Beaver Pride golf events raise over $100,000
Organized by the BSU Beaver Pride office, the six golf tournaments held this summer raised over $100,000 to support operating expenses and scholarships for Beaver Athletics. Special precautions were put into place ahead of each tournament to slow the spread of COVID-19, including moving golfer registration online and using a tee-time format instead of the traditional shotgun start. Read more about the tournaments by visiting the BSU Alumni & Foundation website under the “news” tab, and stay tuned for an announcement regarding upcoming 2021 Beaver Pride golf dates.
Alumni receive money-saving offers though new Alumni & Foundation program
The BSU Alumni & Foundation’s Discounts & Deals program offers contributing alumni access to exclusive discounts and special offers on dining, shopping, groceries, professional services and more in their local areas. The discounts can be viewed online and redeemed via smartphone, tablet or by printing and representing the coupon to the participating vendor. Alumni who make an annual gift of $75 or more to BSU receive access to the website, along with a number of other valuable benefits. Learn more at bsualumni.org/alumni/benefits.
Athletic Hall of Fame rescheduled for Fall 2021
Originally scheduled for this coming February, the BSU Alumni & Foundation has rescheduled its biennial Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony for a date to be determined in Fall 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions surrounding in-person gatherings. The list of 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees can be found at bsubeavers.com.
Five distinguished BSU alumni recently named
The Bemidji State University Alumni & Foundation named five Bemidji State alumni as distinguished alumni for the 2020-21 academic year. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions in place regarding physical gatherings, the honorees will be officially recognized in Bemidji during Homecoming 2021 on September 24-26, 2021.
Outstanding Alumni Award:
Noel (Naegele) Clay ’90 (posthumously)
Mike Maher, Jr. ‘81, Spotsylvania, Va.
Young Alumni Award:
Megan (McCrady) Dahlen ‘04, Jordan
Alumni Service Award:
Virginia (Johnson) Deeds ‘72, Bemidji
Professional Education Hall of Fame:
Dr. David Kahl ‘61, Moorhead
Read each recipient’s biography and professional
achievements at bsualumni.org.
Effort to rename the BSU dance studio underway
A group of BSU alumni have organized an effort to rename the dance studio in BSU’s Gillett Wellness Center in honor of Marion Christianson, a long-time teacher, athletic director and leader of many athletic and dance activities at BSU. The Marion Christianson Memorial Dance Studio and Scholarship Fund will keep Marion’s memory alive for generations of BSU students to come. Those interested in making a gift to support the renaming opportunity can contact Lisa Hofstad with the BSU Foundation at (218) 755-4147 or by visiting bsualumni.org/giving/bsu-programs.
First-year, returning and transfer students who are relatives of contributing alumni may apply for an Alumni Relative Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year. The program provides a limited number of $1,000 scholarships to attending students with relatives who have contributed $75 or more to the university by Feb. 1. The scholarships are made possible by donor contributions to BSU’s Lakeside Fund. Apply at bsualumni.org or call the alumni office at (218) 755-2762.
Bemidji State Alumni & Foundation launches “BSU Presents…”, a home for virtual online content
With in-person Homecoming events cancelled for 2020, the BSU Alumni & Foundation has instead launched “BSU Presents…”, a special webpage that hosts a list of distinguished alumni award winners, schedules of upcoming online webinars, exclusive photo and video content, music from throughout the decades and more. With plans to add new content through the fall, the public can view the page at bsualumni.org/bsupresents.