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BSU Alumni Leaders Back for Homecoming 2014

2014/10/23

Alumni Leaders in the Classroom have become a Homecoming week tradition. Alumni volunteers come to campus to provide students, faculty, staff and the public a chance to learn more about the impact BSU alumni are having in their chosen fields. Each panel member will share personal insights about their careers and answer questions from attendees. An overflow crowd benefitted from this impressively successful panel!

Al Clark PhD ’64 recently celebrated his State Farm Insurance agency’s 35th anniversary. Clark graduated with a business degree from Bemidji State and went on to earn a master’s and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities). A past president and Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary Club of Arlington, Clark also is a lifetime qualifier for the President’s Club and the Million Dollar Round Table. He serves on the executive board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce among other groups.

Kirk Gregg ’81 has served as Corning Incorporated’s chief administrative officer since 2002. He oversees human resources, information technology, procurement, transportation, aviation, community affairs, government affairs, business services, and corporate security. Gregg graduated cum laude from Bemidji State with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in economics and business administration. He attended the University of Minnesota for a master’s degree in industrial relations and is a Sloan Fellow from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management.

Robert Krowech ’72 founded Eden Prairie‐based Heat Recovery System Technology (HRST), Inc. in 1998 and remains CEO. He began at BSU in 1964 but left to work in a steel mill in Gary, Ind. as a materials tester. He was drafted into the Vietnam War and attended training in Georgia. He then re‐enrolled at BSU and got degrees in math and physics. Krowech also earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of Minnesota in 1974. He started HRST to provide superior boiler engineering and on-site power plant technical service.

Dave Muelken ’89 played basketball at BSU and graduated with a degree in physical education and health. He taught and then worked for Schwan’s, managing the operations there for five years. When the company consolidated, Muelken and three partners purchased Schwan’s manufacturing operation. They retained the employees and keep the equipment in use. That began his entrepreneurial career. He has since operated refrigeration, assembly and trash compacting businesses.

Chris Waller Ph.D. ’81 is senior VP and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He earned a BA from BSU followed by an MA and PhD in economics from Washington State University. He joined the economics faculty at Indiana University. At the University of Kentucky, he was a [professor and C. M. Gatton Chair of Monetary Economics. Waller went on to become a professor and Gilbert F. Schaefer Chair of Economics at the University of Notre Dame where he served as a research fellow with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.


Business Program Placement at Ninety Percent!

2014/09/15

Recently compiled and reported data, required by business program accrediting body International Association of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), shows business and accounting programs placement hovering ninety percent. Faculty in the accredited business related programs at Bemidji State University not only work one-on-one with students with career development, but also with industry representatives and dedicated pros staffing BSU Career Services Office, to make that highly important connection. Countless hours of resume writing, enhancing interviewing skills, internships, tight alumni network and strong industry connections are just a few of the reasons for the ninety percent placement rate.


BSU Ranked Amongst Best by U.S. News & World Report

2014/09/10

For the seventh consecutive year, Bemidji State University finds itself among the Midwest region’s best colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual review of America’s Best Colleges.

U.S. News & World Report is celebrating the 30th year of its college rankings, which categorizes schools based on mission, according to classifications developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, in some cases by geography as well. U.S. News classifies Bemidji State University as a regional university in the Midwest region.

The publication’s Midwest region includes North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Ranking methodology
The U.S. News ranking system scores colleges and universities in seven weighted categories: graduation and retention rates; assessment by peers; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving. Each category plays a different role in the overall score; for example, 45 percent of an institution’s final score is based on its graduation and retention rates and its peer and counselor assessment scores (22.5 percent each), while a school’s percentage of alumni donors accounts for five percent of the overall score.

A complete explanation of U.S. News’ ranking methodology can be found on its website.

U.S. News & World Report began publishing college rankings in 1983. America’s Best Colleges 2015 is online today; the print version will be available on newsstands later this month.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit bemidjistate.edu. Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


New State-of-the-Art BSU Business Building Now Underway!

2014/08/28

Bemidji State University will have new state-of-the-art home for BSU’s business and accounting programs next fall!

Construction is already underway. The keystone in a broader construction is project that will radically alter the heart of campus as part of a strategic effort to centralize academic offerings and shift student services to a part of campus that better suits BSU’s resident students.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the state’s $846 million bonding bill into law on May 20. That bill included $13.79 million for the project, which was third on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system’s priority list heading into the legislative session.

The lower floor will be used for faculty offices. Offices for the dean of the College of Business, Technology and Communication will be on the top floor.

“Business and accounting are two of our larger programs” said Bill Maki, Bemidji State’s vice president of finance and administration.

The project will bring a business and corporate feel to the facilities for those programs, said Dr. Shawn Strong, dean of BSU’s College of Business, Technology and Communication.

“This should greatly assist our efforts to recruit high-quality students to our residential campus.”

Strong said the new building will help move the program beyond its current focus on traditional lecture courses and emphasize group work and intensive use of technology by students in an active-learning environment.

“Active learning is where higher ed is headed,” Strong said. “The small-group settings will support problem solving in the classroom. The ultimate goal of active learning is to build students’ critical thinking skills, and these small-group settings will support problem solving in our classrooms.”

Maki said this multi-stage project helps fulfill goals from BSU’s Master Facilities Plan to ensure programs have a strong physical identity.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit bemidjistate.edu. Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


BSU Business Programs: Best Decision Ever!

2014/07/09

BSU Business Programs: Best Decision Ever!

The BSU Business program has small classes and exceptional professors. Before you even start you are set up for success!  Nick, Redwood City, CA

The business program at BSU helped me expand my imagination and gave me the knowledge I need to be successful in business. Lorene, Red Lake, MN

Business professors at BSU are very enthusiastic and kind. Most of my favorite professors are right here.  Thanks to them, I can say attending BSU is my best decision in life.  Dong Wook, Incheon, South Korea

BSU has helped me develop and skills that a business professional will need to be successful. I am very grateful that I have received my education from BSU.  Jake, Port Coquittam, BC

BSU has finely tuned my skills and business knowledge, and has ultimately made me stronger academically.  Aaron, Ottawa, ONT

Being a student athlete transfer can bring many complexities and obstacles; however, the BSU business department advisors and professors worked with me in preparing me to graduate on time and for life after college.  Jason, Phoenix, AZ

What I like most about Bemidji State University`s business department is the fact that the professors make sure they know students on a personal level. That makes it easier for us to learn and succeed, not only in business, but also in life, Garrett, Baudette, MN

The business department at BSU is very good and has a great array of professors that have done an excellent job in preparing me in for a business career, Mason, Milton, WI

 

 


BSU HR Student Chapter Receives Merit Award

2014/06/02

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, VA, has awarded a Merit Award designation to the Bemidji State University SHRM student chapter for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members.

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 professional and 19,000 student members in over 140 countries, the association serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession.

“SHRM is pleased to announce our 2013-2014 Student Chapter Merit awards. We are very proud of what our student chapter members are able to accomplish while also involved in their studies and work,” said Laurie McIntosh, director of member engagement. “Their efforts to enhance their chapter, community and the HR profession are to be commended.”

Chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, which ran from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014.  Of the 173 SHRM-affiliated student chapters that received awards in the 2013-2014 Merit Award program, 21 chapters received an Outstanding Chapter Award designation, 28 chapters received a Superior Merit Award designation, 32 chapters achieved Merit Award status, and 41 chapters received the Honorable Mention designation.

The SHRM student chapter merit award program, which began in 1972, exists to encourage development of more effective student chapters and to promote outstanding activities and projects by student chapters in the following areas: student chapter requirements, chapter operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession and SHRM engagement.

The Bemidji State University SHRM student chapter receives a digital logo for use in electronic or print communications and will be recognized in SHRM’s publications and at its conferences.

For more information about SHRM’s Student Chapter Merit Award program, visit http://www.shrm.org/Communities/StudentPrograms/Pages/awards.aspx.

Media: For more information, contact Valerie Wallingford of Business Administration Department at 218-755-2594 and vwallingford@bemidjistate.edu

 


Strat Mgmt Students Top 85 in World B-Sim

2014/05/13

Congratulations to BSU Strategic Management students who earned a Global Top 85 ranking worldwide for company GLO-BUS performance during the week of 28-Apr-14 through 4-May-14.

Co-managers of Digitally Enhanced earned a Global Top 85 worldwide ranking on the following performance criteria:

  • Overall Game-To-Date Score - Their Overall Game-To-Date      Score of 110.0 tied for the best Overall Game-To-Date Score performance of      the week, worldwide!
  • Stock Price - Their Stock Price of $146.48 was the 84th      best Stock Price performance of the week, worldwide!

This excellent performance is a good reflection on the caliber of instruction and students in Strategic Management. View the Global Top 100 lists for the most recent week. View the Global Top 100 lists for the week of 28-Apr-14 through 4-May-14.

Each Monday we compile lists of the prior week’s best-performing companies worldwide based on each of four measures: Overall Score (current year), Earnings Per Share, Return On Average Equity, and Stock Price.

 


B-Students Achieve Ranking in World Competition

2014/04/15

Congratulations are in order for students in your class who earned a Global Top 100 ranking for their company’s GLO-BUS performance during the week of 7-Apr-14 through 13-Apr-14.

The co-managers of Digitally Enhanced (Company D) earned a Global Top 100 ranking on the following performance criteria:

Overall Game-To-Date Score - Their Overall Game-To-Date Score of 110.0 tied for the best Overall Game-To-Date Score performance of the week, worldwide!

You should be quite proud of your students for such an excellent performance — a performance that reflects quite well on you and the caliber of instruction that students are receiving in your course. View the Global Top 100 lists for the most recent week. View the Global Top 100 lists for the week of 7-Apr-14 through 13-Apr-14.

Each Monday we compile lists of the prior week’s best-performing companies worldwide based on each of four measures: Overall Score (current year), Earnings Per Share, Return On Average Equity, and Stock Price.

Congratulations once again to you and your students and thank you for using GLO-BUS in your class. As always, please call or e-mail if you have any questions or any suggestions for improving the simulation.

Best regards from the GLO-BUS author team,

This spring, McGraw-Hill Publishing announced that a team of students from Bemidji State University placed in sixth place worldwide in overall score for their participation in the business simulation, The Business Strategy Game or BSG-Online.  This computer based competition is modeled to reflect the real-world character of the globally competitive athletic footwear industry.  Student teams run simulated companies in competition both with their classmates and with teams of students from other universities.  Company operations simulate cause-effect relationships and revenue-cost-profit relationships based on global market and economic principles.  All aspects of The Business Strategy Game mirror the competitive functioning of the athletic footwear industry.  The student team’s performance reflects their leadership skills, collaboration & teamwork, financial analysis & management, operations management, marketing management, human resources management, and strategic analysis & planning.

Every year 200 to 300 universities from all over the world participate in the simulation, including teams from other MnSCU universities as well as the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin (i.e., over 1,000 teams per semester are competing).  Each week during the semester the student teams enter their business-based tactical and strategic decisions, representing a simulated year of business operations.  The BSG-Online staff calculates five key performance measures (i.e., earnings per share, return on equity, stock price, credit rating, and image rating or customer perception of product quality) which are in turn used to calculate an overall investor confidence score for each student company.


BSU Online MBA Program!

2014/02/24

Bemidji State University has launched its master of business administration (MBA) program, to be completed entirely online.

Dr. Sanjeev Phukan, professor of business administration will direct Bemidji State’s MBA program.

“This program builds on the success of our existing online bachelor’s degree in business, which has been enormously successful,” Phukan said. “We’ve had lots of anecdotal evidence from our graduates that suggested they would be delighted to continue on if BSU had an MBA program to offer them.”

The MBA is the most-common graduate degree in the United States, held by 38 percent of top chief executive officers in Fortune 500 companies, and the number of MBAs granted annually continues to grow. By the late 1990s, MBAs accounted for nearly 25 percent of all master’s degrees granted by American colleges and universities. Additionally, interest in American MBAs from international students is steadily increasing as well.

The program’s goal will be to enroll between 25-35 students at the outset in a cohort-based system that keeps groups of students together in the same courses through the entire program.

“This is a solid program,” Phukan said. “It’s affordable, and I think with the cohort-based system we plan to have, we will have a lot of support for the students who choose to enroll in our program.”

Phukan said the advantages BSU currently gives students in its on campus and online programs will translate to the new program, making it an attractive option for persons seeking to continue their education with an MBA.

“All of the positive attributes that exist in our other programs will filter over to the MBA program,” he said. “The intimacy and personal attention that we provide in both our on-campus and online offerings, and the excellent faculty that we have and will recruit to teach in the program will exist in this program as well.

“Our Center for Extended Learning unit is strong, and I think that is a huge strength we have that many places do not have,” Phukan said. “We jumped into offering our complete degrees online at an earlier time than many other institutions have, and that’s allowed us to build some real strengths in the way we run our online programs.

“The folks that run CEL over here are excellent, and the program has great support from administration, from the deans all the way up to the president. There is support for this program from the top down, and this will contribute to its success.”

Contact Dr. Sanjeev Phukan, professor of business administration, MBA program director, (218) 755-2756

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About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit bemidjistate.edu. Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.


BSU HR Club Execs Attend Leadership Conference

2014/01/24

Two BSU Human Resource Management Student Club Officers attended Minnesota State Council SHRM Council Leadership Conference, sponsored by the MN State SHRM Council:

Ben Tilson and Burke Bolstad attended the Minnesota State Society of Human Resource (SHRM) Council Leadership Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota on January 19th and 20st, 2014 with club advisor, Professor Valerie Wallingford.

Also, due to campus club’s vibrant activity, Dr. Wallingford and the student execs from BSU were not only invited, but were financially supported by the council for the conference.

The Department of Business Administration’s Human Resource Management (HRM) Student Club earned the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter Affiliation (www.shrm.org).

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India.

BSU’s Student Human Resource Management is sponsored by the Lake Country Regional Human Resource Association, a recognized Professional Chapter of SHRM (www.lchra.org).


Business Professor Earns Author of the Year Honors!

2014/01/19

Dr. Kari Wood, professor in business administration at Bemidji State University, has just been announced as a national award winning author by McGraw-Hill.
Author Kari Wood and her team’s text, Office 2013 In Practice, has earned National First Edition of the Year honors. Congratulations!


BSU Business & Human Resource Management Clubs Energized!

2013/10/18

BSU Business Club and BSU Human Resource Management Club are once again experiencing tremendous growth and activity.

With great student and faculty leadership, the clubs are connecting and engaging both internally and externally at Bemidji State University.  Professor and clubs advisor, Dr. Valerie Wallingford just returned from the Minnesota Society of Human Resources Conference in Duluth, Minnesota.  Accompanying Dr. Wallingford were six BSU business management students in human resources.  They not only attended and participated, but several gave conference presentations.  Please visit the website for details!

BSU Business Club


BSU B-Students Top 6 in World Sim. Competition

2013/10/02

This fall, McGraw-Hill Publishing announced that a team of students from Bemidji State University placed in sixth place worldwide in overall score for their participation in the business simulation, The Business Strategy Game or BSG-Online.  This computer based competition is modeled to reflect the real-world character of the globally competitive athletic footwear industry.  Student teams run simulated companies in competition both with their classmates and with teams of students from other universities.  Company operations simulate cause-effect relationships and revenue-cost-profit relationships based on global market and economic principles.  All aspects of The Business Strategy Game mirror the competitive functioning of the athletic footwear industry.  The student team’s performance reflects their leadership skills, collaboration & teamwork, financial analysis & management, operations management, marketing management, human resources management, and strategic analysis & planning.

Every year 200 to 300 universities from all over the world participate in the simulation, including teams from other MnSCU universities as well as the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin (i.e., over 1,000 teams per semester are competing).  Each week during the semester the student teams enter their business-based tactical and strategic decisions, representing a simulated year of business operations.  The BSG-Online staff calculates five key performance measures (i.e., earnings per share, return on equity, stock price, credit rating, and image rating or customer perception of product quality) which are in turn used to calculate an overall investor confidence score for each student company.  Company A from Professor Frost’s section of BUAD 4559 Strategic Management class received a score of 107.5 which tied them for sixth place in the overall score for that week.  BSU’s Company A is run by Melissa Borstner, Maxi Rosenbloom, and Christina Tauer.  The BSU team tied with teams from such schools as the University of Alabama, the University of Tennessee, Tulane University, Universidad de Lima (Peru), and Xavier School of Management (Jamshedpur, India).

 


BSU Alumni Leaders in the Classroom

2013/09/18

Alumni Leaders in the Classroom have become a Homecoming week tradition.  Alumni volunteers come to campus to provide students, faculty, staff and the public a chance to learn more about the impact BSU alumni are having in their chosen fields. Each panel member will share personal insights about their careers and answer questions from attendees. The 11 panels (Education, Sciences, Government/Politics, Accounting, Mass Communications, Sport Management, Law Enforcement, Technology/Entrepreneurs, Law, Business and Young Minds Leading the Way in Indian Country) will be held Thursday, Sept. 26. &  Friday, Sept. 27. (See detailed information below).

BUSINESS  à  11am to 11:50am  à  Decker Hall 117

• John Delinsky ’75, Partner, Apollo Insurance Agency

• Keith Johanneson (1966-­‐69), CEO/President, Johanneson’s Inc.

• Richard Lugeanbeal ’86, Agent, Benefits Solutions, Plus

• Mike Roberge ’90, President & CIO, MFS Investment Management

• Steve Vogt ’85, CIO, Mesirow Advanced Strategies

2013 Alumni Leaders In The Classroom

Panels are free and open to all. Panelists and information may be modified prior to each panel.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26

EDUCATION10:00 a.m.   – Bensen Hall (413)

  • Dr. Margaret Carlson ’96
    Retired Professor, BSU
  • Norm Hecimovich ’60
    Retired Principal, Austin Public Schools
  • Tracy Loken Weber ’02

President, Milwaukee Achiever   Literacy Services

  • Margo Magnusson ’72
    Retired Teacher, Business Education
  • Dr. Randy Swedberg ’65
    Professor Emeritus, Concordia University – Montreal
SCIENCES12 p.m. –   Sattgast (208)

  • Dr. Hans Serleth ’88
    Surgeon, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
  • Dr. Bruce Sutor ’86
    Psychiatrist, Mayo Clinic
  • Shari Sutor ’84, ’86
    Researcher, Mayo Clinic
  • Dr. Ben Tsang ’71
    Director, Reproductive Biology Unit, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Health   Research Institute
GOVERNMENT/POLITICS2:00   p.m. – Hagg Sauer (245)

  • Rita Albrecht ’01
    Mayor, City of Bemidji
  • Jim Fisher ’78
    Legislative Liaison, Minn. Assoc. of Townships
  • Kay Mack ’86
    Beltrami County Administrator
  • Carly Melin ’07
    Minnesota State Representative
  • John Persell ’78
    Minnesota State Representative

FRIDAY, SEPT. 27

ACCOUNTING9:00 a.m. –   Decker Hall (11)

  • Tom Anderson ’70
    CEO, Minnesota Thermal
  • Mark Garton ’79
    VP Global Finance, ME Global
  • Marty Goulet ’05
    CFO, Wagner Construction
  • XiHao Hu ’97
    SVP & Chief Accountant, TD Bank
  • Glen Lindseth ’83
    Owner/Managing Partner, Miller McDonald
MASS   COMMUNICATIONS9:00 a.m. –   Bangsberg Hall (119)

  • · Cynthia Cashman ’85
    U of M, Chief Development Officer, College of Food, Agricultural &   Natural Sciences
  • · Pamela Hovland ’83
    Senior Critic, Yale University
  • · Carol Russell ’74
    CEO, Russell Herder
  • · Jason Tell ’93
    Chief Knowledge Officer, Modern Climate
SPORT   MANAGEMENT9:00 a.m. –   Beaver Pride Room

  • Lynn Dorn ’72
    Dir. of Women’s Athletics, NDSU
  • Jean Musgjerd ’85

Athletic Director, Rochester   Community & Technical College

  • Billy Rodgers ’04
    AVP, Bruno Event Team, Alabama Sports Foundation
LAW   ENFORCEMENT10:00 a.m.   – Bensen Hall (115)

  • William Colter ’70
    Retired U.S. Secret Service Agent
  • Dan Elbers ’83
    Asst. Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal
  • Steve Hagenah ’77
    Law Enforcement Program Coord., Leech Lake Tribal College
  • Michelle Leffelman ’00
    Police Officer, Bemidji
  • Scott McLean ’84
    Retired U.S. Marshal
  • Brian Weierke ’91
    Captain, Fridley Police Dept.
TECHNOLOGY   & ENTREPRENEURS10:00   -11:30 a.m. – Bridgeman Hall (100)

  • Doug Frederickson ’10
    VP of Operations, Blattner Energy
  • Tom Heaviland ’80
    President, Heaviland Enterprises
  • Bruce Hunstad ’81
    Engineer, Seagate Technology
  • Richard Lugeanbeal ’86
    Agent, Benefits Solutions, Plus
  • Jeff Wallin   ’70
    Technology Business Consultant
LAW11:00 a.m.   – Bensen Hall (115)

  • Ben McAninch ’99
    Partner, Blethen, Gage & Kraus
  • Paul Godlewski ’70
    Partner, Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben
  • Paul Jensen ’95
    Partner, Karkela, Hunt, Cichosz & Jensen
  • Robin Kelleher ’72
    Attorney, Seaton, Peters & Revnew
  • Carly Melin ’07
    Attorney & Minnesota State Representative
BUSINESS11:00 a.m.   – Decker Hall (117)

  • John Delinsky ’75
    Partner, Apollo Insurance Agency
  • Cindy Ecklund ’86
    Safety & Risk Manager, PRS
  • Keith Johanneson (1966-69)
    CEO/President, Johanneson’s Inc.
  • Mike Roberge ’90
    President & CIO, MFS Investment Management
  • Steve Vogt ’85
    CIO, Mesirow Advanced Strategies
NATIVE   AMERICAN“Young   Minds Leading the Way in Indian Country” 2:00 p.m. – AIRC (127)

  • · Rochelle Johnson ’93
    Principal, Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School
  • · Donovan Sather ’12
    Re-Entry Program Coord., Northwest Indian OIC
  • · Delana Smith ’09
    Teacher, Red Lake Elementary ECC
  • · Veronica Veaux ’08

HR Manager, Leech Lake Band of   Ojibwe

If you would like to   request accommodations or other services, please contact Disability Services,   Sanford Hall, 201. Phone:
218/755-3883 or E-mail address Disabilityservices@bemidjistate.edu.  Also   available through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

 

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Sixth Straight Year: BSU Ranked Among Best

2013/09/10

U.S. News and World Report has recognized Bemidji State University as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest region for the sixth consecutive year….

 Read more from BSU ranked among Midwest region’s best.


BSU Leads State Universities

2013/08/30

A regional higher education organization has rated Bemidji State University one of Minnesota’s most-effective universities at guiding incoming students through to graduation.

The Midwestern Higher Education Compact report ranked Bemidji State highest among the seven state universities in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system based on how many students it graduates compared with an expected graduation rate for its student population.

Bemidji State ranked second among Minnesota state universities in the compact’s efficiency score, which compares a school’s effectiveness score to institutional spending per student.

Both measures indicate that institutional practices at BSU foster student success, said Dr. Martin Tadlock, BSU’s provost and vice president of academic affairs.

“I believe the study reflects positively on our faculty and staff who work very well with students who come from all types of backgrounds and who represent a wide range of college preparation and readiness,” Tadlock said. “Places like Bemidji State University continue to serve as a steward of place where public education enhances the quality of life in the region while providing access to people traditionally underserved by private providers.

“Access, high expectations and a constant striving for excellence in our academic programming and in our student support services is transformative. In other words, we take students where they are and we help them excel.”

Bemidji State earned a 1.71 score for effectiveness and 0.10 for efficiency in the compact’s report, compared to average scores of -3.56 for effectiveness and -0.14 in efficiency for colleges and universities in Minnesota. Negative effectiveness scores indicate actual graduation rates lower than the expected rate, while positive scores indicate graduation rates that exceed the expected rate. Negative efficiency scores correlate to high per-student expenditures with low graduation rates; positive efficiency scores indicate higher graduation rates with lower per-student expenditures.

About the Midwestern Higher Education Compact The Minneapolis-based Midwestern Higher Education Compact, founded in 1991, is a non-profit regional organization established by compact statute to assist Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. The compact serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit bemidjistate.edu. Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

 


Business Programs in 6th Year of Growth

2013/08/26

BSU Leads State Universities in Efficiency & Effectives

Bemidji State University announced that its business programs have now experienced six consecutive years of growth.  New faculty hiring has accompanied the expansion.  Some have attributed the sustained growth to international and national accreditation of the business and accounting programs, well connected and loyal alumni, and the quality and efficiency of the department and university (see the above StarTribune link).  Next is a brand new state-of-the-art campus business and accounting facility to be going up after next year.


Greater Bemidji Welcomes Students to BSU!

2013/08/20

Welcome to Bemidji!

This coming weekend, there will be over 800 new freshmen moving to Bemidji State University, making the greater Bemidji region their home.  All total, there will be around 5,000 students coming back to BSU over the next week. 

Our region’s businesses and leaders welcome students and their families to Bemidji.  Whether it is through signage or just greeting students and their families throughout town, please take the opportunity to show how much we appreciate their choice of our region.

Talent is critical for economic growth, and our ability to help students feel welcome and engaged in our community is central to our success.  Let them know how important they are as they come to town this week.

Thanks for all you do for Greater Bemidji.


Beavers Show Support for BSU Alum - 49ers GM

2013/01/28

This past Sunday at 2:30pm, BSU Office of Communications and Marketing held a gathering to send a good luck greeting to Bemidji State alum Trent Baalke, former Beaver football player who is now general manager of Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers!

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Bemidji community for attended this photo opportunity to wish Trent and the 49ers luck against the Baltimore Ravens! Hundreds in BSU Beaver and 49ers gear huddled to be photographed with a 49ers logo at the center of the football field. Sunday’s weather had a high in the mid 30s at balmy Chet Anderson Stadium.  The University sends best wishes to an alum on one of the biggest days in sports! Support your BSU alum even if you’re going to be cheering for the Ravens on Super Bowl Sunday.

BSU has an event page created on Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/events/410423059038280/permalink/410423062371613/


BSU Graduate – 49ers GM – Makes Super Bowl!

2013/01/23

Did you now Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers General Manager played football and graduated from Bemidji State University?

This Sunday at 2:30pm, BSU Office of Communications and Marketing invites you to attend a gathering to send a good luck greeting to Bemidji State alum Trent Baalke, former Beaver football player who is now general manager of Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers!

Join students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Bemidji community for this photo opportunity to wish Trent and the 49ers luck against the Baltimore Ravens! We are planning for a large crowd to be photographed with a 49ers logo at the center of the football field. Sunday’s weather forecasts call for a high approaching 30, so get out to Chet Anderson Stadium in your BSU gear and help the University send best wishes to an alum on one of the biggest days in sports! And, yes you are welcome to show up and support a BSU alum even if you’re going to be cheering for the Ravens on Super Bowl Sunday.

BSU has an event page created on Facebook; we’ll see you on Sunday!

https://www.facebook.com/events/410423059038280/permalink/410423062371613/


Human Resource Club Student Execs Selected for Conference

2013/01/21

Two BSU Human Resource Management (HRM) Student Club Officers were invited to attend the Minnesota State Council SHRM Council Leadership Conference, sponsored by the MN State SHRM Council:

Dillon Loren and Dane Pflika attended the Minnesota State SHRM Council Leadership Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota on January 20th and 21st, 2013, with club advisor, Professor Valerie Wallingford.

Also, due to campus club’s vibrant activity, Dr. Wallingford and the student execs from BSU were not only invited, but were financially supported by the council for the conference.

The Department of Business Administration’s Human Resource Management (HRM) Student Club earned the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter Affiliation (www.shrm.org).

SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India.

BSU’s Student Human Resource Management is sponsored by the Lake Country Regional Human Resource Association, a recognized Professional Chapter of SHRM (www.lchra.org).


BSU Business Alumna Makes History

2012/11/07

Bemidji State University Business Alumna Carri Jones makes history as the first woman to be elected chair of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. She graduated in 2003 with a double major in accounting and business administration.

Perseverance, along with the knowledge she gained at Bemidji State, has helped Jones advance her career through a series of promotions as a financial officer with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe - starting as a file clerk and culminating as the chief financial officer of the multimillion-dollar organization. She thought she could do more. So last year, she ran for secretary-treasurer, the band`s second-highest elected office. She lost, but her supporters encouraged her to run again, this time for the top spot.

In a series of firsts, the 32-year-old was elected chairwoman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe on June 12, becoming the first woman and youngest person ever to hold the tribe’s highest office and lead the tribal council. By appealing to younger voters and promising more collaborative leadership, she defeated the incumbent by seven votes. She is also the youngest chair among the six bands that comprise the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, which for the first time has four seated chairwomen, including Melanie Benjamin, another BSU graduate, who leads the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.

Jones already is in contact with her fellow women leaders, and she hopes the foursome will help the bands work more closely together. While at BSU, Jones interned with the Mille Lacs Band and later became gaming controller for the Black Bear Casino with the Fond du Lac Band in Cloquet. The different bands `can learn from one another,` she said.

Congratulations Carri!


BSU Business Student Gives Keynote

2012/10/23

Bemidji State University Business major Brian Leonhardt gave a keynote speech to an audience of 4oo BSU alumni and friends of the university at the annual homecoming black tie gala. Brian was honored with this opportunity for being a standout student in the classroom and in extracurricular activities on campus and in the community. Following are excerpts of his delivery.

It has been four years for me now at Bemidji State University. It feels like a lifetime. If you told me four years ago that I would be standing here today giving this speech, I would have laughed. But BSU has made me grow from the freshman I was on day one, undecided about a major, to the person I am now, ready to graduate, knowing where I want to be in life and with friends that will be there with me along the way.

Fast-forward to today and you would not recognize me as the same person I was then. Bemidji State University forced me to grow, and I strongly believe that growth is directly attributed to the faculty and the people around me. I wouldn`t be the person I am today if it wasn`t for Bemidji State.

I`m from Blaine, Minnesota, and came to Bemidji for the Northwood`s feel, attend college and to just get away from the big city. Living in Bemidji is sometimes like going to college at the cabin. I have the pleasure of being able to live on a lake, come home from classes and choose to fish, jet ski or swim. How many other colleges can offer you that?

Now, I know I will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science degree, and a major in Business Administration with emphases in Management and Marketing. This will provide many possibilities and opportunities. However, for the longest time, I did not know what I wanted to do. Then in an upper-level personal selling course, we had the opportunity to have a professional from industry (and BSU alum) speak in our class. I`ll never forget what he said about motivation, money, job title and competition. I then knew I wanted to compete and am highly motivated to succeed in a personal selling career.

I`ve had success in the classroom and on the field, and that`s the way it should be. I take academics very seriously. I don`t see a difference between success on the field and success in the classroom. I view them as one in the same.

While completing a summer internship with Sanford Health, I had the opportunity to meet their President and CEO. He informed me that I was given this opportunity because he believed in my ability to help the community in the future. Standing here today, I want to be the person who comes back to BSU to talk to the students. I want to be the person who motivates the students to realize what they are here for and what they want to do after college. For everything BSU, I thank you. Know that you do so much more than you are aware. There are countless times I have learned from speakers who come back and volunteer, and faculty who take time to teach and guide students for the rest of their lives. Thank you.


BSU Business Alumni Leaders in Classrooms

2012/10/03

As part of Bemidji State University Beaver Homecoming Week, several distinguished BSU alumni held discussions with current students wishing to follow suit. Discussion topics covered aspects of business and leadership. Panel discussions focused on how Bemidji State University`s business degree programs set them up for extraordinary success in life as leaders in business. All attributed much of it to small class sizes, excellent faculty and to a tight-knit faculty-student connect. The following bios note the impressive list of outstanding alumni returning to the classroom.

Becky Dawley has been First Vice President - Director of Information Services with Federated Mutual Insurance in Owatonna, Minn. since 2000. She joined Federated Insurance in 1977 as a computer programmer. She had held the positions of programmer, senior programmer, lead programmer, computer systems development supervisor, manager, director and vice president during her 20 year tenure with Federated Insurance. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University (Bemidji, MN) in 1977.

Shelly Geerdes has been employed with Pinnacle Publishing, LLC for nearly 18 years and has been the CEO/General Manager since October 2000. During the past 18 years Pinnacle has grown from publishing seven telephone directories to 252. Now, they offer expanded digital advertising options to their customers including local search and website building and hosting. Headquartered in Bemidji, Pinnacle currently does business in 35 states, serves nearly 160 telephone companies and employs more than 110 employees. Geerdes graduated from Bemidji State University in 1993. During her last year of college, she attended BSU`s sister school in Akita, Japan.

Xihao Hu came to BSU from Shanghai, China, to study accounting. He earned a perfect score on the Certified Public Accounting exam. Hu graduated summa cum laude in 1997. Hu interned at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Minneapolis before working there full-time in audit and enterprise risk services in 1997. He moved to a position in the company`s Chicago office in 2000, quickly working his way up within the company to become a partner/senior manager in the financial accounting and reporting services department by 2005, all by the young age of 31. At Deloitte & Touche, Hu managed a large staff, mentored partnered candidates, authored several publications and spoke at international and domestic industry events. In 2010, Hu was named senior vice president and chief accountant for the Toronto-Dominion Bank, the position he holds today.

Keith Johanneson attended Bemidji State University, and he has also studied at the University of Minnesota and The University of Oxford (Oxford, England). Keith has been serving communities within the retail grocery industry for over 50 years. He began his career as a clerk working at his family`s neighborhood supermarket. Following college, Johanneson worked as a Market Research Analyst for
SuperValu, Inc. based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN. In addition, he started his own beer distribution company in his native Bemidji, MN. Shortly thereafter, Keith relieved his father as President of Johanneson`s, Inc. where he continues to serve today as the organization`s CEO/President. Keith is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys traveling. He and his wife, Maria, live in Bemidji and have four grown children.

Bill Potvin, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from BSU in 1976, is partner in-charge of the Brainerd and Alexandria, Minn., offices of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. He currently serves the construction and real estate clients and has been with the company for 24 years. He focuses on general and specialty contractors, architectural and engineering firms, construction industry service and real estate development companies. He also counsels manufacturing, hospitality and dealerships. He has dealt with owner-operated, closely-held businesses that range from start-up companies to companies with multi-entities, locations and trades with revenues in excess of $100 million. He has significant experience with acquisition, mergers, and financing transactions. Potvin works with the tax, financial and business planning aspects of privately-owned companies and helps them develop long-range business objectives which may impact ownership transition and planning for corporate, personal and estate taxes. Potvin served for 14 years as an elected member of the firm`s Board of Directors, four years as chairman of the board, three years managing the firm wide tax practice. Potvin is a licensed CPA in Minnesota and Florida

Col. Gregg Rice (Ret.) `69 earned a B.A. in business management from BSU. He later earned a master`s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California and graduated from the Air Force Squadron Officer School, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff School and Australia`s Joint Services Staff College. Gregg served 23 years in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot, and following his retirement from the USAF he joined the commercial airline industry, flying more than 10,300 hours. He retired after 13 years as a Captain with Southwest Airlines. He received the BSU Outstanding Alumni Award in 2009. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Dave Ramsey `78, 1st Vice President, Director-Agency Operations directs Primary Source Insurance Agency operations at Federated Insurance, Weizenegger Engel Insurance in Brainerd, MN and in North Dakota, as well as Federated`s appointed agencies in the Western United States. A native of Minneapolis and graduate of Bemidji State University, Dave has almost 35 years of experience in the industry and is a 25-year member of the Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters. Dave`s career at Federated began in 1978 and has comprised a number of areas over the years, including: commercial underwriting, marketing, administration, human resources and recruitment. Dave serves on the BSU Foundation Board`s Legacy Society and is past president of the BSU Alumni Association. He is active in many community groups including Rotary, United Way and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Dave lives in Owatonna, Minn.

Bill Hawkins `74 After graduating from BSU in 1974, Bill spent six years teaching high school English and coaching before deciding to focus his efforts on Hawkins Enterprises, Inc., a company he founded in 1978. Since then he has become one of the most sought-after sales and marketing consultants in the country and speaks to tens of thousands of people annually. He has authored a highly successful series of talks on electronic commerce and the future of the Internet, and also developed a business training series that has been translated into eleven languages. Bill serves on the Board of Directors of Worldwide Group, LLC and also the Independent Business Owners Association International, which is the largest small business trade organization in the world. He received the BSU Outstanding Alumni Award in 2011. He lives in Ramsey, Minn.


BSU Grad Named Pres. & CEO of $40B International Company

2012/09/18

Trudy Rautio, BSU Outstanding Alumna has been named President & CEO of $40B Carlson.

…….when Rautio was introduced to hundreds of Carlson employees as their new boss, she received a loud and lengthy standing ovation in the atrium of the company’s Minnetonka headquarters. She also joined an elite club of female CEOs of multibillion-dollar companies.

Rautio’s first finance job was with Boise Cascade as a cost accountant after graduating from Bemidji State University with an accounting degree. From there she went to Pillsbury Co. as vice president of finance for nine years……

Courtesy Minneapolis Star Tribune


BSU Finance Grad Named to Boston Security Analysts Society Board

2012/09/15

Michael Roberge, Bemidji State University and Business Finance graduate has been named to the Boston Security Analysts Society (BSAS) Board for 2012-2013. He has been an active member of BSAS for many years, and has also volunteered in the Boston Investment Research Challenge.

Michael Roberte is President at MFS Investment Management, an investment firm with over a quarter TRILLION dollars in its investments!

He graduated with his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Finance, summa cum laude, from Bemidji State University.

 


Bemidji State Top-Tier, 5th Straight Year

2012/09/12

U.S. News and World Report has again recognized Bemidji State University as one of the top colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fifth consecutive year, up from last year.

This ranking reinforces the great efforts by faculty and staff at Bemidji State University to deliver a high-quality, highly accessible education to everyone across Minnesota and beyond, said Dr. Richard A. Hanson, president of Bemidji State University.

U.S. News & World Report categorizes schools based on mission, according to classifications developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

 


BSU Alumni are Nation's Tops

2012/08/31

Read about the nation’s top agent, executive, fund manager, entrepreneur & more in Bemidji State University`s outstanding alumni publication. And yes, you guessed it — ALL, of course, are proud Beaver graduates! HORIZONS is where you can `read all about it.`

HORIZONS, Bemidji State University`s premier publication, highlights the achievements of the university community and its alumni. Be sure to check in often to keep up with the continuing impressive BSU Alumni achievements. HORIZONS

 


Business Programs Enrollment Still Growing

2012/08/27

Programs in Decker Hall on Bemidji State University campus, alongside beautiful Lake Bemidji, continue to experience growth as the nationally and internationally accredited (IACBE) business and business related programs again have increased enrollment.

Several new faculty hires and additional course section offerings reveal this continued and exciting trend.

BSU business related programs include finance, management, marketing, business administration, international business, management information systems, entrepreneurship, small business management, marketing communications, computer information systems , accounting, computer forensics and accounting forensics.

Bemidji State University has received specialized accreditation for its business and business- related programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business and business- related programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Bachelor of Science in Accounting;

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with emphases in Finance, Generalist, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management, and International Business.


Human Resource Management Club Receives Society`s Affiliation

2012/07/22

The Department of Business Administration’s Human Resource Management (HRM) Student Club earned the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter Affiliation (www.shrm.org).

SHRM is the world`s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India.

BSU’s Student Human Resource Management is sponsored by the Lake Country Regional Human Resource Association, a recognized Professional Chapter of SHRM (www.lchra.org).


BSU named to Princeton Review List of GREEN Colleges

2012/06/20

Bemidji State University truly did `GO GREEN!` For the second consecutive year, Bemidji State University has been named one of America`s greenest colleges and universities by The Princeton Review.
The publication`s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, just released, evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the Review has produced lists of America`s green colleges since 2011. The Guide to 322 Green Colleges is an alphabetized list of schools that meet the Review`s guidelines for being green and provides no ranking of any kind.
Environmental stewardship has long been a signature theme at Bemidji State University, which has employed a full-time sustainability officer since 2008. That same year, the University became a signatory of the University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining the effort to make college campuses carbon-neutral. Also, BSU students pay a voluntary `green fee` of $5 per semester, which helps fund environmental stewardship, awareness and education activities on campus.
`The students, faculty, and staff at Bemidji State are really starting to play a lead role in making our campus more sustainable,` said Sustainability Officer Ericka Bailey-Johnson. `So many of our initiatives now are coming from all across campus, and not just from the Sustainability Office. Just this semester, Student Senate has passed seven bills directly related to sustainability projects.`
In the 2012 guide, The Princeton Review noted Bemidji State for its green fee; its aquatic biology, environmental studies and education programs; its status as a Presidents Climate Commitment signatory; its active Students for the Environment club; and its requirement that all students take a People in the Environment course in order to earn a degree. The magazine also recognized the University`s efforts to encourage sustainable water usage through tap-water stations and use of reusable bottles to minimize use of bottled water.
Bemidji State participates in a variety of annual energy-savings challenges. A student-driven `Do It In the Dark` effort in the fall is an annual competition among residence halls to see which can attain the greatest energy reduction, and in the spring the University participates in the Minnesota Campus Energy Challenge, an energy-reduction competition among Minnesota colleges and universities. Bemidji State won the Campus Energy Challenge in 2009 and 2010.
In the past year, the Sustainability Office has also undertaken a solar-transpired air study to explore use of solar air heaters for buildings on campus; installed ReRev equipment on elliptical machines to convert their energy output into useable electricity; installed a ColdTub in the athletic training room to eliminate the need for ice in cold-water therapy for student athletes; founded a campus community garden; started a bike-leasing program for students called Bucky`s Bikes; and started a FreeStore on campus for students to donate unwanted items for other students to use rather than throwing them away.
Methodology
The Princeton Review takes a quantitative and qualitative look at sustainability efforts it has identified as most important to students: whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable; how well a school is preparing students for employment in the green economy; and how environmentally responsible a school`s policies are. The Review invited 2,000 schools to take its survey in order to come up with the 322 profiled in the guide.
The Review compiles and analyzes data from 10 survey questions to judge colleges and universities included on the list:
• The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food.
• Whether a school offers programs including free bus passes, universal-access transit passes, bike sharing or renting, car sharing, carpool parking, vanpooling or guaranteed rides home to encourage alternatives to single-passenger automobile use for students.
• Whether a school has a formal committee with participation from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus.
• Whether new buildings are required to be certified LEED Silver.
• The school`s overall waste-diversion rate.
• Whether the school has an environmental studies major, minor or concentration.
• Whether the school has an `environmental literacy` requirement.
• Whether the school has produced a publicly available greenhouse gas emissions inventory and adopted a climate action plan consistent with 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions by 2050 targets.
• What percentage of the school`s energy consumption, including heating, cooling and electrical, is derived from renewable sources (this definition included `green tags` but not nuclear or large-scale hydropower).
• Whether the school employs a dedicated full-time (or full-time equivalent) sustainability officer.
For more information, contact Erika Bailey-Johnson, Bemidji State University sustainability coordinator, at (218) 755-2560.
LINKS
• Princeton Review`s Guide to 322 Green Colleges
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About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota`s lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. The University enrolls nearly 5,000 students annually and offerings include more than 65 undergraduate majors and 13 graduate programs encompassing the liberal arts, interdisciplinary studies and applied fields. The University is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit our web site at: http://www.bemidjistate.edu.


BSU Business & Accounting Programs Receive Specialized Accreditation

2009/06/04

At the 2009 annual conference of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the Board of Commissioners announced the granting of specialized accreditation of the business and accounting degree programs of Bemidji State University. Business program accreditation by the IACBE assures the high quality of Bemidji State University business and accounting programs. Accredited programs have been examined by trained evaluators who ensure that the IACBE’s standards are being met in eight key areas: outcomes assessment, strategic planning, curriculum, faculty, scholarly and professional activities, resources, internal/external relationships, and educational innovation. The quality of the business programs are measured by the accomplishment of the school’s mission and broad-based goals, the effectiveness of student learning, and the operational effectiveness of the business programs.

Dr. Robert H. Roller, President of the IACBE, notes that, “accreditation is recognition that the business and accounting programs of Bemidji State University demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to continuous quality improvement. The IACBE is especially interested in the assessment of student learning outcomes. The accreditation process is one means of making certain graduates are well-equipped to excel in the business world.”

“Accreditation is more than just another credential for institutions,” adds William Parrott, Director of Member Services and International Programs for the IACBE. “Accreditation requires evidence that a school’s programs are meeting high standards and producing measurable, high-quality results.”

Based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education is the business accrediting association for business programs in student-centered colleges and universities. Bemidji State University joins a growing list of over 225 IACBE member institutions throughout the world that support quality assurance in education.