University Scholars Headline BSU’s Spring Honors Council Lecture Series

Two Bemidji State University faculty members who were recognized as University Scholars during spring 2016 Commencement headline BSU’s spring Honors Council Lecture Series.

The Honors Council Lecture Series provides a forum for BSU faculty to share their expertise and the results of their research with the Bemidji community. Honors Council lectures are open to everyone free of charge.

University Scholars

University Scholars honors are bestowed by the university president on faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding teaching, service or scholarship over three successive years, as judged by the faculty member’s department and immediate supervisor. Factors for consideration include scholarly publications, recognition for creative or artistic work, development of research programs, or other scholarly activity performed at an exemplary level.

Bemidji State’s first group of University Scholars was announced by former BSU President Dr. Richard A. Hanson at the university’s Commencement ceremony in May 2016. The three scholars were:

  • Dr. Joann Fredrickson, professor of business,
  • Dr. John Gonzalez, professor of psychology, and
  • Dr. Marty J. Wolf, professor of mathematics and computer science.

In conjunction with their University Scholars recognition, scholars will present their work during the university’s Honors Council Lecture Series. Gonzalez will present his lecture on Jan. 31, and Fredrickson will present hers on Feb. 8. Topics for both will be announced later.

Wolf presented his lecture, which explored the intersections between an institution’s need to maintain secure information technology infrastructures and a faculty’s need for academic freedom, in October.

Spring Honors Council Lecture Series

  • Jan. 19 – 7 p.m. – Hagg-Sauer 107 – Dr. Rucha Ambikar, assistant professor of sociology – “The American Abroad: How the Rest of the World Sees Us.”
  • Jan. 31 – 7 p.m. – Hagg-Sauer 100 – Dr. John Gonzalez, professor of psychology, University Scholar. Topic TBA.
  • Feb. 8 – 7 p.m. – Hagg-Sauer 100 – Dr. Joann Fredrickson, professor of business, University Scholar. Topic TBA.
  • Feb. 27 – 7 p.m. – Hagg-Sauer 107 – Chris Miller, assistant professor of psychology, “What is the Purpose of Self-Esteem?”
  • March 7 – 7 p.m. – American Indian Resource Center Gathering Room – Dr. Michael Anderson, interim provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, “The United States Constitution: An Ongoing Search for Balance.”
  • March 23 – 7 p.m. – American Indian Resource Center Gathering Room – Lori Peterson, civil rights attorney, keynote address for Honors Council Lecture Series and BSU gender studies/womens studies program gender conference.
  • April 4 – 7 p.m. – Hagg-Sauer 107 – Dr. John Ellis, assistant professor of history, “The Holy ‘Knock-em-Down’: Methodism Remodels for the Ohio Valley’s Backwoods, 1790s-1820s.”
  • April 26 – 7 p.m. – Hagg-Sauer 107 – Dr. Jeanine McDermott, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Carolyn Townsend, associate professor of nursing; and Dr. Sarah Tarutis, associate professor of nursing, “Building Community: Impacts on Students’ Educational Experiences.”

BSU Honors Council

The Honors Council Lecture Series is hosted by the Bemidji State University Honors Council, the advisory group to BSU’s honors program composed of 12 faculty members representing each of the university’s colleges. Student representatives are also elected to the council by their cohorts for one-year terms.

  • Jennifer Baumann, BSU honors program; (218) 755-3984,
  • Dr. Season Ellison, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and director, liberal education and honors program; (218) 755-3355,

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.