Alumni Success

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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / March 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.

By Bemidji State Athletics / January 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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / January 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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / January 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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / December 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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / November 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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / November 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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / October 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

By Bemidji Pioneer / August 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

By BSU Alumni & Foundation / August 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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