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Margaret Laurich waves to the crowd while walking to midfield for the pregame coin toss with Ty Cobb (76) and the Bemidji State football captains before the Homecoming football game against Minnesota State on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, at Chet Anderson Stadium. Laurich, a 1963 Bemidji State College graduate, returned to Bemidji for the first time in 60 years for Homecoming weekend. (Micah Friez / Bemidji State)
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Alumni success stories

Patrick Weerts '06

The Bemidji office of Kraus-Anderson has promoted industry veteran and 2006 Bemidji State University graduate Patrick Weerts to director of operations.

Dhel Duncan-Busby '23

Dhel Duncan-Busby, a former standout wide receiver at Bemidji State, became the first-ever Beaver selected in CFL Draft when he was selected 23rd overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Duane Sorenson '77

After leading the Iowa State women’s swimming and diving team for 27 years, Duane Sorenson has retired as the program’s winningest coach and the second-longest tenured head coach ever in an ISU women’s sport.

Sadie Lundquist '13

Lundquist, who officially begins her duties Monday, Jan. 22, will lead College Hockey Inc.’s efforts to raise the profile and expand the exposure of women’s college hockey.

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Our Origins

Our alumni body of over 50,000 Beavers began with just four graduates during Bemidji State's first commencement ceremony in June 1920.

Four students earned their diplomas from "Bemidji Normal School" in June 1920: Cora Bernhard, Georgia Brown, Josephine Parker and Margaret Romens.

Two years later, the BSU Alumni & Foundation was formed on June 2, 1922, at Sanford Hall in conjunction with that year's graduation. Then an all-female body, it was first called the Bemidji State Teachers College Alumnae Association.

Lila Jerdee, a 1922 BSTC graduate from Bemidji, was elected as our first president. Anne Brundin, a fellow 1922 grad from East Grand Forks, was elected as secretary-treasurer.

The organization was renamed to the Alumni Association in 1927 and has since evolved into the Bemidji State Alumni & Foundation to better reflect our expanded role in supporting the university.

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