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BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY The publication for alumni and friends of Bemidji State University Winter 2009

Around the Block

Professor Explores the
Art of Contradiction

a Foothold
Grad Connects
with Entertainment

L ike Father, li k e

D aughter
Leaving a Legacy
Two stalwarts of the BSU family passed away this fall, giving us
reason to pause and recount their legacy.
Dr. Harold Peters, a professor emeritus of biology, died on
November 10 at the age of 99. Former wrestling and football coach
Chet Anderson, professor emeritus of physical education, died on
November 19. He was 90. They had a combined service to Bemidji
State of over 50 years.
Although coming from different areas of campus, coach Anderson
and scientist Dr. Peters shared personal qualities that serve as
standard-bearers for us today. They were passionate about their
work, whether it was charting a course to conference champion-
ships or conducting fieldwork to track the lifecycles and habits
of insects. They inspired others – sharing their enthusiasm,
knowledge, and wisdom with not only their budding charges, but
also their colleagues and community members. They were com-
passionate, showing a personal interest in the lives of those they
coached and taught.
More important than the campus facilities that bear their names
are the people whose lives they shaped. Some followed in their
footsteps and became coaches and professors. All have led richer
lives having had them as teachers, colleagues, and friends.
Their passion, inspiration, and compassion will continue to have
an impact at Bemidji State University for years to come.
Bemidji State
Dr. Jon E. Quistgaard, President
Trudy Rautio leveraged college funds from her
father into a stellar career that’s led her to the
executive vice president and chief financial
officer post at Twin Cities-based Carlson.

Co ntents
2 Campus Notes
5 Like Father, Like Daughter
8 Around the Block
9 Seniors to Watch
12 Establishing a Foothold
14 Alumni Halls of Fame
16 Class Notes
20 BSU Foundation Annual Report
Report of Gifts. . . . . . . . . . . 20
Affirming Dreams . . . . . . . . 21
Giving Levels. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Scholarship Pays Forward. 24
Tragedy into Triumph. . . . . 26
Life-Changing Legacy. . . . 28
30 Calendar
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Certified Fiber Sourcing
Study Shows Minnesotans Support Lake Cleanup
Not surprisingly, Minnesotans love their lakes. They’re also willing to pay to keep those lakes
pristine, according to a Bemidji State study published in November. Results of the research
indicate that Minnesotans are willing to pay to restore lakes impaired by pollution.
Dr. Pat Welle, professor of economics and environmental studies at BSU and the project’s
principal researcher, along with Jim Hodgson, Upper Mississippi River Basin coordinator for
the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), conducted the study. Funds to support the
research were provided by the MPCA in collaboration with the Sauk River Watershed District
Sustainability and the city of Lake Shore.
Coordinator Hired Conducted on the Lake Margaret-Gull Lake Watershed near Brainerd and the Sauk River
Bemidji State’s newly hired sustain- Chain of Lakes between Richmond and Cold Spring, the research determined the willingness
ability coordinator is no stranger to of property owners to pay for lake restoration and their preferred pollution control manage-
campus or to today’s environmen- ment methods.
tal issues. As Erika Bailey-Johnson A property owner’s willingness to contribute financially to lake restoration was closely related
began working on her master’s in to the perceived environmental and economic benefits of lake cleanup. By identifying the eco-
environmentalstudies,shebecame nomic value, as well as the environmental benefits of lake restoration, researchers hope to help
active on the University’s Environ- guide policy makers looking for the best ways to reduce the impact of lake pollution and the
mental Advocacy Committee, serv- cost of implementing those methods.
ing as its co-chair in 2005-06. Since
Although the study indicated a willingness to financially support cleanup efforts, it also identi-
2006, she also has been an adjunct
fied an equity issue among restoration supporters.
instructor, teaching the People and
the Environment course. She was “While survey participants indicated a willingness to help pay for cleanup of the lakes, they also
named sustainibility coordinator in wanted those responsible for the degradation and the owners and lake users who benefit from
August. the cleanup to pay their share as well,” Welle said.
Besides her work on campus, Bai- To download a copy of the study, go to:
ley-Johnson also has been active
in the Bemidji community, serv- President Signs Climate Commitment
ing on the Bemidji Area Climate
Change Coalition since 2006. She Bemidji State University President Dr. Jon E. Quistgaard signed the American College and
has helped the coalition organize University Presidents Climate Commitment in ceremonies at the American Indian Resource
and coordinate a variety of com- Center in November. His signature added Bemidji State to a growing roster of nearly 600 col-
munity events to educate and moti- leges and universities nationwide that have committed to becoming carbon neutral.
vate area residents on the effects of The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment addresses global warm-
global climate change. ing by garnering institutional pledges to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions.With higher edu-
She is active in a number of state cation’s involvement, the goal is to accelerate research and educational efforts to re-stabilize
andnationalenvironmentalgroups, the earth’s climate.
including the Upper Midwest Asso- Bysigningthecommitment,presidentsagreetoeliminatetheircampuses’greenhousegasemis-
ciation for Campus Sustainability, sions over time.This involves completing an emissions inventory; setting a two-year target date
the North American Association for and milestones for becoming climate neutral; taking immediate short-term action to reduce
Environmental Education, and the greenhousegasemissions;integratingsustainabilityintothecurriculumandoveralleducational
Minnesota Association for Environ- experience; and making the action plan, inventory, and progress reports publicly available.
mental Education, where she serves
on the board.
Bailey-Johnson has a bachelor of
arts degree in biology from the
University of Minnesota, Morris,
and a master’s in environmental
studies from Bemidji State.

Erika Bailey-Johnson, sustainability

coordinator, watches as President Jon
Quistgaard signs climate commitment.

2 Bemidji State University Horizons

Dunn Named Interim Dean
for Arts and Science
Dr. Elizabeth Dunn was named interim
dean of the University’s College of Arts
and Sciences. Her one-year appoint-
ment began Sept. 3.
Dunn first joined the University in
1999 as an assistant professor in the
Trustees Okay Going Forward on Events Center Lease historydepartment,wheresheteaches
early American and American intel-
In November, the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) lectual history. Promoted to associate
system authorized Bemidji State University to continue its negotiations with the City of Bemi- professor in 2003, she earned the rank
dji on a lease agreement for the proposed Bemidji Regional Events Center. of full professor in 2006. Dunn also
Under the terms of a lease agreement, Bemidji State will become the anchor tenant for the hasprovideddepartmentalleadership,
events center, which is scheduled to open in January 2011. Such an agreement will make the serving as interim chair in 2003-04
events center the home of Bemidji State’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey and department chair from 2004-06.
programs. Besides her departmental roles, she
The men’s ice hockey program is a member of the College Hockey America conference, while headed the Bemidji State’s Center for
its women’s program competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Professional Development from 2005-
Bemidji State University and the City of Bemidji signed a memorandum of understanding last
winter that outlined the terms and conditions required before entering into a formal lease agree- She has been actively involved in the
ment. Under the agreement, the events center will provide the University with a 4,000-seat campus community, serving as presi-
arena, which will include no less than 25 private luxury suites and 250 club-level seats. dent of the Bemidji State University
Faculty Association from 2006-08
Once finalized, terms of the lease are subject to approval by the Bemidji City Council and the
and as its vice president from 2004-
MnSCU chancellor or his designee.
06. Dunn was also the secretary and
The MnSCU Board of Trustees must approve all contracts, including real estate leases, with a a board member of the system-wide
value greater than $2 million. Bemidji State University’s 20-year lease with the City of Bemidji Inter-Faculty Association for two years.
is expected to be valued at approximately $4.5 million over the term of the lease. She served on its personnel committee
For more events center details go to: in 2007-08.
In addition to her interim dean respon-
BSU Welcomes Russian Nursing Educators sibilities, Dunn currently co-chairs
The Department of Nursing hosted a delegation of nursing educators from Russia this fall in an process through the Higher Learning
exchange program showcasing the University’s baccalaureate nursing education program.The Commission (HLC). She earned the
visit was made possible by Open World, a program designed to enhance understanding and commission’s peer reviewer status this
capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the Eurasian and Baltic nations. year, qualifying her to serve on HLC
The delegates were involved in a variety of community activities during their stay in Bemidji, review teams that assess colleges and
which included two trips to campus. The delegates toured BSU’s nursing facilities, met faculty universities undergoing accreditation
and staff, and took a comprehensive look at the nursing program. Their visit included curricu- self-studies.
lum meetings, a discussion of the accreditation process used for nursing programs at American Prior to arriving in Bemidji, Dunn
universities, and meetings with students. While in Bemidji, the delegates also participated in a spent five years as an assistant profes-
community health practice visit and toured the new simulation laboratory being constructed sor at Baylor University in Waco, TX,
in Memorial Hall. and four years as an assistant professor
at Auburn University, Montgomery, in
BSU Ranks As Midwest Tier 1 School Montgomery, AL. She was a visiting
Bemidji State University rose to Tier 1 status among Midwestern master’s institutions in U.S. lecturer at Eastern Illinois University
NewsandWorldReport’s“America’sBestColleges2009”survey.BemidjiStatewasrankedNo.67 in the fall of 1989 and at the Univer-
in the region, tying with four other institutions. sity of Illinois in 1988-89.
Master’s universities are defined in the rankings as institutions offering a full range of under- Dunn earned her bachelor of arts
graduate programs and some master’s programs, but few doctoral programs.The rankings split degree from Purdue University in
572 universities into four geographical regions – North, South, Midwest, and West. 1981 and her master of arts in Ameri-
can studies from Purdue in 1983. She
Bemidji State was one of eight schools in Minnesota appearing in the Tier 1 regional lineup. earned her doctorate degree in Ameri-
The other schools were Hamline University, College of St. Catherine, Bethel University, Col- can history from the University of Illi-
lege of St. Scholastica, Augsburg College, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Winona State nois in 1990.
The U.S. News and World Report survey ranks schools based on peer assessment, retention
rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni
giving rate.

Horizons Bemidji State University 3

otes Champions On and Off the Field

Anoka and offensive tackle Nathan Mahlik

from Two Rivers, WI, were named to the
second-team offense. Linebacker Andrew
Eagan of Sauk Village, IL; wide receiver
George Kadlec of Chicago, IL; linebacker
Luke Knutson of Bagley; safety Jason Kunz
of Esko, and wide receiver Andrew Schultz
of Grand Forks, ND, were named honor-
able mention all-conference.

Volleyball Finishes
Second Season under Bitter
The BSU volleyball team, playing what’s
thought to be the toughest conference in Ironi Paces BSU Cross
NCAA Division II, completed its second
season under head coach Laurie Bitter. The Country Team
team compiled a 7-25 record, including Genna Ironi, a junior from Sauk Centre,
a 3-17 mark against the newly expanded was Bemidji State’s top individual finisher
NSIC. The Beavers played eight matches at both the NSIC Championships, held in
Ashlee Ellefsen Terrell Phelps against nationally ranked opponents, Aberdeen, SD, in October, and the NCAA
including third-ranked Southwest Min- Central Regional, held in Kearney, NE, in
nesota State and the nation’s number one November. Including the two championship
Football, Soccer Stars Earn team, Concordia-St. Paul. events, Ironi was BSU’s lead finisher three
Post-Season Honors times in six meets last season.
Sophomore Ashlee Ellefsen, a midfielder
Nineteen Athletes on
on the BSU soccer team and senior Terrell NSIC Fall Academic Team
Phelps, a defensive back on the football team, Women’s Hockey Goalie
Bemidji State University placed 19 student-
strong seasons with their respective North- athletes on the 405-member 2008 Fall Aca- Earns Olympic Spot
ern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) demic All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate In 2010, goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova will
sports this fall. Conference Team. become the second BSU women’s hockey
The football team paced the fall contin- player to participate in the Olympic games.
Ellefsen, from Hugo, was named a 2008 Nina Ziegenhals, who played for Team Ger-
Daktronics NCAA Division II Women’s gent, with six players recognized for aca-
demic accomplishment. BSU also had five many in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City,
Soccer All-America Honorable Mention, UT, was the first.
becoming the first player in BSU’s soccer soccer players, five volleyball players, and
history to earn the honor. She also became threewomen’scrosscountryteammembers Tomcikova, from Bratislava, Slovakia, back-
just the third BSU soccer player to earn a selected to the 2008 squad. stopped a surprising performance by the
berth on the Daktronics First-Team All- Sports considered for the fall academic Slovakian National Team at a November
Central Region. Leading the Beavers, she team are men’s and women’s cross coun- Olympic qualifying tournament in Bad Tölz,
tied for the NSIC lead with 12 goals and tied try, football, women’s soccer, and women’s Germany. She posted shutouts of Germany
the school record with seven assists. Her 31 volleyball. and Kazakhstan in the first two qualifying
points led the team, while her 79 shots on rounds, helping the Slovakian National
goal led the NSIC and tied the BSU single- To be eligible for the Academic All-NSIC Team earn a bid
season record. Team, a student-athlete must maintain a to the XXI Winter
cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or Olympics to be held
Along with junior forward Jamie Ford of better, be a member of a varsity traveling in Vancouver, British
Edina, Ellefsen was also named to the Third- team, and have reached sophomore aca- Columbia, Canada,
Team All-NSIC, while sophomore defen- demic standing at his or her institution with in 2010. She sat
sive player Alysha Domiano of Payton was one full year completed at that institution. out the team’s final
named honorable mention all-conference. game against France,
Phelps, who was Bemidji State’s lone First- Golf Teams Wrap Up because the team
had already qualified
Team All-NSIC North Division honoree,
was named First-Team All-Super Region 3 by
Fall Tournaments for the Olympics.
Daktronics, Inc. and was the leading vote- The Bemidji State men’s golf team had a
getter among defensive backs. He became successful fall campaign, finishing third at Zuzana Tomcikova
just the second Beaver to earn first-team all- the NSIC Championships and fourth at the
region honors from Daktronics, Inc. and just NCAA Northwest Regional Champion-
the eighth BSU player overall to be honored ship, with Jesse Nelson finishing third at
on the all-region team. the NCAA Northwest Regional. During
the season, Beaver golfers finished first or
The NSIC leader in passes broken up and
second individually three times.
passes defended, the North Carolina native
led a group of 10 Bemidji State All-NSIC The women’s golf team finished tenth at
honorees. Linebacker Jake Anderson of Karl- the NSIC Championships to cap a five-
stad and defensive end Rob Wills of Roseville event fall campaign. Jenna Schurman was
were named to the defensive second team, BSU’s top individual finisher in four of the
while quarterback Derek Edholm from team’s five events.

4 Bemidji State University Horizons

ike Father, li k e

L asting A dvice
D aughter

R autio’s father, Joe Kocinski, was a logger

in International Falls who met the chal-
lenges of a harsh climate and demanding
work to build his own business, even though
he didn’t have a high school diploma. He
also proved to his daughter how passion-
ately he valued education by taking an
extra job, selling fence posts, to fund her
college tuition.
(Continued on Page 6)

Carlson headquarters
in Minnetonka.

Horizons Bemidji State University 5

L asting A dvi C e (Continued from page 5)

“To think how hard he worked to make

that education possible was really hum-
bling,” she reflects. “He always viewed
education as something vital; it was
something that couldn’t be taken away
from you.”
Rautio not only made her funds last,
but also leveraged the education she
obtained with those funds to build a
stellar career. An executive vice presi-
dent and chief financial officer for the
Minnetonka-based company, Carlson,
she oversees the financial operations of
its worldwide businesses in the travel,
cruise, hotel, restaurant, and market-
ing arenas. Carlson operates in more
than 150 countries and, with $30 bil-
lion in annual sales, is considered one
of the world’s largest privately held

Wise Investment Decisions

Like the company she helps lead,
her corporate success is no accident.
She’s made wise educational invest-
ments, beginning with courses at Rainy
River Community College, continu-
ing through Bemidji State University
where she earned a bachelor’s degree in
accounting, and ending with an MBA
from the University of St. Thomas.
Besides using the knowledge gained
in the classroom, she’s applied lessons
learned from her northern Minnesota
“There is a work ethic that comes from
northern Minnesota that is very special,”
she notes.“There is also an integrity and
a realness about the value system.”

Xihao Hu
boards of public companies in Europe.”
Trudy Rautio
That work ethic, coupled with her As one of the key decision makers at
educational investments, has shaped a Carlson, she has ample opportunity to
career she never imagined possible as use her well-honed perspectives and
she graduated from BSU 30 years ago. problem-solving abilities. She spends
much of her time traveling on com-
A Natural Fit pany business in the United States and
Her climb to corporate success began abroad. A frequent flyer to Carlson’s
when she entered college as an unde- travel division in Paris, she also jour-
cided student. A counselor suggested neys to Brussels where Carlson owns
accounting as a natural fit for the a large share in the Rezidor Hotel
undergraduate who was good in math Group, one of the world’s fastest grow- Despite her many awards, the honor
and whose mother did the bookkeep- ing hotel groups. The group operates she cherishes most is the 2007 BSU
ing for the family business. mid-range and luxury hotels, including Outstanding Alumni Award in recog-
Still, it was an unusual major for a Park Inn, County Inn, Radisson SAS, nition of her personal and professional
woman in the 1970s, when only 10 and Regent. accomplishments.
percent of graduates in the field were Despite her fast-paced, executive life- “It just is a capstone to career achieve-
female. style, Rautio finds time to counsel ments,” she says. “I felt very proud, very
“When you start your first job and they others who are on various rungs of humbled by it, and very connected to
ask you to make the coffee, that is an the corporate ladder. Mentoring them the school.”
interesting transition,”Rautio admits as in career development, she uses her
Rautio’s success has come full circle.
she recalls her naivety toward work- own experiences and perspectives as
Her achievements have made it pos-
ing in a male-dominated profession. guideposts.
sible to honor her roots and ensure her
“I’ve always been focused on the job at “If you can’t offer people a career, you father’s request continues. She recently
hand. You just continue to prove your- only offer them a job; you won’t be established an endowment at Bemidji
self by the work you do.” able to retain them.” State to honor her father, who passed
After earning her degree, she began her As for herself, she scans the past years away 10 years ago. The resulting Joe
climb to success in the cost accounting and remains amazed about the way in Kocinski Scholarship will be awarded
office of Boise Cascade, even though that which her career unfolded. “I never to an accounting student for the first
type of accounting was the last thing she expected to be in the job I’m in today,” time this spring.
wanted to do. She then moved to the Rautio admits. “I never expected to And like Rautio, that recipient will have
Pillsbury Company for 12 years before travel the world and sit on the boards a chance to grow the investment into
joining Jostens, Inc. She was Jostens’ of public companies in Europe.” unimaginable returns.
senior vice president of finance when
Carlson hired her in 1997. A Career Capstone
As she climbed the corporate ladder, Her achievements have received acco-
she reflected on how Bemidji State lades. She was selected 2005 Woman
broadened her thinking. In a world that Changemaker by The Business Jour-
often sees accounting answers as black nal. The Minneapolis chapter for the
and white, Rautio appreciates that BSU National Association of Women Busi-
challenged her to grapple with differ- ness Owners gave her the 2004 Cor-
ent perspectives and to discover solu- porate Women of Achievement Award.
tions among shades of gray. She was honored with a Carlson Fel-
lows Award for special achievement
“If you don’t have that breadth of per- and, in 2001, was named one of the
spective, that grayness can be problem- top women in finance by the newspa-
atic for you in coming to decisions,” per, Finance and Commerce.
she says.

Horizons Bemidji State University 7

Around Block T he

P r o fess o r E xpl o res the A rt o f C o ntradicti o n

V isual arts professor Butch Holden the studio arts students that everything With his art, Holden contrasts the
enjoyscontradictions—embracingthem they needed to make ceramics could be circle and the square, a theme present
and relishing the fertile ground they found in their own backyard and getting in his work since graduate school. He
harbor for creativity and broader think- them elsewhere was a waste of energy. also draws inspiration from his passion
ing — for himself and for his students. “This really troubled Fred, and he was for gardening, merging his geometric
To illustrate his point, he tells of a downcast for a while,” recalls Holden. images into garden-like themes.
former student, Fred Yiran of Camer- “Then a few weeks later, Fred was back in Using the gallery as a blank canvas, his
oon, who wanted to know the origin the studio as happy as ever making pot- recent show started with one stunning
of the clay used in the campus ceram- tery. I asked him if things were back to blue,ripple-patternedbowl.Appearing
ics studio. Searching for the answer good, and he said, ‘Yep. I really liked the as if a pebble had been tossed into a
together, they learned that the clay and messagethatRichardBresnahangaveus, pool, the geometric pattern spread to
other resources used for making pot- but I decided my backyard is bigger.’” the bowl’s rim. His compositions pro-
tery in the studio came from as nearby Holden smiles in telling the story, noting gressed sequentially to a final mosaic of
as the Mississippi River and as far away that Yiran was grappling with viable, yet 10 bowls, wrapping the room in vibrant
as India. This discovery pleased Yiran, conflicting, global and local concepts. colors that evoked the notion of an
who made pottery and gave it to friends open flower. An inner circle of pedestals
“as a piece of the world made in Bemi- Chair of the visual arts department, displayed bowls and vases inspired by
dji,” Holden notes. Holden nears his 25th anniversary as a the earthy shapes and colors of seeds,
BSU faculty member. He teaches a vari- pods, and bulbs. Hoops and strings,
Weeks later, a visiting potter and con- ety of art courses in drawing, ceramics,
servationist, Richard Bresnahan, told some suspended from the ceiling, cre-
and art foundations. In addition, he ated a sense of other worldliness, a
manages the BSU pottery studio with combining of heaven and earth.
assistance from his students, who help
with everything from preparing the clay Piece by piece, the exhibit captured
to firing the kiln. A highly regarded Holden’s personal sense of adventure
studio artist, he has paintings and pot- and wonderment of going around the
tery in galleries from Grand Marais, block and exploring the world.
MI, to Duluth and Minneapolis. “For me, this kind of blending is like
In his recent exhibit, “Around the instruments in an orchestra blending,
Block,” he explored a contradiction becoming something bigger than an
that puzzled and excited him as a boy. individual sound,” says Holden. “It’s
that aesthetic tickle, a kind of feeling
“I grew up in the suburbs of Golden that you get in your gut when there’s
Valley, and it was an adventure to go something pleasing.”
around the block,” says Holden. “Yet
going around the block is a bit of an As an undergraduate, Holden studied
oxymoron.” biology at the University of Minne-
sota. He loved the lab work and the

8 Bemidji State University Horizons

and it was an adventure to go around
a bit of an oxymoron.”
Butch Holden

what-if questions of science. He took

his first drawing class in his junior year
and found art irresistible.
“I got my foot in, and I wanted to
immerse myself further,”recalls Holden.
“I discovered art supply stores, and then
I started going to galleries and seeing
what other artists were doing. This
whole new world of human endeavor
just opened up for me.”
Holden delights in asking thought-
provoking questions that inspire his art
and challenge his students. Exuding a
quiet curiosity, his enthusiasm is con-
tagious. He sees the studio as a place
where students “own their education,”
finding fodder for their artistic expres-
sion through self-discovery.
Like the scientists he met as an under-
graduate, he tirelessly explores his
artistic world, melding together new TO
forms, concocting new glazes, and
experimenting with new firing meth-
ods. For Holden, the wonderment
and anticipation of what may be just
around the corner is foremost on his

See a video of Holden’s recent exhibit at
Meet Delana, Jane, and Robert.
They’re focused, with
their sights set high.

Horizons Bemidji State University 9

L ike many other non-traditional
students, Jane Erickson balances her
ambitions with other responsibilities.
The 29-year-old wife and mother of
two young boys commutes three hours
a day roundtrip from her home in Pine
River to Bemidji State University,
where she maintains a 4.0 GPA as a
senior accounting major. Her goal is to
become a certified public accountant.
“When I sit down to do homework, I

crank it out,” says Erickson, who typi-
cally waits until her sons are tucked in
bed before finishing assignments.
Her dream of becoming an accoun-
tant started four years ago when she

elana Smith enrolled at Central Lakes College in

Brainerd and took her first account-
ing course. She loved it and found
she was good at it. Earning her associ-
Delana Smith believes in inspiring attendedfunctionssuchastheopening
ate degree in 2006, she transferred to
Bemidji State that fall.
children to pursue their dreams. After of the National Museum of the Ameri-
all, her aspirations as a young adult can Indian in Washington, DC, and an “She commutes, she has kids, and she’s
blossomed from a childhood dream of arts awards show in Los Angeles. She an outstanding student,” says Sandra
her own. stayed with the Seminole Tribe of Flor- Bland, professor of accounting, noting
Smith, an early childhood education ida and visited tribes in the Bahamas that Erickson’s time management skills
major at Bemidji State University and and Ecuador. will serve her well. “It’s amazing what
an enrolled member of the Red Lake This year, Smith will complete student she has accomplished.”
Band of Chippewa Indians, was five teaching and graduate from Bemidji Although Erickson lives in a rural com-
years old when she met Miss Indian State in May. munity, she had choices about where
World at the Gathering of Nations in to pursue her degree. She decided on
“Her understanding of young children
New Mexico. Awed by the experience, BSU because it was affordable, had
will make her a fine teacher,”says educa-
Smith returned to her Twin Cities home smaller class sizes, and offered schol-
tion professor Dr. Dan Gartrell, describ-
with aspirations that she, too, might
ing Smith as a dedicated student who
become an Indian princess and ambas-
shines quietly and brightly.“Delana will
sador for native peoples.
touch many lives for the better as she
After graduating from Osseo High makes her way in the world.”
School in 1999, Smith moved with
Smith is an accomplished Native Amer-
her parents to the Red Lake Indian
ican jingle dancer, past treasurer of the
Reservation. She took a job with the
BSU Council of Indian Students, an
local Head Start program, discovered
admissions office tour guide, and a fre-
a passion for teaching, and enrolled at
quent presenter on native culture. She
Northwest Technical College. In 2003,
also spends one week each summer at a
and a renewed determination to pursue
to balance native traditions within a
her dreams.
modern world, encouraging them to
“I had a 4.0 GPA, and I just felt I excel and to pursue higher education
could do anything,” recalls Smith, who, much as she has done at Bemidji State.
buoyed by her academic success,
“What’s important to me is to leave
entered the Miss Indian World compe-
young people with hope for their
tition and won the crown in 2004.
future,” says Smith, who now aspires
A year of travel ensued in her role as to fill young learners with enough con-
princess. Smith met dignitaries and fidence and self-esteem to pursue their

own dreams.

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10 Bemidji State University
Seniors To W
arships. She earned three BSU schol-
arships, as well as one from Larson-
Allen, an accounting firm in Brainerd
where she will begin an internship this
With top grades, Erickson has been on
the Dean’s List, received several presi-
dential commendations, and has been
accepted as a member of the Alpha
Phi Sigma National Honorary Scho-
lastic Society. She is also a member of
the BSU Accounting Club, where she’s

had the opportunity to network with
professional accountants.
Completing her coursework in Decem-
ber, Erickson will graduate in May
and will begin the CPA exam in the
summer. In hindsight, she’s glad that
she delayed her college experience so
obert Baril
she could be home with her children
as babies. She’s also grateful to her sup-
portive husband, and extended family
R obert Baril of Warroad started writ- courseworkandclassroomdiscussions,
ing comedy at age 13, always carrying often in small, intimate settings, helped
for their help with the children when a notebook to record his ideas. He later himdevelopbetter-reasonedviewsthat
she’s needed to get to class or finish gravitated to the social commentary of should serve him well in life.
her homework. Now, with her young- Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, who influ-
est son in kindergarten, she’s ready to Baril appreciates how BSU’s small-
enced his appreciation for satire. ness creates greater opportunity for
launch her career.
“You can disarm with laughter, and it involvement. In addition to his TV
“Accounting has really changed my can be used to get the truth out,” says show, Baril wrote for the student news-
life and defined my identity, “ says Baril, who graduated from Bemidji paper; served a term on the Student
Erickson, noting that she’ll always be a State University in December with a Senate; wrote and directed a sketch
mom but can’t wait to add CPA to her double major in political science and comedy; and acted in several major
list of qualifications. “I really want to philosophy. He still carries a note- theatrical productions, including his
be the best accountant that I can be.” book, a tip he gleaned from a Jerry recent role as Socrates in the satire No
Seinfeld biography. More Peace.
For Baril, comedy is a means to serious Playing Socrates is full of irony for
discourse about topics that matter to Baril, who embraces the Oscar Wilde
him, particularly politics and current quote, “If you want to tell people the
events, although he enjoys delving truth, make them laugh; otherwise,
into any topic. He hosted a TV show they’ll kill you.” Socrates missed out
at Bemidji State, interviewing faculty on that apt advice, quips Baril.
and community members about the Baril’s ideal job would be a non-parti-
environment, Iraq, the arts, and other san position in Washington or better
current events. He reads broadly and yet, a stint at the White House doing
hopes to work through a top-100 list anything to observe the presidency
of classic novels and movies. up close. Wherever Baril lands, he
“He’s an exceptional student with expects to remain engaged in political
diverse interests, multi-talented and discourse and comedy.
very bright,” says Dr. Kit Christensen, “I can’t get rid of the entertainer in
professor of philosophy. “He thinks me,” says Baril. “If there’s anything
deeply about things that a lot of other that I’m black and white on, it’s the
people don’t think about.” power of laughter. It’s good for you.”
Baril describes the diversity of thinking
he has encountered at Bemidji State as a
breath of fresh air. He also notes that his

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EstablishingFa oothold in Tw B S U G rad c o nnects with the entertainment

“Modeling and marketing

closely relate to each other.
One is selling yourself to a
comfortable doing either.”
Lucas James Joyce

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wo Careers
entertainment industry

S ome people call him Lucas James.

Others know him as that charming guy
who won a date with Jo De La Rosa
through a TV reality show. Classmates
and faculty at Bemidji State call him
Lucas Joyce. Thousands in Arizona
recognize his smiling face. Millions
across North America have seen his
feet on Nike commercials.
Despite the multitude of personas, He admits his favorite role was one “Marketing and
Lucas James Joyce remains remarkably where viewers never saw his face. Nike sales are my pas-
centered, knowing who he is and what was shooting a commercial with NBA sion,”says Joyce,
he wants to achieve. star Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns. who majored in
A 2004 graduate of Bemidji State, Because Nash was available for only marketing communication and mass
Joyce is balancing the pains, joys, frus- two hours of shooting, a call went out communication. “I’m successful at it,
trations, and rewards of dual careers for a body double who would dribble and it’s where I want to be.
as he becomes established profession- crossovers and shoot jump shots for “Modeling and marketing relate well
ally and personally in the Phoenix, two days while the camera focused on to each other. One is selling yourself
AZ, area. On one hand, he’s pursuing the shoes being worn. to a producer or casting agent, and the
marketing jobs where he can promote “It was a rare opportunity,” Joyce other is selling a product to a client
corporate images to the public. On the admits.“I got paid to hang around with who trusts you. I’m comfortable doing
other hand, he’s attempting to market Steve Nash for a couple of hours and either.”
himself as a model and actor in the then play basketball for two days.” He freely admits BSU had a lot to do
entertainment industry.
Although the competitive world of with his comfort level and self-confi-
“I have a strong sense of self, and I’m a modeling and acting now consumes dence. He was well known on campus
very motivated person,”Joyce says.“It’s much of his time, Joyce is ready to as a residence hall assistant and later as
my nature to go after things if I feel I re-enter the equally competitive mar- an assistant residence hall director. He
have the potential to get the job done. keting field. After all, it was this arena was active in campus print and elec-
But being a risk taker has given me con- where he first funneled his professional tronic media. He also started a club
fidence. Good things have happened, drive after graduating from BSU. to teach hip hop and pop dance that
and that makes me more confident.” became so popular it grew to 50 mem-
Heading to Arizona after graduation,
Joyce’s motivation has made his face, the Wadena native was hired within bersandappearedintheannualcampus
if not his feet, one of the most recog- a month as an account executive for event, Funtastic Dance Follies.
nizable on television and advertising in the Phoenix Mercury of the Wom- “My confidence matured at Bemidji
Arizona. He’s participated in advertis- en’s National Basketball Association State,” says Joyce, who understands
ing campaigns for the National Bas- (WNBA) and later as a senior account that knowing who you are involves
ketball Association (NBA), the Seattle executive for the Phoenix Suns. His understanding how you arrived at that
Mariners, CBS, eBay, Massage Envy, job was marketing ticket packages, knowledge. “I went to BSU because it
Dillard’s, and Hilton. He won the real- premium seating, and luxury suites. was a small school with small classes
ity series “Date My Ex: Jo & Slade” Eventually he became the director of and chances to do things outside of
that ended last summer on Bravo TV. marketing for a company that special- the classroom. I saw BSU as an oppor-
Competing against 500 audition hope- ized in selling upscale homes. Difficult tunity to make myself well-rounded
fuls, he was selected as co-host for economic times hit that business, and while also getting a good education.”
the TV show “Arizona Entertainment Joyce began to focus more on his other
Weekly.“ opportunities.

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Kevin Kish John Kopari Jim Lawrence Bruce “Buzz” Joe Rezac Kim Roysland Mike Roysland Stephen “Pete”
Olson Saxe
Maple Grove, MN Thief River Falls, MN Phoenix, AZ East Grand Forks,MN Baxter, MN Fosston, MN Fosston, MN Stacy, MN
4-yr letter winner, 4-yr letter winner, 4-yr letter winner, 3-yr letter winner, 3-yrletterwinner,track 4-yr letter winner, 3-yr letter winner, 4-yr letter winner,
wrestling football football hockey and field volleyball,teamleading basketball wrestling
Co-captain 1958 server, and defensive
1975 2nd place nic 1962and1965All-nic 1967 BSU record holder player 1977 NAIA national
conference winner selection, defensive All-Conference 1959 MCHTchampionship during college in: Team leader in championshiprunner-
Naianationaltourna- back 4-yr letter winner, team member 440 yd dash, 880 yd Minn-KotaConference assists - 44 up, 3 yrs
ment qualifier 1965 All-naia selec- basketball MCHTAll-Tournament relay, and mile relay championship team naia All-American,
member 1976-78 1979
tion, defensive back All-Conference1958-59 team member 1963 NAIA district Team captain 3 yrs
1976 conference
championship team 1966 signed by & 1959-60 ICHA 2nd team tournamentchampion- 1977 nic All-Conference nic champion, 4 yrs
member HoustonOilers,defen- Team captain, All-Conferenceteam ship team member 2nd place maiaw team member BSUOpenchampion,
sive back 1957-58, 1958-59 & member Winnerof440yddash state championship 2 yrs
2nd place team nember Team scoring leader
conference winner 3-yr letter winner, 1959-60 1968 and mile relay with337seasonpoints NDSU Bison Open
track Nationalchampionship 3rdplaceaiawRegion champion, 1 yr
naianationaltourna- 3-yr letter winner, 1963 Naia national 6tournamentwinner
ment champion baseball team member meet qualifier Teamcaptainjunior&
30 year BSU high team member
naia All-American hurdle record holder Men’s Hockey Team senior year
1978 nic conference 1963 & 1964 NIC 2004 NSC2ndplacewinner 1972 nominee –
champion highhurdlechampion BSU Team Hall of team member Harry F. Bangsberg
Fame member OutstandingAthlete
NAia national 2nd place maiaw of the Year
champion state championship
nic outstanding team member 74-7-0 career record
Dr. Pat Rosenbrock
wrestler award 2nd place aiaw
naia All-American Region6tournament
Dr.Rosenbrockbeganher20yearcoachingcareeratBSU winnerteammember
Team captain - 1977 in1969.Retiringfromcoachingin1989,shecontinuedat Team co-captain
& 1978 BSU as a faculty member and fully retired in 2006. She
1978representedBSU continues to make her home in Bemidji.
and USA
in NAIA national Head gymnastics coach 1969 -1975

wrestling tour of
Japan & Korea Six Minn-Kota Conference championships
Three top-three finishes at MAIAW state meet
Head track & field coach (13 seasons from 1970-83)
MAIAW state championship -1973 & 1974 Col. Randy Anderson graduated from Bemi-
Two 2nd place finishes at MAIAW state meet dji State in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in
Three Minn-Kota Conference championships computer science and then was commissioned
Coached multiple state title winners & AIAW regional qualifiers a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army’s medical
services corps. He is currently commander of
Head volleyball coach (12 seasons from 1975-1989) the 32nd Medical Brigade at Fort Sam Hous-
Three Minn-Kota Conference championships ton, TX, where he oversees approximately 7,000
Two NAIA District 13 championships army medical personnel. Anderson, who is cur-
One 2nd place finish at NAIA District 13 championship rently pursuing a Ph.D. in international health
Two 2nd place finishes at Bi-District championship sciences, also holds master’s degrees in military
One Northern Sun Conference co-championship art and science in history from Fort Leaven-
worth, KS; health services administration from
Two 2nd place finishes at MAIAW state championship
Central Michigan University; and national secu-
One 2nd place finish at AIAW rity strategy from the National Defense Univer-
Region 6 championship
sity. Col. Anderson and his wife, Lt. Col. (Dr.)
Overall record: 293 wins – 218 losses Kim Moran, have three children. They currently
5 - 30+ win seasons reside in Fort Sam Houston, TX.
Coaching awards Lt. Col. Mark Backlin entered the U.S. Air Force
Nsic Hall of Fame – 2001 after graduating from Bemidji State in 1979. He
Pioneer for bsu Athletics 1999-00 spent 20 years in the Air Force, including a stint
naia district 13 Volleyball Coach of the Year – 1987, 1988, 1989 for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, under then General
Colin Powell, managing policy issues at the Pen-
NSC Volleyball Coach of the Year – 1988
tagon. He now serves as president of the Judith
Lombeida Medical Foundation, which he created
to honor his wife who died in a car accident in
2006. The foundation continues her work of per-
forming clinical and surgical medical missions,
in Ecuador. Backlin has two grown children and
resides in Colorado Springs, CO.
ALUMNI BOARD SEEKING CANDIDATES The Alumni Association Board of Directors
issolicitingalumniinterestedinservingontheboard.ElectionswillbeheldinMarchtofillthreeofeightopen Dr. Leah Carpenter graduated from Bemidji
seats.Theremainingfiveseatswillbefilledthroughboardappointments.Formoreinformationaboutthe State in 1985 with degrees in political science
board,,call877.278.2586(tollfree), and American Indian studies. She currently serves
as the president of Leech Lake Tribal College in

14 Bemidji State University Horizons

C het A nders o n 1 9 1 8 - 2 0 0 8
Legendary Coach, Teacher, and BSU Friend
A pillar of the Bemidji State University commu-
1957 Football Team - Northern Intercollegiate Conference Co-Champions nity, former head coach, and faculty member
Chet Anderson died on November 19 at his
home in Bemidji. He was 90.
Anderson’s involvement at Bemidji State
wove through multiple athletic programs and
the academic sector, beginning in 1955 and
extending beyond his retirement in 1981. He

directed BSU to a pair of Northern Intercolle-

giate Conference (NIC) championships and was a member of the Uni-
versity’s faculty.
1959 Football Team - Northern Intercollegiate Conference Co-Champions
A BSU coaching legend, Anderson mentored the Beaver wrestling pro-
gram from its infancy to a national power and is the namesake of the
BSU football stadium.
Anderson, a member of the BSU Athletic Hall of Fame since 1982, was
inducted into the BSU Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2008. This fall, he saw
his 1957 and 1959 football teams and his 1972, 1973, and 1976 wres-
tling teams inducted into the BSU Athletic Teams’ Hall of Fame.
Joining BSU in 1955, Anderson took over a wrestling program in just its
second year of existence and built it into one of the premier programs
1972 Wrestling Team - Northern 1973 Wrestling Team - Northern in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) during
IntercollegiateConferenceChampionsIntercollegiate Conference Champions his 26-year career.
10-1 Dual Match Season 12-4 Dual Match Season
With the two-time NIC Wrestling Coach of the Year at the helm, the
Beavers captured NIC titles in 1972, 1973, and 1976. The program also
posted 43 individual conference championships. Anderson’s teams fin-
ished among the top 10 in the country on 12 occasions and placed
third at the national tournament in 1971. Anderson was inducted into
the NAIA Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1975 and the Minnesota
Wrestling Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 1979.
As the Beavers’ head football coach from 1955-1960 and from 1962-
1966, he led Bemidji State to two of Bemidji State’s five conference titles
– one in 1957 and again in 1959. In 10 seasons, he coached five NAIA
1976 Wrestling Team - Northern
Intercollegiate Conference Champions All-Americans, 29 NIC All-Conference selections, and a pair of the
12 – 2 Dual Match Season league’s Glen Galligan award winners. In 1996, the BSU football facility
was renamed Chet Anderson Stadium in honor of the legendary coach.
Since his retirement in 1981, Anderson remained a staunch supporter of
BSU athletics. He was often seen cheering for the Beavers at a variety of
venues including hockey, basketball, and football.

2008 outstanding Alumni

Col. Lt. Col. Dr. Leah Linda Tony Peggy Scott Dr. Benjamin
Randy Anderson Mark Backlin Carpenter Erceg Gramer Ingison Lindberg Tsang
Cass Lake, MN, where she guided the college Tony Gramer graduated from Bemidji State in 1970 Scott Lindberg earned a business administration
through full academic accreditation of its asso- with a double major in business management and degree from Bemidji State in 1975 and then spent
ciate degree programs. Carpenter earned a law accounting. He began his career in accounting and 25 years in the semiconductor industry. Lindberg
degree from the University of Wisconsin School eventually moved into real estate development and retired from Hitatchi as the vice president of sales
of Law in 1989 and a Ph.D. in American Indian in 2004 and currently works for Northstar Insur-
management. He currently heads Gramer Company,
studies from the University of Arizona this year. ance, a brokerage firm serving private clients in
Carpenter is an enrolled member of the Minne- LLC, a private investment company. He also is one of California. He and his wife, Ellen, have three chil-
sota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Band. She has the organizing partners and a co-managing partner of dren and make their home in Mill Valley, CA.
two children and makes her home in Bemidji. MGM Grand Detroit, one of three licensed casinos in
Detroit. Gramer has three grown sons and currently Dr. Benjamin Tsang graduated from Bemidji State
Linda Erceg, a 1990 BSU graduate, began her in 1971 with a degree in chemistry and earned a
resides in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of
career teaching physical education, health,
and psychology at the high school level before Peggy Sullivan Ingison graduated from Bemidji Ottawa, Canada. He is currently the director of the
coming to Bemidji State to earn a nursing degree. State with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1974. reproductive biology unit and professor of obstet-
She later earned a master’s degree in nursing from Ingison has assembled a public service career in the rics and gynecology and cellular and molecular
the University of North Dakota. She is the asso- state of Minnesota spanning three decades. In 2004, medicine at the University of Ottawa, where he
ciate director for health and risk management at she was named commissioner of the Department of has spent the majority of his professional career.
Concordia Language Villages in Bemijdi. Erceg is Revenue by Governor Pawlenty. In 2007, she moved He also holds a senior scientist position at the
one of a limited number of BSU nursing alumni into her current role as chief financial officer of Ottawa Health Research Institute. Dr. Tsang and
the Minneapolis Public Schools. She and her hus- his wife, Janet, currently reside in Ottawa and have
to receive the department’s Professional Nursing two grown children.
band, Tom (‘74), have two children in college, includ-
Award. She and her late husband, David, have a ing one at BSU. The Ingisons make their home in
grown daughter. New Brighton.

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(email:; dinator in the Randolph school system. She Attorney’s Office. A graduate of the William
previously taught at Blackduck High School Mitchell College of Law, she was a law clerk
toll free: 1-877-BSU-ALUM). ... Rachel Becker was recently named coor- in the Ramsey County District Court and the
Please NOTE:
dinator of game entertainment for the Wash- Hennepin County Attorney’s Office before
ington Capitals of the NHL. In this capac- accepting the position with Carver County
Towns are located in Minnesota ity, she coordinates all spirit squad and game ... Bonnie Magnuson is teaching kindergarten
unless otherwise noted. entertainment logistics. Becker also works at the Tower-Soudan School. Magnuson, who
Alumni names appear in bold. on video productions and participates in previously taught first grade at the Nett Lake
the integration of marketing campaigns. She School, lives in Sturgeon Township with her
lives in Washington, DC. . . Amy Burmeis- husband, Mike, who runs the DNR Forestry
ter has been hired as an instrumental music Office in Tower ... Steven Johnson has been
teacher in the McGregor school system ... reassigned by the North Dakota Highway
2008 Chad Heitz has been hired by Wanzek Nicole Schmidt has been hired as an Eng- Patrol to serve the patrol’s southwest region
Construction of Fargo, ND, as a project engi-
lish teacher for grades 7-12 in the Han- in Bismarck. He had been stationed in Lakota,
neer. He was employed previously by Mal-
cock school district, where she also directs ND, of the Grand Forks region ... Mary Hegna
inski Mowing of Shakopee ... Jamie Docken
one act plays. She previously completed a is teaching algebra and math classes at Cass
of Owatonna is teaching first grade in the
long-term substitute teaching assignment Lake-Bena High School. She moved to Cass
in Osakis ... Megan Flatness is serving as Lake from Worthington, where she taught
where she also coaches seventh- and eighth-
the interim director of the Audubon Science math in a variety of school settings ... Kate
grade volleyball ... Jessica Joy Johnson and
Center in Albert Lea. The center, which Lundquist is teaching junior high English in
Jason Porteous were married in mid-July
includes animal exhibits, hands-on activi- the Roseau school district. She had previously
and reside in Eden Prairie ... Emily Prall of
ties, classes, and learning games for young served as a substitute teacher in Roseau, War-
White Bear Lake is teaching kindergarten
learners, recently expanded its after-school road, and Badger schools. Her husband, Jake,
at the primary school in Chisago City. She
program for students from kindergarten is a prototype specialist in research and devel-
also recently completed her first marathon in
through fifth grade ... Jillian Schuster of opment at Marvin Windows. They have one
Duluth ... Derek Levno of Dassel has been
Brownton has been accepted into the Peace young daughter.
hired to teach industrial technology at Das-
Corps. Assigned to Macedonia, she will col-
sel-Cokato High School ... Mark Sailer is 2003 Andrew Bronczyk has been accepted
laborate with teachers in developing better
teaching technology education in Onamia into the management of technology mas-
school curriculum ... Kirsten Grygelko is a
... Andrew Burford is a new addition to the ter’s program at the University of Minnesota
new kindergarten teacher at the elementary
Pike Bay Township Police Department, where Center for the Development of Technologi-
school in Lino Lakes. She previously was a
he has been assigned as the school resource cal Leadership. He is a project engineer at
substitute teacher for St. Michael-Albert-
officer for the Cass Lake-Bena Middle School. Emerson Process Management and is married
ville schools and was head pre-kindergarten
Burford had been working at the Northwest to 2005 graduate Lindsey (Bromenshenkel),
teacher at a private school in Loretto ... Ben
Juvenile Center in Bemidji ... Emily Volk- who is a technical project analyst at Emerson
Mettling has moved from teaching fourth
enant is teaching kindergarten in the Onamia Process Management ... Air Force Second Lt.
grade in Ashby to a third-grade classroom in
school system ... Lacie Hovland is directing Bryan Hielscher was named the Logistics
Ellsworth, where he lives.
the band programs at Lafayette High School Readiness Division Company Grade Officer of
in Red Lake Falls. In addition to overseeing 2005 Meghan Mack has been hired as the the Second Quarter 2008. The commander of
the drumline, she teaches general music and industrial technology instructor in the Clin- the 12th Mission Support Squadron on Ran-
band on the elementary, junior high, and high ton-Graceville-Beardsley school district. She dolph Air Force Base in Universal City, TX,
school levels. She and her husband, Tom, live lives in Wheaton and will teach students in recognized Hielscher for leading an initiative
in Fertile ... Stacy Borchet is teaching third the combined middle and high school facility to rewrite and update redeployment infor-
grade in Isle, where she, her husband, Tom, in Graceville ... Jennifer Gondringer married mation and increasing efficiency time by 20
and three children reside ... Jill Erickson has John Larson last spring in Deerwood. She percent in the processing of returning airmen
been hired as the social worker in the Grygla is employed in the Youth Connection Pro- and women from overseas assignments. He
School. Her husband, Todd, is employed at gram for the Brainerd school district, while also received the Air Force Achievement
Thief Lake. The couple resides in Gatzke ... he works at Parker Hannifin. They reside Medal in 2007 ... Markus Okeson is teaching
Dana Robinson is teaching math at the Grygla in Baxter ... Jennifer Hendrickx is teaching eighth-grade language arts at RedwoodValley
School ... Dan Zielke is teaching American kindergarten in East Central School in Fin- Middle School and was named the head boy’s
history, junior high religion, geography, and layson. She previously served as a long-term basketball coach in the Redwood Valley High
pre-algebra at Austin Catholic Schools, where substitute in Red Lake ... Pamela Schenkey School in Redwood Falls. He and his wife,
he also coaches the girls’ tennis team. is teaching first grade in Greenbush after Destany, have a young daughter.
serving as a Title I reading teacher and para-
2007 Kirstin Drexler is a hospice social
professional in the K-8 facility within the 2002 Denise Vorgert is teaching fifth and
worker at Lakeland Hospice and Home Care sixth grades at Lafayette Charter School.
Greenbush-Middle River school district. She
in Fergus Falls. She formerly worked at St. She previously taught those same grades for
and her husband, Marc, make their home
Williams Living Center in Parkers Prairie ... six years at Holy Family Catholic School in
in Middle River ... Kristi Hager is teach-
Zachary Stafford has been hired by Wanzek Silver Lake ... Donnie Farnsworth has joined
ing senior high English and a college Eng-
Construction of Fargo, ND, as a project engi- Northland Counseling Center in Grand
lish course for students at Chokio-Alberta
neer. He had been employed by Christiansen Rapids, where he will conduct therapy with
Construction of Bemidji ... Jessica Torkelson individuals suffering from different types of
married David Short during a June ceremony 2004 Dan Carpenter has accepted a teach- mental illness. He is also currently finishing
in her hometown of Nevis. ing position at Greenbush-Middle River the graduate program in clinical psychology
schools as the director of the high school at the University of North Dakota in Grand
2006 Katie Moe of Bemidji and Mike Dagel band, high school choir, middle school band, Forks, ND.
of Coleraine were married July 10. Both are
and fifth grade band. He, his wife, Sara (’01),
now employed with Grand Rapids Realty. 2001 Jamie Thaler married Nathan Coon
and young son moved from Lynd, where he
Katie is also studying surgical technology at this summer. The couple lives in Elysian. She
had taught elementary music ... Melissa
Lake Superior College ... MerriAnne Werder is a teacher at Washington Elementary, while
Jacobsen of Wayzata has been hired as an
is the new high school science teacher, head he is employed at Holtmeier Construction ...
assistant county prosecuting attorney for
volleyball coach, and Science Olympiad coor-
the juvenile division of the Carver County

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Paul Peterson has been named athletic coor- grade in the Bagley school system and previ- tcher, currently the programming director at
dinator at Northland Community and Tech- ously taught at Cass Lake-Bena Elementary the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural
nical College in Thief River Falls. He has School. She and her husband, Eugene, have Center, competed in swimming, track, and
extensive experience at the college, having two young sons. basketball while in high school and later in
served as activities director and assistant ath- track at BSU. She and her husband, Joshua
letic coordinator. He and his wife, Rebecca 1998 Betsy Kokett-Nordin was recognized (’95), live in Detroit Lakes.
(’02), live in Thief River Falls ... Shannon as a Teacher of Outstanding Performance
Svalen has been hired as the new ECFE school (TOP) within the Anoka Hennepin school 1995 Ryan and Kristin (Dahlberg) Brovold
readiness and Headstart instructor at Win- district, where she has been employed for 11 live in Clear Lake. He recently was named
E-Mac schools. Over the past five years she years. The school district selects 20 teachers academic dean at Rasmussen College in St.
taught at schools in Bradenton, FL. Her hus- from those nominated by parents for the TOP Cloud, and she works as an adult protection
band, Jason, is an elementary teacher. They honor, with four selected to receive a grant and adult services social worker in Wright
have three children and live in McIntosh ... and cash award. Kokett-Nordin, who cur- County. They have two young daughters.
Lisa Lommen is teaching high school math rently teaches in Oak View Middle School,
in Milaca after previously teaching in Braham was one of the four recipients. She and her 1994 The Rev. Steven Anderson has
and Onamia schools. She and her husband husband, Thomas (’99), live in Andover with been installed as the pastor at St. Stephen’s
live in Princeton with their two sons. two young children ... Shane Bauer recently Lutheran Church in Braham. Anderson pre-
started a new company, Laughingstock viously served as a pastor at Mission of the
2000 Maria Burnham, an adult basic edu- Design, in Duluth. The company special- Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake after
cation teacher in the Monticello WorkForce izes in projects that bring levity and positive beingemployedatSolvayPharmaceuticalsfor
Center, was named the 2008 Adult Basic Edu- thinking to promotions, projects, and design 10 years. He studied at Concordia Seminary
cation Teacher of the Year by Literacy Min- challenges. Prior to starting his company, he in St. Louis, MO. He and his wife, Joanne,
nesota. The award is given annually to the worked as promotion and design director for have two adult children ... Dave Roche-
teacher whose unique contribution to adult Grandma’s Marathon for five years. He and his leau has been named the activities director
basic education exhibits high standards of wife, Jennifer, have two children. of Pierz schools. Rocheleau had served as a
quality ... Brian Bertilrud of Greenbush is a math teacher and head baseball coach in the
new agricultural and business officer at Border 1997 Marnie Carter has joined the Ad Mon- district since 1988.
State Bank. The bank serves Thief River Falls keys agency in Grand Forks as a production
and the surrounding area. Prior to accepting manager responsible for client relations, proj- 1992 Karrie (Schirmers) Boser has joined
the banking position, he was a sales represen- ect research, writing, and scheduling. She the Pierz Healy High School administrative
tative for the Fastenal Company in Rochester joined Ad Monkeys after working with Gold- team as principal for grades 7-12. Prior to
and managed the Fastenal Company location mark Property Management and serving as accepting her current position, she served as
in Thief River. He and his wife, Desiree, have finance administrator with the non-profit tour- principal at Long Prairie High School, dean
one son ... Laurie Olson is a fourth-grade ing group Up With People ... Bob Kreye and of students at Brainerd High School, a busi-
teacher at Chisholm Elementary. She had his wife, Erika, are the proud parents of a new ness teacher at Pierz Healy High School,
worked with the Mesabi East School District daughter born in August. He works as a senior and an assistant to the superintendent in that
for eight years in a variety of capacities and environmental health and safety specialist for school district. Boser earned a master’s degree
with the Minnesota Extension Service for 14 Medtronic in Fridley, while she is a registered at the University of Minnesota and an admin-
years before obtaining her degree from BSU. nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in istrative license from St. Cloud State Univer-
Minneapolis. The couple now has two children sity. She and her husband, Brian, have four
1999 Beth Erickson has been hired as a ... Kevin Grover began the current school year young children and live in Pierz.
communications officer for the Duluth Supe- as the new assistant to the superintendent in
rior Area Community Foundation. A resident the International Falls school district. Grover 1991 Tony Aho has received the North
of Iron River, WI, she previously held posi- started his career as a math teacher at Falls Branch Education Association’s Teacher of
tions as managing news editor at KBJR-TV in High School and previously served the district the Year Award. A coach and educator in
Duluth, director of college communications at as assistant administrator at the high school. North Branch, he was the North Subur-
Northland College in Ashland, WI, and media He lives in International Falls. ban Conference Coach of the Year and his
buyer for JPG Group in Duluth ... Jason Brad- wrestlers were recognized as one of the top
ley of Red Lake Falls married Jolene Seibel 1996 Robin McRae is currently a resident 10 academic wrestling programs in Min-
in a spring wedding ... Jennifer L’Allier is an prosthetist at Prosthetic Laboratories in Roch- nesota Class AA. He, his wife Rhonda, and
interactive art director for Denali, a market- ester. He is a 2007 graduate of the North- two daughters live in Stanchfield ... Kay Net-
ing agency in the Twin Cities. Prior to join- western University School of Medicine with teberg has been hired as assistant speech
ing Denali, where her accounts include Best a degree in prosthetics ... Trista Diem brings pathologist for Nevis schools. A current
Buy, Great River Energy, and Major Hotelier, experience in real estate appraising and real school board member, she formerly taught on
she worked at MRM Worldwide, the Lacek estate investment to her new position as an the elementary level within the district. She
Group, Life Time Fitness, Ashanti Eaton, and agent in the Brainerd/Baxter Edina Realty and husband, Olaf (’92), live in Nevis.
Campbell Mithun. L’Allier lives in Minneapo- office. She and her husband, Jared (’98), live
in Cross Lake with their three young chil- 1990 Randy Finn has been appointed the
lis ... Lori (Thoma) Byrne and her husband, deputy executive director of the Leech Lake
Matthew, announced the birth of their second dren. Jared teaches fourth grade in Baxter and
also coaches the girl’s volleyball team ... Troy Band of Ojibwe Reservation Business Com-
child in June. The couple resides in St. Joseph mittee. He previously held positions in the
... Dana Flint is director of choral activities at Mills and his wife, Denise, announced the
birth of their first child in September. Mills fields of health, self-governance, special proj-
Underwood High School. She has prior choral ects, and planning with AmeriCorps. A resi-
conducting experience at Parkers Prairie High is employed at Lakewood Health System
in Staples. The family resides in Garfield ... dent of Cass Lake, he has a master’s degree
School and Fergus Falls Middle School. Her from UW-Superior.
husband, Mike, is a farm and crop consultant John Kallis is a new math instructor at Lan-
for Crop and Soil Associates. They reside in caster schools. He is back in the classroom 1989 John Richards is an aggregate super-
Elbow Lake with their two sons ... Suzanne after a one-year stint as a mechanical engi- visor with Knife River in the corporation’s
Vivier was named the Outstanding American neer. He had previously taught math for 11 north central region. He and his wife, Sara,
Indian Teacher of the Year by the Minnesota years in Minnesota and Arizona. He and his make their home in Royalton ... Roy Booth
Indian Education Association. A White Earth wife Kathleen, who teaches in Greenbush, of Bemidji will publish Roy C. Booth’sTheater of
Band of Ojibwe enrollee, Vivier teaches first have two children ... Kimberly (Algoe) Bet- the Macabre, a collection of one-act plays, an
tcher was inducted into the St. Cloud Techni-
cal High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Bet- (Continued on page 18)

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C N lass
To havePlease
Towns are
your information
located in Minnesota
in Horizons, contact the
Class Notes

Alumni otherwise noted.
(email:; Hutchinson in 1997. His wife, Toni (’88), nesota town in the 1980s. The book, Pitzen’s
is an occupational therapist. They and their first, also contains three short stories. He has
toll free: 1-877-BSU-ALUM). two children reside in Darwin. been a social worker for Cass County Health
and Human Services for 20 years. He and his
(Continued from
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1985 Terry Furlong was appointed last fall wife, Mary (’79), live in Benedict.
Towns are located in Minnesota to fill a vacancy on the North St. Paul City
adaptation ofunless otherwise
a short story, noted.
and a previously Council until the November general elec- 1979 Dr. James Tuorila was elected to
on the portrayal
appear in bold. of dark, tions. He co-owns Furlong Liquors and has serve as the surgeon general for the Veteran
speculative fiction on the stage. He currently chaired the North St. Paul Parks Commis- of Foreign Wars, the fifth-highest position
owns and operates Roy’s Comics and Games sion since 1993 ... Ray and Ruby (Schaum- in the national organization serving 1.6 mil-
in Hibbing and Bemidji. burg) Schenkel are teaching at Moss Street lion veterans. Tuorila was recognized as the
Elementary in Reidsville, NC ... Charlie VFW National Outstanding VA Health Care
1988 James Retka has been appointed dean Warring has resigned as head baseball coach Worker of the Year just prior to his retirement
of workforce and economic development at at Sauk Centre High School after 18 years in from the Veteran’s Administration, where he
Northland Community and Technical Col- that position. Warring compiled a 222-177 had served as a psychologist. Named a 1997
lege, where he had been serving as a manufac- record and advanced teams three times to the Bemidji State Outstanding Alumnus, he and
turing specialist with the school’s Center for state tournament. He will continue to teach his wife, Diane, live in St. Cloud.
Outreach and Innovation. Retka, who lives health ... Cindy Gorski has been hired as the
in Thief River Falls, has more than 15 years new elementary physical education teacher 1978 Trika (Guyer) Smith was recognized
experience in manufacturing, engineering, at Lakeside Elementary in Chisago City. She by Itasca Community College (ICC) as a
and training. previously was employed as a truancy pre- 2008 Alumna of the Year. Smith graduated
vention worker at the Chisago Lakes Middle from Itasca in 1976 before attending BSU to
1987 Sally Kerbaugh of Annandale brings School and taught K-8 physical education earn a math education degree. She began her
19 years of classroom experience to her new for seven years in Cleveland, OH. She and teaching career at ICC following graduation
position of teaching sixth-grade reading in her husband, Mark, reside in Chisago City. and has served on the math faculty since that
Maple Lake schools ... Ann Marie Lubovich time. She is a charter member of the school’s
is the new choir director at Chisholm High 1984 John White earned a doctorate in alumni association board of directors.
School. In addition to her choir assignment, exercise science from the University of Mis-
she teaches music to students in kindergarten sissippi after receiving his master’s degree 1977 Sharon (Midkiff ) Randolph has com-
through sixth grades as well as a junior high from Bemidji State. He is currently regional pleted the first two volumes of the Connecting
general music class. health director for all Dow Chemical Com- Us to the Sun, a series of books chronicling trav-
pany sites in Texas. A four-year letterman and elers as they made their way to the Northern
1986 Jeff Peterson was named the Hutchin- NAIA All-America second team selection as Rockies, the creation of Glacier National Park,
son School District Teacher of the Year. He an undergraduate at UW-Eau Claire, he was and the settlement of towns in Montana. The
taught in Badger and Cedar Falls, IA, before recently inducted into the Blugold Hall of four-work series follows the history through
accepting a business education position in Fame. He and his wife, Barb (’85), live in the end of World War II. Randolph has served
Lake Jackson, TX, and have three children. as the student development coordinator at
Flathead Valley Community College in Kal-
1983 Paul Yantes is a financial advisor for ispell, MT, for the past 17 years. She and her
US Bancorp Investments in Plymouth. He husband, Gerry, live in Columbia Falls, MT.
and his wife, Shari, live in Maple Grove with
their two children. 1976 Sandy Eberhart has been named the
new community education coordinator in the
Bemidji State University 1982 Jim Scanlan returned to the East Bemidji school district. She previously held the
Grand Forks High School boy’s hockey same position in Park Rapids for 16 years and
MMEA Reception for BSU Alumni team as its head coach this year. Also the was a teacher in Detroit Lakes for six years.
• Friday, February 13, 2009 Green Wave athletic director, he previously
Location to be determined coached the team for 10 years before resign- 1974 Adele (Levchak) Munsterman won
ing in 2006. He and his wife, Cyndy (’81), an at-large seat on the Education Minnesota
Alumni & Friends Southwest Events reside in East Grand Forks. governing board at the teacher union’s state
representative convention (this was reported
• Oakwood Country Club – Sun Lakes, AZ 1981 Mary Beth Anderson is a sales asso- incorrectly in the fall issue of Horizons). She
Saturday, March 7, 2009 ciate with Coldwell Banker Real Estate in and her husband, Walt, live in Brooklyn Park
Dinner with golf in the afternoon Park Rapids. She and her husband, Rob, had ... Dennis Erickson is the new industrial tech-
for those interested moved to that area in 1996. He worked as nology teacher at Willow River High School.
a commodity broker, and she owned Mary He retired with more than 20 years at the
• Temecula Creek Inn – Temecula, CA Bees women’s boutiques in Dorset and Park prison in Sandstone, had taught three years in
Sunday – Monday, March 29-30 Rapids, which she sold in 2007. Prior to Mazeppa, and worked in construction for sev-
Reception, winery tour or golf, dinner movingnorth,shewasanelementaryteacher eral years. He and his wife, Barb, live in Pine
in the Twin Cities ... Karen Gustafson City. The couple has two adult children.
50-Year Reunion – Class of 1959 Linne’ is a half-time supply pastor at Pike
1973 Don Johnson retired from teach-
• Thursday, May 7, 2009 Lake Community Presbyterian Church. A
ing technical education in Chetek, WI, area
American Indian Resource Center, BSU graduate of Luther Seminary and ordained in
2002, she served as pastor of Salem Church schools after 35 years. During that time he
in Mahtowa for six years. She and her hus- also coached football for 27 years and wres-
Golden Beaver Society Luncheon band, Mark (’80), are residents of Duluth tling for 25 seasons. He and his wife, Lynda,
• A recognition event for alumni graduatingand have two grown children. live in Eau Claire, WI, and have two grown
fifty years or more ago children.
Friday, May 8, 2009 1980
Stephen Pitzen has published the
novelTheFlowersofAutumn,whichrelatesthe 1972 Rod Schwarzrock was named Teacher
American Indian Resource Center, BSU of the Year by the Bemidji Education Asso-
story of a developmentally disabled adult and
For more information on each event, contact the a child who live in a small, northern Min- ciation. He recently retired after teaching
Alumni Office at 877-278-2586 (toll free) or via physical education, health, and developmen-
email at or visit our
website at

18 Bemidji State University Horizons

Class Notes
Class Notes

tal adapted physical education in the Bemidji book in 1971 when he was in Long Beach, CA,
Middle School. During his career, Schwarz- and only recently revised the text. He and his
rock also coached tennis, basketball, and
football on the middle school level and bas-
wife, Isidora, currently reside in Coon Rapids.
ketball at Bemidji High School. He and his 1968 Peggy Metzer has been recognized
wife, Jenny (’73), live in Bemidji ... Kenneth byTheMinneapolis/St.PaulBusinessJournalasan Chet Anderson (Faculty), Bemidji, MN
Moorman was appointed to the Minnesota industry leader among successful business- Janet (Horn) Bedow ‘67, Minneapolis, MN
State Advisory Council on Mental Health by women in Minnesota. The CEO of Cedar Riv-
erside People’s Center in Minneapolis, she was
Margaret Brochhagen ’41, Deland, FL
Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The group advises the
governor, Legislature, and state agency heads among 50 women in the state who were hon- Joseph Buckley ’80, Homer, AK
about policies, programs, and services affect- ored for their leadership, professional accom- Ebenezer “Eb” Calder (Faculty), Bemidji, MN
ing people with mental illness. Moorman, plishments, and involvement in business. A
resident of Woodbury, Metzer has served as
Mildred (Gillie) Christiansen ’68 & ‘77, Williams, MN
who has 30 years experience in the pharma-
ceutical industry, is a county commissioner CEO since 2000 and has increased the patient Larry E. Douglas ’69, Traverse City, MI
for Lake of the Woods County. He and his visits by 47 percent at the clinic that addresses Mabel (Gulsvig) Engstrom ’43, Mountain Iron, MN
wife, Jenny, live in Baudette. health and medical needs of local economi-
cally and socially disadvantaged individuals or
William R. Fisher ’69, Minneapolis, MN
1971 Gene Paulson has been named super- families. Janice “Kitty” (Vincent) Garland ’59, Bagley, MN
intendent of the Fosston school district. Vanessa (Imsdahl) Henderson ’42, Bandon, OR
Paulson is the former superintendent of the 1966 Dennis Martin lives in Austin, TX,
Mesabi East School District that encompasses where his wife, Cynthia, is a third-year grad- Edith (Reeves) Herington ’61, Bemidji, MN
the communities of Aurora, Hoyt Lakes, and uate student in the historical preservation Albert S. Johnson ’61, Austin, MN
Biwabik ... Jerry Borgman has retired after field at the University of Texas School of John “Red” Kjeldson ’35, Kenai, AK
teaching sixth grade students at Sauk Centre Architecture.
Elementary School for 37 years. He and his Theodore “Ted” Kuryla ‘60, Bemidji, MN
wife, Kathy, have two grown children and two 1965 Allen Ramussen has been appointed Willys “Bill” Lindberg ‘56, Fertile, MN
grandchildren ... The Rev. Richard P. Shields to the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Rasmussen is an edu- Truman S. Lindvall 1966-1968, Littlefork, MN
serves as president of the American Lutheran
Theological Seminary. He also serves as assis- cational consultant who served as president of Iva C. (Daigle) McCrady ’30, Duluth, MN
tant to the presiding pastor and national mis- Rainy River Community College from 1993 James W. Modeen ’87 Ramsey, MN
sion developer for the denomination. He and to 2001. He was appointed to the board as a
public member for a two-year term. The board Richard Novacek ’74, Burnsville, MN
his wife, Cindy, currently live in Indepen-
dence, MO. He is a 1986 graduate of Con- is responsible for licensing and disciplining Mabel A. (Herrgard) Ogren ’35, Clouqet, MN
cordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, where he also physicians as well as regulating acupunctur- Elda E. (Clark) Page ’40, Sandwich, IL
earned an advanced theological degree. ists, athletic trainers, physician assistants, and
respiratory care practitioners. Michael K. Pahlen ’71, Superior, WI
1970 Richie Glas is the head basketball Herbert M. Pederson ’53, Little Falls, MN
coach at Concordia College in Moorhead. 1962 Edith Dalleska designed and created
Harold T. Peters (Faculty), Plymouth, MN
He previously served as head coach at the a quilt that was featured on the cover of the
2008-09 Women’s Directory published by the Wilfred W. Reinikka ’50, Calumet, MN
University of Minnesota-Morris, Williamette
University in Oregon, and the University of Women’s Press in St. Paul. She created the Dorothy Mea Robertson ’70, Knoxville, TN
North Dakota. He also held assistant coach- quilt,“Woman with a Large Purse,”in response
to a challenge by the Minnesota Contempo- John E. “Sonny” Suomi ’57, Babbit, MN
ing assignments at Hawaii, Arizona, and
Northern Iowa ... Bruce Ritchey is the presi- rary Quilters to represent life on the Missis- Dale Thompson ’61, Badger, MN
dent and chief executive officer of WaterFur- sippi. The quilt shows a strong, young woman Jerome O. Westrum ’65, Clearbrook, MN
nace Renewable Energy in Fort Wayne, IN. holding a purse depicting a sunfish in reds,
oranges, yellows, and blue. Dalleska lives Madalyn H. (Ahmann) Wick (Faculty), Bemidji, MN
WaterFurnace is a manufacturer of geother-
mal heating and air-conditioning equipment. in St. Paul ... Tom Kinnunen was inducted Sharon (McLain) Wicklander ’68, Nine Mile Falls, WA
He joined the company in 1998 after working into the Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Hall of Marion A. (Golla) Wells ‘71, Laporte, MN
at the Trane Company for 17 years. Fame. Kinnunen was named the Mesabi Daily
News Player of the Year while competing for Andrea E. Zustiak ’76 & ’79, Blackduck, MN
1969 Pat Kelly will coordinate membership Mountain Iron in the late 1950s. He pursued
services for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra a career in education, serving as a teacher,
(BSO). Retired as the vice president of devel- coach, and administrator in the Grand Rapids coaching career that produced six conference
opment for North Country Health Services, area. He and his wife of 47 years Connie live crowns, two regional titles, and two state
she was recently named the first Friend of the in Grand Rapids and have two children. championships. He and his wife, Pat, live in
BSO Program, which taps expertise of com- Duluth.
munity members to bring quality music to the 1958 Herbert Day taught sixth grade for 35
area ... Bob Scarpino retired after a career in years, primarily in North St. Paul schools. He 1951 Bruce Jamieson retired from the edu-
the U.S. Coast Guard. He now volunteers as and Virginia, his wife of 47 years and a music cation field 21 years ago, when he and his
a wrestling coach and an independent part- teacher, raised two daughters – both of whom wife, Burna (Krugler), moved to a Del Webb
time distributor of print media. He indicates are also educators. The couple lives in New retirement community in Lincoln, CA, 20
he visits his daughter in Columbus, OH, to Brighton. miles northeast of Sacramento. They remain
catch the BSU women’s hockey team when active in gardening, reading, walking, and
1954 Irv St. John has been inducted into other endeavors.
they play Ohio State. He and his wife, Jan, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
also have two sons, including Kevin, who Athletic Hall of Fame. A four-year letterman 1934 Signie Burke celebrated her 106th
attended BSU and was named Ohio Army in baseball, track, and basketball at Bemidji birthday with family and friends at the
National Guard Hero of the Year for his ser- State, St. John led the Beavers to three con- Guardian Angels facility in Hibbing. Burke
vice in Iraq ... Carrol Peterson had a fall pub- ference basketball titles during his four years was born on the Iron Range in 1902 and
lishing date for his third novel, Summer Mirage: on campus. At Duluth East High School, he taught elementary education in Goodland
Death of a Hired Man. He originally wrote the compiled a 245-118 record during a basketball until 1967.

Horizons Bemidji State University 19


J aime LeDuc remembers
The generosity of those who share Bemidji State’s wondering about the letter that
vision of shaping potential, shaping worlds, con- arrived in the mail at the start of
tinues to grow, with the BSU Foundation assets her senior year at Bemidji State
experiencing a new high of $13,698,936 in 2008. University. The student ath-
This support, coupled with the focused efforts of our lete had never before received
dedicated foundation board and staff, made the past
a letter from the BSU Founda-
year a very rewarding one.
tion, so she was curious.
Accomplishments recorded by the BSU Foundation
this year included: Little did she know an affirma-
tion of her dreams was sealed
Completed property acquisition and building demolition on the former
Bemidji High School site on behalf of the University inside.
Awarded student scholarships and room grants totaling $798,855 LeDuc was preparing for her
final season with the women’s
Provided other program support to BSU totaling $320,546
hockey team, a tenure that
Raised $2.5 million over five years in support of BSU Hockey started with uncertainties sur-
Established 27 new endowed scholarship funds rounding her as an un-recruited
Established 5 additional endowments supporting specific programs skater. She opened the enve-
Provided funds for BSU Admissions Scholarships totaling $191,050 lope to read she was the 2007-
2008 recipient of the Jack and
Experienced an increase in the Legacy Society with 175 members and an
Marie St. Martin endowed
estimated total of over $20 million in planned gifts to support BSU
scholarship for hockey.
We anticipate another eventful, productive program in 2009 under the
leadership of newly elected officers of the BSU Foundation Board: Robin “That letter was a sweet sur-
Kelleher, president; Dave Sorensen, vice-president; and George Thelen, prise,” she says. “Hockey means
secretary-treasurer. We also look forward to visiting with many BSU alumni a lot to me, and I feel I put a lot
and friends at our events in Arizona and California this spring or anytime of my heart into it. I dreamed
on campus. of playing hockey in an NCAA
In the meantime, thank you for your continued involvement and support. Division I program, and the
We look forward to seeing you soon. scholarship affirmed my com-
Sincerely, mitment to my passion. “
A three-time captain, four-time
Rob Bollinger letter winner, and all-time lead-
Executive Director for University Advancement ing scorer at International Falls
High School, she had no col-
lege athletic scholarship offers
and feared her competitive
skating days were over. Some
even told her outright she
couldn’t make it at the Division
I level.
That sentiment wasn’t shared
by her parents or coach. So she
increased her workouts, began
power lifting, ran longer, and
grabbed the chance to walk-on
at BSU.

20 Bemidji State
Back Row:University Foundation
LindaRasmussen, GeriBang,JoeANNUAL REPORT
Dreams ship, as well as sup-
port for BSU students
“That letter was a sweet surprise. Hockey means a lot
employed at Kentucky
Fried Chicken (KFC), playing hockey in an NCAA Division I program, and
which the St. Martins thescholarshipaffirmedmycommitmenttomypassion.”
franchised in Bemidji Jaime LeDuc
during the early 1960s.
the Bemidji KFC, was the first eriesmanagementandaquatic
Their KFC enterprise from either family to earn a systems.“The aquatic biology
grew to five restau- bachelor’s degree. program on the lake was a big
Jack and Marie St. Martin
rants in the region and factor for coming to Bemidji
four express outlets in “We support scholarships
because it is an opportunity State.”
Three years after she earned Las Vegas. Like LeDuc, their
to give back to Bemidji, the Although she doesn’t know
a spot on the roster, the dream started with uncer-
Native American community, where, she feels graduate
letter brought her hard work tainty. They gambled by
and to Bemidji State because school is the next likely step.
full-circle. Her final season moving in 1974 to Bemidji’s
they have been good to us,” Oftenscholarshipsmeanmore
capped a career where she west side, a residential area
says Jack. thansupportingacompetitive
appeared in 117 games, surrounded by jack pines.
skated to a stunning road-win After tapping their friends and LeDuc used the St. Martin drive. For LeDuc, receiving a
against a University of Min- finances, they opened with scholarship to pursue her aca- scholarship has meant being
nesota powerhouse, earned $12.48 in the cash register. demic dream as well. Active able to pursue her fascination
an athletic scholarship as a in water sports while grow- with water, whether frozen or
junior, and was named to the ing up on Rainy Lake, she is liquid.
in with a $20 bill, we’d have
WCHA All-Academic Team. majoring in aquatic biology.
been in deep, deep trouble,”
The St. Martins began fund- Marie remembers. “We were “I liked being on water and
ing hockey scholarships lucky. Now you can’t do busi- always wondered what was
when BSU started a Division ness like that. We made and going on below the surface,”
I women’s team in 1998. As overcameourmistakes.Today says LeDuc, a fifth-year
friends of men’s coach Bob you can’t afford to make mis- senior who is completing her
Peters, they understood the takes. That’s why education is degree with emphases in fish-
need for added support. so important.”
“We had been giving to the From Grand Rapids and Inter-
BSU Foundation since it national Falls respectively,
started in the 1970s,” Jack neither Jack nor Marie con-
says. “Bob said they needed tinuedtheireducationbeyond
scholarships for the great high school. Their son Brian,
kids they were recruiting. a BSU graduate who operates
We felt we could help by
doing more.”
So they funded a hockey
award and endowed another
with the recipient alternating
annually between the men’s
and women’s programs. The
Bemidji residents have since
added an endowment for a
Native American scholar-

ANNUAL REPORT Bemidji State University Foundation 21

Chargers, like the one on the
left, are “awards of distinction”
created especially for the
President’s Society by Visual

Arts Professor and Department Robert and Mary Lou Peters NorthEnd Trust
Chair John “Butch” Holden. The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Northland Electric
The award honors donors with Phillips Plastics Corp. Joel and Kary Otto
cumulative giving of $50,000 Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Paul Bunyan Broadcasting
or more. State Farm Companies Foundation Dr. John C. Pearce
John L. and Marie St. Martin/ Stephen Pearce, M.D.
The Jack and Marie St. Martin Family Rod and De Pickett
Foundation/Kentucky Fried Chicken The Pioneer/Advertiser
Dr. Theodore and Margaret Thorson The Presto Foundation
Gary* and Joanne Torfin Trudy and Kevin Rautio
TruStar Federal Credit Union REM Northstar, Inc. Bemidji Regional Office
Wells Fargo Bank N.A. Dr. Tom and Sandra Richard
White Earth Band of Chippewa Dr. James and Carol Richards
1 anonymous donor RiverWood Bank
Russell Herder
The President’s Society recognizes the University’s most generous The Ambassadors’ Society Steven and Robyn Seide
($25,000 to $49,999) Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
contributors. Membership includes individuals, families, and Hazel Shimmin Estate*
organizations and is based on lifetime cumulative giving to the 3M Foundation Lowell and Lois Sorenson
Bemidji State University Foundation. Members are recognized for Alltech Associates Inc Spaulding Motors, Inc/
gifts and pledges at the levels listed below. American Legion Post 14 Buster and Helen Spaulding
Winnifred Anderson Super 8 Motel
ARAMARK USA Color Printing
Bill* and Jessie Baer Richard and Judith Werner
The Trustees’ Society Paul Bunyan Telephone
Patrick Riley & Natalie Roholt
Carl and Terry Baer Drs. Larry and Ranae Womack
($1,000,000+) Beaver Bookstore Barbara L. Wylie
Security Bank USA
The George W. Neilson Foundation Dr. Marjory C. Beck 7 anonymous donors
Marcella Sherman
The Bernick Companies
David L. and Kathryn S. Sorensen
Marie Bishop*
The Chancellor’s Society George and Sandra Thelen
Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
The Founders’ Society
($500,000 to $999,999) ($10,000 to $24,999)
John and Ann Carlson/John Carlson Agency, Inc.
3M, Inc The Builders’ Society Lorraine and Jim* Cecil Robert J. and Barbara Aalberts
Joe and Jan Lueken ($50,000.00 to $99,999 ) Dr. Almond and Shalyn Clark Ace on the Lake
Bank Forward Eugene Dalzotto Don and Susan Addy
The Benefactors’ Society Bemidji Woolens, Inc./William J. Batchelder Deerwood Bank Bernie Adlys
($250,000 to $499,999) Big North Distributing, Inc. Dick’s Northside, Inc. American Family Insurance
Lynne C. Bunt Estate* Herbert A. and Lillian C. Doran Northern Amusement
Dr. M. James and Nancy Bensen Gregory Droba Boris and Caroline Andrican
Don and Petra DeKrey
Eva Lind* Gary S. Erickson, DDS Arrow Printing, Inc.
Dondelinger GM
David and Brenda Odegaard Kenneth P. and Sara E. Erickson Drs. Linda and Norman Baer
Joe and Karen Dunn
Mrs. F. Russell Eggers* Jeanine and Ronald Gangeness Thomas J. Beech
The Directors’ Society Bruce and Mary Jo Falk General Mills Foundation Dr. Richard and Josephine Beitzel
($100,000 to $249,999) Federated Insurance Foundation Dr. Muriel B. Gilman Beltrami Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Elfrida B. Glas Dale E. Greenwalt PhD Bemidji Lions Club
Don Anderson
Thomas and Joanne Heaviland Bemidji Medical Equipment
Jeff and Kathy Baumgartner/Circle B Properties Bernard and Fern* Granum
Hampton Inn & Suites Barbara Higgins Bemidji Rotary Club
M. Fern Birnstihl
Margaret H. Harlow* Terrance and Cindy Holter June L. Bender
Fred Breen*
Dr. Annie B. Henry Dr. Myrtie A. Hunt Kermit and Sandy Bensen
Raymond Breen*
Dr. Ruth Howe John and Delphine Jacobsen Jon and Linda Blessing
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Bemidji, Inc.
William and Bette* Howe John Johanneson* Bob Lowth Ford, Inc
Enbridge Energy Company, Inc.
Paul and Lynn Hunt Nancy Johnson* Dr. Mel and Ruby Bolster
First National Bank Bemidji
Esther F. Instebo Virginia Hope Johnson* Mary Boranian and Brian Curb
Anthony S. Gramer
Johanneson’s, Inc Wilbur Johnson Estate* Dr. John Brady*
Kirk Gregg
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company - North Lillie M. Kleven* Bravo Beverage Ltd (Trish and Terry Jones)
Dr. Evan and Elaine Hazard
Division Gary Knutson* Al Brew
Jim and Marilyn Heltzer
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Kopp Family Foundation Linda Brew
Margaret H. Johnson*
Marvin Lumber & Cedar Co Alan Korpi & Martha Nelson/ Gurnee K. Bridgman
Sam and Peggy Marvin Johnson
MeritCare Clinic Bemidji Valvoline Instant Oil Change Burger King Corporation
Robin Kelleher
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Lake Region Bone and Joint Surgeons Robert and Vera Bush*
Lueken’s Village Foods
Miller McDonald, Inc League of Women Voters - Bemidji Area Jeffrey P. Busse
John W. Marvin
Alex Milowski Drs. Gordon and Alice Lindgren Dr. Raymond and Margaret Carlson
Michael McKinley/McKinley Companies
Harry Moore* James and Janet Love* Caswell International Corporation
Mark and Sandra Niblick
Charles Naylor* Minnesota Energy Resources Central Valley Food Services, Inc
North Country Health Services
William and Dona Mae Naylor Diane Moe & Thomas Fitzgerald Kenneth* and Marion Christianson
Northern Inn
Nei Bottling, Inc Gary and Marlene Moe Citizens State Bank Midwest
Otter Tail Power Company
North Country Business Products Sharon Moe Michael B. and Noel C. Clay
Otto Bremer Foundation
NorthernLight FX Sound & Lighting Equipment Leo D. Morgan, Jr Control Stuff
Northwest Minnesota Foundation Naylor Electrical Construction Company, Inc. Veita Lou Corbin
Dr. Harold T. Peters* James and Janice Naylor Katharine Neilson Cram*
NCS Pearson Caroline Czarnecki
Dr. Raymond* and Jane Nelson
Norbord Minnesota

22 Bemidji State University Foundation ANNUAL REPORT

Lyle E. Dally* Allen and Susie Mathieu
Dave’s Pizza John and Judi McClellan
Robert* and Jacqueline Decker Betsy J. McDowell
Steve and Veronica DeKrey James McElmury Jr TheBSULegacySocietyrecognizesthosewhohave
Delta Kappa Gamma Neil and Patricia McMurrin madeadeferredorplannedgifttotheBSUFoundation.
Patrick and Barbara DeMarchi Jon and Debra McTaggart
Dick’s Plumbing and Heating of Bemidji, Inc. Robin and Diane Mechelke Thesocietyhasgrownfrom43chartermemberswhen
Jon and Beth Duncan Medsave Family Pharmacy it formed in 2002 to 175 members today.
Dwayne Young, Inc. Plaster & Drywall Debra Melby*
Contractor Thomas and Marilyn Miller Donald Anderson Peggy (Marvin) & Sam Johnson
Lynn and Mary Eaton The Minneapolis Foundation Joan Campbell Anderson Vince Johnson*
Edgewater Group Minnesota Humanities Commission Boris and Caroline Andrican Wilbur Johnson*
Eldercare Health Benefits Mgmt Systems, Inc Dr. Dorothy L. Moore Jessie Baer Johannas Jordan
Steven and Susan Engel George* and Betty Murray H.C. Baer* Pat and William Kelly
Drs. Gary and Nancy Erickson Darby and Geraldine Nelson Grant Bateman* Richard & Sharon King
Herbert M. Fougner Gerald and Fern Nichols Jim & Nancy Bensen Margaret Ann Kircher
Dr. Joann Fredrickson Dr. Lee A. Norman Evelyn Berg* Lillie M. Kleven*
Freeberg & Grund, Inc. North Central Door Company Dan & Terri Bergan Curt and Sue Kringen
Michael and Deanna Garrett Northwestern Surveying & Engineering, Inc. M. Fern Birnstihl Eva & Roy Lind*
Drs. Daniel Gartrell and Julie Jochum David and Jean Olderman Marie Bishop* Neil B. and Patricia McMurrin
Georgia-Pacific Corp. - Superwood Allen Oman State Farm Agency Elaine D. Bohanon Nelmarie Melville
Dr. James and Connie Ghostley Douglas L. Onan John “Fred” Breen* Margaret (Peggy) Miles
Col. Clark and Judith Gilbertson The Oppegaard Family Foundation Raymond Breen* John & Sue Minter
Dr. Lowell and Ardis Gillett Family and Friends of Ruth Ouverson Alan Brew John & Walli Mitchell
Dr. Richard and Carol Goeb John and Lori Paris Linda Brew Dorothy L. Moore
Bruce L. Gordon David and Dianne Parnow Gurnee Bridgman Harry Moore*
Gourmet House John Persell II Virginia Bridgman* Claude W. Morris*
Great Lakes Gas Transmission Ltd Partnership Dr. Martha Peters Bill & Henrietta Britton Betty Murray
Beulah Gregoire David Lee Peterson Estate* Lynne E. Bunt* George Murray*
Dr. Harold and Renate Hagg* Rohl and Patricia Peterson Jeffrey P. Busse Judy & Norman Nelson
Kathryn K. Hamm* Productivity, Inc Dale and Joanne Carlson Raymond Nelson*
Hardee’s of Bemidji Jack E. and Mary Betty Quistgard Joe and Jenifer Carson Wilford & Albiona Nelson*
Russell and Gudrun Harding* Raphael’s Bakery Rose Chen John O’Boyle
Hartz Foundation Roger Rasmussen Samuel Chen* Charlie O’Connor
Dr. Richard and Dorothy Haugo Richard Rude Architectural Bertha Christianson* David & Diane Parnow
Oluf and Margaret Haugsrud Estate* Dr. Patricia A. Rosenbrock Almond (Al) and Shalyn Clark Lawrence Perkins
John R. Heneman Stuart and Susan Rosselet Caroline M. Czarnecki Bob and Lou Peters
Hill’s Heating of Bemidji, Inc. Drs. William and Rochelle Scheela Lyle E. Dally* David Lee Peterson*
Hoeschler Fund - St Paul Foundation John and Evelyn Schuiling* Donald H. DeKrey Rohl Carlo & Patricia Peterson
Lynne K. Holt Walter and Mardene Schuiling Rebecca Eggers* Joanne M. Provo
Honeywell Foundation Lee C. Scotland, D.D.S. Fritz and Robin Ehlers Jon & Trish Quistgaard
Dr. Howard and Mary Hoody Thomas P. and Cynthia K. Serratore Donald and Mary K. Erickson Dave and Kim Ramsey
Kenneth and Kari Howe Doreathea Shanfeld Janet M. Erickson Tom and Sandy Richard
IBM Dr. Mark A. Shanfeld, Ph.D. Jean Erickson Willard & Lois Robertson
Insure Forward Dr. Kathryn Smith Ann Moore Flowers* Patricia Rosenbrock
Iverson Corner Drug Michael and Melinda Spry Bill and Marge Forseth Carol Russell
Larry and Connie Jacobson/Slim’s Bar & Grill Dale Stauss Jerry & Shirley Froseth Pat & Irwin St. John
Louise H. Jackson Irene K. Stewart Gail Gantz-Bergsven Jack & Marie St. Martin
JC Penney Co Inc Corey Stittsworth/Stittsworth’s Nymore Food Mart Helen Gill John and Charlotte Schullo
Arnold L. Johnson* Dr. Thomas and Bonnie Swanson Ardis & Ted Gillett Ken and Betti Sherman
Terry and Susan Johnson Chet Swedmark and Helen Kohl-Swedmark Ronald and Nancy Gladen Hazel Shimmin*
Dr. Johannas M. Jordan Systec, Inc Beulah Gregoire Lowell (Steve) & Lois Sorenson
Keckeisen’s Sporting Goods Sales Douglas and Lori Taylor James D. Gribble Duane and Celeste Sperl
Keith’s Pizza Teammates for Kids Foundation Pat Grimes J. Ruth Stenerson*
Dr. Debra K. Kellerman and Telespectrum Worldwide Keith W. Gunderson Lorna & Maury Sullivan
Anthony L. Wandersee Thorson, Inc. Kathryn K. Hamm Chet Swedmark
Ken K Thompson Jewelry Dave and Peggy Tiffany James F. Hanko Merril Thiel
Kentucky Fried Chicken Dr. Ken Traxler Linda & Kurt Hanson Dave & Peggy Tiffany
Alan and Judy Killian Dr. James and Diane Tuorila Gudrun Harding Joanne Torfin
David and Charlotte Kingsbury Mary M. Veranth Russell Harding* Jim & Diane Tuorila
Pat Knoer State Farm Insurance Austin and Paula Wallestad Margeret H. Harlow* Floyd Tweten
Drs. Raymond and Beatrice Knodel Ruth E. Warde Estate* Oluf & Margaret Haugsrud* Christel & Jeff Wallin
Dr. Clayton and Ivy Knoshaug Dr. Victor D. Weber Beverly Henriques Victor Weber
Dr. Franklin and Diane* Labadie Widseth Smith Nolting & Associates Annie Henry Robert & Jeanette Welle
Dale and Michelle Ladig Jerry Winans Ruth Howe Wesley Winter*
The Langhout Family Bud and Gloria Woodard Myrtie A. Hunt Shirley Yliniemi
Dr. David and Alice Larkin Robert and DeAnn Zavoral Esther F. Instebo Robert & Sherry Young
Douglas and Renee Leif 7 anonymous donors Jack and Delphine Jacobsen Charles & Susan Zielin
Hazel Marie Leland Jeffrey & Marjorie Johnson 10 Anonymous Members
Dr. Robert and Dale Ley *Deceased Margaret H. Johnson*
Dr. Kenneth and Mary Lundberg *Deceased
Keith Marek Charter Members

ANNUAL REPORT Bemidji State University Foundation 23

ScholarshipPay Forward C o ntinues t o

“My mother specifically left In the fall of 2008, one of the

the money to do what I could scholarships was awarded to
for others,” says Jim, who Patrick Bright, a political sci-
decided to fund scholarships ence senior from Bemidji. A
at Bemidji State University. graduate ofTrekNorth charter
“There were students locally school in Bemidji, he enrolled
who might not otherwise at BSU to become a social
afford to go to the Univer- studies teacher. However,
sity, and the scholarships a class in political science
were to provide the margin changedhisacademicinterest
they needed to get through and professional aspirations.
Jim and Marilyn Heltzer
school.” When he finishes his bache-
Long before the concept Jim gave the money to the BSU lor’s degree this spring, he will
head to graduate school.
of “paying it forward” became Foundation where endow-
popular, Jim Heltzer’s mother ments established three Jim “History was always a passion
Berneice practiced the ideal. and Marilyn Heltzer Scholar- of mine, but political science
In her will, she bequeathed ships – one each in education, in this day and age seems
himsomemoneyandincluded political science, and music. much more relevant,” he says.
a simple stipulation: He had Those areas were important “History is an interconnected
to give it away. And, as pre- to the Heltzers. Both started part of political science; it
scribed by the paying-forward their professional careers provides the framework for
concept, he passed on his in teaching, are politically moving forward.
good fortune to others. active, and enjoy Bemidji “This scholarship is a big
State’s music performances. thing. It recognizes the
work I’ve done in the depart-
ment, but it’s a lot more. As
“Historywasalwaysapassionofmine,but a low income student, this
the framework for moving forward.”
Patrick Bright

24 Bemidji State University Foundation ANNUAL REPORT

will allow me to pay for my “And economics,” Jim adds Cash Contributions Received
tuition and books without quickly. He has seen that
taking out another loan. impact first-hand as a three- 2,500,000
Worrying about how to pay term county commissioner.
for my undergraduate credits “In a lot of cities, there’s sep-
is the last thing I need going aration between town and $2,049,867
into grad school.” $1,913,988
gown. My first teaching job
Bright has applied to the Uni- was at a junior high school
versity of Pittsburgh, Miami in a college town where the 1,500,000
of Ohio, Purdue, and several college was literally and figu-
other universities that have ratively on a hill above town. $1,162,612
strong international pro- But here it is reversed. You 1,000,000
gramsandstudentexchanges find great contributions by
in Asia, Japan, or China. At University personnel doing $710,649
Bemidji State, he has focused things for the community all 500,000
his academic attention on the time.”
international relations, com- Bright hopes to be an emis-
parative politics, and security sary beyond campus as he 0
and conflict issues. pursues his primary goal 1993 1998 2003 2008
For the Heltzers, supporting of teaching on a college
BSU students like Bright was campus.
aneasydecision,eventhough “I really want to teach stu-
neither had been on campus dents that political science is
before they moved to Bemi- not only what you see on TV. Rate of Investment Return
dji in 1990. Jim arrived as the It’s not just red versus blue. 16%
city’s new director of housing There are so many intrica-
and redevelopment. His wife cies, but the most intriguing
Marilyn, a retiree, eventually part is seeing how people 12%
became the station manager use politics to relate to each 10%
for the Minnesota Public other.
Radio affiliate in town. 8%
“If I can create that spark
“When we arrived, the Uni- 6%
of interest in one student,
versity wasn’t even on our change that person and get 4%
radar,” Marilyn says. “But them interested in the world, 2%
BSU is an incredible place. then I’ll feel I’ve made a
It has a wonderful reputation 0%
and academics, and we have -2%
been really impressed with And in the process, pay
forward good fortune that -4%
what the University contrib- 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
utes in terms of culture, arts, arrived in the form of a
and people.” scholarshipestablishedmany Annual Return
years before.
Ten Year Average

ANNUAL REPORT Bemidji State University Foundation 25

T urning
int o

At age 85, Bertha Evenson studentsinterestedinworking

fell and injured her hip at a with long-term care patients.
care facility for the elderly. “It was a terrible thing to see
Doctors said healing would that happen to my mother,
come with bed rest, a treat- and it wasn’t good to see
ment directive that went anyone suffer,” remembers
unheeded at the facility. Bonnie Swanson, one of
Prompted to walk despite her Evenson’s children. “She was
Bertha Evenson objections, Evenson fractured a humble, giving person. She
her hip. She would never take was interested in the simple
“Ifirmlybelievethatnothinghappensby anotherstepandwasconfined things. She lived through the
to a wheelchair until she died Depression, was never boast-
chance.There’sareasonIendedupwanting in 1984. ful, and was a hard worker.
togetintothisfieldandforwhathappened She and her six children were “We thought there was little
toBerthaEvenson.Ithinkit’sgreatthather determined to prevent others we could do for her with
from suffering due to prevent- the settlement, but maybe
familyusedatragedytohelpotherpeople.It able mistakes. Their inspira- we could do something for
hasdefinitelymadeadifferenceinmylife.” tion arose from the echoes others. There had to be a lot
of Evenson’s pain-driven plea of small towns like the one
Dawn Benson
at the time of her injury, she lived in where there were
“Please don’t let this happen facilities with inadequate
to anyone else.” training to understand when
Her call to action became a someone was really hurting. It
reality while she was alive. was tragic that the end of her
Using a settlement from an life was spent in misery, but
ensuing court case, her family she would be pleased about
established the Bertha Even- what’s happening with the
son Scholarship for nursing scholarship.”
Pleased, indeed.
Twenty years after the schol-
arship was created, Dawn

26 Bemidji State University Foundation ANNUAL REPORT

Statement of Position
June 30, 2008
Benson, who didn’t start out loan smaller and enables her Current Assets
to work in long-term care, to put a bit more into the Cash and Cash Equivalents 61,922
became an Evenson scholar- budget for her kids and their Investments 12,485,597
ship recipient. needs. Contributions Receivable 359,203
Prepaid Expenses 2,669
As a nurse in training, Benson She also appreciates how the Total Current Assets 12,909,391
of Hill City, made various BSU program fits her needs.
professional nursing rounds She travels to BSU once every Property and Equipment 382,850

to learn which she liked or two or three weeks for a full
Other Assets
disliked. In a nursing home, day of classes and completes Contributions Receivable 273,500
she witnessed an accident other requirements online. Remainder Interest in Real Estate 965,19
caused by a nursing assistant “I couldn’t do a program
Cash Surrender Value Life Insurance 36,676
error, saw the terrible results Total Other Assets 406,695
where I had to be on campus,”
of the mistake, and vowed explains Benson, who has Total Assets $ 13,698,936
never to work in geriatrics. a 14-credit course load this
Her decision, however, fall. “I have to work 40-plus Liabilities and Net Assets
changed a short time later hours and try to keep things Current Liabilities
when Benson added week- as normal as possible at home Accounts Payable 28,634
end shifts to a 40-hour week by attending all of the kids’ Accrued Termination Benefit Payable 27,800
Annuities Payable, Current Portion 375,12
to help make ends meet. As games and school functions.”
Accrued Interest Payable 3,550
a temporary worker, she was Once she graduates, Benson Note Payable, Current Portion 352,802
assigned to nursing homes, will enroll in a master’s pro- Total Current Liabilities 450,298
and her earlier views about gram with similar flexibility,
them soon disappeared. Long-term Liabilities
so she can become a nurse Deferred Revenue 155,000
“I fell in love with the practitioner. She already talks Accrued Termination Benefit Payable 27,800
patients, their stories, their about a future where she Annuities Payable, Long Term Portion 202,534
personalities, and their histo- will travel to nursing homes Note Payable, Long Term Portion 75,94
Total Long Term Liabilities 392,928
ries,” says Benson, now a BSU in the Grand Rapids area to

senior. A registered nurse at treat and diagnose residents Total Liabilities 843,226
that time, she began working while also educating family
at Evergreen Terrace Nursing and staff on proper care. Net Assets
Home in Grand Rapids, and, Unrestricted Net Assets
“I firmly believe that noth- University Fund 223,879
six years later, is the assistant ing happens by chance,” says Alumni House Acquisition -75,000
director of nursing. Among Benson. “There’s a reason Plant Fund 382,850
her duties is the training of I ended up wanting to get Total Unrestricted Net Assets 531,729
nursing assistants. into this field and for what
Temporarily Restricted Net Assets 2,76 7,19
A single mother with three happened to Bertha Even- Permanently Restricted Net Assets 10,046,362
pre-teen and teenage chil- son. I think it’s great that her
dren, Benson recognizes the family used a tragedy to help Total Net Assets 12,855,710
impact the scholarship has other people. It has definitely
had on her family and her made a difference in my life.” Total Liabilities and Net Assets $ 13,698,936

future. She is paying for her
own education, so the grant
makes this year’s education

ANNUAL REPORT Bemidji State University Foundation 27

A ife-changing egacy
Opportunities and a legacy
– those were Eva Lind’s hope
professionally. It gave me
confidence and motivation.”
for the BSU scholarships that
Prior to the convention, he
would be established in her
attended meetings to learn
family’s name following her
about the operation of the
death. In 1998, her expec-
political event and covered
tation was expressed in the
protests for Denver’s ABC
form of the largest gift, over
affiliate KMGH-TV, shoot-
$409,000, ever given by an
ing video and blogging on
individual to help BSU stu-
Eva Lind their website. He also fina-
dents achieve their academic
gled press credentials to hear
goals. Since then, the Lind
former President Bill Clinton
scholarships in elementary
address the delegates, see Joe
education, mass communica-
“Thiswasalife-changingexperience. Biden accept the vice presi-
tion, and visual arts are pre-
WhenIwasnotifiedabouttheschol- sented each year.
the eventual party nominee,
Joshua Christensen, one of 15 Barack Obama, make a sur-
arship,Irememberaskingmyfamily, undergraduates who received prise appearance.
‘Whatifthischangeseverything?’and a 2008-09 Roy and Eva Lind
Those experiences fit well
Scholarship, fully understands
I think it has.This was about being a the opportunity he’s been
into Christensen’s career
aspirations, which include a
professional,especiallysinceIwasable given.
dream job covering the politi-
todofieldworkinthemedia.Itaffected The Department of Mass cal beat as a TV journalist in
Communication set aside one Washington, DC. He fully
mepersonallyandprofessionally.Itgave award this year to fund a stu- understands that he needs
me confidence and motivation.” dent who would work at the to earn this type of assign-
Joshua Christensen
2008 Democratic National ment by starting in a small
Convention in Denver. A market, gaining experience
senior from Ramsey, with as a reporter, and working his
majors in both mass commu- way through the system.
nication and political science,
He started building his pro-
Christensen earned the schol-
fessional base in Bemidji. In
arship through a competitive
the three years since transfer-
selection process.
ring to campus from Anoka
“This was a life-changing Ramsey Community Col-
experience,”Christensen says. lege, he has volunteered and
“When I was notified about worked at Lakeland Public
the scholarship, I remem- Television. At the station, he
ber asking my family, ‘What has shot video, created news
if this changes everything?’ packages, conducted inter-
and I think it has. This was views, and performed behind-
about being a professional, the-scenes jobs. For campus
especially since I was able to station KBSU-TV, he staffs
do fieldwork in the media. It the master control console for
affected me personally and hockey broadcasts and pro-
vides on-air talent for basket-
ball games.

28 Bemidji State University Foundation ANNUAL REPORT

Growth of Foundation Assets
Fulfilling the opportunity ing for 38 years. After retir-
component of Eva Lind’s ing, the couple returned to 14,000,000 $13,698,936
vision, Christensen is now Minnesota. Roy, who died in
beginning to carry out the 1996, and Eva created the gift
expectation part of the for- to the University as part of the 10,000,000
mula as one of 220 students dispensation of their estate. $8,789,337
receiving a Lind scholarship “I would thank her and her $6,402,340
in the past decade. These husband, with all my heart for 6,000,000
“Lind alumni” are teaching giving me this once-in-a-life- 4,000,000
fourth graders, writing news time experience and giving $2,832,983
stories, and creating ceram- other students their oppor-
ics. They also are early child- tunities as well,” Christensen 0
hood educators, public rela- mentions when asked what 1993 1998 2003 2008
tions specialists, and studio he might say to the Linds if
photographers. They work they were alive today. “It will
in clinics, ad agencies, and help my career to say I got
university systems. Growth of Endowed Funds
the scholarship to work at
The recipients are working the convention and that will 14,000,000
in communities in three for- create more opportunities in 12,000,000 $11,229,630
eign countries and 14 states, the future.”
from Soldotna, AK, to Coral 10,000,000
Gables, FL, and from Bur- the Linds envisioned when 8,000,000 $7,167,010
bank, CA, to Leesville, SC. establishing their endow- 6,000,000
The majority remain in Min- ment: opportunities + expec- $4,837,680
nesota, living in cities from tations = legacies. 4,000,000
Alexandria to Zimmerman. $2,517,017
Eva was born and raised near
Bagley in a family originally 0
1993 1998 2003 2008
from Sweden. She graduated
from Bemidji State in 1928
and taught on the Iron Range
for a few years before moving BSU Foundation
west. She married Roy, a car-
Scholarship Dollars Provided
penter, in Great Falls, MT,
where she continued teach- 800,000 $773,555
700,000 $670,127



300,000 $303,308


100,000 $112,619

1993 1998 2003 2008

ANNUAL REPORT Bemidji State University Foundation 29

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