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Jackie Stoffel '11

Recognized for her efforts in promoting inclusion and helping disabled students thrive, Jackie Stoffel was named Teacher of the Year at the Bemidji Education Association’s annual all-faculty event.

Joan Jacobson '80

Joan Jacobson authored the newly published biography, Dr. Martha Cannon of Utah: The Unexpected Victorian Life of America’s First Female State Senator.

Lee Norman '74

Dr. Lee Norman received the Legion of Merit award on July 21, 2023, from the United States Armed Forces after serving his country for nearly 50 years both domestically and internationally.

Will Antell '59

Dr. Will Antell, a champion of American Indian education policies and a 1959 Bemidji State University graduate, was awarded with the Human Rights Award from the Stillwater Human Rights Commission.

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Carl O. Thompson Recital Hall 2022

No longer "tuneless"

The Carl O. Thompson Recital Hall is named after Bemidji State's choir director from 1938-67.

Bemidji was "tuneless" when Carl O. Thompson arrived on campus in 1937, but thereafter his name became synonymous with choral music. He began the A Capella choir in 1937 and the same year helped form the Bemidji Civic Oratorio Society, the combination resulting in an Oratorio being presented on campus every year since. A man of consummate integrity, the perennial pipe-smoking Thompson served as music department chairperson from 1937 to 1971. He also directed the choirs at First Lutheran Church for 25 years. He was a dedicated, sensitive, soft-spoken teacher, director and administration; he was both a gentle man and a gentleman. Carl Otmer Thompson retired from the faculty in 1973.

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