Hockey's national stage highlighted a whirlwind of activity on campus
President Jon E. Quistgaard
These past few weeks at Bemidji State have been a whirlwind. We watched with pride and anticipation as the Beavers skated onto the national scene with their Frozen Four bid. The men's hockey team quickly became not only northern Minnesota's team, but also America's team. Like the ideals that have shaped our country, the team showed that hard work, sound leadership, a sense of history and a focus on goals aren't the contents of fairytales, but the ingredients of legendary accomplishments.
On behalf of the campus community and our legion of alumni, thank you Bemidji State Beavers, for your extraordinary season. Your achievements on the ice and in the classroom are truly remarkable.
As hockey took center stage nationally and the groundbreaking of the regional event center stimulated area attention, our cultural and academic activities on campus continued to showcase the breath of the University's commitment to our students' overall educational experience. While space doesn't permit listing all of the activities, I did want to mention the Student Scholarship and Creative Achievement Conference, which marked its 10th anniversary on Wednesday.
Public artist and keynote speaker Andrew Leicester took the audience on a pictorial journey to view a few of his projects and to discuss public art's role in helping public entities interpret their identities. His speech launched a day of exploration and celebration as 115 student scholars presented their research and creative endeavors. On behalf of the University, I extend my admiration and appreciation to the students, faculty and staff who planned and delivered this stimulating event.
Congratulations are also extended to Dr. Kit Christensen, professor of philosophy. We learned recently that he has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in Norway for four months, beginning in February 2010. The Fulbright scholarship program promotes bi-national understanding through educational and cultural exchanges. Professor Christensen will research ways to reduce the corrosive impact of revenge as nonviolent conflict resolution and sustainable peace are being sought within and between communities. He will be affiliated with Norway's University of Tromsø, the world's northernmost university.
These achievements are but a small cross-section of the extraordinary successes occurring at Bemidji State University each week. Yet, they stand as reminders of the first-class learning environment that is offered – and experienced – at our university.