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Jason Bonde '04

Jason Bonde ’04, the head coach of the Rochester Community and Technical College women’s basketball team, led the Yellowjackets to the NJCAA Division III national championship on March 18, 2023,…

Maria Berkeland '15

Maria Berkeland ’15 grew up with a deep love for nature and wildlife. Originally from Grand Rapids, she spent most of her life in Fairbanks, Alaska, after moving there at…

Alison Johanneck '22

Hailing from Merrifield, Minnesota, Alison Johanneck ’22 has always been creative. After starting college as a dentistry student, Johanneck transferred to Bemidji State University’s Technology, Art and Design program to pursue her…

Lyliane Tchuamo '20

Lyliane Tchuamo, from Cameroon, found a home away from home at Bemidji State University. Tchuamo graduated with a bachelor’s degree in applied engineering from Bemidji State in fall 2020 and…

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1950s FB Scrimmage

The naming of the Beavers

According to school lore, this is how Bemidji State got its iconic "Beavers" nickname.

As President Manfred Deputy reviewed football practice one evening in May 1932, he remarked that the players were "working hard as beavers." He called the team into a huddle and, raising his hands above their heads, declared, “I christen this team the Beavers!”

The “Beavers” moniker is symbolic of the silent, hard-working teams representing Bemidji State University.


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