T h e l a t e 1 9 6 0 s w e r e a t i m e o f c i v i l F r o m c o l l e g e A c t i v i S t t o c o r p o r A t e l e A d e r , M e a n i n g f u l D i f f e r e n c e s unrest and paradigm shifts on campuses across the nation, including Bemidji State. For alumnus Dave Sorensen, this highly charged campus atmosphere provided fertile grounds for learning.
“It was a very active time on college campuses,” Sorensen recalls. “ We were going through a lot of social change. I learned a lot about being involved in change and respecting the perspectives of others.”
Raised in the northwestern Minnesota town of Warren (pop. 1675), Sorensen arrived at Bemidji State in 1968 with a strong sense of community and desire to make a difference.
“An advantage to a small town is the sense of community you always carry with you,” he explains. “There’s a close- ness you don’t have in a city: an inter- est in others’ success, what makes them work, a focus on them as people.”
“It was a very active time on college campuses. e were going through a lot of social change. I learned a lot about being involved in change and respecting the perspectives of others.”
He took those qualities and expanded upon them at Bemidji State, where he found an array of grassroots oppor-