September 2, 2008
2009 Issue 1 

Preparing to Shape Potential
Fall Startup activities bring campus to life for another year

President Jon E. Quistgaard

We’re a university on the move. From our desire to build a strong sense of community to our vision of shaping worlds, we are more determined than ever to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
Fall startup activities this year exhibited extraordinary energy and our commitment to preparing students for success in the 21st century.
While it is nearly impossible to acknowledge each individual’s contribution to this whirlwind week, it is possible to cite representative examples. These examples stand as testimony to our dedication to shape the potential of students by focusing on their living and learning environments.
Representative examples include:
  • Grounds and facilities were immaculately groomed and welcome signs strategically placed around campus
  • Targeted areas in residence hall areas and classrooms received new paint, carpeting and furnishings.
  • The traditional hustle and bustle of move-in day was accompanied by new traditions, including the convocation’s processional under the arch and the candle lighting ceremony.
  • The offices of admissions, business services, financial aid, and records as well as the bookstore once again opened on the weekend to help with last-minute enrollment issues, bill paying and purchases. The residential life office and the recreation center were also open to meet our new and returning students’ needs.
  • Bucky’s Guide Service eased first-day jitters for new students seeking classroom locations or simply needing a respite and someone to talk to.
  • The first week of classes launched newly revised courses and program curricula as well as introduced students to reorganized departments and new colleges.
  • Student orientation activities such as Responsible Men, Responsible Women helped convey our expectations for student behavior in the classroom and throughout the community.
  • The third annual Community Appreciation Day celebrated BSU’s invaluable relationship with the Bemidji area community, drawing an estimated crowd of over 2,000 to Chet Anderson Stadium for an evening of food and fun.
  • The campus community gathered toward the end of the week for BSU’s student organizational bash and campus picnic, an event signaling the importance of campus and community engagement.
These first-week activities are potent examples of our resolve to become the Midwest’s premier student-centered public university. They also demonstrate the wealth of talent that exists across this truly remarkable campus.
Activities that support the return of students and the beginning of classes also are poignant reminders that a first step in shaping the potential of our students is the preparation the campus community undertakes to shape itself into an even more vibrant, vital living and learning community.
Thank you everyone for your energy, enthusiasm, dedication and determination to be a top public university in the region with a focus on students’ potential and success.
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