Gallery: Teaching & Learning Center Hosts 2nd Annual BSU Today! Conference

Bemidji State University’s Teaching & Learning Center welcomed faculty back to campus with the second annual BSU Today! Conference, a day-long event featuring presentations from BSU faculty on resources that can aid in student success.

Sinda Nichols, director of member engagement and Minnesota operations for Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact, opened the conference with a keynote presentation on the importance of community engagement and how it benefits students, communities, campuses and citizens.

Other presentations included a look at transfer and distance student admissions by Bonner Karger, associate director of transfer enrollment; a presentation on BSU’s Community Engagement Council plan by council leaders Dr. Debbie Guelda, professor of biology, Dr. Donna Pawlowski, professor of communication studies and Dr. Colleen Greer, professor of arts, education and humanities; and a presentation on teaching Native American students by Erika Bailey-Johnson, sustainability coordinator and Dr. Cornelia Santos, assistant professor of indigenous and environmental studies.


MN State logoBemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding. For more, visit or find us at BemidjiState on most of your favorite social media networks.