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Berne Christiansen

BSU leadership experience broadens view on life.

While teaching remains in the mix of Berne Christiansen's career aspirations, his BSU leadership experience has prompted him to consider additional options.

A member of the BSU Student Senate since his freshman year, he has chaired both the student services and the academic affairs committee. In addition, he has served as the campus representative to the Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA), where he also has been special assistant to the cabinet.

His commitment to these organizations has garnered him praise and recognition. In 2006, the MSUSA name him "MVP" and in 2003, the BSU Student Senate honored him with its Meritorious Service Award.

Born with cerebral palsy, a condition that challenges his mobility, Christiansen makes his way around campus with the use of either a cane or his trusty scooter. Either way, he doesn't slow down. Those who work with him admire his passion, perseverance and positive voice on behalf of students.

In addition to teaching, Christiansen now considers becoming a student-affairs professional, an educational lobbyist or working with a state student association.

About BSU

Christiansen credits his many BSU friends, colleagues and his parents for his inspiration: "They instilled in me the belief that I could do anything I set my mind to, despite any limitations I may have."

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