2019 Awards of Excellence
For the third year, President Hensrud, together with her Cabinet, honored employees with the Awards of Excellence at the Employee Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, May 2.
About the Awards
After consultation with campus stakeholders, President Faith Hensrud initiated a new annual employee awards program, the Awards of Excellence, in 2017. The awards, identified below, recognize and celebrate the dedicated work and service of Bemidji State University faculty, staff and administrators, both over the previous year and across employees’ entire careers at the university.
This award will be presented to a member of the Bemidji State University faculty or staff who has been employed at BSU for at least five years. The recipient will have an ongoing record of superlative performance and professional excellence combined with significant personal impact in the areas of student success, civic engagement, diversity, sustainability and/or public service.
2019 – Jean Lanners, office & administrative specialist for finance & administration
2018 – Carol Nielsen, professor emerita of business administration
2017 – Dr. Sandra Kranz, professor of accountancy.
This award will be presented to a member of the Bemidji State University faculty. The recipient will have demonstrated teaching excellence through evidence of exceptional learning outcomes and quality student advising.
2019 – Dr. Pat Donnay, professor of political science
2018 – Dr. Andy Hafs, associate professor of biology
2017 – Dr. Glen Richgels, professor emeritus of mathematics
This award will be presented to up to three individual members of the Bemidji State University faculty or staff. The recipient(s) will have gone above and beyond expectations to contribute to the university in the areas of student success, civic engagement, diversity, sustainability and/or public service.
2019 – Paul Ekhoff, facilities building and maintenance supervisor
2019 – Misty Wilkie, associate professor of nursing
2019 – Jim Stone, assistant professor of human health performance sport and health and head women’s soccer coach
2019 (team) – Student Center for Health and Counseling counselors
2018 – Sandra Beck, facilities services supervisor
2018 – Dr. Shannon Norman, assistant professor of human, performance, sports & health
2018 – Dr. Tom Beech, professor of political science
2017 – Bill Blackwell, Jr., executive director, American Indian Resource Center
This award will be presented to one or more individuals and/or members of a team, such as the staff of an office or department. Recipient(s) will be people whose positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm embody the Spirit of BSU through active support of students, student-athletes, coworkers and/or community members.
2019 (individual) – Chris Haley, printing services
2019 (team) – A.C. Clark Library staff
2018 (individual) – Angie Gora, summer program director
2018 (team) – BSU facilities snow removal team
2017 (individual) – Diane Renken, administrative and technical specialist in the Office of Admissions
2017 (team) – The Student Achievement Conference planning committee