Class Notes

Lwin Supports BSU Nursing Graduates in Fight Against Virus

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. As president of the Yangon Region Young Entrepreneurs Association, Than “Alan” Lwin ’05, led the group’s campaign to gift medical supplies to area healthcare workers…

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Michael Peterson ’77

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 and his wife, Lisa, live in Fulda.

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Jake Dahlnes ’15

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 to businesses and individuals. He lives in Roseville.

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Hanna Lord ’10

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

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 and serves as chair of the university’s faculty senate. He lives in Storm Lake, Iowa.

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Jean (Gant) Ellis ’75

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 volleyball for 46 years, starting while she was a volleyball player at BSU. In addition, she serves as the volleyball officials coordinator for the Great…

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Sheri Rutar ’87

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 their children and golfing in retirement. They live in Sauk Rapids.

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Eric Barnum ’02

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 music for ensembles around the world. He lives in Clive, Iowa, with his wife and two sons.

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Tuleah Palmer ’00

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 area. Palmer was previously the executive director of the Northwest Indian Community Development Center, working to serve American Indian families in northern Minnesota. She lives…

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Nicholas Jackson ’06

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 was responsible for recording and editing the church’s weekly worship services for online audiences. He lives in Bemidji with his wife and their three children.

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