Alumni benefits

All Bemidji State graduates, or former students who have completed at least 36 quarter credit hours or 32 semester credit hours, are considered alumni of BSU and are eligible for a variety of benefits.

Alumni awards

Each year, the BSU Alumni & Foundation office honors alumni for outstanding professional achievements, service to their communities and outstanding performance as student-athletes, coaches or Beaver supporters.

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Alumni stories

Kraus-Anderson names Patrick Weerts to lead Bemidji regional office

May 3, 2024

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

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Dhel Duncan-Busby becomes first-ever Beaver selected in CFL Draft

May 1, 2024

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.

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Duane Sorenson retires after 27 years as Cyclones swim and dive coach

Mar 26, 2024

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.

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Sadie Lundquist ’13 named first director of women’s hockey at College Hockey Inc.

Jan 17, 2024

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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Ben Miller ’18 hired as ecologist/biologist by USGS

Jan 11, 2024

Ben Miller recently secured a position with United States Geological Services in Flagstaff, Ariz., as an ecologist/biologist.

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Rick Herder ’77 retires after SMSU teaching career

Jan 11, 2024

Richard Herder retired in May 2023 from his faculty teaching position in the communications studies program at Southwest Minnesota State University.

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Amanda Lembke ’09 named EDPA Designer of the Year

Dec 12, 2023

Amanda Lembke, a creative designer at Star Exhibits & Environments, was named the 2023 Designer of the Year by the Experiential Designers & Producers Association.

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Aaron Stefanich ’96 named North Dakota Librarian of the Year

Nov 28, 2023

Aaron Stefanich, the children’s services director at the Grand Forks Public Library, has been named the North Dakota Library Association’s 2023 Librarian of the Year.

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Shayna Holmes ’19 hired by St. Luke’s in Duluth

Nov 27, 2023

Shayna Holmes RN, BSN has been hired as a nurse injector by St. Luke’s Rejuvenation Center in Duluth.

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Daniel Swenson ’13 working with Nike, T. Rowe Price

Oct 24, 2023

Daniel Swenson works as a marketing analyst/consultant for Nike and T. Rowe Price after moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2020.

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Jackie Stoffel ’11 named Bemidji’s 2023 Teacher of the Year

Aug 31, 2023

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.

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Joan Jacobson ’80 authors new book on America’s first female state senator

Aug 31, 2023

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

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Dr. Lee Norman ’74 receives Armed Forces’ Legion of Merit Award

Jul 26, 2023

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.

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Will Antell ’59 honored with Stillwater Human Rights Award

Jul 20, 2023

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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Megan Boser ’17 named Officer of the Year

Jul 5, 2023

Minnesota State Patrol trooper Megan Boser was named the Officer of the Year by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association in June.

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Zach Whitecloud ’18 becomes 2nd Beaver to lift NHL’s Stanley Cup

Jun 14, 2023

Zach Whitecloud joins Joel Otto (1980-84) as the only former Beavers to raise the Stanley Cup. Otto helped the Calgary Flames reach hockey’s summit in 1989.

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Rhonda Matson ’00 named Riverside Christian School principal

Jun 9, 2023

Rhonda Matson has been named the new elementary and middle school principal of Riverside Christian School in East Grand Forks.

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Bemidji State internship set up Coley Rezabek ’22 for ‘dream job’ with Minnesota United

Jun 2, 2023

Coley Rezabek is in her second season kicking it as a videographer for Minnesota United, where she produces digital content for the club. Her expertise comes from similar experiences at Bemidji State.

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Marco Hunt ’88 Named CCHA’s director of officiating

May 25, 2023

Marco Hunt was hired by the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in May to be the conference’s director of officiating.

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Kate Lundquist ’04 hired as Vote Run Lead’s Minnesota deputy state director

May 8, 2023

Kate (Ocken) Lundquist has been hired by the nonprofit Vote Run Lead to serve as its Minnesota deputy state director.

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Aaron Trunt ’17 pioneers path to MLB through biomechanics

Apr 13, 2023

Aaron Trunt isn’t the first Bemidji State University graduate to reach the professional baseball ranks. But he may very well be the first to do it like this.

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Shannon Odell ’93 re-elected to Board of Directors of the Nursing Consortium of Florida

Mar 30, 2023

The voting representatives of the Nursing Consortium of Florida’s member organizations have re-elected Shannon Odell ’93 to serve a two-year term on its Board of Directors beginning March 29, 2023….

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Jason Bonde ’04 leads RCTC to national championship

Mar 20, 2023

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,…

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Maria Berkeland ’15 holds a Canada lynx humanely captured and released during a recent research project.

Maria Berkeland ’15 works to conserve Alaskan wilderness

Jan 13, 2023

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…

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After Transferring to BSU Johanneck ’22 Flourishes in Exhibit Design Program

Jul 29, 2022

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…

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Bemidji Becomes Home Away From Home for Tchuamo ’20

Jul 29, 2022

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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Johanneson’s Legacy as Outstanding Midwest Grocer Continues

Jul 29, 2022

Keith Johanneson and his company, Bemidji-based Johanneson, Inc., were honored with the Wisconsin Grocers Association’s Excellence in Operations Award at the KJ’s Fresh Market location in Chetek, Wisconsin, on August…

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Sauer Receives Prestigious Minnesota Golf Association Award

Jul 29, 2022

A member of the BSU golf team from 1966-70, Ray Sauer ‘70 is a six-time club champion at his home course in St. Cloud. He won Bemidji’s prestigious Birchmont Classic…

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Moberg Builds Trails Across North Country

Jul 29, 2022

Bemidji State University grad Tom Moberg ‘64 is making it his mission to honor the history of the Indigenous people who for centuries called southeastern North Dakota home along the…

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Trask’s Record Ride on Lake Bemidji Supports Cancer Research

Jul 15, 2021

Brad Trask ’17 is using a life-long passion to bring awareness to one of the leading causes of cancer in men. He will likely soon become a world-record holder in…

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Alum Rob Luke ’98 pens poems about his favorite BSU professors

Jul 14, 2021

So You Want to be an English Teacher I was an outsider to the first university on theMississippi River, rustic academia.Mark was my English Methods teacher.His classes seemed spontaneous, flashing…

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Andrew Benson ’15

Dec 8, 2020

Andrew Bensen is a realtor for Keller Williams Premier Realty Lake Minnetoka where he represents buyers and sellers in the Twin Cities’ western suburbs. Bensen played golf for the Beavers…

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Leslie Sagen ’00

Nov 24, 2020

Leslie Sagen, a special education coordinator and teacher at Nevis Public Schools, was selected Teacher of the Year by her peers. Sagen has taught at the school district for 25…

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Anthony Ragsdale ’13

Nov 24, 2020

Anthony Ragsdale is a behavior analyst for Aspire College Academy in Sacramento, California. The academy’s mission is to prepare elementary students for college success. Ragsdale lives in Rancho Cordova, California,…

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Debbie (Bryant) Davis ’76

Nov 24, 2020

Debbie (Bryant) Davis is the programs and initiatives manager for the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Nikki (Baird) Brink ’04

Nov 24, 2020

Nikki (Baird) Brink is the chief operating officer at First National Bank Bemidji. She lives in Bemidji with her husband, Bob ‘04, who teaches social studies at Bemidji High School….

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Brad Dokken ’84

Nov 24, 2020

Brad Dokken was awarded the Conservation Communications Award from Ducks Unlimited, a national conservation organization focused on wetland habitat conservation. Dokken, an outdoor reporter and editor at the Grand Forks…

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Drey Bradley ’86

Nov 24, 2020

Drey Bradley retired from his head coaching role for Apple Valley’s Eastview High School boy’s hockey program after leading the team for 13 years. The former Beaver Hockey men’s team…

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Garrett Roth ’07

Nov 24, 2020

Garrett Roth was named the first head coach for the newly-formed Wichita Falls Warriors hockey team. Located in Wichita Falls, Texas, the Warriors will play in the North American Hockey…

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Ryan Zubke ’16

Nov 24, 2020

Ryan Zubke works as assistant branch manager at First National Bank Bemidji. Zubke started at the bank in 2016 as a customer service representative. He lives in Bemidji.

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Lwin Supports BSU Nursing Graduates in Fight Against Virus

Nov 23, 2020

One of BSU’s young alums has made the fight against COVID-19 a top priority, not only in his home country of Myanmar, but by investing in Bemidji State nursing students….

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Michael Peterson ’77

Nov 23, 2020

Michael Peterson was inducted to the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in February. Peterson retired in 2013 after teaching band at Fulda High School for 35 years. He…

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Jake Dahlnes ’15

Nov 23, 2020

Jake Dahlnes was promoted to manager of Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ P.A. in St. Paul. Dahles started with the CPA firm in 2015 and provides tax planning advice and preparation…

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Hanna Lord ’10

Nov 23, 2020

Hanna Lord is the GIS manager for GeoComm, the largest GIS solutions provider in the United States. GeoComm focuses on emergency response and public safety. Lord lives in St. Cloud.

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Shawn Stone ’93

Nov 23, 2020

Shawn Stone was awarded the 2020 George Wythe Award for Excellence in Teaching at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Stone is a professor of physics and computer science…

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Jean (Gant) Ellis ’75

Nov 23, 2020

Jean (Gant) Ellis was named the top volleyball official in the state of Iowa by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Ellis has officiated high school and college…

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Sheri Rutar ’87

Nov 23, 2020

Sheri Rutar retired from Clearview Elementary School after 33 years with the St. Cloud Area School District. Rutar and her husband, Jon, look forward to spending time in Arizona with…

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Eric Barnum ’02

Nov 23, 2020

Eric Barnum is the director of choral activities at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Barnum previously led the choral department at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and has commissioned…

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Tuleah Palmer ’00

Nov 23, 2020

Tuleah Palmer was selected to serve as the president and CEO of the Blandin Foundation. The Blandin Foundation’s mission is to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially in the Grand Rapids…

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Nicholas Jackson ’06

Nov 23, 2020

Nicholas Jackson is the art director at Evolve Creative, a marketing and branding firm based in Bemidji. He was previously the worship director at Bemidji Evangelical Covenant Church, where he…

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Emily Olson ’16

Nov 23, 2020

Emily Olson is a reporter for NBC News 4 in San Antonio, Texas. She previously worked as a reporter and news anchor in Fargo, North Dakota, and Rapid City, South…

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Jonathon McNicholes ’20

Nov 23, 2020

Jonathon McNicholes was named state chair elect of Students United for the 2020–21 academic year. Students United is a non-profit, student-led organization that advocates for the 65,000 students who attend…

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BSU alum grows colossal, record-breaking pumpkin

Oct 27, 2020

Charlie Bernstrom ’04 BSU grad Charlie Bernstrom ‘04 grows pumpkins. Great big pumpkins. On October 10, he entered his 1990.5 pound behemoth pumpkin at the 2020 Stillwater Harvest Fest in…

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Leah Gnitka ’16

Oct 22, 2020

Bemidji State University alumna Leah Gnitka ‘16 had multiple job offers before she even finished her nursing licensure exam. Now, she is working her dream job as a cardiac travel nurse…

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BSU grad helps usher in new era of waste reduction

Jun 22, 2020

Bemidji State University alumna Aili Kultala ’19 is working hard to convince you to think twice before throwing household food scraps in the trash. Hailing from Stacy, Minn., Kultala works…

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Mardy ’72 and Lynn ’91, ’96 Karger

May 11, 2020

It’s a typical Wednesday morning and BSU’s Gillett Wellness Center is abuzz — students lifting weights, BSU staff running the track and working professionals swimming laps before work. Mardy ’72…

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Aaron Clafton ’15

Apr 17, 2020

From downtown Bemidji to the twang of Nashville, Sauk Rapids native Aaron Clafton ’15 is primed to make his mark on the country music scene. Having played piano and guitar…

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Mark Van Every ’81

Mar 26, 2020

Mark Van Every retired from his post as supervisor of the Black Hills National Forest in December 2019 after a 37-year career with the U.S. Forest Service. Van Every took…

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Lt. Colonel Randy Wolbeck ’06

Mar 26, 2020

Lt. Colonel Randy Wolbeck recently completed a nine-month deployment to the Middle East as the engineer chief for the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. The…

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Keith Cross ’92

Mar 24, 2020

Keith Cross ’92 was named deputy chief of police for the Aurora Police Department in Illinois, effective April 2020. His 26-year career with the Aurora Police Department started as an…

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Kelly Fiala

Jan 9, 2020

BSU alumna Dr. Kelly Fiala has been named founding dean of Salisbury University’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS). Fiala has served as the college’s transitional dean since July…

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Chrissy Koch ’02

Jan 7, 2020

Chrissy Koch has been named executive director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. Koch, a 2002 BSU alumna and long-time advocate for…

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Danika Stelton

Danika Stelton

Jul 3, 2019

Design technology alumna Danika Stelton spent 12 months traveling the world with the Remote Year program, a curated travel experience which helps professionals explore the world without having to quit…

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Norman & Ginger Kramer

Norman “Norm” Kramer

Jun 26, 2019

Norman “Norm” Kramer ’58 came from humble beginnings, growing up on a small farm a stone’s throw from Grant Creek in Wilton. Always interested in the sciences, Kramer graduated from…

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Jan (Evenson) Henrickson ‘59

Jan (Evenson) Henrickson ’59

Jun 14, 2019

Jan (Evenson) Henrickson, owner of Northern Exposure gift shop in Walker, celebrated the store’s 25th anniversary in December. She lives in Walker.

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Rich Morris ‘72

Rich Morris ’72

Jun 14, 2019

Rich Morris is enjoying retirement in Las Vegas, Nev., after serving as an Air Force historian for 42 years. He spent 30 years on active duty retiring as a chief…

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Paul Cyr ‘89

Paul Cyr ’89

Jun 14, 2019

Paul Cyr was inducted into the Minnesota chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in recognition for his successful coaching and officiating career. Cyr retired from the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva…

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Mychal Stittsworth

Mychal Stittsworth

Jun 14, 2019

From an unassuming log building on Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan Drive, Mychal Stittsworth is working hard to make Stittsworth Meats the premier meat supplier in Bemidji, the greater Bemidji region and…

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Cody Bartz

Cody Bartz

Jun 14, 2019

In April, university officials debuted a “tiny house” designed and built by students in Bemidji State’s School of Technology, Art & Design and its marketing and sustainability programs. But it…

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