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Nine Faculty Earn Emeriti Status at 2008 Commencement

Nine faculty members with a total of 271 years of service to Bemidji State University were named professors emeriti during the University’s 89th commencement exercises in May at the John Glas Fieldhouse. Faculty who retire from the University with at least 15 years of service are eli- gible to receive emeriti status.

The 2008 emeriti were:

Dr. Michael Garrett, professor emeritus of geography, 29 years

Mr. Richard Gendreau, professor emeritus of business administration, 39 years

Dr. Russell Lee, professor emeritus of psychology, 35 years

Mr. Richard Mayer, professor emeri- tus of accounting, 30 years

Dr. Catherine McCartney, professor emerita of education, 19 years

Dr. Tom Richard, professor emeritus of mathematics and computer sci- ence, 37 years

Dr. Johannas Jordan, professor emerita of education, 29 years

Mr. Robert Kyryluk, professor emeritus of business administration, 29.5 years

Dr. Madalyn Wick, professor emerita of accounting, 23.5 years

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Dr. Elizabeth Dunn (left), Dr. Tom Murphy (right), USS Constitution in Boston harbor (background).

Teachers Experience A History Lesson They’ll Never Forget

Dr. Elizabeth Dunn and Dr. Tom Murphy, BSU history faculty, recently led a contingent of 50 northern Minnesota high school teachers on an educational tour of Boston, MA, and surrounding areas. The tour, funded by a Teaching American History grant from the U.S. Department of Education, was the cap- stone trip of a four-year teacher education partnership between Bemidji State University and the Northwest Service Cooperative, based in Thief River Falls, MN.

Since 2004, the Northwest Service Cooperative and Bemidji State have worked together under the grant to aid the professional development of northern Minnesota history teachers. This summer’s trip concluded the first four-year grant period, and the partners will be starting a new four-year teacher education cycle under a new grant this fall.

“The teachers were great ambassadors for their schools, and, as a group, they were wonderful ambassadors for the state of Minnesota,” Dunn said. “The trip was about giving these teachers an opportunity to have hands-on experience with some of our nation’s history, and it ended up becoming a sort of cultural exchange between northern Minnesota and Boston.”

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