Bemidji State University to induct five into Education Hall of Fame

BEMIDJI, Minn. — Five new members will be inducted into the Bemidji State University Education Hall of Fame during a Friday, April 24, ceremony on campus.

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.

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

The 2009 inductees into the hall of fame are:
• Connie Bishop; Plummer, Minn.; Red Lake County Central Elementary School
• Larry Guggisberg; Roseau, Minn.; Roseau Community Schools
• Christopher Mills; Stephen, Minn.; Stephen/Argyle Central
• Robert Nyberg; Two Harbors, Minn.; Two Harbors High School
• Terry Sunde; Holdingsford, Minn.; Holdingsford Junior/Senior High School

Connie Bishop has been named Minnesota Teacher of the Year for the Oklee School District and received a Minnesota School of Excellence Award during her distinguished educational career. She has also received a Minnesota Rural Education Profile in Excellence award and has won the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom award twice.

Larry Guggisberg is the superindentant of the Roseau, Minn., public schools and in 2005-06 was named the District 32 Superintendant of the Year. He also as named Northern Division Assistant Principal of the Year in 1993.

Christopher Mills has been the superintendant of schools for Stephen/Argyle Central Schools since 2000. He was the District 32 Administrator of the Year for 2004-05 and is the newly-elected chair of the Minnesota Rural Education Association’s Legislative Action Committee.

Robert Nyberg has been the principal of Two Harbors High School since 1998. In 2006 he was named Principal of the Year for the northeast division of the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.

Terry Sunde began teaching at Holdingsford in the fall of 1969, developing and teaching courses in biology, chemistry, seventh grade life science and ninth grade physical science. He retired from teaching in 2002 but remains an active member of the community.

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.

April 24
– 6:30 p.m. – Bemidji State University Education Hall of Fame 2009 induction ceremonies and banquet. Location: American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State campus. Tickets: $22, call BSU Alumni Office at (218) 755-3989. Information: BSU Alumni Association at (218) 755-3989; toll free (877) 278-2586.