Historic night promised at Honors Gala

Bemidji State University will recognize the university’s 2013 alumni award winners and its most generous donors at the third annual BSU Alumni and Foundation Honors Gala, Sept. 27 at the Sanford Center. The black tie-optional event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., with the award ceremony and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event also will feature the launch of BSU’s first-ever comprehensive campaign.

All are welcome to attend this event; pre-registration is required by Sept. 16, and tickets are $50.

Bemidji State’s 2013 alumni award honorees include: Outstanding Alumni Tom Anderson ’70, Pamela Hovland ’83 and Keith Johanneson (1966-69); Young Alumni Dr. Jeremy Fogelson ’00 and Carri Jones ’03; and Alumni Service honoree Kay Mack ’86.


• Dr. Jeremy Fogelson ’00
Dr. Jeremy Fogelson graduated magna cum laude from BSU in 2000 with a degree in chemistry. He received a BSU full-tuition scholarship, funded, in part, by Joe and Jan Lueken. The honor student then attended the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his internship and residency in neurosurgery at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. He also did a fellowship in Orthopedic Spinal Deformity Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.

Currently working as a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic and assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Fogelson recently performed a successful surgical procedure on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Fogelson has received many honors and awards, including: Top Ten Abstract Award at AO Spine North America (2011); first place, resident presentation from the Minnesota Neurosurgical Society (2010); and champion, Resident Self-Assessment in Neurological Surgery Challenge from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2009). He is a member of several professional associations and has co-authored numerous papers for national and international publication.

Fogelson and his wife, Megan Fogelson-Dahlby, live in Rochester with their three children, Caleb, Clare and Saul.

• Carri Jones ’03
Education is the key to everything for Carri Jones. While she was a full-time student pursuing degrees in business administration degree and accounting, she also was a full-time employee working in the accounting office for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. After five years and two summer school sessions, Jones earned degrees in 2003 and advanced at work, becoming the cash management team leader. Five years later, Jones was promoted to her first supervisory role as controller.

Jones made another mark in history in 2012, when she was sworn in as the youngest and first female Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe chair. Her campaign focused on appealing to younger voters, promising collaborative leadership. She is the youngest chair among the six bands that comprise the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her duties include leading the five-member Leech Lake Tribal Council, which oversees nine government divisions, as well as law enforcement services, the tribal college and a K-12 school, and acting as CEO for tribal gaming and small businesses.
She belongs to several professional organizations and is involved with service projects throughout her community.

Jones lives in Cass Lake with her son, Brayden, and daughter, Izabella.

• Kay (Aultman) Mack ’86
Kay (Aultman) Mack gave up full-time studies at BSU when she accepted a position as Beltrami County deputy county treasurer and launching a 36-year career in public service. She continued her education part-time and earned a business administration degree in 1986 – the same year she was elected county treasurer. When auditor responsibilities were added in 1977, she accepted the dual role and was re-elected for six consecutive terms. She was appointed county administrator in 2012.

Her service as a member and officer of the American Legion Auxiliary has been dedicated to veterans and their families. As the Girls State chair for 20 years, she has interviewed countless students for selection to this prestigious program. As PEO Scholarship chair, she has coordinated the Julie Ringle Memorial Scholarship for nine years. Her work on the Servants of Shelter Steering Committee has offered relief for Bemidji’s homeless.

She has contributed years of service on the St. Philip’s school board, parish council and in several other leadership and volunteer roles. Other community contributions include: Bemidji Area United Way Board and Campaign, Lakeland Public Television Board, Junior Achievement Board and 10-year mentor, Relay for Life and numerous other groups.

Kay and her husband, Larry, live in Bemidji. They have three grown children, Meghan, James and Robert.

• Thomas G. Anderson ’70
For the past eight years Tom Anderson has led Baxter-based Minnesota Thermal Science, one of the fastest growing companies in the temperature-controlled packaging industry, through a period of tremendous development. Anderson started his career as a CPA with Arthur Anderson and Co. His accounting background, hard work and vision have served him well during his more 30 years of management and financial experience with both large international corporations and early-stage organizations. He also has served as a board member for more than a dozen businesses and charitable organizations.

Anderson studied sociology and traveled to several European countries as a student in a BSU-sponsored foreign study program at Manchester College in Oxford, England. According to Anderson, that experience “made him reach further and think he could do more.” His status as an honor student at Bemidji State made him eligible for the foreign exchange program. Anderson studied accounting and math at BSU and earned an associate of arts degree. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting/business, with honors, from the University of Minnesota.

Anderson and his wife, Beth, live in Baxter. They have two grown children, Josh and Kirsten, and four granddaughters.

• Pamela Hovland ’83
In 1983, Pamela Hovland graduated magna cum laude and received a bachelor’s degree in design and communications from Bemidji State University. After graduation, the native of Pelican Rapids saw her summer internship turned into a full-time job at a Minneapolis design studio. In 1985, she moved to New York City and focused on projects with national and international visibility at well-known corporate identity and branding firms.

In 1990, she left corporate America for Yale, where she pursued a master of fine arts degree. Upon completing her post-graduate work, the School of Art immediately appointed her to the faculty. Twenty years later, she is the senior critic in graphic design. During those 20 years, she also has run Pamela Hovland Design with offices in New York City and Connecticut.

Hovland’s work has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the New York Type Director’s Club, the American Center for Design, Émigré and Print, among others, and has been included in many exhibitions and publications. In 2005, Hovland received the prestigious Rome Prize Fellowship in Design.

Hovland lives north of New York City in Wilton, Connecticut, with her husband, Steven Lawrence, and their teenage son, Henry. She has two grown stepsons, Gregory and Christopher.

• Keith Johanneson (1966-69)
Keith Johanneson began his career as a clerk working at his family’s neighborhood supermarket. Early in his career, Johanneson worked as a market research analyst for SuperValu, Inc. based in the Twin Cities. In addition, he started a beer distribution company in his native Bemidji. Shortly thereafter, Johanneson succeeded his father as president of Johanneson’s, Inc. where he serves as CEO/President. More than 1,000 work for the Bemidji-based organization, which his parents, John and Thelma, founded in 1952.

Johanneson has received many local, state, regional and national industry awards including: the Thomas K. Zaucha Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, presented by Kraft Foods, Inc. at the 2011 National Grocers Association’s (NGA) Convention and Supermarket Synergy Showcase in Las Vegas. The annual award recognizes retailers who exemplify vision, creative entrepreneurship and persistence.

Johanneson has served on numerous industry councils and continues to serve on several company and industry boards including: Security Bank USA, Concordia Language Villages (International Advisory Board) and the Minnesota Grocers Association.

Johanneson attended Bemidji State University, studied at the University of Minnesota and the University of Oxford (Oxford, England). He and his wife, Maria, live in Bemidji and have four grown children.

For additional information, to register for events, or to download a printable Homecoming events schedule in PDF format, visit bsualumni.org/events. For the latest updates, follow Bemidji State Alumni on Facebook and Twitter.


Maryhelen Chadwick; communications and marketing specialist, University Advancement; (218) 755-2122