“Promote vital communities through involvement.”
This deceptively simple strategic statement – one of four in our strategic plan – has launched powerful part- nerships that are achieving remarkable results. This summer, our Outdoor Program Center (OPC) moved its recreational facilities to the waterfront of Bemidji’s recently renovated Diamond Point Park. This beauti- ful, historic gem is now a bustling, resort-like setting where the OPC is the hub for city residents, tourists, and students to rent bicycles, take pontoon rides, get gear for camping, paddle canoes, or learn to maneuver a kayak. The city park has also become an extension of our campus, providing a northwoods environment in which to study, eat lunch, observe ducks and loons, drop a fishing line, or just get away for a moment. This city-University partnership has enabled both to offer area and campus residents a truly first-class experience. Another summer initiative was with the area chamber of commerce. Together we are seeking ways to draw upon our combined expertise to secure Bemidji’s vitality. That vibrancy is important to the University as we seek to attract new students and meet the social, health, and economic needs of our current students. The University’s vitality is also an economic essential for the area’s businesses. The University has hundreds of such partnerships underway. All have the same philosophical base: As we reach out and work with others, we become a better, stronger, more vibrant University with exponential results for all involved.
Dr. Jon E. Quistgaard, President
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