Alumni Success

BSU grad helps usher in new era of waste reduction

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 for Minnesota GreenCorps, a statewide environmental protection initiative coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and is assigned to Beltrami County as a Waste Reduction,…

Read More

Mardy ’72 and Lynn ’91, ’96 Karger

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 and Lynn ’91, ‘96 Karger, who exercise together most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, are just walking in. Like old friends, they warmly greet those around…

Read More

Aaron Clafton ’15

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 from an early age, and with an ear for country music, Clafton hit downtown Bemidji looking for a place that would let him play. In…

Read More

Chrissy Koch ’02

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 a native student hub on campus, has been the center’s outreach specialist since July 2019. “It is surreal that I am now here as the…

Read More

Abby Randall

Abby (Saeger) Randall has made an impact in the Bemidji business community since graduating from Bemidji State in 2009, serving local businesses as a marketing consultant and advertising lead for the Bemidji Pioneer. Effective January 6, 2020, she will have the opportunity to make an even larger impact on the community in her newly-announced role…

Read More
Danika Stelton

Danika Stelton

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 their jobs. A 2013 graduate, Stelton currently works in the corporate accounts team for the Minneapolis branch of GES, where she designs exhibits, events, trade…

Read More
Norman & Ginger Kramer

Norman “Norm” Kramer

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 Bemidji State with degrees in chemistry and mathematics. He worked a part-time job on campus to pay for his education. “I worked as a lab…

Read More
Mychal Stittsworth

Mychal Stittsworth

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 beyond. Stittsworth Meats began in 1993 when his father and uncle purchased a small grocery store in Nymore. Then only 12 years old, he was…

Read More
Cody Bartz

Cody Bartz

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 was not the first tiny house with a Bemidji State connection. That honor goes to a tiny house project featured on FYI Network’s “Tiny House…

Read More