Events at the Center for Research and Innovation for June 21-24

BEMIDJI, Minn. (June 4, 2010) — Upcoming events sponsored by the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation include a Natural Resources Consortium presentation on landscape management, a retirement-planning seminar and an introduction to social networking for businesses.

All events are held at the Center for Research and Innovation, 3801 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji, unless otherwise noted.

Natural Resources Continuing Education Consortium: “Getting More Done through Landscape-Level Approaches: an Overview of the Minnesota Forest Resources Council Landscape Program.”
Presenter: Lindberg Ekola, landscape program manager, Minnesota Forest Resources Council

Regional landscape-level management is a voluntary, consensus-based approach to the planning of forest and natural resources and their management. The approach brings together people interested in the long-term health and vitality of a particular region or landscape. The process helps landowners and other stakeholders better understand how forests, wetlands or prairies fit into the larger landscape picture.

Ekola will discuss the Minnesota Forest Resources Council Landscape Program and its recent accomplishments, which has been recognized as a national model. This presentation will have special importance for organizations facing greater demands with fewer resources by providing insights on ways to increase results in sustainable forestry through collaborative landscape-level approaches. The council was created as a result of the Sustainable Forest Resources Act passed by the Minnesota legislature in 1995.

Date and time: 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 21.
Admission: free, open to the public.

Classroom course with online component: “Mapping Your Retirement.”
Instructors: Debbie Drinkard-Grovum, certified retirement coach, and Boyd Dressler.
The division between work and retirement life is no longer as clear as it once was. “Mapping Your Retirement” is designed for experienced adults who want to explore how to make the next stage of their lives a time of renewal and fulfillment. The course will feature two days of on-campus coursework at the CRI’s Bemidji facility followed by a six-week online component that will join students from the Bemidji area with students takin a similar course from the Bozeman, Mont., area.

Date and time: Classroom sessions will be held on Monday, June 21 and Monday, June 28, from 5-8:30 p.m. Th classroom sessions will be followed by a six-week online component from June 28-Aug. 8.
Fee: $99, includes both classroom and online components.
Information; Registration form

Course: “Social Media for Businesses I”
Instructor: Chris Rodewald, CR Consulting.
Rodewald will present course participants with introductions to the Facebook and LinkedIn social networks. The course will guide participants through active accounts on these networks, or for new users guide the process for setting up new accounts. Rodewald will also cover account management, tools and applications to use on the networks and common ways to promote businesses using social media. The course will provide a brief overview of the LinkedIn network, with explanations of who is using this networking tool and a discussion on the benefits of using the service.

This course is co-sponsored by Center for Research and Innovation and the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce.

Date and time: noon-1 p.m., Thursday, June 24.
Fee: $35; $25 for members of the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce

Individuals who wish to be added to the center’s mailing list or have questions regarding these events should contact the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation at (218) 755-4900; toll free, (888) 738-3224; or via e-mail,

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