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Nine BSU faculty members to be named emeriti

News Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Nine BSU faculty members to be named emeriti
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Nine faculty members with a combined 240 years of service to Bemidji State University will be named emeriti Friday during BSU's 90th commencement.

Commencement will begin at 2 p.m. in the BSU John Glas Fieldhouse. The traditional commencement walk from the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex across campus to the Gillett Recreation-Fitness Center will begin at 1:25 p.m.

Faculty who retire from BSU with at least 15 years of service are eligible to receive emeriti status.

The group of 2009 emeriti are:

- Sandra L. Rasmus, assistant emerita to the vice president for academic affairs, 34 years.

- James L. Richards, professor emeritus of computer science, 33 years.

- David E. Kingsbury, professor emeritus of technological studies, 31 years.

- Stephen I. Gurney, professor emeritus of English, 31 years.

- Kathleen C. Hatch, director emerita of First Year Residential Experience/orientation, 29 years.

- Ranae Womack, professor emerita of nursing, 23 years.

- Dale L. Sakrison, professor emeritus of education, 21 years.

- Leo D. Morgan Jr., director emeritus of academic technology, 20 years.

- Mark Schmit, professor emeritus of technological studies, 18 years.

Also during commencement, about 850 students will be eligible to receive degrees, and Don Shelby, longtime TV anchor with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, will be recognized as the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Minnesotan Award.

Pioneer staff reports