TAD Talks featured on Lakeland Public Television’s Common Ground series

Bemidji State University’s annual TAD Talks event, a production of the School of Technology, Art & Design, was featured on Lakeland Public Television’s Common Ground series.

The 25-minute feature, hosted by Lakeland PTV’s Scott Knudson, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the production for the third annual TAD Talks, held in April 2017. TAD Talks are a multi-disciplinary event featuring live presenters modeled after the famous TED Talks series. The TAD School hosts industry-leading speakers who share their professional insights with BSU’s students. Student organizers get hands-on, real world experience producing the event and designing and building sets.

“The TAD Talk event is a very unique event in that it’s not run by faculty; it’s a student-run event,” said Sachel Josefson, assistant professor of technology, art & design. “What we try to do with TAD Talks is take students from all different disciplines, put them in a room and say ‘we’re going to make a really awesome event — and you’re going to do it.’”

The feature also included interviews with Angela Gareri, currently a senior design major from Bovey, Minn., who was one of the lead student organizers for the 2017 TAD Talks; co-project manager Ben Winkleman, a May 2017 BSU graduate in engineering technology; and Shane Fjerstad, a quality systems engineer for Polaris Industries in Roseau, Minn.

Fjerstad was a presenter at the 2017 TAD Talks event, sharing tips and best practices to help students manage their social media presences.

Bemidji State Universit’y’s School of Technology, Art and Design is planning for the fourth annual TAD Talks event, scheduled for April 26.

“All disciplines come together making sure it’s a quality event that the industry, the university and the community is coming to expect,” Josefson said.

“TAD Talks in Bemidji” aired on Lakeland Public Television as part of Common Ground’s ninth season; it is archived on the station’s website and on YouTube.



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 more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.