Information on Hagg-Sauer and Space Utilization

You can find information about the open forums on Hagg-Sauer here:

Upcoming open forums:

Sept 4: Two forums on Hagg-Sauer in Crying Wolf

10 a.m.
2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10th – 2:00-3:00 AIRC Gathering Place
Thursday, September 18th – 1:00-2:00 Crying Wolf Room
Friday, September 26th – 8:00-9:00 Bridgeman Hall 100

Thursday, October 2nd – 3:00-4:00 Hagg-Sauer Hall 100
Friday, October 10th – 10:00-11:00 Crying Wolf Room
Monday, October 27th – 10:00-11:00 AIRC Gathering Place

Thursday, November 6th – 10:00-11:00 Sattgast Hall 208
Thursday, November 13th – 1:00-2:00 Bensen Hall 115
Thursday, November 20th – 10:00-11:00 Crying Wolf Room

Monday, December 1st – 9:00-10:00 Crying Wolf Room
Wednesday, December 10th – 11:00-12:00 Bridgeman Hall 100

Open forums fall semester 2014

Wednesday, September 10th – 2:00-3:00 AIRC Gathering Place
Thursday, September 18th – 1:00-2:00 Crying Wolf Room
Friday, September 26th – 8:00-9:00 Bridgeman Hall 100

Thursday, October 2nd – 3:00-4:00 Hagg-Sauer Hall 100
Friday, October 10th – 10:00-11:00 Crying Wolf Room
Monday, October 27th – 10:00-11:00 AIRC Gathering Place

Thursday, November 6th – 10:00-11:00 Sattgast Hall 208
Thursday, November 13th – 1:00-2:00 Bensen Hall 115
Thursday, November 20th – 11:00-12:00 10:00-11:00 Crying Wolf Room

Monday, December 1st – 9:00-10:00 Crying Wolf Room
Wednesday, December 10th – 11:00-12:00 Bridgeman Hall 100

Cosmo Cafe

Cosmopolitan Café
August 29, 2014
3 -5 p.m.
Hobson Memorial Union, Terrace Lounge

Cosmopolitan Café is a newer initiative on campus sponsored by Center for Extended Learning, Hobson Memorial Union, International Program Center, and Residential Life. On the last Friday of every month from 3-5 p.m., BSU will host a social event focusing on a different aspect of our global society. The purpose is to promote cultural education, communication, and leadership between students, faculty, staff and the community. In an informal environment there will be opportunities to gain a new perspective on oral traditions, performing arts, rituals, food, and more. These events are free and open to the community.

From the BSU Psychology Department, Dr. Fultz will present on August 29, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. Dr. Fultz will share his teaching experience while on sabbatical at the IT University for Information Systems and Technology at St. Paul the Apostle in Macedonia. During his time abroad he taught Research Methods, Ethics, Intro. to Psychology, and Program Management. He will share his observations of the students and culture there.

Talking points on Ebola

Talking Points on Ebola Situation
August 14, 2014
John O’Brien, Academic and Student Affairs,

Overview: Campuses are in the best position to determine whether to make an official statement related to the Ebola outbreak to address concerns being expressed on campus or in the community–or whether such an announcement would serve only to increase concerns or suggest greater risk than is present. Should you be contacted by media, the talking points below may be helpful. Campus education and support will be important as these issues arise.

1. The risk is low. Over the past few weeks the media have reported extensively on the Ebola outbreak in some African countries (particularly West African countries, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and Guinea). According to the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health, Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. The CDC and other federal and state agencies are closely monitoring the situation and have appropriate plans and actions in place. Campuses already have in place prudent healthy practices in response to previous health concerns in the US.

2. We urge focus on supporting our students and employees. While the risk to our campus is extremely low, we want to draw attention to the fact that our campuses have international students and employees from affected countries and may have some students who have relatives and family members in those countries. We are urging our campus community to give these individuals our support and assistance during this difficult time.

3. Protecting our students and employees. It is possible that students and employees from other countries could be subjected to insensitive or biased remarks or behaviors by those who do not understand the Ebola outbreak. We are urging care, concern, and education, to counteract any over-reaction based on misinformation or a lack of information. Discrimination concerns should be referred to the campus affirmative action officer.

4. Basic facts about the Ebola virus include:
• Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects (such as needles) that have been contaminated with infected secretions.
• Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted through the air.
• Ebola is not a food-borne illness. It is not a water-borne illness.
• Individuals who are not symptomatic are not contagious. In order for the virus to be transmitted, an individual would have to have direct contact with an individual who is experiencing symptoms.

Additional information.

• The CDC website is an excellent source of further information, and their Questions and Answers on Ebola page is at

• Minnesota Department of Health Ebola Fact sheet

• University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

• County health agency [add name, contact or web page info]

New freshmen student initiated project fund

Brief: Bemidji State University new freshman innovation fund for student led projects

We are setting aside $25,000 in 2014-2015 for student led projects submitted by new freshmen students that fit any of the following categories:

1. A service learning or humanitarian project addressing a substantive community need
2. A Student/faculty research pursuit that creates new knowledge
3. A business start-up
4. A global/international semester-long experience

The maximum award for a project is $2,500. A student may only be awarded once, but may apply for more than one award category. Students may partner and combine resources when applying for an award. If denied an award, a student may apply the following year.

Interested students should review the criteria for the award that aligns with their interest, and apply using the applicable application form. Awards will be made by October 1 of fall semester and the proposed project must be completed by April 1 of spring semester.

A committee of faculty, staff, and community members will review applications for projects and recommend to the provost those they believe should be funded.

Students applying for a project must have a faculty or staff mentor who voluntarily agrees to work with them during the year. They must review and sign the proposal.

A group of students may apply for an award, but the award amount may not exceed $2,500 regardless of the number of students involved.

Funds may be used for travel, materials/supplies, software, and equipment needed to implement their project. Funds may not be used for payroll of any type.

The purpose of the BSU Fund for Student Led Projects is to promote creativity and innovation among students at Bemidji State University. The fund will help selected students with start-up resources to plan, design, and implement a project that meets a community need, creates new knowledge, starts a new business, or allows the student to pursue a global/international semester-long experience. The goal is to enable students to pursue an initiative that they are passionate about and would have a positive impact on the student as well as others. The fund is supported by a grant from BSU Academic Affairs.



Project name

Project category

Contact name

Address and email

Cell phone

If this is a group project, list any other student partners, along with their cell phone numbers and email addresses

Name/ Phone / email









I (we) hereby declare that this idea is my (our) original idea.

______________________________________________ Date _________________________

The following faculty/staff member will mentor me/us on this project:

_____________________________________________ Date _________________________

Project Profile

Use this section to tell us about your project

1. Explain your goals/objectives and why we should fund your project. As part of your rationale, indicate the length of time you expect to be engaged in the project from start to finish.

2. Describe how others will be impacted by this project. Use this section to describe the value of your project to society. Will your community and the world be a better place because of your idea?

3. Explain the current status of the project. For example, have you completed a business plan for how funds will be used? Have you already begun working on this? Have you completed any preliminary work to assess the need for this project? If research is involved, have you thought about clearing this through BSU’s Human Subjects protocol if applicable? Have you contacted others who may be involved or impacted by this project?


1. How many people will be involved in the project from start to finish?

2. Will any of the participants in the project be non-BSU students? If so, who are they?

Project proposals will be evaluated on the following:
1. Clarity and development of the idea
2. The overall feasibility
3. Creativity /innovative
4. Societal benefit

If a business start-up (if not a business start-up, you may skip this section):
Who are your Customers?

Use this section to tell us who will use your product or service – meaning your potential customers. Who are they? Why do you think they would like your product or service?

Who are your Competitors?

Use this section to tell us about some of the businesses currently selling your product or service.
You may skip this section by writing “no competition”.

How will you compete with them? Will you be competing by price, quality, or what? What would make your customers to buy your product or service and not from your competition?

Who are your Suppliers?

Use this section to tell us how you would secure supplies or raw material for your product or service. This will include items that you would need to make your product. You may skip this section if it is not applicable

Who are your Distributors?
Use this section to tell us how you intend to distribute or sell your product or service to customers. Distributors are those businesses / individual agents that will sell your product / service on your behalf. If you are not using distributors, tell us how you intend to sell your product or service to customers.

What is the basis of your competition?

Use this section to tell us how you intend to compete in market – price, differentiation, focus etc

Please submit your completed application along with a copy of your business plan describing how the funds will be used. If you do not have a business plan, you will be expected to submit one within the first month of being awarded funding.

Submit your application to:

Martin Tadlock, Provost/VPAA
301B Deputy Hall
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #3
Bemidji, MN 56601

For questions, contact Dr. Tadlock at

Initiatives focused on student retention…some thoughts based upon best practices

CCP/Adult Learning: CEL, Optivation, 360 Center, MARS, SDE/AA combine efforts and staffing to support this focus

Center for Community Partnerships at NTC

• MI2
• FAB Lab/K12
• Watermark
• Bemidji Community Theater
• Mayflower building

Lifelong Learning Center at BSU

• Graduation project staff member at BSU
• Transfer specialist staff member at BSU
• Online/hybrid oversight to CEL/academic programs
• All 80/20 programs to CEL
• BSU Twin Cities Center to CEL
• Online recruiting and intake advising shifts to Distance MN
• Commuter lounge at NTC and BSU

Retention related: Summer programming area responsibility

Summer explore college camp for high school juniors

• Voluntary
• Fee based
• Residential
• 3 days with recreation
• 1 BSU credit

Summer session jump start for conditional admits in June or July

• Developmental courses/study skills with credit (3-6) in FALL semester
• Reduce fall loads by 3-6 credits
• Recreation included
• Part-time work included
• Scholarship provided
• Not voluntary

New frosh jump start 2 weeks before fall semester

• Study skills
• Math/writing/science workshops
• Socialization and recreation
• 3 credits for FALL semester
• Not voluntary

Native American residential scholars program: AIRC responsibility

• 30 Ojibwe students chosen by AIRC committee and local tribal reps
• Scholarships provided based on established criteria
• Housed in residential life together
• BSU faculty mentor provided
• Service expectations

Community and global engagement related: Academic Affairs responsibility

New frosh plan into their 4 year academic plan one of the following:

• Semester abroad
• Internship
• Service learning project
• Student/faculty research
• 3 general education credits provided for each experience and it substitutes for a general education course applicable to the area
• Supervised by faculty assigned to each course
• Transcripted

Technology: IT responsibility

Become a laptop/tablet wireless campus and eliminate existing labs

• Paul Bunyan sponsorship
• Cloud storage