September 2, 2008
2009 Issue 1 
An estimated crowd of nearly 2,000 took part in Bemidji State's third annual Community Appreciation Day event on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Campus Notes

College of Business, Technology and Communications

• Dr. Sandra Bland, chair and professor of accounting, attended the inaugural Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting sponsored by the American Accounting Association, Aug. 2-3, in Anaheim, Calif. Approximately 100 accounting professors from around the world were in attendance. The conference was designed for faculty looking for opportunities to hone their teaching talents in accounting. Teaching-oriented CPE topics offered were assessment, International Financial Reporting Standards, ethics, and technology in the classroom. Sessions included both education resources and education research findings.
Bland also attended a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Issue Committee Meeting of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) in Atlanta, Ga., June 12-14. TAP members are volunteers who work with the Taxpayer Advocate Service and the IRS business units. The Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate is established by statute for the sole purpose of assisting taxpayers in resolving problems with the IRS. The VITA Issue Committee Meeting was attended by approximately 45 persons from across the country. The focus of the meeting was to identify areas in which low-income taxpayers could be encouraged to use the free tax preparation services offered by the IRS through VITA and how to enhance the services offered.
• Valica Boudry, associate professor of mass communication, served as a faculty leader at the Campaign 2008 Presidential Academic Seminar Series. She oversaw a group of Washington Center Internship students at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Aug. 22-Sept. 5. The seminar is taught as an academic course composed of a combination of formal instruction, guest lectures, panels, tours, site visits, and fieldwork assignments at the Republican National Convention.
• Sanjeev Phukan, professor of business administration and director of international studies, presented a paper titled "Information Technology as an Enabling Agent for Globalization" at the 2008 European Applied Business Conference in Salzburg, Austria, June 2008.
• Dr. Bill Scheela, professor of business administration, presented a paper at the Singapore Management University EDGE Conference in Singapore titled: "Business Angel Investing in an Emerging Economy: The Case of Thailand." The co-author is Dr. Thawatchai Jittrapranun from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Office of the President

• Andy Bartlett, associate director for communications and marketing, traveled to Burlington, Vt. to participate in the 2008 CASE Summer Institute for Communications and Marketing from Aug. 2-7.
• Troy Berneking, assistant director of athletic media relations, traveled to Tampa, Fla., in July to participate in the annual convention of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
• Kathy Berglund, communication designer, traveled to Boston for the 2008 HOW Design Conference on May 18. More than 3,500 designers participated in the conference.
• Val Mason, communications and marketing, attended a pair of conferences in Fargo, N.D. over the summer: Mistake-Free Grammar and Proofreading on July 8 and The Basics of Knock-Your-Socks-Off Customer Service on July 29.

Personnel Notes

• Tal Amasay named assistant professor of physical education, effective Aug. 19.
• Diane Backer joined the Career Services staff in May. She had been with the Center for Research and Innovation.
• Dan Carlson has been named college lab services specialist in the Department of Physics.
• Jason Clark named assistant professor of visual art, effective Aug. 19.
• Corrine Dauksavage named assistant athletic trainer in the Department of Athletics, effective Aug. 1
• Donald Day was named executive director of the American Indian Resource Center, effective June 11.
• Mitch Davidson named Chief Information Officer, effective July 14.
• Annette Drewes named assistant professor of biology, effective Aug. 19.
• Darla Finnegan has moved to the Department of Technological Studies. She had been with educational arts.
• Angela Fournier named assistant professor of psychology, effective Aug. 19.
• Joann Fredrickson named associate professor of business administration, effective Aug. 14. She had been vice president for academic affairs and provost.
• Dean Frost named associate professor of business administration, effective Aug. 19.
• John Gonzalez named assistant professor of psychology, effective Aug. 19.
• Nancy Hall named assistant professor of nursing, effective Aug. 19.
• Larry Hanus named counselor in the Counseling Center, effective Aug. 19.
• David Heilig named assistant professor of business administration, effective Aug. 19.
• Ellen Jones named assistant professor of theatre, effective Aug. 19.
• Audrey L'Amie named adjunct instructor in English, effective Aug. 19.
• Sarah Levesque named associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator in the Department of Athletics, effective Aug. 4.
• Jeanette Lukowski named assistant professor of English, effective Aug. 19.
• Kristina Mess named admissions representative in the Office of Admissions, effective July 28.
• Nancy Erickson named interim vice president for academic affairs. Erickson had been the dean of the College of Arts & Letters.
• Heather Nelson named assistant professor of nursing, effective Aug. 19.
• Darrin Oehlerking named assistant professor of music and director of bands, effective Aug. 19.
• Chinwuba Okafor named associate director of the Hobson Memorial Union, effective July 23.
• Shari Olson-Nikunen named assistant professor of professional education, effective Aug. 19.
• Tammy Rogers joined the Cashier's Office as a senior account clerk in May. She had been with Residential Life.
• Sharon Russell joined the International Program Center / Center for Extended Learning admissions office in June. She had been with the Department of Technological Studies.
• Kelly Schwartz joined the Alumni Association in June.
• Mehdi Sheikholeslami named associate professor of accounting, effective Aug. 19.
• Barry Stephens named associate professor of accounting, effective Aug. 19.
• Robin Sylvester was named University Management Officer in Business Services, effective June 11.
• Michael Taylor named assistant professor of history, effective Aug. 19.
• Leslie Torgeson named adjunct instructor in music, effective Aug. 19.
• Zoe Wignall named director of the Campus Childcare Center, effective July 15.
• Wray Wright was named Beaver Pride Coordinator in the BSU Foundation, effective June 9.


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