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Bemidji State University honors program students defend theses

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Jan. 7, 2011) — Two Bemidji State University students participating in the honors program successfully defended their theses during the Fall 2010 semester.

Some University students have the ability and desire to engage in academic challenges that extend beyond the liberal education requirements and their own majors. In the honors program, these students take interdisciplinary honors courses in lieu of liberal education offerings and engage in an honors thesis or project. As members of the honors community, they collaborate with a faculty advisor and the Honors Council to plan their studies and to manage the responsibilities that correspond with the program’s freedoms.

Rachel Goble, a senior in art from Aitkin, Minn., and Jamie Bogenschutz, a senior in psychology from Bemidji, successfully defended their honors program theses during the Fall 2010 semester.

Goble defended her creative thesis on Nov. 17, 2010, which featured a gallery exhibition of drawings and paintings based on the bond between humans and nature. Her exhibit featured four large paintings and eight smaller works showing human beings in natural settings and possessing certain aspects of natural phenomena, such as roots of a tree or the fire of the sun.

Bogenschutz presented her collection of short stories, “War Torn,” on Dec. 1, 2010. The stories were a collection of fictional stories related to lessons Bogenschutz learned about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse by observing family members and friends. The stories follow the experiences of Carter Anderson, a character based on a close friend, a soldier who reflects on a life of substance abuse after being wounded in combat.

The honors program does not offer a major, a minor, or a degree. Successful completion of the honors requirements is noted on students’ permanent transcripts, and graduates of the program are given special recognition at commencement and wear the honors stole with their academic robes.

For more information, please contact the Bemidji State University honors program at (218) 755-3984.


56601 | Jamie Bogenschutz, senior; psychology, “War Torn,” a collection of short stories recounting a soldier’s lifetime of experience with substance abuse.


56431 | Rachel Goble, senior, art; “Human Nature,” a gallery exhibition of works depicting the bond between humans and nature.


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 Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.