hamline University Graduate School of Education May 22. Her thesis was on implementing the multiple intelligence theory in the business classroom ... Ann Haugo (’89) of Champaign, IL, completed her theater PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a visiting instructor this year in the department of English and the Women’s Studies Program. She and her husband, Steve Pelphrey, have a two-year-old son, Richard ... James Roo (’87) and Karen Roo (’86) live in Coon Rapids where both are teaching.
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became obvious to them both that Schullo’s real interest centered on a newfound fascination with theology and the abbey. When he invited her to accompany him on a return visit, Schullo booked a flight planning to spend two weeks. “I didn’t ever want to leave,” said Schullo. “I cancelled all my classes at BSU and signed up for a year-long internship at the abbey.“ She came back to BSU to complete her bachelor’s degree in art before returning to the abbey as a novice. Now, six years later, she’s taken her first vows (Continued from page 3) and can’t imagine livClassroom.” The book includes 165 stories about ing anywhere else. actual student-teacher interactions collected from Although Schullo 60 contributors, the large majority of whom were was raised Catholic, students in Gartrell’s early childhood classes. His pursuing a serious refirst book had included a couple dozen anecdotes ligious life was never and Gartrell, wanting to expand on that, found a something she conwilling publisher in Redleaf Press, St. Paul. sidered, and “being a Looking to the future, Gartrell said he hopes nun was totally not in to write another book dealing with how children the picture.” cope with and learn to appreciate human differ“Right away I was ences. amazed by the nuns at Faculty books that are currently used in BSU the abbey and the courses are usually available, or can be ordered, things they accomthrough either of the two bookstores in Bemidji plished every day, that stock textbooks; Wallace University Bookwhether it was whizstore, located on campus, and Beaver Bookstore. zing around on a tracOther books by faculty writers may be found at tor or working on a Harmony Natural Foods Co-op in Bemidji or acFulbright,” said cessed through any of the major booksellers. Schullo. “It was a very alive place, and Dan Gartrell “A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom,” second I wanted to be a part edition, Delmar-ITP/Thompson, Albany, NY, 1998. of that and give it to other people. Susan Carol Hauser There’s really an “Sugartime: The Hidden Pleasures of Making Maple Syrup, with a Primer for the Novice Sugarer,” The Lyons Press, 1997. amazing freedom in “Full Moon: Reflections on Turning Fifty,” Papier-Mache Press, 1996. monastic life, which “Nature’s Revenge: The Secrets of Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison you wouldn’t expect. Life inside follows a Sumac, and Their Remedies,” Lyons & Burford, 1996. “Girl to Woman: A Gathering of Images,” Astarte Shell Press, 1992. very different kind of rhythm than what “Which Way to Look,” Loonfeather Press, Bemidji, 1992.
of secular life relatively clear of the stumbling blocks Cuppett encountered. Schullo first set her feet on the path to the monastic abbey, which she now calls home, in the BSU computer lab. There she met a young man who needed help with a resume, one that made reference to theological studies in Italy and mentioned a stay at the Abbey Regina Laudis. Schullo dated the person for a while, but invariably the discussions were directed to the abbey. Soon it
“Meant to Be Read Out Loud,” Loonfeather Press, Bemidji, 1992.
most Americans are used to. It surprised me how sort of normal and right it felt. ” Schullo’s community of about 40 nuns is cloistered and follows the monastic rules of St. Benedict. The abbey is self-sustaining through its farming and sale of the artwork created by its members. The community recorded a compact disc a few years ago, “Sisters in Chant,’” which it also sells. The motivation for recording the ageless Gregorian chants was, however, more based in the desire to share the music than to create an income, said Schullo, who designed the CD cover. The sisters of Regina Laudis perform the ancient chants seven times each day, once in the middle of the night. It’s their form of prayer. “Outreach is not our focus,” explained Schullo. “Our way of life is one of work and prayer. We focus on contemplative religion. I guess you could say we’re the place where others come back to in order to find their center.” The abbey has guesthouses capable of holding about 25 at a time. Visitors are asked to write a letter to the abbey’s guest department explaining why they wish to visit and how long they’d like to stay. Impromptu visits are discouraged, although Schullo said a friend of hers caused quite a stir one day by showing up unannounced at the front door on his motorcycle. In stark contrast to Schullo’s monastic existence, Dr. Eagen set his sights on reaching out to the whole world with his Biblical message and growing his home church congregation from 4,000 today to 25,000.
Left: The Rev. Terri Cuppett Below left: Dr. John Eagen Below right: Sister Cecilia Schullo
Eagen keeps up an impressive schedule of foreign tours; ministering to and preaching at sister churches scattered around the globe and was recently preparing for a trip to Vietnam. The church supports 80 missionaries as part of its world strategy. “People need to hear the good news and learn the way to heaven,” said Eagen who preaches five sermons to seven congregations at Grace Church each Sunday. He organizes his sermons in series of 10 to 30 related topics, tapes every sermon and makes them available for a nominal fee in the church’s bookstore. About 120,000 of the tapes are purchased annually.
Grace Church is breaking ground in Eden Prairie, beginning construction of a new $65 million campus designed to draw and hold the 20,000 new members of the congregation that Eagen anticipates. “We’re a non-denominational, independent church with a congregation whose religious background represents 65 different denominations,” said Eagen of his flock. Asked how much time he spends on administration, Eagen replied that he hires others to tend to those matters. “I preach. And I serve as pastor to the leaders of our church who minister to the rest of our congregation, and I provide overall vision to the church,” said Eagen of his role as senior pastor to such a large church.
“The Mammals of Minnesota,” University of Minnesota Press, 1982.
James teaches business education in an at-risk program at the high school and Karen teaches physical education and serves as head hockey coach, also at the high school. They have three children; Taylor, 5, Carter, 3, and Jordan, fourmonths ... Mark Nohner (’80) and Susan Nohner (’80) live in Baudette. Mark recently received the Milken Foundation Award, which includes a cash award of $25,000. Susan teaches early childhood special education at Lake of the Woods School. The Nohners have two children, Lynne, 15, and Karie, 10 ... Michael Pratt (’89) of Rock Hill, SC, was promoted in October to administrative assistant to the superintendent of Chester County School District in Chester, SC. Previously he’d served for three years as assistant principal at Chester Park Elementary School, the largest elementary school in the state. Michael and his wife, Lipi, also announce the February, 1999, birth of their second son, Heath Michael ... Lesli (Chinnock) Anderson (’84) of Minneapolis is working as a veterinary assistant at Minnehaha Animal Hospital in Minneapolis ... Nancy DeVriendt-Klassen (’88) of Carlton works full-time and has three children, ages one, three and six ... Kathy Ann Bolduc (’87) works parttime in customer service at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital, Princeton. She is also cofounder of Thera Simplicity, Inc., a company specializing in Kathy Bolduc
computer software tools for occupational, physical and speech therapists. She lives with her husband, Tom, and their three children just south of Princeton ... Rosa (Bailey) Jones (’86) and Ron Jones (’86) live in Fridley. Rosa is starting her eleventh season on the stats crew for the Minnesota Timberwolves and worked this summer for the WNBA Lynx as an official scorer and scoreboard operator. Ron is employed as a senior systems analyst for 3M in the pharmaceuticals department ... Amy (Eisenrich) Bofferding (’88) of Bemidji is resigning her position with Paul Bunyan Telephone, where she’s worked for the past 11 years. She plans to devote more time to her family which includes two sons, ages six and four, and a four-month-old daughter ... Craig Hegna (’89) and Wanda (Cederholm) Hegna (’89) live in East Bethel. Craig is a senior consultant with Leggette, Brashears and Graham, Inc., where he’s been employed for 10 years. Wanda has left her news reporting career to stay home with the couple’s daughters, five-year-old Jennifer and two-year-old Jamie ... Teresa (Peterson) Johnson (’85) of Shakopee works part-time as the K-12 parent involvement coordinator and has two children ... Dale Erickson (’87) and Barb Erickson (’88) live in Rochester where Dale works with Analyst International as a programmer ... Chris (McGavran) Ketay (’83) of Emporia, KS, and her husband, Mike, work at Emporia State University. They previously spent 10 years in Denton, TX, at the University of North Texas. The couple has three children, Kellie, 9, Christopher, 7, and Caryn, 5 ... Jean Weyer (’81) is teaching second grade in Menahga. She spent the past nine years working at St. Ann’s Catholic School in Wadena, including one year as
an administrator ... Gerald Hoyum (’89) of Kelliher is the new MMI (BRIC) teacher at Cass Lake-Bena schools. He previously taught special education at Kelliher.
Halsey Roe Mahoney ... Kerri (Franzen) Bilben (’96) of Elko, NV, has been teaching the past four years at Wells High School in Elko County, NV. As an assistant marching band director at Elko High, Bilben traveled with the band to the 1999 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. The band also marched in a parade at Disneyland on New Year’s Eve and plans to perform in the Bands of America Regional this year in Las Vegas, NV ... Christopher Fiske 1990s (’93) of Rapid River, MI, is working toward the completion of his master’s degree in theology at Luther Seminary, St. Robb Johnson (’90) is Jean Weyer acting as the Roseau High School choir director this year. Paul. Fiske works for Skyway Airlines in Escanaba, MI. He’s married to Julie (Blekeberg) and the couple has a 19He’s spent the past nine years as Roseau’s elementary month-old son, Marshall ... Kyle J. Witherow (’93) of music director... Ann Katzmarek (’95) of Crystal has Woodbury planned a fall wedding to Tracey Stanich. been teaching in the Twin Cities area for five years. She Witherow is employed with Lakeville Public Schools, currently works in the Wayzata school district teaching recently completed a master’s in arts education and is fifth grade and coaching tennis and girls hockey ... Tara Klander (’98) and Kelly Klander of Bemidji announce the currently working on his license in public school administration at Saint Mary’s University ... Barb OwenAug. 12 birth of a daughter ... Todd Folstad Boerger (’94) is the lifestyle education assistant at St. Luke’s Hospital Center for Holistic Healthcare, Duluth. (’96) of Bloomington is employed as a pharmacy She and her husband moved to Duluth four years ago ... Roxanne Fenson (’91) and Peter Fenson (’92) of Bemidji benefits manager with Diversified Pharmaceuti- announce the July 22 birth of a son ... Daniel Beattie (’97) of Arlington, VA, is research assistant to the chairman at cal Services in West Bloomington. He recently the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC, a performed with the alumni federal agency that supports the visual, literary and performing arts ... Dean Sether (’94) and Charlene Sether choir in St. Paul ... Jill of Bemidji announce the July 27 birth of a daughter ... (Saulsbury) Mahoney (’94) and Chris Mahoney James Hagen (’95) of Grand Rapids received his master of (’94) of Jamestown, ND, arts in education degree from Hamline University Graduate School of Education on May 22. His thesis was announce the Sept. 30, 1998, birth of a daughter, on graphing calculators in the pre-algebra classroom ... Halsey Roe Mahoney
Diane Rutherford (’90) of Pengilly received her master of arts in education degree from Hamline University Graduate School of Education on May 22. Her thesis was on implementing the multiple intelligence theory in the business classroom ... Mike Snyder (’93) and his wife, Jill (Regan) Snyder (’94), recently moved to Sioux Falls, SD. Mike is employed by the Sioux Falls Stampede Hockey Team of the United States Hockey League as the team’s media relations manager and also serves as the radio playby-play announcer. Jill now works in customer relations at Citibank, having spent the past three years in television production. Mike and Jill celebrated their fifth anniversary in October ... Jim White (’94) of Barnesville has been employed for the past year and a half as an exercise physiologist with the Meritcare Hospital system in Fargo, ND. He works in the cardiac rehabilitation department with patients recovering from heart and lung problems. His wife, Karen, is a product engineer at Imation Corporation in Wahpeton, ND ... Jennifer Karina (’95) of Bemidji recently married Paul Anderson (’97), also of Bemidji. Jennifer is employed at Headwaters Regional Development Commission and Paul works at Northland Fishing Tackle ... Dawn Hamilton (’92) and James Hamilton of Bemidji announce the Aug. 9 birth of a daughter ... Heather Strandlien (’98) and Cory Strandlien of Shevlin announce the Aug. 10 birth of a daughter ... Pamela Haiby (’93) and Scott Haiby of Blackduck announce the Aug. 10 birth of a son ... Kari J. Chaffee (’98) is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, in career studies and development. She runs with the BSU Alumni Team in the Grandma’s Marathon at (Continued on page 6)
Horizons Page 6 Nominations invited for Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame
In Memoriam Sally James-Lehmann (former faculty) Jim Cecil (former faculty) Douglas Verrill (’52) of International Falls Patricia Corrin (’73) of Scottsdale, AZ Wava Lindstrom (’33) of Guthrie Ann Zbikowski (’85) of Bemidji Marcia Lally (’74) of West Creek, NJ David Lindberg (’67) of Cannon Falls Dr. Robert Decker (former president) of Ventura, CA Roger Lillquist (’77) of Wadena Richard Guralski (’72) of Virginia Ruth Edevold (’70) of Bemidji Charles Blanchard of Appleton, WI Daryl Latterell (’71) of Kelliher Mike Paulson (’76) of Emerado, ND William Andrey (’73) of Park Ridge, IL Jeannette Zajicek (’42) of Bowling Green, FL Irene McWalter (’35) of Park Forest, IL Ann Sadar (’61) of Virginia Olive Muser (’30) of Carlsbad, CA Daniel Dressen (’72) of Belle Plaine Gerald Nelson (former faculty)
Honored recently for their pioneering efforts in BSU’s women’s athletics were (left to right) Betsy McDowell, Pat Rosenbrock, Ruth Howe, Marjory “Mardy” Beck and Myrtie Hunt.
Pioneers of BSU Women’s Athletics Honored Five pioneers of BSU women’s athletics were honored at the women’s hockey season opener Oct. 29 as they took to the ice in a ceremonial face-off to commemorate 30 years of women’s athletics at BSU. Joining BSU President Jim Bensen on the ice for the special face off ceremony prior to the BSU versus Wayne State game to be recognized for their achievements were Betsy McDowell, Pat Rosenbrock, Ruth Howe, Marjory “Mardy” Beck and Myrtie Hunt. McDowell, professor emeritus and former BSU field hockey coach, currently serves as a Beaver Pride board member. Rosenbrock, BSU’s first gymnastics coach, also coached track and volleyball and currently chairs the 30-Year Anniversary Committee. Howe, professor emeritus and a former basketball and tennis coach, is one of the founders of the Lady Beaver Golf Tournament. Now known as the First National Bank Women’s Athletics Golf Classic, the annual tournament has become the largest fundraiser for BSU women’s athletics scholarships. Beck, professor emeritus, was the first president of the Minn-Kota and Northern Sun Women’s Athletic Conferences and also served as the
first president of the Minnesota Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Hunt, professor emeritus and former tennis coach, was also the originator of the first dance shows which have since evolved into the popular “Funtastic Dance Follies.” It was the fall of 1969, three years prior to the passage of Title IX, when BSU elevated its women’s extramural sports program to a full-fledged intercollegiate varsity athletic program and began competing in the newly formed Minn-Kota Conference for women. In its inaugural season, BSU women’s athletics offered seven programs - basketball, volleyball, field hockey, gymnastics, track, tennis and swimming. Currently, the university offers nine women’s athletic programs, with the most recent addition of women’s hockey. In the last 30 years, more than 1,000 female student-athletes have competed in varsity intercollegiate athletics at BSU. “Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Secure the Future” is the theme of the 30th Anniversary Celebration with events and festivities taking place throughout the year and culminating with a huge weekend of events scheduled for March 24 - 26.
Nominations are now being accepted for candidates to be considered for the 2000 Outstanding Alumni Award and for induction into the BSU Athletic Hall of Fame. The Outstanding Alumni Award is presented annually during Homecoming and is the highest honor presented by the Bemidji State University Alumni Association. The recipients of the award bring recognition to their alma mater through distinguished and professional achievements and are honored for exceptional service and contributions to BSU and to their community, state and nation. All nominees must have graduated from BSU at least 10 years ago. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 1, 2000, and can be made by anyone except an immediate family member. Current members of BSU faculty and staff and current members of the Board of Directors of the BSU Alumni Association are not eligible for consideration. A nomination form can be obtained by calling the Alumni Office at 1-877-BSU-ALUM (toll free) or 218-751-3989. Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame must be in writing and will be accepted until Jan. 1, 2000. Nominees must have earned an athletic letter at BSU, must have attended BSU for at least two years and not have graduated from another University. They must have attended BSU at least 20 years ago. Previous coaches and/or administrators who made significant contributions to the development and success of BSU athletics may also be considered. Selections will be based on merit in four categories: athletic accomplishments while at BSU; post-collegiate professional accomplishments; service and contributions to community state and nation; service to BSU. Further information is available by contacting the BSU Alumni Association Office at 1-877-BSU-ALUM (toll free) or 218-755-3989; or by calling Bob Peters, athletic director for hockey, or Doreen Zierer, director of NSIC athletics, at 218-755-2940.
1999 BSU Outstanding Alumni 1999 Bemidji State University Outstanding Alumni Awards were presented during the Alumni Honors Luncheon held during homecoming festivities. Award winners were introduced during half-time festivities of the homecoming football game and included (left to right) BSU President Dr. M. James Bensen, Outstanding Alumni Award winners John Buckanaga ’59, Dale Carlson ’60, Michael Ford ’62/’65, Delphine Jacobsen ’63/’72, Pat Kelly ’69/’74, Larry Womack ’72, and Sue Kringen ’72, director of alumni relations.
Where We Are ... What We’re Doing (Continued from page 5) Duluth each year ... Nicole Philion (’98) has been hired to teach fifth and sixth grades in the Win-E-Mac School District. She also serves as head coach of the district’s volleyball program ... Rob Nudell (’98) took over in August as principal of Atkinson Elementary School, Barnesville. Last year, Nudell served as elementary principal in the Remer-Longville school district. Prior to that he spent about seven years teaching third- through sixth-grades ... Kristine Jobe (’97) is teaching art education for grades K-12 at Milaca Public Schools ... Kim Bettcher (’96) has joined the staff of the Perham Area Community Center, as the aquatics programming director. She and her husband, Josh, live in Detroit Lakes ... Melissa K. (Baker) Warren (’91) of Bloomington was recently promoted to senior quality analyst and supervisor of the Quality Center at State Farm Insurance, Bloomington. Her husband, Michael, a Bemidji native, runs his own computer business and custom builds Redline computers ... Brian Edlund (’93) and Sandy (Berg) Edlund (’93) live in Benson where Brian has worked for four years with the Benson Public Schools as an eighth-grade earth science teacher and head of the school astronomy club. Sandy is currently employed as a cake decorator at the Benson Bakery. The couple has been married since 1991 and has a seven-year-old son, Brandon ... Tim Struck (’92) works as an employee benefits consultant with the Alliance Benefit Group, Albert Lea. He was working to complete his designation as a chartered retirement plan specialist this fall. Struck and his wife, Aimee, have two sons, ages six and two ... Steve Pelphrey (’91) of Champaign, IL, is the lab manager at Isotech Laboratories,Inc., in Champaign. He and his wife, Ann Haugo, have a two-year-old son, Richard
... Bryan Hammitt (’96) and his wife, Kristina Van Wilgen-Hammitt (’96) of Bemidji both teach at Bemidji High School and are parents to an eight-month-old son, Tanner. Bryan teaches machine tool tech and Kris teaches freshman and sophomore science ... Gregory J. Anderson (’93) of Rochester is employed as a teacher/ naturalist at Quarry Hill Nature Center at Rochester ... Barry Perreault (’94) and Ann Marie Perreault (’94) live in Circle Pines. Barry teaches sixth grade in Blaine and Ann Marie teaches first grade in Columbia Heights ... Jessica Franzen (’96) and Kristopher Franzen (’95) live in San Jose, CA, where Kristopher works for the Berryessa Union School District as a kindergarten teacher. Jessica attends Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA ... Ryan Brovold (’95) is employed as the network administrator at Suburban Radiologic Consultants in Bloomington. This summer he taught computer classes at KRS Computer and Business School. His wife, Kristin, is the patient services manager for the Leukemia Society of America, St. Louis Park. The Brovolds live in Minneapolis with their 16-month-old daughter, Erica, and anticipate the birth of a baby in March ... Chad Feldman (’96) is the new director of the Kilowatt Community Center at Granite Falls. His wife, Tricia, is a teacher for the hearing impaired in the Willmar school system ... David Pelowski (’94), a partner in Associates in Eye Care of Pine River, recently announced the expansion of his optometry practice and a move to new offices at 424 Barclay Ave. ... Susan (George) Follman (’94) was hired this fall as a math teacher in District 777 in Benson... Andrea (Abbott) Bieberich (’92) earned her doctorate in child clinical psychology at the University of Memphis in 1998. She works in Eden
Falls with her husband, Brent, and their 17-month-old daughter, Gillian ... Leslie Rogalla (’96) is Plummer’s full-time special education teacher. She recently taught for a year and a half at Franklin Elementary School in Thief River Falls. Her husband, Carter, is a business teacher at Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls ... Mark Thompson (’98) of Columbia Heights recently completed a major in mortuary science at the University of Minnesota and is employed by the Methven-Taylor Funeral Home in the Twin Cities. His wife, Melissa, works as an accountant ... Chris Hautala (’91) is the Title I instructor at Boase Elementary School in Hoyt Lakes. For the last seven years she was the Title I, Early Childhood Family Education and learning readiness teacher at the Tower-Soudan School District. She and her husband, Scott, have two daughters, Lindsey Jo, 4, and Allyson, 17months ... Rachel Lee (’99) began teaching special education at Menahga High School this fall. She is also coaching the B- and C-squad volleyball teams and, in the spring, will coach seventh- and eighth-grade softball ...
Horizons Page 7 Gift of Appreciated Stock Maximizes Benefits As a senior citizen and lifelong learner, Gurnee Bridgman finished a master’s degree in biology last spring. “As one grows older, it pays to keep your mind active,” Bridgman said recently. “It’s also nice to study and learn in areas that are of interest to you.” Achieving his master’s wasn’t the end of school for Bridgman, though. He enrolled again this fall to take additional classes. In addition to taking advantage of the academic opportunities at BSU, Bridgman also makes good use of the recreation facilities on campus. “Keeping your body active is as important as keeping your mind active,” he said. Bridgman’s ties to the University go farther back than his years as a student. Bridgman’s mother was an artist in residence at BSU more years ago than he cares to remember. Because of his close ties to the University and a strong belief that everyone should pay their dues to society, Bridgman wanted to leave a legacy that would pay dividends forever. Last fall, he started a scholarship for students majoring in biology, funding it with stock that had dramatically increased in value since he bought it many years ago. By making a gift with appreciated stock, Bridgman will get an income tax deduction for the stock’s full value as of the date it was given to the University, and he will owe no capital gains on the appreciated growth. This is true for all charitable gifts made with appreciated stock. Using stock allowed Bridgman to make a much larger gift to the BSU Foundation than he might otherwise have been able to afford. If you’ve been thinking about making a charitable gift, consider using appreciated stock. Discuss it with your financial advisor.
Stacey and Gladwin Beyer Lana Kivi (’91) has been named academic associate at Northwest Technical College, Bemidji. Kivi, who is an instructor in the accounting and legal secretary program and the business division chair, will split her duties between her new responsibilities and her current teaching position. She is also co-owner of KB Professionals, Inc., a business support service in Bemidji that provides secretarial, accounting and computer services. Kivi and her husband, Ron (‘70), also an instructor at NTC, have two grown sons who live in Minneapolis ... Stacey Beyer (’95) and his wife, Tamara, recently moved to Hoffman where they purchased Beyer’s Auto Center from his parents, Gladwin and Pam Beyer, who had owned the business for 28 years ... Jennelle Lowes (’95) is the new special education teacher at Lake of the Woods Schools. She is married to Darren Lowes and they have a 13month-old son, Dylan ... Suzanne Goodwin (’99)
Electronic Banking Makes Giving Easier Than Ever
The Bemidji State University Foundation has initiated an electronic banking service to make support of BSU easier and more costeffective. Electronic Fund Transfer is a convenient, economical and secure way to support BSU. Individuals can automatically transfer their annual gifts from a bank account to the BSU Foundation in monthly installments. As with other types of EFTs, such as the direct deposit of a paycheck to a bank account, the transfer is completed with maximum security and protection of privacy. Many people already make monthly mortgage, car, and utility payments through automatic deduction. Now an annual gift to BSU can be spread out over 12 monthly gifts.
HOW EFT WORKS A single form is completed to authorize the BSU Foundation to instruct a bank or savings institution
to make gift payments from the account indicated. The form is sent, along with a voided check or deposit ticket, to the BSU Foundation. Within the next two months, individuals will begin to see the deducted amount on their account statement (deducted on the 15th of each month). The deduction will continue until cancelled or changed. A gift receipt from the BSU Foundation will be sent at the end of the calendar year indicating participation.
Advantages for Individuals Advantages for Bemidji State ♦ An annual gift may be easier to budget when it’s spread over a full year. It also provides a record of continuous support. ♦ Using EFT will reduce the University’s mailings and processing costs, thus maximizing a gift. ♦ People are in control of their monthly gift and may cancel or change the amount at any time, simply by dropping a note to the BSU Foundation.
Public Schools. In her seventh year of teaching, Gehl has taught for three years on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Northern Minnesota, one year in Faribault and two years as a substitute in Lakeville, Farmington and Northfield schools ... Pat Rendle (’95) was recently Pat Rendle Michelle Varriano Nichole Christofferson hired as the new Grand Rapids Middle School accepted her first teaching assignment this fall as a thirdassistant principal. He’s been teaching for 10 years and grade teacher at Cass Lake-Bena Schools ... Bill Kane most recently served as a social studies teacher in Hibbing, (’92) is a new fifth-grade teacher at Cass Lake-Bena where he also coached boys and girls hockey and football. Schools. He and his wife, Luann (‘82), also a teacher, have He and his wife, Val, have two children, Bridget, a junior in two children, Erin and Terri ... Nikki Frank (’98) accepted high school, and Sam, a third-grader ... Michelle Varriano her first full-time teaching assignment this fall as a Title I (’97) teaches second grade in Laporte ... LeEarl Rugland teacher for Cass Lake-Bena Schools. Previously she’d (’98) is employed as a long-term substitute physical served as a long-term substitute teacher and did her student education teacher at Roseau Elementary School ... Janice teaching in Cass Lake ... Brad Blooflat (’96) is the new Musburger (’94) was recently hired as the new executive physical education/ALC teacher at Cass Lake-Bena director of Elder Services Network, with offices in Hibbing Schools. He’s previously taught at Menahga and Walker and Virginia. ESN is a non-profit organization schools ... Rebecca Leach (’93) is a new fifth-grade which provides leadership and communication, enhances teacher at Cass Lake-Bena Schools. She has two children networking and facilitates quality service delivery to senior and previously taught at Red Lake for five years ... Mike citizens ... Nichole Christofferson (’98) has joined the Bauck (’94) is the new business education teacher at kindergarten teaching staff at Menahga Elementary School. Bertha-Hewitt High School. He previously had a longShe has a daughter, Kelsey, in kindergarten ... Sandra Juni term substitute teaching position at Park Rapids and was a (’92) is employed with Cedar Hill Music Studio, New Ulm, student teacher at Detroit Lakes. He and his wife, Teri, teaching family music for babies and toddlers and prenatal have a two-year-old son, Zachary ... Gretchen Gehl (’93) music classes. The studio strives to create an environment is the new fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Sauk Centre that nurtures the total development of children from prenatal
BSU Foundation EFT Authorization Form Name(s) ___________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________ City __________________________ State ________ Zip ____________ Home telephone _____________________________________________ Business telephone ___________________________________________ E-mail address ______________________________________________ Name of Your Financial Institution ______________________________ I authorize the Bemidji State University Foundation to deduct $______________ per month ($5 minimum) from my: Account Number ____________________________________________ ____ Savings Account ____ Checking Account Please use my gift for: ____ The University Fund (Bemidji State University’s greatest needs) ____ Designated to: ________________________________________ Authorized Account Holder Signature ____________________________ Date _________________ Joint Account Holder Signature _________________________________ Date ________________ ___ Please increase my monthly deduction by ____ percent annually in July (beginning of the Foundation’s fiscal year). Important: Please attach a voided check or a deposit slip from your account to this form and mail them to the address below. Please allow 30 to 45 days for processing.
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Attending BSU is a family tradition in Bemidji’s Karger family. All six family members hold degrees from the university. Mardy Karger (’72) is enjoying his 27th year with Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Bemidji, and his wife, Lynn Karger (’91), is employed as an English, advance placement English and drama teacher at Bemidji High School, where she also serves as speech coach. Brodie Karger (’94) holds a sales position with the Medical-Ultrasound Division of General Electric, Milwaukee, WI. Lyan Karger (’96) is employed as a police officer in Clayton, a suburb of St. Louis, MO. Marnie Karger (’99) teaches high school English in the Madison, WI, area, and Bonner Karger (’99) is employed with the Rayovac Corporation in Madison, WI. to age seven, as well as providing private piano and voice lessons ... Trudy Anderson (’95) is an early childhood special education instructor at Long Prairie schools. She previously taught four years at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School ... John Hanson (’91) is a project engineer with Harmony Corporation, Houston, TX. He and his wife, Linda, have two children, Brooke, 4, and Paige, 3 ... Derek Gabardi (’99) was hired this fall as an eighth- and ninth-grade math and science instructor at
Nashwauk-Keewatin schools ... Jamie Jensen (’98) has been hired as a full-time long-term substitute teacher of home economics at Nashwauk-Keewatin schools ... Sally Beito (’90) was hired this fall to teach sixth-grade reading and special education at Middle River. She also coaches seventh- and eighth-grade speech. Sally lives with her husband, Peter, and their four children on a farm in Juneberry. She previously taught at Mentor Public School and Paul Bunyan Elementary, Bemidji.
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from alumni In Search of all BSU alumni AND SUE KRINGEN, DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Winter Rendezvous March 12-13
The fourth annual BSU Winter Rendezvous will take place on March 12-13, 2000, in Laughlin, NV. The event, sponsored by the BSU Alumni Association, includes an opening reception, lodging at the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino, a BSU winter golf classic tournament and a finale banquet and awards ceremony. Alumni and current or former Bemidji residents are invited to participate. Look for registration information in the mail or, for further information, contact the BSU Alumni Office at 1-877-BSU-ALUM.
Allan Oman (right), the outgoing BSU Foundation president, welcomes Barb Smith as the new president of the foundation board. Smith is a senior vice president at Norwest Bank in Bemidji and has been a member of the BSU Foundation board since 1994.
In an effort to bring alumni from around the globe back together, BSU is announcing the publication of an all-new alumni directory. Scheduled for release in the fall of 2000, the “Bemidji State University Alumni Directory” will be the most up-todate and complete reference ever complied on our more than 30,000 alumni. The alphabetized Biographical Section will feature complete individual profiles and will include such data as current name, names of spouse and children, name used as a student (if different), city and state of residence, phone number, e-mail address and detailed business information. Listings will also cite class year(s) and degree(s) earned at BSU. Finding an old friend with the 2000 edition will be easy. In addition to the Biographical Section, described above, alumni will be crossreferenced by class year, geographic location and occupation. Plus, all alumni providing an e-mail address will be listed alphabetically in a separate E-mail Section.
Bemidji State University has chosen Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc. to produce the directory. With more than 35 years in the industry and a reputation of excellence, Harris Publishing is sure to again produce a directory of the highest quality for BSU graduates. Harris Publishing will soon begin researching and compiling the data to be included in the directory by mailing a questionnaire to all alumni. Please be sure to complete the form and return it promptly. (If we don’t have your current address, please contact the Alumni Association as soon as possible so we can make sure you receive a questionnaire.) With your participation, the allnew edition of the directory is sure to be a great success. Look for more details about the project in future issues of this publication.
1959 Class Reunion Participants Participants of the Class of 1959 Reunion included (front row, left to right) Janice “Kitty” (Vincent) Garland, Helen (Efshen) Wagner, Fran Anderson, Marcia (Olson) Vena, Marie (Owen) Hansen, Janice (Johnson) Fiskum, Dolly (Oaks) Talbert, Elizabeth (Erickson) Wolf. (Back row): Linda (Lee) Love, Pat (Conley) Green, Ken Henrikson, Bobbie (Miller) Keenan, Duwayne Syverson, Jim Sharp, Tom Lapp, Kermit Anderson, Larry Golden, Bill “Huntz” Wagner, Jim Bensen, Bob King (Not pictured John Buckanaga).
Alumna Scores High on CPA Exam
Debra Kellerman, BSU Alumni Association Board secretary-treasurer, presents BSU President, Dr. M. James Bensen, a “check” in the amount of $659,455, which represents the cumulative giving for the past fiscal year of all BSU alumni in support of scholarships and programs supporting BSU, its students, programs and services. BSU alumni increased giving to the institution by almost 100 percent over the previous year.
Sarah Forsman, a 1999 Bemidji State University accounting graduate from Ely, was recognized by the Minnesota Society of CPA for achieving one of the highest scores in Minnesota on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Forsman scored among the top ten in Minnesota out of 630 candidates sitting for the exam in May. She is currently employed with KPMG LLP, a CPA firm in Minneapolis. To receive state or national recognition, an individual must pass all four parts of the CPA exam on the first try. Of those tested with Forsman, one third were taking it for
the first time and only 46 passed. The national average for passing the exam the first time is 10 to 20 percent. The CPA examination is a required national licensure exam for individuals pursuing careers as public accountants. Forsman is the tenth BSU graduate since 1979 to receive state recognition for performance on the test. Six of those award winners were first in the state of Minnesota. Seven received national as well as state recognition, with one placing second in the nation.
Input Sought in Accreditation Process Bemidji State University is inviting alumni, faculty, staff, students and members of the general public to provide comments about any aspect of the University as part of the accreditation process now underway through the North Central Association. Among the topics that may be addressed are planning initiatives, mission, utilization of resources, institutional effectiveness, institutional integrity, or any other topic of interest. Comments that are submitted will be provided to a team of evaluators from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in early 2000 as partial fulfillment of Bemidji State Universityís application for continued accreditation. Accreditation by the North Central Association is one method used to verify that the University meets or exceeds established standards for quality and happens every ten years. More information about the University, North Central Association, and the accreditation process can be found at links in http:/www.bemidji. msus.edu/, may be obtained by calling 218 755-2000, or can be received by writing Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive, Bemidji, MN 56601. Comments may be sent by mail to Dr. Ivan Lee Weir, Office of Research and Assessment, Bemidji State University, 1500 Birchmont Drive, Bemidji, MN 56601 (email: email@example.com). Submissions should be identified with the words ACCREDITATION COMMENT. Persons who comment must identify themselves; however, their identities will not be released to North Central evaluators nor any other individuals unless required by state or federal law.
Alumni Career Network is OnLine The new Bemidji State University Alumni Career Network is online. Alumni of Bemidji State University are highly encouraged to volunteer to be a part of the exciting program which can provide to BSU students and alumni assistance in a variety of areas, including career information and advice, networking, job search strategies, potential employers…. and more. Log in at: http://ea. bemidji.msus.edu./cservices/ description.html