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Green Fee Starts This Fall

Beginning this fall, a new student fee at Bemidji State will empower students to make the campus a more environmentally friendly place and assist in efforts to support the Univer- sity’s first full-time sustainability coordinator.

The green fee, a $5 charge students will pay each semester, was approved by the BSU Student Senate after exploring the idea with University administrators during the 2007-08 school year.

The coordinator will aid Bemidji State’s move toward sustainability and will collaborate with staff, students, faculty, and administrators in making the University more ecologically and economically sustainable. The coordinator also will oversee environmental issues on campus and participate in community environmental initiatives. The search to fill the coor- dinator’s position was underway this summer.

The green fee idea at Bemidji State began three years ago when students were laying the groundwork for enrollment in TailWinds, a wind energy program offered by otter Tail Power Company. Using student fees, Bemidji State agreed to purchase enough wind energy through the TailWinds program to power the Hobson Memorial Union, an agreement that helped the University earn recognition as a Green Power Partner with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Teachers Get Hands-On Manufacturing Training

Nine high school and junior college teachers from across the country spent time at Bemi- dji State to take part in the Project Lead the Way’s Summer Training Institute, where they received hands-on training in computer integrated manufacturing.

The summer institute, sponsored by the 360° Manufacturing and Applied Engineering Center of Excellence, condensed a year’s worth of coursework into an intense, two-week workshop in Bemidji State’s Bridgeman Hall. The institute taught teachers to apply the principles of robotics and automation to the creation of three-dimensional models.

During the course, participants developed new instructional techniques they could use in their own classrooms.

Project Lead the Way is a middle and high school pre-engineering curriculum, and the computer integrated manufacturing course at Bemidji State is an advanced level of that curriculum. The Summer Training Institute at Bemidji State was among a group of classes held during June and featured instructors Dave Lord, a high school teacher from Dayton, oH, who has a lengthy background in Project Lead the Way, and Gerald Nestel, associate professor of technological studies at Bemidji State.

Sculpture Depicts Channeling of Energy

“Sun and Wind,” a sculpture by local artist Gordon Van Wert, was installed near the Bridgeman Hall pergola in July. The half-ton limestone and cast glass sculpture depicts an American Indian elder channeling energy from Lake Bemidji and its surroundings. The installation is the first of two planned for the Bridgeman pergola area.

Trumpet Ensemble Performs at International Convention

Bemidji State’s trumpet ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Del Lyren, was one of only five U.S. trumpet ensembles invited to perform at the International Trumpet Guild’s 33rd annual confer- ence held in Banff, Alberta, Canada, this June. The five-person ensemble was selected to perform after submit- ting a CD recording to a screening committee.

“It was a huge honor for us to repre- sent Bemidji State at the largest annual international conference of trumpet players in the world,” said Lyren, pro- fessor of instrumental music.

The Bemidji State students who par- ticipated in the concert were Jeannine Burnette of Bemidji; Dave Nelson of Luverne, MN; Elisa Buehler of oberon, ND; Bob opgrand of Fargo, ND; and Andy Cresap of Minot, ND.

They shared the concert stage with the trumpet studio from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, led by Trudi Mason, one of Lyren’s former students.

The International Trumpet Guild was founded in 1974 to promote communi- cation among trumpet players around the world and to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and lit- erature associated with the trumpet.

Colleges Undergo Restructuring

Bemidji State’s College of Arts and Letters, College of Professional Stud- ies, and College of Social and Natural Sciences have been restructured and renamed. The new college names are: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Health Sciences and Human Ecology; and the tentatively titled Col- lege of Business, Technology and Com- munications. The college will select a permanent name this fall.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and contains the Uni- versity’s pre-professional programs and the liberal education component, while the two smaller colleges are home to select professional programs.


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