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Bemidji State University adds five inductees to its Education Hall of Fame

BEMIDJI, Minn. (April 15, 2011) — Five new members will be inducted into the Bemidji State University Professional Education Hall of Fame during a Friday, April 29 ceremony on campus.

The Professional Education Hall of Fame honors Bemidji State graduates who have demonstrated excellence in the profession and have been named either a teacher of the year or administrator of the year.

A banquet honoring the recipients will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bemidji State’s American Indian Resource Center. Tickets to the banquet are available for $22 per person by calling the Bemidji State University Alumni Office at (218) 755-3989 or (877) 278-2586.

Bemidji State’s 2011 Professional Education Hall of Fame induction class includes:
• Janet “Jan” E. Anderson (Aune); Red Lake Falls, Minn.; principal of J.A. Hughes Elementary School, Red Lake Falls, Minn.
• Bruce D. Brinkworth; Canmore, Alberta, Canada; Betty Gibson School, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada (retired).
• Terry P. Goziaman; Roseau, Minn.; superintendant of Roseau (Minn.) School District.
• Lisa L. Laing (Bailey); Red Wing, Minn.; instructor, Southeast Technical College (Minn.).
• Pamela “Pam” M. Olson; Bemidji, Minn.; principal, Cass Lake Elementary School (retired).

Jan Anderson won the 2010 Northern Division Leadership Award from the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association and a 2009 Profile of Excellence Award of Distinction from the Minnesota Rural Education Association. In 2007, she participated in “What Works in Public Education,” a documentary produced by Edutopia. She graduated from Bemidji State with a degree in elementary education in 1969.

Bruce Brinkworth taught physical education for 36 years, with 26 years as a Jump Rope for Heart coach and four years as a physical education supervisor, before retiring. He has won Quality Daily Physical Education Awards at the provincial and national levels in Canada and also has won a Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Association Award and an Manitoba Physical Education Teachers Builder’s Award. He graduated from Bemidji State in 1967.

Terry Goziaman has spent the past 24 years as a teacher and administrator in Roseau, Minn. He was principal and athletic director 1987-2010, and he is now finishing up his 10th year as the district superintendant. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Bemidji State in 1969 and holds a master’s degree in secondary education and an education specialist degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Lisa Laing taught at  both the Red Wing and Winona campuses of Southeast Technical College from 1993-2010 before passing away unexpectedly in 2010. She received a Teacher of the Year award from Minnesota Business Educators, Inc., in 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in business education from Bemidji State in 1984 and also earned a master’s degree in vocational education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Pam Olson retired as principal at Cass Lake Elementary School in 2005 to conclude a 36-year career. She was a recipient of the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association’s School of Excellence and Northern Division Leadership Achievement awards. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bemidji State and also earned a principal certification at St. Cloud State University.

The Bemidji State University Education Hall of Fame is located in the Education-Arts Building on the Bemidji State campus and is co-sponsored by the Department of Professional Education and the BSU Alumni Association.

For more information on the hall of fame, please contact the Department of Professional Education at (218) 755-3734 or the BSU Alumni Association at (218) 755-3989; toll free (877) 278-2586.

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.