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TRIO Student Support Services
Sattgast Hall 207

Phone: (218) 755-2614
Fax: (218) 755-4116

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #22
Bemidji, MN 56601-2907

About Steve 

My name is Steve Berard and I am a TRIO instructor/advisor at BSU.  As a first generation college student, I earned a bachelor’s degree in English from a state college in Massachusetts that is similar to BSU in its size, demographics, and picturesque setting.  For graduate school, I was looking for a large school experience so I attended Indiana University, a Big Ten institution with an enrollment of over 40,000 students.  I earned a master’s degree in Education at IU.

Prior to settling in Bemidji, I taught English to international students at the University of Arkansas and the University of California-Riverside.  I also taught English overseas with the Peace Corps in Yemen, at a language institute in Kuwait, and at a university in Japan.  I have always tried to take advantage of opportunities to gain cross-cultural experience and I encourage TRIO students to do the same.  The International Program Center at BSU offers a number of excellent study abroad programs for you to explore.

While at BSU, I spent seven years working with TRIO Upward Bound.  It was very rewarding to help high school students overcome challenges in order to achieve their dream of becoming college students and, eventually, college graduates.  Now that I am part of the TRIO Student Support Services staff team, I have become passionate about helping TRIO SSS students at BSU be successful.  If you interested in finding out how our program could help you, please visit with me in Sattgast 207L.