Our mission

Our mission is to connect Bemidji State University experiences and relationships to inspire passion, imagination and generosity to transform lives.

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Who we are and what we do

We're here to build lifelong connections between Bemidji State and its alumni and to foster a spirit of philanthropy to collectively support the next generation of students.

The Bemidji State Alumni & Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the mission of BSU by engaging alumni, donors and friends of the university and by raising funds to support scholarships, academic programs and other initiatives. We also seek to build lasting relationships between the university and its alumni and friends, and to celebrate the achievements and impact of Bemidji State in the local community and beyond.

The Alumni & Foundation works closely with Bemidji State's administration, faculty, staff and students to identify areas of need and opportunities for growth and development. We also provide a range of services and resources to alumni, including networking events, career development workshops and other programs designed to foster personal and professional growth. Additionally, our office is responsible for managing and investing the university's endowment and other charitable contributions to ensure that they are used effectively and efficiently to support the university's mission and goals.

Our origins

Our alumni body of more than 50,000 Beavers started with just four students who earned their diplomas 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 before being renamed to the Alumni Association in 1927. 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 BSU Foundation was founded in 1969 as a seperate, nonprofit entity, but the two organizations have since merged and evolved into the Bemidji State Alumni & Foundation to better reflect our expanded role in supporting the university.

Sanford Hall in 1922
Sanford Hall in 1922

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877-BSU-ALUM (877-278-2586)




1500 Birchmont Drive NE #17

Bemidji, MN 56601