BSU’s Second Century: President Hensrud Kicks Off 2019-20 School Year

Dr. Faith Hensrud, president of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, officially kicked off Bemidji State’s 2019-20 academic year at the President’s Welcome Breakfast.

Several hundred members of the university’s faculty, staff and administration gathered to review the university’s achievements during the past year and to preview significant events on BSU’s horizon.

As BSU enters its second century, Hensrud commended the passion and dedication shown by members of BSU’s faculty and staff to create an enriching academic environment. She also shared five commitments for the 2019-20 academic year.

“Our focus at BSU is on the success of our students. That is the reason we are all here,” Hensrud said.

The five commitments unveiled by Hensrud were:

  • to our future,
  • to quality,
  • to student success,
  • to financial sustainability and
  • to each other and the BSU community.

“As we enter our second century, our story will be to fulfill our mission and use the transformative power of education to bring change to the lives of our students and their communities,” Hensrud said.

Michelle Frenzel, executive director of enrollment management, provided a brief update on the preliminary enrollment outlook for the upcoming year. Official enrollment figures will be announced in conjunction with the 30th day of classes.

Karen Snorek, vice president for finance and administration, recapped the university’s Hagg Sauer Hall project, which includes renovations to the A.C. Clark Library, the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, and Bensen and Sattgast halls.

Hensrud closed with short recap of the BSU’s centennial celebrations and vision for the future.

“I believe, with the spirit of inspiration from the past and innovation for the future, BSU will be better than ever in our second century,” she said. “Working together, we will stay focused on our goal of educating the future generations of leaders for our state, country and the world.”

Startup activities continue throughout the week in advance of BSU’s annual residence hall Move-In Day on Aug. 23. Fall classes begin Aug. 26.

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